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Derek Holland

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Re: Whip it Out: Post your Top 25 Courses Played
« Reply #1075 on: July 11, 2016, 06:47:27 PM »
Figured I would get my list out there being relatively new to the site and see how it changes over time. Nothing compared to many of the members of this site but already picked up Dismal River + Bandon + Bulle Rock + Hazeltine this year so heading in the right direction  :)


1. Pacific Dunes
2. Bandon Trails
3. Bandon Dunes
4. Old Mac
5. Dismal River - White
6. Kapalua - Plantation
7. Arcadia Bluffs
8. Dismal River - Red
9. Torrey Pines - North
10. Barton Hills
11. Lassing Point
12. World Woods - Pine Barrens
13. World Woods - Rolling Oaks
14. Oakland Hills - North
15. Troy Burne
16. Hazeltine
17. Bulle Rock
18. Whiskey Creek
19. Keller (MN)
20. Meadowbrook (MI)
21. Kearney Hills
22. Tatanka at Feather Hill
23. Stoneridge (MN)
24. Forest Dunes - Weiskopf
25. The Fortress (MI)

Bill McKinley

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Re: Whip it Out: Post your Top 25 Courses Played
« Reply #1076 on: October 21, 2016, 03:08:46 PM »
This year's update...

I had to redefine how I rate everything because it was too hard to pick between some courses.  I went to a number system, call it a Doak scale if you must!  ;D

In alphabetical order within each number

10s
Fishers Island
National Golf Links of America
Pine Valley

9.5s
California Golf Club of SF
Merion - East
Oakmont
Old Course at St. Andrews
Somerset Hills

9s
Chicago Golf Club
LACC - North
Muirfield
Myopia Hunt Club
Seminole

8.5s
Bandon Trails
The Country Club - Brookline
Crystal Downs
Kingsbarns
Maidstone
Old Macdonald
Pacific Dunes
Piping Rock

8s
Bandon Dunes
Canterbury
Creek Club
Friars Head
Riviera

The most recent additions were Pine Valley, Somerset Hills, Myopia Hunt and The Country Club (Brookline).  It's been fun!!


« Last Edit: October 21, 2016, 04:44:36 PM by Bill McKinley »
2016 Highlights:  Streamsong Blue (3/17); Streamsong Red (3/17); Charles River Club (5/16); The Country Club - Brookline (5/17); Myopia Hunt Club (5/17); Fishers Island Club (5/18); Aronomink GC (10/16); Pine Valley GC (10/17); Somerset Hills CC (10/18)

Tom_Doak

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Re: Whip it Out: Post your Top 25 Courses Played
« Reply #1077 on: October 21, 2016, 03:21:07 PM »
You've got every course at Bandon Dunes in your top 25, except Pacific Dunes?


Really?  If so, you're the first person I've heard to put it fourth of the four.

Jason Thurman

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Re: Whip it Out: Post your Top 25 Courses Played
« Reply #1078 on: October 21, 2016, 04:25:25 PM »
Figured I would get my list out there being relatively new to the site and see how it changes over time. Nothing compared to many of the members of this site but already picked up Dismal River + Bandon + Bulle Rock + Hazeltine this year so heading in the right direction  :)


1. Pacific Dunes
2. Bandon Trails
3. Bandon Dunes
4. Old Mac
5. Dismal River - White
6. Kapalua - Plantation
7. Arcadia Bluffs
8. Dismal River - Red
9. Torrey Pines - North
10. Barton Hills
11. Lassing Point
12. World Woods - Pine Barrens
13. World Woods - Rolling Oaks
14. Oakland Hills - North
15. Troy Burne
16. Hazeltine
17. Bulle Rock
18. Whiskey Creek
19. Keller (MN)
20. Meadowbrook (MI)
21. Kearney Hills
22. Tatanka at Feather Hill
23. Stoneridge (MN)
24. Forest Dunes - Weiskopf
25. The Fortress (MI)


Derek, did we talk about Lassing Pointe and Kearney Hill at the Major? You may be surprised to hear that I don't remember every conversation from that weekend.


How long ago did you play them? I never saw Lassing Pointe in its heyday, as the maintenance has really suffered over the last few years since I moved to the area. There's still some cool stuff out there, but some of the changes have clearly affected the course for the worse judging by photos and firsthand accounts. Kearney Hill gets my vote for Kentucky's best public course though, and I'm happy to see you list it.
"There will always be haters. Thatís just the way it is. Hating dudes marry hating women and have hating ass kids." - Evan Turner

Some of y'all have never been called out in bold green font and it really shows.

Bill McKinley

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Re: Whip it Out: Post your Top 25 Courses Played
« Reply #1079 on: October 21, 2016, 04:44:13 PM »
You've got every course at Bandon Dunes in your top 25, except Pacific Dunes?


Really?  If so, you're the first person I've heard to put it fourth of the four.

I knew I left something out!! It's updated now... with 26 courses in there.  LOL
2016 Highlights:  Streamsong Blue (3/17); Streamsong Red (3/17); Charles River Club (5/16); The Country Club - Brookline (5/17); Myopia Hunt Club (5/17); Fishers Island Club (5/18); Aronomink GC (10/16); Pine Valley GC (10/17); Somerset Hills CC (10/18)

Derek Holland

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Re: Whip it Out: Post your Top 25 Courses Played
« Reply #1080 on: October 24, 2016, 01:37:26 PM »


Derek, did we talk about Lassing Pointe and Kearney Hill at the Major? You may be surprised to hear that I don't remember every conversation from that weekend.


How long ago did you play them? I never saw Lassing Pointe in its heyday, as the maintenance has really suffered over the last few years since I moved to the area. There's still some cool stuff out there, but some of the changes have clearly affected the course for the worse judging by photos and firsthand accounts. Kearney Hill gets my vote for Kentucky's best public course though, and I'm happy to see you list it.


Jason - Haven't played Lassing Pointe in probably 15 years. Very possible it has changed in that time period. Additionally I was not as in tune to details of architecture in my youth so I expect to see my list change significantly as I get to experience more courses.

Dustin Ferrell

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Re: Whip it Out: Post your Top 25 Courses Played
« Reply #1081 on: October 25, 2016, 11:08:00 AM »
Well...I really hate to rank courses, but this thread has got me thinking of what are the top 25 I've played.  And by top, i mean, courses I'd be most excited to play again ... so here in no order:


~ Cypress Point Club
~ Pine Valley
~ NGLA
~ Shinnecock
~ Oakmont
~ Chicago Golf
~ Oakland Hills South
~ Sand Hills
~ Pacific Dunes
~ Kingsley Club
~ Crystal Downs
~ Friars Head
~ Seminole
~ Bandon Trails
~ Merion
~ Aronimink
~ Fox Chapel
~ San Fran GC
~ Franklin Hills
~ Pebble Beach
~ Riviera
~ LACC North
~ Pinehurst 2
~ Streamsong Red
~ Streamsong Blue


So hard as there are some really great courses I have to leave if I pick 25 I've played that I most want to play again.  I'll consider it a working doc as there are about 10 others I could easily move in and others out.  Can't believe I've been fortunate enough to get to play that list...

Jim Franklin

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Re: Whip it Out: Post your Top 25 Courses Played
« Reply #1082 on: October 25, 2016, 11:24:26 AM »
Figured I would get my list out there being relatively new to the site and see how it changes over time. Nothing compared to many of the members of this site but already picked up Dismal River + Bandon + Bulle Rock + Hazeltine this year so heading in the right direction  :)


1. Pacific Dunes
2. Bandon Trails
3. Bandon Dunes
4. Old Mac
5. Dismal River - White
6. Kapalua - Plantation
7. Arcadia Bluffs
8. Dismal River - Red
9. Torrey Pines - North
10. Barton Hills
11. Lassing Point
12. World Woods - Pine Barrens
13. World Woods - Rolling Oaks
14. Oakland Hills - North
15. Troy Burne
16. Hazeltine
17. Bulle Rock
18. Whiskey Creek
19. Keller (MN)
20. Meadowbrook (MI)
21. Kearney Hills
22. Tatanka at Feather Hill
23. Stoneridge (MN)
24. Forest Dunes - Weiskopf
25. The Fortress (MI)

First person I have seen that rates Dismal White above Red.

I have not read this entire thread either so....
Mr Hurricane

Sean_A

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Re: Whip it Out: Post your Top 25 Courses Played
« Reply #1083 on: October 25, 2016, 01:37:07 PM »
My Favourite 25

Kington...England...2*
Palmetto...S Carolina...2*
Old Town...N Carolina...2*
Castlerock Bann...N Ireland...1*
Cavendish...England ...1*       
St Enodoc...England...2*   
Welshpool...Wales...1*
Cleeve Cloud...England...R
Alnmouth Village...England...1*
Reigate Heath...England...1*
Aiken...S Carolina...1*
Lakewood Shores Gailes...Michigan...1*
Lederach...Penn...R
Pennard...Wales...1*
Royal Dornoch...Scotland...1*
Perranporth...England...1*
St Andrews New...Scotland...1*
Corballis Links...Ireland...R
Southerndown...Wales...1*
Appleby...England...R
Reddish Vale..England...R
Llandrindod Wells...Wales...R
Oxford...England...R
TOC...Scotland...3*
Elie...Scotland...1*
   
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2* Plan A Significant Trip Around This Course                 
1* Worth An Overnight Stay                 
R Worth A Significant Day Trip (no more driving than it takes to play and have drinks)                 
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Derek Holland

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Re: Whip it Out: Post your Top 25 Courses Played
« Reply #1084 on: October 25, 2016, 04:50:22 PM »
First person I have seen that rates Dismal White above Red.

I have not read this entire thread either so....


Jim - I thought both were great courses! I loved the front 9 of the Red course but never figured out the back 9 after 3 times of playing it. I would love the opportunity to play them both again and could easily see my opinion flipping.

John Kavanaugh

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Re: Whip it Out: Post your Top 25 Courses Played
« Reply #1085 on: October 25, 2016, 04:54:53 PM »
Derek,

80% of the members at Dismal would agree with your take of the White over the Red. Hang around here a bit longer and you can tote the more traditional party line. In the meantime keep the honesty flowing.

Eric Smith

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Re: Whip it Out: Post your Top 25 Courses Played
« Reply #1086 on: October 25, 2016, 06:21:48 PM »
#rigged  :-*

Paul Jones

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Re: Whip it Out: Post your Top 25 Courses Played
« Reply #1087 on: November 07, 2016, 10:11:02 AM »
1. Cypress Point
2. Augusta Natl
3. Royal County Down
4. Pine Valley
5. National Golf Links
6. Royal Dornoch
7. Shinnecock Hills
8. Royal St George
9. Muirfield
10. Royal Birkdale
11. Royal Melbourne (West)
12. Fishers Island
13. Oakmont
14. Trump Turnberry
15. St. Andrews (Old)
16. Sand Hills
17. Myopia Hunt
18. Nanea
19. Sunningdale (Old)
20. Pebble Beach
21. Royal Portcawl
22. New South Wales
23. Lahinch
24. Chicago Golf
25. Seminole
« Last Edit: November 07, 2016, 12:10:12 PM by Paul Jones »
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Simon Holt

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Re: Whip it Out: Post your Top 25 Courses Played
« Reply #1088 on: November 07, 2016, 02:59:20 PM »
That's a pretty punchy list, Paul.  Nice.
2011 highlights- Royal Aberdeen, Loch Lomond, Moray Old, NGLA (always a pleasure), Muirfield Village, Saucon Valley, watching the new holes coming along at The Renaissance Club.

Terry Lavin

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Re: Whip it Out: Post your Top 25 Courses Played
« Reply #1089 on: November 07, 2016, 03:56:02 PM »
That's a pretty punchy list, Paul.  Nice.

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Mark Chaplin

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Re: Whip it Out: Post your Top 25 Courses Played
« Reply #1090 on: November 08, 2016, 06:40:48 AM »
Bill McKinley nice to see Cal Club getting a great rating from you. This is one of the most underrated courses I've played in a long time and could (should) switch in the rankings with SF's other highly rated course.

Cave Nil Vino

Brian Bowman

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Re: Whip it Out: Post your Top 25 Courses Played
« Reply #1091 on: November 08, 2016, 11:35:16 AM »
Still warming up as a younger guy here but wanted to put them out there.


-Oakmont
-Muirfield Village
-Camargo Club
-Wolf Run GC
-Firestone (South)
-Valhalla
-Hyde Park CC
-Coldstream CC
-Louisville CC
-NCR CC (South)
-Pelican Hill
-PGA West (Stadium)
-PGA West (Nicklaus Private)
-Green Oaks CC (wonderful ross design in PA)
-Donald Ross at French Lick
-The Club at Olde Stone
-Big Spring CC
-Hurstbourne CC
-Edgewood CC
-Firestone (North)
-TPC Rivers Bend
-Tartan Fields CC
-Toscana CC
-Stonelick Hills
-Totteridge GC


Ian Galbraith

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Re: Whip it Out: Post your Top 25 Courses Played
« Reply #1092 on: November 08, 2016, 03:05:45 PM »

Here is my very parochial list - all but 2 are in Scotland. It's hard to get motivated to travel elsewhere to play until you've sampled all the delights on one's doorstep. As with all such lists the ordering is rather arbitrary so I ended up just asking 'Where would I choose to play if I could get whisked back there tomorrow'. If you're surprised a top Scottish course is not on my list then it's probably just that I haven't played there yet.


1.   Royal Dornoch
2.   Carnoustie
3.   North Berwick
4.   TOC
5.   Machrihanish
6.   The Machrie
7.   Gullane Nr 1
8.   New Course
9.   Cruden Bay
10.   Castle Stuart
11.   Dundonald
12.   Murcar
13.   Arrowtown (NZ)
14.   Dunbar
15.   Glasgow Gailes
16.   Goswick
17.   Shiskene
18.   Kilspindie
19.   Monifieth
20.   Carnoustie Burnside
21.   Mortonhall
22.   The Glen
23.   Auchterarder
24.   Gairloch
25.   Reay


So many fun courses, so little time. :)

Thomas Dai

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Re: Whip it Out: Post your Top 25 Courses Played
« Reply #1093 on: November 09, 2016, 10:39:01 AM »
In no particular order, 25 courses I would like to play frequently -


Dooks
Carne Hackett
Carne Kilmore
Mulranny
Dunfanaghy
The Bann at Castlerock
Annesley at RCD
Portmarnock
Brora
Tain
St Olaf at Cruden Bay
Royal Aberdeen
Carnoustie
TOC
Muirfield
RCP/Deal
Sunningdale New
Tadmarton Heath
Frilford Heath (Green)
Minchinhampton Old
Yelverton
Burnham & Berrow Championship
Burnham & Berrow Channel
Aberdovey
Southerndown


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« Last Edit: November 10, 2016, 12:44:20 PM by Thomas Dai »

Bill McKinley

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Re: Whip it Out: Post your Top 25 Courses Played
« Reply #1094 on: November 09, 2016, 11:31:09 AM »
Bill McKinley nice to see Cal Club getting a great rating from you. This is one of the most underrated courses I've played in a long time and could (should) switch in the rankings with SF's other highly rated course.

Mark,

Yes I thought Cal Club was magnificent.  We played it at the end of a trip to Bandon and we all just loved it.  Kudos to Kyle Phillips on the renovation and kudos to the club for embracing his ideas, one of which was the amazing 7th hole.  I definitely agree with you that it is underrated.
2016 Highlights:  Streamsong Blue (3/17); Streamsong Red (3/17); Charles River Club (5/16); The Country Club - Brookline (5/17); Myopia Hunt Club (5/17); Fishers Island Club (5/18); Aronomink GC (10/16); Pine Valley GC (10/17); Somerset Hills CC (10/18)

Nigel Islam

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Re: Whip it Out: Post your Top 25 Courses Played
« Reply #1095 on: November 09, 2016, 01:09:28 PM »
Still warming up as a younger guy here but wanted to put them out there.


-Oakmont
-Muirfield Village
-Camargo Club
-Wolf Run GC
-Firestone (South)
-Valhalla
-Hyde Park CC
-Coldstream CC
-Louisville CC
-NCR CC (South)
-Pelican Hill
-PGA West (Stadium)
-PGA West (Nicklaus Private)
-Green Oaks CC (wonderful ross design in PA)
-Donald Ross at French Lick
-The Club at Olde Stone
-Big Spring CC
-Hurstbourne CC
-Edgewood CC
-Firestone (North)
-TPC Rivers Bend
-Tartan Fields CC
-Toscana CC
-Stonelick Hills
-Totteridge GC


Louisville CC is a pretty solid place that gets little mention here. I like Big Spring slightly better than Hurstbourne CC too.

Mac Plumart

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Re: Whip it Out: Post your Top 25 Courses Played
« Reply #1096 on: November 17, 2016, 07:21:42 PM »
I think I'm done playing new courses for the year, so here is my Top 25 FAVORITE courses as of 2016...


1)  Cypress Point
2)  Augusta National
3)  Royal County Down
4)  The Golf Club
5)  Dismal Doak
6)  Old MacDonald
7)  The Old Course
8   National Golf Links of America
9)  Sand Hills
10)Pine Valley
11) Kiawah Ocean
12) Pinehurst #2
13) Shinnecock Hills
14) Valley Club
15) Dismal Nicklaus
16) Friar's Head
17) Muirfield
18) Kingsley
19) Chicago Golf
20) Myopia Hunt
21) Shorecares
22) Cal Club
23) Sebonack
24) Prairie Dunes
25) Wolf Point
Sportsman/Adventure loving golfer.

Peter Pallotta

Re: Whip it Out: Post your Top 25 Courses Played
« Reply #1097 on: November 17, 2016, 10:53:13 PM »
This is the worst thing I can admit: I hate this thread. I always have. I hate the smarmy, self referential subject line; I hate the almost total lack of discourse and/or disputation; I hate that it's gone on for 45 pages; I hate the uninspired amalgamation of the most recent Golf Digest-Golf Magazine-Golf Week ratings that the various lists seem to reflect; and I hate that the net result is not a highlighting of joy producing excellence but instead a mind numbing ledger book of facts and figures devoid of any feeling or context or meaning -- the work of accountants, in the language of business. Yes, perhaps "hate" doesn't accurately describe my feeling; it is much too strong a word. But I do "dislike" it very much, and to an unhealthy degree  -- and like some character from Dostoevsky, I am clearly not well. Perhaps this bile is nothing more nor less than the ugly and ignoble passions of jealousy and envy. If so, I have now admited to such mean-minded sentiments, and am prepared to suffer the shunning and banishment that might come my way as a result. But I ask: does anyone have anything to say in my defence?

BCowan

Re: Whip it Out: Post your Top 25 Courses Played
« Reply #1098 on: November 17, 2016, 10:59:56 PM »
This is the worst thing I can admit: I hate this thread. I always have. I hate the smarmy, self referential subject line; I hate the almost total lack of discourse and/or disputation; I hate that it's gone on for 45 pages; I hate the uninspired amalgamation of the most recent Golf Digest-Golf Magazine-Golf Week ratings that the various lists seem to reflect; and I hate that the net result is not a highlighting of joy producing excellence but instead a mind numbing ledger book of facts and figures devoid of any feeling or context or meaning -- the work of accountants, in the language of business. Yes, perhaps "hate" doesn't accurately describe my feeling; it is much too strong a word. But I do "dislike" it very much, and to an unhealthy degree  -- and like some character from Dostoevsky, I am clearly not well. Perhaps this bile is nothing more nor less than the ugly and ignoble passions of jealousy and envy. If so, I have now admited to such mean-minded sentiments, and am prepared to suffer the shunning and banishment that might come my way as a result. But I ask: does anyone have anything to say in my defence?

That was beautiful, you channeled your inner Jkava!  Since it's throwback Thursday, I'll leave you an all time favorite thread of mine!  ''I Hate Golfers''

''I don't think I have ever seen an architectural feature that pisses me off as much as some golfer who I have never met...they might just be standing innocently at the bag drop...or trying on five gloves in front of my as I wait to pay...or like happened last week...they might have all decided to wear matching hats....I've got to go shoot some pool and get a hair cut....but I was wondering...What little things makes you hate people you have never met just because they happen to be golfing where you may choose to be.''

http://www.golfclubatlas.com/forum/index.php/topic,398.0.html

Jim Nugent

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Re: Whip it Out: Post your Top 25 Courses Played
« Reply #1099 on: November 17, 2016, 11:24:58 PM »
Peter, when I read the first sentence of your post, I immediately thought you were going to follow it with a wry-like Peter Pallotta comment along the lines of, "I hate it because I see so many of you playing world top-25 courses, that I can mostly only dream of." 

I personally don't mind the no-discussion aspect of the thread -- we discuss most of these courses over and over elsewhere, and seeing a straight ranking appeals to the elitist/authoritarian in me. 

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