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Title: Your Last Ten
Post by: Sven Nilsen on August 02, 2011, 04:54:57 PM
Stemming from Mac's recent thread, someone made the comment that most of the folks on here generally play average courses.  

Might as well take a survey.  What are the last ten courses you played?

Mine:

Ravisloe - 5
Thunderhawk - 5
Butler - 7
Shepherd's Crook - 6
Skokie - 7
Barnbougle Dunes - 9
Barnbougle Lost Farm - 8
Yarra Yarra - 6
St. Andrew's Beach - 8
Royal Melbourne West - 9
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: PCCraig on August 02, 2011, 05:06:59 PM
It's sad that this dates back now about 2 months, but with a recent move my golf has been limited. However, the courses I've played have been pretty solid with nothing near "average," IMO.

Rochester Golf & Country Club, MN
The Minikahda Club, MN
Interlachen Country Club, MN
Island View Golf Club, MN
Southview Country Club, MN
Keller Golf Club, MN
Big Fish Golf Club, WI
Northland Country Club, MN
Old Elm Club: Blue x 2
Shoreacres: Black, IL
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Bill Shamleffer on August 02, 2011, 05:07:25 PM
Franconia  (Springfield, MA)
Chicopee  (Chicopee, MA)
Longmeadow  (Longmeadow, MA)
Algonquin  (Glendale, MO)
Wintonbury (Bloomfield, CT)
Far Oaks  (Caseyville,IL)
Veterans  (Springfield, MA)
Hampden  (Hampden, MA)
Forest Park  (St. Louis, MO)
Ruth Park (Univeristy City, MO)
Normandie Park  (St. Louis, MO)
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Greg Tallman on August 02, 2011, 05:11:27 PM
Sadly this assignment was rather hard work for me...

Cabo del Sol Ocean (Cabo San Lucas, BCS, Mexico) - 8.5-9
Bahia de los Sueños (Los Planes, BCS, Mexico) - 6
Paraiso del Mar (LaPaz, BCS, Mexico) - 6
Cabo del Sol Desert (Cabo San Lucas, BCS, Mexico) - 7
Diamante (Cabo San Lucas, BCS, Mexico) - 8.5-9
Querencia (San Jose del Cabo, BCS, Mexico) - 5.5
Troon North - Pinnacle? (Scottsdale, AZ) - 6
Estrella Mountain Ranch (Scottsdale, AZ) - 6.5
Long Cove (Hilton Head, SC) - 7
May River (Bluffton, SC) - 7.5

I rarely travel with clubs and am now arguing/debating with my buddy whether we will trek up to Pittsburgh for Oakmont and Laurel Valley during our trip to Morgantown for the West Virginia-LSU game at the end of September. I am a heavy "no" lean on the golf but looking at my list above... perhpas I should reconsider... you know... broaden my horizons and all.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Joel Zuckerman on August 02, 2011, 05:13:20 PM
Heading backwards in time:

Deer Creek (Savannah GA)
Park City GC (Park City, Utah)
Glenwild (PC)
Jeremy Ranch (PC)
Victory Ranch (PC)
Mountain Dell--Canyon (PC)
Promontory--Dye (PC)
Old Town Club (Winston-Salem NC)
The Cardinal (Greensboro NC)
Sedgefield CC (Greensboro NC)
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Jim Colton on August 02, 2011, 05:13:48 PM
Working backwards...I have both sides of the Doak Scale spectrum covered. This is basically my year.

Colorado Golf Club - 6
Castle Pines - 6
Ballyneal (x25-30)- 9
Sanctuary - 0,2
Cantigny - 4
Shinnecock Hills - 9
NGLA - 10
Prairie Landing - 4
Pound Ridge - 0
Riviera - 9

I played a 9 and 7 in there as well, but can't disclose the courses

Total: 57-66
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Patrick Hodgdon on August 02, 2011, 05:14:47 PM
7 out of 10 are Doak 6 and above based on my own ratings using the scale, with the average being 6.

Fred Richards Executive 9-Hole Course (with the wife who's learning how to play) - 2
Interlachen CC - 7
Superior National GC - 4
North Oaks GC - 7
Minneapolis GC - 7
Lawsonia Links - 8
Oak Ridge GC - 6
Pensacola Country Club - 7
Talking Stick North - 6 maybe 7
Bonita Bay East - Pines - 5

Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Sven Nilsen on August 02, 2011, 05:18:44 PM
Patrick:

Thanks for adding the Doak scale scores.  I'm going to edit my original post to include them and hope people do so going forth.

Doesn't have to be Doak's score, just your own analysis using the 10 pt. scale.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Jeff Shelman on August 02, 2011, 05:24:16 PM
Here are mine. Newest is on the bottom. Some really good. One really bad.

Hastings Country Club, Hastings, Minn.

Hazeltine National Golf Club, Chaska, Minn.

Highland National Golf Course, St. Paul, Minn.

Brackett’s Crossing Country Club, Lakeville, Minn.

TPC Twin Cities, Blaine, Minn.

Blackberry Ridge Golf Club, Sartell, Minn.

Hawks Landing Golf Club, Verona, Wis.

Skokie Country Club, Glencoe, Ill.

Blue Mound Golf and Country Club, Wauwatosa, Wis.

Southview Country Club, West St. Paul, Minn.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Patrick Hodgdon on August 02, 2011, 05:24:26 PM
Patrick:

Thanks for adding the Doak scale scores.  I'm going to edit my original post to include them and hope people do so going forth.

Doesn't have to be Doak's score, just your own analysis using the 10 pt. scale.

Just to clarify those are my own scores using the Doak scale. It will be interesting to see the average of everyone's 10.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: George Pazin on August 02, 2011, 05:28:07 PM
Stemming from Mac's recent thread, someone made the comment that most of the folks on here generally play average courses.

Wow, who said this? Could be the envy in me speaking, but it doesn't seem like this group plays average golf courses very often.

I don't know if I could even come up with mine, it would stretch over 7-8 years, probably. Here's a guess:

Pittsburgh North (pretty weak mom and pop'er up north here)
North Park GC (my home muni)
Mountain Ridge (woo hoo! This one rocked)
Pete Dye Golf Club
Mystic Rock
Pensacola CC
Hidden Creek
Grayhawk - Raptor Course
Las Sendas
Eagle Mountain

Not a bad list, though it would be a lot better if it were over a few months, as opposed to almost a decade... :)

EDIT: Damn, forgot about a golf trip with the friends, had to edit out the NM trip.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Jim Jackson on August 02, 2011, 05:31:23 PM
Briggs Ranch
Oak Hills CC, San Antonio
Cabo del Sol, Ocean
Cypress Point
MPCC Shore
Pecan Valley, San Antonio
TPC San Antonio, Oaks
Brackenridge Park GC, San Antonio
San Antonio CC
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Kalen Braley on August 02, 2011, 05:34:11 PM
Hmmm, last ten....

Downriver - An old pre-Great Depression course with wonderful land forms, but is woefully short and only has 4-5 bunkers.
Avondale
Chambers Bay
McCormick Woods - Really fun course near Gold Mountain with an interesting back 9.
Indian Canyon - The Spokane classic!
Palouse Ridge
Qualchan Creek - A fun 1990s style Spokane muni
Hangman Valley
Liberty Lake - Much improved since the redo 3 years ago
Wine Valley
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Darren Gloster on August 02, 2011, 05:35:04 PM
Most recent to oldest

Onion Creek Club (TX) - Home club.  27 holes.  Do the different course combinations count?
Twin Creeks Country Club (TX) - Sister Club
Ballyneal (CO)
Barnbougle Dunes (Tassie)
Lost Farm (Tassie)
13th Beach - Beach Course (VIC, Australia)
River Place (TX) Sister Club
Bandon Trails
Old MacDonald
Bandon Dunes

With Pacific Dunes and Sand Hills coming in at 11 & 12, which I'm counting as they were part of the same trip ;)  

4 Doak's if you include #11 and 3 C&C's if you include #12 + a C&C remodel and 9 holes. #Trend?

Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Tom_Doak on August 02, 2011, 05:35:32 PM
Well, I'm going to blow this premise out of the water.  My last ten:

The Renaissance Club (Sunday)
North Berwick West Links (Friday)
Crystal Downs (previous Sunday, and three other times this year)
Royal Melbourne (in July)
Country Club of Detroit (grand re-opening in June)
North Shore CC (grand re-opening in May)
Augusta National (with a client in January)
Lost Farm (grand opening last December)
Barnbougle Dunes
St. Andrews Beach


Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: George Pazin on August 02, 2011, 05:36:26 PM
Can't hardly tell the difference between mine and Tom's...
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: John Handley on August 02, 2011, 05:37:03 PM
Greg-

I think you last ten is very solid.  I need to tee it up with you.  :)

The Jim's (Colton & Jackson) -

Very, very impressive.


My last 10 would be (my rating on a 1-10):

Texas Star  5
TPC Craig Ranch 6
Gleneagles CC Queen's 4
Timarron CC  5
Bent Tree CC  5
Pumpkin Ridge Witch Hollow  7
Pumpkin Ridge Ghost Creek 7
California Golf Club  8
Dallas Athletc Club Blue  6
Vaquero Club  7

Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: hhuffines on August 02, 2011, 05:37:48 PM
Portmarnock Hotel & Golf Links
Corballis
Royal County Down
Royal Portrush
Portstewart
County Louth
The Island
European Club
Portmarnock Old
Carolina Country Club

Big drop off from #9 to #10 but I had to get back home...
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Gary Slatter on August 02, 2011, 05:38:01 PM
it has been a tough year for me, in order my last ten courses have been:
Banff Springs  8
River Spirit 4
Darcy Ranch 5
Kananaskis  6
other Kananaskis 6
Wolf Creek 6
Canouan GC 7
Old Course 10
Torrance 7
Kittocks 8  best views in Scotland
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: John Handley on August 02, 2011, 05:38:15 PM
Ok Tom wins   ;D
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Don Hyslop on August 02, 2011, 05:39:47 PM
1. Berwick Heights- Weston, Nova Scotia
2, Cabot Links- Inverness, Nova Scotia
3. Eagles Crest- Centreville, Nova Scotia
4. Digby Pines- Digby, Nova Scotia
5. Highland Links- Ingonish, Nova Scotia
6. Riverbend- Durham, New Brunswick
7. Green Gables- Cavendish, Prince Edward Island
8. Glen Afton- Cornwall, Prince Edward Island
9. Eagles Glenn, Cavendish, Prince Edward Island
10. The Links at Crowbush Cove- Prince Edward Island
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Carl Nichols on August 02, 2011, 05:45:48 PM
Most recent to oldest

Bethesda CC [many times]
Bald Peak Colony
Belle Haven
Columbia
Burning Tree
Congressional
Cal Club
Kiawah -- River
Kiawah -- Ocean Course
Kiawah -- Cassique
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Emile Bonfiglio on August 02, 2011, 05:49:10 PM
A lot of local, with a bit of costal.

Pumpkin Ridge (Ghost Creek)
Langdon Farms
Portland Golf Club
One & Only Palmilla - Cabo
Tetherow - Central Oregon
Aspen Lakes - Central Oregon
Newport Dunes - S Padre Texas
Pacific Dunes
Bandon Dunes

Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Garland Bayley on August 02, 2011, 05:49:15 PM
Well, I'm going to blow this premise out of the water.  My last ten:

The Renaissance Club (Sunday)
North Berwick West Links (Friday)
Crystal Downs (previous Sunday, and three other times this year)
Royal Melbourne (in July)
Country Club of Detroit (grand re-opening in June)
North Shore CC (grand re-opening in May)
Augusta National (with a client in January)
Lost Farm (grand opening last December)
Barnbougle Dunes
St. Andrews Beach




I'm in the wrong business.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Mark Pearce on August 02, 2011, 05:51:24 PM
Working backwards:

Crail Balcomie
Elie Sports Club (the 9 hole kids course, not the proper course at The Golf House Club)
New Zealand
Northumberland
Worplesdon
Gerrards Cross
Berkshire Red
Berkshire Blue
Brampton
Spring Valley, WI

Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Will MacEwen on August 02, 2011, 05:53:24 PM
Morningstar GC, Parksville BC
Sagebrush
Pheasant Glen GC Qualicum Beach BC
Qualicum Beach Memorial GC
Pac Dunes
Old Macdonald
Bandon Dunes
Bandon Trails
Victoria GC (Victoria BC)
Royal Colwood

I would say this random sample flatters me.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Tom_Doak on August 02, 2011, 05:55:17 PM
Well, I'm going to blow this premise out of the water.  My last ten:

The Renaissance Club (Sunday)
North Berwick West Links (Friday)
Crystal Downs (previous Sunday, and three other times this year)
Royal Melbourne (in July)
Country Club of Detroit (grand re-opening in June)
North Shore CC (grand re-opening in May)
Augusta National (with a client in January)
Lost Farm (grand opening last December)
Barnbougle Dunes
St. Andrews Beach




I'm in the wrong business.


Garland:

If you stop to consider that my list goes back to December -- because I've only played 9 rounds of golf between January 1 and August 2 -- you would understand the true nature of the golf business better.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Mike Sweeney on August 02, 2011, 05:57:50 PM
The glory days are over but I really love New England golf:

(16 listed as I forget the order from last summer)

Yale Golf Course, CT
Atlantic City CC, NJ
Renault Vineyard, NJ
Rutland Country Club, VT
Equinox Country Club, VT
Wahconah Country Club, MA
Sugarloaf Mountain GC, FL
Hotchkiss School Golf Club, CT
TPC Sawgrass, FL
Chechessee Creek, SC
Poland Spring ME
Mount Snow, VT
Brunswick CC, ME
Taconic GC, MA
The Orchards, MA
Palmetto GC, SC

The only one that I could have skipped in hindsight was Mount Snow. Melvin would be happy, I walked every course except for Mt. Snow due to playing partner who likes a cart, as walking is offered. Chechessee was walking with caddy and TPC was forecaddy and my son drove too while I walked.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Sven Nilsen on August 02, 2011, 06:01:04 PM
Well, I'm going to blow this premise out of the water.  My last ten:

The Renaissance Club (Sunday)
North Berwick West Links (Friday)
Crystal Downs (previous Sunday, and three other times this year)
Royal Melbourne (in July)
Country Club of Detroit (grand re-opening in June)
North Shore CC (grand re-opening in May)
Augusta National (with a client in January)
Lost Farm (grand opening last December)
Barnbougle Dunes
St. Andrews Beach




Tom,

Any chance we can get you to give a scale rating to each of these? 
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: J Sadowsky on August 02, 2011, 06:03:40 PM
Including my round lined up for Saturday:

Laurel Hill
Blue Mash
Reston National
Glenn Dale
Lake Presidential
Lansdowne (Norman)
Danang Golf Club
Robert Trent Jones GC
Pine Valley CC (Fort Wayne)
Wintergreen Resort (Stoney Creek S/T)
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Ash Towe on August 02, 2011, 06:04:07 PM
These should be a bit different, geographically speaking.

North Sore Golf Club, Auckland ( many times )
Napier Golf Club
Kinloch ( Taupo )
Titirangi
Chamberlain Park
Omanu Golf Club
Gulf Harbour
Hope Island
Denerau
Natandola Bay


Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Ryan Admussen on August 02, 2011, 06:04:30 PM
Dating back to late June...

Summit - Ontario
Thornhill - Ontario
Heron Point - Ontario
Glendale - Ontario
Ironwood - Ontario
Cobble Beach - Ontario
Redtail - Ontario
Heritage Pointe - Alberta
D'arcy Ranch - Alberta
Sagebrush - British Columbia
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Doug Wright on August 02, 2011, 06:04:42 PM
Denver CC (x14)
Red Sky Fazio (Wolcott, CO)
Ballyneal (x5)
Bartlett CC (Olean, NY)
Birch Run CC (Allegany, NY)
Bolivar  (NY) GC
Springs Ranch (Colorado Springs, CO) (Doak 0, and the only one I regret playing)
Cape Fear National GC (Brunswick Forest, NC)
CommonGround GC
Wellshire GC (Denver CO)
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: JC Jones on August 02, 2011, 06:04:50 PM
Going most to least recent this year:

Belvedere
Arcadia Bluffs
Crystal Downs
Kingsley Club
Black Forest
Forest Dunes
Elk Rapids Golf Club (9 hole Ross)
Charlevoix Golf Club (9 hole Willie Watson)
Indian River Golf Club (Wilfie Reid)
Old Town Club
Wade Hampton
MountainTop
Headwaters
Holston Hills
Honors Course
Hendersonville CC
Carolina Golf Club
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Cliff Hamm on August 02, 2011, 06:08:55 PM
Newport National
Kettle Brook
Whitinsville
Jamestown
The Ranch
Triggs
Connecticut National
Shennecosett
Lawsonia
Pine Hills - Nicklaus

Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: JNC Lyon on August 02, 2011, 06:09:22 PM
Irondequoit Country Club (Ross, Rochester, NY)
Oak Hill Country Club (West) (Ross, Rochester)
Country Club of Rochester (Ross)
Schuylkill (Ross, Pottsville, PA)
Jeffersonville (Ross, Norristown)
French Creek (Hanse, Elverson)
Rolling Green (Flynn, Sprinfield)
Galen Hall (Findlay/Tillie/Gordon, Reading)
Lancaster (Flynn)
Oak Hill (East) (Ross and other lesser architects)
Dismal River (Nicklaus)
Ballyneal (T-Doak)

A rough ranking would go:

1. Ballyneal
2. Dismal River
3. Rolling Green
4. Lancaster
5. French Creek
6. Oak Hill (West)
7. CC of Rochester
8. Irondequoit
9. Schuylkill
10. Jeffersonville
11. Oak Hill (East) (Trees, trees, Fazios, and more trees)
12. Galen Hall
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Sean Leary on August 02, 2011, 06:18:20 PM
Aldarra
Chambers Bay
Sagebrush
Prairie Dunes
Sahalee
Rock Creek Cattle Co.
Circling Raven
Manito
Cypress Point
LACC North


This made me laugh when I figured it out as I have played so little golf anywhere but my home courses recently, but when I have, they were pretty good.  
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Dave Herrick on August 02, 2011, 06:21:00 PM
A full range of exquisite to average in the extreme in both Northern California and Colorado, from most recent to earliest-
Olympic Lake
Olympic Ocean
Castle Oaks (Ione, CA)
Rancho Murieta North
Rancho Murieta South
Lakewood (CO) Country Club
Commonground
Buffalo Run
Park Hill (Denver)
Ballyneal
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Sean_A on August 02, 2011, 06:24:03 PM
Listed in order of preference

Kington
Burnham x 2
Southfield
Players Club Stranahan
Formby
Alwoodley
Seascale
Minchinhampton Old
Finham

I liked all the courses a load except for Minch Old and Finham.  I won't be making any effort to go back to Finham, but I will give Minch Old another go - it has a certain appeal which is undeniable.  

Ciao
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Eric Smith on August 02, 2011, 06:31:59 PM
Bear Trace
Dismal River
Ballyneal
Augusta CC
The Landings (Palmetto)
Seminole
Rivermont
Secession
Old South
Merion (East)


Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Mac Plumart on August 02, 2011, 06:41:29 PM
St. Ives
Rivermont
Sebonack
NGLA
Tallgrass
Baltusrol Lower
Golf Club of Georgia (Lakeside)
Kiawah Ocean
Lane Creek
White Columns
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Tim Bert on August 02, 2011, 06:49:15 PM
I am pretty sure I have only played 4 courses this year.  If I went back to include 10 courses I'd probably have to go all the way back to June 2010 and then my list would look much more impressive because all of the Bandon Dunes courses would be on the list as well as a couple other nice ones. 

2011
Vanderbilt Legends South
Kingsley Club
Vanderbilt Legends North
The Little Course at Connor Lane (par 3 course)


Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Brian Joines on August 02, 2011, 06:56:52 PM
South Bend CC  (IN)
Firestone CC - North  (OH)
Wolf Run  (IN)
The Orchards  (MA)
C.C. Of Farmington  (CT)
Wintonbury Hills  (CT)
Yale Golf Course  (CT)
Pelican Hill - North  (CA)
The Warren Course  (IN)
Lawsonia - Links  (WI)



Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Mike Benham on August 02, 2011, 07:06:40 PM

I played a 9 and 7 in there as well, but can't disclose the courses



Come on, the underlying purpose of this topic is to brag where we have played this summer ...
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: John Kavanaugh on August 02, 2011, 07:09:01 PM

I played a 9 and 7 in there as well, but can't disclose the courses



Come on, the underlying purpose of this topic is to brag where we have played this summer ...

It's not fair because they are not finished yet.  Obviously he gives the new course at Dismal a 9 which means....Ouch.  No shame in a 7.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: jonathan_becker on August 02, 2011, 07:10:36 PM
Other than my home club which I play all the time, my last 10 starting with the least recent includes

tobacco road
southern pines
dormie club
seminole
sleepy hollow (oh)
elyria
oakmont
mayfield
scioto
kirtland

up next....canton brookside

Edit- I can't seem to remember where I've played!  Corrections made
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Garland Bayley on August 02, 2011, 07:19:01 PM
Other than my home club which I play all the time, my last 10 starting with the least recent includes

the golf club
tobacco road
southern pines
dormie club
seminole
elyria
oakmont
mayfield
scioto
kirtland

up next....canton brookside

Looks like a group of Doak 2s and 3s to me.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Greg Tallman on August 02, 2011, 07:21:48 PM

I played a 9 and 7 in there as well, but can't disclose the courses



Come on, the underlying purpose of this topic is to brag where we have played this summer ...

This summer? My list goes back to a trip to Hilton Head when I was still married for cryin out loud... more than 3 years ago. 
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Daryl David on August 02, 2011, 07:28:24 PM
Tumble Creek
Toscana CC
LA North
Bahía de los Sueños
Diamante
Aldarra
Ballyneal
Colorado Golf Club
Stone Eagle
Plantation

The ones coming up have me salivating.

Castle Stuart
Royal Dornoch
Brora
Nairn
Kingsbarns
Gullane #1
North Berwick
Muirfield
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: jonathan_becker on August 02, 2011, 07:31:22 PM
Other than my home club which I play all the time, my last 10 starting with the least recent includes

the golf club
tobacco road
southern pines
dormie club
seminole
elyria
oakmont
mayfield
scioto
kirtland

up next....canton brookside

Looks like a group of Doak 2s and 3s to me.


Ha!  That joke never gets old!  ;D

The only 2 or 3 in there would be my home club.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Mike_Clayton on August 02, 2011, 07:31:54 PM
Huntingdale
Cologne GC
The Hague
Kennemer
Bad Ragaz
Morfontaine
Chantilly
Victoria
Metropolitan
Kingston Heath
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Jim Colton on August 02, 2011, 07:32:05 PM

I played a 9 and 7 in there as well, but can't disclose the courses



Come on, the underlying purpose of this topic is to brag where we have played this summer ...


It's not fair because they are not finished yet.  Obviously he gives the new course at Dismal a 9 which means....Ouch.  No shame in a 7.


John, I haven't made that 17-mile drive yet.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Jim Nugent on August 02, 2011, 07:36:07 PM
Franconia  (Springfield, MA)
Chicopee  (Chicopee, MA)
Longmeadow  (Longmeadow, MA)
Algonquin  (Glendale, MO)
Wintonbury (Bloomfield, CT)
Far Oaks  (Caseyville,IL)
Veterans  (Springfield, MA)
Hampden  (Hampden, MA)
Forest Park  (St. Louis, MO)
Ruth Park (Univeristy City, MO)
Normandie Park  (St. Louis, MO)


Bill, how do you like Forest Park now, compared to the old days? 

Also curious if they changed Ruth Park.  Looks a little longer on the scorecard.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Steve Salmen on August 02, 2011, 07:48:34 PM
Renaissance Club
Muirfield
Royal Dornoch (x20)
Brora
Gairloch
Durness
Cantigny
Lawsonia
Beverly
Chicago
Next round Aug 17 @ Dunes Club
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Andy Troeger on August 02, 2011, 07:54:18 PM
Four Hills (Alb. NM) -- 3
Arroyo del Oso (Alb.) -- 2
Pine Canyon (Flagstaff) -- 6
Flagstaff Ranch -- 4
Shooting Star -- 8
Glenwild -- 6
Red Ledges -- 5
Warren at Notre Dame -- 6
Milwaukee CC -- 7.5
Lawsonia Links -- 7
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Ron Csigo on August 02, 2011, 08:09:20 PM
Friar's Head - 9
Myopia Hunt Club - 7
The Country Club - 8
Trump National Bedminster (Old) - 5
Shoreacres - 8
Fishers Island - 9
Wade Hampton - 7
Mountaintop - 7
Holston Hills - 7
Seminole - 9
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Matt Bosela on August 02, 2011, 08:29:29 PM
My last ten:

St. Catharines G&CC (multiple rounds), St. Catharines, ON, Canada
Muirfield Village GC (x2), Dublin, OH, USA
Wedgewood G&CC, Powell, OH, USA
Scioto CC, Columbus, OH, USA
The Medallion Club, Westerville, OH, USA
Longaberger GC, Nashport, OH, USA
Glencairn GC, Halton Hills, ON, Canada
National GC of Canada, Woodbridge, ON, Canada
Bethpage State Park - Black Course, Farmingdale, NY, USA
Southampton GC, Southampton, NY, USA

Of those ten, using my own scale, I've played one 9, one 8, two 7's, one 6, two 5's, two 4's and one 2.

This list takes me back to May 24th and it's almost not fair to stop at ten choices, especially since my 11th course was played the same day as my tenth (Southampton GC)

Interestingly enough, my 11-20 list might be a bit stronger, with two 10's but a couple duds in the mix too.  
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: John Kavanaugh on August 02, 2011, 08:34:16 PM
Doesn't the Golfweek rater handbook forbid playing top 50 courses as a rater?
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Ron Csigo on August 02, 2011, 08:40:36 PM
Friar's Head
Myopia Hunt Club
The Country Club
Trump National Bedminster (Old)
Shoreacres
Fishers Island
Wade Hampton
Mountaintop
Holston Hills
Seminole

Ron:  are you, by chance, a pilot? :)

Shivas:  No Sir.  I just rack up the frequent flyer miles.   :)
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Jamey Bryan on August 02, 2011, 08:47:34 PM
Interesting thread......   I can't keep up with you guys, I play a lot of golf, but on mostly very pedestrian courses!

My last 10:

Camden Country Club (many, many times)
Greenville Country Club (Chanticleer)
Greenville Country Club (Riverside)
Woodlands Country Club (very average)
Mid-Carolina Country Club (less than average)
Country Club of Lexington (average, but with a new Super from Sage Valley in spectacular condition)
Palmetto Golf Club (great, as always)
Windemere Country Club (fairly good true Pete/PB Dye design in Columbia, they each did nine holes)
Columbia Country Club (pretty good Ellis Maples design)
Northwoods Country Club (average PB Dye)

My upcoming list is a little more inspiring......

Charlotte Country Club (Ross)
Pine Needles (Ross)
Mid-Pines (Ross)
Southern Pines (Ross)
Ballyhack (Lester George)
Dixie Cup (mostly Lester)

I'm also hoping to get down to Augusta Country Club to play with Mark soon.....

Jamey
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: David Kelly on August 02, 2011, 08:49:10 PM
I'm a piker compared to some here:

Rustic Canyon, Moorpark, CA
Essex G & CC, LaSalle, Canada
Inverness Club, Toledo OH
Indianwood Old, Lake Orion, MI
Plum Hollow CC, Southfield, MI
U of Michigan GC, Ann Arbor, MI
Prairie Dunes CC, Hutchinson, KS
Sandpiper GC, Goleta, CA
Barnbougle Dunes, Bridport, Tasmania
Lost Farm, Bridport, Tasmania
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: JLahrman on August 02, 2011, 08:53:03 PM
Last ten different courses, with the most recent date of play for each

Presidio (7/26)
Alameda Clark (7/17)
Monarch Bay (6/26)
Metropolitan (4/16)
Canyon Lakes (4/9)
Pacific Dunes (3/20)
Bandon Trails (3/19)
Old Macdonald (3/19)
Bandon Dunes (3/18)
Alameda Fry (2/12)
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Joe_Tucholski on August 02, 2011, 09:00:10 PM
The last ten courses I have played (all played in the last month and a half)

Rustic Canyon - Moorpark CA (Gil Hanse/Geoff Shackelford) - Doak 7
Santa Anita Golf Course - Arcadia CA (James Harrison Smith) - Doak 2
Rancho Park- Los Angeles CA (William Bell/William Johnson) - Doak 3
Marshallia Ranch Golf Course - Vandenberg AFB CA (Unknown) - Doak 3
Monarch Dunes - Nipomo CA (Damian Pascuzzo/Steve Pate) - Doak 5
Morro Bay Golf Course - Morro Bay CA (Russell Noyes) - Doak 1
Brookside Golf Club #1 - Pasadena CA (William Bell) - Doak 3
Lincoln Park - San Francisco (Jack Neville/Herbert Fowler/Jack Fleming) - Doak 1 (although the view on 17 is great)
Metropolitan Golf Links - Oakland CA (Johnny Miller/Fred Bliss) Doak 3
Bandon Dunes - Bandon OR (David Kidd) Doak 8

Fairly close to the average course in the world.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Donnie Luper on August 02, 2011, 09:04:05 PM


I rarely travel with clubs and am now arguing/debating with my buddy whether we will trek up to Pittsburgh for Oakmont and Laurel Valley during our trip to Morgantown for the West Virginia-LSU game at the end of September. I am a heavy "no" lean on the golf but looking at my list above... perhpas I should reconsider... you know... broaden my horizons and all.

Greg,
If going that way you should play Pete Dye Golf Club in Bridgewater and Pikewood National in Morgantown!!
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Cory Lewis on August 02, 2011, 09:04:56 PM
Most of my last ten are the result of a trip to Atlanta last week.  

Most recent to least with location and date:

Tobacco Road-Sanford, NC-local since I live in Sanford-played yesterday
Greenville(Chanticleer)- Greenville,SC-(7/28)
TPC at Sugarloaf- Duluth, GA-(7/28)
Hawk's Ridge- Ball Ground, GA-(7/27)
Atlanta CC- Marietta, GA-(7/27)
East Lake- Atlanta,GA-(7/27)
CC of Spartanburg- Spartanburg, SC-(7/26)
Kinloch- Manakin-Sabot, VA-(7/19)
Forest Creek(North)- Pinehurst, NC-(7/11)
Preserve at Jordan Lake- Chapel Hill, NC-(7/7)
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Alex Miller on August 02, 2011, 09:06:19 PM
7-Rustic Canyon
4-Angeles National
3-Rancho Park
3-Los Verdes Golf Course
2-Skylinks Golf Coures
2-El Dorado Park
2-Rec Park
3-Coronado Golf Course
8-Stone Eagle
8-Bandon Trails

These are not official ratings, maybe someone can help me if I'm off.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Ben Sims on August 02, 2011, 09:08:19 PM
This stretches back to last year due to the deployment...from a couple weeks ago to last October

Ballyneal--9.5
Sanctuary--2.0
Palmetto--7.0
Aiken GC--6.0
Wolf Point--9.0
Trophy Club of Atlanta--1.0
Doha Golf Club--5.0
Sleepy Hollow--7.5
Friars Head--8.5
Pine Valley--10.0

That averages out to around a 6.5.  That's an average I'd love to keep.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Donnie Luper on August 02, 2011, 09:14:37 PM
Last 10 with most recent first:

Pine Valley, Cllementon, NJ
Rolling Hills Golf Club, Springfield, PA
Lancaster CC, Lancaster, PA
Ballyhack, Roanoke, VA
Primland, Meadows of Dan, VA
New Bern CC, New Bern, NC
Emerald GC, New Bern, NC
Pete Dye GC, Bridgewater, WV
Pikewood National, Morgantown, WV
Sunnehanna,  Johnstown, WV
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: jeffwarne on August 02, 2011, 09:36:45 PM
Sag Harbor -tonight
The Bridge-last Friday
Southampton-last week
Goat Hill (Shelter Island CC)last week
Myopia-June
Shennecosset-June
Fairview CC-June
Wheatley Hills-June
Ballyliffin New -May
Ballyliffin Old
(can't stop in middle of Ireland trip)

Northwest
Otway
Portsalon
Rosapenna TM
Dunfanaghy
Gweedore
Cruit Island
Narin and Portnoo
Donegal
Newport CC-May

Point Judith-May
Mill River-May
Noyak-April
Palmetto-March
El Campeon-jan
Golden Ocala-jan
Golden Hills-jan
Juliette Falls-jan
El Diablo-jan
Poxabogue-dec



Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Bart Bradley on August 02, 2011, 09:37:09 PM
Last 10 in reverse order

The Olde Farm
Murphy Creek
Ballyneal
Colorado Golf Club
Grandfather
Royal Ashdown Forest
Sunningdale Old
Sunningdale New
Royal Worthington and Newmarket
Hunstanton

2 home clubs, a trip to Colorado, and a trip to England.

Bart
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Matt MacIver on August 02, 2011, 09:55:52 PM
Providence CC – 4 (multiple)
Springfield – 4
Long Leaf – 3
Pinehurst #2 – 9
Mid-South – 4
Pine Needles – 7
Tanglewood – 6
Tot Hill Farm – 7
Red Bridge – 6

Five new-to-me courses this year, six if renovated #2 is included.  5.4 avg. rating but I’ve probably over- and/or under- rated each by at least one…actually likely under- rated as I’m sure this collection could be at least 6.4, but surely aren’t a 4.4. 
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Keith Phillips on August 02, 2011, 09:58:11 PM
Last 10

Montclair Golf
Essex County (NJ)
The Abaco Club
Galloway National
Hidden Creek
Ritz Carlton Club (Jupiter)
Bear Creek
Bayonne
Baltusrol Lower
Mountain Ridge

Next 6 weeks - Mountain Ridge, Ridgewood, Ardsley, Liberty National, Rockaway, Colorado Golf Club, Bear Creek, Broadmoor East
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Scott Warren on August 02, 2011, 10:00:24 PM
Bonnie Doon 4
Springwood 2
Concord 4
St Michael's 4
The Lakes 7-8
New South Wales 7-8
Barnbougle Lost Farm 8
Barnbougle Dunes 9
Kingston Heath 9
Metropolitan 7


I've let myself slip since I got home.

42 new courses in 24 months while I was overseas. 13 new courses in 10 months since I got home to Aus, but Ihave also played a bunch of courses that I have played before.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Scott Stambaugh on August 02, 2011, 10:01:21 PM
Meadow Club- Fairfax, CA
Olympic Lake- SF, CA
GC @ Quail Lodge- Carmel, CA
Cypress Point- PB, CA
MPCC Shore- PB, CA
Chambers Bay- University Place, WA
Veterans Memorial- Walla Walla, WA (technically only nine holes/two bottles of wine)
Wine Valley- Walla Walla, WA
Overlake- Medina, WA
Washington National- Auburn, WA
Willows Run (36 holes, I played Eagle-something-or-other)- Redmond, WA

Scott
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Steve Kline on August 02, 2011, 10:02:44 PM
Camargo (3x for the US Am qualifier today)
Ivy Hills (my home course)
Royal Oak (course tied to my home course)
Hyde Park CC
Terrace Park CC
NCR South (Ohio Am)
Pinuehurst #7
Traditions Golf Club
Sheep Ranch
Pacific Dunes

More than 10 would include Old MacDonald, Bandon Trails, Bandon Dunes, and Ballyneal in that order.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Scott Warren on August 02, 2011, 10:13:27 PM
How'd you go in the qualifier, Steve?
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: David Harshbarger on August 02, 2011, 10:15:16 PM
To counter balance Mr. Doak...

Battenkill (1925 with no pretentions) (NY) (home course)
Edison Club (Emmet) (NY)
Ondawa Greens (the Doak scale has no category for this it is as raw a course as you can imagine, but the repeat plays speak to the magic of the game) (NY)
Shaker Ridge (NY)
Western Turnpike (NY)
St George's (Emmet and the antidote antidote) (NY)
Rustic Canyon (CA)
Dutchess G&CC (praised by Emmet 1897-1926) (NY)
Fairways at Halfmoon (NY)
Saratoga Lake (NY)

1 datum in support of the premise.

And if any of you homos PM me for access to Battenkill...I'll kill you.

Francis
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Mac Plumart on August 02, 2011, 10:17:01 PM
 :)
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Steve Kline on August 02, 2011, 10:17:10 PM
Didn't make it. Shot 74 the first round and was four over my first four. Figured I needed a 65 in the second. Made the turn at -2. Was -1 with four to go. Then birdied 15 and 16. On the par 5 17th I had 76 yards for my third from the fairway and made 8. I could habe just walked in right then. My second round was 71 with 4 bogeys and a triple. I was right about needing a 65.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Mike Hogan on August 02, 2011, 10:17:15 PM
Bemidji Town and Country, Bemidji MN
Dismal River, Mullen NE
Ballyneal Holyoak, Co
Oak Ridge CC, Hopkins, Mn
Rush Creek, Maple Plane, Mn
Deacons Lodge, Pequot Lakes, MN
Old Mac
Pac Dunes
Bandon Dunes
Bandon Trails
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: John Kirk on August 02, 2011, 10:22:06 PM
An off-year in this regard - not much desire to see new things, but love invites based on friendship.

1.  Pumpkin Ridge - Witch Hollow (in spectacular condition, by the way, very firm, fast and deep green.  The best 2" rough I have ever played.)
2.  Pumpkin Ridge - Ghost Creek
3.  Langdon Farms, Canby, OR
4.  Ballyneal, which is a 10, I don't care what others say.
5.  Kinloch (the Virginia one)
6.  Stone Eagle
7.  La Quinta - Mountain Course
8.  La Quinta - The Citrus Club
9.  The Dye Challenge at Mission Hills CC
10.  The four Bandon courses at this year's GCA gathering.  What's it called?
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Peter Ferlicca on August 02, 2011, 10:33:40 PM
Well I have been playing A LOT of golf lately.  During the summer here in Rancho Mirage you can play anywhere and everywhere.   So obviously all my courses are pretty much in the desert.

The Club at Morningside
La Quinta Mountain
Vintage Mountain
PGA West Stadium
Desert Dunes
Dye Challenge at Mission Hills Country Club
Red Hill Country Club
The Ranch at Moreno Valley
Terra Lago North
Tamarisk Country Club
Dinah Shore at Mission Hills Country Club


A bunch of average golf courses, but that what the majority of courses are in the desert.  It is just fun playing something different every day.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Charlie Visconsi on August 02, 2011, 10:56:44 PM
Had to go look at my GHIN but I have been very lucky over the past month:

Philly Cricket Club
Essex Fells
Siwanoy * 3
Merion
Inverness * 6
Baltimore County Club
Belvedere
Kingsley
Baltursol
NGLA

Best score was at Merion; Worst at Kingsley.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Jeff Shelman on August 02, 2011, 11:23:04 PM
I will say that the people on this board certainly make an effort to try to play good golf courses.

Sure, there are some duds in some of these lists. But it certainly looks like most people subscribe to the "life is too short to play bad golf courses" theory.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Shane Wright on August 02, 2011, 11:52:40 PM
With the exception of three, i have definitely not lived according to Jeff Shelman's theory, but my next ten will be in Scotland.

1. Midland Hills
2. Saddleback Ridge
3. White Bear Yacht Club
4. Muscatine Municipal
5. Oak Ridge
6. Sawmill
7. Highland National
8. National GC of KC
9. Boulder Pointe
10. Gates Park
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Will Peterson on August 03, 2011, 12:03:53 AM
Grand Cypress
Black Diamond Ranch - Quarry
Black Diamond Ranch - Ranch
Rio Pinar
Doral - Blue Monster
Doral - McLean Course
Oconomowoc CC
Milwaukee CC
Racine CC
Evansville GC
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Sam Morrow on August 03, 2011, 12:10:00 AM
My last 10, in no particular order because I'm not smart enough to remember in order

1. Cypress Lakes Houston
2. Crown Colony Lufkin
3. Trump National Philadelphia
4. Huntingdon Valley PA
5. Glen Mills PA
6. Dallas National
7. Cedar Crest Dallas
8. Texas Star Euless
9. Champions Cypress Creek
10. Pine Dunes
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Kris Shreiner on August 03, 2011, 12:16:49 AM
Sparse play I'm afraid. Hope to play a bit more this Fall. It's nice to see so many of our lot are getting out a little!

1.Stonewall (Original) PA   A demanding joy!
2.White Clay Creek DEL     One and done.
3.LuLU PA  Little gem!
4.Palatka GC FLA  A 5,800 yd "Executive" Terror!      "The Hardest Little Cat Box I Ever Played!" Tommy Bolt
5. Hidden Creek NJ Quality Golf!
6.Merion (West) PA Underrated and Sporty!  
7.Marsh Creek FL  A Serviceable Private.
8.Seaview (Bay) Engaging "Executive" Outing.
9.Southern Pines NC  Nice surprise!
10. Aronimink  PA  Ron has done wonders...much improved!
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Ben Jarvis on August 03, 2011, 12:18:45 AM
Coming from Australia, i was for fortunate to play the following courses with my father in the last couple of weeks, in order of most recent.

1. Cypress Point Club
2. Spyglass Hill
3. Pebble Beach
4. Old Macdonald
5. Bandon Dunes
6. Bandon Trails
7. Pacific Dunes
8. Olympic Club (par-3 Cliffs Course)
9. Pasatiempo
10. Meadow Club

It's all downhill from here!
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Sev K-H Keil on August 03, 2011, 12:32:46 AM
In order of most recent:

1. Golfclub Fontana (Vienna)
2. Golfclub am Mondsee (Salzburg)
3. Royal Dornoch (Championship)
4. Royal Dornoch (Struie)
5. Deal
6. Swinley Forest
7. Trump National, Bedminster
8. Mid Ocean Club
9. Galloway National
10. Phoenix Country Club

Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Brent Carlson on August 03, 2011, 12:40:02 AM
It's been a good last 10.  I've enjoyed all of these courses.   8)

Chamber's Bay - 8
Pebble Beach - 9
Pacific Grove - 4
Pasatiempo - 8
Rustic Canyon - 7
West Seattle - 5
Seattle - 6
Sahalee - 6
Washington National - 5
U Michigan Golf Course - 7

Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Howard Riefs on August 03, 2011, 12:42:08 AM
- Prairie Landing  (IL)
- The Bull at Pinehurst Farms (WI)
- Winnetka (IL)
- Thunderhawk (IL)
- Sea Island, Seaside Course
- Sea Island, Plantation Course
- Sea Island, Retreat Course
- TPC Sawgrass, Stadium Course
- TPC Sawgrass, Dye Valley Course
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Mark Saltzman on August 03, 2011, 12:53:41 AM
Shooting Star
3 Creek Ranch
Teton Reserve
Huntsman Springs
Teton Pines
Jackson Hole
Chambers Bay
Members Club at Aldarra
Sahalee
Tumble Creek
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Jason Topp on August 03, 2011, 01:20:57 AM
This thread pretty much debunks the average course theory mentioned in the original post.

Oak Ridge
Bunker Hills
Windsong Farm
Southview
Minikahda
White Bear Yacht Club
Town & Country
Big Fish
Northland
Spring Hill

All in MN except Big Fish.

My next three are Brooks National, Spencer Golf & Country Club and a muni where a friend is the pro so my list will look much more average in a couple of weeks.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Greg Murphy on August 03, 2011, 01:36:41 AM
Katepwa Beach (Sask)
Wascana (Sask)
White Bear (Sask)
Kenosee (Sask)
Sutton Bay (SD)
Prairie Club (Dunes/Pines) (NB)
Wild Horse (NB)
Ballyneal (CO)
Colorado Golf Club (CO)
WeKoPa Saguaro (AZ)

One architectural clunker in the bunch but still not a "below average" course, just one that could be a lot better. Wild Horse is a treat - no attempt at spectacle - just one really engaging golf hole after another with bunkering that is both beautiful and restrained
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Colin Macqueen on August 03, 2011, 02:06:09 AM
Gentlemen,
Other than my home club Indooroopilly, Brisbane where I play a couple of times a week the following have been played over the last 2 years.

Balcomie, Crail
Barnbougle Lost Farm, Tasmania
Barnbougle Dunes, Tasmania
Yarra Yarra, Victoria
Commonwealth, Victoria
Peninsula North, Victoria
Woodlands, Victoria
Rustic Canyon, California
Brookside, Pasadena, California
Pasatiempo, California

Cheers Colin
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Jud_T on August 03, 2011, 06:33:30 AM
Bandon Trails
Pac Dunes
Bandon Dunes
Old Mac
Ballyneal
Big Fish, WI
Spring Valley, WI
Beverly
Kingsley
Lawsonia

Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Adam Lawrence on August 03, 2011, 06:46:30 AM
Walton Heath (New)
Dismal River
Ballyneal
Riverdale Dunes
Fossil Trace
Swinley Forest
Palmares
Penina
Berkshire (Red)
Burhill (Old)
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Bill Brightly on August 03, 2011, 07:06:08 AM
Wow, just figured out my list and it rivals TD's!

Hackensack (my home course)
Sauon Valley Old
Saucon Valley Weyhill
Applebrook (Gil Hanse)
Pine Valley (with the owner of Hidden Creek, which led to some interesting GCA discussions!)
Cape Kidnappers
Barnbougle Dunes
Lost Farm
New South Wales
Royal Melbourne
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Leo Barber on August 03, 2011, 07:13:33 AM
Wow, just figured out my list and it rivals TD's!

Hackensack (my home course)
Sauon Valley Old
Saucon Valley Weyhill
Applebrook (Gil Hanse)
Pine Valley (with the owner of Hidden Creek, which led to some interesting GCA discussions!)
Cape Kidnappers
Barnbougle Dunes
Lost Farm
New South Wales
Royal Melbourne

Bill, All the way to NZ and you only played the one course?  Sorry to have missed you.  Very nice list all the same
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Leo Barber on August 03, 2011, 07:27:02 AM
These should be a bit different, geographically speaking.

North Sore Golf Club, Auckland ( many times )
Napier Golf Club
Kinloch ( Taupo )
Titirangi
Chamberlain Park
Omanu Golf Club
Gulf Harbour
Hope Island
Denerau
Natandola Bay




Ash, I can relate

Interesting typo by the way "North Sore Golf Club"!!!  Actually many fond memories at the shore.

Paraparaumu Beach (many times also)
Hamilton Golf Club (really pleasantly surprised, very very good layout on some excellent land - some great short fours)
Royal Wellington GC (look forward to Turner/Macphersons finished product)
Wairakei
Kinloch
The Hills
Judgeford (dotgolf handicap records don't lie!!)
Waihi (great country nz course, lots of fun, always enjoyable holiday golf)
Hastings Golf Club (has the space many nz course lack just wish it had a few shorter fours and a few less trees)
Jacks Point
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Mark Chaplin on August 03, 2011, 07:35:31 AM
New Zealand
Luffness New
Gullane 3
Gullane 2
Kilspindie
Deal
Hankley Common
Glasgow Gailes
Prestwick
Royal Troon

2011 will be my strongest year yet as I've already done Australia & NZ and have a superb US trip lined up. Also hoping for a cheeky Autumn trip to Gullane.....happy days!
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Andrew Mitchell on August 03, 2011, 08:10:41 AM
Working backwards:

Northcliffe (home course)
Notts (Hollinwell)
Hollins Hall
Alwoodley
Burnham & Berrow
Joondalup (Western Australia)
Lake Karrinyup (WA)
Formby Hall
North Berwick
Gullane 2

The last 5 are from 2010 indicating that I've not played much golf in 2011!
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: JR Potts on August 03, 2011, 08:49:26 AM
Briarwood
Medinah 3
Medinah 2
Medinah 1
Kemper Lakes
Cantigny
The Glen Club
Beverly Country Club
Ridgemoor CC
Cog Hill (Dubsdread)
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Bill Brightly on August 03, 2011, 08:53:18 AM
Wow, just figured out my list and it rivals TD's!

Hackensack (my home course)
Sauon Valley Old
Saucon Valley Weyhill
Applebrook (Gil Hanse)
Pine Valley (with the owner of Hidden Creek, which led to some interesting GCA discussions!)
Cape Kidnappers
Barnbougle Dunes
Lost Farm
New South Wales
Royal Melbourne

Bill, All the way to NZ and you only played the one course?  Sorry to have missed you.  Very nice list all the same

Leo,

It was really was "all the way to Australia (with the wife,) might as well add 3 1/2 days to see New Zealand and you get one round, NO MORE, while you are there since you already played 8 times in Australia" :)
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Robin_Hiseman on August 03, 2011, 08:54:41 AM
Huntercombe
Littlestone
Richmond
St. George's Hill
The Players Club (Stranahan)
Bearwood Lakes
Oak Park (Village)
Wentworth (West)
The Royal Golf Club of Bahrain
Foxhills (Longcross)

All since mid May.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Tony Weiler on August 03, 2011, 09:08:17 AM
St. Ives
Rivermont
Sebonack
NGLA
Tallgrass
Baltusrol Lower
Golf Club of Georgia (Lakeside)
Kiawah Ocean
Lane Creek
White Columns


Mac, you have played all those SINCE Rock Creek??
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Tony Weiler on August 03, 2011, 09:20:13 AM
OK, this is from most recent to last, and does not include replays.  I wouldn't call many of them average.

Prairie West GC (Mandan, ND)  3
Hawktree GC (Bismarck, ND)  8
Rock Creek Cattle Co.  9
Kings Walk GC (Grand Forks, ND)  4
Bully Pulpit GC (Medora ND)  6
Rustic Canyon  7
Riviera CC  9
Wildhorse GC  7
Ballyneal  9

Total 62
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: JC Jones on August 03, 2011, 09:21:34 AM
St. Ives
Rivermont
Sebonack
NGLA
Tallgrass
Baltusrol Lower
Golf Club of Georgia (Lakeside)
Kiawah Ocean
Lane Creek
White Columns


Mac, you have played all those SINCE Rock Creek??

He's played all of those since July 15.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Fred Gray on August 03, 2011, 09:30:44 AM
Working backwards

The Ledges (Huntsville, AL HC)
Scotscraig
TOC
TRC
Kingsbarn
Carnoustie
North Berwick
Pensacola CC
Kiva Dunes (Ft Morgan, Al)
The Peninsula (Ft Morgan, Al)

Lots of home course rounds, a Scotland trip, then a beach trip before.

Fred
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Tony Weiler on August 03, 2011, 09:38:06 AM
St. Ives
Rivermont
Sebonack
NGLA
Tallgrass
Baltusrol Lower
Golf Club of Georgia (Lakeside)
Kiawah Ocean
Lane Creek
White Columns


Mac, you have played all those SINCE Rock Creek??

He's played all of those since July 15.

JC, he's my hero!
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Mark Chaplin on August 03, 2011, 09:52:53 AM
Brian - it's pretty special including a couple of new ones for me, I'll let on once I've been just incase something goes wrong!
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Carr Harris on August 03, 2011, 10:06:05 AM
Kirtland
Scioto
Lake Forest (OH)
Merion
Gulph Mills
Bent Tree (OH)
Dormie Club
Southern Pines
Tobacco Road
Carambola (USVI)

Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Michael Goldstein on August 03, 2011, 10:10:33 AM
Peninsula North/South mix (this afternoon, hugely impressive in parts)
Kingston Heath
Mission Hills Shenzhen (Norman)
Mission Hills Haikou * 10
Pine Valley (Beijing)
Shanghai Silport
Riversdale
Royal Melbourne West
Keysborough
National (Moonah)

Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: BDuryee on August 03, 2011, 10:11:08 AM
Most recent to oldest

Wyantenuck MA
Copake NY
Woodlands, ME
Purpoodock, ME
Dedham, MA
Equinox, VT
Vesper, MA
TPC Boston
Prouts Neck, ME
Calendonia, SC
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Sean Leary on August 03, 2011, 10:27:40 AM
Burr,

Quirk on that list, wow. How was Equinox?
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: John Shimp on August 03, 2011, 10:28:48 AM
Just got back from Scotland:

Gullane 1
Gullane 2
Luffness New
North Berwick West Links
Dunbar (nice surprise)
Muirfield
The Old Course
St Andrews New
Kingsbarns
Crail Balcomie

Rained only part of 1 rd....
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: BDuryee on August 03, 2011, 10:33:27 AM
Sean,

Not following the quirk comment? Equinox was fun, but we played in awful weather. We pushed back to the back tee box regardless of where the tees were to stretch it out.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Chip Gaskins on August 03, 2011, 10:33:46 AM
Bayonne
Galloway National
Hollywood
Quaker Ridge
Westchester - West
Caves Valley
Garden City Golf Club
Los Angeles CC - North
Wilshire CC
Haines Point

Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Ben Sims on August 03, 2011, 10:36:41 AM
Stemming from Mac's recent thread, someone made the comment that most of the folks on here generally play average courses.  


Sven,

I'm going to go out on a limb after these past 4 pages and say that whoever made the comment that "folks on here generally play average courses" was mistaken.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Mark Saltzman on August 03, 2011, 10:42:54 AM
Stemming from Mac's recent thread, someone made the comment that most of the folks on here generally play average courses.  


Sven,

I'm going to go out on a limb after these past 4 pages and say that whoever made the comment that "folks on here generally play average courses" was mistaken.

Or perhaps those that do play average courses have no interest in posting with these lists that seem to all include the best courses in the country.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Ben Sims on August 03, 2011, 10:45:19 AM
Mark,

I would hope that people on this site aren't posting their last ten to boast.  Surely we have more intellectual integrity than that!   ;D
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Sean Leary on August 03, 2011, 10:47:44 AM
Burr,

Just that you played some good courses that have serious quirk (a good thing).
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Fred Gray on August 03, 2011, 10:49:41 AM
Ben,

Sadly for most of us, while great courses are in our last 10 courses played, I expect great courses make up less than 20% of our last 100 rounds played.

I, like many here I expect, have played some great courses is the last 10 courses but of the last 100 rounds only about 5 have been on truely great courses.

Happily there are no bad courses on my list and I would expect 85 of my last 100 rounds were on above average courses. Sadly, I do not get to play TOC or North Berwick every week.

Fred
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: PCCraig on August 03, 2011, 10:51:51 AM
Mark,

I would hope that people on this site aren't posting their last ten to boast.  Surely we have more intellectual integrity than that!   ;D

Ben,

I actually posted my last ten courses played according to my handicap posts (plus three rounds which were part of an all day match-play match with friends). What I've lacked in quantity (my ten date back to May I believe) this year I've certainly made up in quality as I've been exploring my new home state. Lots and lots of interesting and solid golf courses up here in Minnesota.

So no, I wasn't trying to boast a la the idiotic "whip it out" thread, however to prove the point of a wise, long time GCA poster when he said his motto is "life is too short to play bad golf courses" :)
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Mike Hendren on August 03, 2011, 10:53:02 AM
Shiloh Falls (3)
Grandfather Mountain - Mountain Springs (6)
Grandfather Mountain - Championship (7)
Mimossa Hills (5)
Temple Hills (2)
Farm Links (5)
Olde Macdonald (8.0)
Pacific Dunes (9.0)
Bandon Trails (8.5)
Bandon Dunes (6.5)

6.0 average is about what I'd expect.

Glad to see some love for Kilspindie, Fossil Trace, Aiken and LuLu.  

Mike

Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: JMEvensky on August 03, 2011, 10:53:09 AM
Stemming from Mac's recent thread, someone made the comment that most of the folks on here generally play average courses.  


Sven,

I'm going to go out on a limb after these past 4 pages and say that whoever made the comment that "folks on here generally play average courses" was mistaken.

Or perhaps those that do play average courses have no interest in posting with these lists that seem to all include the best courses in the country.


Well,since it was I who said it...

There are over 1200 members of this DG.This is a small sampling--I think your comment is probably accurate.A poll such as this is a good excuse to boast.

Also,naming the last 10 courses you played is a lot different then naming where you played your last 100 rounds.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: BDuryee on August 03, 2011, 10:54:08 AM
Sean,

After replying to you, I looked back at my list and assumed that is what you meant. Thinking about it, when most of your golf is played in NE tough not to find the quirk when you factor in the rolling hills of NE and older courses. And then throw in Caledonia as the only course outside of NE in the most recent 10 and I would concur ...a lot of quirk
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Rick Shefchik on August 03, 2011, 10:54:42 AM
Stillwater C.C.
Mendakota
Midland Hills
Olympic Hills
Town & Country
Hazeltine
Northland
Lawsonia
Arizona National
Rochester G&CC
Minikahda

Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Alex Miller on August 03, 2011, 11:11:24 AM
Stemming from Mac's recent thread, someone made the comment that most of the folks on here generally play average courses.  


Sven,

I'm going to go out on a limb after these past 4 pages and say that whoever made the comment that "folks on here generally play average courses" was mistaken.

Or perhaps those that do play average courses have no interest in posting with these lists that seem to all include the best courses in the country.


Well,since it was I who said it...

There are over 1200 members of this DG.This is a small sampling--I think your comment is probably accurate.A poll such as this is a good excuse to boast.

Also,naming the last 10 courses you played is a lot different then naming where you played your last 100 rounds.

I think some of us make more trips than the average person. Ok, a lot more trips. However it seems to me that everyone does a pretty good job of seeking out better courses depending on their region. It seems that many however do subscribe to "life is too short to play bad golf courses".
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Ben Sims on August 03, 2011, 11:15:04 AM
Fred, Pat, JM,

My argument here--and on the "broadening" thread--is that I don't have the resources or time to play something I am not interested in.  There have been plenty of places I have played that weren't great, but had elements of high expectation in them.  I reckon my last 100 courses played would be on par with my last ten list.  That is to say, it would be pretty loaded with quality golf.

Between deployments, flying, financial obligations, etc; I have few opportunities to get out there.  When I do, I'm trying to make doubly sure that I am setting myself up to either learn something new and see something that will inspire me or hang out with friends and be entertained.  

Life's too short to try and learn from poor courses that aren't very good.  Just like life's too short to learn how to lead by being under bad bosses.  
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Bill Hyde on August 03, 2011, 11:22:49 AM
CC of Detroit (multiple times, including one round with a guy who putts pretty well) - 7
Plymouth CC (MA) - didn't play but watched my kid 3x in AJGA event - 7.5
Essex County (MA) - 9
Acushnet Valley (MA) - 6
Winged Foot (West) - 8
Garden City - 9
Shinnecock - 10
NGLA - 10
Oakland Hills - 8
Detroit GC - 6

I would happy to play the rest of my rounds on 8 of those courses...a great year so far!
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Bill Seitz on August 03, 2011, 11:27:52 AM
Spring Valley - Salem, WI (2nd round of a 36 hole day)
Shepherd's Crook - Zion, IL
Maple Meadows - Addison, IL (First time I've ever broken 70)
Ravisloe CC - Flossmoor, IL
Cantigny (Woodside/Lakeside) - Warrenville, IL
Cog Hill #4 - Lemont, IL
Sunset Ridge CC - Northfield, IL
Pine Meadow GC - Mundelein, IL
Beverly CC - Chicago, IL
San Clemente Municipal GC - San Clemente, CA
Rustic Canyon - Moorpark, CA
Arroyo Trabuco - Mission Viejo, CA

That's actually 11, and in that span I've played twice at Cog #4, Sunset Ridge, and Ravisloe.  I'd say most of those are pretty "average", with the exceptions being Dubs, Beverly, and Rustic Canyon.  I'd also argue that most of those courses, even if considered average, are a lot of fun, especially Shepherd's Crook, Spring Valley, and Ravisloe.  Maple Meadows was part of a work outing, and it was fun because I played well in front of clients, but otherwise probably the lowest rated course on this list.  

Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Jud_T on August 03, 2011, 11:31:01 AM
 I'd also argue that most of those courses, even if considered average, are a lot of fun, especially Shepherd's Crook, Spring Valley, and Ravisloe.



Bill,

Shhhh!. You just rattled off my go-to public list!  8)  If you haven't yet, you should check out Highlands of Elgin.  If you like Shepherd's Crook it should be right up your alley...
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: PCCraig on August 03, 2011, 11:35:59 AM
Fred, Pat, JM,

My argument here--and on the "broadening" thread--is that I don't have the resources or time to play something I am not interested in.  There have been plenty of places I have played that weren't great, but had elements of high expectation in them.  I reckon my last 100 courses played would be on par with my last ten list.  That is to say, it would be pretty loaded with quality golf.

Between deployments, flying, financial obligations, etc; I have few opportunities to get out there.  When I do, I'm trying to make doubly sure that I am setting myself up to either learn something new and see something that will inspire me or hang out with friends and be entertained.  

Life's too short to try and learn from poor courses that aren't very good.  Just like life's too short to learn how to lead by being under bad bosses.  

Ben,

I understand and agree with you. This golf season I've moved from a relatively small condo in downtown Chicago to a house in the suburbs of Minneapolis to which I greatly underestimated 1) how big of a pain it is to move your stuff to a new city, and 2) how much work goes into a house! :) Needless to say my general time allotment for golf has been limited. Thankfully I'm afforded half days every other Friday in the Summer and I've done my best to use them to get out and see some different golf courses. Maybe it's that I know I'm not going anywhere, and either are the "average" courses, but I'd rather spend my time searching out the courses that interest me as well.

However, if I'm traveling someplace and looking to fit a few rounds of golf in I generally try to mix in a course that's a little more off the beaten path, compared to the often talked about courses in the area. For example, if someone comes to Minneapolis they are going to try to play Interlachen, White Bear YC, Northland CC, Minnekahda, and Hazeltine, but they'll also ignore a wealth of really interesting and solid courses that don't get much P.R.: Minneapolis Golf Club, Golden Valley, Oak Ridge, Rochester, Keller, Somerset, Midland Hills, Town and Country, etc..
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Greg Tallman on August 03, 2011, 11:39:45 AM
Shiloh Falls (3)
Grandfather Mountain - Mountain Springs (6)
Grandfather Mountain - Championship (7)
Mimossa Hills (5)
Temple Hills (2)
Farm Links (5)
Olde Macdonald (8.0)
Pacific Dunes (9.0)
Bandon Trails (8.5)
Bandon Dunes (6.5)

6.0 average is about what I'd expect.

Glad to see some love for Kilspindie, Fossil Trace, Aiken and LuLu.  

Mike



That is a rather ringing endorsement for the "short" course at Grandfather... is that place a blast or what?
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Bill Seitz on August 03, 2011, 11:42:59 AM
Shhhh!. You just rattled off my go-to public list!  8)  If you haven't yet, you should check out Highlands of Elgin.  If you like Shepherd's Crook it should be right up your alley...

I was up there with the GCA group last year.  Made five birdies and still shot 76.  I also played it the year before when it was half new, half old.  That was an interesting experience.  I'd like to get to Bowes Creek out there as well just to check it out.  

I think the one day combination of Shepherd's Crook, Spring Valley, and Mars' Cheese Castle (to stock up on New Glarus) is going to become a bit more of a regular trip.  Great way to spend the day.  Still hoping to get down to West Lafayette sometime this year as well for Kampen and Coyote Crossing, but time is running out.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Jud_T on August 03, 2011, 11:44:42 AM
I'd also check out Deerpath.  Some old school greens and the best of the north shore town munis IMO...
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: David Stewart on August 03, 2011, 11:46:39 AM
Some I have played more than once, but here is my list of last ten courses:

UNC Finley (Chapel Hill, NC)
Tobacco Road (Sanford, NC)
Mid-Pines (Southern Pines, NC)
Pinehurst No. 2 (Pinehurst, NC)
Southern Pines (Southern Pines, NC)
Lonnie Poole GC (Raleigh, NC - NC State Course)
The Preserve at Jordan Lake (Chapel Hill)
Hickory Stick (Greenwood, IN)
The Pit (Aberdeen, NC - now closed)
Timbergate (Edinburgh, IN)
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: PCCraig on August 03, 2011, 12:04:30 PM
Shhhh!. You just rattled off my go-to public list!  8)  If you haven't yet, you should check out Highlands of Elgin.  If you like Shepherd's Crook it should be right up your alley...

I was up there with the GCA group last year.  Made five birdies and still shot 76.  I also played it the year before when it was half new, half old.  That was an interesting experience.  I'd like to get to Bowes Creek out there as well just to check it out.  

I think the one day combination of Shepherd's Crook, Spring Valley, and Mars' Cheese Castle (to stock up on New Glarus) is going to become a bit more of a regular trip.  Great way to spend the day.  Still hoping to get down to West Lafayette sometime this year as well for Kampen and Coyote Crossing, but time is running out.

Bill,

If you're up in that area Brown Deer Park outside of Milwaukee is pretty solid too. So you can stock up on New Glarus as well as make a visit to Kopps for lunch.

(BTW - One nice thing about the twin cities is that when I'm visiting my brother-in-law outside of St. Paul, I'm only 15 min from the WI border and a restock of NG brew! :) )
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Sven Nilsen on August 03, 2011, 12:22:48 PM
I count over 60% of the latest Golf Mag World Ranking in the lists posted.

Those not played fall into a couple of categories:

Remote - Hirono, Teeth of the Dog, Nine Bridges, Kawana, Nanea, Kauri Cliffs, Tokyo, Durban

Royal - you can figure them out

Private - Winged Foot, Chicago, San Francisco, Southern Hills, Valley Club

There were a few not yet mentioned that surprised me - Ballybunion, Lahinch, Whistling Straits, Harbour Town, Waterville.  

Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Kalen Braley on August 03, 2011, 12:31:50 PM
Safe to say...

I think the point of this thread has been sufficiently proved.  The GCA.com crowd on average is very very far away from your average weekend muni-warrior.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Mike Hendren on August 03, 2011, 12:34:29 PM
Shiloh Falls (3)
Grandfather Mountain - Mountain Springs (6)
Grandfather Mountain - Championship (7)
Mimossa Hills (5)
Temple Hills (2)
Farm Links (5)
Olde Macdonald (8.0)
Pacific Dunes (9.0)
Bandon Trails (8.5)
Bandon Dunes (6.5)

6.0 average is about what I'd expect.

Glad to see some love for Kilspindie, Fossil Trace, Aiken and LuLu.  

Mike



That is a rather ringing endorsement for the "short" course at Grandfather... is that place a blast or what?

Greg, it is indeed a blast.  So much fun that it's easy to miss the stellar architecture.

Mike
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Terry Lavin on August 03, 2011, 12:39:48 PM
Country Club of Orlando
Beverly
Olympia Fields
Dunes Club
North Shore
Shoreacres
Edgewood Valley
Ruth Lake
All Four at Bandon Dunes

Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Bill Seitz on August 03, 2011, 12:50:11 PM
Country Club of Orlando
Beverly
Olympia Fields
Dunes Club
North Shore
Shoreacres
Edgewood Valley
Ruth Lake
All Four at Bandon Dunes



Yeah, those don't suck. 
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Sven Nilsen on August 03, 2011, 12:58:20 PM
Safe to say...

I think the point of this thread has been sufficiently proved.  The GCA.com crowd on average is very very far away from your average weekend muni-warrior.

Kalen:

The point of this thread was a little more involved than just pointing out that this group plays better than average courses.  There were a couple recent thread topics that the responses here shed some light on, including (a) broadening your horizons, (b) who is qualified to pass judgment, (c) a comment on the magazine rankings based on where people actually choose to play and (d) the service this "community" provides to the non-participating reader by actively voicing opinions based on a wealth of experiences.  I'll let people draw their own conclusions on these topics and others not mentioned, but I thoroughly enjoyed the various lists and the commentary.



Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Peter Pallotta on August 03, 2011, 01:23:01 PM
Sven - you're grappling with some interesting issues, but I think you're overestimating what might be gained through the Qs and As on this site.  Note, for example, that there are some 1200 posters registered here, the vast majority of whom have not posted on this thread...and so from a very small sampling of the golfing public (gca.com) you have heard from even a tinier slice (posters on this thread).  And one of the reaons why is probably the same reason I have not posted, i.e. because my answer would be:

Victoria East
Guelph Country Club
Springfield
Guelph Lakes
Osprey Valley - Heathland
Osprey Valley - Hoot
Copetown Woods
Braeben
Lakeview
Wasaga Sands

Aside from maybe Lakeview (Herbert Strong), the Osprey courses (Ian Andrew-Doug Carrick), and Copetown Woods (Dick Kirkapatrick), I'd bet there are not ten posters here who have ever even heard of those courses, let alone played them. Why/how would threads or discussions ever include those courses? And so we never hear about them, here. Multiply that by the 10 courses each played by the thousand gca.com members who haven't posted on this thread and you get 10,000 courses no one ever mentions here.  

Peter
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Roger Wolfe on August 03, 2011, 01:39:43 PM
Carolina Golf Club, Charlotte, NC
Charlotte CC, Charlotte, NC
Preston CC, Kingwood WV
Woodloch CC, Hawley, PA
Primland, Meadows of Dan, VA
Roaring Gap Club, Roaring Gap, NC
Cross Creek CC, Mt Airy, NC
Gaston CC, Gaston, NC
Golden Horseshoe (Gold), Williamsburg, VA
Mimosa Hills Golf & CC, Morganton, NC

Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Anthony Gray on August 03, 2011, 01:52:04 PM
  TN National
  Cruden Bay
  TOC
  Castle Stuart
  Diamante
  Cabo Del Sol
  Pacific Dunes
  Old Macdonald
  Bandon Trails
  Harbour Town

  My addictive mind needs hits and the average course doesn't do it for me.

  Anthony

 
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Matthew Petersen on August 03, 2011, 01:55:46 PM
Going well back into last year since I have barely played at all in 2011 ...

TPC Scottsdale (Champions) (Scottsdale, AZ)
WeKoPa (Saguaro) (Ft McDowell, AZ)
Trilogy at Vistancia (Peoria, AZ)
Biltmore (Links) (Phoenix, AZ)
Alma Golf Club (9-holes, Alma, NE)
Vista Verde (Scottsdale, AZ)
Pointe Lookout Mountain (Phoenix, AZ)
Seven Canyons (Sedona, AZ)
The Boulders (Carefree, AZ)
Ritz Carlton GC at Dove Mountain (Saguaro/Tortolita) (Marana, AZ)
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Mike Sweeney on August 03, 2011, 01:56:19 PM
I'll let people draw their own conclusions on these topics and others not mentioned, but I thoroughly enjoyed the various lists and the commentary.


Nominations for "Greatest Distance Traveled to play Your Last Ten".

1. Tom Doak

2. Mike Whitaker (let's see the list Whit !)

3. Bill Brightly

Sadly, Mr Mayhugh has settled into a England to Kentucky pattern and he maxed out his frequent flyer account last year.  ;)
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Niall C on August 03, 2011, 01:57:37 PM
Just seen this thread, a bit late but here goes

Glasgow Gailes
Nairn Dunbar
Cullen
Moray Old
Moray New
Killermont
Duff House Royal
North Berwick West
Hopeman
Forres

I'd be very happy to play all of them again with the exception of Hopeman which is just OK.

Niall
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Sven Nilsen on August 03, 2011, 01:59:24 PM
Peter:

1.  Out of the 1275 registered posters, I'd say 400 do not participate, used to participate but no longer do or read a lot of the posts but hardly ever chime in.  So lets call it 875 potentially active posters (probably an overestimate).  This thread has 157 replies in less than two days.  If 100 of those 157 provided a list, we're looking at over 10% of the DG responding.  I'm fine with the sample size.  

2.  You'd be right that I had not heard about the courses you noted.  I have now.  Is your point that these courses are somehow not worthy of being discussed on this site?  I doubt that is the case, as they've contributed in some way to the wealth of knowledge you bring to the table.

3.  Part of this exercise was to point out the diversity in courses played by the members of the group, not just the quality.  I actually found the local course knowledge more interesting than the courses that were part of a travel itinerary, as the destination courses rarely contained a surprise.  We all have our constraints on getting out to play (time, money, weather), but its interesting to me to see where people choose to play when they get their golf window.  I love Lahinch, but I don't get to play it that often.  The course that has more value to me is the course I pick when I have a free afternoon.  

Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Dale_McCallon on August 03, 2011, 02:06:09 PM
My list is going to pale in comparision, but here goes...

Miller Memorial (KY)--home course
Ky Dam State Park
Farm Links
RTJ in B'ham (don't remember name)
RTJ in B'ham (the second 18 at site, also not worth remembering)
Limestone Springs
Timberline--if your ever in B'ham area this place was a real treat IMO
Primland
Legacy (TN)
whatever the current name for the course at Opryland hotel is..Gaylord Springs???
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: John Kavanaugh on August 03, 2011, 02:15:34 PM
I don't understand why anyone would participate in a thread like this.  It is an embarrassment, though I am curious to know which Doak client got him on Augusta National.  If one of you who has speculated on IM would care to reveal who, please do.  The one thing I learned about myself is that my Mother was most likely right, if all my friends jumped off a bridge I would have probably followed. I have had to fight the urge to list it up myself.

I so miss the days when guys like Huckaby and Gib would go on and on about how difficult it is to play those courses they didn't feel like visiting but did so for the good of the game.  I know it was all part of the con but it made me feel like I was part of something special.  Now I just feel dirty.

The last ten courses I didn't play for various reasons.

1. Castle Pines
2. Augusta National
3. Muirfield Village
4. The Old Course
5. Carnoustie
6. Colorado Golf Club
7. Rock Creek Cattle
8. Richland County Country Club
9. Los Angeles Country Club
10. Merion
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Ulrich Mayring on August 03, 2011, 02:17:42 PM
There ya go:

- Bachgrund Nessie
- Jakobsberg
- Bad Ems
- Gernsheim
- Winnerod
- Taunus-Weilrod
- Oberzwieselau
- Bachgrund Happy Luck
- Bad Vilbel
- Bonn Godesberg

You're welcome!

Ulrich
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Jud_T on August 03, 2011, 02:19:22 PM
JK,

Can't believe you skipped Carnoustie.  Seems right up your alley and you can get a membership for your bar tab at the club... ;)
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: JMEvensky on August 03, 2011, 02:22:39 PM
There ya go:

- Bachgrund Nessie
- Jakobsberg
- Bad Ems
- Gernsheim
- Winnerod
- Taunus-Weilrod
- Oberzwieselau
- Bachgrund Happy Luck
- Bad Vilbel
- Bonn Godesberg

You're welcome!

Ulrich

Ulrich,a stab in the dark.Any of these in Germany?
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: John Kavanaugh on August 03, 2011, 02:24:22 PM
JK,

Can't believe you skipped Carnoustie.  Seems right up your alley and you can get a membership for your bar tab at the club... ;)

I have boycotted all things Scottish at least until the Lockerbie Bomber dies.  I was moving my golf books last week and fought the urge to go when I stumbled upon a program for the Open.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Mike Hamilton on August 03, 2011, 02:39:37 PM
I count over 60% of the latest Golf Mag World Ranking in the lists posted.

Those not played fall into a couple of categories:

Remote - Hirono, Teeth of the Dog, Nine Bridges, Kawana, Nanea, Kauri Cliffs, Tokyo, Durban

Royal - you can figure them out

Private - Winged Foot, Chicago, San Francisco, Southern Hills, Valley Club

There were a few not yet mentioned that surprised me - Ballybunion, Lahinch, Whistling Straits, Harbour Town, Waterville.  



I’ll help close your gap…

Teeth of the Dog (Casa de Campo, DR)
Dye Fore(Casa de Campo, DR)
The Links(Casa de Campo, DR)
Coronado Muni Golf Course (San Diego, CA)
Steele Canyon Golf Club (San Diego Area)
Salt Creek Golf Club (San Diego Area)
All four at Bandon
Westham Golf Course (Richmond, VA)
Providence Golf Course (Richmond, VA)
Independence Golf Club (Richmond, VA)
Stonehouse (Williamsburg, VA)
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Michael Baldwin on August 03, 2011, 02:41:17 PM
Hunter’s Ridge (Princeton, IL)
Glenwoodie (Glenwood, IL)
Medinah, Course #1
Coyote Run (Flossmoor, IL)
Tango Mar (Tambor, Costa Rica)
Shepherd’s Crook (Zion, IL)
Brush Creek (Springdale, AR – 9 holer where I learned how to play as a kid)
Jackson Park (Chicago)
Ravisloe (Homewood, IL)
Highlands of Elgin (Elgin, IL)

Nothing extaordinary but I enjoyed every one.

Mystic Hills, Blackthorn, and The Warren Course next weekend.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Mike Tanner on August 03, 2011, 02:47:21 PM
Some of these lists are pretty amazing. Mine is definitely more "average." Just goes to show that interest in gca isn't confined to those who play famous courses.

This list goes back to last October. I also played 9 holes at SeaScape (the back nine was closed for aeration) during my OBX tour. My favorite course on the list is the Cavalier because of its classic character.

Kilmarlic GC, NC (Tom Steele)                     
Nags Head GL, NC (Bob Moore)                  
Carolina Club, NC (Russell Breeden)                  
Currituck Club, NC (Rees Jones)   
The Pointe GC, NC   (Russell Breeden)      
Bide-A-Wee, VA (Fred Findlay/Tom Clark)      
Kingsmill/River, VA (P. Dye)   
Red Wing Lake GC, VA (Geo. Cobb/Kevin Tucker)      
V.B. National, VA (P. Dye)
Cavalier G&YC, VA (C. Banks/L. George)
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Mike Benham on August 03, 2011, 03:16:20 PM
Safe to say...

I think the point of this thread has been sufficiently proved.  The GCA.com crowd on average is very very far away from your average weekend muni-warrior.


And here are my last 10, in summary form, names excluded for no other reason as this gets to the root of the question:


6 Publics, avg Doak 3.3

4 Privates, avg Doak 7.0


Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Anthony Gray on August 03, 2011, 03:22:59 PM
I don't understand why anyone would participate in a thread like this.  It is an embarrassment, though I am curious to know which Doak client got him on Augusta National.  If one of you who has speculated on IM would care to reveal who, please do.  The one thing I learned about myself is that my Mother was most likely right, if all my friends jumped off a bridge I would have probably followed. I have had to fight the urge to list it up myself.

I so miss the days when guys like Huckaby and Gib would go on and on about how difficult it is to play those courses they didn't feel like visiting but did so for the good of the game.  I know it was all part of the con but it made me feel like I was part of something special.  Now I just feel dirty.

The last ten courses I didn't play for various reasons.

1. Castle Pines
2. Augusta National
3. Muirfield Village
4. The Old Course
5. Carnoustie
6. Colorado Golf Club
7. Rock Creek Cattle
8. Richland County Country Club
9. Los Angeles Country Club
10. Merion



  What do you think the thread says about someone John?

  Anthony

Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: JR Potts on August 03, 2011, 03:35:09 PM
Country Club of Orlando
Beverly
Olympia Fields
Dunes Club
North Shore
Shoreacres
Edgewood Valley
Ruth Lake
All Four at Bandon Dunes



Aren't you forgetting a big one.....isn't it on an Island?
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Jason Topp on August 03, 2011, 03:35:35 PM
Here are mine. Newest is on the bottom. Some really good. One really bad.

Hastings Country Club, Hastings, Minn.

Hazeltine National Golf Club, Chaska, Minn.

Highland National Golf Course, St. Paul, Minn.

Brackett’s Crossing Country Club, Lakeville, Minn.

TPC Twin Cities, Blaine, Minn.

Blackberry Ridge Golf Club, Sartell, Minn.

Hawks Landing Golf Club, Verona, Wis.

Skokie Country Club, Glencoe, Ill.

Blue Mound Golf and Country Club, Wauwatosa, Wis.

Southview Country Club, West St. Paul, Minn.

I see four potential candidates for "really bad" but am unsure of the winner.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: John Kavanaugh on August 03, 2011, 03:37:20 PM
Selfishness.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Anthony Gray on August 03, 2011, 03:44:14 PM
Selfishness.

  How?

Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Bill_McBride on August 03, 2011, 03:52:21 PM
From most recent to oldest of ten:

Pensacola Country Club (home)
Columbia-Edgewater, Portland x2
Langdon Farms, Portland
Cherokee CC (North) - Atlanta
Rivermont - Atlanta
Champions (Creekside) - Houston
Pacific Dunes
Old Macdonald x2
Bandon Dunes
Shell Landing - Gautier, MS
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Jeff Shelman on August 03, 2011, 04:10:03 PM
Here are mine. Newest is on the bottom. Some really good. One really bad.

Hastings Country Club, Hastings, Minn.

Hazeltine National Golf Club, Chaska, Minn.

Highland National Golf Course, St. Paul, Minn.

Brackett’s Crossing Country Club, Lakeville, Minn.

TPC Twin Cities, Blaine, Minn.

Blackberry Ridge Golf Club, Sartell, Minn.

Hawks Landing Golf Club, Verona, Wis.

Skokie Country Club, Glencoe, Ill.

Blue Mound Golf and Country Club, Wauwatosa, Wis.

Southview Country Club, West St. Paul, Minn.

I see four potential candidates for "really bad" but am unsure of the winner.


The only one on that list that is really bad is Highland National.

Everything else is at least decent. Blackberry Ridge is a Goldstrand that has a stupid first hole and a super tight third hole, but also has a bunch of decent holes. Hawks Landing is a John Harbottle that grew on me as the round went along. Massive fairways, but there were clearly parts of the fairway that gave you a much, much easier approach shot.

TPC Twin Cities, Bracketts and Hastings are all plenty fine in my estimation. I don't love TPC Twin Cities, but I like it more than I did. My round at Bracketts was my first there in seven or eight years and I think it is all right. Hastings has a few too many trees in spots and the first third of the course is pretty boring, but the back nine is pretty fun.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Tony_Muldoon on August 03, 2011, 04:22:01 PM
Not sure of the point of this thread unles you rate them, other than it’s a trip down memory lane.


Epping GC – unclassifiable
Deal   8
South Essex Raven 9 holes very average. 2/3
Crowlands Heath (it’s not really) a bit better than average 3
Formby   7
Seascale 5
Silloth 6
Lytham 6
North Berwick WL   8
Portmarnock 8.5
Edited because I forgot one and I was too mean about another.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Dave McCollum on August 03, 2011, 04:26:31 PM
Canyon Springs (home-Idaho)
Sun Valley (White Clouds-ID)
Sun Valley (Trail Creek-ID)
Jackpot, NV (local-NV)
Bandon (all 4 + walked The Preserve par 3)
93 Golf Ranch (local-Idaho)
Blue Lakes CC (local-Idaho)
Indian Wells (Players, IW, CA)
Eagle Falls (Indio, CA)
Indian Palms CC (Indio, CA)
Huntsman Springs (Driggs, ID)

All this year but Huntsman which was last Fall.  Not seriously into rankings.  All fun for different reasons.  Of interest to the treehouse: Bandon & Huntsman.  Not really worth bragging about.  I'm leaving out some locals, I'm sure. So, for what it's worth, I have no idea.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Mark Pearce on August 03, 2011, 04:28:20 PM
For Tony:
Working backwards:

Crail Balcomie  4
Elie Sports Club (the 9 hole kids course, not the proper course at The Golf House Club) - Really unclassifiable, 2 as a course for us, 7 as a course for kids
New Zealand  6
Northumberland  4
Worplesdon  5
Gerrards Cross  3
Berkshire Red  7
Berkshire Blue  6
Brampton  4
Spring Valley, WI  4


Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: John Kavanaugh on August 03, 2011, 04:31:23 PM
Selfishness.

  How?



Selfish only in the sense that people look like they are playing the courses that fill their needs without regard for those less fortunate.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Scott Szabo on August 03, 2011, 04:52:54 PM
My last ten, and I'd bet not many have played more than a few of these, much less heard of them:

Northeastern 18 (formerly Sterling Country Club) - Sterling, Colorado
Ballyneal - Holyoke, Colorado
Bayside - Ogallala, Nebraska
West Winds - Ogallala, Nebraska
Heritage Hills - McCook, Nebraska
Cross Creek - Cambridge, Nebraska
Wild Horse - Gothenbug, Nebraska
Harmony Club - Timnath, Colorado
Highland Meadows - Windsor, Colorado
Pelican Lakes - Windsor, Colorado


Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Shane Wright on August 03, 2011, 05:52:08 PM
Selfishness.

  How?



Selfish only in the sense that people look like they are playing the courses that fill their needs without regard for those less fortunate.

Define less fortunate, and how many less fortunate people do you know really reading these forums.  Come play Muscatine Municipal or Gates Park with me sometime in Iowa.  I'll introduce you to a few less fortunate who could care less about guys traveling to play the great courses of our world. This question was posed at the height of the golf season here and in the U.K.  There is no surprise that members of the forum here have seen some great tracks over the last couple of months.

Ask the question in October or February and the tune would be a little different.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Scott Warren on August 03, 2011, 06:24:21 PM
Mark Pearce:

The Red a 7 and the Blue only a 6?

You have come across to the dark side? ;D
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Matt Bradley on August 03, 2011, 07:08:26 PM
My last ten in order from most recent to least recent:

Country Club of Bristol- 4
Murphy Creek- 4
Ballyneal- 10
Colorado Golf Club- 6
The Olde Farm- 6
Grandfather Golf and Country Club- 7
Royal Ashdown Forest- 6
Sunningdale Old-8
Sunningdale New-9
Royal Worlington and Newmarket- 8
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: JNC Lyon on August 03, 2011, 07:14:55 PM
Mark Pearce:

The Red a 7 and the Blue only a 6?

You have come across to the dark side? ;D

AND he gave Worplesdon a 5!  Tough, very tough.  What, did you give a Dornoch a 7?
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Patrick Schultheis on August 03, 2011, 07:20:23 PM
From most recent to last:

Tumble Creek
Sagebrush
Aldarra
Shadow Creek
Wynn GC
Claremont GC
North Berwick
Dunbar
Luffness New
Muirfield
Gullane 1

If you go to twelve I pick up:

Gullane 2
Pebble Beach
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Greg Tallman on August 03, 2011, 07:21:36 PM
From most recent to last:

Tumble Creek
Sagebrush
Aldarra
Shadow Creek
Wynn GC
Claremont GC
North Berwick
Dunbar
Luffness New
Muirfield
Gullane 1

If you go to twelve I pick up:

Gullane 2
Pebble Beach


If you go to 12 I am not sure I could recall!!!!
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: John Kavanaugh on August 03, 2011, 07:54:43 PM
Selfishness.

  How?



Selfish only in the sense that people look like they are playing the courses that fill their needs without regard for those less fortunate.

Define less fortunate, and how many less fortunate people do you know really reading these forums.  Come play Muscatine Municipal or Gates Park with me sometime in Iowa.  I'll introduce you to a few less fortunate who could care less about guys traveling to play the great courses of our world. This question was posed at the height of the golf season here and in the U.K.  There is no surprise that members of the forum here have seen some great tracks over the last couple of months.

Ask the question in October or February and the tune would be a little different.

I consider anyone I know outside of this site less fortunate.  Recently on a trip with the less fortunate to Denver we played Evergreen and Fossil Trace.  I missed out on going to Colorado Golf Club, Sanctuary and Castle Pines.  My loss, their gain.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: David Harshbarger on August 03, 2011, 09:31:36 PM
Some of these lists are pretty amazing. Mine is definitely more "average." Just goes to show that interest in gca isn't confined to those who play famous courses.


Other lists say the same thing, but Mike called it out.  Here is to the GCA entusiasts who play the courses they can, but play they do.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Mark Pearce on August 04, 2011, 02:35:58 AM
Scott,

Yes, I'm afraid to say that over the past couple of years my views of the respective merits of the two courses at the Berkshire have changed a little.  Those scores might be a little harsh on the Blue.  Call them both a 7.

John,

I'd have to play Worplesdon again before being persuaded it deserved a higher score but I'd be surprised if I did.  I prefer to be a harsh scorer and I do feel Worpy struggles witha weak opening couple of holes.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: James Boon on August 04, 2011, 03:34:57 AM
Here are mine that show I have played plenty of golf locally with a wee trip to Scotland as well as heading south for a day...

- Radcliffe on Trent, 3 (A Tommy Williamson design that had to be reconfigured when the A52 Radcliffe bypass was carried out)
- Notts (Hollinwell), 8
- New Zealand, 7
- Edgbaston, 5 (Harry Colt in the centre on Birmingham. The club seems more concerned with its high class status than preserving Colt's course)
- Cavendish, 6
- Burnham & Berrow, 8
- Wollaton Park, 4 (Another Williamson course, this one in the centre of Nottingham. Deer and the Hall make for a great setting)
- Carnoustie, 7
- Blairgowrie (Rosemount), 6
- Beau Desert, 7

No apologies for home bias, and there is no way I'll stand by the rankings as without any great scientific analysis, they'd be different tomorrow!  ;D

Outside of this site, Radcliffe and Wollaton are considered as good county courses in Nottinghamshire and they aren't bad to be honest. But on both courses I played with none GCAers who would suddenly proclaim something like "this is a beautiful / great hole" when I certainly didn't think it was, so I figured it was best to just nod and change the subject, to avoid a soap box moment...  ::)

Cheers,

James
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Mark Pearce on August 04, 2011, 04:20:02 AM
James' post reminds me that I omitted Cavendish (6) from my list.  So I should have omitted Spring Valley.  I'm surprised to discover I have played 10 different courses since I returned from  the States in May.  In fact, I have also omitted Slaley Hall Hunting (2) and should also have omitted Brampton.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Brad Wilbur on August 04, 2011, 10:47:55 AM
Most recent to last:

1.  DragonRidge, Henderson, NV
2.  Talking Rock, Prescott, AZ
3.  Bandon Dunes
4.  Pacific Dunes
5.  Bandon Trails
6.  Old MacDonald
7.  Elk Point , Elk Point, SD
8.  We'Ko'Pa Saguaro
9.  Wynn, Las Vegas
10. Coronado, San Diego

Even though it's not in the same league as other courses, it is still nice to play a nine-hole course that you grew up playing at age 11 or 12, and see what changes 45 years have done.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Greg Tallman on August 04, 2011, 12:48:09 PM
Last 10 with most recent first:

Pine Valley, Cllementon, NJ
Rolling Hills Golf Club, Springfield, PA
Lancaster CC, Lancaster, PA
Ballyhack, Roanoke, VA
Primland, Meadows of Dan, VA
New Bern CC, New Bern, NC
Emerald GC, New Bern, NC
Pete Dye GC, Bridgewater, WV
Pikewood National, Morgantown, WV
Sunnehanna,  Johnstown, WV

That is Bridgeport, WV and Johnstown, PA
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Brad Tufts on August 04, 2011, 02:54:48 PM
Indian Pond, MA...yesterday
Tedesco, MA....lots of times
Wyantenuck, MA...5 times in the Mass. Am.
North Berwick, SCOT
Muirfield, SCOT
Royal Aberdeen, SCOT
Peterhead, SCOT
Cruden Bay, SCOT
Royal Dornoch, SCOT
Brora, SCOT

Takes me AAALLLLL the way back to July 1st  :)
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Mike Benham on August 04, 2011, 04:05:36 PM

Takes me AAALLLLL the way back to July 1st  :)



Scores?  No, not your Doak's, your card scores ...
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Greg Tallman on August 04, 2011, 04:23:12 PM
Indian Pond, MA...yesterday
Tedesco, MA....lots of times
Wyantenuck, MA...5 times in the Mass. Am.
North Berwick, SCOT
Muirfield, SCOT
Royal Aberdeen, SCOT
Peterhead, SCOT
Cruden Bay, SCOT
Royal Dornoch, SCOT
Brora, SCOT

Takes me AAALLLLL the way back to July 1st  :)

Gracious the tenth course on my list was played on December 31, 2006!!!!
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Gene Greco on August 04, 2011, 04:37:50 PM
Have had a good year so far including my first hole in one  :) two weeks ago....

National Golf Links     NY  Yesterday

Southampton Golf Club   NY  Repeatedly

Shinnecock Hills   NY  July

Sand Hills   NE   July

Pine Valley   NJ  July

Sebonack   NY   May

Winged Foot West  NY  May

Everglades Club   FL  April

Gulfstream  FL  April

Long Island National  NY  March   

Lake Nona  FL  Feb

Mountain Lake  FL   Feb

Cypress Point Club  CA  Jan

Palo Alto Hills   CA  Jan

Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Carl Nichols on August 04, 2011, 04:45:27 PM
I think we have a winner.....

Where was the hole-in-one?
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Tim Martin on August 04, 2011, 04:49:33 PM
Have had a good year so far including my first hole in one  :) two weeks ago....

National Golf Links     NY  Yesterday

Southampton Golf Club   NY  Repeatedly

Shinnecock Hills   NY  July

Sand Hills   NE   July

Pine Valley   NJ  July

Sebonack   NY   May

Winged Foot West  NY  May

Everglades Club   FL  April

Gulfstream  FL  April

Mountain Lake  FL   Feb

Cypress Point Club  CA  Jan

Palo Alto Hills   CA  Jan



Gene-When is the last time you filled a cavity? Nice list.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Mike Benham on August 04, 2011, 05:00:02 PM

National Golf Links     NY  Yesterday
Southampton Golf Club   NY  Repeatedly
Shinnecock Hills   NY  July
Sand Hills   NE   July
Pine Valley   NJ  July
Sebonack   NY   May
Winged Foot West  NY  May
Everglades Club   FL  April
Gulfstream  FL  April
Mountain Lake  FL   Feb
Cypress Point Club  CA  Jan
Palo Alto Hills   CA  Jan


"One of these things is not like the other ..."
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Gene Greco on August 04, 2011, 05:35:33 PM
   Hole in one was on the Eden....at Southampton.

Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: George Pazin on August 04, 2011, 05:37:38 PM
Congrats on the ace, Gene.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Tony_Muldoon on August 04, 2011, 05:48:39 PM
For Tony:
Working backwards:

Crail Balcomie  4
Elie Sports Club (the 9 hole kids course, not the proper course at The Golf House Club) - Really unclassifiable, 2 as a course for us, 7 as a course for kids
New Zealand  6
Northumberland  4
Worplesdon  5
Gerrards Cross  3
Berkshire Red  7
Berkshire Blue  6
Brampton  4
Spring Valley, WI  4


Thanks Mark, but I too think you are sparing with the marks.  I don’t go as strong as others on here have on Balconie but I still see it as a 5.5 (6 if it were F&F).  That’s a big gap between us.

It’s quite a long time since I’ve been to The Berkshire and I’ve seen a lot of golf since then, however I think it’s interesting that after repeat plays they are slipping in your estimation.   Supports my theory that too many opinions on here are based on not enough plays of a course. Take that to the logical conclusion and once a courses reputation is fixed why bother to think for yourself.  Still it’s most interesting to get the opinions of those you’ve golfed and discussed a course with.

When I think about Golf courses I remember what I like and I have to stop  myself awarding another (Normally hypothetical) point or two.  I don’t dwell on their weaknesses too long once I’ve formed an overall opinion as to how keenly they fit my eye. Scoring them is just another way of apportioning some kind of priority system in setting doewnthe desire for a (return) visit.


Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Scott Warren on August 04, 2011, 05:57:55 PM
Tony,

He didn't say they were slipping - he said his view of their respective merits had changed.

He used to think the Blue was better, now he favours the Red.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Bradley Anderson on August 04, 2011, 05:58:06 PM
Bittersweet
Shoreacres
Birmingham
Camargo
Holston Hills
Franklin Hills
Rackham
Country Club of Detroit
Red Run
Orchard Lake
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Tony_Muldoon on August 04, 2011, 06:00:26 PM
Tony,

He didn't say they were slipping - he said his view of their respective merits had changed.

He used to think the Blue was better, now he favours the Red.

Damm blows my theory, I liked the Red best from my first visit!
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Mark Pearce on August 04, 2011, 06:01:43 PM
Tony,

Yes, I'm a hard marker.  looking at the definitions of the Doak scale it strikes me that the vast majority of posters here are too generous.  A 4 is better than average, a 5 is a very good course.  You may be right about Balcomie, I tend to score courses I belong to lower than I might, to avoid accusations of bias.  Certainly when I played there on Sunday it was in great shape and playing well.  Not as F&F as ideal but it has been a wet summer.

In no way is either course at the Berkshire slipping in my estimation.  Those are good scores.  The Red (Scott's right, my preference between the two is changing) remains the best heathland course I have played.  Berkshire Red remains the 3rd best course I have played this year, behind two world top 10 courses.

p.s. I am well into double figures in plays on each of the Berkshire courses.  Plenty of opportunity to form a view.  Perhaps what is changing is what I look forward to in a golf course.  Whatever it is what isn't changing is how much I enjoy a day at the Berkshire.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Donnie Beck on August 04, 2011, 06:45:25 PM
Friars Head
Shenneocossett
CC of Farmington
The Bridge
Sugarloaf Mountain
Seminole
Hay Harbor
Fishers Island
Lake Of Isles
Shelter Harbor
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: erichunter on August 04, 2011, 07:17:59 PM
Most recent first working back over the last 18 months (need to play more once the temperature retreats into the double digits here in TX).

Grey Rock (formerly Circle C) - Austin, TX - 3
Wolfdancer - Bastrop, TX - 3.5
Barton Creek (Palmer) - Austin, TX - 3.5
Austin Country Club - Austin, TX - 5
Blackwolf Run (Composite) - Kohler, WI - 7
Whistling Straits (Straits) - Kohler, WI - 7
Austin Golf Club - Austin, TX - 7.5
Sage Valley - Graniteville, SC - 7
Augusta National - Augusta, GA - 10
Palmetto - Aiken, SC - 7.5

Covering quite the spectrum in quality of course and quality of my play but always having fun.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Mac Plumart on August 04, 2011, 07:35:23 PM
Eric...

You can't say you played Augusta National, rate it a 10, and not give us an entire thread on your experience.  Whether this was your first time or you play it often, I'd/we'd appreciate a thread on it.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Daryl "Turboe" Boe on August 04, 2011, 07:40:29 PM
WOW, what timing for this question!!!

The only unfortunate part is that I have to limit it to 10 as that wont hardly go back a week...


Royal Portrush  7/22/2011
The Machrie
Machrahanish
Turnberry
Prestwick
The Old Course
St. Andrews - Castle Course
Kingsbarns
Muirfield
Old Musselburgh 7/29/2011

I got a warm fuzzy feeling just thinking about it again.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: JNC Lyon on August 04, 2011, 10:17:58 PM
Scott,

Yes, I'm afraid to say that over the past couple of years my views of the respective merits of the two courses at the Berkshire have changed a little.  Those scores might be a little harsh on the Blue.  Call them both a 7.

John,

I'd have to play Worplesdon again before being persuaded it deserved a higher score but I'd be surprised if I did.  I prefer to be a harsh scorer and I do feel Worpy struggles witha weak opening couple of holes.

I agree, the first two at Worplesdon are not thrillers, and I definitely don't know why everyone is enamored with number one.  However, 3 is an excellent par four, which makes great use of a centerline hazard and a tilted green.  4 is a neat uphill par three (one of three on the course), and 5 is an fantastic par four with a great diagonal tee shot and beautiful raised green.  6 is a short par five by modern standards, but that diabolical front-to-back green provides a great defense.  7 is a solid uphill par three with a wild green and interesting bunkering.  Those first seven holes are all quite good, though maybe not the quality of holes 10 through 14.  Worplesdon was, in my mind, a very solid layout, deserving of at least a 6, maybe a 7.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Brad Tufts on August 04, 2011, 10:52:36 PM

Takes me AAALLLLL the way back to July 1st  :)



Scores?  No, not your Doak's, your card scores ...

Indian Pond, MA...yesterday (76)
Tedesco, MA....lots of times (72-71-71-75-69-68-71-72-73)
Wyantenuck, MA...6 times in the Mass. Am. (68-78-71-71-72-74)
North Berwick, SCOT (71)
Muirfield, SCOT (72)
Royal Aberdeen, SCOT (70)
Peterhead, SCOT (69)
Cruden Bay, SCOT (74)
Royal Dornoch, SCOT (78)
Brora, SCOT (75)

Previous 10 would be Tain (74), Castle Stuart (73-72), The Old Course (72), The New Course (73), Lundin Links (67), Kingsbarns (78), Carnoustie (74), Eden Course (72), Castle Course (77), and Essex County Club (74).
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Deucie Bies on August 04, 2011, 11:19:20 PM
Lake Nona
Sand Hills
Barton Hills CC
Dearborn CC
Oakland Hills CC South
Wuskowhan Players Club
Olympia Fields North
Olympic Lake
LACC North
Chambers Bay
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Ian Andrew on August 04, 2011, 11:59:15 PM
Since then
Maple Downs
Highlands Links
Copper Creek

Early May
Riverdale Dunes, (Denver)
Heritage at Westmoor
Doonbeg
Lahinch
Carne
Enniscrone
Sligo


Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Dónal Ó Ceallaigh on August 05, 2011, 10:56:42 AM
Most recent first and some repeat plays, but there's 10 in the list:

Bro-Bålsta GK (Swe.)
Concra Wood (Irl.)
Rosapenna - Sandy Hills (Irl.)
Dunfanaghy (Irl.)
Cloughaneely (Irl.)
Concra Wood (Irl.)
Bro-Bålsta GK (Swe.)
Sala GK (Swe.)
Wäsby GK (Swe.)
Kungsängen GK - Kings Course (Swe.)
Wäsby GK (Swe.)
Gweedore (Irl.)
Bro-Bålsta GK (Swe.)
Lindö GK (Swe.)

I'm not into rating courses, but what I have found with the above list, is that my impression of these courses has been more positive the second time around. I will post photo tours of many of these courses when I get a chance.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Ben Voelker on August 05, 2011, 01:27:10 PM
My last 10 takes me back to beginning of May, in reverse chronological order.

Bent Tree Golf Course (Council Bluffs, IA)
Peninsula State Park Golf Course (Fish Creek, WI)
Bandon Dunes
Bandon Trails
Pacific Dunes
California Golf Club of San Francisco
Highlands Golf Course (Lincoln, NE)
Holmes Park Golf Course (Lincoln, NE)
Mahoney Golf Course (Lincoln, NE)
Bayside Golf Course (Ogalala, NE)
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Ian Andrew on August 05, 2011, 04:14:27 PM
Ian, Carne and Enniscrone worth the trip in the end?

Yes to Carne for the fun you'll have.
I was glad we went.

Enniscrone is a Top 100 in the World in my books.
Biggest suprise I've had in years
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Jack_Marr on August 06, 2011, 05:45:45 AM
Most recent first and some repeat plays, but there's 10 in the list:


Concra Wood (Irl.)


I'm not into rating courses, but what I have found with the above list, is that my impression of these courses has been more positive the second time around. I will post photo tours of many of these courses when I get a chance.

Donal, what was Concra Wood like?
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Michael Taylor on August 06, 2011, 06:56:57 AM
New South Wales GC
Twin Creeks Golf Club
Eastlake Golf Club
Royal Sydney GC
Carnarvon GC
Concord GC
Fox Hills GC
Royal Queensland GC
New Brighton GC
Camden Lakeside GC

I play almost exclusively out of NSWGC, and apart from Royal Sydney, there is no real decent golf to be found in Sydney unfortunately.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Scott Warren on August 06, 2011, 08:26:51 AM
Except of course for The Lakes, MT, which shits all over Royal Sydney. I'd even suggest The Aus is a better course than R. Syd.

I played Royal again yesterday and I really think that aside from 1-3, 7 and 16 it's an pretty poor golf course. 4, 8, 9, 12, 14, 15 and 17 are truly woeful holes.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Steve Strasheim on August 06, 2011, 08:49:36 AM
Some fun lists with great courses here.

With the good timing of this thread working to my advantage, here is the list (most recent first):

Portmarnock Golf Club
Spanish Point Golf Club
Lahinch Golf Club - The Old Course
Ballybunion Golf Club, Cashen Course
Ballybunion Golf Club, The Old Course
Dalmahoy, East Course
St. Andrews Links, Old Course
Crail Gofing Society, Balcomie Links
Kingarrock Golf Course
Charleton Golf Course
Crail Golfing Society, Craighead Links

That's 11, but included all to list our entire 14 day trip.

Cheers!
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Dónal Ó Ceallaigh on August 06, 2011, 05:30:51 PM
Most recent first and some repeat plays, but there's 10 in the list:


Concra Wood (Irl.)


I'm not into rating courses, but what I have found with the above list, is that my impression of these courses has been more positive the second time around. I will post photo tours of many of these courses when I get a chance.

Donal, what was Concra Wood like?

Jack,

I enjoyed playing Concra Wood. It's a solid layout, and one I would definitely play again. It was my first time playing a Christy O'Connor Jnr design. Although it is surrounded on three sides by Lake Muckno, the lake is only a feature on a handful of the holes; that's something that pleased me as I'm not a great fan of water hazards. The course was in very good condition and the greens, which were quite firm, were the smoothest rolling greens I've played in many years. I will start a photo tour of the course when time permits.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Marty Bonnar on August 06, 2011, 05:36:38 PM
Some fun lists with great courses here.

Charleton Golf Course

Cheers!


Kee-rist, Steve,
how in the freekin wide world of sports did charleton get itself onto your itinerary???
And WHAT did you make of it?
FBD.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Brad Isaacs on August 06, 2011, 05:52:56 PM
Last 10 I playedwith Doak Scale:

1) Rock Creek-  8
2) Shooting Star - 8
3) Huntsman Springs - 7
4) Gray's Crossing - 6
5) Southern Highlands - 7
6) Ballyneal -10
7) TPC Summerlin -6
8) Lake Las Vegas South Shore - 6
9) Galloway National - 7
10) Fishers Island - 10
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Pete Balzer on August 06, 2011, 10:01:13 PM
Keystone Ranch
The Raven Three Peaks
Red sky- Norman
Prairie Club Dunes
Prairie Club Pines
Denver CC
Bayside
Rolling Hills CC
Keystone River Course
Red Sky- Fazio
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Michael Taylor on August 07, 2011, 05:02:37 AM
Except of course for The Lakes, MT, which shits all over Royal Sydney. I'd even suggest The Aus is a better course than R. Syd.

I played Royal again yesterday and I really think that aside from 1-3, 7 and 16 it's an pretty poor golf course. 4, 8, 9, 12, 14, 15 and 17 are truly woeful holes.

Yes I forgot about The Lakes. I haven't played it for awhile now, and I'm keen to get back because the more I play it, the more I 'get' it. I already understand what The Aus and RS are all about. And I disagree that The Aus is a better course than Royal Sydney.

But what do you find to be wrong with those holes you mentioned (4,8,12,14 and 15)? I think 4 is a very good hole, because you have to keep it down the middle to right hand side of the fairway, and hit a solid 2nd over a massive bunker to a nice greensite. It's a brute of a hole and is well needed after the 3 easy holes to start.


8 is a nice drivable par 4. At 269m you need to be absolutely precise with the distance because of the dropoffs, and if you want to layup off the tee you need to steer clear of the bunkers on the right.

12 is by far the worst hole on the course. It desperately needs some tree clearing on the right hand side of the fairway.

What's wrong with 14? I know you'll say the par 3's are repetitive, which they are, but as individual holes I really like them all.

15 is just a straighaway par 4 bunkered both sides of the green, but I do like the internal contours.

17!? Are you serious? The green has 3 distinct sections and deep bunkering that really make you think about your tee shot. Coupled with a bailout area to the left I think it is a fantastic hole.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Scott Warren on August 07, 2011, 06:51:25 AM
Michael:

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But what do you find to be wrong with those holes you mentioned (4,8,12,14 and 15)? I think 4 is a very good hole, because you have to keep it down the middle to right hand side of the fairway, and hit a solid 2nd over a massive bunker to a nice greensite. It's a brute of a hole and is well needed after the 3 easy holes to start.

As with a few holes at R. Syd , there are significant portions of the fairway where an approach is bloked out by trees. And as with a few holes at R. Syd, the greensite is entirely out of sync with the shot you're likely to be playing. It's grotesquely over-bunkered and the shapes around the green are unnaturally similar in shape.

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8 is a nice drivable par 4. At 269m you need to be absolutely precise with the distance because of the dropoffs, and if you want to layup off the tee you need to steer clear of the bunkers on the right.

Hang on, it's a good hole because if you lay up off the tee, the best angle in is from the left, 30m away from the bunkers, which are placed down the right? That sums up Ross Watson to a tee. The bunkers look great but they serve no purpose whatsoever.

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12 is by far the worst hole on the course. It desperately needs some tree clearing on the right hand side of the fairway.

Agreed, it's a pig of a hole.

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What's wrong with 14? I know you'll say the par 3's are repetitive, which they are, but as individual holes I really like them all.

They are a repetitive set and the drop shot, bunker overload par three with a speed hump through the green isn't such a great hole that we need three of them in the space of 12 holes.

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15 is just a straighaway par 4 bunkered both sides of the green, but I do like the internal contours.

Narrow corridor choked by trees, meaning it's a case of hitting the green or pitching out sideways. Then the green is bunkered both sides and the choice line in is from the dead centre of the fairway.

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17!? Are you serious? The green has 3 distinct sections and deep bunkering that really make you think about your tee shot. Coupled with a bailout area to the left I think it is a fantastic hole.

The green has about seven distinct sections, there's a deep bunker right and a steep drop away to the left. And even a good player has a long iron or hybrid in their hand.

This is a prime example of Royal Sydney's greens being designed with seemingly no regard for the shot/club likely to be used for the approach and as with the back nine at Bonnie Doon and his work at Concord, Watson has built a heap of greens with bunkering on one side and shaping on the other that funnels the ball away from the green. It's formulaic and boring.

And the internal shaping goes to show that all wild greens aren't created equal. The individual segments are IMO too small for there to be a reasonable shot at hitting the same segment as the pin - more disconnect between the hole at large and the green design.

Finally, the routing is lacking, with all the good land used in the first nine holes, with minimal changes of direction and a flat, narrow up-and-back deathmarch from there on in.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Steve Strasheim on August 07, 2011, 08:16:42 AM
Hey Mr. FBD,

You made me laugh with that one. The proprieter of our first inn wanted to play with us and lined that up. We had planned on playing Anstruther that day since Balcomie Links was filled up with a tournament, but went with the flow. On the positive side, Charleton had some nice views and low visitor fees.

Links Golf juju came around and made up for this when in Dublin our play with a local ended up having us as guests at Portmarnock. What an absolutely brilliant day that was.

By the way, I read many of your posts when preparing or this this trip. Thank you very much.

steve
Some fun lists with great courses here.

Charleton Golf Course

Cheers!


Kee-rist, Steve,
how in the freekin wide world of sports did charleton get itself onto your itinerary???
And WHAT did you make of it?
FBD.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Mac Plumart on December 05, 2011, 10:30:47 PM
I don't know what made me think of this thread, but I did and I thought I'd update my last ten played list...

Rivermont
Barnsley Gardens The General
University of Kentucky Club Big Blue
The Phoenix Golf Links in Columbus, OH
Olde Stone in Lexington
East Lake
Bandon Dunes
Old Mac
Pac Dunes
Bandon Trails
and on that Bandon Trip I hit Eugene CC (my 11th last played course)
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Mark Saltzman on December 05, 2011, 10:46:31 PM
From most recent to least:

Palmetto Golf Club, SC

Pinehurst #2, NC

Old Town Club, NC

Pinehurst #8, NC

Dormie Club, NC

Carolina GC, NC

Charlotte CC, NC

Sebonack GC, NY

Maidstone Club, NY

Shinnecock Hills GC, NY

Plainfield CC, NJ
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Mac Plumart on December 05, 2011, 10:50:06 PM
Are you in Canada now, Mark, or Florida?  Or in route to another golf trip?   :D
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Mark Saltzman on December 05, 2011, 10:51:53 PM
Are you in Canada now, Mark, or Florida?  Or in route to another golf trip?   :D

I'll be in Florida for a bit starting Wednesday.  Any interest in heading down?  Weather is supposed to be cold in Atlanta this week.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Mac Plumart on December 05, 2011, 10:52:59 PM
Can't do it.  But thanks! 
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Tim Johnson on December 05, 2011, 10:53:45 PM
Hey Mac
Hope all is well.

The course most of you guys play completely dwarf anything I have to add maybe with the exception of Hamilton. Those are some great courses. Especially liked Ian comments regarding Enniscrone and Carne.

Mac, I know you have researched Ireland a bit when deciding Ireland vs Scotland for your trip and I have a quick question that maybe you or some other educated members here might help with. I have a group of buddies doing 10 days in Ireland next August and the routing they have chosen takes them right around NI/Ireland which is a long time in the van. I have suggested basically doing the Northwest coast plus NI which is my favorite. I will list the courses in the route they are going and I was hoping if somebody could convince me that the drive is worth it, I know the courses are incredible but could they not save hours on the road for a better routing.
RCD
Royal Portrush
Sligo/Strandhill
Enniscrone
Lahinch
Fota Island
Old Head
Portmarnoch

Apologies for going OT but didnt really want to start a new thread. I appreciate pretty much every course on this list is great as I have played most of them but are they wasting their time in the van?

Did some quick math and they will be spending roughly 19 hours on the road if the weather is good vs about 9 hours if you take away the drive from Belfast to Carne on day one.

Any insight would be much appreciated.

thanks
Tim


Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Mac Plumart on December 05, 2011, 10:56:09 PM
Tim...I'm not the guy who can answer.  However, I know there are many on here who can answer.  For what it is worth, that trip sounds awesome!
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: John Kavanaugh on December 05, 2011, 10:57:16 PM
I'm always a bit envious of people who say they don't hate anyone.  I don't know why since it is one of the things I do best.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: David Kelly on December 05, 2011, 11:06:38 PM
Last 10:
Rustic Canyon GC
French Lick  - Ross
Prairie Dunes CC
Charles River CC
Eastward Ho CC
Boston GC
Essex County Club
Salem CC
Worcester CC
Pasatiempo

Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Mac Plumart on December 05, 2011, 11:08:08 PM
David...any comments on the Pete Dye in French Lick?  I'm interested to play it, but unsure if it is worth the trip.  Comments?

Scratch that...you said Ross.  My bad.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: jonathan_becker on December 05, 2011, 11:09:48 PM
Riverview (PA)
Lindenwood (PA)
Inverness
Columbus Brookside
TCC Pepper Pike
Friar's Head
Shinnecock
Southampton
Sebonack
Wooster CC (OH)
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Sam Morrow on December 05, 2011, 11:12:22 PM
Since I haven't played in a over a month my last 10 dates back 2 almost 2 months.

1. Cypress Lakes GC Houston
2. Money Hill GC Abita Springs, LA
3. Metairie CC New Orleans
4. Windance CC Gulfport, MS
5. Shell Landing GC Biloxi
6. The Preserve GC Biloxi
7. Grand Bear GC Biloxi
8. Fallen Oak GC Biloxi
9. The Oaks GC Biloxi
10. Kiva Dunes Gulf Shores, AL
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Gary Slatter on December 05, 2011, 11:15:26 PM
last 10, most recent order    (very cold in Calgary this time of the year)

Grande Pines  Orlando    November
Grande Pines
Grande Pines   an excellent find, at Marriott Grande Resort   7 on Florida scale
Nic Faldo's 9 holer at Marriott Orlando  8 good holes, too tough to be a school course
Banff Springs
Kananaskis
Kananaskis  other course
Banff Springs
Shaganappi Pointe
Banff Springs
River Spirit

a quiet golf autumn - however I fall to sleep at night playing the Old Course, usually get to the 13th!
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: David Kelly on December 05, 2011, 11:27:07 PM
David...any comments on the Pete Dye in French Lick?  I'm interested to play it, but unsure if it is worth the trip.  Comments?

Scratch that...you said Ross.  My bad.
Yeah, I played the Ross in some pretty marginal conditions (very soft overall and the greens were slow and bumpy) so I will reserve judgment until I get a chance to play it again. 
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Pete_Pittock on December 05, 2011, 11:31:45 PM
Pacific Dunes
Bandon Dunes
Old Macdonald
Kinloch
Providence
Ballyhack
The Country Club
Reserve Vineyards (North)
Reserve Vineyards (South)
Sagebrush
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Tommy Williamsen on December 05, 2011, 11:35:47 PM
Members Club at Four Streams  MD
Country Club at Woodmore     MD
Ballyhack                             VA
Musgrove Mill GC                  SC
Sedgfield CC                        NC
Old North State                     NC
Bryce Resort                         VA
Hokulia                              HI
Hualalai                              HI
Mauna Kea                         HI
 
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Mark Johnson on December 05, 2011, 11:37:01 PM
My Last Ten -- a bit skewed since not many courses in MN were open in November

Pine Meadow (IL) -- 7
Black Sheep (IL)--  9
Somerset (MN)-- 8.5
Banbury (ID)-- 6
Hillcrest Country Club (ID)-- 7
Minnesota Valley (MN)-- 7
Bent Creek(MN)-- 4.5
Inverwood (MN)-- 4
Glenmore (VA)-- 5.5
Braemar (MN)--2.5









Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Howard Riefs on December 05, 2011, 11:46:49 PM
From most recent to least:

Palmetto Golf Club, SC

Pinehurst #2, NC

Old Town Club, NC

Pinehurst #8, NC

Dormie Club, NC

Carolina GC, NC

Charlotte CC, NC

Sebonack GC, NY

Maidstone Club, NY

Shinnecock Hills GC, NY

Plainfield CC, NJ


AKA sneak preview of photo threads in the pipeline.



Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Sean_A on December 06, 2011, 05:42:48 AM
Listed in order of preference

Kington
Burnham x 2
Southfield
Players Club Stranahan
Formby
Alwoodley
Seascale
Minchinhampton Old
Finham

I liked all the courses a load except for Minch Old and Finham.  I won't be making any effort to go back to Finham, but I will give Minch Old another go - it has a certain appeal which is undeniable.  

Ciao

The only from August which remains the same is Burnham.

In order of preference

Burnham x 3
Beau Desert
Notts
Little Aston
Coxmoor
The New Course
Temple
TOC

I would go back to see them all though.

Ciao
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: David Nelson on December 06, 2011, 06:16:34 AM
Turnberry "Kintyre"
Girvan
Western Gailes
Machrihanish Dunes
Machrihanish
Holsterbro Golf Klub
Lubker Golf Resort
Himmerland Golf Club
Stranraer
Dunskey
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Pete Blaisdell on December 06, 2011, 07:11:21 AM
Keene CC
Bretwood North
Hooper Golf Club
Dublin Lake Club
Blue Hill CC
Blackstone National
Pacific Dunes
Bandon Dunes
Bandon Trails
Old Mac
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Roger Wolfe on December 06, 2011, 07:45:05 AM
Carolina Golf Club
Gaston Country Club
Irish Creek
Raintree Country Club (South)
Kinloch Golf Club
Ballyhack
Carmel Country Club (South)
Oakland Golf Club
Preston Country Club
Primland
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Greg Holland on December 06, 2011, 07:50:46 AM
Greensboro CC - The Farm (Maples/Donald Steel)
GCC - Irving Park (Donald Ross)
Starmount Forest CC (Stiles and Van Kleek/Lester George)
Sedgefield CC (Donald Ross/Kris Spence)
Primland (Donald Steel)
Mid Pines (Donald Ross)
CCNC (Ellis Maples)
Bryan Park Champions (Rees Jones)
Arcadian Shores (rees Jones)
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Jud_T on December 06, 2011, 07:59:15 AM
Kingsley
Shepherd's Crook, Zion, IL
Spring Valley, Salem, WI
Bandon Trails
Old Mac
Pac Dunes
Bandon Dunes
Ballyneal
Beverly CC
Lawsonia

Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Andy Shulman on December 06, 2011, 08:04:01 AM
Bedford Springs
Twin Lakes (Oaks) (VA)
Pacific Grove
Pasatiempo
Kinloch (as Dixie Cup fill-in)
Bull Run (VA)
Mattaponi Springs (VA)
Lansdowne Resort (RTJ II Course) (VA)
Ballyhack
Caverns CC (VA)
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: jeffwarne on December 06, 2011, 08:07:50 AM
12-most recent on top

The Bridge
Southampton
Cherry Creek (Links)
Augusta CC
Palmetto
Camden CC
Sag Harbor
Goat Hill, Shelter Island
Mid Ocean
Tucker's Point
Port Royal
Belmont
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Lou Cutolo on December 06, 2011, 08:56:55 AM
Tall Grass
Bethpage Black
Bayonne
Atlantic
Westchester CC West
Richter Park
Wanumetonomy
National Golf Links
Hollow Brook
Columbia Country Club
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Matt Bosela on December 06, 2011, 09:14:53 AM
From most recent to least:

Palmetto Golf Club, SC
Pinehurst #2, NC
Old Town Club, NC
Pinehurst #8, NC
Dormie Club, NC
Carolina GC, NC
Charlotte CC, NC
Sebonack GC, NY
Maidstone Club, NY
Shinnecock Hills GC, NY
Plainfield CC, NJ

Hey Mark, I know it's cold now but do you ever play at home?  :P
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Matt Bosela on December 06, 2011, 09:25:04 AM
Lochness Links, Welland, ON, Canada (Most Recent - October 16th)
St. Catharines G&CC, St. Catharines, ON, Canada
Grand Niagara, Niagara Falls, ON, Canada
Muirfield Village, Dublin, OH, USA
Wedgewood G&CC, Powell, OH, USA
Scioto CC, Columbus, OH, USA
Medallion Club, Westerville, OH, USA
Longaberger GC, Nashport, OH, USA
Glencairn GC, Halton Hills, ON, Canada
National GC of Canada, Woodbridge, ON, Canada (June 21st)
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Mike Hendren on December 06, 2011, 09:42:52 AM
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Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Tom Bagley on December 06, 2011, 09:44:38 AM
1.  Concord (MA) CC - Ross
2.  TPC Boston - Palmer/Seay, then Hanse
3.  Oak Hill (MA) CC - Stiles/Ross
4.  Fox Chapel (PA) GC - Raynor
5.  Kittansett Club - Flynn/Hood
6.  Longmeadow (MA) CC - Ross
7.  Woodland (MA) GC - Ross and others
8.  Dedham (MA) C&PC - Raynor (?) and others
9.  Charles River (MA) CC - Ross
10. Renaissance (MA) GC - Silva
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Bill_McBride on December 06, 2011, 10:04:21 AM
Other than my home course (Pensacola CC), my most recent 10, mostly courtesy of the Dixie and Buda Cups:

Barton Creek (Crenshaw Cliffside), Austin, TX - Bill Coore & Ben Crenshaw
Barton Creek (Fazio Foothills), Austin TX - Tom Fazio
Providence Golf Club, Richmond VA - Lester George
Kinloch Golf Club, Richmond - Lester George
Ballyhack Golf Club, Roanoke VA - Lester George
New Zealand, Suffolk - Tom Simpson
Littlestone GC, Kent - Laidlaw Purves, then Braid, then Mackenzie
Rye Golf Club, East Sussex - Harry Colt
Liphook Golf Club, Sussex - Arthur Croome and later Tom Simpson
Hankley Common, Sussex - Croome(?), later Braid, then Colt
Walton Heath Old, Sussex - Herbert Fowler
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: George Freeman on December 06, 2011, 10:05:09 AM
Last 10, most recent first:

1. Olympia Fields - North
2. Butterfield CC (Red/White)
3. Olympia Fields - South
4. National Golf Links of America
5. Shinnecock Hills GC
6. Creek Club
7. Bethpage - Black
8. Essex County CC (NJ)
9. Plainfield CC
10. Fishers Island

It was a good run, and one that will be very hard to duplicate!
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Tom Birkert on December 06, 2011, 10:13:13 AM
In order, most recent first. Been a good year which would have been even better if not for health scares!

Sunningdale New
Sunningdale Old
Le Touquet (La Mer)
Loch Lomond
The Old Course
Carnoustie
Oakmont
Cypress Point
Pebble Beach
San Francisco
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Mark Saltzman on December 06, 2011, 10:19:10 AM
Last 10, most recent first:

1. Olympia Fields - North
2. Butterfield CC (Red/White)
3. Olympia Fields - South
4. National Golf Links of America
5. Shinnecock Hills GC
6. Creek Club
7. Bethpage - Black
8. Essex County CC (LI)
9. Plainfield CC
10. Fishers Island

It was a good run, and one that will be very hard to duplicate!

Ho-hum.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Mark Pearce on December 06, 2011, 10:19:56 AM
Bloody hell, Tom!  There are a few on this site who have had good years but that must be about as good a run of ten courses as has ever been had.  Well played.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: John Nixon on December 06, 2011, 10:33:24 AM
All central IN - I don't get around much. Fortunately it's a good area for public golf.

Woodland Country Club
Riverside   
Brookshire   
Wood Wind
Eagle Creek G.C. - The Sycamore Course     
Coffin   
Sahm     
South Grove     
Plum Creek     
Wolf Run G.C.       
 
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Mac Plumart on December 06, 2011, 11:11:03 AM
Tall Grass
Bethpage Black
Bayonne
Atlantic
Westchester CC West
Richter Park
Wanumetonomy
National Golf Links
Hollow Brook
Columbia Country Club

Lou...

Any comments on Tallgrass?  I thought it could be something extra special if the ideal maintenance meld was applied.  You?
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Lou Cutolo on December 06, 2011, 12:11:47 PM

Mac,

Played the day after Thanksgiving and the conditions were less than perfect. They had plugged the greens recently and were sodding 4 or 5 tees. I spoke with the pro after the round and he indicated they have hired a new superintendent and are working on improving the conditions and attempting to have the course play firm and fast. Let hope they do because if this course was in great shape it would be one of the best public options on Long Island.

Lou
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: BCrosby on December 06, 2011, 12:14:26 PM
Tom Birkert wins this on the strength of his US courses alone. Wow.

A hat tip to Bill McBride on his English courses. Interesting group. A man of discerning tastes.

Bob
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Tim Nugent on December 06, 2011, 12:29:56 PM
All these are in Southern Finland so I would bet that not many here have had the opportunity.  Since vareity is the spice of life, I have long ceased to be a Bag Tag Collector and like to trail the road less traveled. On this road you have a much better chance to be surprised by finding a diamond in the rough.  Sometimes it may be just one hole or feature, and even then that makes it worthwhile.  A bonus is that most of the time you get to analyse what's wrong and imagine how to remedy it, if that kind of thing interests you.
Hillside
Helsinki Golf Club The oldest in Finland, referred to asTali
Nord Center  (Fream)
Espoo Golf Club
Hirsula
Linna Golf (Lobb)
kytaja s/e course (McBroom)
Neimenlahti
Master Golf
Kanava
Vuosari
Tusula
and a couple more I can't even begin to try to spell.
There is a Grahme Cooke and RTJII I'd like to get to next year (although they might be a little far away).

John Nixon Try Sandy Pines, just a bit north in DeMotte, you might be pleasently surprised.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Doug Wright on December 06, 2011, 12:48:33 PM
Last 10 till 2012...

Denver Country Club Denver CO
PGA West Stadium La Quinta CO
Marriott Shadow Ridge (Faldo) Palm Desert CA
GC at Redlands Mesa Grand Junction CO
Prairie Dunes Country Club Hutchinson KS
Country Club at Castle Pines Castle Rock, CO
Wellshire Golf Course Denver CO
Saddleback Golf Club Firestone CO
Vail Golf Club Vail CO
Rolling Hills Country Club Golden CO

Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Mac Plumart on December 06, 2011, 01:04:22 PM

Mac,

Played the day after Thanksgiving and the conditions were less than perfect. They had plugged the greens recently and were sodding 4 or 5 tees. I spoke with the pro after the round and he indicated they have hired a new superintendent and are working on improving the conditions and attempting to have the course play firm and fast. Let hope they do because if this course was in great shape it would be one of the best public options on Long Island.

Lou

I agree Lou.  I think the bones are there for something special.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: John Nixon on December 06, 2011, 01:19:24 PM

John Nixon Try Sandy Pines, just a bit north in DeMotte, you might be pleasently surprised.

I will keep that in mind for next season. Thanks.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Bill_McBride on December 06, 2011, 02:43:14 PM
Tom Birkert wins this on the strength of his US courses alone. Wow.

A hat tip to Bill McBride on his English courses. Interesting group. A man of discerning tastes.

Bob

It was a great trip, Bob.  Hankley Common and Liphook in the Buda -- two outstanding courses I had never heard of!! - and Walton Heath, Rye, Littlestone and New Zealand post-Buda.   There is much great golf in England.  You should plan to play in a Buda some day.  Great golf with a congenial crowd.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: John Foley on December 06, 2011, 03:23:12 PM
UNC - Finley
Dormie Club
Oak Hill West
Newport National
Captains _ Starboard
Captains - Port
Waverly Oaks
Misquamicut
Shelter Harbor
Champion Hills - Victor NY (not NC)

Only one round at home other than my club this year - that needs to get fixed next year
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Sean Leary on December 06, 2011, 03:37:48 PM
UNC - Finley
Dormie Club
Oak Hill West
Newport National
Captains _ Starboard
Captains - Port
Waverly Oaks
Misquamicut
Shelter Harbor
Champion Hills - Victor NY (not NC)

Only one round at home other than my club this year - that needs to get fixed next year

The Captains is a pretty good complex....Underrated me thinks.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Ben Sims on December 06, 2011, 03:51:59 PM
Augusta CC
Palmetto GC
Leaning Pines (Laughlin Air Force Base)
Micke Grove (Lodi, CA)
Bandon Trails
Pacific Dunes
**The Preserve at Bandon Dunes
Old Macdonald
**Sheep Ranch
Wolf Point
Dismal River
Bayside

**Don't really count as full rounds.  But as much fun as any on there.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Dub_ONeill on December 06, 2011, 04:46:58 PM
New Albany C. C. (Ohio)
The Golf Club
Rattlesnake Ridge Golf Club
Tartan fields Golf club
Columbus C. C. (Ohio)
North Berwick
Muirfield
Gullane #1
Gullane #2
Dunbar Golf Club
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Mark Chaplin on December 07, 2011, 07:32:24 AM
Tom sorry to hear you've had some health scares, must catch up soon.

Bill is there a second New Zealand golf club in England?  I played a very nice one yesterday in Surrey!

We should play "List your 2010 plays in order" that way Goldie will spend hours working out the exact order of play!!
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Mark Pearce on December 07, 2011, 07:39:36 AM
Bill is there a second New Zealand golf club in England?  I played a very nice one yesterday in Surrey!
How much golf do you play every year?  New Zealand will have been tough in the wind yesterday.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Bill_McBride on December 07, 2011, 07:45:41 AM


Bill is there a second New Zealand golf club in England?  I played a very nice one yesterday in Surrey!



Did we cross a border I missed?   ;D
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Mark Chaplin on December 07, 2011, 08:23:24 AM
Several - Suffolk is north east of London past Essex. Good courses there are Purdis Heath, Aldeburgh and Woodbridge.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Michael Goldstein on December 07, 2011, 08:23:57 AM
Chappas, yes my friend although that is a thing of the past as it is nearly 2012 now... Time flies.
Unfortunately my list has barely changed from this thread in August, with the exception of NSW, The Lakes & Stockton. Hopefully will get back your way in 2012.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Chip Gaskins on December 07, 2011, 08:51:01 AM
Royal Melbourne
St Andrews Beach
Kingston Heath
Barnbougle Dunes
Lost Farm
New South Wales
Fishers Island
Winged Foot
Sleepy Hollow
Yale
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Ian Andrew on December 07, 2011, 09:23:03 AM
This is typical for an architect ...

Last week of of October

Pacific Dunes
Old Macdonald x5 (6 rounds - 3 days)

Cherry Hill x2 (2 rounds - one day)

Early August

Maple Downs
Highlands Links (18 holes in work boots w/ rental clubs)
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Mac Plumart on December 07, 2011, 09:26:29 AM
Highlands Links (18 holes in work boots w/ rental clubs)

Ian, that sounds pretty neat!
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Dave Givnish on December 07, 2011, 09:50:46 AM
1. Desert Forest
2. Desert Highlands
3. Pebble Beach
4. Golf Club Scottsdale
5. Pasatiempo
6. The Preserve
7. Cypress Point
8. San Francisco GC
9. Farmington - VA
10. Kinloch - VA
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Tom Birkert on December 07, 2011, 10:09:32 AM
Tom Birkert wins this on the strength of his US courses alone. Wow.

A hat tip to Bill McBride on his English courses. Interesting group. A man of discerning tastes.

Bob

Bob,

It's not winning, it's the taking part that counts! My colleague on the trip would probably have a more impressive recent list as he was able to complete the trip whereas I had to return home for an emergency.

The atmosphere at top US courses is, in my experience, so welcoming, and that is due to the Members.

We have a different model in terms of access over here, and it's lovely to experience the different cultures.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Mac Plumart on December 07, 2011, 10:21:04 AM
I agree that it isn't "winning" with the most impressive list.  To me, this thread could be a great conversation starter especially in regards to certain great trips and/or hidden gems. 

-Like Lou's mention of Tallgrass.  I'm no expert at this architecture thing, but whoever designed that course has some talent.  That course is well designed and worth playing for sure.

I love stumbling across hidden gems, both in regards to courses and holes.  Adam Clayman told me to continue to play courses regardless if the masses rate them high as I just might find a cool hole and/or course.  He's right.  At The Phoenix Golf Links in Ohio, I found a few really neat holes in the middle of the course...they were fun to play and interesting.  And the 6th hole at Olde Stone resulted in one of my biggest laughs on a golf course with that big ol' hidden bunker in the middle of the fairway. 

Anyway, that is just how I see it.  If someone who's played a lot of golf courses and seems to have similar taste as I do plays some random course that I haven't heard of and likes it...maybe I'll give it a whirl.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Lou Cutolo on December 07, 2011, 11:07:40 AM
Mac,

Gil Hance designed Tall Grass

Lou
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Mac Plumart on December 07, 2011, 11:27:19 AM
Thanks Lou.  But I should have put a smiley or winking icon or something.  I knew it was Gil and was being a goof ball.  Another poor attempt at trying to be funny from me.  Sorry.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Jim Colton on December 07, 2011, 11:35:24 AM
I don't mean to brag, I don't mean to boast. But this last ten is like hot butter on your breakfast toast:

Pacific Dunes
Bandon Trails
Old Macdonald
Somerset Hills
Trump Colorado
Prairie Landing
Cantigny
National Golf Links of America
Colorado Golf Club
Castle Pines
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Bill McKinley on December 07, 2011, 03:19:18 PM
1. Canterbury Golf Club
2. Muirfield Village Golf Club
3. Fairlawn Country Club
4. Firestone Country Club (South Course)
5. Merion Golf Club (East Course)
6. French Creek Golf Club
7. Oakmont Country Club
8. Sand Ridge Golf Club
9. Acacia Country Club
10. Barrington Golf Club
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Ross Harmon on December 07, 2011, 03:24:59 PM
This is everywhere I played in 2011... with# of times (if more than 1), from order of course visited most recent to oldest.

Broken Tee, Englewood, CO (x5)
Ballyneal, Holyoke, CO (x5)
Riverdale Dunes, Brighton, CO (x4)
Ridge at Castle Pines, Castle Pines North, CO
Maxinkuckee CC, Culver, IN (x10+)
Mystic Hills, Culver, IN (x2)
Buffalo Run, Commerce City, CO
Cog Hill Dubsdread, Lemont, IL
Dye Fore, Casa de Campo, DR (x2)
La Romana CC, Casa de Campo, DR
Teeth of the Dog, Casa de Campo, DR (x3)
The Links, Casa de Campo, DR
La Cana, Punta Cana, DR
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Jeff Shelman on December 07, 2011, 03:28:05 PM
Here is an updated list from me. From newest to oldest.

Old Chatham Golf Club, Durham, N.C.
Greensboro Country Club (Farm), Greensboro, N.C.
Southview Country Club, West St. Paul, Minn.
Minnesota Valley Country Club, Bloomington, Minn.
Rochester Golf and Country Club, Rochester, Minn.
Eau Claire Golf and Country Club, Altoona, Wis.
Northland Country Club, Duluth, Minn.
Big Fish Golf Club, Hayward, Wis.
Mendakota Country Club, Mendota Heights, Minn.
Edina Country Club, Edina, Minn.

Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Sven Nilsen on December 07, 2011, 05:48:36 PM
This is everywhere I played in 2011... with# of times (if more than 1), from order of course visited most recent to oldest.

Broken Tee, Englewood, CO (x5)
Ballyneal, Holyoke, CO (x5)
Riverdale Dunes, Brighton, CO (x4)
Ridge at Castle Pines, Castle Pines North, CO
Maxinkuckee CC, Culver, IN (x10+)
Mystic Hills, Culver, IN (x2)
Buffalo Run, Commerce City, CO
Cog Hill Dubsdread, Lemont, IL
Dye Fore, Casa de Campo, DR (x2)
La Romana CC, Casa de Campo, DR
Teeth of the Dog, Casa de Campo, DR (x3)
The Links, Casa de Campo, DR
La Cana, Punta Cana, DR

Ross:

What's your take on Mystic Hills?
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Mark Chaplin on December 07, 2011, 07:47:00 PM
Goldie is 2012 when you get a proper job?? We'll have a beer or two and a few games if you get over next year, just remember some street shoes! Don't forget Dickie Laurenson is also still in London.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Michael Baldwin on December 07, 2011, 08:26:26 PM
Mostly Chicago area public courses with the exception of a charity outing at Medinah and a honeymoon round in Costa Rica.

Tango Mar Beach and Golf Resort - Tambor, Costa Rica
Coyote Run GC - Flossmoor, IL
Medinah CC (#1) - Medinah, IL
Glenwoodie GC - Glenwood, IL
Mystic Hills GC (x2) - Culver, IN
The Warren Course - South Bend, IN
Jackson Park GC - Chicago, IL
Hunter's Ridge GC - Princeton, IL
Ravisloe CC - Homewood, IL
Stonewall Orchard - Grayslake, IL

Sven,

I'm not Ross but, I enjoyed a 36 hole day at Mystic Hills in August (played The Warren Course the next day).  Definitely a tale of two very different nines.  The dramatic terrain and wild greens were a nice departure from the flattish courses around Chicago.  My only complaint is that I used the same club on three of the four par 3's.  We solved that issue on the second round by moving up a tee on 3 and 17. 

The value was exceptional.  The casual, family run, vibe was great.  We had between round hot dogs with the Super who was quite proud of the whole operation.  I'm planning on going back at least once next season.

 
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: jonathan_becker on December 07, 2011, 08:29:27 PM
Michael,

Wow!  Including myself and one other GCAer, I figured no one else on this board had been to Tango Mar
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Michael Baldwin on December 07, 2011, 08:44:15 PM
Jonathan,

I thought I would be the only one!  We spent the second half of our honeymoon at Tango Mar.  The golf course is one of the quirkiest I've ever played: criss-crossing holes, the smallest green I've ever seen (#2), horse tracks on the greens, and a couple free-range dogs who joined me for a hole (until they realized I didn't have any food to give).  Not surprisingly, I had the whole course to myself.

Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: jonathan_becker on December 07, 2011, 08:56:03 PM
Michael,

I didn't get to play it because I dislocated my shoulder the night before.... but here's a shot for you of my buddy, Carr.  Man, I still can't believe someone else has seen this place!

(http://i618.photobucket.com/albums/tt263/dfjb23/BG2.jpg)
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Matthew Sander on December 07, 2011, 09:13:25 PM
Jonathan,

You're burying the lead my man...dislocated shoulder? In Costa Rica? That sounds like the stuff legends are made of...
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: jonathan_becker on December 07, 2011, 09:20:12 PM
Matthew,

I can assure you that major injuries in third-world countries are not recommended. 

PM sent!
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Mac Plumart on December 07, 2011, 10:08:48 PM
Old Macdonald
Bandon Dunes
Bandon Trails
San francisco golf club
Olympic club
Berkshire Red
Royal Cinque Ports
Strandhill
Donegal
Sligo

The highlight of this ten and of my golfing life to date? The Bandon courses - absolutely incredible place - believe me, the Americans can do links golf!  I thought I had seen some nice places but Bandon takes the biscuit for me. As a whole that is. 36 at Pacific Dunes tomorrow. I think I will be coming back here for many years to come.

That is a strong statement from an Irishman (I have that right don't I?).  What was your favorite of the Bandon mix?  Well, wait until you hit Pacific Dunes before you answer.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Greg Ross on December 07, 2011, 10:11:55 PM
Probably not too exciting for anyone, but:
Carolina Golf Club
Cowans Ford
Pine Needles
Mid Pines
Tobacco Road
The Pit
Pinehurst National
Southern Pines
Little River
Tanglewood

Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Brad Klein on December 07, 2011, 10:12:27 PM
Kiawah-Ocean
Bulls Bay
Kiawah-Cassique
Southampton GC
St. George's G&CC
Woodmere Club
Grand Cypress-Old
Old Macdonald
Bandon Dunes
Pacific Dunes
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Eric Smith on December 07, 2011, 10:19:17 PM
Happy to hear you're having fun, Brian. The rest is (more) icing on the cake!
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Mike Hamilton on December 07, 2011, 10:22:05 PM
All Richmond VA area unless noted

Westham Golf Club - Chesterfield VA (only 9 holes completed to date)
Indepedence Golf Club Par 3 course - Match play against my sons (I lost)
Hermitage Country Club - Manakin Course
Providence Golf Club
Kinloch Golf Club
Ballyhack Golf Club (Roanoke, VA)
Stonehenge Country Club
Kingsmill River Course (Williamsburg, VA)
Spring Creek Golf Club (Gordonsville, VA)
Chambers Bay - (Tacoma)
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Mac Plumart on December 07, 2011, 10:24:17 PM
First off, Greg.  I do, indeed, find your list exciting/interesting.  Carloina Golf Club has caught my interest.  How do you compare it to Pine Needles, for instance.

Secondly, Brian.  No, I didn't mean to imply that at all.  I was floored by how good the Bandon Resort as a whole was.  Old Mac is, thus far, my favorite US course.  Bandon Dunes and Pac Dunes are in my top 25 and all of the courses at the resort are in my Top 50 personal favorites.  But I haven't been all over the world yet.  I haven't been to Ireland, Australia, or England for example.  And for me to hear you say how much you like Bandon is very much a compliment to the resort.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Ronald Montesano on December 07, 2011, 10:26:14 PM
Had to look at my handicap list...when fall arrives, I play half rounds with the varsity lads.

10 (least recent)-The Links at Union Vale (Union Vale, NY)
9-Coudersport (Coudersport, PA)
8-Chautauqua Hill (Chautauqua, NY)
7-Duck Woods (Outer Banks, NC)
6-Currituck Club (Outer Banks, NC)
5-Cherry Hill (Ridgeway, Ontario)
4-Bridgewater (Fort Erie, Ontario)
3-Byrncliff (Varysburg, NY)
2-Arrowhead (Akron, NY)
1-The Links at Ivy Ridge (Akron, NY)
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Ross Harmon on December 07, 2011, 10:26:42 PM
Ross:

What's your take on Mystic Hills?

As has already been mentioned, its a nice, family-run course. New ownership as of a year or two ago who is really committed to it. A little easier than the typical Dye until you get to the greens, many of which were personally shaped by P.B. and can be pretty wild. The front 9 has few trees and is more links style, while the back goes through some wooded and marshy areas. Probably the best deal I know of on Mondays, where its $20 to play, including cart! I spend part of the summer in that neck of the woods, so let me know if you're planning to stop by and we can meet up.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Stephen Perkins on December 09, 2011, 09:36:43 PM
It has been a great fall of golf, with these last 10 courses:
Oldest to Most Recent (timeframe is September to present)

Muirfield Village GC (Dublin, OH). Nicklaus/Muirhead
Memphis CC (Memphis, TN). Ross
Chicago GC (Wheaton, I'll). Raynor/MacDonald
Shooting Star (Jackson Hole, WY). Fazio
Oak Hill CC West (Rochester, NY). Ross
Oak Hill CC East (Rochester, NY). Ross
Pine Valley GC (Clementon, NJ). Crump, et al.
Dallas CC (Dallas, TX). Various. Redesign John Fought.
Old Town Club (Winston-Salem, NC). Maxwell.
Alotian Club (Little Rock, AR). Fazio.
Northwood Club (Dallas, TX).  William Diddle.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Mac Plumart on December 09, 2011, 10:02:49 PM
What are your thoughts on Shooting Star?  Would it be worth a trip for someone from Atlanta, GA to make just to play Shooting Star?
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Jay Flemma on December 09, 2011, 11:05:09 PM
Last ten

Winged Foot (West)
Winged Foot (East)
St. George's
Forsgate (Banks)
Dorado Beach (East)
Cherry Valley
Atlanta Athletic Club
Bethpage (Black)
Seven Oaks
Valley View (Utica)

Mac, no Shooting Star is not worth a trip on its own.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Stephen Perkins on December 09, 2011, 11:21:38 PM
Mac,
I enjoyed Shooting Star. Wonderful experience and a very private club. Facilities were exceptional. A significant amount of dirt was moved to create the holes. There are some great risk, reward propositions given by Fazio.  Always an easy route to fairways but also a way to challenge bunker carries or hazards to shorten holes.  Driving around the periphery in Teton Village you would never know the course existed and was as dramatic as it is. I can't speak to other golf courses In the Jackson area, so from Atlanta going all that way for one course would be tough.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Mark Saltzman on December 09, 2011, 11:30:44 PM
What are your thoughts on Shooting Star?  Would it be worth a trip for someone from Atlanta, GA to make just to play Shooting Star?

Mac,

You know I'm a big fan of Shooting Star, but I'm not sure it's worth the trip just to see it. While I think it deserves its place as top-25 modern, I don't think you'll really learn anything from seeing it (though you will certainly enjoy playing it). 

Nothing else in Jackson is even close to the same quality.  Huntsman Springs is second.

I started a thread on the courses of Jackson, WY and will post a photo tour of Shooting Star next.  http://www.golfclubatlas.com/forum/index.php/topic,49672.0.html

Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Jay Flemma on December 09, 2011, 11:37:24 PM
Yeah, just to be clear, SS is nice place, but not worth a trip on it's own.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Andy Troeger on December 10, 2011, 10:14:43 AM
I don't think there are many courses worth flying across the country for, assuming its "fly, golf, fly back." I think the comments are posted are about right. I think its a legitimate top 100 course for the US, AND I think there's enough around it to be worth the trip, but not just by itself. The area is stunning.

My last ten, since I'm posting anyway:
Forest Creek South
Forest Creek North
Tot Hill Farm
Dormie Club
Eagle Point
Pine Needles
Tobacco Road
Pinehurst #2
Oak Tree National
The Patriot
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Mac Plumart on December 10, 2011, 10:22:58 AM
I love these lists and thanks for the comments guys.

Andy...I am interested in hearing your thoughts on Eagle Point.  Top 100 to you?  What are its strengths/weaknesses?  For reference, what are your Top 5 favorites?
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Andy Troeger on December 10, 2011, 10:44:39 AM
Top 5 of those 10 would be Dormie, Pinehurst #2, Oak Tree, Tobacco Road, and The Patriot. The first three I think are Top 100 courses, but there's very little gap between TR and Patriot at 4/5 and Eagle Point and Forest Creek North at 6/7. I like uniqueness, so Tobacco Road gets a solid bump for that.

Eagle Point specifically is a solid Fazio. It admittedly wins a lot of its points for conditioning (as good as anything I've ever seen) and a pretty setting near the coast. However, there's a bunch of good holes too, including the par five 6th which has a nice angled creek that creates risk/reward propositions on the tee and for players going for the green. You have to make the decision off the tee whether to hit driver and advance down a fairway that continues to get narrower the farther you hit it. That's my favorite hole out there, but there are a lot of very good ones. I can't give it top 100 status, because there aren't quite enough "great" holes from a strategic standpoint to set it apart from other very good Fazio's in nice settings, but I would certainly recommend it highly. Another strength is that its very manufactured, but if you didn't know that you could be totally fooled. I noticed they have a bunch of trees that were pretty clearly planted when they built the course--they've grown quickly. I get the idea that the course continues to "look" better as those trees mature, because it does add to the effort to make them blend in. When they were new and small, I bet the course looked more manufactured.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Dan Herrmann on December 10, 2011, 07:24:00 PM
My last 10:
Cobb's Creek
French Creek
Sand Hills
Dismal River
Sutton Bay
Huntington Valley
Wyncote
Schuylkill
Merion West
The Ridge (NJ) - no golf, but a GREAT tour!
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Ed Brzezowski on December 10, 2011, 08:11:00 PM
Lets see,
Concord
Chester Valley
Ledgerock  twice
Coatesville
Radley Run
Penn Oakes
Overbrook
Stonewall, the walking one
French Creek
Moselem Springs
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Chris Cupit on December 11, 2011, 12:59:59 AM
I love these lists and thanks for the comments guys.

Andy...I am interested in hearing your thoughts on Eagle Point.  Top 100 to you?  What are its strengths/weaknesses?  For reference, what are your Top 5 favorites?

Great trip, great fun, great facilities and one really compelling hole for me. #10
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Chris Cupit on December 11, 2011, 01:08:15 AM
Last ten different courses played:

Rivermont GC. (Atlanta)
Peachtree GC
The Honors Course
Maidstone GC
Atlanta Athletic Club
Berkeley Hills Country Club
Prairie Dunes GC
Capital City CC--Crabapple Course
Rivermont from forward tees with hickories and gutta percha ball
Golf Club of Georgia

Would only play four of the courses again if I was asked and it was free and can't wait for another round with the hickories!
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Sven Nilsen on December 11, 2011, 03:38:05 PM
Last ten different courses played:

Rivermont GC. (Atlanta)
Peachtree GC
The Honors Course
Maidstone GC
Atlanta Athletic Club
Berkeley Hills Country Club
Prairie Dunes GC
Capital City CC--Crabapple Course
Rivermont from forward tees with hickories and gutta percha ball
Golf Club of Georgia

Would only play four of the courses again if I was asked and it was free and can't wait for another round with the hickories!


What's the fourth?  The other three are obvious.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Mac Plumart on December 11, 2011, 04:38:38 PM
Aside from Rivermont (his club), I'd guess Honors, Peachtree, Maidstone, and Prairie Dunes.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Chris Cupit on December 11, 2011, 05:04:50 PM
Gawd was my writing poor!  I meant to say that there are four courses on my list that would have to be free for me to want to play.  No need to identify those and it is cheating a bit since I don't charge myself to play Rivermont each time (though I do not feel like it is exactly free either :)).

I'll amend my post to say that I would jump at the chance to play Peachtree, The Honors, Maidstone and Prairie Dunes any time!  And yes, Rivermont too!
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Mac Plumart on December 11, 2011, 05:07:22 PM
Chris...

Imagine Golf Club of GA Creekside with hickories and gutties.  With modern equipment it is a tough slog, with old school stuff it might be unplayable.  Ugh!
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Mac Plumart on February 10, 2012, 10:00:53 PM
Doral Blue Monster--better than I expected
Wexford Plantation--shockingly good
Haig Point--great experience...loose some trees on the first 5 holes and you've got a winner
Palmetto Hall Cupp--fun course
Palmetto Hall Hills--not good, but enjoyed myself and the group I was playing with
St. Marlo--not a good course, but for some reason I like playing it.
Druid Hills--nice in-town club
Rivermont--I love this course
Ansley Settindown--a great course for a low handicapper
Musgrove Mill--really cool place and challenging, but FUN, course
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Mark Saltzman on February 10, 2012, 10:35:29 PM
Links at Madison Green
CC at Mirasol (Sunrise)
Park Ridge GC
Johns Island West
Sandridge (Dunes)
Parkland G&CC
Lake Worth Municipal
President CC (Eagle)
CC at Mirasol (Sunset)
High Ridge CC

edit: Crandon Park and Jacaranda (West) fit somewhere in there.  Can't remember the exact order.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Sean_A on February 11, 2012, 03:50:15 PM
Now is the time of year I stick with dry courses.  I think stretching back to Boxing Day its

Burnham x8
Woking
Sherwood Forest

Ciao
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Tom_Doak on February 11, 2012, 05:35:08 PM
I can't think back that far right now!  But my last three [since the first of November] were:

Old Macdonald [Renaissance Cup]
Streamsong (Blue)
Gavea

All of them were great fun.  I really ought to play golf more often.  Alas, it's snowy again in Traverse City.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Mike_Trenham on February 11, 2012, 06:05:42 PM
St Davids
The Ocean Club
Lederach
Turtle Point
The Ocean Course
Bulls Bay
Cassique
Atlantic City
Stonewall North
Lebanon CC
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Brad Tufts on February 13, 2012, 02:50:57 PM
This is always fun...

Victoria with Robert Ball (12/4)
Pelican Hill North (12/3)
Pelican Hill South (12/3)
El Niguel with Spaulding (12/2)
George Wright (11/26)
Tedesco (11/20)
Granite Links (11/12)
Franklin Park (11/11)
Norwood Hills West with Brian Noser (10/28)
Bellerive with BN also (10/27)

Ten previous would be St. Louis CC, Swope Memorial, Oak Tree National, Tedesco (x3), Kittansett, Dorset Field Club, Monroe GC, Harvest Hill, Westchester West, and WFW.  Gets us back to October 9th.

This is when I realize I should live somewhere warm.  NC weekend in 16 days!
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Jim Colton on February 13, 2012, 05:52:04 PM
I can't think back that far right now!  But my last three [since the first of November] were:

Old Macdonald [Renaissance Cup]
Streamsong (Blue)
Gavea

All of them were great fun.  I really ought to play golf more often.  Alas, it's snowy again in Traverse City.

Does Sheep Ranch count?
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Mac Plumart on May 20, 2012, 01:49:25 PM
Pasatiempo...very cool and interesting golf course

SFGC...perhaps a technically perfect golf course, but I found it a tad bland

Cal Club...I very much enjoyed playing this golf course

AAC-Riverside...much better than its sister course, Highlands.  Fun, enjoyable, interesting golf

Chateau Elan...not too shabby, good middle holes

Atlanta CC...under-rated golf course, really great greens

Peachtree...WOW!!!  Best greens I've ever seen?  Perhaps.

Cherokee...great vibe, great land

Cobblestone...Uh-oh...avoid.

Gulph Mills...cool for an architectural buff.  Lots of fun shots.  8 green is really cool!
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Mark Saltzman on May 20, 2012, 09:19:00 PM
Rocky Crest... GW Canadian #3 modern; routing is really incredible given the terrain; I was less impressed today than in the past, but it's still really good.

Bigwin Island... My home course... profile upcoming.  I love it.

Hawk Ridge (Meadow's Nest)... ...  ::)

Sand Creek Station... In some tough company with some course nearby in Hutchinson, but there are some seriously good holes out there

Prairie Dunes... It's not a dog track

Wichita CC... Really should be the second part of any 1-2 punch with PD.  Amazing greens.  6 green is one of the best I've seen. Ever.

Flint Hills National... So what's everyone's problem with that tree on 18? Didn't seem so bad to me.

The Patriot... Fun Fun Fun.  RTJ Jr et. al. did most everything right here.  Not walkable, but that was embraced in the routing.

Muskogee CC... Little known Maxwell.  Really good set of greens and a couple of standout par-3s.  Not his best, but worth seeing on a tour of Maxwell's work.

Southern Hills... Much has been said about it before.  I really liked it; wouldn't mind if one or two trees were struck by lightning, but a really good and varied set of greens and (not surprisingly) a tremendous routing on perfect golfing terrain.  12th is world-class.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Michael Goldstein on May 20, 2012, 10:52:12 PM
Newport - restore the greens
Sakonnet - not sure about Hanse new holes
Lahinch - class, how good is #13...
Lahinch castle - very Scottish
Tralee (walked) - horrid routing
Dingle - underrated
Waterville - great turf but more quirk please (for want of a better word)
Ballybunion Old - the best
Ballybunion new - start over
Maidstone - reserve judgment

Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Jason Thurman on May 20, 2012, 10:55:16 PM
Wildwood - A tiny 9 hole muni in Nebraska City

ArborLinks - A very good Palmer signature design in Nebraska City

Prairie Club (Dunes)

Prairie Club (Pines)

Wild Horse

Dannebrog - Sand green 9 holer in Dannebrog, NE

Quarry Oaks - Very tough track between Lincoln and Omaha

The Harvester - Acclaimed and outstanding daily fee just outside Des Moines

Waveland - A really cool Des Moines muni

Woodland Hills - A Jeff Brauer design in Lincoln, NE
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: jeffwarne on May 20, 2012, 10:58:35 PM
Newport - restore the greens
Sakonnet - not sure about Hanse new holes
Lahinch - class, how good is #13...
Lahinch castle - very Scottish
Tralee (walked) - horrid routing
Dingle - underrated
Waterville - great turf but more quirk please (for want of a better word)
Ballybunion Old - the best
Ballybunion new - start over
Maidstone - reserve judgment



Michael,
Care to elaborate on Dingle?
Thanks
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Jeff Shelman on May 20, 2012, 11:10:41 PM
I will update since I'm now in double digits of courses in 2012.

From oldest to newest:

Champions Golf Club (Jackrabbit), Houston, TX

Champions Golf Club (Cypress Creek), Houston TX -- a great 36-hole day. Super cool place.

The Club at Carlton Woods (Fazio), The Woodlands, TX -- pretty darn good Fazio. I know since I post here that I'm supposed to hate his stuff, but this is good.

Mississippi Dunes Golf Links, Cottage Grove, MN -- bad golf course, but it was the earliest in March I have ever played golf in Minnesota.

The Wilds Golf Club, Prior Lake, MN -- decent Weiskopf/Morrish CCFAD.

Ravisloe Country Club, Homewood, IL -- very fun. very cool green complexes.

Columbia-Edgewater Country Club, Portland, OR -- Very solid course. A few too many trees in some spots, but some fun holes.

Eugene Country Club, Eugene, OR -- Really, really good. A great mix of challenging, but still fun. You have to hit good shots, but it doesn't just beat you up.

North Oaks Golf Club, North Oaks, MN -- Stanley Thompson course that had work done by Tom Lehman et al in 2007. My first look at it since the work was done and I thought it was good. Better golf course than I remember with the exception of a couple of holes.

Southview Country Club, West St. Paul, MN -- home course. Fun sporty, but short course. Some good green complexes.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Sam Morrow on May 20, 2012, 11:12:01 PM
I will update since I'm now in double digits of courses in 2012.

From oldest to newest:

Champions Golf Club (Jackrabbit), Houston, TX

Champions Golf Club (Cypress Creek), Houston TX -- a great 36-hole day. Super cool place.

The Club at Carlton Woods (Fazio), The Woodlands, TX -- pretty darn good Fazio. I know since I post here that I'm supposed to hate his stuff, but this is good.

Mississippi Dunes Golf Links, Cottage Grove, MN -- bad golf course, but it was the earliest in March I have ever played golf in Minnesota.

The Wilds Golf Club, Prior Lake, MN -- decent Weiskopf/Morrish CCFAD.

Ravisloe Country Club, Homewood, IL -- very fun. very cool green complexes.

Columbia-Edgewater Country Club, Portland, OR -- Very solid course. A few too many trees in some spots, but some fun holes.

Eugene Country Club, Eugene, OR -- Really, really good. A great mix of challenging, but still fun. You have to hit good shots, but it doesn't just beat you up.

North Oaks Golf Club, North Oaks, MN -- Stanley Thompson course that had work done by Tom Lehman et al in 2007. My first look at it since the work was done and I thought it was good. Better golf course than I remember with the exception of a couple of holes.

Southview Country Club, West St. Paul, MN -- home course. Fun sporty, but short course. Some good green complexes.


Your playing partner at Carlton Woods helped make it a fun day.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Joey Chase on May 20, 2012, 11:42:14 PM
It's sad to say how far back I need to go for this (not quite a full year!)
Golf Club Domaine Imperial (Switzerland)
Divonne Les Bains (France)
The Course at Yale
Crumpin Fox Club
Metropolis G.C.
Scarsdale G.C.
Whippoorwill Club
Shennecossett G.C.
Troia G.C. (Portugal)
Monte Rei (Portugal)

Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Jeff Shelman on May 21, 2012, 12:16:05 AM
Yes, the company at Carlton Woods clearly helped make the day.  ;D
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: John Kirk on May 21, 2012, 02:08:17 AM
I'm posting a new list; it's been a few months, and I feel like going through the exercise.  Only a few new ones.  This takes me back to October last year.

PR-Witch Hollow
PR-Ghost Creek
Half of Waverly GC, restovation looks very good.
Stone Eagle
Eldorado
PGA West - Nicklaus Tournament
PGA West - Stadium
Bandon Trails
Old Macdonald
Pacific Dunes

Could be worse.  Pumpkin has been very wet this spring, and the rough is brutal.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Joe_Tucholski on May 21, 2012, 03:08:15 AM
Trump National
Rustic Canyon
Rancho Park
River Ridge Golf Club
Soule Park Golf Club
Presidio Golf Course
Half Moon Bay
Hiddenbrooke Golf Club
Chardonnay Golf Club
Pasatiempo
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Anders Rytter on May 21, 2012, 05:03:43 AM
My Last 10
Rungsted Golf Klub (Denmark)
Son Gual (Mallorca - Spain)
Santa Ponsa 1+2 (Mallorca - Spain)
The Scandinavian Club - Old (Denmark)
Ledreborg Golf Klub(Denmark)
VaerLoese Golf Klub(Denmark)
Bokskogen Golf Klub (Sweden)
Ljunghusen Golf Klub (Sweden, Neighbour of Falsterbo GK)
Københavns Golf Klub (Denmark)
Crandon Park (Florida)
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Kai Hulkkonen on May 21, 2012, 05:16:53 AM
North Berwick
Musselburgh Links
Muirfield
Gullane 1
Girvan
Troia (Portugal)
Oitavos Dunes (Portugal)
Praia D'El Rey (Portugal)
Penha Longa (Portugal)
Golden Eagle (Portugal)
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Sean_A on May 21, 2012, 06:36:19 AM
Burnham x6 - the rough is getting narsty - time to cut back on the golf!

Camberley Heath - so close to superb, but one can't really go wrong with playing a Colt

Pennard - it was great to go back after a long lay-off and see how good this course really is

Painswick - nuff said

Cleeve Cloud - when folks talk about wide I will forever use this course as the measuring stick - almost the exact opposite of the much more clausterphobic Painswick

Ciao
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Cory Lewis on May 21, 2012, 07:02:13 AM
Just back from the big Florida trip:

In order of most recent to least:

Jupiter Hills (Hills)
Seminole
Bear's Club Par 3
Bear's Club
North Palm Beach CC
McArthur
Lost Lake
Heritage Ridge
Mystery Course #1
Mystery Course #2

I'm not allowed to talk about the Mystery courses, it seems wrong  ;)
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Michael Goldstein on May 21, 2012, 07:25:59 AM
Corey, I'm guessing the Mystery courses will feature quite prominently on this site in months to come...

Jeff, I have elaborated (a little) on dingle on the Links website / our blog. It is most definitely worth a trip. Raw geography, unassuming course that let's you play.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Andy Troeger on May 21, 2012, 07:38:35 AM
Well...since this is probably as good of a 10 course stretch I'm ever going to have...

The Creek Club
Yale
Bethpage Black
Baltusrol Upper
Baltusrol Lower
Friar's Head
Maidstone
Shinnecock Hills
NGLA
Paa-Ko Ridge
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Tim Martin on May 21, 2012, 08:11:08 AM
Timberlin Golf Club
Wannamoisett
Whitinsville
Southington CC
Rockledge Golf Club
Yale
Lulu
Hunter Golf Club
St. Georges
Shennecossett
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Jonathan Decker on May 21, 2012, 09:08:41 AM
Onwentsia
Hinsdale
Flossmoor
Ravisloe
Downers Grove
South Bend
Red Run
Camargo
Yeamans Hall
Mountain Lakes
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Brad Tufts on May 21, 2012, 09:57:06 AM
Sure, why not..

South Shore CC (Saturday)
Tedesco x8
George Wright
Glen Club (IL)
South Bend CC
Brickyard Crossing
Sultan's Run
Quail Crossing
Pinehills - Jones Course
Grand Cypress New
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Mark Pearce on May 21, 2012, 09:57:51 AM
Northumberland
Gerrards Cross
Royal Troon
Elie
Crail Craighead
Crail Balcomie
Muirfield
Whittington Heath
Notts
Newbiggin
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Michael George on May 21, 2012, 10:07:37 AM

Andy - that is too good to even post. 

Mine:

Firestone South
Sharon - multiple times but only listed once
Oakmont
Fowlers Mill
Olde Florida
Calusa Pines
Bandon Dunes
Pacific Dunes
Old Macdonald
Bandon Trails
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Andy Troeger on May 21, 2012, 10:15:37 AM
Michael,
Its been better than I even expected. Best "surprise" if you can call it that was The Creek. It may not have the name recognition (outside GCA) that a few of the others do, but its a heck of a golf course. Yale is amazing too. Shinny, Friars, and NGLA are in my top ten, and there's no dud on that list. Hudson National, Quaker Ridge, and Sleepy Hollow complete the trip assuming this rain stops!
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Keith OHalloran on May 21, 2012, 10:41:15 AM
Andy, sounds like a great run. Hope the rain holds off!
For me,
Southampton GC
Westhampton CC
Great Rock
Club at Savannah harbor
Chechessee Creek
Secession Golf Club
Peachtree
Rivermont
St George's
Shinnecock
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Jim Colton on May 21, 2012, 11:41:38 AM

Orchard Valley - witnessed hole-in-one by Jeff Tang!
Merion (East)
Prairie Landing
Bowes Creek
Pacific Dunes
Bandon Trails
Old Macdonald
Sheep Ranch
Somerset Hills
Ballyneal

Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Stephen Davis on May 21, 2012, 12:28:39 PM
Well, I am in awe of many of your lists, but I am pretty happy with my list.

Trysting Tree (Corvallis, OR) 3
Valderra at the Ledges (St. George, UT) 6
Sand Hollow (Hurricane, UT) 8
Common Ground (Denver, CO) 6
The Ridge at Castle Pines (Castle Pines, CO) 6
Chambers Bay (University Place, WA) 8
Fossil Trace (Golden, CO) 6
Old MacDonald (Bandon, OR) 10
Pacific Dunes (Bandon, OR) 10
Bandon Trails (Bandon, OR) 9
Bandon Dunes (Bandon, OR) 8

I know that is 11, but I couldn't leave off Bandon Dunes :D
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Matthew Petersen on May 21, 2012, 12:43:12 PM
Southern Dunes
Desert Springs
Trilogy at Vistancia
Superstition Mountain (Prospector)
Foothills
McCormick Ranch (Palm)
Quintero
Biltmore (Adobe)
Granite Falls (North)
Lookout Mountain
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Matthew Rose on May 21, 2012, 12:59:15 PM
Absolutely nothing worth mentioning  :P
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Carl Johnson on May 21, 2012, 01:00:04 PM
Original question, Aug. 2, 2011: Stemming from Mac's recent thread, someone made the comment that most of the folks on here generally play average courses.  Might as well take a survey.  What are the last ten courses you played?

Last eight (can't remember back further) different courses played:

Carolina Golf Club (Charlotte, my home course), Ross, 1929 (R Kris. Spence)
Grassy Creek Golf & Country Club (Spruce Pine, NC), _______, _______
Mt. Mitchell Golf Club (South Toe Township, Yancey County, NC), Fred W. Hawtree, 1973
Mimosa Hills Golf & Country Club (Morganton, NC), Ross, 1929 (R Kris Spence)
Grove Park Inn Golf Club (Asheville, NC), Ross, 1926 (R Kris Spence)
Old Fort [NC] Golf Course, John Van Kleek, 1961
Rolling Hills Country Club (Monroe, NC), George Cobb, 1963 (R John LeFoy)

6/16/12 Wee Burn Country Club (Darien, CT), Devereux Emmet, 1925 (R Geoffrey Cornish & William Robinson)

R = remodeled, revised, restored, renovated, and so on.

Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Brad Tufts on May 21, 2012, 02:38:07 PM
Absolutely nothing worth mentioning  :P

That's why this thread is interesting!  Out with it!  :)

My last 10 sometimes contains some good, bad, and ugly.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Jud_T on May 21, 2012, 02:45:17 PM
 :-X
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Ron Csigo on May 21, 2012, 02:49:05 PM

Orchard Valley - witnessed hole-in-one by Jeff Tang!
Merion (East)
Prairie Landing
Bowes Creek
Pacific Dunes
Bandon Trails
Old Macdonald
Sheep Ranch
Somerset Hills
Ballyneal



Jim - Was his brother there to witness the hole in one as well?  Has Jimbo ever had a hole in one?
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Jim Colton on May 21, 2012, 02:55:15 PM
Ron,

  Jimbo was part of the group, but he was back on the 1st green fetching his left-behind wedge when the shot occurred. We each had 1 ace coming into the round.

  Jim
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Ron Csigo on May 21, 2012, 02:56:49 PM
Ron,

  Jimbo was part of the group, but he was back on the 1st green fetching his left-behind wedge when the shot has occurred. We each had 1 ace coming into the round.

  Jim


Cool! 

Congrats Jeff!
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Tom_Doak on May 21, 2012, 03:31:07 PM
I did not play all of these, but these are the golf courses I've walked or played since May 1:

Crystal Downs
Ballyneal
Dismal River II
Old Macdonald
Bandon Preserve
Pacific Dunes
Sharp Park
San Francisco Golf Club

I'll probably add a couple of courses in New Zealand by the end of the month.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: ward peyronnin on May 21, 2012, 03:44:09 PM
May River Club 6
French Lick Dye 5
"          "    Ross 6
Victoria National 7
Cambridge GC 4
Oak Meadow GC 3
Wexford Plantation5
Palmetto Hall Cupp 4
Palmetto Hall Hills 2
Sage Valley  6

Mostly Indiana and SC this year
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Matthew Sander on May 21, 2012, 03:50:44 PM
Old Wayne
Ravisloe
Shepherd's Crook
White Deer Run
Cantigny - Woodside/Hillside
St. Andrews (West Chicago iteration) - Joe Jemsek Course
Prairie View
Brickyard Crossing
The Trophy Club
The Fort


Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Wyatt Halliday on May 21, 2012, 03:53:24 PM
Pine Needles
Dormie Club
Pinehurst #2
Southern Pines
Broadmoor (East)
We-Ko-Pa (Saguaro)
Talking Stick (North)
Desert Highlands
Arizona CC
Estancia
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Jud_T on May 21, 2012, 04:16:27 PM
I did not play all of these, but these are the golf courses I've walked or played since May 1:

Crystal Downs
Ballyneal
Dismal River II
Old Macdonald
Bandon Preserve
Pacific Dunes
Sharp Park
San Francisco Golf Club

I'll probably add a couple of courses in New Zealand by the end of the month.

I'm making the market on the unofficial Preserve rating 7/8...   ;)
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Brian Potash on May 21, 2012, 04:28:27 PM
Last 10 courses played

Hudson National
Friars Head
Hamlet Golf and CC
Kinloch - Thank you John Kirk!
Willow Ridge
Apple Mountain
Canoe Brook - South
Osprey Point
Seminole
Wycliff - East
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Robert Emmons on May 21, 2012, 04:31:38 PM
Brian...interesting mix, How was the Hamlet?...RHE
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Brian Potash on May 21, 2012, 04:48:22 PM
Brian...interesting mix, How was the Hamlet?...RHE

I grew up in Dix Hills and the old course (Pre-Hamlet) used to be a public course in Commack I played growing up.  I was expecting very little and that's pretty much what I got.  It was a charity event for a family member.  I would not recommend. 

From their website -

"When it comes to golf in Long Island, it simply gets no better than The Hamlet" 
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Matthew Rose on May 21, 2012, 05:06:24 PM
Absolutely nothing worth mentioning  :P

That's why this thread is interesting!  Out with it!  :)

If you insist...

Park Hill
West Woods
Heritage at Westmoor
Indian Tree
Fossil Trace
Hyland Hills
Riverdale Dunes
Willis Case
Wellshire
Legacy Ridge

I guess it's not THAT bad.











Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Matthew Petersen on May 21, 2012, 05:36:01 PM
Boy, did I ever hate Indian Tree. Some flat out goofy holes there with maybe the ultimate double hazard I've ever seen on #18.

All of which would be one thing except that there was always a junior tournament I played in (for the life of me I don't remember which) that was at the end of July, 36 holes. #16 was a brutal uphill walk at the end of a long day.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Michael Goldstein on May 21, 2012, 06:32:36 PM
Tom, what (if any) existing courses in NZ are you going to play?
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Carl Johnson on May 21, 2012, 06:35:36 PM
Absolutely nothing worth mentioning  :P

That's why this thread is interesting!  Out with it!  :)

If you insist...

Park Hill
West Woods
Heritage at Westmoor
Indian Tree
Fossil Trace
Hyland Hills
Riverdale Dunes
Willis Case
Wellshire
Legacy Ridge

I guess it's not THAT bad.

If it's golf it's good and worth mentioning (just my opinion).
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: David Harshbarger on May 21, 2012, 07:06:59 PM
Battenkill
Saratoga Spa Executive Course
Orchard Creek
Edison Club
Wykagyl
Saratoga National
Hotchkiss School
Rip Van Winkle
The Presidio
Ondawa Greens

My 7yo says to me Saturday, on the way to 18 at the Spa par-3,."Dad, I've only played 2 courses, Battenkill and that course in Connecticut.  I want  to play more.  Can we play Saratoga Lake next?"  :-).  You gotta love it when a plan comes together.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Tom_Doak on May 21, 2012, 09:06:09 PM

I'm making the market on the unofficial Preserve rating 7/8...   ;)

Jud:  The Doak scale does not deal in fractions. 

If you were talking 7 OR 8 on the Doak scale, I've never seen a par-3 course that could rate that highly, and I really can't imagine one that would.

Just another piece of evidence why I do not trust "market makers" in the slightest.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Mark Steffey on May 21, 2012, 09:36:18 PM
Essex County (MA)
Oak Hill (MA)
Carnegie Abbey
Wanumetonomy
Sterling National
Wannamoisett
The Bayou Club
Belleview Biltmore
Ritz Carlton Members Club (Bradenton)
Sara Bay
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Jud_T on May 22, 2012, 07:52:49 AM

I'm making the market on the unofficial Preserve rating 7/8...   ;)

Jud:  The Doak scale does not deal in fractions.  

If you were talking 7 OR 8 on the Doak scale, I've never seen a par-3 course that could rate that highly, and I really can't imagine one that would.

Just another piece of evidence why I do not trust "market makers" in the slightest.

How about at least a courtesy smiley face!  OK, new info, new market- 6/7.  
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Daryl "Turboe" Boe on May 22, 2012, 08:10:54 AM
I have included my last 11 since one was technically not an actual full round as noted.  All over the place not only in level of courses but in geographical location as well...

Haualalai (Nicklaus) - HI
RTJ Trail - Grand National (Links) - AL
Seabrook Island (Oaks) - SC
Las Lomas De La Dehesa GC - Santiago, Chile
Buenos Aires GC - Argentina
The River Club - GA
Commonwealth National - PA*
Reading CC - PA
Berkleigh CC - PA
French Creek - PA
Golden Oaks - PA

*Not officially a full round played, it was a washout.  Mostly just a drive around/walk the course, but deserves mentioning.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Sean_A on May 22, 2012, 08:15:07 AM
Essex County (MA)
Oak Hill (MA)
Carnegie Abbey
Wanumetonomy
Sterling National
Wannamoisett
The Bayou Club
Belleview Biltmore
Ritz Carlton Members Club (Bradenton)
Sara Bay

Mark

A few interesting looking courses - especially Wannamoisett.  Do you (or anybody) have pix?  Ever since the Unofficial GCA Rankings came out this course has seriously intrigued me - along with Hamilton and Royal Zoute.  I have seen photo tours of these two since the ranking came out and they still intrigue me, but to date it seems to be mums the word on Wanna.

Ciao
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: BDuryee on May 22, 2012, 10:14:23 AM
Sadly not much different than when I posted last August.   Most recent to oldest.

Wyantenuck,MA
The country club, MA
Purpoodock,ME
River course, SC
Oak point, SC
Skylinks,CA
Egremont ,MA
Woodlands,ME
Columbia,NY
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Mike Hendren on May 22, 2012, 10:29:45 AM
With the exception of GCA related events, I have declared this the year of the public course:

The Fort - Indianapolis
Prairie View - Indianapolis
Trophy Club - Indianapolis
Kearney Hills - Lexington
Timberline - Calera, AL
Farm Links - Sylacauga, AL

One Private:
Hillwood CC - Nashville (excellent recent renovation by Bruce Hepner)

Next Publics:
Bayside
Sultan's Run
Miramicchi
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Carl Nichols on May 22, 2012, 11:33:04 AM
Oly Olympic Club Cliffs (Par 3)
Cal Club
Bethesda CC x many
Burning Tree
Dorado Beach East (Puerto Rico)
Sea Island Seaside
Sea Island Plantation
Sea Island Retreat
Ocean Forest
Bald Peak Colony (N.H.)
Congressional Blue
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Jud_T on May 22, 2012, 11:39:41 AM
Carl,

What did you think of Bald Peak?
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Matt Waterbury on May 22, 2012, 11:47:57 AM
Black Rock CC (Hingham, MA)
Wollaston GC (Milton, MA)
Fishers Island
Wannamoisett
The Ocean Course (Kiawah)
Some other course in Kiawah
Boston Golf Club (Hingham, MA)
Old Sandwich (Plymouth, MA)
Duxbury Yacht Club (Duxbury, MA)

Then it gets blurry: maybe a Chicago trip (Chicago Golf, Beverly and Black Sheep)? Or could have been Secession.

Cheers,
matt
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Carl Nichols on May 22, 2012, 11:51:08 AM
Jud-
Liked the whole place a lot.  I grew up in New England and went to college in New Hampshire, but don't live there anymore or get back as often as I'd like, so part of the allure was spending a long weekend at such a New England-y place.  As for the course itself, the greens are amazing -- they don't have many internal contours, but Ross really used the natural slopes of the land to make them really challenging and deceptive.  The rest of the course is good but not great -- it's pretty short, and a few holes are a bit narrow, though a couple of the par 3's are all-world.  But even where the holes are less interesting, you are constantly thinking about where you want/need to be because of the greens.

The food is all-world.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Bruce Hospes on May 22, 2012, 11:54:59 AM
Old Overton Club
Shoal Creek
Rancho La Quinta-Pate
Rancho La Quinta -Jones
Andalusia CC
Madison Club
Grasslands CC
Castle Pines
The Old Course
North Berwick
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Bill Crane on May 22, 2012, 02:19:59 PM
Springdale G C,  - Princeton, NJ  ( Home Course - a Wm Flynn re-design )
Forsgate, Palmer Course, NJ
Chechessee Creek Club, SC
Kinloch, VA
Round Hill, CT
Course at Yale, CT
Merion, PA
Atlantic City CC, NJ
Hidden Creek, NJ
Pine Valley, NJ


Also in past year: Jericho Natl - PA, TPC - Stadium Course-FLA, Granville GC - OH, LaCantera -TX, Riverview, PA,

Played Crystal Downs the year before, would really like to go back.  One loop was just not enough.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Mike Hendren on May 22, 2012, 02:52:48 PM
Bill, Forsgate Palmer Course might be the three saddest words typed on this web-site in a long time.

Bogey
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Bill Crane on May 22, 2012, 03:28:38 PM
Correct ! Palmer Course is severely overgrown and plenty of Real Estate.  I am involved in event for Central NJ Boy Scouts and the Palmer is low cost.   Not many purists in the event.

Banks course is worthwhile.

Trying to get back to Kittansett this summer, have not played in several years.  A new thread just started about it.

One of Wm Flynns best, full of character.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Carl Nichols on May 22, 2012, 06:09:40 PM
Bill, Forsgate Palmer Course might be the three saddest words typed on this web-site in a long time.

Bogey

Especially in light of the rest of the list!
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Mark Steffey on May 22, 2012, 08:37:23 PM
i have no photos of Wannamoisett.   i should, if i could find someone to stand behind me and snap a pix though.  i have two 8x10 pictures in my home 'office' here of me playing.  one is hitting a tee shot at Olympic on 18, the other on the 15th at Mauna Lani South.

if anyone is adventurous and looking to have some fun tournament golf and see fall in new england, here is an idea.

in october the Tour of Greater Boston is having an event a Wannamoisett on Oct 15th.  i think it's a shotgun (most of their events on private courses are) unfortunately.  but nonetheless you get to play WCC.

then two days after that (oct 17&18) the nepga has something called the New England Series where they run amateur tournaments on a strong roster of private clubs.  these two days feature Belmont and then Nashawtuc. 

i don't do the Tour, but do participate at times in the NES.  these guys run great tournaments (actually guy - Jacy Settles).  tee times.  very professional.  and the courses the nepga get is more than impressive.

http://www.informationfairway.com/cgi-bin/ifDisplay.cgi?B=thetour&C=43.5

http://neat.bluegolf.com/bluegolf/neat12/schedule/index.htm

(mea culpa, just throwing it out there - no benefit for moi..)
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Brian Finn on May 22, 2012, 08:57:39 PM
I have played some fun courses recently, with some nice variety...thanks to a few gca friends for hosting and playing.

Brookside (Columbus, OH)
Granville GC
Little Turtle (OH)
Southampton GC
Tallgrass GC
Heritage GC (OH)
Dormie Club
Southern Pines
Tobacco Road
Tot Hill Farm
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Michael Underwood on May 25, 2012, 05:51:50 PM
My last ten listing each only once and working backwards from May 24:

Ballyneal Golf Club
Northeastern 18
Riverview Gold Club
Lakeway (Live Oak)
The Rawls Course
Ventana Canyon (Mountain)
Stone Canyon Golf Club
Ventana Canyon (Canyon)
Pacific Dunes
Old Mac
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Mark Johnson on June 16, 2012, 11:28:28 AM
Bent creek (mn)
Minnesota valley
Edina
Medinah 1
Butler
Briarwood
Minikahda
Glenmore (va)
Inver wood (mn)
Oakdale (mn)
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Tom Ferrell on June 16, 2012, 12:06:44 PM
NGLA
Maidstone
East Hampton Golf Club
Friar's Head
Colorado Golf Club
Old Mac
PAC Dunes
Bandon Trails
The Preserve
Bandon Dunes

It's been a very good month!
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Carl Johnson on June 16, 2012, 04:16:05 PM
Original question, Aug. 2, 2011: Stemming from Mac's recent thread, someone made the comment that most of the folks on here generally play average courses.  Might as well take a survey.  What are the last ten courses you played?

Carolina Golf Club (Charlotte, my home course), Ross, 1929 (R Kris Spence)
Grassy Creek Golf & Country Club (Spruce Pine, NC), _______, _______
Mt. Mitchell Golf Club (South Toe Township, Yancey County, NC), Fred W. Hawtree, 1973
Mimosa Hills Golf & Country Club (Morganton, NC), Ross, 1929 (R Kris Spence)
Grove Park Inn Golf Club (Asheville, NC), Ross, 1926 (R Kris Spence)
Old Fort [NC] Golf Course, John Van Kleek, 1961
Rolling Hills Country Club (Monroe, NC), George Cobb, 1963 (R John LeFoy)
Wee Burn Country Club (Darien, CT), Devereux Emmet, 1925 (R Geoffrey Cornish & William Robinson)
Lake Lure Golf Club (a/k/a Lake Lure [NC] Municipal Golf Course), attributed variously to (1) Ross, (2) John R. Van Kleek and (3) Wayne Stiles & Van Kleek, 1927
Cedarwood Country Club (Charlotte), Ellis Maples (1964) (R Kris Spence)

R = remodeled, revised, restored, renovated, and the like.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: David Kelly on June 16, 2012, 04:39:22 PM
Having just returned from England a week ago my last 10 are:

Cavendish
Notts (Hollinwell)
Woodhall Spa
Royal West Norfolk (Brancaster)
Hunstanton
Beau Desert
Royal Birkdale
Hillside
Ganton
Alwoodley
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Jeff Shelman on August 07, 2012, 10:41:46 PM
Was searching for something earlier today and again came across this thread. Since we're well into the summer, I thought I would bring it back to the top and see if anybody has played some interesting places.

Here are my last 10 (from oldest to newest)

North Oaks Golf Club, North Oaks, MN
Hillcrest Golf Club of St. Paul, St. Paul, MN
Stillwater Country Club, Stillwater, MN
Blackberry Ridge Golf Club, Sartell, MN
Somerby Golf Club, Byron, MN
White Bear Yacht Club, White Bear Lake, MN
Brackett’s Crossing Country Club, Lakeville, MN
Northfield Golf Club, Northfield, MN
Southview Country Club, West St. Paul, MN
New Richmond Golf Club, New Richmond, WI

One awesome course on the list, lots of solid courses, one average course, zero truly bad courses. Can't complain about that.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Ronald Montesano on August 07, 2012, 11:11:59 PM
10 (most recent) Lookout Point
9 CC Troy
8 Leatherstocking
7 Mount Airy
6 Woodloch Springs
5 Shawnee
4 Buck Hill
3 Jack Frost National
2 Lancaster (NY) CC
1 Willowbrook (NY)
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Mark Saltzman on August 07, 2012, 11:19:38 PM
1 (most recent): Lookout Point (Travis, restoration by Ian Andrew) -- Played August 7
2: CC of Rochester (Ross, restoration by Gil Hanse)
3: Oak Hill (West) (Ross)
4: Greystone (Craig Schreiner)
5: Irondequoit (Ross)
6: Ravenwood (R Nelson)
7: Monroe (Ross, restoration by Gil Hanse)
8: Mill Creek (Albanese)
9: Grand Niagara (Rees Jones)
10: Whirlpool (Stanley Thompson) -- Played July 27

It's been a rough 12 days.

Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Ross Harmon on August 07, 2012, 11:27:01 PM
A few repeats from last year for me, but some big new ones too...

Maxinkuckee CC, Culver, IN
Mystic Hills, Culver, IN
South Bend CC, South Bend, IN
Colorado National, Erie, CO
Riverdale Dunes, Brighton, CO
Green Valley Ranch, Denver, CO
Yale, New Haven, CT
Pound Ridge, Pound Ridge, NY
Old MacDonald, Bandon, OR
Bandon Trails, Bandon, OR
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Tommy Williamsen on August 07, 2012, 11:35:28 PM
Just back from Maui where my wife and I played 12 times in 9 days.  It helps to marry a golf nut.
King Kamehmeha
Kahili GC
Challenge at Manele
Experience at Koele
Makena
Wailea Gold (2x)
Wailea Emerald
Royal Kaanapali
Kaanapali Kai
Kapalua Bay
Kapalua Plantation

I think I will start a thread about Hawaiian golf.  Some is very very good and some is just plain lousy.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Brad Tufts on August 08, 2012, 08:45:26 AM
Concord CC (MA)...Ross x3
Caves Valley...Fazio
Baltimore CC...AWT
Robert Trent Jones GC...ditto
Tedesco...Wogan/Stiles...x14
Aroostook Valley CC...?
Va-Jo-Wa GC...Walker family
Salem CC...Ross
Prout's Neck...Stiles
Shennecossett...Ross
Fisher's Island...Raynor

That's 11, goes back to 6/15.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Ronald Montesano on August 08, 2012, 09:00:02 AM
You got on Va-Jo-Wa? How many favors did that take?
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: David Stewart on August 08, 2012, 09:42:51 AM
I have played some more than once, but here are my last ten starting with the most recent:

1. Miami Valley (Dayton, OH - Ross) - my home club
2. Trophy Club (Lebanon, IN - Liddy)
3. Greensburg CC (Greensburg, IN - Diddle back 9)
4. Crystal Downs (Frankfort, MI - Mackenzie/Maxwell)
5. Lost Dunes (Bridgman, MI - Doak)
6. The Fort (Lawrence, IN - Dye)
7. UNC Finley (Chapel Hill, NC - Fazio)
8. Tobacco Road (Sanford, NC - Strantz)
9. Southern Pines (Southern Pines, NC - Ross)
10. Dormie Club (West End, NC - Coore/Crenshaw)
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Brian Colbert on August 08, 2012, 10:19:36 AM
This is a cool thread. Here are mine:

1. White Manor CC, Malvern, PA (about 30 rounds spread through this whole span)
2. Philadelphia Country Club, Gladwyne, PA
3. Philadelphia Cricket Club Wissahickon, Flourtown, PA
4. Pine Valley Golf Club, Pine Valley, NJ
5. Applebrook Golf Club, West Chester, PA
6. Waynesborough Golf Club, Newtown Square, PA
7. Philmont Country Club North, Huntingdon Valley, PA
8. Schuylkill Country Club, Orwingsburg, PA
9. Merion Golf Club, Ardmore, PA
10. Huntingdon Valley Country Club, Huntingdon Valley, PA

Not bad, though I wish I could have traveled more this summer.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Brad Tufts on August 08, 2012, 10:28:53 AM
You got on Va-Jo-Wa? How many favors did that take?

When you vacation in Northern Maine...you do what you have to do to feed the beast.

I see another Va-Jo-Wa go-round for me Labor Day weekend!  The hardest 70.4-rated, 6100-yard golf course on the planet.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Ronald Montesano on August 08, 2012, 10:36:32 AM
First we had Dor-Al, now Va-Jo-Wa...I sense a trend shift in course naming.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Cory Lewis on August 08, 2012, 10:48:47 AM
Last 10 starting with most recent:

Mid Pines
Pine Valley
Chapel Hill CC
Frisco Lakes
The Tribute
Old American
Jimmie Austin
Dismal River
Prairie Club Horse
Prairie Club Dunes

Been a great summer!
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Ronald Montesano on August 08, 2012, 11:09:56 AM
Judging by the legend of your pace of play, don't you mean "been a great 10 hours" to cover those ten courses?
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Jeff Shelman on August 08, 2012, 01:12:15 PM
First we had Dor-Al, now Va-Jo-Wa...I sense a trend shift in course naming.

Ronald, it sounds like you would love this place then (haven't played, but have driven past it).

https://mntscc.memberstatements.com/login/login.cfm?clubid=12047
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: David Amarnek on August 08, 2012, 01:27:44 PM
Starting with the most recent:

Westwood CC (St. Louis)
Sunningdale New
Gulph Mills
Merion West
Merion East
Bidermann
Pine Valley
Bellerive
Boone Valley
St. Louis

Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Tim Martin on August 08, 2012, 07:05:53 PM
Last 10 starting with most recent:

Mid Pines
Pine Valley
Chapel Hill CC
Frisco Lakes
The Tribute
Old American
Jimmie Austin
Dismal River
Prairie Club Horse
Prairie Club Dunes

Been a great summer!

What happened to Yale? Is that a snub or just an absent minded oversight? :o
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Jay Flemma on August 08, 2012, 08:32:10 PM
In reverse order:

Bulls Bay
Forsgate
Tallgrass
St. George's
Olympic
Pasa
Cal Club of SF
Rustic
Teugega
Crestwood
Winged Foot
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Cory Lewis on August 08, 2012, 08:37:23 PM


What happened to Yale? Is that a snub or just an absent minded oversight? :o
oops! Simple oversight. Sorry Tim. We had a great day at yale. I think my brain is trying to block out the five hours i spent with cheech in the car. ;)
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Nick Cauley on August 08, 2012, 08:40:11 PM
last 10, top to bottom

Squire Creek
Bandon Dunes
Pacific Dunes
The Preserve
Old Macdonald
Bandon Trails
Memphis CC
Spring Creek Ranch
Alotian Club
Dallas National Golf Club
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Ron Csigo on August 08, 2012, 08:43:15 PM


What happened to Yale? Is that a snub or just an absent minded oversight? :o
oops! Simple oversight. Sorry Tim. We had a great day at yale. I think my brain is trying to block out the five hours i spent with cheech in the car. ;)

I'm standing right here... :'(
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Carson Pilcher on August 08, 2012, 09:09:55 PM
Most recent back....

Settindown Creek Golf Club
Ansley Golf Club
Honors Course
Dismal River
Ballyneal
TPC Sugarloaf
East Lake
Cuscowilla
Ponte Vedre Inn - Ocean Course and Lagoon Course
Rivermont
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Mark Steffey on August 08, 2012, 09:23:18 PM
Oak Hill (MA)   [stiles first 9 / ross 2nd 9]
Willowbrook (PA - 9 holer) [james harrison]
Aronimink  [ross]
Sunnehanna [tilly]
Wachusett [ross]
Kettle Brook [silva]
Indiana CC (PA) [willie park jr first 9 / ?? second 9]
Crumpin Fox [rulewich]
Green Hill [william's mitchell & org - redesigned by alfred tull]
Essex County (MA) [ross]
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Mark Bourgeois on August 08, 2012, 09:32:23 PM


What happened to Yale? Is that a snub or just an absent minded oversight? :o
oops! Simple oversight. Sorry Tim. We had a great day at yale. I think my brain is trying to block out the five hours i spent with cheech in the car. ;)

I'm standing right here... :'(

Dang, Cory, it's a good thing you've got only two feet as I don't think your mouth could handle any more.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Matt Bosela on August 08, 2012, 09:39:34 PM
I've finally played ten more courses so I can post again.  Most recent (today) listed at the top and the tenth course was played at the end of April.

Deerhurst - Highlands Course (Cupp/McBroom)
St. Catharines G&CC (S. Thompson/R. Robinson)
Cherry Hill Club (W. Travis)
Dismal River (J. Nicklaus)
Ballyneal (T. Doak)
CommonGround GC (T. Doak)
Colorado GC (Coore/Crenshaw)
Castle Pines GC (J. Nicklaus)
St. Thomas G&CC (S. Thompson)
Highland CC (London - S. Thompson)
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: C. Squier on August 08, 2012, 10:19:00 PM
Old Sandwich
Fishers Island
TCC Composite
Kittansett
Baltusrol Upper
Baltusrol Lower
Sleepy Hollow
Bethpage Black
NGLA
Merion East
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Simon Forshaw on August 08, 2012, 10:41:29 PM
Stemming from Mac's recent thread, someone made the comment that most of the folks on here generally play average courses.  

Might as well take a survey.  What are the last ten courses you played?

Mine:

Ravisloe - 5
Thunderhawk - 5
Butler - 7
Shepherd's Crook - 6
Skokie - 7
Barnbougle Dunes - 9
Barnbougle Lost Farm - 8
Yarra Yarra - 6
St. Andrew's Beach - 8
Royal Melbourne West - 9
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Matthew Sander on August 08, 2012, 10:53:31 PM
Coyote Crossing - West Lafayette, IN (Hale Irwin)
Kampen Course at Purdue - West Lafayette, IN (Pete Dye)
Ackerman Hills Course at Purdue - West Lafayette, IN (Bill Diddel/Larry Packard)
Harrison Hills - Attica, IN (Langford & Moreau/Tim Liddy)
Cantigny - Wheaton, IL (Roger Packard)
Palm Valley GC - Goodyear, AZ (Arthur Hills)
Tuscany Falls GC - Goodyear, AZ (Dick Bailey)
Flossmoor CC - Flossmoor, IL (H.J. Tweedie/Ray Hearn)
Old Wayne GC - West Chicago, IL (Charles Maddox)
Highlands of Elgin - Elgin, IL (Keith Foster/Art Schaupeter)
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Scott_Burroughs on August 09, 2012, 09:09:32 AM
Last 10 starting with most recent:

Mid Pines
Pine Valley
Chapel Hill CC
Frisco Lakes
The Tribute
Old American
Jimmie Austin
Dismal River
Prairie Club Horse
Prairie Club Dunes

Been a great summer!

Jeez, can't even bother to slum it at the home club?   ::) ;D
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Matthew Petersen on August 09, 2012, 01:13:33 PM
Going back to May

Wildfire (Faldo), Phoenix, AZ (Schmidt-Curley)
Ritz Carlton Dove Mountain (Wild Burro / Saguaro), Marana, AZ (Nicklaus)
Ventana Canyon (Mountain), Tucson, AZ (Fazio)
Pebble Beach, PB, CA (Neville/Grant)
Spyglass Hill, PB, CA (RTJ)
Copper Canyon, Buckeye, AZ (Schmidt-Curley)
TPC Scottsdale (Champions), Scottsdale, AZ (Kavanaugh)
Grayhawk (Talon), Scottsdale, AZ (Panks)
We-Ko-Pa (Saguaro), Ft McDowell, AZ (Coore-Crenshaw)
Southern Dunes, Maricopa, AZ (Schmidt-Curley)
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Jim Franklin on August 09, 2012, 02:41:00 PM
Last 10:

Nicklaus North (shot 66)
Chateau Whistler
Sagebrush (off the charts fun)
Olde Farm
Ballyhack
Baltimore CC (East)
Merion
Pine Valley
Bellerive
Winged Foot (East)
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: David Cronheim on August 09, 2012, 02:55:31 PM
I've decided all of you can be my golfing buddies anytime! Look at these lists!

My last 10 were (probably slightly out of order, but most recent first):

Ballamoor
Twin Brooks CC
Deal (NJ)
Manasquan River
Onwentsia
Shoreacres
Green Acres (IL)
Metedeconk (1&3)
Twisted Dune
Seaview (Bay)

Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Ronald Montesano on August 09, 2012, 02:57:24 PM
David...you wrote what I felt! I was blown away by the lists. Any great course on my recent ten is usually dumb luck or incredible generosity (or some absent-minded, felonious assault that hasn't been charged yet.) Awesome lists, indeed~
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Jordan Wall on August 09, 2012, 03:00:51 PM
Jackson Park Muni
Shinnecock Hills
NGLA
Friars Head
Huntsman Springs
Shooting Star
Teton Springs
Seattle CC
Chambers Bay
Sahalee
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: John Kirk on August 09, 2012, 03:47:53 PM
Old Sandwich
Fishers Island
TCC Composite
Kittansett
Baltusrol Upper
Baltusrol Lower
Sleepy Hollow
Bethpage Black
NGLA
Merion East

Damn!  My favorite entry is "TCC - Composite".

Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Sean Leary on August 09, 2012, 03:58:21 PM
Old Sandwich
Fishers Island
TCC Composite
Kittansett
Baltusrol Upper
Baltusrol Lower
Sleepy Hollow
Bethpage Black
NGLA
Merion East

Damn!  My favorite entry is "TCC - Composite".



My favorite part of this is that his own home course isn't even on this list.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: C. Squier on August 09, 2012, 04:43:34 PM
Old Sandwich
Fishers Island
TCC Composite
Kittansett
Baltusrol Upper
Baltusrol Lower
Sleepy Hollow
Bethpage Black
NGLA
Merion East

Damn!  My favorite entry is "TCC - Composite".



My favorite part of this is that his own home course isn't even on this list.

Wife - "I'm sick of all your old golf shirts"

Me - "Give me 3 weeks and I'll fix that"
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Mark Steffey on August 09, 2012, 08:15:04 PM

Damn!  My favorite entry is "TCC - Composite".



you get to skip 10 & 12 on the members course (good).  but you also miss out on #9.  i really like that hole.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Matthew Sander on August 09, 2012, 08:18:52 PM
Old Sandwich
Fishers Island
TCC Composite
Kittansett
Baltusrol Upper
Baltusrol Lower
Sleepy Hollow
Bethpage Black
NGLA
Merion East

Damn!  My favorite entry is "TCC - Composite".



My favorite part of this is that his own home course isn't even on this list.

Wife - "I'm sick of all your old golf shirts"

Me - "Give me 3 weeks and I'll fix that"

What is your retort to, "I'm sick of all your new golf shirts"?
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Ronald Montesano on August 09, 2012, 08:29:29 PM
he goes around topless...
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Wayne Wiggins, Jr. on August 10, 2012, 12:20:01 PM
In reverse order:

Pasatiempo
Beverly CC
Shoreacres
Olympic (Lake) - x2
Presidio GC
San Geronimo GC
Mira Vista CC
Aronimink GC- x2
Rolling Green GC
Victoria National GC
St Louis CC
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: David Davis on August 10, 2012, 04:08:06 PM
Damn, some of you guys are living the dream...

1. Noordwijkse (The Netherlands)
2. Utrechtse - De Pan (The Netherlands)
3. Hilversumsche - (home of upcoming KLM Open, European Tour event) (The Netherlands)
4. PGA de Catalunya (#1 course in Spain)
5. Emporda Links and Forest courses (Spain near Gerona)
6. Real Club de Golf El Prat (Spain near Barcelona)
7. Kennemer Golf Club (The Netherlands
8. West Sussex (England)
9. Royal St. Georges
10. Royal Cinque Ports

Actually not a bad list either now that I read it back to myself. I wouldn't mind repeating them all in the next week and a half either.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Cory Lewis on August 10, 2012, 04:11:24 PM
Jeez, can't even bother to slum it at the home club?   ::) ;D
Home course was crawling with 10 year old's all last week!  147 of them to be exact!
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Mac Plumart on August 12, 2012, 09:44:01 PM
From most recent...

Dismal River
Rivermont
Sharon
The Golf Club
St. Ives
Golf Club of GA Creekside
Chestatee
Old Union
Prairie Dunes
The Manor
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: K. Krahenbuhl on August 13, 2012, 05:39:41 AM
Chicago
Old Sandwich
Fishers Island
The Country Club (Comp)
Kittansett
Somerset Hills
Plainfield
Champions (Cypress Creek)
Black Sheep
Olympia Fields (North)
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Patrick Glynn on August 13, 2012, 05:59:54 AM
I saw this thread and reviewed my playing history for the year - seems like I have a rather strong preference for links courses :

Carnoustie
The Old Course (St. Andrews)
Muirfield
The Renaissance Club
North Berwick
Lahinch
Royal County Down
Portmarnock
Old Head of Kinsale
Royal Cinque Ports

Regards,

Patrick
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Danny Brassil on August 14, 2012, 05:19:12 AM
Last ten ....
Old Head (irl)
fota Golf Club (irl)
Muirfield Village (OH)
The Dye Preserve (FL)
Jupitor Hills (FL)
Lake Nona (FL)
Cyprss Point (CA)
Spyglass Hills (CA)
San Francisco GC (CA)
Olympic Club (CA)

Bottom 4 were part of a trip which also included the Meadow Club which I absolutly loved !
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Joe Stansell on August 14, 2012, 09:48:51 AM
Most recent first:

Coeur d'Alene Resort
Circling Raven
Wine Valley
Tumbe Creek
Suncadia - Prospector
Suncadia - Rope Rider
Home Course
Classic Golf Course
Chambers Bay (and playing again today!)
Tacoma Country Club
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Wayne Freeman on August 14, 2012, 11:51:48 PM
Most of these lists are pretty mind blowing.. but then I'll throw in mine.

            Gozzer Ranch
            Wine Valley
            Palouse Ridge
            Sutton Bay
            Dismal River
            Sand Hills
            Priarie Club
            Ballyneal
            Aronomink
            Caves Valley
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Doug Braunsdorf on August 15, 2012, 09:53:42 AM
(first-time plays only)

Greate Bay
White Manor
Llanerch
Sunnybrook
Suneagles
Atlantic City
Philadelphia CC *sched for 8/27
Yardley
Black Bear
Ballamor
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Dan Boerger on August 15, 2012, 10:15:01 AM
Not in Alphabetical Order ...

St. Davids
Inlet
Thendara
Pine Valley
Teugega
Trenton CC
Aronimink
Chester Valley
Gulph Mills
Merion East
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Mac Plumart on August 15, 2012, 10:59:29 AM
My two cents would be to include every course on your last ten list, not just new ones.  The idea, per Sven's opening post, is to see the courses we are playing day in and day out.

Like I said, 2 cents.  Take it or leave it.   :-\
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Stephen Davis on August 15, 2012, 11:55:55 AM
I must be doing something wrong :D Although I am proud of my list, and have a couple of really great courses on there, it pales in comparison to the lists that are being put up. Here is mine from most recent and not including replays.

1. Trysting Tree
2. The Reserve Vineyards (North)
3. Running Y Ranch
4. Eugene Country Club
5. Mallard Creek
6. The Golf Club of Oregon
7. Springhill CC
8. Wild Horse GC
9. Dismal River
10. Ballyneal
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Jeff_Lewis on August 15, 2012, 12:36:22 PM
Friars Head
Quaker Ridge
National
Shinnecock
Essex County (NJ)
Winged Foot West
Royal County Down
Royal Portrush
Portmarnock
County Louth

Most importantly, the next new course I expect to play is Cabot Links!

Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Simon Holt on August 15, 2012, 12:54:54 PM
Gullane No. 1
Kilspindie
Kingsbarns
Muirfield
Renaissance Club
Musselburgh Old
Trump Scotland
Royal Aberdeen
Cruden Bay  (first time, loved it)
North Berwick

Trump, like it or not, is very cool.  Unsurprisingly, money cant buy you time, so it needs a while to settle down.  Heroic shots, great interaction with the dunes, nice bunkering but perhaps over-cooked on some of the par 5s like 4 and 18.  The visuals are stunning.  Far more playable than one might think by just looking at the pictures.  It will unquestionably be one of the best courses in the UK, if not the world, once it has some good growth on the fairways, surrounds and the greens are up to speed.  Very, very good indeed.  It lives up to the big man's chat.

Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Stephen Davis on August 15, 2012, 01:41:43 PM
Gullane No. 1
Kilspindie
Kingsbarns
Muirfield
Renaissance Club
Musselburgh Old
Trump Scotland
Royal Aberdeen
Cruden Bay  (first time, loved it)
North Berwick

Trump, like it or not, is very cool.  Unsurprisingly, money cant buy you time, so it needs a while to settle down.  Heroic shots, great interaction with the dunes, nice bunkering but perhaps over-cooked on some of the par 5s like 4 and 18.  The visuals are stunning.  Far more playable than one might think by just looking at the pictures.  It will unquestionably be one of the best courses in the UK, if not the world, once it has some good growth on the fairways, surrounds and the greens are up to speed.  Very, very good indeed.  It lives up to the big man's chat.



This is high praise indeed.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Shane Wright on August 15, 2012, 02:47:02 PM
1. Medina CC (Minnesota)
2. Mississippi Dunes GC
3. Baker National
4. Highland National
5. Ballyneal
6. White Bear Yacht Club
7. Dellwood HIlls
8. St. Andrew's - Cedar Rapids, IA
9. Augusta National
10.Brooktree
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Stephen Davis on August 15, 2012, 03:08:17 PM
1. Medina CC (Minnesota)
2. Mississippi Dunes GC
3. Baker National
4. Highland National
5. Ballyneal
6. White Bear Yacht Club
7. Dellwood HIlls
8. St. Andrew's - Cedar Rapids, IA
9. Augusta National
10.Brooktree


This is impressive!
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Jason Topp on August 15, 2012, 03:30:24 PM
8. St. Andrew's - Cedar Rapids, IA
9. Augusta National
10.Brooktree


This is impressive!

Particularly with the next item on the list
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Greg Tallman on August 15, 2012, 03:33:16 PM
Sadly this assignment was rather hard work for me...

Cabo del Sol Ocean (Cabo San Lucas, BCS, Mexico) - 8.5-9
Bahia de los Sueños (Los Planes, BCS, Mexico) - 6
Paraiso del Mar (LaPaz, BCS, Mexico) - 6
Cabo del Sol Desert (Cabo San Lucas, BCS, Mexico) - 7
Diamante (Cabo San Lucas, BCS, Mexico) - 8.5-9
Querencia (San Jose del Cabo, BCS, Mexico) - 5.5
Troon North - Pinnacle? (Scottsdale, AZ) - 6
Estrella Mountain Ranch (Scottsdale, AZ) - 6.5
Long Cove (Hilton Head, SC) - 7
May River (Bluffton, SC) - 7.5

I rarely travel with clubs and am now arguing/debating with my buddy whether we will trek up to Pittsburgh for Oakmont and Laurel Valley during our trip to Morgantown for the West Virginia-LSU game at the end of September. I am a heavy "no" lean on the golf but looking at my list above... perhpas I should reconsider... you know... broaden my horizons and all.

A year has passed and my list remains the same  :'(
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Joe Stansell on August 15, 2012, 03:41:23 PM
I must be doing something wrong :D Although I am proud of my list, and have a couple of really great courses on there, it pales in comparison to the lists that are being put up. Here is mine from most recent and not including replays.

1. Trysting Tree
2. The Reserve Vineyards (North)
3. Running Y Ranch
4. Eugene Country Club
5. Mallard Creek
6. The Golf Club of Oregon
7. Springhill CC
8. Wild Horse GC
9. Dismal River
10. Ballyneal


I don't think anyone who has played Ballyneal, Dismal, and Wild Horse among their last 10 (not to mention Eugene Country Club) needs to hold their head in shame.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Ari Techner on August 15, 2012, 10:33:55 PM
Last 10 in order:

Sand Hills
Lookout Mountain
Franklin Hills
Fox Hills Golden Fox
Black Creek
Palos Verdes CC
Silver Rock
Saucon Valley Old
Bethpage Black
Oakmont
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Jim Colton on August 15, 2012, 10:46:34 PM
Quaker Ridge
Ballyneal x22
CommonGround
Cog Hill #2
Chicago Highlands
Prairie Landing
Orchard Valley
Oakmont
The Golf Club
Flossmoor CC
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Jim Jackson on August 16, 2012, 08:44:08 AM
Pebble
Cypress
Spyglass
Oak Hills CC (San Antonio)
Briggs Ranch
Chicago Golf
Butler National
Merion
Hidden Creek
Chechessee Creek
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Jud_T on August 16, 2012, 09:53:21 AM
The schizophrenic 10:

Spring Valley CC
Kingsley
Tamarack CC
Highlands of Elgin
Willow Glen
Deerpath
Shepherd's Crook
Crystal Downs
Ravisloe
Beverly
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Morgan Clawson on August 16, 2012, 04:01:24 PM
My last 10 range from mediocre to magnificent.

I added MY Doak ratings and a quick note about each course.

Glen Lake Golf, Minnetonka MN
Doak 2
9 hole short course that’s better than most in this category.  Huge and popular driving range.

Keller Golf Club, Maplewood MN – 4x
Paul Coates
Doak 5.5
Muni golf at its finest with strategic options on many holes.  GCAer Richard Mandel’s remodel begins this October.

Highland Park, St Paul MN
Doak 3
Basic muni golf.  One of the sand traps is shaped like Snoopy in honor of Charles Shultz.

Ballyneal, Holyoke CO – 5x
Tom Doak
Doak 9.5
A masterpiece starring the world class 7th and 8th holes.

Minneapolis Golf Club, St. Louis Park MN – 6x
Willie Park Jr. and Donald Ross
Doak 6
Long and challenging yet lacking some of the interesting nuances that other Ross courses enjoy.

White Bear Yacht Club, Dellwood MN
Donald Ross
Doak 8
Wonderful and unique holes and green sites.

Northland CC, Duluth MN
Donald Ross
Doak 8
Ross’s most challenging greens after Pinehurst #2?

Deacon’s Lodge, Breezy Point MN
Arnold Palmer
Doak 7.5
Best course in the Brainerd Lakes area. Absolutely beautiful golf course cut out of the woods. Good mix of width, quirk, and options.

Madden’s Pine Beach East, Brainerd MN
Doak 4
Parkland setting is a nice compliment to the tree-lined courses in the area.

Minnesota Valley, Bloomington MN
Seth Raynor
Doak 5
A Redan and a Biarritz are in the mix.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Jeff Shelman on August 16, 2012, 04:40:44 PM
Morgan,

You rank Keller ahead of Minnesota Valley? That surprises me.

I like Keller quite a bit, but I think Minnesota Valley is pretty good.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Michael Herrmann on August 16, 2012, 04:57:42 PM
Starting with most recent and including replays:

Blue Ash GC - it was a charity scramble, but I'll include it.
Makatewah CC
Kingsley Club
Lochenheath
Miami View GC (my home club)
Prairie View
The Fort
Bear Slide
Traditions GC
Longaberger
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Morgan Clawson on August 16, 2012, 07:11:01 PM
Jeff -

I'm probably guilty of familiarity bias. I've played Keller so many times that I've come to learn and appreciate all of the design nuances.

I like MN Valley too, but I've only played it once in the last 10 years.

This probably exposes how difficult it is to rate a course after just 1 play.

What would you give MN Valley?
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Nigel Islam on August 20, 2012, 11:33:22 AM
Fendrich Evansville, IN
Thunderbolt Pass Evansville, IN
Quail Crossing
Bethpage Black
Helfrich Hills Evansville, IN
Olympia Fields, North
Whistling Straits, Straits
Lawsonia Links
Blackwolf Run, River
Erin Hills

Been a pretty good summer for seeing new golf courses for me.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Brian Joines on August 20, 2012, 02:11:00 PM
Pinehurst #2
Pinehurst #8
Southern Pines
Wampanoag
Wannamoisett
Habor Shores
Lost Dunes
South Bend CC
Ballyneal
Warren Course

That is probably the most interesting my list has ever looked.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: John Handley on August 20, 2012, 03:31:23 PM
The European Club
Portmarnock Old
County Louth
Royal County Down x2
Royal Portrush x2
Lahinch
Doonbeg
Ballybunion Old
Ballybunion Cashen

Just got back from 9 days in Ireland.  Trip was superb, the golf courses were amazing, weather unbeatable and the people very welcoming.  I'm still grinning ear-to-ear.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Rick Shefchik on August 20, 2012, 05:43:07 PM
What a dream trip. Congratulations -- and try not to be too disappointed by your Next Ten.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Sean_A on August 20, 2012, 07:01:31 PM
Stretching back 2 months - no duds in the lot.

Broadstone  R
Rye Joob  NR
Littlestone  r
Rye  2*
Knole Park  R
Wallasey  r
Burnham  1*
Lahinch x2  2*
Ballybunion  1*

Ciao
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: John Ezekowitz on August 20, 2012, 09:25:09 PM
From most recent to least (May onward):

Springdale GC
Fiddler's Elbow (Forest)
Merion East
Belmont CC
Yale
George Wright CC
Pacific Dunes
Old Macdonald
Bandon Trails
Bandon Dunes

And there is a chance I add National before the summer ends. I have been spoilt.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Steve Lapper on August 20, 2012, 10:14:18 PM
Paramount
Somerset Hills
Friars Head
Royal Dornoch (5X, but who's counting and I don't remember where they started or if they ever ended!)
Castle Stuart
Brora
Nairn
Moray Old
Royal Aberdeen
Trump Scotland (3x)

Like Simon Holt, I was quite impressed with Trump Scotland. Martin Hawtree succeeded on so many levels.

Next Ten:

Atlantic City Country Club
Hackensack (Hickories)
Essex Country Club
The Country Club Composite
Cabot Links
Shinnecock
Swinley Forest
Sunningdale Old & New
Queenwood
Golf Club Mennagio Cadenabbia/ Villa D'Este......haven't decided which to play for our Anniversary round  ;D

Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: John Ezekowitz on August 20, 2012, 11:29:10 PM
Paramount
Somerset Hills
Friars Head
Royal Dornoch (5X, but who's counting and I don't remember where they started or if they ever ended!)
Castle Stuart
Brora
Nairn
Moray Old
Royal Aberdeen
Trump Scotland (3x)

Like Simon Holt, I was quite impressed with Trump Scotland. Martin Hawtree succeeded on so many levels.

Next Ten:

Atlantic City Country Club
Hackensack (Hickories)
Essex Country Club
The Country Club Composite
Cabot Links
Shinnecock
Swinley Forest
Sunningdale Old & New
Queenwood
Golf Club Mennagio Cadenabbia/ Villa D'Este......haven't decided which to play for our Anniversary round  ;D



Out of curiosity, how are you planning to play TCC Composite? What tournament will be there before the US Am?
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Daryl "Turboe" Boe on August 20, 2012, 11:47:40 PM
This was good timing on this thread, and an easy one to come up with off the top of my head because the last 9 of these were in the last week.  (yes I had a pretty good 5 day stretch last week)...

Eagle Point GC - Wilmington, NC
French Lick Resort (Ross)
French Lick Resort (Dye)
The Polo Fields CC - Louisville, KY
Louisville CC
Big Spring CC - Louisville, KY
The Club at Olde Stone - Bowling Green, KY
Kenny Perry’s Country Creek GC - Franklin, KY
Foxland Harbor G & CC - Nashville, TN
Bear Trace @ Cumberland Mt. - Crossville, TN

Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Eric Smith on August 21, 2012, 02:17:49 AM


Bear Trace @ Cumberland Mt. - Crossville, TN


Literally 10 minutes from my office! Did you drive in to town and eat at the Gondola afterwards?
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: K. Krahenbuhl on August 21, 2012, 07:30:48 AM
Out of curiosity, how are you planning to play TCC Composite? What tournament will be there before the US Am?

I played it three weeks ago in a member/guest.  The club plays it in some of their tournaments and likely more this year with the event on the horizon.  With the new tees it is a very difficult set up.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Daryl "Turboe" Boe on August 21, 2012, 08:58:12 AM


Bear Trace @ Cumberland Mt. - Crossville, TN


Literally 10 minutes from my office! Did you drive in to town and eat at the Gondola afterwards?

No, I didnt know to do so.  As I mentioned this was the final day of a pretty busy week of work/golf.  So I drove in late on a Thursday night (got to the hotel at about 11:30pm) was up early and the first one off the first tee at Bear Trace.  Quickly around and on my way back to SC. 

Sorry I didnt know to call anyway.  I was figuring when I posted this that I would get a couple "You were that close and didnt call" comments.  This week was one of those great combination work/golf week that had a lot of golf, and quite a bit of it was planned/arranged by a business associate so I didnt have control over some of it.

What do you do in Crossville?  I learned that there is a plant that makes mirrors for cars, but other than that I dont know much about what is in Crossville.  That old stone building/tower that I think is a museum was pretty cool looking and looked worth a visit if I wasnt in a hurry to get out of town.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Josh Tarble on August 21, 2012, 09:15:14 AM
This was good timing on this thread, and an easy one to come up with off the top of my head because the last 9 of these were in the last week.  (yes I had a pretty good 5 day stretch last week)...

Eagle Point GC - Wilmington, NC
French Lick Resort (Ross)
French Lick Resort (Dye)
The Polo Fields CC - Louisville, KY
Louisville CC
Big Spring CC - Louisville, KY
The Club at Olde Stone - Bowling Green, KY
Kenny Perry’s Country Creek GC - Franklin, KY
Foxland Harbor G & CC - Nashville, TN
Bear Trace @ Cumberland Mt. - Crossville, TN



How did you like the Dye course at French Lick?  I'm planning on going down there this fall but not sure if I want to swing the extra cash for the Dye or just play the Ross course.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Eric Smith on August 21, 2012, 09:17:39 AM
El Turberon,

No worries pal, just noting that I work very near that golf course. The Gondola Restaurant is a favorite for golfers visiting the Golf Capital. ;D

That mirror plant you mentioned is one of the larger employers in town. My company leases one of their buildings to them. Also, if you're talking about the stone building with the clock tower on Main St, that is the county courthouse.

What'd you think of Bear Trace? Mac Plumart is coming up this weekend and I thought about taking him to play there but opted for Stonehenge instead.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Daryl "Turboe" Boe on August 21, 2012, 09:42:26 AM
El Turberon,

No worries pal, just noting that I work very near that golf course. The Gondola Restaurant is a favorite for golfers visiting the Golf Capital. ;D

That mirror plant you mentioned is one of the larger employers in town. My company leases one of their buildings to them. Also, if you're talking about the stone building with the clock tower on Main St, that is the county courthouse.

What'd you think of Bear Trace? Mac Plumart is coming up this weekend and I thought about taking him to play there but opted for Stonehenge instead.

Played Stonehenge back in April of 1997 so a few memories have dimmed, but I remember that being a good course as well.  The Bear Trace was good, but as with probably everything in this part of the country this time of year was a little soft in several places.  The greens were rolling pretty good, and I was pleasantly surprised by the course.  It seemed to be one of the better Bear Trace courses I have played.  Not knowing anything about what Stonehenge is like now days it would be hard to say.  But I am sure you will be good with Stonehenge. 

The one in your general area that absolutely took my by surprise and blew me away was Foxland Harbor G & CC in Gallatin.  I didnt really know much at all about it, and was amazed by the conditioning (firm and fast almost everywhere) and the layout had some very good holes.  I know it was originally going to be fully private, and it sounds like it is close to being back where it needs to be, but I think for a little while yet you might still be able to get out there if you are not a member.

Hope the two of you have fun.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Mark Steffey on October 25, 2012, 10:05:13 PM
Misquamicut Club
Muirfield Village
Scioto
Sunnehanna
Saucon Valley - Old
Oak Hill (MA)
Firestone - South
Brookside Canton
Canterbury
Holden Hills
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Bill Shotzbarger on October 25, 2012, 10:24:10 PM
Green Lakes State Park Golf Course (Fayetteville, NY)
Seven Oaks Golf Club (Hamilton, NY)
Timber Banks Golf Club (Baldwinsville, NY)
Torresdale-Frankford Country Club (Philly, PA - home)
Sea Scape Golf Links (Kitty Hawk, NC)
Kilmarlic Golf Club (Powells Point, NC)
Philmont Country Club South Course (Huntingdon Valley, PA)
Philmont Country Club North Course (Huntingdon Valley, PA)
Manufacturers Golf & CC (Oreland, PA)
Green Valley Country Club (Lafayette Hill, PA)

and 11....for good measure....  ;D

Bethpage State Park Black
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Mac Plumart on October 25, 2012, 10:41:33 PM
Belfair East
Belfair West
Golf Club of Georgia Lakeside
Rivermont
Southampton
St. George's
NGLA
Fishers island
Garden City
Polo Golf and Country Club
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Mark Saltzman on October 25, 2012, 10:43:16 PM
Oshawa Golf and Curlng Club
Friar's Head
NGLA
Engineers
The Creek
Piping Rock
St George's
Southampton
The Bridge
Quaker Ridge
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Mac Plumart on October 25, 2012, 10:48:15 PM
Thoughts on engineers?

Must play?  Okay?  Avoid?
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: MWagner on October 25, 2012, 11:18:56 PM
Lochinvar Golf Club (TX)
Boot Ranch (TX)
Quarry Golf Club (TX)
Cowboys Golf Club (TX)
Garden City Golf (Men's) Club (NY)
MacGregor Downs CC (NC)
Whitemarsh Valley CC (PA)
Reading Country Club (PA)
Green Tree Country Club (Midland TX)
Sevierville Golf Club (TN)
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Greg Gilson on October 26, 2012, 01:23:52 AM
The National (Old)
Crystal Downs
St Georges
Shoreacres
Inverness
Oakland Hills
Scioto
Camargo
Muirfield Village
Riviera
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Eric Smith on October 26, 2012, 01:39:10 AM
Chechessee Creek
May River
Dismal River (Old)
Dismal River (New)
St Andrews (Old)
Silloth
Renaissance
North Berwick
Goswick
Machrihanish Dunes

Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Tom Ferrell on October 26, 2012, 08:30:13 AM
Colorado Golf Club
Cabot Links
Highlands Links
Clear Creek Tahoe(!)
Flatirons Golf Course
Highlands CC (NC)
NGLA
Maidstone
East Hampton
Frair's Head
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Jim Sherma on October 26, 2012, 10:48:23 AM
Stayed local this year.

Hershey West
Hershey East
Schuylkill CC
Lebanon CC
Lancaster CC
West Shore CC
Hershey Links
Green Pond CC
Spring Creek GC
Bear Trap Dunes
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Steve_Lovett on October 26, 2012, 11:25:37 AM
Most recent first:

- Timuquana CC (Jacksonville, FL)
- Camaloch Golf Course (Camano Island, WA)
- Seattle Golf Club (Seattle, WA)
- TPC Sawgrass - Valley (Ponte Vedra Beach, FL)
- Tumble Creek GC (Cle Elum, WA)
- Rope Rider GC (Cle Elum, WA)
- Amelia National GC (Fernandina Beach, FL)
- Willows Run (Redmond, WA)
- TPC Sawgrass - Stadium (Ponte Vedra Beach, FL)
- Pablo Creek Club (Jacksonville, FL)
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Michael George on October 26, 2012, 11:32:56 AM

Don't any of you people ever play your home course  ;D

My last number of courses:

Glenmoor CC - Canton
Portage CC - Akron (multiple times between those listed)
Sharon GC - Akron (multiple times between those listed)
Brookside CC - Canton
Pinehurst #4
Pinehurst #2
Pinehurst #8
Dormie Club
Pete Dye GC
Sand Hills
Ballyneal
Dismal River - Nicklaus

Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Brad Tufts on October 26, 2012, 11:49:56 AM

Don't any of you people ever play your home course  ;D


Nope!

Pine Valley, Chechessee, Salem CC, Mohawk GC (Schenectady, NY), CC of Rochester, Park Club (Buffalo), Ralph Myhre GC (@ Middlebury), Tedesco (actually, one home course round, in the pouring rain), Black Mesa, Paa-Ko Ridge.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Dan Moore on October 26, 2012, 12:06:12 PM
My last ten in order of fun.

All Nine courses played in Ireland
Ballyneal
Lawsonia
Prairie Dunes
Crystal Downs (25 mph winds or might be higher)
Flossmoor
Summerby
Ravisloe
George Dunne
Schaumburg
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: rjsimper on October 26, 2012, 12:25:02 PM
Last 10, from most recent to least recent

Pine Valley
Chechessee Creek
Southampton
Shinnecock Hills
The Bridge
Maidstone
Little River (NC)
Bethpage Black
Garden City
Boston GC
Myopia Hunt

Okay so that was 11....but I loved #11 so I had to throw it in.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Jeff Shelman on October 26, 2012, 12:39:30 PM
Here are mine. From oldest to most recent.

New Richmond Golf Club, New Richmond, WI

Hazeltine National Golf Club, Chaska, MN

Island View Golf Club, Waconia, MN

Rochester Golf and Country Club, Rochester, MN

White Bear Yacht Club, Dellwood, MN

Keller Golf Course, Maplewood, MN

Eagle Eye Golf Club, Bath Township, MI

Emerald Greens Golf Club (Gold), Hastings, MN

Windsong Farm Golf Club, Independence, MN

Midland Hills Country Club, Roseville, MN
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Alister Matheson on October 26, 2012, 12:57:42 PM
Montrose
Desert Mountain Outlaw
TPC Scottsdale
Brora
Castle Stuart
Royal Aberdeen
Sage Valley
Quail Hollow
St Andrews Old Course
Cruden Bay
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Tony_Muldoon on October 26, 2012, 01:25:31 PM

Liscannor pitch and putt ("the only links pitch and putt in the world"?)


Wrong!   There's anthoer one about 10 miles away at Doolin.  Wil need to play it again to pronounce which is the "Best links P&P in the World". Doolin has THE BEST sklyline green. Its a pimple, only 50 yards from you and byond it lies Rio De Janiero!


Liscannor would also be in my last 10 (also played this year the P&P at Enniscrone).  Great fun and the key is to play these things early (they tend to open about 10) before the families get on them. I can't remember the cost, 4 euro?


What do you think Brian, I believe any of this group would have a ball there.



Hope there's a Doonbeg tour coming as I don't think I've ever seen a long report on it.






Dooks
Ballybunion New and Old
Liscannor P&P
Lahinch
Gullane 3
The Players Club, Stranahan (also played a few holes of it's P&P course - with USGA greens!)
Cleeve Hill
North Berwick
Deal
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Michael Essig on October 26, 2012, 02:01:45 PM
When did this thread loose the (personal) Doak scale from your lists?

Prospector at Suncadia, WA - 5
Rope Rider at Suncadia, WA - 7
Jackson Park (a Seattle muni), WA - 3 (trying to get my son ready for golf team tryouts, ugh.)
Aldarra CC, WA - 7+
Bear Creek CC, WA - 4 (at least it was for a good cause)
Marine Drive GC, BC Canada - 7 (Course was a 7, but the company here and at Sagebrush was an 11!)
Sagebrush, BC Canada - 8
Portmarnock, Ireland - 8+
Royal County Down, N. Ireland - 10
Ballybunion, Ireland - 9
Lahinch, Ireland - ? played in rain driven by 25 mph winds gusting to 50.  My caddie never looked so happy as when I said enough on the 13th tee.  They were playing a local tournament the same day.  I have never heard so much cussing in my life as in the locker room after my round, and I think I missed a few choice words - lost to my American ears through the accent of the Irish speaker.
(I know the list is 11; I can count.)
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Rick Shefchik on October 26, 2012, 02:05:08 PM
My last ten in order of fun.

All Nine courses played in Ireland
Ballyneal
Lawsonia
Prairie Dunes
Crystal Downs (25 mph winds or might be higher)
Flossmoor
Summerby
Ravisloe
George Dunne
Schaumburg

Dan,

If you meant Somerby near Rochester, Minn., I'd be interested to know what you thought of it. I've never played it, but Lehman usually does good work.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: jeffwarne on October 26, 2012, 07:07:35 PM
most recent last
Cabot Links Aug
Highland Links Aug
Atlantic Aug
Forest Hills, Augusta Sept
The Bridge Oct
Gardiner's Bay Oct
St Georges Oct
Goat Hill,Shelter Island Oct
Palmetto Oct
Augusta CC Oct
Southampton Oct

sorry had to list 11

multiple plays Southampton, Goat Hill, the Bridge

list would've been quite different if had been able to play BUDA :( :( :(

Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Mark Saltzman on October 26, 2012, 07:14:40 PM
Jeff, can you take me to Goat Hill next year? I gotta see it!
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: jeffwarne on October 26, 2012, 07:33:23 PM
Mark, I'm going to send you pictures (your email may clog up) ;D
and when you see them, you'll know exactly what a first time player sees there-----nothing!
you guys talk about skyline greens
how about skyline fairways?
most strategic course I play...firm and fast even with the crabgrass
severe tilt and slope to greens encourages driving to proper side of fairway/rough
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Pete Balzer on October 26, 2012, 08:50:27 PM
Prairie Club Pines
Priaire Club Dunes
Wild Horse
Red Sky Norman
Keystone Ranch
Keystone River
Half Moon Bay- Ocean
Pasatiempo
Cypress
Poppy Hills
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Joel Zuckerman on October 26, 2012, 09:05:51 PM
Last 10 chronologically, going backwards.

Secession
Half Moon Bay---Ocean
Half Moon Bay---Old
Cypress Point
MPCC---Dunes
Pasatiempo
SFGC
Landings Club---Marshwood
LC----Magnolia
LC---Oakridge
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Greg Chambers on October 27, 2012, 12:48:34 AM
Prairie Club Pines
Priaire Club Dunes
Wild Horse
Red Sky Norman
Keystone Ranch
Keystone River
Half Moon Bay- Ocean
Pasatiempo
Cypress
Poppy Hills

so the $50 million dollar question is...do you prefer the Ranch, or the River?...I love the River...
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Greg Chambers on October 27, 2012, 12:53:24 AM
In no particular order:

Olivas Links
Soule Park
Rustic Canyon
Red Hill
Woodland Hills
Spanish Hills
Rancho San Marcos
Santa Barbara GC
North Ranch
Elkins Ranch

Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Marc Westenborg on October 27, 2012, 02:22:54 AM
Royal Liverpool, England
Royal Birkdale, England
Cruden Bay, Scotland
Trump International Golf Links, Scotland
Hong Kong Golf Club
La Zagaleta, Spain
Los Barrancos, Spain
Wychwood Park, England
Rockliffe Hall, England
Hawkstone Park, England
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Pete Balzer on October 27, 2012, 08:04:43 AM
Prairie Club Pines
Priaire Club Dunes
Wild Horse
Red Sky Norman
Keystone Ranch
Keystone River
Half Moon Bay- Ocean
Pasatiempo
Cypress
Poppy Hills

so the $50 million dollar question is...do you prefer the Ranch, or the River?...I love the River...

Hands down- The Ranch.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Sean Leary on October 27, 2012, 09:49:43 AM
Southampton
Shinnecock
Rope Rider
Aldarra (30 rounds)
Manito Golf and CC
Spyglass Hill
Prairie Dunes (6 rounds)
Malibu CC
LACC North
Sagebrush
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Niall C on October 27, 2012, 10:39:15 AM
Moray Old
Inverallochy
Fraserburgh
Rothes
Silloth
Alwoodley
Balmedie
Castle Stuart
Duff House Royal
North Berwick
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Dónal Ó Ceallaigh on October 27, 2012, 12:32:26 PM
Bro-Bålsta
Royal Birkdale
Southport & Ainsdale
Formby
Royal Lytham & St. Annes
Silloth-on-Solway
Windermere
Gweedore
Arlandastad GK
Älvkarleby GK
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Jud_T on October 27, 2012, 01:47:45 PM
Royal Liverpool, England
Royal Birkdale, England
Cruden Bay, Scotland
Trump International Golf Links, Scotland
Hong Kong Golf Club
La Zagaleta, Spain
Los Barrancos, Spain
Wychwood Park, England
Rockliffe Hall, England
Hawkstone Park, England


Marc,

10 rounds...how do you split 'em between Cruden Bay and Trump International?
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Chris Shaida on October 27, 2012, 01:53:20 PM
Wexford
Chechessee
May River
Sleepy Hollow
Bston Golf Club
Engineers
Northshore CC
Quaker Ridge
Woking
Formby
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Daryl David on October 27, 2012, 04:15:38 PM
Tumble Creek (Multiple)
Old Mac
Pac Dunes
Bandon Dunes
NGLA
Friars Head
Yale
Sagebrush
Southern Highlands
Toscana (Multiple)
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Neil_Crafter on October 28, 2012, 05:28:44 PM
Ok, here goes

Bethpage Black
NGLA
Maidstone
Baltusrol (Lower)
Sebonack
Pine Valley
Merion
Shinnecock Hills
The Meadow Club
North Adelaide Public

Pick the odd one out  ;)
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: jeffwarne on October 28, 2012, 06:47:49 PM
Bro-Bålsta
Royal Birkdale
Southport & Ainsdale
Formby
Royal Lytham & St. Annes
Silloth-on-Solway
Windermere
Gweedore
Arlandastad GK
Älvkarleby GK

Hello Donal,
Give us a report on Gweedore!
Did they implement any of the changes?
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Mark Pearce on October 28, 2012, 07:18:14 PM
Rockliffe Hall, England
Marc,

Welcome to GCA.  Most on here won't realise that you designed Rockliffe.  Was this the first time you had been back since it opened?  I haven't played it yet but am due to in the next few months.  Are you happy with how the course has turned out?  What would you say a player playing it for the first time should look out for?
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Rick Shefchik on October 28, 2012, 07:34:32 PM
Ok, here goes

Bethpage Black
NGLA
Maidstone
Baltusrol (Lower)
Sebonack
Pine Valley
Merion
Shinnecock Hills
The Meadow Club
North Adelaide Public

Pick the odd one out  ;)

Neil -- I'm guessing this is the odd one:

(http://www.iseekgolf.com/media/1959/large.jpg)
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Neil_Crafter on October 29, 2012, 01:21:25 AM
what a lucky guess Rick  ;)  100% correct.
a fun course to play a social scramble on though.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Tom_Doak on October 29, 2012, 01:33:44 AM
Wow!  I was actually out ten times in the past 30 days:

Crystal Downs [2x]
Lost Dunes
Chicago Golf Club [2x]
Beverly
North Shore (NY)
Sebonack [2x]
Streamsong (Red)
Streamsong (Blue) [2x]
Wolf Point
Brackenridge Park

I also walked National Golf Links, Garden City, Medinah #3, and Oak Hills in San Antonio.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Andrew Hastie on October 29, 2012, 02:34:42 PM
My last 10!

Cal club
Pasadera
Bandon Preserve
Bandon Dunes
Pacific Dunes
Old Mac
Bandon Trails
Amsterdam International
De Lage Vuursche x 2

One course clearly ruins the list!!!

Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: J Sadowsky on October 29, 2012, 02:45:32 PM
Life from the other side....reverse chronological order.

Lake Presidential GC
Noble Hawk GC
Cherry Hill (Fort Wayne, In.) GC
Twin Lakes (Lakes) GC
Ballyhack GC
Blue Mash GC
Glenn Dale GC
Lansdowne Resort (Norman)
Pine Valley (Fort Wayne) CC
Reston National GC
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Mike_Trenham on October 29, 2012, 03:14:37 PM


St Davids
Biderman
Pine Valley
DuPont CC
Scranton CC
Brandywine
Stonewall Old
Stonewall North
White Manor
Banff
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Joe_Tucholski on October 29, 2012, 03:31:43 PM
Significantly below the average list here:
StoneRidge CC
Morgan Run Club and Resort
Rustic Canyon
Canyon Crest CC
Coto de Caza (North and South)
Coyote Creek
Carmel Valley Ranch
Saddle Creek
Aliso Viejo CC
Griffith Park
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Cory Lewis on October 29, 2012, 03:39:54 PM
Mine goes all the way back to late July.  For me that's bad!

Most recent to least:

Dormie
Little River
Ocean Forest
Sanctuary Cove
The Honors
The Farm
Lookout Mountain
Black Creek
Yale
Pine Valley
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: David Nelson on October 29, 2012, 04:07:22 PM
Turnberry Ailsa
Machrihanish Golf Club
Machrihanish Dunes
Girvan
Turnberry Kintyre
Irvine Bogside
Silloth on Solway
Prestwick
Duff House Royal
Old Moray
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Lyne Morrison on October 29, 2012, 11:51:47 PM

Quote from: Neil_Crafter on Yesterday at 07:28:44 AM
Ok, here goes

Bethpage Black
NGLA
Maidstone
Baltusrol (Lower)
Sebonack
Pine Valley
Merion
Shinnecock Hills
The Meadow Club
North Adelaide Public

Pick the odd one out
   ;)


Actually folks I would suggest Pine Valley is the odd one out due to their attitude toward women golfers in the year 2012



just saying....


Lyne


Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Rich Goodale on October 30, 2012, 06:59:47 AM
Dunbar
Chechesee
Myopia
Aberdour
Royal Burgess
Silloth
Cruden Bay
Nairn Dunbar
Dornoch-Struie
Lanark
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Sean_A on October 30, 2012, 07:29:38 AM
Franklin Hills 1*
UofM 1*
Birmingham CC recommended
Cleeve Cloud recommended
Kington 2*
Edgbaston recommended
Burnham & Berrow (x4) 1*

Ciao
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Sean Leary on October 30, 2012, 09:44:45 AM

Quote from: Neil_Crafter on Yesterday at 07:28:44 AM
Ok, here goes

Bethpage Black
NGLA
Maidstone
Baltusrol (Lower)
Sebonack
Pine Valley
Merion
Shinnecock Hills
The Meadow Club
North Adelaide Public

Pick the odd one out
   ;)


Actually folks I would suggest Pine Valley is the odd one out due to their attitude toward women golfers in the year 2012



just saying....


Lyne




Women play Pine Valley all the time....just saying.........
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Joe_Tucholski on October 30, 2012, 07:07:26 PM
Franklin Hills 1*
UofM 1*
Birmingham CC recommended
Cleeve Cloud recommended
Kington 2*
Edgbaston recommended
Burnham & Berrow (x4) 1*

Ciao

Sean what does you're 1*, 2* and recommended mean?  Also I assume most list their last 10 courses, without considering replays.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Sean_A on October 30, 2012, 07:27:06 PM
Franklin Hills 1*
UofM 1*
Birmingham CC recommended
Cleeve Cloud recommended
Kington 2*
Edgbaston recommended
Burnham & Berrow (x4) 1*

Ciao

Sean what does you're 1*, 2* and recommended mean?  Also I assume most list their last 10 courses, without considering replays.

Joe

3* Don’t Miss For Any Reason
2* Plan A Trip Around This Course
1* Worth An Overnight Detour
R  If In The General Vicinity And Can’t Get On A Big Gun Look Up First (rule of thumb is not to be in the car any longer than it takes to play and have drinks - roughly 5 hours)
r  A Good Fall Back On Course If In The Immediate Area
NR  Not Recommended

A rough idea of how I come up with the above rating scheme:
COURSE (all aspects including beauty) ~60%
HISTORY, LOCATION, CLUB etc ~20%
PRICE ~20%

Ciao
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Dan Boerger on October 30, 2012, 07:37:54 PM
Hey Mike -- All pretty close, except Banff! Very cool, how did you like it?

Also, played Biderman for the first time this fall. Loved the whole experience, but not overwhelmed with the course itself.

Finally, what's going on at #16 at St. Davids? Redoing that green?
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Lyne Morrison on October 31, 2012, 06:13:47 PM

Sean Leary,

Women play Pine Valley all the time....just saying.........

Is this actually the case?

My understanding is that women are provided access to the course on Sunday afternoons only.
If this policy has been amended to provide more flexible playing arrangements this is good to hear.
However if the Sunday afternoon ‘only’ rule remains, it is my view this is a policy that is out of touch with our time.

Lyne
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Padraig Dooley on October 31, 2012, 06:30:37 PM
Old Head
Cork GC
Southern Dunes
Ritz Carlton Orlando
Portmarnock
Lahinch
Shinnecock Hills
Piping Rock
Trump National Westchester
Monkstown

Eclectic enough grouping.

Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Mac Plumart on January 20, 2013, 06:28:37 PM
Rustic Canyon
Riviera
TPC Sugarloaf
Atlanta Athletic Club Highlands
Country Club of Columbus
John A. White
Streamsong Blue
Streamsong Red
St. Marlo
Rivermont
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Mark Saltzman on January 20, 2013, 06:34:32 PM
Streamsong Red
Streamsong Blue
Old Memorial
Palma Ceia
Ritz Carlton Members
The Concession
Sara Bay
Osprey Point
Floridian
Westchester
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Cory Lewis on January 20, 2013, 06:44:44 PM
Well at least I've played 10 courses since I last posted on this back in October.

Most recent to least:

Ballantyne CC
Club at Longview
Little River
Treyburn
Dormie
Pinehurst #7
Longleaf
National
Pinehurst #8
Pine Needles
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Michael Goldstein on January 21, 2013, 03:19:48 PM
The kiwi rural list....

Glenorchy
Jack's Point
Arrowtown
The Cairns GC (new course in Tekapo)
Tarras
Frankton
Riverton
Oreti Sands
Hokitika
Pram Beach

Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Mark Pritchett on January 21, 2013, 03:22:03 PM
Not to threadjack, but Michael can you tell us a bit about Jack's Point?  This is a course I am curious about.

Thanks! 
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Ron Csigo on January 21, 2013, 03:34:38 PM
Mark - Here's a link to the website of a golf blogger that has played it.  Hope it's useful.

http://top100golf.blogspot.com/2011/09/jacks-point.html
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Mark Pritchett on January 21, 2013, 03:41:22 PM
Thanks pal.  I have read John's write up and enjoyed it. Now we need to get Michael's input to see if you and I should make the trip!
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Ron Csigo on January 21, 2013, 03:43:43 PM
Thanks pal.  I have read John's write up and enjoyed it. Now we need to get Michael's input to see if you and I should make the trip!

Let me know when!   ;)
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Bob_Garvelink on January 21, 2013, 07:15:54 PM
All Michigan Courses for me.

1.  Black Lake - Onaway MI
2. Forest Dunes - Roscommon MI
3. Hawkseye - Bellaire MI
4. Otsego Club - The Tribute - Gaylord MI
5. Kingsley Club - Kingsley MI
6. Yarrow Golf Club - Augusta MI
7. Angels Crossing - Vicksburg MI
8. Lost Dunes -Bridgman MI
9. Black Forest - Gaylord MI
10. A-Ga-Ming Golf Club - Kewadin MI
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Ronald Montesano on January 21, 2013, 07:53:38 PM
My next ten should be the best ten-course run I've ever had in my 47 cycles of birth. This resplendent and venerable body will be the first to know, should I pull it off.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Mark Steffey on January 21, 2013, 11:59:30 PM
seeing as how i just got in the door after returning from the airport i can update this since my last update:

yeamans hall
kiawah ocean cse (36h)
chechessee creek
lady's island cc
secession (27h)
colleton river dye
wexford
oak hill (ma)
Misquamicut Club
Muirfield Village
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Mark Saltzman on January 22, 2013, 12:07:18 AM
My next ten should be the best ten-course run I've ever had in my 47 cycles of birth. This resplendent and venerable body will be the first to know, should I pull it off.

Awesome. Looking forward to hearing about it, wherever it may be.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Michael Goldstein on January 22, 2013, 02:59:30 AM
Mark, make the trip!

Jack's Point is definitely worth seeing.  Best views on any golf course I've played.  Period.  The view across the lake continues to mesmerize me and I'm surrounded by it 24/7!

Turf is best I've played in a long time as well (Leo - before you kick me out, I'd say it is on par with Pram).    Firm and fast and plenty of ground options - particularly from hole 5 onwards. 

It's obviously a big course which has some drawbacks in terms of routing, walkability etc. But, you get plenty of that down the road at Arrowtown GC.

And John's comments on his blog about the quirk factor, with planes taking off and the screams of skydivers heard thousands of feet up in the air are very valid..

Hopefully you might see Jack's Point on golf channel in 13 months or so as we grow our pro-am to a three course model.   

When you or others come down, message me.

Michael



 
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Josh Tarble on January 22, 2013, 08:44:06 AM
Not to threadjack, but Michael can you tell us a bit about Jack's Point?  This is a course I am curious about.

Thanks! 

Mark,
Just to chime in with everyone else, definitely make an effort to play Jack's Point.  It is absolutely fantastic and Queenstown is one of the coolest places on earth to boot.

Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Tom Kelly on January 22, 2013, 09:05:36 AM
And John's comments on his blog about the quirk factor, with planes taking off and the screams of skydivers heard thousands of feet up in the air are very valid.

I was one of those screams a few years back.

Jack's Point is definitely worth seeing.  Best views on any golf course I've played.  

The view from 15,000 feet is even better.

Foolishly/unfortunately I didn't play the course while I was there. At the time I was backpacking around the world and it seemed like a better idea to spend what little money I had on jumping out of a perfectly good plane rather than playing golf......

I wish I'd known about Arrowtown whilst I was there, it would have definitely been more in my budget.

At least I've got another excuse to go back at some point, the whole of New Zealand is an amazing place.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Brad Tufts on January 22, 2013, 10:32:10 AM
CDS Ocean (yesterday morning, complete with whales off the back of the 16th green!)
CDS Desert (1/20)
CDS Ocean (1/20)
Diamante (1/19)
CDS Ocean (1/19)
CDS Ocean (1/18)
CDS Desert (1/18)
CDS Ocean (1/17)
Kukui'ula (11/29)
Poipu Bay (T-day)
Wailua (11/25)

The silly-season tour!
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Joey Chase on January 22, 2013, 11:11:49 AM
Some interesting golf but not on a level with most here;

Golf de Dolce Fregate - Fream
Barbaroux - Dye
Moliets - Jones
Southern Dunes - Schmidt/Curley
Mesa Country Club - Bell
We Ko Pa (Saguaro) - Coore/Crenshaw
Seven Canyons - Weiskopf
Lausanne - Harradine, Jeremy Pern
Domaine Imperial - Dye
Evian - Park, Cabell Robinson
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Dominic Meese on January 23, 2013, 03:21:44 AM
Hi all, this is my first post. Excited to be on board.

Residing in Melbourne, my last ten courses played are:

Commonwealth
Metropolitan
Royal Melbourne West
13th Beach (Beach)
13th Beach (Creek)
Kingston Heath
Woodlands
St Andrew's Beach
Peninsula North
National Moonah

Cheers
Dom
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Jason Topp on January 24, 2013, 09:50:05 PM
I can't just pull from GHIN any more because many of my rounds have been on my home courses.

CDS Ocean
CDS Desert
Dunes at Diamante
Old Corkscrew Golf Club
Windsong Farm
Oak Ridge Country Club
Midland Hills Country Club
Town & Country Club
Bunker Hills Golf Club
Dacotah Ridge
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: jeffwarne on January 26, 2013, 08:16:16 PM
Southampton
Goat Hill
Tallgrass
Mountain Lake
Sreamsong Blue
Lekarica
Bartow
Streamsong Red
Streamsong Blue
Lake Wales
Pinecrest
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Mark Saltzman on January 26, 2013, 08:31:41 PM
Southampton
Goat Hill
Tallgrass
Mountain Lake
Sreamsong Blue
Lekarica
Bartow
Streamsong Red
Streamsong Blue
Lake Wales
Pinecrest

Jeff, can you give your thoughts on the courses you played around Streamsong? I don't need to hear about ML.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: jeffwarne on January 26, 2013, 09:18:09 PM
quote author=Mark Saltzman link=topic=49159.msg1263128#msg1263128 date=1359250301]
Southampton
Goat Hill
Tallgrass
Mountain Lake
Sreamsong Blue
Lekarica
Bartow
Streamsong Red
Streamsong Blue
Lake Wales
Pinecrest

Jeff, can you give your thoughts on the courses you played around Streamsong? I don't need to hear about ML.
[/quote]

Here you go Mark,
BTW, I enjoyed the tour of Palma Ceia, played there a couple of years ago-never knew it was on only 83 acres!

First of all a big shout out to Kyle Harris, whose past GCA references to these courses proved invaluable.

Lekarica--easily the collest clubhouse/pro shop area I've seen in a long time.Looked like right out of the 50's, and some of the merchandise was ;D
Household refrigerator full $2 beers still in 6 pack rings. $2 off coupons behind register bringing prime time peak season green fee total to $25.
Stiles and van Kleek-greens have shrunk a lot, definitely have changed some holes-6 were closed and made into WW2 Victory gardens and replaced somewhat recently.(was a 12 hole course for many years)
Formerly valled Highland park
A very mature look to the place in many spots, nice sandy surrounds in a lot of roughs.
Conditioning a heavy rye overseed on both greens and fairways, surprised if greens had much grass come summer-many of the tees yielded challenging sidehill lies. ;)
Very busy, yet play moved briskly- 3 3/4 hours in a foursome.
In need of a lot of TLC, but my kind've place.
Quite a few really cool holes, some surprisingly good scenery, and quite a bit of large elevation change.
If you can't handle meadowy fairways and greens running 6, play elsewhere.

Bartow-Donald Ross
a little more muni generic- good vibe in the restaraunt/bar-busy place frequented by locals, not just there for the golf.
Quite a few good holes-many mature live oaks draped with Spanish moss.
Again very busy, yet a brisk pace-under 4 hours for our foursome.
Decently conditioned overseeded greens, perhaps running 8-9.
I enjoyed it, not quite the eccentricity of Lekarica, but a good course.

Lake Wales-Donald Ross
Much more of a "south Florida" feel with the early  front nine running through condos and houses.
Some pretty good holes starting on #5, once escaped the early neighborhood .
Private, Very busy, well conditioned-greens running 8-9.
Played back tees which were WAAAY back creating narrow, tree lined chutes on multiple holes, large gap from backs to blues.
Nice place,good course- perhaps a bit suburban/urban for my taste.
Pro was very accomodating
Pace of play quite good.

Pinecrest-Donald Ross (at least 9)
a bit of an enigma
easily the busiest course/parking lot I've ever seen.
Clubhouse classic muni-cooked and delivered 6 burgers in 7 minutes enabling us to make tee time, despite packed dining room and packed tee sheet.
6 some in front of us,played in 4 hours.
very well conditioned, fast,firm greens overseeded with bent 10.5-11.5.
several really cool holes, front nine weaves through orange groves, white OB stakes EVERYWHERE on 5-6 holes somewhat mar the landscape.
2 and 3 very good holes with #3 a cape over/around a marsh.
Back nine older, more mature oak trees. 4-6 good holes to start nine.
Perhaps a little repetitive finish with 3 similar par 4's to finish.

The scale(to say nothing of the atmosphere) of all four courses provided dramatic contrast to Streamsong
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Mark Saltzman on January 26, 2013, 10:15:18 PM
Jeff, thanks, I always enjoy and value your opinion of golf courses.  I think you value the 'vibe' of the place a bit more than I do, but I get a lot out of your reviews.

I similarly have to thank Kyle Harris for his past descriptions and recommendations.  I selected Pinecrest on Avon and was happy with the choice (picked more because of location than anything else).  Why do you say only 9 Ross holes there? I hadn't heard that.  I agree there is A LOT of good stuff there and really an interesting set of green complexes.  Amazing how a hole like the 6th, which frankly is as boring as a hole can be, can be made interesting with an undulating, raised green.  I liked the cape 4th as well, though can't imagine those back tees are original.  5 is a great par-3, using the bunkers to hide the putting surface and with the curved ridge running through the centre of the green.  The coolest green site has to be at the 14th set tight against the road.

The other one that interests me in the area is Cleveland Heights, a Flynn but I'm told that only those very familiar with his work can see the remnants of what he did there.  Have you played there before or did it receive consideration on this trip?

Your comments on Lake Wales seem luke warm. 
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: jeffwarne on January 26, 2013, 10:35:10 PM




The other one that interests me in the area is Cleveland Heights, a Flynn but I'm told that only those very familiar with his work can see the remnants of what he did there.  Have you played there before or did it receive consideration on this trip?

Your comments on Lake Wales seem luke warm.  

I have played Cleveland Heights a couple years ago-didn't play all three nines-many good holes.
I'm told a lot of the Flynn has been lost but there were many old school features and certainly a maturity to the property.
Wasn't considered due to time.

I simply had higher expectations for Lake Wales, a good course, but not quite on a architectural par with say Palma Ceia or Temple terrace.
Holes 6-18 pretty good, with the exception of the long par 4 14th which could be good hole but par three 15th tee intrudes on the corridor of the hole creating lost ball bushes that protect next tee on one side and OB on the other-both beginning 30 yards short of green and continuing past green.
seems a shorter par 3 15th would've been a better solution and created more variety (3 par 3's over 200)
par 3's very similar-200 ish yards with one exception.(again,w e played the back tees-that seemed to pursue yardage wherever available-may be more variety from other par 3 tees-and one could certainly create  variety by mixing tees)
Just felt like a lot of other Florida courses on a few of the holes.
Many greens had shrunk dramatically with 10+ foot fringes.

Excellent hospitality, well conditioned and no doubt a good place to be a member.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Bill McKinley on January 27, 2013, 06:47:25 PM
Streamsong Blue
Isleworth
Southern Dunes
Mountain Lake
Streamsong Red
Gasparilla Golf Club
Fiddlesticks - Long Mean
Acacia CC (NLE)
Oakmont
Brookside (Canton)
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: jonathan_becker on January 28, 2013, 06:07:26 AM
Starting with the most recent

Royal Melbourne East
Lost Farm
Barnbougle Dunes
Peninsula North
Kingston Heath
Royal Melbourne West
St Andrews Beach
Woodlands
Victoria
Olympic Club


Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: K. Krahenbuhl on January 28, 2013, 07:14:59 AM
Escondido
Spanish Oaks
Streamsong Blue
Streamsong Red
Pine Tree
Champions
Cabo Del Sol Ocean
Diamanté
Preston Trail
SFGC
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Bill Crane on January 28, 2013, 01:40:31 PM
Atlantic City C C  (NJ)
Springdale Golf Club  (home club – NJ)
Chechessee Creek Club
Stoney Creek Club  (NC)
The Course at Yale (CT)
Saranac Inn Golf and Country Club (NY)
Whiteface Club and Resort (NY)
Pine Valley (NJ)
Merion (PA)
Stonewall (PA- both courses)

Looking forward to Chechesee in March !!

WmFlynnfan
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Paul OConnor on January 28, 2013, 02:04:42 PM
SFGC

Nice.  Comments?
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Joe_Tucholski on January 31, 2013, 05:11:18 PM
The Carolina - NC, Whispering Pines - Arnold Palmer - I'll probably play again because the price can be right
Pine Needles - NC, Southern Pines - Donald Ross I'll definitely play again - one of the top courses in the area
Mid Pines - NC, Southern Pines - Donald Ross I'll definitely play again - one of the top courses in the area
Rustic Canyon - CA, Moorpark - Gil Hanse as much of a home course as I've got here
Eglin AFB - Eagle Course - FL, Valparaiso - Langford and Moreau maybe? future home course
Whispering Woods Golf Club - NC, Whispering Pines - Dan Maples/Ellis Maples probably won't play it again
Whispering Pine - Pines Course - NC, Whispering Pines - Ellis Maples will play again - you can find great prices
Dormie Club - NC, West End - Coore and Crenshaw I'll definitely play again - one of the top courses in the area
Marine Memorial - CA, Camp Pendleton - William P. Bell Top half of the military courses I've played
Malibu Country Club - CA, Malibu - William F. Bell I won't play again

Played a few of these courses a few times.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Ronald Montesano on January 31, 2013, 10:54:36 PM
Charlie,

Guyan...Wasn't that Bill Campbell's home club? Is there a drop-shot par three of some renown?
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Joe Leenheer on January 31, 2013, 11:55:02 PM
Streamsong Blue
Isleworth CC
Southern Dunes GC
Mountain Lake CC
Acacia CC
Oakmont CC
Portage CC
Canterbury GC
Chagrin Valley CC
Kirtland CC

But the big thing about this list is I finally got a Raynor under my belt...I'm a changed man.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Rick Shefchik on February 07, 2013, 12:58:22 AM
Eastwood GC
Fort Myers CC
Streamsong Blue
Streamsong Red
Loggers Trail
Stillwater CC
Bandon Dunes
Old MacDonald
Pacific Dunes
Bandon Trails
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Ronald Montesano on February 07, 2013, 02:45:33 PM
Next five...#serious #fortunate #cannotwait

http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&hl=en&oe=UTF8&msa=0&msid=205427094735780313981.0004d5279461fabe60c33
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Greg Tallman on February 07, 2013, 02:56:53 PM
Charlie,

Guyan...Wasn't that Bill Campbell's home club? Is there a drop-shot par three of some renown?


I do believe it was Bill Campbell's home club.  Very fun course to play.  I am not sure if the sixth is considered a drop shot par three but it is shortish (wedge to 8 iron) with a difficult green.  The next hole is a long par three 225-230ish.  I think it was built in the 1920-1930 time frame.

Campbell had a home off the 2nd hole at Guyan. No drop shot par threes. Mound/brow encircling the 17th reen perhaps the most noteworthy feature on the course.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Brian Finn on April 25, 2013, 05:02:13 PM
On a boring conference call...been looking back at recent courses played and trying to plan the next bunch...here are my last 11...

Brookside G&CC (Columbus) - home game
The Golf Club
Barefoot - Fazio
Dunes Golf & Beach Club
Barefoot - Love
Duke University
Forest Creek South
CCNC - Dogwood
Dormie Club
Streamsong Red & Blue
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Chris DeToro on April 25, 2013, 05:38:02 PM
My last 10:

Battle Creek CC
Longaberger GC
Grand Bear Resort
Warren Course at ND
Knollwood (Indiana)
Pinnacle (Arkansas)
Prairie Dunes
Oak Hill
Las Colinas
Walnut Hills (Michigan)
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Mark Chaplin on April 25, 2013, 05:53:41 PM
Deal
Sunningdale New
Rye
Cypress Point
Tucson National
Whisper Rock Lower
Whisper Rock Upper
New Zealand
Swinley Forest
Hankley Common

A tidy run, shame I turned down kind offers to play San Francisco Golf Club and Olympic.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Mark Chaplin on April 25, 2013, 06:06:48 PM
Guest of our hosts we were staying with, my first experience of public golf in the USA, all very strange  ;)
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Paul Gray on April 25, 2013, 06:07:51 PM
A few dull complimentary rounds thrown in amongst some better stuff.

Wickham Park - 5
Cams Hall - 5
Corhampton - 6
Meon Valley - 4
Hayling - 8
Liphook - 8
Merrist Wood - 4
South Winchester - 5
Basingstoke - 5
Oak Park - 5

Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Jim Jackson on April 25, 2013, 06:15:12 PM
After looking at BMS' last 10, I suggest we change his login to BMF
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: BHoover on April 25, 2013, 07:56:48 PM
Brookside GCC (Columbus)
The Golf Club
Columbus CC
Pinehurst National
The Carolina
Southern Pines
Tobacco Road
Mayfield CC
Kirtland CC
Brookside CC (Canton)
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Andy Treen on April 25, 2013, 09:16:07 PM
Taconic Golf Club
Farmington Country Club (VA)
Hole-in-the-Wall Golf Club
Indian Creek Country Club (FL)
Hideout Golf Club
Country Club of Naples
Hyannisport Club
Sankaty Head Golf Club
Fishers Island Club
Highland Links Golf Course (MA)
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Joe_Tucholski on April 25, 2013, 10:33:28 PM
Rancho Park GC (CA)
River Ridge GC (CA)
Seville Golf & Country Club (AZ)
Tucson National - both courses (AZ)
Anthem Golf & Country Club Ironwood (AZ)
Indian Wells Country Club - both courses (CA)
Mission Hills Country Club - Tournament and Dye (CA)
Santa Anita GC (CA)
Coto De Caza Golf & Racquet Club - North (CA)
Sandpiper Golf Course (CA)
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Matthew Petersen on April 26, 2013, 12:45:40 PM
The Frog (GA)
Palmetto (SC)
Apache Stronghold (AZ)
Talking Stick - North (AZ)
500 Club (AZ)
Golf Club at Dove Mountain (AZ)
Quintero (AZ)
Papago (AZ)
ASU Karsten (AZ)
Camelback - Padre (AZ)
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Terry Lavin on April 26, 2013, 12:49:57 PM
Matt,

Thoughts on Dove Mountain?
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Tom Kelly on April 26, 2013, 12:57:00 PM
Liphook
Yas Links
Emirates Faldo
Emirates Par 3
Meydan
Sunningdale New
North Berwick
Prestwick
Radcliffe-on-Trent
Meyrick Park

A pretty random mixture of courses there in both style and quality.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Sean_A on April 26, 2013, 07:03:59 PM
Burnham x4
Handsworth
Little Aston
Hindhead
Seacroft
Woodhall Spa
Hunstanton

I think I am jinxed for Worpy; twice cancelled games in the past 4 months due to weather.

Ciao
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Mark Saltzman on April 26, 2013, 07:29:33 PM
Baltimore (East)
Congressional (Blue)
Kinloch
Hope Valley
Eagle Point par 3
Eagle Point
Long Cove Club
New Smyrna Muni
Calusa Pines
CC of Naples

And playing my first Gil Hanse design tomorrow!
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Roger Wolfe on April 26, 2013, 08:19:31 PM
Pinehurst #2
Pine Needles
Mid Pines
Tot Hill Farm
Carolina Golf Club
Gaston Country Club
Charlotte Country Club
Myers Park Country Club
Roaring Gap
Primland

Heading to Palm Springs for 7 rounds in 4 days in May... any recommendations?
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Mac Plumart on April 26, 2013, 08:59:45 PM
Rivermont
East Lake
The River Club
The Standard Club
Peachtree
The Golf Club
The Georgia Club
Cuscowilla
The Lion Golf Club
The Hooch!!!!!!!!!!!

(attended The Masters and walked Augusta National again.  Wow!  What a place!!)
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Eric Smith on April 26, 2013, 11:00:37 PM
Kinloch
Wynn Las Vegas
Caledonia
True Blue
Streamsong Blue
Streamsong Red
Harbour Town
Royal Cinque Ports
Chechessee Creek
May River
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Ryan McLaughlin on April 26, 2013, 11:36:18 PM
Rancho Park GC (CA)
River Ridge GC (CA)
Seville Golf & Country Club (AZ)
Tucson National - both courses (AZ)
Anthem Golf & Country Club Ironwood (AZ)
Indian Wells Country Club - both courses (CA)
Mission Hills Country Club - Tournament and Dye (CA)
Santa Anita GC (CA)
Coto De Caza Golf & Racquet Club - North (CA)
Sandpiper Golf Course (CA)
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Id like to get your take on why Sandpiper is on the list
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Tim Martin on April 27, 2013, 03:10:22 PM
Worcester CC
Yale
Rockledge GC
Hartford GC
Caledonia
True Blue
Atlantic City CC
Boston Golf Club
Montclair GC
Southampton GC
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Daryl David on April 27, 2013, 10:01:49 PM
Toscana C C
Plantation Club
Stone Eagle
Cape Kidnappers
Kauri Cliffs
Lost Farm
Barnbougle Dunes
Victoria Golf Club
Kingston Heath
Royal Melbourne
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Richard Hetzel on July 01, 2013, 05:47:09 PM
WGC Golf Course (OH)
Deer Ridge GC (OH)
Westchester GC (OH)
Reid Park South GC (OH)
The Lynx at River's Bend (formerly Port Jervis CC) (NY)
Oxford Greens (CT)
Tower Ridge Golf Club (CT)
Saranac Lake GC (NY)
Craig Wood GC (NY)
Tupper Lake GC (NY)
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Joe_Tucholski on July 01, 2013, 06:23:40 PM
Fraserburgh
Murcar Links
Stonehaven
Prestwick St Nicholas
Irvine Golf Club Bogside
Glasgow Gailes
Dundonald Links
Reddish Vale
Cavendish
Royal St Davids
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: JimB on July 01, 2013, 06:34:11 PM
Have to go back 8 months to get ten in. :'(

Rancho San Marcos
Clear Creek
Valley Club
Stone Eagle
The Quarry, LQ
La Cumbre
Saticoy
Cypress Point
Meadow Club
Sand Hills
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Eric Smith on July 01, 2013, 06:34:47 PM
Dismal River (White)
Dismal River (Red)
Prairie Dunes
Ballyneal
Wolf Point
Atlantic
Shinnecock Hills
Sebonack
Sleepy Hollow
St. Davids
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Tim Martin on July 01, 2013, 06:44:01 PM
Dismal River (White)
Dismal River (Red)
Prairie Dunes
Ballyneal
Wolf Point
Atlantic
Shinnecock Hills
Sebonack
Sleepy Hollow
St. Davids


Some might seem that list sort of whorish ;)
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Jordan Standefer on July 01, 2013, 07:36:07 PM
Indian Wells Resort - Players
Indian Wells Resort - Celebrity
Torrey Pines - South
Chambers Bay
Recreation Park (CA)
Barona Creek (CA)
Goose Creek (CA)
Balboa Park (CA)
Escena GC (CA)
Pebble Beach GL
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Eric Smith on July 01, 2013, 07:38:37 PM

Some might seem that list sort of whorish ;)

Well, as they say, when in Rome.. ;D
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Brian Finn on July 01, 2013, 07:42:40 PM

Some might seem that list sort of whorish ;)

Well, as they say, when in Rome.. ;D

Yes?...Please go on.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Eric Smith on July 01, 2013, 07:59:34 PM

Some might seem that list sort of whorish ;)

Well, as they say, when in Rome.. ;D

Yes?...Please go on.

Um, do as the Romans do? It's an old expression.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Scott Warren on July 01, 2013, 08:12:24 PM
It's rare that I play a lot of courses unless I am travelling - living in Sydney generally means sticking to the home course with occasional forays to Melbourne, or a timeswap between my course and another. But playing in my club's Interclub team has meant seeing a bit more of Sydney golf recently.

The last 10 took six months:
Royal Sydney (x2)
NSWGC (x3)
Bonnie Doon (x>30)
Concord (x3)
St Michael's (x1)
Killara (x2)
Avondale (x1)
Healesville (x1)
Woodlands (x1)
Springwood (x2)

The good: Royal Sydney is much better than I have previously given it credit for, though it's tremendously overbunkered.

The bad: Seeing how many of the city's courses are choking in trees and could be far better than they are with simple, cheap tree management (Killara is getting this right and making good strides).

The ugly: St Michael's. In-house design changes that don't fit, massive bushland encroachment, soft approaches and hard greens (this has become common there). It could be so great, but it's headed backwards, IMO.

A surprise: Avondale is very private and low-key, so it gets very little discussion as few people see it. The course is wonderful. Great land, subtle but interesting greens, width, ideal conditioning, smart bunkering. It reminded me of Newcastle in places. Worth seeking out for those based in Australia or visiting Sydney for a decent length of time.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Ron Csigo on July 01, 2013, 09:05:45 PM
Sand Hills
Paramount
Essex County Country Club
Saint Davids
Sleepy Hollow
Old Orchard
Diamante
Cabo Del Sol
Seminole
Trump International
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Mark Saltzman on July 01, 2013, 09:08:25 PM
Ron, where is Old Orchard?
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Ron Csigo on July 01, 2013, 09:11:12 PM
It's a Tillinghast in Eatontown, NJ.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Mark Saltzman on July 01, 2013, 09:13:07 PM
It's a Tillinghast in Eatontown, NJ.

NO RAINCHECKS
NO BARTERING
NO DISCOUNTS
NO COMPS

I guess we know their rater policy!

How was it?
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Ron Csigo on July 01, 2013, 09:21:11 PM
It's a Tillinghast in Eatontown, NJ.

NO RAINCHECKS
NO BARTERING
NO DISCOUNTS
NO COMPS

I guess we know their rater policy!

How was it?

I play there at least once a season.  It's been on the chopping block for a number of years for real estate development but it looks like it's going to survive.  

The course is nothing too special, however, the current ownership has made decent strides with some tree removal, bunker improvements and better overall course conditioning.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Mike_Trenham on July 01, 2013, 10:20:27 PM


DISMAL RIVER RED
DISMAL RIVER WHITE
BAYSIDE
PHILADELPHIA COUNTRY CLUB
ST DAVIDS
PENN OAKS
STONEWALL OLD
PAA KO RIDGE
TWIN WARRIORS
BLACK MESA

My next three (days) are pretty nice too
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Gene Greco on July 01, 2013, 10:29:57 PM
National Golf Links of America
Southampton Golf Club
Sand Hills Golf Club
Friars Head
Cypress Point
Pebble Beach
Monterey Peninsula Country Club (Shore)
Pasatiempo
San Francisco Golf Club
Pine Valley Golf Club
Shinnecock Hills


Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Jud_T on July 01, 2013, 10:42:09 PM
Gene,

Was this courtesy of the Make a Wish foundation?  If not it may be time to take up a new hobby as it's all downhill from here...
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Jason Topp on July 01, 2013, 11:05:58 PM
I might set a record for fewest courses played this year.  I am finding playing the same course time and again more interesting than running around and seeing a bunch of courses.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Gene Greco on July 01, 2013, 11:11:57 PM
Jud:

  
 2013 "has been very, very good to me."

If it is, in fact, the end, then it's been a "tidy" run.

         Gene
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Sam Morrow on July 01, 2013, 11:16:59 PM
Last 10

Wolf Point x2
Pines Dunes x3
Cypress Lakes x5

Not enough golf these days.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Andy Troeger on July 01, 2013, 11:20:32 PM
River Course at Keystone (CO)
Raven at Three Peaks (CO)
CommonGround (CO)
Pueblo de Cochiti (NM)
Shadow Creek (NV)
Stanford (CA)
Mayacama (CA)
Meadow Club (CA)
Olympic Club Lake (CA)
Cal Club of SF (CA)
(Played San Francisco GC and Stonebrae on that trip too)
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Colin Sheehan on July 01, 2013, 11:33:43 PM
This goes back a month. Rain, work and family time interfering.

Shoreacres
Quaker Ridge x 2 (as a competitor in the 76th Hochster, a one day event)
Stonewall Old x 6 (in one day for the 111 Hole Hike)
Rockrimmon, CT (Knockout'd Match)
 
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Mac Plumart on July 01, 2013, 11:38:49 PM
Hmmm...let's see...

Dismal River Red
Dismal River White
Prairie Dunes
The Golf Club
Muirfield Village
Camargo
Rivermont
Cherokee
Peachtree
University of Kentucky Wildcat

Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Ross Harmon on July 01, 2013, 11:47:16 PM
National Golf Links of America
Southampton Golf Club
Sand Hills Golf Club
Cypress Point
Pebble Beach
Monterey Peninsula Country Club (Shore)
Pasatiempo
San Francisco Golf Club
Pine Valley Golf Club
Shinnecock Hills

Rough life Gene!
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Bob_Garvelink on July 02, 2013, 12:51:49 AM
1.  Bay Harbor
2. Forest Dunes
3. Black Lake
4. Little Traverse Bay
5. A-Ga-Ming Sundance
6. Hawks Eye
7. Yarrow
8. Island Hills
9. Ravines
10. Hampshire
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Chris Shaida on July 02, 2013, 09:36:08 AM
Dismal Red (x1.5)
Dismal White (x1.5)
Prairie Dunes (x2)
Stonewall Old (x5.5 - Colin, above, is younger, thinner, faster...)
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Roger Wolfe on July 02, 2013, 09:40:44 AM
Humble... but having a wonderful time!

Carolina Golf Club
Etowah Valley GC
Preston Country Club (Kingwood, WV) - 54!
Charlotte CC
Gaston CC
Classic Club - 36
LaQuinta Mountain
La Quinta Dunes
Indian Wells Players
PGA West Stadium - 36
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Josh Tarble on July 02, 2013, 09:56:07 AM
Here's what I got...interesting going back:

Erin Hills
Broadmoor, IN (multiple)
Sagamore
Trophy Club (multiple)
Brickyard Crossing (multiple)
Blackwolf Run River
Whistling Straits Straits
World Woods Pine Barrens
Streamsong Red
Streamsong Blue
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Brent Hutto on July 02, 2013, 10:00:50 AM
Wow, that's going to hard to recall. Last ten courses probably takes me back well over a year. I'll start from the most recent and see how far back I can recall.

Columbia CC (Blythewood, SC)
Charwood CC (West Columbia, SC)
Papago GC (Phoenix, AZ)
Notts-Hollinwell (England)
Ganton (England)
Reddish Vale (England)
The Ocean Course (Kiawah Island, SC)
Cobblestone Park (Blythewood, SC)

That's my last eight courses and takes me back to early 2012. Going back any farther than that we're talking 200+ rounds of golf ago and it's impossible to say exactly where I played at in 2011.

Guess I just don't get around much any more, as the old song says...
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Brad Tufts on July 02, 2013, 10:12:04 AM
10 rounds goes back to 6/5:

Tedesco (x5)....75/74/77/73/74
Brae Burn.........81
Hotchkiss..........39
Essex CC (x2)....75/80
Winchester.......72

10 courses goes back to 5/27:

Tedesco  (Wogan/Stiles)
Brae Burn (Ross)
Hotchkiss (Raynor)
Essex CC (Ross)
Winchester (Ross)
Spring Valley CC (Cornish/Schreiner)
Gannon Municipal (Stiles)
Belmont Hills, in BDA (Emmet originally, but now Algie Pulley)
Mid-Ocean (CBM)
Port Royal (RTJ Sr/Jr)
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Paul Jones on July 02, 2013, 10:16:31 AM
Austin Golf Club
Great Hills CC
Scioto CC
Muirfield Village
Interlachen
White Bear Yacht Club
Windsong
Grand Bear
Barton Creek - Cliffside
Brackenridge Park

I left off my home course (Oakbourne CC) which I usually play once a week.

Paul
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Tim Martin on July 02, 2013, 01:11:04 PM
National Golf Links of America
Southampton Golf Club
Sand Hills Golf Club
Friars Head
Cypress Point
Pebble Beach
Monterey Peninsula Country Club (Shore)
Pasatiempo
San Francisco Golf Club
Pine Valley Golf Club
Shinnecock Hills




Doc-We are not worthy. ;D
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Stephen Davis on July 02, 2013, 01:18:35 PM
National Golf Links of America
Southampton Golf Club
Sand Hills Golf Club
Friars Head
Cypress Point
Pebble Beach
Monterey Peninsula Country Club (Shore)
Pasatiempo
San Francisco Golf Club
Pine Valley Golf Club
Shinnecock Hills




 :o :o :o :o :o :o :o :o :o :o :o :o :o :o :o :o :o :o :o :o :o :o
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Gene Greco on July 02, 2013, 02:31:54 PM
Stephen, Tim:

   I've been very fortunate over the years having played them all previously.

However, never so many greats one right after another.

It was like watching the Miss America contest!

            Gene



Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Stephen Davis on July 02, 2013, 02:35:42 PM
Stephen, Tim:

   I've been very fortunate over the years having played them all previously.

However, never so many greats one right after another.

It was like judging the Miss America contest!

            Gene


Wow! No kidding. That is as impressive of a list as there could ever be! I am sure it is an experience that you will never forget.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Brian Potash on July 02, 2013, 03:37:09 PM
With some comments -

Apawamis - Rained Out Today
Old Oaks - Westchester Caddy Scholarship tournament - 5 holes then rained out yesterday

Hudson National  - home course, I know Tom Doak isn't impressed :)
Ballyneal - other very far from home home course - Tom probably is a bit more impressed
Rockaway Hunt Club - Still recovering from hurricane Sandy
East Hampton Golf Club - a tale of 2 courses 1-7 links; 8-18 into the woods
Bayonne - lost an Outpost Club match 8&6
Oak Hill East - loved it, especially the front 9
Essex County Country Club - very pleasant surprise, under the radar
Yale - discussed in prior thread
Quaker Ridge - I think they could host an open if they wanted to and had the facilities, but still fun and fair
Willow Ridge CC Westchester, NY
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Jason Mandel on July 02, 2013, 04:31:27 PM
National Golf Links of America
Southampton Golf Club
Sand Hills Golf Club
Friars Head
Cypress Point
Pebble Beach
Monterey Peninsula Country Club (Shore)
Pasatiempo
San Francisco Golf Club
Pine Valley Golf Club
Shinnecock Hills

STOP THE FIGHT! We have a winner!
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Mac Plumart on July 02, 2013, 09:12:30 PM
But, Jason, it isn't a contest.

Here is the opening post...

...someone made the comment that most of the folks on here generally play average courses.  

Might as well take a survey.  What are the last ten courses you played?


This thread is simply designed to give the board a feel for the courses that the participants on this thread are playing.  In essence, this provides context for the discussions on the board.

For instance, if you want to have a great discussion about the playability of sub-par daily fee courses...Gene Greco is not the guy to talk with on this topic.   ;)
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Greg Gilson on July 02, 2013, 09:12:55 PM
This is not my own "Last 10" but ,rather, that of a travelling mate. I played several of these with him but his Last 10 is pretty amazing:

Old Sandwich
Country Club
Fisher's Island
Maidstone
NGLA
Friar's Head
Rolling Green
Bethpage Black
Baltusrol
Garden City

FWIW....the five before that (on the same road trip) included Somerset Hills, Piping Rock, Quaker Ridge, Cabo del Sol Ocean & Diamante
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: David Amarnek on July 02, 2013, 10:05:25 PM
Like Greg, this is not my list but that of two friends of mine from across the pond.  Their last 10 in the US would include:
Cypress Point
San Francisco
Oakmont
Merion
Gulph Mills
Pine Valley
Shinnecock
NGLA
Maidstone
The Creek
"Pretty....Pretty....Pretty Good"
~L. D.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Patrick Glynn on July 03, 2013, 05:14:31 AM
A reasonably well-travelled selection with Hankley Common having the greatest (positive) differential between expectations and actual experience.

1. Lahinch
2. The Island
3. Royal County Down
4. Hankley Common
5. Royal Cinque Ports
6. Doonbeg
7. Pinehurst #2
8, Dormie Club
9. Seminole
10. Streamsong Red / Blue

Patrick
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Bart Bradley on July 03, 2013, 07:00:42 AM
A reasonably well-travelled selection with Hankley Common having the greatest (positive) differential between expectations and actual experience.

1. Lahinch
2. The Island
3. Royal County Down
4. Hankley Common
5. Royal Cinque Ports
6. Doonbeg
7. Pinehurst #2
8, Dormie Club
9. Seminole
10. Streamsong Red / Blue

Patrick


Patrick,

When we last spoke you hadn't played the Island previously, what did you think?

Bart
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Patrick Glynn on July 03, 2013, 08:18:51 AM
Hi Bart,

I really liked the Island - instantly up there with my favourite courses in Ireland. We were very lucky with both days - lovely sunny weather and a nice 15 mph breeze. I think the highs at The Island are quite high :

1. Challenge and variety of teeshots
2. Pure links land (16 is awesome)
3. Unique holes in the world of golf (e.g. 5, 16)

I would probably have it just behind Lahinch and RCD in terms of quality but would without hesitation recommend it to anyone making a trip to Ireland. Much more enjoyable that The European Club for example.

Regards,

Patrick

A reasonably well-travelled selection with Hankley Common having the greatest (positive) differential between expectations and actual experience.

1. Lahinch
2. The Island
3. Royal County Down
4. Hankley Common
5. Royal Cinque Ports
6. Doonbeg
7. Pinehurst #2
8, Dormie Club
9. Seminole
10. Streamsong Red / Blue

Patrick


Patrick,

When we last spoke you hadn't played the Island previously, what did you think?

Bart
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Gene Greco on July 03, 2013, 12:11:09 PM
For instance, if you want to have a great discussion about the playability of sub-par daily fee courses...Gene Greco is not the guy to talk with on this topic.   ;)

Mac:

    Au contraire.

I would trade all of those experiences to go back in time and play golf with my son when he was a six year old. We used play at a course called Sandy Pond in Riverhead, NY which had an honor box in which you placed your green fee.

Course is very playable for beginning golfers and, of course, nondescript architecturally.

Again, would trade the time travel for play on any of the mightiest courses I have played recently.

Ideally, would be nice to see him play again at NGLA when he was 18 months!

          Gene

Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Mac Plumart on July 03, 2013, 12:58:15 PM
 :)
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Stephen Davis on July 03, 2013, 01:39:05 PM
For instance, if you want to have a great discussion about the playability of sub-par daily fee courses...Gene Greco is not the guy to talk with on this topic.   ;)

Mac:

    Au contraire.

I would trade all of those experiences to go back in time and play golf with my son when he was a six year old. We used play at a course called Sandy Pond in Riverhead, NY which had an honor box in which you placed your green fee.

Course is very playable for beginning golfers and, of course, nondescript architecturally.

Again, would trade the time travel for play on any of the mightiest courses I have played recently.

Ideally, would be nice to see him play again at NGLA when he was 18 months!

          Gene



What a great answer! Seriously, I think this may be one of my favorite posts I have read here. I have a 4 year old and an 18 month old. I constantly wish I could just pause time.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Charlie Gallagher on July 04, 2013, 12:47:02 PM
Over the last  five months:
Sara Bay
Calusa Pines
Worcester Country Club
Boston Golf Club
Laconia Country Club
Fenway
Hidden Creek
Philadelphia Cricket Club, Wissahickon
Gulph Mills
Concord Country Club, NH
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Joe Perches on July 04, 2013, 03:24:28 PM
I played half of these twice, ballyneal 6 times in a few glorious days.

Rustic Canyon
Rancho Park
Rye
Old Macdonald
Pacific Dunes
Bandon Trails
Bandon Dunes
Alondra
Ballyneal
Sherwood
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Carson Pilcher on July 04, 2013, 03:37:36 PM
OK, I went to my handicap page to get the info:

Settindown Creek
Cuscowilla Golf Club
Ansley Golf Club
Atlanta Country Club
Forest Hills Golf Club
Settindown Creek
East Lake Golf Club
Honors Course - 2 days
Settindown Creek
Ansley Golf Club
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Daryl David on July 04, 2013, 09:46:49 PM
15 courses. Sorry, lots of travel this spring.   ;D

Bandon Trails
Bandon Dunes
Pacific Dunes
Old Mac
The Preserve
Tumble Creek
Steamsong Blue
Steamsong Red
Toscana CC
Walton Heath
Deal
RSG
Sunningdale New
Sunningdale Old
Swindley
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Ian Andrew on July 04, 2013, 10:03:46 PM
1. Squaw Valley (Thompson)
2. Onondaga (Travis)
3. Glens Falls (Ross)
4. Lookout Point (Travis)
5. Cutten (Thompson)
6. Pennhills (Travis)
7. Spring Brook (Travis)
8. Tarandowah (Hawtree)
9. Indian Creek (Flynn)
10. Streamsong (Doak)
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Mike_Young on July 04, 2013, 10:21:52 PM
Athens CC
Cypress Point
MPCC Shore
Pacific Grove Muni
California Golf Club
Chechessee Creek (2)
The Fields GC
Polo Golf and CC.
Stonewall GC
Athens CC
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Jeff Shelman on July 05, 2013, 12:45:20 PM
Here are mine. Oldest to newest. Have at least one really good one upcoming and maybe two.

Moon Valley Country Club, Phoenix, AZ
Union Hills Country Club, Sun City, AZ
Windsong Farm, Independence, MN
Logger’s Trail, Stillwater, MN
Bethpage (Black) Golf Course, Bethpage, NY
Stillwater Country Club, Stillwater, MN
Legends Golf Club, Prior Lake, MN
Wedgewood Cove Golf Club, Albert Lea, MN
Golden Valley Golf and Country Club, Golden Valley, MN
Midland Hills Country Club, Roseville, MN

Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Matthew Petersen on July 05, 2013, 12:56:52 PM
Cave Creek Golf Course, Phoenix, AZ
Papago Golf Course, Phoenix, AZ
Talking Stick (South), Scottsdale, AZ
Arizona Biltmore (Adobe), Phoenix, AZ
The Gallery Golf Club (North), Marana, AZ
Troon North Golf Club (Pinnacle), Scottsdale, AZ
The Boulders (South), Carefree, AZ
The Frog at the Georgian, Villa Rica, GA
Palmetto Golf Club, Aiken, SC
Apache Stronghold, San Carlos, AZ
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: David Harshbarger on July 05, 2013, 02:36:14 PM
1. Squaw Valley (Thompson)
2. Onondaga (Travis)
3. Glens Falls (Ross)
4. Lookout Point (Travis)
5. Cutten (Thompson)
6. Pennhills (Travis)
7. Spring Brook (Travis)
8. Tarandowah (Hawtree)
9. Indian Creek (Flynn)
10. Streamsong (Doak)


Ian, doing the Travis trail are you?

A fiend's league does a year end trip to Lookout Point.  What did you think?
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Mark Saltzman on July 05, 2013, 02:46:40 PM
David, Lookout Point is exceptional.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: David Harshbarger on July 05, 2013, 03:10:26 PM
Interesting re Lookout Point.  The league stays overnight there for something like $89/pp including 36 holes....
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Mark Saltzman on July 05, 2013, 03:16:00 PM
Interesting re Lookout Point.  The league stays overnight there for something like $89/pp including 36 holes....

Wow! That sounds like a great opportunity.  And if you had a few extra hours, maybe you could add Travis' Cherry Hill Club about 30 min away.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Doug Wright on July 05, 2013, 05:43:55 PM
1. Squaw Valley (Thompson)
2. Onondaga (Travis)
3. Glens Falls (Ross)
4. Lookout Point (Travis)
5. Cutten (Thompson)
6. Pennhills (Travis)
7. Spring Brook (Travis)
8. Tarandowah (Hawtree)
9. Indian Creek (Flynn)
10. Streamsong (Doak)


Ian, how is Pennhills these days?

My last 10 past couple months:

Eagle Ranch Golf Course
CommonGround Golf Course
Ballyneal GC
Denver City Park Golf Course
Hyland Hills (Gold) Golf Course
Denver CC (several x)
Wellshire Golf Course (2x)
Meridian GC
Bandon Dunes/Pacific Dunes/Old Macdonald/Bandon Trails
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Michael Goldstein on July 05, 2013, 05:48:47 PM
I'm an outlier being in the other side of the world and can only get to 7 for the last 3 months but here goes.
Asides from the most recent course, the average green fee is probably $40-50.

Kauri Cliffs
Mangawhai
Waipu
Waiuku
Titirangi
Muriwai
Royal Wellington

The loop north from Auckland is very good and, in coming years with Tara-iti opening (and ideally some improvements to the existing understated links courses up there) it could be a great week of golf.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Jim Colton on July 05, 2013, 07:36:43 PM
St Andrews New
Jubilee
Strathyrum
Eden
The Old Course
Balgove
Cabot Links
Highland Links
Ballyneal
Pinehurst no. 2
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Ian Andrew on July 05, 2013, 10:41:02 PM
Ian, doing the Travis trail are you?

David,

They are all clients, I was working with each the day I played.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Mike Nuzzo on July 06, 2013, 04:52:16 PM
This has been fun to recollect

Wolf Point
Streamsong Red & Blue
Barnbougle Lost Farm (walked Dunes)
Royal Melbourne West (walked East)
Kingston Heath
Augusta Country Club
Augusta National walked during the masters
Palmetto Golf Club
Wolf Point
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Tom_Doak on July 07, 2013, 08:45:44 AM
Mine is quite similar to Jim Colton's this week:

The Renaissance Club (new holes only)
St Andrews New
Jubilee
Strathyrum
Eden
The Old Course
Balgove
Cullen
Castle Stuart
Trump International Aberdeen (!)
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Chris_Blakely on July 07, 2013, 11:30:31 AM
White Oaks CC (WV)
Glade Springs -Stonehaven
Ballyhack
Great Oaks (VA)
The Dormie Club
Southern Pines
Lost Lake Woods (MI)
Pendleton (VA)
Piankatank River ( VA)
Royal New Kent

Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Bill Vogeney on July 08, 2013, 01:45:15 PM
My last 10 courses played

Colorado Springs CC-my home course. Great people, golf course is acceptable
Olympia Fields South-love the renovation/restoration of the green side bunkering
Shoreacres-perhaps the most fun I have had on a golf course in a long time
Prairie Dunes, my home away from home
Salina CC in Kansas, an old Perry Maxwell redesign of an existing 9 holes and designed new 9 holes, admittedly don't see a lot of remaining influences. I did really enjoy it
River Forest in Forsyth Georgia, perhaps the worst layout of a private club I have ever played
New Mexico State University golf course..atrocious conditions, the course has some potential
Biltmore Golf Course, Phoenix, typical resort golf course, it did give me some confidence I was lacking
Grand Cypress, Orlando. Reminded me how much I dislike Jack Nicklaus golf courses
The Medalist Club in Hobe Sound, Florida. Great Greg Norman design. No wonder the pros hang out there.

Mostly great or really good golf courses. A few good ones. And one I don't think should have been built on the land...routing is terrible
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Anders Rytter on July 08, 2013, 02:30:39 PM
Mine is quite similar to Jim Colton's this week:

The Renaissance Club (new holes only)
St Andrews New
Jubilee
Strathyrum
Eden
The Old Course
Balgove
Cullen
Castle Stuart
Trump International Aberdeen (!)


Sorry I'm hijacking, but how was Cullen? Have it on my itinerary for Scotland this fall.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Matthew Rose on July 09, 2013, 12:47:54 AM
I always enjoy this thread, just to see how much my list sucks compared to everyone else's.

Colorado National
Hyland Hills (Par-3) - went around in 24 strokes
Flatiron GC
Thorncreek
Park Hill (x 3)
Hyland Hills (Gold)
Evergreen
Heritage at Eagle Bend
Plum Creek
Heritage at Westmoor

Thorncreek is probably the worst course in the Denver metro. It also happens to be the closest to my house, and the one that I paid the least amount of money to play (except the par-3).
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Bill Vogeney on July 09, 2013, 10:40:41 AM
I always enjoy this thread, just to see how much my list sucks compared to everyone else's.

Colorado National
Hyland Hills (Par-3) - went around in 24 strokes
Flatiron GC
Thorncreek
Park Hill (x 3)
Hyland Hills (Gold)
Evergreen
Heritage at Eagle Bend
Plum Creek
Heritage at Westmoor

Thorncreek is probably the worst course in the Denver metro. It also happens to be the closest to my house, and the one that I paid the least amount of money to play (except the par-3).
Matthew, throw Cherry Hills, Commonground, Castle Pines and Colorado Golf Club on the list, it wouldn't be so bad. I hope to play Cherry Hills this fall. Played Colorado Golf Club a few years ago, I had to pass playing it yesterday for free, courtesy of Colorado PGA.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Matthew Petersen on July 09, 2013, 06:41:04 PM
I always enjoy this thread, just to see how much my list sucks compared to everyone else's.

Colorado National
Hyland Hills (Par-3) - went around in 24 strokes
Flatiron GC
Thorncreek
Park Hill (x 3)
Hyland Hills (Gold)
Evergreen
Heritage at Eagle Bend
Plum Creek
Heritage at Westmoor

Thorncreek is probably the worst course in the Denver metro. It also happens to be the closest to my house, and the one that I paid the least amount of money to play (except the par-3).

Come now, Mr. Rose. Have you played Aurora Hills?
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Jim Nelson on July 09, 2013, 07:20:19 PM
Bandon Trails
Bandon Dunes
Pacific Dunes
Old McDonald
Royal Cinque Port
Royal St. Georges
Sunningdale New
Sunningdale Old
Swinley Forest
Walton Heath Old
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Matthew Rose on July 09, 2013, 07:40:49 PM
Quote
Come now, Mr. Rose. Have you played Aurora Hills?

Once.

I remember there being one really stupid hole.... was it #10?
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: David Davis on July 09, 2013, 08:09:39 PM
last 10: in reverse order

Pine Valley
Baltusrol
Colorado Golf Club
Dismal River - Doak
Dismal River - Nicklaus
Sand Hills
Ballyneal
Wolf Point
Oakmont
Somerset Hills

Not complaining at the moment. Next 10...next week in order

Swinkelsche
Eindhovensche
Noordwijkse
The International
Royal Hague
De Pan
Noordwijkse
Kennemer
Hilversumsche
Hoge Kleij

Then I'm a week further. It's been a solid couple of golf weeks I guess it would be fair to say.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Joe_Tucholski on July 10, 2013, 06:13:23 PM
Fraserburgh
Murcar Links
Stonehaven
Prestwick St Nicholas
Irvine Golf Club Bogside
Glasgow Gailes
Dundonald Links
Reddish Vale
Cavendish
Royal St Davids

New 10 (also had some in the highlands that weren't in the last 10)

Leven Links
TOC
New
Castle
Jubileee
Eden
Nairn Dunbar
Nair
Dornoch
Brora
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Dan Herrmann on July 10, 2013, 06:35:59 PM
French Creek
French Creek
French Creek
French Creek
Dismal River - Red
Dismal River - White
Harvester
French Creek
French Creek
French Creek
:)

I'm happy with my list!  Being a frugal German, it's tough for me to pay for golf when I'm already paying my home club my monthly dues :)

PS - Some/most of those lists are amazing.  I'm not jealous, but I do now realize I'm in a different tax bracket than a lot of you guys ;)
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: John McCarthy on July 10, 2013, 06:48:24 PM
Jim C and Jim N:

Just stop it.  Fights over. 

Mine:

Kemper x2
Ridgemoor Cc x 2
Blackstone GC x 4
Old Oak
Chicago Highlands


Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Jud_T on July 10, 2013, 06:52:02 PM
Beverly CC
Kingsley
Knollwood
Briarwood
Milwaukee CC (walked)
Flossmoor
Willow Hill
Trophy Club
Broadmoor CC
Harrison Hills


Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Sean_A on July 10, 2013, 07:02:37 PM
I have had an interesting last 10 in reverse order

Huntercombe
Kington x2
Montrose
Cruden Bay
Royal Aberdeen
Carnoustie Burnside
Trump Aberdeen
Burnham
Sacred 9

Ciao
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Matthew Petersen on July 10, 2013, 07:13:39 PM
Quote
Come now, Mr. Rose. Have you played Aurora Hills?

Once.

I remember there being one really stupid hole.... was it #10?


Yes. Drive no more than about 200 yards to where the hole makes a 90 degree turn around a length that runs the length of the hole on the right. A canal runs the length of the hole on the left. After your laid up drive, it's probably another 350 straight down to the green with trouble on both sides. I played there a lot growing up. In all those years I saw one person successfully clear the lake--it's probably a 245 carry. That ball ran through to the canal. I guess if you hit a nice cut that still flew 250 in the air, it might hold the fairway ...

The other 17 are over-treed and bore you to death. Though #8 was the site of my first eagle.

Thorncreek I only played once or twice, but I do remember a good number of silly holes. And there weren't even houses the first time I played it!
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: jonathan_becker on July 11, 2013, 01:06:52 PM
Starting with the most recent

Wooster
Double Eagle
Elyria
Mayfield
The Golf Club
Scioto
The Golf Club
The Golf Club
New South Wales
Royal Melbourne West

....since Australia I've haven't been to too many places yet this year but they've been good ones.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Jud_T on July 11, 2013, 01:39:19 PM
Isn't this supposed to be your last 10 courses, and not your last 10 rounds?  Otherwise many of us would look something like this:

Kingsley (x10)

The original point of the exercise was to show that many here play unheralded, perhaps pedestrian courses for their bread and butter games.  Of course now many who do feel intimidated by the fancy lists posted, so I'm not sure what's really being accomplished accept to see who just came back from a great trip...
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Greg Tallman on July 11, 2013, 02:41:08 PM
Isn't this supposed to be your last 10 courses, and not your last 10 rounds?  Otherwise many of us would look something like this:

Kingsley (x10)

The original point of the exercise was to show that many here play unheralded, perhaps pedestrian courses for their bread and butter games.  Of course now many who do feel intimidated by the fancy lists posted, so I'm not sure what's really being accomplished accept to see who just came back from a great trip...

Or who needs to get the heck OUT of Cabo more frequently
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Mark Saltzman on July 11, 2013, 05:38:03 PM
Starting with the most recent

Wooster
Double Eagle
Elyria
Mayfield
The Golf Club
Scioto
The Golf Club
The Golf Club
New South Wales
Royal Melbourne West

....since Australia I've haven't been to too many places yet this year but they've been good ones.

What's Wooster?
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Andrew Buck on July 12, 2013, 03:56:45 PM
Nothing to exciting.

Deer Park CC - Oglesby IL
Senica's Oak Ridge - LaSalle IL
Dwight Country Club - Dwight IL
Hillldale Golf Club - Hoffman Estates, IL
Village Links -  Glen Ellyn IL
Orchard Valley - Aurora IL
Cog Hill (Dubs) - Lemont IL
Eagle Ridge (North) - Galena IL
Siena Golf Club - Las Vegas NV
Mendota Golf Club - Mendota IL
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Mark Saltzman on July 12, 2013, 04:31:57 PM
Innisfil Beach - Doak 0
Trehaven - 2
Ambassador - 2
Plum Hollow - 4
Rackham - 4
Barton Hills - 8
U of M - 6
Glencairn - 4
Emerald Hills - 3
Cedar Brae - 3
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: David Bartman on July 12, 2013, 04:35:00 PM
Winged Foot West - 9
Winged Foot East - 9
Brentwood CC - 5
Los Angeles CC North - 8
Meadow Club - 7
Bermuda Dunes CC - 5
Bel Air CC - 5
Sunnyside CC- 4
Pelican Hill GC - 5
Antelope Valley CC - 3

Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Jud_T on July 17, 2013, 07:20:44 PM
Mark,

Barton Hills an 8?!  Gonna have to check that place out now that I'll be a more frequent visitor...
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Mark Saltzman on July 17, 2013, 07:28:18 PM
Mark,

Barton Hills an 8?!  Gonna have to check that place out now that I'll be a more frequent visitor...

Jud, I think it is the most underrated course I've ever seen. What a phenomenal golf course.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: David Harshbarger on July 17, 2013, 08:49:42 PM
Mark, Innisfil Beach a 0!  Do tell....
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Andrew Lewis on July 21, 2013, 09:13:34 AM
Here's another data point:

Quail Crossing (Boonville, IN)
Beverly Country Club (Chicago, IL)
Blackhawk Country Club (Madison, WI)
Chicago Golf Club (Wheaton, IL)
Kingsley Club (Kingsley, MI)
Arcadia Bluffs (Arcadia, MI)
Onwentsia Club (Lake Forest, IL)
Prairie Dunes (Hutchinson, KS)
Olympia Fields Country Club South (Olympia Fields, IL)
Olympia Fields Country Club North (Olympia Fields, IL)
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Jud_T on July 21, 2013, 09:18:32 AM
Andrew,

What did you think of Quail Crossing?
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Matthew Sander on July 21, 2013, 11:05:04 PM
River Islands (Kodak, TN)
Old Wayne (West Chicago, IL)
Flossmoor CC (Flossmoor, IL)
Butler National (Oak Brook, IL)
Butterfield CC (Oak Brook, IL)
Beverly CC (Chicago, IL)
The Fort (Indianapolis, IN)
Broadmoor (Indianapolis, IN)
Village Links (Glen Ellyn, IL)
Battleground GC (Battleground, IL)
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Matt Glore on July 22, 2013, 07:06:56 AM
I'm just getting back from a golf trip, but these trips are the majority of my golf rounds a year.  I play much less golf locally
In order from latest
1- Harbor Shores
2 Ballyneal
3 Sand Hills
4 Red Course at Dismal River
5 White Course at Dismal River
6 Ballyneal
7 La Tour Golf Club (local)
8 La Tour Golf Club
9 TPC Louisiana (local)
10 Pete Dye Course at French Lick
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Andrew Lewis on July 22, 2013, 10:52:31 AM
Andrew,

What did you think of Quail Crossing?

Jud -

It really liked it, although I played it by accident -- my in-laws' club was closed for an event so my father-in-law booked what he described as "a decent course in a housing development, but one that permits walking."

After the first few holes, I had become curious about the architect and, upon flipping over the card, confirmed my suspicion that I was in fact "on a Doak."

Good variety of shots (short, long, uphill, downhill, bending left, bending right) and green sites, flowing land and turf firm enough to hit running approaches on several holes.  The bucolic look and feel of the land, and the resulting fit of the holes onto said land, reminded me of both Beechtree and High Pointe -- in a very good way.

Net net, a very enjoyable course with nice greens, and a tremendous value with a walking rate of $32/round on weekends and $22/round on weekdays.

Cheers, Andrew
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Ben Kodadek on July 22, 2013, 11:11:45 AM
An eclectic mix:

Wayzata Country Club
Deacon's Lodge
The Classic at Madden's
Windsong Farm
Troy Burne
Minnetonka Country Club
Victoria National
Old Memorial
Iterlachen Country Club (Winter Park, FL)
Palma Ceia
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Terry Lavin on July 22, 2013, 11:22:46 AM
Ben,

I've played Interlachen a few times, both before and after Steve Smyers renovation.  I liked his work, finding that it really changed the nature of many of the holes to encourage the ground game.  I also felt that he really perked up the greensites with a lot of interesting internal contouring.  It is still a difficult golf course, but it's more interesting to me after the renovation.  I heard, however, that there have been some complaints by members about some of the greens.  Did they re-do the re-do?
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Ben Kodadek on July 22, 2013, 11:48:15 AM
Terry,

I  have only played ICC one time and we were buzzing around trying to beat some bad weather.  However, I can't think of a course in central FL that would require more local knowledge.   There are some MASSIVE internal contours.   I'm excited to get back for a closer look.  I thought it was an interesting blend of Joe Lee layout with Smyers' bunkering.  I would imagine that the green speeds have to be kept in check to accommodate for the undulations.  That alone may rub some members the wrong way.   I believe the course has remain unchanged since the Smyers reno.  
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Nigel Islam on July 22, 2013, 11:52:51 AM
Andrew,

What did you think of Quail Crossing?

Jud -

It really liked it, although I played it by accident -- my in-laws' club was closed for an event so my father-in-law booked what he described as "a decent course in a housing development, but one that permits walking."

After the first few holes, I had become curious about the architect and, upon flipping over the card, confirmed my suspicion that I was in fact "on a Doak."

Good variety of shots (short, long, uphill, downhill, bending left, bending right) and green sites, flowing land and turf firm enough to hit running approaches on several holes.  The bucolic look and feel of the land, and the resulting fit of the holes onto said land, reminded me of both Beechtree and High Pointe -- in a very good way.

Net net, a very enjoyable course with nice greens, and a tremendous value with a walking rate of $32/round on weekends and $22/round on weekdays.

Cheers, Andrew

That is a pretty good summation of Quail. Its fun to play, good greens. Worth a look if you are in town for another reason.
Andrew, were you going to play Rolling Hills?  I like playing Quail better, but my buddy Marc swears by RH.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Nigel Islam on July 22, 2013, 11:53:56 AM
Andrew,

What did you think of Quail Crossing?

Jud, Have you played Quail or were you thinking of playing it?
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: John Sabino on July 22, 2013, 12:59:32 PM
I think the point is proven, some average courses in there :D

Ganton
Kingsbarns
The Old Course St. Andrews
New Orleans Country Club
Redstone Golf Club (Houston)
Augusta National
Pine Barrens (NJ)
Wheatley Hills (NY)
Whippoorwhill
Forsgate (Banks course)
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Brian Finn on July 22, 2013, 01:22:05 PM
The good...the bad...the ugly...

my last 10:

Brookside G&CC (OH)
Rock Creek Cattle Co (MT)
Whitefish Lake GC South (MT)
North Shore CC (NY)
Brookville CC (NY)
LI National GC (NY)
Paramount CC (NY)
Pound Ridge GC (NY)
Course at Yale (CT)
Moraine CC (OH)
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Matthew Sander on July 22, 2013, 01:27:29 PM
The good...the bad...the ugly...

my last 10:

Brookside G&CC (OH)
Rock Creek Cattle Co (MT)
Whitefish Lake GC South (MT)
North Shore CC (NY)
Brookville CC (NY)
LI National GC (NY)
Paramount CC (NY)
Pound Ridge GC (NY)
Course at Yale (CT)
Moraine CC (OH)


Brian,

In my world, there are no uglies. Golf is good...always!
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Brian Finn on July 22, 2013, 01:33:49 PM
The good...the bad...the ugly...

my last 10:

Brookside G&CC (OH)
Rock Creek Cattle Co (MT)
Whitefish Lake GC South (MT)
North Shore CC (NY)
Brookville CC (NY)
LI National GC (NY)
Paramount CC (NY)
Pound Ridge GC (NY)
Course at Yale (CT)
Moraine CC (OH)


Brian,

In my world, there are no uglies. Golf is good...always!

I'm with you, Matthew.  I was just (indirectly) referring to the fact that I played a range of courses - public/private, well-known and less so, etc.  Regardless of the quality of each course, I absolutely enjoyed all of these rounds.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Andrew Lewis on July 22, 2013, 03:04:01 PM


That is a pretty good summation of Quail. Its fun to play, good greens. Worth a look if you are in town for another reason.
Andrew, were you going to play Rolling Hills?  I like playing Quail better, but my buddy Marc swears by RH.

Nigel -

"In-law golf" in the Evansville area typically involves Evansville Country Club or Victoria National.

I haven't played Rolling Hills, although I believe it shares an architectural lineage with ECC.

Best, Andrew
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Matthew Rose on July 23, 2013, 12:29:43 AM
Blackhawk Country Club (Madison, WI)

Great fun, that one! Talk about boutique.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Jud_T on July 30, 2013, 11:21:55 AM
Andrew,

What did you think of Quail Crossing?

Jud, Have you played Quail or were you thinking of playing it?

I've been meaning to get down there, but have yet to make it south of Indy.  Quail and French Lick Ross are still on the to-do list.  I was supposed to go down to the area with my son for Spring break last year, but mild weather allowed our club to open early so we bailed.  There's no truth to the rumor that we bailed 'cause I chickened out on having dinner and drinks with JaKa...
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Matt Bosela on July 30, 2013, 12:06:30 PM
My last ten, starting with the most recent - a pretty good stretch for me:

St. Catharines G&CC, St. Catharines, Ontario, CAN (Home Course - Most recently played 07/28/13)
Devil's Paintbrush, Caledon Township, Ontario, CAN
Ballyneal, Holyoke, Colorado, USA
Colorado GC, Parker, Colorado, USA
The Broadmoor (West), Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA
Pebble Beach Golf Links, Pebble Beach, California, USA
Peter Hay GC, Pebble Beach, California, USA
Pasatiempo GC, Santa Cruz, California, USA
Monterey Peninsula CC (Shore), Pebble Beach, California, USA
The Cal Club, South San Francisco, California, USA (Played on 05/24/13)
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Nigel Islam on July 30, 2013, 01:42:35 PM


That is a pretty good summation of Quail. Its fun to play, good greens. Worth a look if you are in town for another reason.
Andrew, were you going to play Rolling Hills?  I like playing Quail better, but my buddy Marc swears by RH.

Nigel -

"In-law golf" in the Evansville area typically involves Evansville Country Club or Victoria National.

I haven't played Rolling Hills, although I believe it shares an architectural lineage with ECC.

Best, Andrew

And Fendrich. Bill Diddel. Although ECC is a renovation as it opened circa 1901
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Tom Bagley on July 30, 2013, 01:55:52 PM
Nice stretch for me (in reverse order):
Old Sandwich
Kittansett
Oak Hill (MA)
Vesper
Longmeadow (MA)
Wannamoisett
Concord (MA)
The Country Club (Championship Course)
Pleasant Valley
Stow Acres - North
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: J_ Crisham on July 30, 2013, 02:32:57 PM
Oakmont
Fox Chapel
Prairie Dunes
Milwaukee CC
Cypress Point Club
SFGC
Yeamans Hall Club
Streamsong Red
Streamsong Blue
Pine Tree
Beverly CC
                   Still have a trip to Bandon in October and may head to NY in Sept- it's been a good year golfwise seeing a multitude of great architecture. Had to cancel a trip to Inverness in late June- hope to play it at a later date.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Ash Towe on July 30, 2013, 02:56:21 PM
I will slightly amend this to my last trip:

Lahinch
Ballybunion Old
Royal County Down
Portmarnock
Sunningdale Old and New
Swinley Forest
Walton Heath Old
Sebonack
Merion East
Winged Foot West
NGLA
Friars Head
Winged Foot East

I cannot see any travel for golf for a very long time after this.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Mark Saltzman on July 30, 2013, 03:24:48 PM
Wade Hampton
Diamond Creek
Mimosa Hills
Biltmore Forest
Grandfather - Mountain Springs
Grandfather Mountain
The Olde Farm
Bigwin Island
National Pines
Bigwin Island
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Rick Shefchik on July 31, 2013, 12:41:37 PM
I will slightly amend this to my last trip:

Lahinch
Ballybunion Old
Royal County Down
Portmarnock
Sunningdale Old and New
Swinley Forest
Walton Heath Old
Sebonack
Merion East
Winged Foot West
NGLA
Friars Head
Winged Foot East

I cannot see any travel for golf for a very long time after this.

I can't see that you'd need to, Ash. You nailed just about every course on my wish list.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Ash Towe on July 31, 2013, 03:00:57 PM
Rick,

Good to hear from you.  Hope you are well and you are enjoying the writing.

All the courses I visited were great experiences.  If you get the chance to play any of them, take it.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Sean_A on August 01, 2013, 10:03:32 AM
Innisfil Beach - Doak 0
Trehaven - 2
Ambassador - 2
Plum Hollow - 4
Rackham - 4
Barton Hills - 8
U of M - 6
Glencairn - 4
Emerald Hills - 3
Cedar Brae - 3

Jeepers

What a slam on Plum Hollow! What was the problem?

Ciao
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Brian Joines on August 02, 2013, 03:35:18 PM
Oakmont
Fox Chapel
Prairie Dunes
Milwaukee CC
Cypress Point Club
SFGC
Yeamans Hall Club
Streamsong Red
Streamsong Blue
Pine Tree
Beverly CC
                   Still have a trip to Bandon in October and may head to NY in Sept- it's been a good year golfwise seeing a multitude of great architecture. Had to cancel a trip to Inverness in late June- hope to play it at a later date.

FYI: I was at Inverness on Wednesday. They are about to begin work on their greens (expansion and restoring contours), as well as regrassing all of the fairways and greens. I believe they close Sunday for the remainder of the year.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Jim Sherma on August 05, 2013, 09:31:25 AM
Home course multiple times:

Hershey CC - West (Maurice McCarthy)
Hershey CC - East (George Fazio)
Hershey Links (Hurdzan and Fry)
Spring Creek (9-holes Maurice McCarthy)

Road Trips:

Baltimore Country Club - East (Tillinghast)
Country Club of York (Ross)
Philadelphia Cricket Club - Wissahickon (Tillinghast)
Lebanon CC (Findlay)
Mark Twain GC (Ross)
Green Pond CC (Findlay)

It's been a good year. Here are some quick statements about the road trip courses:

MarkTwain was the best surprise. I expected it to be pretty good but I was really blown away by how good the greens were. And at $23 to walk on a weekday and $26 to walk on a weekend it was easily the best bargain of the bunch.

Baltimore is a great course with greens as difficult as any I have ever putted. Fast with significant slope. Many stand out holes over good terrain. I had a great caddy named Seth who was a wonderful reader of the greens and helped make for a great day out.

CC of York is as under the radar as you can get and it was really a wonderful golf course on a good piece of land. Ross' routing made a fairly severe property a very nice walk without it feeling like a slog. Strong recommendation if you have the chance.

Philly Cricket was a treat and I can only imaging how good it will be once the restoration is completed!

Lebanon is a cool Alex Findlay course that has a lot of really neat stuff going on. The Front nine is good but the back nine is over a little more interesting terrain and is very good. There are so many fun shots that I did not respect how difficult it is the first bunch of times I've played it.

Green Pond is a public Alex Findlay course in Bethlehem, PA. The land is not too interesting but the green complexes are pretty good and it is kept in good shape. Definitely worth a play if convenient.

And I hit both the clubhouse at Cricket and the Barn at Baltimore. 2 for 2 on Tillinhast buildings in play.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Stu Grant on August 05, 2013, 08:26:04 PM
Mt. Pleasant Country Club (Mt. Pleasant, MI, USA)
St. Marys Golf & Country Club (St. Marys, ON, Canada)
St. George's Golf & Country Club (Etobicoke, ON, Canada)
Beacon Hall Golf Club (Aurora, ON, Canada)
Tartan Fields Golf Club (Dublin, OH, USA)
Double Eagle Club (Galena, OH, USA)
Princeville - Prince Course (Princeville, Kauai, HI, USA)
Kapalua - Plantation Course (Lahaina, Maui, HI, USA)
Waabooz Run - fka Holiday Greens par-3 (Mt. Pleasant, MI, USA)
Tarandowah Golfers Club (Avon, ON, Canada)
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Michael Goldstein on August 06, 2013, 04:17:31 PM
Royal Hague - Great land.  Brilliantly tilted greens. Solid maintenance (they use sheep to maintain the rough which is awesome)

Hattemse - 9 holes on a small parcel of land.  Very natural.  Blind 260m short 4 a highlight.

Canterbury - Undulating land and some good moments (i.e., the moguls).  Too many different styles of bunkering from over enthusiastic greens committees.

Deal - Underrated by 1 point in the confidential guide.  

Delamere Forest - Would be better known if near London.  Excellent routing and a 'play every day' course.  

Prestwick - Special place.  Ran's write up is perfect.  

Balgownie - Very narrow but still epic.  Land movement on the front nine is unreal.  Crosses the divide between a championship course and still being fun.    

Cruden Bay - Less mental second time around.  

Carnoustie - Land more undulating than I remember around the clubhouse end of the course.  Last 5 holes with many low greens are very good.

Elie -  Burnt to a crisp and FUN.  

There have been another 8 or so on this trip, but as at tonight that's the last ten.  
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Graylyn Loomis on August 08, 2013, 12:19:23 PM
I've been very fortunate this summer getting in some great golf! In order from most recent going backwards:

Sleepy Hollow CC
Winged Foot (East & West)
Wahcona CC
Fishers Island Club
Pine Valley
Bethpage (Black)
Biltmore Forest CC
St Andrews Old Course
St Andrews New Course
Kingsbarns

Really enjoyed Sleepy Hollow. One of the least recognized great courses in Westchester County...
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Garland Bayley on August 08, 2013, 03:35:48 PM
So as to beat PCraig, welcome to the website Graylyn
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Graylyn Loomis on August 08, 2013, 04:42:45 PM
Thanks GJ! Really looking forward to contributing to the message board.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Terry Lavin on August 08, 2013, 06:22:39 PM
Graylyn,

Welcome. Many of us are instantly envious of you!  Find the Who Are You Guys thread and tell us about yourself.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Ben Jarvis on August 09, 2013, 06:41:58 AM
Graylyn

Great to see you on GCA - welcome!

For those that are unfamiliar with Graylyn's great blog, you can read it here - livingasalinksgolfer.blogspot.com
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Steve Wilson on August 09, 2013, 07:37:29 AM
When I was out of the country (USA)

Fortrose and Rosemarkie
Brora
Golspie
Noordwijkse
Swinkelsche
Eindhoven
Royal Hague
DePan
Kennemer
Tain
Reay
 Ooops that eleven.

Once I return to my stomping grounds it becomes tres indistingue.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Mark Saltzman on March 01, 2014, 08:46:45 PM
Stemming from Mac's recent thread, someone made the comment that most of the folks on here generally play average courses.  

Might as well take a survey.  What are the last ten courses you played?

Mine:

Ravisloe - 5
Thunderhawk - 5
Butler - 7
Shepherd's Crook - 6
Skokie - 7
Barnbougle Dunes - 9
Barnbougle Lost Farm - 8
Yarra Yarra - 6
St. Andrew's Beach - 8
Royal Melbourne West - 9

Sven, RMW a 9?? What keeps it from perfect 10 status?
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Gene Greco on March 01, 2014, 09:28:02 PM
Mountain Lake
Los Angeles Country Club
Valley Club of Montecito
Indian Creek CC
Miami Biltmore
Southampton GC
Shinnecock Hills
Winged Foot
National Golf Links
Newport CC
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Rees Milikin on March 02, 2014, 12:32:52 AM
Country Club of Orlando
Clewiston Golf Course
Victoria Hills
Deltona Club
Tobacco Road
Pinehurst #2
Dormie Club
Pine Needles
Mid Pines
Southern Pines
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Sven Nilsen on March 02, 2014, 02:53:05 AM


Sven, RMW a 9?? What keeps it from perfect 10 status?

Mark:

If I gave it a 10, there wouldn't be any room to rate the composite course higher.

Sven
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Joey Chase on March 02, 2014, 02:54:00 AM
Not much golf played last year;

Crans sur Sierre (Ballesteros)
Golf Club Montreux (Reno by Fream)
Morfontaine (Simpson)
Mid Pines (Ross)
Pinehurst #2 (Ross)
Dormie Club (Coore/Crenshaw)
Pine Needles (Ross)
Golf du Medoc (Coore)
El Saler (Arana)
PGA Catalunya Stadium (Gallardo/Coles)

Look forward to what comes next
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Terry Thornton on March 02, 2014, 03:05:04 AM


Mark:

If I gave it a 10, there wouldn't be any room to rate the composite course higher.

Sven

Haven't you seen Spinal Tap?
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Sandy Smith on March 02, 2014, 11:53:27 AM
The courses might not be the best but the weather sure was.

- El Cid ( Mazatlan Mexico ) best caddies I've seen.
- Estrella Del Mar  ( Maz )
- Club Campestre  a neat local 9 hole course in Mazatlan
- Stadium Course ( La Quinta )
- Palmer Private
- Nicklaus Private
- Nick Resort
- Silver Rock
- Stone Eagle , really cool experience , that and Stadium are my two favorites there.
- Marine Drive ( Vancouver ) it's snowing here today!
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Sven Nilsen on March 02, 2014, 12:31:54 PM


Mark:

If I gave it a 10, there wouldn't be any room to rate the composite course higher.

Sven

Haven't you seen Spinal Tap?

Good point Terry.  The "science" behind rating golf courses does remind me a bit of Nigel's logic.

Nigel Tufnel: [about the back-stage buffet] Look, this. This miniture bread, it like... I've been working with this now for about half an hour and i can't figure out... let's say I wanted a bite, right. You got this...

Ian Faith: You'd like bigger bread?

Nigel Tufnel: Exactly. I don't under stand how...

Ian Faith: [gestures to the meat] You could just fold this... though.

Nigel Tufnel: [folding the bread] Well, no... then it's half the size...

Ian Faith: No, not the bread.
[folding the meat]

Ian Faith: You could fold the meat...

Nigel Tufnel: [still folding the bread] Yeah, but then it breaks up. It breaks apart like this...

Ian Faith: [putting the folded meat onto the miniture bread] No, no, no... you put it on the bread like this; see?

Nigel Tufnel: [folding the miniture sandwich] But if you keep folding it, then it keeps breaking...

Ian Faith: Why would you keep folding it?

Nigel Tufnel: ...and then everything has to be folded... and then you have
[holds up miniture sandwich]

Nigel Tufnel: ... this. And I don't want this. I want large bread, so I can put this...
[puts meat between two pieces of miniature bread]

Nigel Tufnel: ... so then it's like this. But this doesn't work, because then it's all...

Ian Faith: Because it hangs out like that?

Nigel Tufnel: Look! would you be holding this?

Ian Faith: No. I wouldn't want to eat...

Nigel Tufnel: No! Alright, A. Exhibit, exhibit A.
[throws down miniture sandwich]

Nigel Tufnel: And now we move onto this...
[picks up an olive]

Nigel Tufnel: Look, look; who's in here? No one.
[picks up an olive stuffed with pimento]

Nigel Tufnel: And in here, there's a little guy, look! So, it's a complete catastrophe!

Ian Faith: Alright, Nigel, Nigel... calm down...

Nigel Tufnel: Look... no, it's no big deal, It's a joke... it's really... it's a joke.

Ian Faith: I'm sorry, it's just some prat at university, you know? I really... I don't want it to affect your performance.

Nigel Tufnel: It's not going to affect my performance, don't worry about that. I just hate it... it really, it does disturb me, but i'll rise above it; I'm a professional.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Mac Plumart on May 01, 2014, 06:27:02 PM
Haven't done this one in awhile.  Let's see.

Atlanta Athletic Club-Riverside
Kinloch
Olde Farm
Rivermont
Druid Hills
Walked The Golf Club
Augusta CC
The Landings at Lake Oconee
East Lake
Naples National
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Matt Waidmann on May 01, 2014, 08:24:54 PM
This should be interesting:

Kiawah Island - Ocean Course
Aston Oaks (North Bend, OH)
Bandon Dunes
Pacific Dunes
Bandon Preserve
Chambers Bay
Elks Run (Batavia, OH)
A-Ga-Ming - Sundance (Kewadin, MI)
Bay Harbor - Quarry/Preserve
Otsego Club - The Tribute (Gaylord, MI)
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Chris DeToro on May 01, 2014, 09:26:58 PM
This should be interesting:

Kiawah Island - Ocean Course
Aston Oaks (North Bend, OH)
Bandon Dunes
Pacific Dunes
Bandon Preserve
Chambers Bay
Elks Run (Batavia, OH)
A-Ga-Ming - Sundance (Kewadin, MI)
Bay Harbor - Quarry/Preserve
Otsego Club - The Tribute (Gaylord, MI)


Glad to see A-Ga-Ming make it on someone's list--what did you think?  I've always found this to be one of my favorite courses in northern MI
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Jeff Shelman on May 01, 2014, 10:16:02 PM
Here are mine:

River Wilderness Golf Club, Parrish, FL
Dunedin Golf Club, Dunedin, FL
The Legacy Golf Club, Norwalk, IA
Tournament Club of Iowa, Polk City, IA
FarmLinks, Sylacuga, AL
Pioneer Creek Golf Course, Maple Plain, MN
Midland Hills Country Club, Roseville, MN
Chambers Bay, University Place, WA
Capilano Golf and Country Club, West Vancouver, BC
Shaughnessy Golf and Country Club, Vancouver, BC

Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Matt Waidmann on May 02, 2014, 05:58:08 AM
This should be interesting:

Kiawah Island - Ocean Course
Aston Oaks (North Bend, OH)
Bandon Dunes
Pacific Dunes
Bandon Preserve
Chambers Bay
Elks Run (Batavia, OH)
A-Ga-Ming - Sundance (Kewadin, MI)
Bay Harbor - Quarry/Preserve
Otsego Club - The Tribute (Gaylord, MI)


Glad to see A-Ga-Ming make it on someone's list--what did you think?  I've always found this to be one of my favorite courses in northern MI

Chris,

One of my worst putting performances ever, but I can't fault the greens, they were wonderful and so was the course.  Really underrated, definitely one of Northern Michigan's top courses.  Very unassuming trailer for a clubhouse, but nice people working there.  Pretty decent practice area.  The property is just magnificent for a golf course.  Golf holes don't get much better than the par-5 9th, in my opinion.  The shot into that heavily elevated, heavily bunkered green is an awesome thing.  My golf trip buddies were hit and miss on it, but I would play it every time I'm in the area.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Adam Lawrence on May 02, 2014, 06:09:41 AM
Most recent first:

Navarino Bay
Navarino Dunes
Oitavos Dunes
Royal Burgess
Old Tabby Links
Streamsong Red
New Zealand
Walton Heath (Old)
Penati (Heritage)
Penati (Legend)

Six different countries - Greece, Portugal, Scotland, USA, England, Slovakia. An odd mix!
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Scott Weersing on May 02, 2014, 07:18:30 AM
Last 11 courses starting with most recent-

Nansemond River GC, Suffolk, VA
Sewells Point, Norfolk, VA
Riverfront GC, Suffolk, VA
Stumpy Lake, GC, Virginia Beach, VA
Bandon Dunes
Old Macdonald
Bandon Trails
The Preserve
Pacific Dunes
Red Wing GC, Virginia Beach
Rustic Canyon, Moorpark, CA
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Chris DeToro on May 03, 2014, 10:27:51 AM
I've yet to play in my home state in 2014, but here are the last 10...

Currahee Club (GA)
East Lake (GA)
Eagle's Landing (GA)
Morris Park CC (IN)
Anthem CC (AZ)
Tucson National (AZ)
Streamsong Red (FL)
Streamsong Blue (FL)
Tiburon (FL)
Mission Hills CC (CA)
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Mark Saltzman on May 03, 2014, 10:32:09 AM
Shoal Creek
RTJ @ Ross Bridge
Sequatchie Valley
Holston Hills
Black Creek Club
Chattanooga
Lookout Mountain
Sewanee
Mountain Brook Club
CC of Birmingham (West)
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Eric Smith on May 03, 2014, 10:42:43 AM
Olde Farm
Sequatchie Valley
Pacific Dunes
Old Macdonald
Bandon Dunes
Bandon Trails
Dismal River (Red)
Dismal River (White)
Prairie Dunes
Ballyneal
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: BHoover on May 03, 2014, 10:46:47 AM
With the weather this spring and a new baby, it's been tough to get in many rounds, particularly outside of my home state, so my list goes back to 2013 as well:

Springfield CC (OH)
Columbus CC (OH)
Chapel Hill GC (Mt. Vernon, OH)
Brookside G&CC (Worthington, OH)
Brookside CC (Canton, OH)
Congress Lake Club (Hartville, OH)
Kingsley Club (MI)
Canterbury GC (OH)
Granville GC (Granville, OH)
Pinnacle GC (Grove City, OH)
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Tom_Doak on May 03, 2014, 10:56:45 AM
Here's a weird list (most recent first):

Arrowtown
Tara Iti  (7 holes completed)
Mid Ocean
Streamsong Blue
Gasparilla Island

Pinehurst #2
Perranporth
Kington
Beau Desert
Crystal Downs


Unfortunately that list goes back to last October.  It's been a long winter!
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: John Kavanaugh on May 03, 2014, 11:08:16 AM
Could we stop the whining about lack of access in America.

Victoria Naional
River Bend Links
The Links at Cottonwood
TPC Southwind
Streamsong Blue
Streamsong Red
Rolling Hills
Oak Meadow
Dismal Red
Dismal White
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Nigel Islam on May 03, 2014, 11:21:06 AM
Could we stop the whining about lack of access in America.

Victoria Naional
River Bend Links
The Links at Cottonwood
TPC Southwind
Streamsong Blue
Streamsong Red
Rolling Hills
Oak Meadow
Dismal Red
Dismal White

No kidding, I have played 4 nice places this year, but the rest of my list is too lackadaisical to bother listing. How's Oak Meadow looking these days? I played Rollling Hills last week and they seem to have a Poa thing going on with their greens.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: K. Krahenbuhl on May 03, 2014, 12:10:24 PM
Prairie Dunes
Champions GC
The HideOut
Houston CC
Oakbourne CC
Yeamans Hall
Kiawah Ocean
TPC Louisiana
Valley Club of Montecito
LACC North
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: John Kavanaugh on May 03, 2014, 12:48:31 PM
Oak Meadow is on top of their game. The new owner is spending boo koo bucks on drainage and the greens are top knotch.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Joe Bausch on May 03, 2014, 01:01:23 PM
Oak Meadow is on top of their game. The new owner is spending boo koo bucks on drainage and the greens are top knotch.

Happy to read the above.  My family was a member at Oak Meadow decades ago (mid 70's) when I think the nines were reversed and the pro shop was by the current 18th green.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Michael Goldstein on May 04, 2014, 05:04:49 AM
A very kiwi list.... Have walked lots of courses lately and so this list goes back to the start of the year.

Kinloch (Nicklaus)
Ahipara
Carrington (Dye)
Ohope
Royal Wellington
Paraparaumu Beach
Royal Auckland
Oreti Sands
Millbrook
Jack's Point

Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Tom_Doak on May 04, 2014, 06:37:43 AM
A very kiwi list.... Have walked lots of courses lately and so this list goes back to the start of the year.

Kinloch (Nicklaus)
Ahipara
Carrington (Dye)
Ohope
Royal Wellington
Paraparaumu Beach
Royal Auckland
Oreti Sands
Millbrook
Jack's Point



I drove a fair bit out of my way to see Ohope -- were you as disappointed playing it as I was walking it?
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: jonathan_becker on May 04, 2014, 07:02:11 AM
Kinloch
Olde Farm
Pinehurst #2
Dormie Club
Tobacco Road
Old Town
Cypress Point
Pebble Beach
Bethpage Black
Southampton
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Pete Balzer on May 04, 2014, 07:31:54 AM

Lakewood CC
Boulder Country Club
Commanche Trace (Hills&Creeks)
Great Hills CC
Eagle Ranch
Rolling Hills CC
Indian Tree
Racoon Creek
Four Mile Ranch
Columbine CC
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Rees Milikin on May 04, 2014, 10:13:45 AM
Arcadia Municipal Golf Course (Original 9 holes)
Clewiston Golf Course (Original 9 holes)
Winter Park CC (9 hole course)
Mission Inn - El Campeon
Streamsong Blue
Streamsong Red
Victoria Hills
Black Creek Club
Sequatchie Valley
Lookout Mountain
Chattanooga Golf & CC
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Michael Marzec on May 04, 2014, 06:13:56 PM
This seems like a reasonable place to make my first post. Looking forward to being part of the conversation!

My rounds have been limited largely to local courses as travel hasn't involved golf of late, but my incredible trip to Oregon just made the cut.

Firestone North - 6
Firestone South - 8
Lakewood CC - 6
Firestone West - 4
Red Tail Golf Club - 4
Westwood CC - 4
Manakiki - 4
Bandon Dunes - 8
Pacific Dunes - 10
Eugene Country Club - 8
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Jon Cavalier on May 04, 2014, 06:27:40 PM
Wynn GC
Southern Highlands (NV)
Elkridge GC
Lancaster CC
Gibson Island CC
Caves Valley
Lehigh CC
Oakmont CC
Fox Chapel GC
Pittsburgh Field Club

(Not including rounds at my home club)
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Steve Salmen on May 04, 2014, 08:31:25 PM
Whistling Straits, WI
Blackwolf Run River, WI
Sea Ranch, CA
Ravisloe CC, IL
Streamsong Red, FL
Streamsong Blue, FL
Chicago GC, IL
Mistwood, IL
Shinnecock, NY
Ukiah GC, CA
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Tommy Williamsen on May 04, 2014, 10:47:43 PM
From March 4-April 8  34 straight days
Vail
Beaver Creek
Breckenridge
Keystone
Arapahoe Basin
Heavenly
Kirkwood
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Jud_T on May 04, 2014, 11:00:56 PM
Kirkwood is the hidden gem here...
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Michael Goldstein on May 07, 2014, 04:27:17 PM
re Tom's question about Ohope on the past page - yes! 

But what an amazing piece of land...



Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Josh Tarble on May 07, 2014, 04:50:07 PM
From March 4-April 8  34 straight days
Vail
Beaver Creek
Breckenridge
Keystone
Arapahoe Basin
Heavenly
Kirkwood


Had the best mountain day of my life at Kirkwood this year.  18 inches overnight 10 more during the day.  I nearly died from exhaustion.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Michael Felton on May 07, 2014, 05:09:11 PM
My last ten courses played:

Bethpage Black
The Ridge at Back Brook, NJ
Silver Lake, Staten Island
Royal Cinque Ports (Deal)
Royal St George's
Prince's
Effingham (Surrey, UK)
Marine Park, NY
Bayonne, NJ
Baltusrol Upper, NJ
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Russ Arbuthnot on May 07, 2014, 05:19:54 PM
Last ten, most recent first, going back to June!:

Sydney R. Marovitz G Cse (Chicago)
Bald Mountain G Cse (MI) x3
The Myth (MI)
Blackheath GC (MI)
Boyne Highlands - Donald Ross Memorial (MI)
Little Traverse Bay GC (MI)
A-Ga-Ming - Sundance (MI)
Charlevoix GC
Glaciers GC (MI)
Stoney Creek Metropark G Cse  (MI)

This year is already looking better for golf, minus the late start.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Ivan Lipko on May 07, 2014, 09:13:09 PM
Aviara Golf Club
Barona Creek - this course is really really good, imho
Torrey Pines North - an average muni, views aside
Torrey Pines South - this is imho again, but it is an average tournament course, views aside
PGA West Jack Nicklaus Tournament
PGA West TPC Stadium  - both are nice tournament venues, and without the rough not too tough for an average golfer like me
GC at Dove Mountain - another nice championship course with very fun greens
Rio Pinar - it's terrible
Grand Cypress New - unexpectidly good
Black Bear - nice course, bad conditioning, looks  a little pale and dirty + it's not very enjoyable to play in 95 degrees without a sign of shade
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Sean_A on May 08, 2014, 05:08:20 AM
Burnham x5
Little Aston x2
Tenby
Pyle & Kenfig
Pennard

Ciao
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: jeffwarne on May 08, 2014, 06:16:35 AM
14 this year since late March
Southampton
Willow Ridge
The Bridge
Muttontown x2
Southward Ho
Palmetto
Midland Valley x 4(Aiken)
Wykagyl
Pyle and Kenfig
Southerndown
Pennard
Ashburnham
Royal Porthcawl
Goat Hill
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: jeffwarne on May 08, 2014, 06:35:59 AM
Well, I'm going to blow this premise out of the water.  My last ten:

The Renaissance Club (Sunday)
North Berwick West Links (Friday)
Crystal Downs (previous Sunday, and three other times this year)
Royal Melbourne (in July)
Country Club of Detroit (grand re-opening in June)
North Shore CC (grand re-opening in May)
Augusta National (with a client in January)
Lost Farm (grand opening last December)
Barnbougle Dunes
St. Andrews Beach




I'm in the wrong business.


Garland:

If you stop to consider that my list goes back to December -- because I've only played 9 rounds of golf between January 1 and August 2 -- you would understand the true nature of the golf business better.

Funny I thought the same thing-only different.
While the list is epic, an awful lot of the fun of golf and playing fun of great courses is the company and mood you play them in.
With the exception of Crystal Downs and possibly North Berwick, I'd suspect much/most of it was client/work related.
Nice work if you can get it, but hardly a day at Goat Hill ;) ;D
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Mark Saltzman on May 08, 2014, 11:25:01 PM
14 this year since late March
Southampton
Willow Ridge
The Bridge
Muttontown x2
Southward Ho
Palmetto
Midland Valley x 4(Aiken)
Wykagyl
Pyle and Kenfig
Southerndown
Pennard
Ashburnham
Royal Porthcawl
Goat Hill


Jeff, thoughts on Wykagyl? I've always thought it looks great in the pictures I've seen, but maybe it's overshadowed by WF, Quaker and Fenway just down the street?
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Andy Troeger on May 08, 2014, 11:41:10 PM
Apparently I've played 10 rounds since last July...wow.

TPC Louisiana
Fallen Oak
Grand Bear (MS)
Los Altos Executive Course
GC of Houston--Members (Formerly Redstone)
Whispering Pines
Champions--Jackrabbit Road
Champions--Cypress Creek
Fossil Trace
Pueblo de Cochiti
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Brad Tufts on May 09, 2014, 03:14:14 PM
Here's an odd mix...

2014...

Old Sandwich, MA
Tedesco x3, MA
Ocean Club, Bahamas
Hacienda GC, CA
Oak Creek, CA
Marriott Grande Pines, FL
Grand Cypress New, FL

End of 2013...

Tedesco x1, MA
Myopia, MA
Glen Echo, MO
Boone Valley, MO

Previous 10....Southern Hills, OK, Karsten Creek, OK, Tedesco x2, Berkshire Hills, Sleepy Hollow, Links @ Union Vale, Ravenwood, Lookout Point, Butterfield Trail, UNM-Champ.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Jon McSweeny on May 09, 2014, 03:16:52 PM
Brad- What did you think of Hacienda?
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: jeffwarne on May 09, 2014, 07:39:34 PM
14 this year since late March
Southampton
Willow Ridge
The Bridge
Muttontown x2
Southward Ho
Palmetto
Midland Valley x 4(Aiken)
Wykagyl
Pyle and Kenfig
Southerndown
Pennard
Ashburnham
Royal Porthcawl
Goat Hill


Jeff, thoughts on Wykagyl? I've always thought it looks great in the pictures I've seen, but maybe it's overshadowed by WF, Quaker and Fenway just down the street?

Mark,
I'd say in the same league as Fenway and Quaker, and honestly WF, though it's been 20 years since I played WF and no doubt it's bigger
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Ronald Montesano on May 09, 2014, 08:41:51 PM
How about the 'ho...southward ho, that is?
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: jeffwarne on May 09, 2014, 09:02:59 PM
How about the 'ho...southward ho, that is?

Ron,
played in 30 mph winds on fast aerified greens ::) ::) ::) in early season (April 11) after a bad winter
Native was down so the back and forth nature of the course made it seem quite repetitive
I'm told by others I respect that it's quite good so not a fair assessment on my part, but I found it quite average compared to many of the gems in the MET Section
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Bill McKinley on May 12, 2014, 10:09:55 AM
I might not be able to ever top this so here's mine...

Most recent first dating from 5/8/14 back to 10/7/13

Fishers Island (x2)
Shinnecock Hills
NGLA
Elyria CC
Canterbury GC
Stonewater GC
The Concession
Chicago GC
Crystal Downs
Kingsley Club

Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Bill Crane on May 12, 2014, 12:50:17 PM
Well - here we go.  I have more than ten because I can't believe that I played eleven courses since my wife and I cam back from Scotland September 16.  In reverse order - most recent at the top:

Springdale G C  ( Home Club)  (Princeton, NJ)
Yeamans Hall  (Charleston/Hanahan SC)
Cassique -@ Kiawah Island Club  (Johns Island, SC)
Chechessee Creek Club (Okatie, SC)
Mid Pines (Southern Pines, NC)
Alamance Country Club  (Burlington, NC)
The Course at Yale  (New Haven, CT)
Westchester Country Club  (Rye,NY)
Somerset Hills C C (Bernardsville,NJ)
Glen Head Golf and Country Club (Glen Head,NY)
Granville Golf Club ( Granville, OH  next to DENISON Univ )
North Berwick Golf Club  (North Berwick, East Lothian, Scotland – UK)


Wm Flynnfan
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Matthew Petersen on May 12, 2014, 02:59:24 PM
Cave Creek GC (Phoenix)
Trilogy at Vistancia
Karsten Course at ASU
500 Club
Stonecreek GC
McCormick Ranch (Pine)
GC at Dove Mountain (Saguaro-Tortolita)
AZ Biltmore (Adobe)
Gainey Ranch
Camelback (Ambiente)
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Brian Finn on June 04, 2014, 08:50:51 PM
I have had a nice variety in my last 10...

Maidstone (NY)
Ridgewood CC (NJ)
Wedgewood CC (OH)
Brookside G&CC (OH)
Prairie Dunes CC (KS)
Swope Memorial (MO)
Bedford Springs GC (PA)
Plainfield CC (NJ)
Springfield CC (OH)
Bethpage Red (NY)
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Bret Lawrence on June 05, 2014, 12:32:38 AM
Whippoorwill Country Club, NY
Ridgewood Country Club, CT
Black Hall Club, CT
New Haven Country Club, CT
Oronoque Country Club, CT
Wallingford Country Club, CT
Wethersfield Country Club, CT
Crestbrook Park Golf Course, CT (My Home Course)
Watertown Golf Club, CT
Manchester Country Club, CT
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Paul Gray on June 05, 2014, 05:16:01 AM
For what it's worth........

Hayling, Hampshire
Cams Hall, Hampshire
Wickham Park, Hampshire
Woodbridge, Suffolk
Ipswich (Purdis Heath), Suffolk
Blackmoor, Hampshire
Pine Ridge, Surrey
Hindhead, Surrey
Camberley Heath, Surrey
Liphook, Hampshire
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Mark Chaplin on June 05, 2014, 09:05:08 AM
God save the Queen! The best of British and all local for 2013/14

Deal
Worplesdon
New Zealand
Swinley Forest
The Old Course
Castle Course
Rye
Royal St George's
Sunningdale New
St George's Hill
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: BCowan on June 05, 2014, 09:12:43 AM
Pilgrims Run
CC of Lansing
Indianwood (old)
Orchard Lake
Radrick Farms
Battle Creek
Western
Washtenaw
Hillltop
Leslie Park
(all in Michigan)
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Ron Csigo on June 05, 2014, 11:45:14 PM
North Berwick
Trump International Links
Castle Stuart
Royal Dornoch
Cruden Bay
Royal Aberdeen
Seminole
Indian Creek
Mid Pines
Dormie
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Mark Johnson on July 05, 2014, 06:01:34 PM
Bent Creek (MN)
Wayzata (MN)
Philadelphia
Medina (MN)
Windsong Farm (MN)
Fred Richards (MN)
Rye Golf Club (NY)
Griff Harris (CT)
Apawabis (NY
FarmLinks (AL)
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Mark Saltzman on July 05, 2014, 06:42:10 PM
Sunnehanna
Bedford Springs
Laurel Valley
Oakmont
Pikewood National
Kahkwa
Hudson National
Ballyowen
Bayonne
Paramount
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Daryl David on July 06, 2014, 12:20:25 PM
Formby
Royal Worlington and New Market
Burnham and Berrow
Saunton E/W
St. Enodoc
Tumble Creek
Pacific Dunes
Old Mac
Bandon Trails
Bandon Dunes
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Pete Garvey on July 06, 2014, 12:34:11 PM
Idle Hour
The Honors
Tennessee National
Holston Hills
Pinehurst 2
Pinehurst 4
The Irish - Kohler
Whistling Straights
Camargo
The Cardinal Club - Louisville
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Daryl David on July 06, 2014, 01:00:55 PM
Formby
Royal Worlington and New Market
Burnham and Berrow
Saunton E/W
St. Enodoc
Tumble Creek
Pacific Dunes
Old Mac
Bandon Trails
Bandon Dunes




Views on Worlington?

Some of the best green complexes I have seen anywhere.  In nine holes you get tested on every kind of shot.  I can't think of a better day you can have in the world of golf than to go around 2 or three loops and then relax with the members for lunch and a pint. 
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Nigel Islam on July 06, 2014, 11:37:57 PM
Idle Hour
The Honors
Tennessee National
Holston Hills
Pinehurst 2
Pinehurst 4
The Irish - Kohler
Whistling Straights
Camargo
The Cardinal Club - Louisville

Pete,

The million dollar question is whether you like Holston as much as Idle Hour?
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Ronald Montesano on July 06, 2014, 11:49:19 PM
Whistling Straights

This opens up a whole new line of questioning: is this a new Broadway musical?
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Terry Lavin on July 07, 2014, 08:54:53 AM
Whistling Straights

This opens up a whole new line of questioning: is this a new Broadway musical?

Now, that's funny.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Brett Wiesley on July 07, 2014, 11:56:42 AM
Telluride Golf Club
Willow Creek CC
Stonebridge Golf Club
Hidden Valley CC
GC at Cuscowilla
East Lake GC
Atlanta Athletic - Riverside
Cherokee T&CC - North
Teton Pines CC
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Pete Garvey on July 07, 2014, 12:13:25 PM
Idle Hour
The Honors
Tennessee National
Holston Hills
Pinehurst 2
Pinehurst 4
The Irish - Kohler
Whistling Straights
Camargo
The Cardinal Club - Louisville

Pete,

The million dollar question is whether you like Holston as much as Idle Hour?



wow, that's like asking if you like chocolate ice cream more than vanilla?  Both great and satisfying yet still hard to choose the best.......
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Giles Payne on July 07, 2014, 01:08:22 PM
I've been very lucky this year

Walton Heath Old
Walton Heath New
St Georges Hill
Royal St Georges
Berkshire Red
Berkshire Blue
Worplesden
New Zealand
Huntercombe
Tandridge
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Carl Nichols on July 07, 2014, 01:26:20 PM
Always a fun exercise to remind yourself of your last ten.  Beginning with the most recent, going back to September 2013:

Bethesda CC (home course)
Burning Tree
Four Streams
LACC North
Wiltshire
Punta Espada
Congressional Blue
Greenbrier, Old White
Greenbrier Sporting Club, Snead
Greenbrier, Greenbrier

Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: David Davis on July 07, 2014, 01:40:02 PM
Last 10:

Royal St. Georges
Royal Cinque Portes
Sunningdale Old
Sunningdale New
Rye Golf Club
Walton Heath Old
Walton Heath New
Queenwood
Woking
Swinley Forest
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Nigel Islam on July 07, 2014, 01:42:56 PM
Idle Hour
The Honors
Tennessee National
Holston Hills
Pinehurst 2
Pinehurst 4
The Irish - Kohler
Whistling Straights
Camargo
The Cardinal Club - Louisville

Pete,

The million dollar question is whether you like Holston as much as Idle Hour?



wow, that's like asking if you like chocolate ice cream more than vanilla?  Both great and satisfying yet still hard to choose the best.......

Just thought I would put you on the spot. I really want to see both of them. Thurman swears Idle Hour is hands down the best in Kentucky and I just had someone say the same about Holston in Tennessee who had a vested interest in claiming The Honors.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Jay Flemma on July 07, 2014, 03:20:19 PM
Knoll Club (West)
Crestwood, NY
Leatherstocking
Congressional
Tobacco Road (again)
Old Town!!!!!!!!
Tobacco Road
River Bend
Winged Foot (East)
Philly Cricket Wissahickon
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Jay Flemma on July 07, 2014, 03:22:50 PM
Carl, how was Punta Espada?
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Joel Zuckerman on July 07, 2014, 11:49:49 PM
Last Dozen....it was an epic June.

Ballyneal
Dismal Red & White
Sand Hills
Wianno  CC
Old Sandwich
Salem CC
Forest Dunes
ThreeTops
Shanty Creek
Crystal Downs
Kingsley
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Sean_A on July 08, 2014, 01:56:45 AM
Man, I was seriously golfed out by the time I hit Rosapenna!  In the space of two weeks (and this is a ton of golf for me - likely a half ton too much) and with some travel hassle involving two days up by 3:30am  :P

Burnham
North Berwick
Renaissance x3 (this is the place that wore me out)
Narin & Portnoo
Cruit Island - only walked
Portsalon
Rosapenna Old Tom
Rosapenna Sandy Links
Kington

David - what were your favourite courses on your English trip?

Ciao
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Jason Kang on July 08, 2014, 06:19:02 AM
Kahkwa is the sleeper in that bunch.  E-tour coming soon...

Sunnehanna
Bedford Springs
Laurel Valley
Oakmont
Pikewood National
Kahkwa
Hudson National
Ballyowen
Bayonne
Paramount
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Pete Garvey on July 08, 2014, 08:06:36 AM
Idle Hour
The Honors
Tennessee National
Holston Hills
Pinehurst 2
Pinehurst 4
The Irish - Kohler
Whistling Straights
Camargo
The Cardinal Club - Louisville

Pete,

The million dollar question is whether you like Holston as much as Idle Hour?



wow, that's like asking if you like chocolate ice cream more than vanilla?  Both great and satisfying yet still hard to choose the best.......

Just thought I would put you on the spot. I really want to see both of them. Thurman swears Idle Hour is hands down the best in Kentucky and I just had someone say the same about Holston in Tennessee who had a vested interest in claiming The Honors.

Well, we need to make you see them both soon!
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: john_stiles on July 08, 2014, 08:40:02 AM

Holston Hills
Palmetto GC
Lookout Mountain GA
Bayonne
Lu Lu
Philly Cricket St Martins
Torresdale Frankford
Bloomfield Hills
Crystal Downs
Holston Hills
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Carl Nichols on July 08, 2014, 09:22:45 AM
Carl, how was Punta Espada?

Jay:
I thought it was really good.  There's a landform in that part of the DR (can't remember the name of it) that's a bit like an elevated plateau, and that they used to create some interesting holes away from the water.  They also had access to a lot of (spectacular) waterfront and used that land to create an interesting set of holes that were quite varied--some playing directly at the water, some playing directly away from it, others playing along it but in different directions, etc.  I played it twice and those holes, especially, required me to hit lots of different shots.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Andy Troeger on July 08, 2014, 10:41:34 AM
The Harvester
Erin Hills
South Bend CC
Kirtland CC
Winged Foot West
Winged Foot East
Plainfield
Somerset Hills
Merion East
Lehigh CC
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Nigel Islam on July 08, 2014, 03:19:25 PM
The Harvester
Erin Hills
South Bend CC
Kirtland CC
Winged Foot West
Winged Foot East
Plainfield
Somerset Hills
Merion East
Lehigh CC

Nice trip out east there Andy!
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Robin_Hiseman on July 08, 2014, 06:03:33 PM
A far less fancy cluster than some of you posh lads!

Reigate Heath
Renaissance
North Berwick
Aberfoyle
Painswick
Oak Park (village course)
Edgbaston
Ashbourne
Notts
Burnham & Berrow

Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: jeffwarne on July 08, 2014, 08:45:03 PM
Leewood
Scarsdale
The Island x 2
Renaissance x 3
Kilspindie
Longniddry
TOC
Gailes Links x 4
The Bridge
Goat Hill

Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Steve Lang on July 08, 2014, 08:55:38 PM
Last Dozen....it was an epic June.

Ballyneal
Dismal Red & White
Sand Hills
Wianno  CC
Old Sandwich
Salem CC
Forest Dunes
ThreeTops
Shanty Creek
Crystal Downs
Kingsley


Joel,

No wonder you were primed for winning The Fifth Major with Mike!  Nice warmups, especially in MI!
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Mac Plumart on July 08, 2014, 10:31:19 PM
The Golf Club
Auglaize CC
Eagle Rock
Rivermont
Dismal Red
Dismal White
Golf Club of Georgia Lakeside
Wild Dunes
Yale
Eastward Ho!






Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Sean_A on July 09, 2014, 03:21:41 AM
Leewood
Scarsdale
The Island x 2
Renaissance x 3
Kilspindie
Longniddry
TOC
Gailes Links x 4
The Bridge
Goat Hill


Jeff

What did you think of Longniddry?

Ciao
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: BShannon on July 09, 2014, 12:26:05 PM
Beverly (GCA Day - thanks again to Terry and Andrew!)
Butler National
Flossmoor (x10)
Lawsonia (Links)
Long Beach CC (Indiana)
Harbor Shores
Forest Dunes (x3)
Riviera
Trump National (Los Angeles)  :-\
Palos Verdes GC
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: jeffwarne on July 09, 2014, 07:03:48 PM
Leewood
Scarsdale
The Island x 2
Renaissance x 3
Kilspindie
Longniddry
TOC
Gailes Links x 4
The Bridge
Goat Hill


Jeff

What did you think of Longniddry?

Ciao

a very peaceful place-grass cut short-fun and playable.
sort've a hybrid parkland/heathland with a seaside setting?
undulating terrain
#5 is the greatest elevation change I've ever seen on a green-about 20 feet!
Enjoyed the holes in theattractive  pines-a few new plantings which looked a bit silly in spots.
Tom Doak had compared it to the Monterrey Peninsula, and while there was a bit of that feel, I kept waiting for the ocean holes to emerge from the woods-they didn't, though it was near and hidden behind trees and houses

I'd say the sum is greater than the parts as I really enjoyed it-didn't play very well as it was preceded by a rather late evening in Gullane ;)
I think Tom got kt about right in the original CG, where I first heard of it.
great old school pro-spent a bit of time with him in his workshop
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Michael Whitaker on July 09, 2014, 07:29:32 PM
Pacific Dunes
Old MacDonald (x2)
The Preserve
Bandon Dunes
Bandon Trails
Country Club of Colorado
Ballyneal
Dismal White (x2)
Dismal Red (x2)
Sand Hills (x2)
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Tim Martin on July 09, 2014, 08:13:07 PM
Pacific Dunes
Old MacDonald (x2)
The Preserve
Bandon Dunes
Bandon Trails
Country Club of Colorado
Ballyneal
Dismal White (x2)
Dismal Red (x2)
Sand Hills (x2)


Whitty-You gotta get out more. ;)
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Michael Whitaker on July 09, 2014, 11:25:45 PM

Whitty-You gotta get out more. ;)

That's what I was just telling my wife!    ;D
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Jon Adkins on July 10, 2014, 01:36:38 PM
Beverly CC (GCA Play Day)
Calumet CC
Ravisloe CC (5x)
The Trophy Club
Glencoe GC
Cog Hill - No. 4 Dubsdread (2x)
George Dunne
Jackson Park
Cog Hill - No. 2 Ravines
Harborside - Starboard
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Neil Johnston on July 10, 2014, 02:03:56 PM
Lakeside Links (MI)
The Mines (MI)
Tullymore (MI)
Kingsley Club
Crystal Downs
Arcadia Bluffs
Manistee National (MI)
Lake Bluff GC (IL)
Lost Marsh (IN)
Beverly CC

Probably one of the best 10 round stretch of my career, except for Lost Marsh, which I did not really enjoy.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Nigel Islam on July 10, 2014, 02:48:00 PM

Probably one of the best 10 round stretch of my career, except for Lost Marsh, which I did not really enjoy.

That is not a name that inspires confidence!
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Ryan Taylor on July 10, 2014, 03:06:01 PM
Neil,

Great to see you found your way to CD!

My last 10 excluding my home course:

Forest Dunes
Belvedere GC
U of M
Orchard Lake CC
Dormie Club
Pine Needles
Tobacco Road
CC of Lansing
Pilgrims Run GC
Sylvania CC
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Matt Bosela on July 10, 2014, 03:25:06 PM
Two very cool trips this year!  Listed in order from most recently played, with the Oakland Hills round played yesterday:

Oakland Hills CC - South, MI
Kingsley Club, MI
Crystal Downs CC, MI
Arcadia Bluffs GC, MI
Forest Dunes GC, MI
St. Catharines GCC, ON, Canada
Eagles Nest GC, ON, Canada
Kiawah Island - Ocean, SC
Palmetto GC, SC
Augusta CC, GA
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Jud_T on July 10, 2014, 06:04:44 PM
Not to pick on anyone in particular, but it's fairly ironic that Sven started this thread to prove that many guys play regular local tracks and it's rather unsurprisingly turned, for the most part, into something else.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Tom_Doak on July 10, 2014, 06:12:43 PM
Not to pick on anyone in particular, but it's fairly ironic that Sven started this thread to prove that many guys play regular local tracks and it's rather unsurprisingly turned, for the most part, into something else.

True ... but also entirely predictable from this group.

I can't really think back past my last trip:

Medinah #1 [in the grand opening]
Traigh
Isle of Harris
Askernish
The Renaissance Club
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Pete_Pittock on July 10, 2014, 06:21:55 PM
More than ten, but there are five 9-holers

Reserve Vineyards (N) home track
Willamette Valley CC
Desert Peaks (9) Madras,OR
Bear Valley Meadows (9) Seneca,Or
Valley (9) Burns, Or
Country View (9) Ontario, Or (more on this later)
Ontario
Trail Ruts (9) Guernsey, Wy
Dismal River (Red)
Dismal River (White)
Prairie Club (Pines)
Prairie Club (Dunes)
Commonground
Fossil Trace
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Sean_A on July 10, 2014, 06:32:13 PM
Not to pick on anyone in particular, but it's fairly ironic that Sven started this thread to prove that many guys play regular local tracks and it's rather unsurprisingly turned, for the most part, into something else.

True ... but also entirely predictable from this group.

I can't really think back past my last trip:

Medinah #1 [in the grand opening]
Traigh
Isle of Harris
Askernish
The Renaissance Club

Talk to me about Isle of Harris - long wanted to visit.

Jeff - so Longniddry isn't worth skipping a game at North Berwick for the once in a blue moon visitor - me?

Ciao
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: John Kirk on July 11, 2014, 12:37:02 AM
My last ten are getting closer to home and less adventurous.

Pumpkin Ridge (Witch Hollow)
Pumpkin Ridge (Ghost Creek)
Fircrest
Ballyneal
Kinloch
Stanford
Valley Club
Stone Eagle
Yorba Linda
Dismal River (Red)

which dates me back to last September. 
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Jim Nelson on July 11, 2014, 12:45:52 AM
Martis Camp
Southern Highlands
Bandon Dunes
Bandon Trails
Old McDonald
St. Enodoc
Royal North Devon
Saunton East
Saunton West
Burnham and Barrow
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Martin Toal on July 11, 2014, 02:31:34 AM
Beverly (GCA Day - thanks again to Terry and Andrew!)
Butler National
Flossmoor (x10)
Lawsonia (Links)
Long Beach CC (Indiana)
Harbor Shores
Forest Dunes (x3)
Riviera
Trump National (Los Angeles)  :-\
Palos Verdes GC

Why?
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Jim Nugent on July 11, 2014, 06:32:03 AM
Not to pick on anyone in particular, but it's fairly ironic that Sven started this thread to prove that many guys play regular local tracks and it's rather unsurprisingly turned, for the most part, into something else.

Selection bias may be at work here. 
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Adam Lawrence on July 11, 2014, 07:29:54 AM
Not to pick on anyone in particular, but it's fairly ironic that Sven started this thread to prove that many guys play regular local tracks and it's rather unsurprisingly turned, for the most part, into something else.

True ... but also entirely predictable from this group.

I can't really think back past my last trip:

Medinah #1 [in the grand opening]
Traigh
Isle of Harris
Askernish
The Renaissance Club

Tom, you mentioned you'd been to Traigh, but I forgot to ask what you thought about it? High on my list of places to play - I've seen it from the train a couple of times but not set foot on it.

Scarista (Isle of Harris) is a very, very beautiful place on a nice day.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Carl Nichols on July 11, 2014, 10:19:05 AM
Not to pick on anyone in particular, but it's fairly ironic that Sven started this thread to prove that many guys play regular local tracks and it's rather unsurprisingly turned, for the most part, into something else.

I posted my last ten courses played, not my last ten rounds.  All of my last ten rounds are "local," though probably not on what you and Sven would consider "regular local tracks":  Bethesda CC (x 8), Burning Tree (1), Four Streams (1).   
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Carl Nichols on July 11, 2014, 10:20:24 AM
Not to pick on anyone in particular, but it's fairly ironic that Sven started this thread to prove that many guys play regular local tracks and it's rather unsurprisingly turned, for the most part, into something else.

Selection bias may be at work here. 

At several steps--people who choose to become members of GCA in the first place, people who choose to post on this thread, etc. 
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Michael Whitaker on July 11, 2014, 10:35:16 AM
Not to pick on anyone in particular, but it's fairly ironic that Sven started this thread to prove that many guys play regular local tracks and it's rather unsurprisingly turned, for the most part, into something else.

True ... but also entirely predictable from this group.



Well, I'm going to blow this premise out of the water.  My last ten:

The Renaissance Club (Sunday)
North Berwick West Links (Friday)
Crystal Downs (previous Sunday, and three other times this year)
Royal Melbourne (in July)
Country Club of Detroit (grand re-opening in June)
North Shore CC (grand re-opening in May)
Augusta National (with a client in January)
Lost Farm (grand opening last December)
Barnbougle Dunes
St. Andrews Beach

Seems you got the ball rolling early for "this group."  :)
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Brent Hutto on July 11, 2014, 10:42:34 AM
If it's the last ten different courses I'm not sure I can remember that far back with any accuracy. If it's the last ten rounds that's easy: My club, my club, my club, my club, my club, my club, my club, my club, my club, my club. Was that 10? I can keep going for a while if necessary.

Let's see, working backwards through 2014...

1) Columbia Country Club (my home course)
2) Oak Hills Golf Club (local public)
3) Cobblestone Park (local semi-private)
4) Plantation Course at Edisto Beach (nearby resort course)

Now we're back in 2013...

5) Charwood Golf Club (local public)
6) Royal Cinque Ports (Deal)
7) Princes Golf Club (Sandwich)
8) Royal St. Georges (Sandwich)
9) Wilmslow Golf Club (Wilmslow)

And now I'm stuck. Not sure what the 10th-most-recent course would be. That would likely be some time in 2012. Could be any one of a dozen possibilities. The nine I've listed cover 18-24 months and 200+ rounds which is far as my memory can reach.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Howard Riefs on July 11, 2014, 10:50:29 AM
Beverly CC
Flossmoor CC
Kingsley Club
Winnetka
Streamsong, Blue
Streamsong, Red
Mission Inn, Las Colinas
Mission Inn, El Campeon
The Villages, Palmer Legends Course 
Highlands of Elgin
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Carl Nichols on July 11, 2014, 11:11:50 AM
If it's the last ten different courses I'm not sure I can remember that far back with any accuracy. If it's the last ten rounds that's easy: My club, my club, my club, my club, my club, my club, my club, my club, my club, my club. Was that 10? I can keep going for a while if necessary.

Let's see, working backwards through 2014...

1) Columbia Country Club (my home course)
2) Oak Hills Golf Club (local public)
3) Cobblestone Park (local semi-private)
4) Plantation Course at Edisto Beach (nearby resort course)

Now we're back in 2013...

5) Charwood Golf Club (local public)
6) Royal Cinque Ports (Deal)
7) Princes Golf Club (Sandwich)
8) Royal St. Georges (Sandwich)
9) Wilmslow Golf Club (Wilmslow)

And now I'm stuck. Not sure what the 10th-most-recent course would be. That would likely be some time in 2012. Could be any one of a dozen possibilities. The nine I've listed cover 18-24 months and 200+ rounds which is far as my memory can reach.

Do you keep a handicap?
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Mike Hendren on July 11, 2014, 11:29:06 AM
Wow, I've actually played ten rounds this year:

Timberline
Farm Links
Royal St. George's
Royal Cinque Ports
Sunningdale Old
Sunningdale New
Walton Heath Old
Huntercombe
Golf Club of TN
Princeton Golf & Country Club
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Brad Tufts on July 11, 2014, 11:35:19 AM
Pine Brook CC, Weston, MA yesterday 7/10
Cape Arundel, Kennebunkport, ME 7/8
Va-Jo-Wa GC, Island Falls, ME 7/3
Tedesco, Marblehead, MA 6/24
Tedesco 6/21
Tedesco 6/20
Charles River, Newton, MA 6/18
Franklin Park, Roxbury, MA 6/16
Tedesco 6/14
Tedesco 6/12
Franklin Park 6/10
Portsmouth CC, Portsmouth, NH 6/8
Essex CC, Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA 6/4
Tedesco 6/1
The Country Club (Regular Course), Brookline, MA 5/31
Woodland GC, Auburndale, MA 5/29

Took 16 rounds back to find 10 different courses.  From bottom to top...74-76-69-77-73-73-74-70-75-78-68-73-73-74-71-75.  :)
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Brent Hutto on July 11, 2014, 11:41:24 AM
If it's the last ten different courses I'm not sure I can remember that far back with any accuracy. If it's the last ten rounds that's easy: My club, my club, my club, my club, my club, my club, my club, my club, my club, my club. Was that 10? I can keep going for a while if necessary.

Let's see, working backwards through 2014...

1) Columbia Country Club (my home course)
2) Oak Hills Golf Club (local public)
3) Cobblestone Park (local semi-private)
4) Plantation Course at Edisto Beach (nearby resort course)

Now we're back in 2013...

5) Charwood Golf Club (local public)
6) Royal Cinque Ports (Deal)
7) Princes Golf Club (Sandwich)
8) Royal St. Georges (Sandwich)
9) Wilmslow Golf Club (Wilmslow)

And now I'm stuck. Not sure what the 10th-most-recent course would be. That would likely be some time in 2012. Could be any one of a dozen possibilities. The nine I've listed cover 18-24 months and 200+ rounds which is far as my memory can reach.

Do you keep a handicap?

Yes but my club changed service bureaus in 2013 so no records extant from 2012 and earlier.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Andy Troeger on July 11, 2014, 11:57:00 AM
Not to pick on anyone in particular, but it's fairly ironic that Sven started this thread to prove that many guys play regular local tracks and it's rather unsurprisingly turned, for the most part, into something else.

I'd guess that since moving to New Mexico I play maybe 10% of my rounds in-state. If I play any local course more than once in a year it is rather unusual. This year I've played 46 courses, and the only one in NM was a 9 hole executive course.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Steve Wilson on July 11, 2014, 03:47:13 PM
In reverse order of play

Riverside in Sardis Ohio
Preston Country Club in Kingwood WV
Country Club of York
Hershey West
Lancaster
Esquire Country Club Huntington WV (scramble)
Streamsong Red
Streamsong Blue
Aiken
Dormie Club
Mid Pines

Tobacco Road
Mid Pines
Canaan Valley State Park WV
Riverside
Preston
Hopeman
Ullapool
Reay
Tain
Golspie

Brora
Fortrose and Rosemarkie
Kennemer
De Pan
Royal Hague
Nordwijkse
Eindhoven
Swinkesche
St. Marys Golf Club WV
Tygart Valley

Wow, all of that in a twelve month period.  I didn't realize how much I get around.

Hoping to add  Moundsville Counry Club in WV and Williams in Weirton WV in the next couple of weeks.  I've played Moundsville in the past, but not since they did some work on the back nine. 
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Mac Plumart on July 11, 2014, 03:47:24 PM
Not to pick on anyone in particular, but it's fairly ironic that Sven started this thread to prove that many guys play regular local tracks and it's rather unsurprisingly turned, for the most part, into something else.

Jud...

It seems like Sven wanted us to post the last ten courses we've played; the good, bad, and ugly.  Some may cherry pick the times they post to, essentially, brag about where they've played.  But, I just periodically post my last ten courses played...regardless of whether they are brag worthy or not.  I was under the impression that was the idea behind the thread.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Carl Nichols on July 11, 2014, 04:22:11 PM
Not to pick on anyone in particular, but it's fairly ironic that Sven started this thread to prove that many guys play regular local tracks and it's rather unsurprisingly turned, for the most part, into something else.

Jud...

It seems like Sven wanted us to post the last ten courses we've played; the good, bad, and ugly.  Some may cherry pick the times they post to, essentially, brag about where they've played.  But, I just periodically post my last ten courses played...regardless of whether they are brag worthy or not.  I was under the impression that was the idea behind the thread.

+1
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Jeff Shelman on July 11, 2014, 05:06:28 PM
Here's my update since late May. It has been a good six weeks or so.

Newest is at the bottom.

Windsong Farm Golf Club, Independence, MN
Southview Country Club, West St. Paul, MN
Bearpath Golf and Country Club, Eden Prairie, MN
Champions Golf Club (Cypress Creek), Houston, TX
Kinloch Golf Club, Manakin-Sabot, VA
Lexington Golf and Country Club, Lexington, VA
Midland Hills Country Club, Roseville, MN
Flossmoor Country Club, Flossmoor, IL
Beverly Country Club, Chicago, IL
Clovernook Country Club, Cincinnati, OH
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Greg Tallman on July 11, 2014, 05:19:42 PM
In reverse order of play

Riverside in Sardis Ohio
Preston Country Club in Kingwood WV
Country Club of York
Hershey West
Lancaster
Esquire Country Club Huntington WV (scramble)
Streamsong Red
Streamsong Blue
Aiken
Dormie Club
Mid Pines

Tobacco Road
Mid Pines
Canaan Valley State Park WV
Riverside
Preston
Hopeman
Ullapool
Reay
Tain
Golspie

Brora
Fortrose and Rosemarkie
Kennemer
De Pan
Royal Hague
Nordwijkse
Eindhoven
Swinkesche
St. Marys Golf Club WV
Tygart Valley

Wow, all of that in a twelve month period.  I didn't realize how much I get around.

Hoping to add  Moundsville Counry Club in WV and Williams in Weirton WV in the next couple of weeks.  I've played Moundsville in the past, but not since they did some work on the back nine. 


Canaan, St. Mary's & Moundsville... those bring back some memories.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Ari Techner on July 11, 2014, 05:30:51 PM
Most recent first:

Franklin Hills
Barton Hills
Sand Hills
Dismal Red
Dismal White
Ballyneal
Western G&CC
Kingsley Club
Sweetens Cove
Lookout Mountain
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Brian Finn on July 12, 2014, 08:51:27 PM
Old Tabby Links
May River GC
Kiawah Ocean
Savannah Quarters CC
Wild Horse GC
Dismal River Red
Dismal River White
Sand Hills
Awarii Dunes
Brookside G&CC
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Ronald Montesano on July 12, 2014, 09:09:44 PM
Teacher's Ten (10 + 2)

Bethpage Black
Teugega
Tupper Lake
Saranac Inn
Sagamore
Glens Falls
Yahnundasis
River Oaks (NY)
Grover Cleveland
CC Scranton
Merion West
Merion East

It's been quite a run. The next ten I anticipate playing are:

Holiday Valley (NY)
River Oaks (NY)
Niagara Falls (NY)
Ironwood (NY)
Orchard Park (NY)
Cherry Hill (Ontario)
Byrncliff

whoops...that's it. no more. quick summer.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Sven Nilsen on July 12, 2014, 09:38:36 PM
Not to pick on anyone in particular, but it's fairly ironic that Sven started this thread to prove that many guys play regular local tracks and it's rather unsurprisingly turned, for the most part, into something else.

Jud...

It seems like Sven wanted us to post the last ten courses we've played; the good, bad, and ugly.  Some may cherry pick the times they post to, essentially, brag about where they've played.  But, I just periodically post my last ten courses played...regardless of whether they are brag worthy or not.  I was under the impression that was the idea behind the thread.

You're both wrong.

The initial point was meant to verify my assumption that the folks around here mostly play high end (or at least highly regarded) courses.  I didn't intend for this to be an ongoing journal of self-aggrandizement, but its took on a life of its own somewhere along the line, which is fine by me.

I prefer to discuss golf in the abstract, and I don't really care where folks are playing unless its something I haven't heard of or they take the time to use a particular course as a bridge to a broader conversation (there's been a good bit of that on here as of late).  I also don't really care how you scored, as it seems to cross the line from a thread that has the potential to highlight a hidden gem to one that is just about patting yourself on the back.

But as I said, its not my thread and everyone can do with it what they like.

I do have to give props to one of the posters on this thread who had the humility to wait at least ten courses after a round that most of us would have rented out the Jumbotron to tell the world about.

Sven
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Wyatt Halliday on July 13, 2014, 12:49:22 AM
Thanks for chiming in Sven. This is very much your thread and it's been interesting regardless of each participant's motives.
Most of my golf is work related (I'm very fortunate in this regard), so I thought I'd break it down as such:

From most recent without repeats...

Ballyneal (Work)
Colorado GC (Pleasure)
Pradera (Work)
Red Rocks CC (Pleasure)
Bear Dance GC (Work)
Wellshire Municipal (Pleasure)
Broadmoor East (Pleasure)
Sanctuary (Work)
Horseshoe Bay - Ram Rock (Work)
Horseshoe Bay - Apple Rock (Work)
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Nigel Islam on July 13, 2014, 11:04:09 AM
Wow, I've actually played ten rounds this year:

Timberline
Farm Links
Royal St. George's
Royal Cinque Ports
Sunningdale Old
Sunningdale New
Walton Heath Old
Huntercombe
Golf Club of TN
Princeton Golf & Country Club

Bogey, how was GCT?
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Duncan Cheslett on July 13, 2014, 11:29:46 AM
Most recent first and all in the last four months;

Reddish Vale (Maybe 40 times this year so far)
Cavendish
Romiley
Worsley
Bramhall
Pleasington
Sandiway
Mere
Prestbury
Stockport
Delamere Forest
Manchester (Hopwood)


Quite a decent cross-section of north-west English inland courses...
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Richard Hetzel on July 13, 2014, 01:26:25 PM
so far in 2014

George Wright GC (MA)
Cape Arundel GC (ME)
Otsego GC (NY)
Chautauqua GC (NY)
Ohio University GC (OH)

the last 5 from 2013

Tower Ridge CC (CT)
Oxford Greens GC (CT)
Craig Wood GC (NY)
Saranac GC (NY)
Port Jervis CC AKA Lynx at River's Bend GC (NY)
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Sean_A on July 13, 2014, 01:28:02 PM
Most recent first and all in the last four months;

Reddish Vale (Maybe 40 times this year so far)
Cavendish
Romiley
Worsley
Bramhall
Pleasington
Sandiway
Mere
Prestbury
Stockport
Delamere Forest
Manchester (Hopwood)


Quite a decent cross-section of north-west English inland courses...


Duncan, talk to me about Manchester.

Ciao
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Joe_Tucholski on July 13, 2014, 02:19:25 PM
My last 10 has generally been pretty average with one or two quality places.

Eglin AFB - Falcon
Eglin AFB - Eagle
The Country Club of the South
English Turn
Sandestin - Raven
Sandestin - Links
Windswept Dunes
Little River
Southern Pines
Ballyhack
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Duncan Cheslett on July 14, 2014, 12:58:41 AM
Duncan, talk to me about Manchester.

Ciao

Sean,

We need to see Manchester.

From what I understand it is almost entirely original Colt and was considered one of the top inland courses in the country 100 years ago.

My only visit was earlier this year in poor weather with most greens on temps. It was enough to confirm however, that this is a serious golf course of quality. Think of Cavendish on steroids - the moorland setting is similar but the scale is breathtaking.

I can only imagine that it is not better known or rated because it is wild, windswept, and not particularly 'pretty'. That was my impression in January, anyway. A sunny day in July or August might cause me to revise my view.

Let's do it!



PS Two other courses in this area that you should see are Sandiway and Pleasington. You would find an awful lot to like.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Carl Nichols on July 14, 2014, 07:19:57 AM
so far in 2014

George Wright GC (MA)
Cape Arundel GC (ME)
Otsego GC (NY)
Chautauqua GC (NY)
Ohio University GC (OH)

the last 5 from 2013

Tower Ridge CC (CT)
Oxford Greens GC (CT)
Craig Wood GC (NY)
Saranac GC (NY)
Port Jervis CC AKA Lynx at River's Bend GC (NY)

Rich-
Thoughts on Tower Ridge? It's in my hometown and was once a private, predominantly Jewish club called Cliffside.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Ronald Montesano on July 14, 2014, 07:29:13 AM
I've played tower ridge...interesting, hilly, treed. Some good photos. Not an abusive course, fun to play.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Richard Hetzel on July 14, 2014, 08:23:01 AM
so far in 2014

George Wright GC (MA)
Cape Arundel GC (ME)
Otsego GC (NY)
Chautauqua GC (NY)
Ohio University GC (OH)

the last 5 from 2013

Tower Ridge CC (CT)
Oxford Greens GC (CT)
Craig Wood GC (NY)
Saranac GC (NY)
Port Jervis CC AKA Lynx at River's Bend GC (NY)

Rich-
Thoughts on Tower Ridge? It's in my hometown and was once a private, predominantly Jewish club called Cliffside.

I will be honest, I wanted to play elsewhere, but I was overruled by my buddies and I ended up being pleasantly surprised. It was a FUN golf course. I grew up in CT (New Milford) so I try and get out there to golf with a buddy a few times per year. Here are a few pics....

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(http://i992.photobucket.com/albums/af43/nashcarr/IMG_3213_zpse4dad1c4.jpg) (http://s992.photobucket.com/user/nashcarr/media/IMG_3213_zpse4dad1c4.jpg.html)
These were my 2 favorite holes:
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Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Mark Steffey on July 29, 2014, 05:24:11 PM
Nemacolin Country Club (PA)
Pete Dye Golf Club (WV)
Mystic Rock @ Nemacolin Woodlands (PA)
Oak Hill CC (MA)
Turner Hill Golf Club (MA)
Mountain Ridge CC (NJ)
Dismal River Doak (NE)
Dismal River Nicklaus (NE)
Ballyneal (CO)
Sunnehanna CC (PA)
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Sean_A on July 29, 2014, 05:37:27 PM
Burnham
Evesham - typical awful course with one awesome hole!
Cavendish
Kington
Rosapenna Sandy Links
Rosapenna OTM Links
Portsalon
Narin & Portnoo
Renaissance x2

Ciao
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Richard Hetzel on July 29, 2014, 06:32:22 PM

OSU Scarlet Course (OH)
Browns Run CC (OH)
George Wright GC (MA)
Cape Arundel GC (ME)
Otsego GC (NY)
Chautauqua GC (NY)
Ohio University GC (OH)

...and the last 3 from 2013

Craig Wood GC (NY)
Saranac GC (NY)
Port Jervis CC AKA Lynx at River's Bend GC (NY)

I need to get playing as I am way behind on my bucket list for this year! Damn injuires.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Ian Andrew on July 29, 2014, 08:30:36 PM
Laval (Blue)

Tulsa CC
Southern Hills
Patriot
Hillcrest
Prairie Dunes (x2)

Fortrose and Rosmarkie
Castle Stuart
Fraserburg
Trumpy Links
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: David Ober on July 29, 2014, 08:44:26 PM
Bear Creek GC, Murrieta, CA (my home course)
Lahinch
Ballybunion Old
Tralee
Dooks
Waterville
The Castle Course at St Andrews
Kingsbarns
Jubilee
The Old Course at St Andrews
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: jeffwarne on July 29, 2014, 08:48:41 PM
Nissequogue
Southampton
The Bridge
Swinley Forest
Clyne (front 9)
Southerndown x 2
Pennard
Borth and Ynslas
Aberdovey
Fairview (7 holes rainout)
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Bill McKinley on July 29, 2014, 08:55:58 PM
Nissequogue
Southampton
The Bridge
Swinley Forest
Clyne (front 9)
Southerndown x 2
Pennard
Borth and Ynslas
Aberdovey
Fairview (7 holes rainout)


No Goat Jeff? What gives? Haha!
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Eric Smith on July 29, 2014, 10:59:17 PM
San Francisco
Olympic (Lake)
Pasatiempo
Pebble Beach
Monterey Peninsula (Shore)
Cypress Point
Dismal River (Red)
Dismal River (White)
Sand Hills
Ballyneal

Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Jeff Shelman on July 29, 2014, 11:07:52 PM
San Francisco
Olympic (Lake)
Pasatiempo
Pebble Beach
Monterey Peninsula (Shore)
Cypress Point
Dismal River (Red)
Dismal River (White)
Sand Hills
Ballyneal



I am glad to see that you aren't willing to play anywhere bad.

What a list.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Eric Smith on July 29, 2014, 11:12:12 PM
Not the case at all, Jeff. Just two really great trips that made up the bulk of my play this summer.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Pete_Pittock on July 30, 2014, 12:13:16 AM
More than ten, but there are five 9-holers

Reserve Vineyards (N) home track
Willamette Valley CC
Desert Peaks (9) Madras,OR
Bear Valley Meadows (9) Seneca,Or
Valley (9) Burns, Or
Country View (9) Ontario, Or (more on this later)
Ontario
Trail Ruts (9) Guernsey, Wy
Dismal River (Red)
Dismal River (White)
Prairie Club (Pines)
Prairie Club (Dunes)
Commonground
Fossil Trace
Since then:
Quail Ridge -Baker, OR (15 holes, behind six women playing two person chapman, choice after at least the 4th shot)
Canyon Springs, Twin Falls, ID
Sand Hills x4
The Hideout
Sand Hollow
Resort at the Mountain, Welches,OR
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Rob Curtiss on July 30, 2014, 09:28:51 AM
Commonground
Bayside
Dismal- White
Dismal- Red
Radrick Farms
U of M course
Philly Cricket - Militia
Merion - East
Merion - West
Bunker Hill   - thanks to Kavanaugh for suggesting
Ballyneal

Not as good as Erics- but I am happy with it
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: John Connolly on July 30, 2014, 09:43:46 AM
All Chicagoland except where indicated:

Glen View
Northmoor
Onwentsia
Strawberry Creek (Kenosha, WI)
Kenosha CC
Bryn Mawr
Sunset Ridge
Skokie
Ivanhoe
Glen Flora


 
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: John Kavanaugh on July 30, 2014, 10:05:38 AM
Commonground
Bayside
Dismal- White
Dismal- Red
Radrick Farms
U of M course
Philly Cricket - Militia
Merion - East
Merion - West
Bunker Hill   - thanks to Kavanaugh for suggesting
Ballyneal

Not as good as Erics- but I am happy with it

I am really happy for you that you got to experience Bunker Hill and help out some local veterans.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Rob Curtiss on July 30, 2014, 10:23:57 AM
Not sure I should post this here or in the " how Golf lost the Millennials "

But I think Golf needs more Bunker Hills- a nice 9 hole course in Colorado.

I mean it encouranges walking- its an easy walk- but has carts-has some nice design- the fairways ran pretty quick for how green they were- the greens rolled perfect- it has some short holes and some longer holes so you can use a bunch of different clubs depending how good you are - seems like a course that a good golfer and/ or a beginner could play.

Pace of play for 18 holes - 2 hrs 20 mins walking.

Get this - I paid 18 bucks for the first nine - added additional 11 bucks for back nine, 2 waters and a snickers.
And the money goes to local veterens.
Oh - and friendly service- what a concept!
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Carl Nichols on July 30, 2014, 10:30:18 AM
Not the case at all, Jeff. Just two really great trips that made up the bulk of my play this summer.

I thought it might've been an attempt at some humor.  Awesome trips. 
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: jeffwarne on July 30, 2014, 10:33:38 AM
Nissequogue
Southampton
The Bridge
Swinley Forest
Clyne (front 9)
Southerndown x 2
Pennard
Borth and Ynslas
Aberdovey
Fairview (7 holes rainout),





No Goat Jeff? What gives? Haha!

Thats all in two weeks!!
But if its last 12... ;D
Add :
Braeburn
Goat Hill
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Brad Tufts on July 30, 2014, 10:43:03 AM
Va-Jo-Wa GC (ME)
Cape Arundel (ME)
Pine Brook (MA)
Tedesco
Pinehills Nicklaus (MA)
Concord CC (MA)
Van Cortlandt!!
Tallgrass
Friar's Head
National Golf Links

Never have I played 10 with such a wide variety of conditioning and purpose!!  Salem CC this afternoon!
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Ronald Montesano on July 30, 2014, 10:58:48 AM
Va-Jo-Wa GC (ME)

Is this a product from Proctor & Gamble?  8)
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Philip Caccamise on August 01, 2014, 09:52:13 PM
Reverse Chronological, July 2014. A great month!

Springfield CC (OH)
Spring Valley GC (KY) (Home course)
Guyan CC (WV)
Victoria National
Camargo Club
Traditions
Lancaster CC (OH)
Valhalla
Gibson Bay (KY)
Dormie Club
Mid Pines
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Brad Tufts on August 01, 2014, 11:52:46 PM
Va-Jo-Wa GC (ME)

Is this a product from Proctor & Gamble?  8)

An 18-hole course named after the founders...VAughn JOseph WAlker.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Chris DeToro on August 02, 2014, 11:41:52 PM
been able to explore a new area of the country lately…

Wannamoisett (RI)
Taconic (MA)
Boston GC (MA)
Metacomet (RI)
CC of New Bedford (MA)
Whitinsville GC (MA)
Bethpage Black (NY)
Yale GC (CT)
Marion GC (MA)
Acushnet River Valley (MA)
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: David Kelly on August 03, 2014, 12:07:09 AM
Golf de Saint-Cloud
Golf de Chantilly (Vineuil)
Golf de Morfontaine (Valliere)
Golf de Morfontaine (Le Grand)
Golf de Fountainebleau
Golf d'Hardelot (Les Pins)
Le Touquet (La Mer)
Golf de Belle Dune
Golf de Saint Germain
Prairie Dunes CC
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Rees Milikin on August 03, 2014, 01:26:48 AM
Lake Lure Golf Club (9 Hole)
Old Fort Golf Course (9 Hole)
Lekarica
Martin County Golf & CC (Original Langford 9 Hole routing)
Streamsong Blue & Red Composite Course
Mount Dora Golf Club
Winter Park CC (9 Hole)
Rustic Canyon
Blue Mound G & CC
Lawsonia Links
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Michael Goldstein on August 03, 2014, 02:41:52 AM
Going back a couple of pages, I'm hoping that Tom can share some information about Isle of Harris and Traigh?

In terms of my last 10 I have played golf just three times in the past 3 months - at Lion Lake, Discovery Bay and a par three course at Clearwater Bay.


 
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Scott Warren on August 03, 2014, 06:16:32 AM
Golf de Sant-Cloud
Golf de Chantilly (Vineuil)
Golf de Morfontaine (Valliere)
Golf de Morfontaine (Le Grand)
Golf de Fountainebleau
Golf d'Hardelot (Les Pins)
Le Touquet (La Mer)
Golf de Belle Dune
Golf de Saint Germain
Prairie Dunes CC

Winner!
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Jim Tang on August 03, 2014, 09:56:10 PM
Medinah No. 3
Medinah No. 1
Fox Chapel
Oakmont
White Tail Ridge (IL)
Beverly
Exmoor
Milwaukee
Naperville (IL)
Arrowhead (IL)
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: mark chalfant on August 04, 2014, 12:59:00 PM
Blue Mound
West Bend  !!     by Langford & Moreau
Old Elm
Erin Hills
Lawsonia  !!!

Leatherstocking
Shuttle Meadow  !!
Sebonack !
Metropolis
Rockville Links  !    by Emmet
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Josh Tarble on August 04, 2014, 01:21:14 PM
Lake Lure Golf Club (9 Hole)
Old Fort Golf Course (9 Hole)
Lekarica
Martin County Golf & CC (Original Langford 9 Hole routing)
Streamsong Blue & Red Composite Course
Mount Dora Golf Club
Winter Park CC (9 Hole)
Rustic Canyon
Blue Mound G & CC
Lawsonia Links

Rees,
What was the composite course like?  As good as either of the courses individually?
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Rees Milikin on August 04, 2014, 01:36:21 PM
Lake Lure Golf Club (9 Hole)
Old Fort Golf Course (9 Hole)
Lekarica
Martin County Golf & CC (Original Langford 9 Hole routing)
Streamsong Blue & Red Composite Course
Mount Dora Golf Club
Winter Park CC (9 Hole)
Rustic Canyon
Blue Mound G & CC
Lawsonia Links

Rees,
What was the composite course like?  As good as either of the courses individually?


It was the first 6 holes from each course and was pretty good if you are short on daylight.  However, I didn't enjoy it nearly as much as playing either course individually.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Josh Tarble on August 04, 2014, 02:03:43 PM
Oh yeah, that's right...12 holes.  Would definitely be enjoyable as those are 12 really good holes.  I'd like to see a full 18 composite.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Richard Hetzel on August 04, 2014, 02:35:38 PM
Eaglesticks GC (OH)
OSU Scarlet Course (OH)
Browns Run CC (OH)
George Wright GC (MA)
Cape Arundel GC (ME)
Otsego GC (NY)
Chautauqua GC (NY)
Ohio University GC (OH)

...and the last 2 from 2013

Craig Wood GC (NY)
Saranac GC (NY)
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: JLahrman on August 04, 2014, 03:50:08 PM
Quite the smattering:

Roy Kizer (Austin, TX)
Belvedere (Charlevoix, MI)
Kingsley Club (Kingsley, MI)
Verona Hills (Bad Axe, MI)
Ubly Heights (Ubly, MI)
Jimmy Clay (Austin, TX)
Riverside (Austin, TX)
Austin GC (Austin, TX)
Lions (Austin, TX)
Olympic (Ocean) (San Francisco, CA)
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Mark Saltzman on August 05, 2014, 11:34:03 PM
Calgary
Banff Springs
Jasper Park (x2)
Wolf Creek (Links)
Wolf Creek (Old)
Edmonton
Blackhawk
Western Trent
Links at Monck's Landing
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Sam Morrow on August 05, 2014, 11:35:45 PM
Quite the smattering:

Roy Kizer (Austin, TX)
Belvedere (Charlevoix, MI)
Kingsley Club (Kingsley, MI)
Verona Hills (Bad Axe, MI)
Ubly Heights (Ubly, MI)
Jimmy Clay (Austin, TX)
Riverside (Austin, TX)
Austin GC (Austin, TX)
Lions (Austin, TX)
Olympic (Ocean) (San Francisco, CA)

How do you like Kizer?
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Rich Goodale on August 06, 2014, 02:20:53 AM
I've been a travellin' man since June 21, in order:

White Bear YC (MN)
Midland Hills (MN)
Sand Hills (NE)
Dismal River (Nicklaus) NE
Dismal River (Doak) NE
Weston CC (MA)
Southerness (Scotland)
Aberdour (Scotland)
Hunstanton (England)
Thornton (Scotland)

Not a bad one in the lot
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Terry Lavin on August 06, 2014, 08:52:35 AM
Last Ten

Fox Chapel
Oakmont
Flossmoor
Olympia Fields North
Dunes Club
Bob O'Link
Beverly
Knollwood Club
Exmoor
Northmoor
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Eric Smith on August 06, 2014, 09:51:47 AM
Last Ten

Fox Chapel
Oakmont
Flossmoor
Olympia Fields North
Dunes Club
Bob O'Link
Beverly
Knollwood Club
Exmoor
Northmoor

A lot of moors in there ;D
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Terry Lavin on August 06, 2014, 09:53:19 AM
Moor or less, you would be correct.  I almost swapped one out to de-moor it, but ethics being what they are...
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Mark Pearce on August 06, 2014, 10:09:57 AM
I haven't played much golf this year, so this goes back to 2013.  Most recent first:

Silloth on Solway
Northumberland
Gerrards Cross
Seaton Carew
Muirfield
Elie
Kingsbarns
Crail Balcomie
Crail Craighead
De Pan

I'm honestly surprised, that list reads better than I had expected.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: David Amarnek on August 06, 2014, 10:55:49 AM
Philly and St. Louis:

Boone Valley GC
Westwood CC (multiple)
Pine Valley GC
Merion West
Merion East (multiple)
Gulph Mills GC (multiple)
Meadowbrook CC (St.L)
Philly Cricket (Wissahickon)
St. Louis CC
Algonquin GC
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Ryan Hillenbrand on August 06, 2014, 11:17:33 AM
Four Seasons CC
St Clair CC
The Club at Porto Cima
Fox Run GC
Blackwolf Run River
Whistiing - Straits
Blackwolf Run Meadows Valley
Tiburon - Gold
Missouri Bluffs
Victoria National
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Mark Jackson on August 06, 2014, 11:55:28 AM
This dates back about a year:

Mayfield Country Club (x 12)
Sand Ridge Club (x 4)
Weymouth C.C. (work golf outing)
Barefoot Resort – Love
Royal American Links (work golf outing)
Ballyhack
Dormie Club
Mid Pines
Kinsale Golf Club
Kingsley Club
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: JLahrman on August 06, 2014, 12:17:51 PM
How do you like Kizer?

It's pretty decent. It's not going to win any architectural awards. But the holes are fairly solid (I can't think of any truly bad holes, though I'm not sure how I feel about #17), there are a variety of tees, the pace of play is good, and $35 walking on a weekend is a perfectly good value especially since it's a 10 minute drive for me.

It's very playable despite having water on probably 13 holes, but when the wind kicks up suddenly those wide playing corridors don't feel quite as wide.

Contrasted with Jimmy Clay, which is less expensive but has several just plain dumb holes, I think the extra $ is worth it to play Kizer.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: David Stamm on August 06, 2014, 12:31:35 PM
Marine Memorial
Maderas
The Grand Del Mar
San Diego CC
Fallbrook
San Clemente
Los Angeles CC



My wife and I had a new addition to the family back in January, so I really can't remember any further back.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Sam Morrow on August 06, 2014, 09:35:20 PM
How do you like Kizer?

It's pretty decent. It's not going to win any architectural awards. But the holes are fairly solid (I can't think of any truly bad holes, though I'm not sure how I feel about #17), there are a variety of tees, the pace of play is good, and $35 walking on a weekend is a perfectly good value especially since it's a 10 minute drive for me.

It's very playable despite having water on probably 13 holes, but when the wind kicks up suddenly those wide playing corridors don't feel quite as wide.

Contrasted with Jimmy Clay, which is less expensive but has several just plain dumb holes, I think the extra $ is worth it to play Kizer.

I agree on what you've said. I'm thinking, is 17 the short par 4? I think it's either 15, 16, or 17. What do you think of Riverside?
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Rob Marshall on August 06, 2014, 10:59:24 PM
Penfield CC (ny)
Oswego CC (NY)
Oak Hill East
Midvale CC (NY)
Aronimink CC (PA)
Philly CC (PA)
Shadow Pines(NY)
Innisbrook Copperhead
Innisbrook Island
Ridgemont CC (NY)
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Brian Joines on August 06, 2014, 11:44:10 PM
South Bend CC (IN)
Beverly CC (IL)
Blackthorn (IN)
Dunes Club (MI)
Lake Merced (CA)
Olympic Club - Lake (CA)
Streamsong - Red (FL)
Streamsong - Blue (FL)
World Woods - Pine Barrens (FL)
World Woods - Rolling Oaks (FL)


Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: JLahrman on August 13, 2014, 01:14:06 PM
How do you like Kizer?

It's pretty decent. It's not going to win any architectural awards. But the holes are fairly solid (I can't think of any truly bad holes, though I'm not sure how I feel about #17), there are a variety of tees, the pace of play is good, and $35 walking on a weekend is a perfectly good value especially since it's a 10 minute drive for me.

It's very playable despite having water on probably 13 holes, but when the wind kicks up suddenly those wide playing corridors don't feel quite as wide.

Contrasted with Jimmy Clay, which is less expensive but has several just plain dumb holes, I think the extra $ is worth it to play Kizer.

I agree on what you've said. I'm thinking, is 17 the short par 4? I think it's either 15, 16, or 17. What do you think of Riverside?

16 is the short par 4. 17 is the par 5 with the huge swing to the left and lots of trees in play.

I like 16. When I stepped on the tee and saw the hole for the first time, I didn't think I would like it. But after playing it a few times, I do. No matter how you hit your tee shot, that deep bunker is going to be in play and the second shot is going to be tricky. I've played it three times. Twice I hit 5-iron perfectly off the tee, up the right side of the fairway, leaving myself about 60 yards in. Once I hit 3-wood perfectly, about 10 yards short of the green. All three times I have three-putted for bogey (twice the hole was cut on the left behind the bunker). I think either play off the tee is valid.

17 I'm just not convinced there is any merit to hitting a driver or 3-wood off the tee, or at least there isn't for a long-and-wrong player like me. Even if you hit it perfectly, your second shot has to be a huge hook to get up near the green. From now on I'm planning to hit 4-iron off the tee, lay it up to about 110 yards down at the bottom of the little valley, and wedge it up. Part of that is because I've hooked tee shots into the hazard on two of my three plays. The other time I hit a perfect tee shot. For my second I hit a 6-iron because that was the lowest club I could trust myself to get up and over the tree with a draw. I hit that perfectly and still had 60 yards in. When my best tee shot doesn't give me a real chance to go for the green in two, then I start taking irons off the tee especially after bogeying the hole twice because I hooked my tee shot into the woods.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Chris DeToro on August 13, 2014, 01:18:17 PM
South Bend CC (IN)

How is SBCC looking these days? 
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: JLahrman on August 13, 2014, 03:54:45 PM
I agree on what you've said. I'm thinking, is 17 the short par 4? I think it's either 15, 16, or 17. What do you think of Riverside?

Riverside I've only played once, I need to go have another crack at it. The first three holes were nothing to get excited about but the course seemed to get better after that. I played in January, conditions weren't bad but I'd like to go back and have another look. There seemed to be some pretty solid holes out there.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Zack Molnar on August 14, 2014, 11:27:08 AM
This goes back several months. Probably my best last 10 ever...
Forest Dunes(MI)
Tullymore(MI)
True North(MI)
Bethpage Black(NY)
Arcadia Bluffs(MI)
Pinehurst #2(NC)
Pinehurst #5(NC)
Dormie Club(NC)
Mid Pines(NC)
Tobacco Road(NC)
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Matt Frey, PGA on August 14, 2014, 03:03:34 PM
Maketewah (Cincinnati)
Raven's Claw (Pottstown, Pennsylvania)
Makefield Highlands (Yardley, Pennsylvania)
Jeffersonville (Norristown, Pennsylvania)
Upper Dublin (Dresher, Pennsylvania)
French Lick (Indiana) - Pete Dye
French Lick (Indiana) - Donald Ross
Huntingdon Valley (Pennsylvania)
Malone (New York)
The Peninsula on The Indian River Bay (Millsboro, Delaware)
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Garland Bayley on September 15, 2014, 04:34:29 PM
Burnham & Berrow Channel Course
Burnham & Berrow Championship Course
Royal North Devon
St. Enodoc
Perranporth
Pennard
Ashburnham
Tenby
Royal Porthcawl
Orchard Hills Golf and Country Club

Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Rees Milikin on September 15, 2014, 04:54:09 PM
Old Union
Cuscowilla
Sweetens Cove
Lookout Mountain
Mimosa Hills
Asheville Municipal
Hard Labor Creek
Washington Wilkes CC
Augusta CC
Aiken Golf Club
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Jim Franklin on September 16, 2014, 09:10:01 AM
Circling Raven
Gozzer Ranch
Black Rock
Canyon River
Rock Creek Cattle Company
Rock Creek of Idaho
Coeur d'Alene resort
San Francisco GC
Olympic (Lake)
TPC Harding Park
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Mark Pearce on September 16, 2014, 10:14:56 AM
In reverse order (most recent first):

Northumberland
St Enodoc
Perranporth
Saunton West
Saunton East
St George's Hill
Muirfield
Elie
Silloth on Solway
Stoke Park
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Mac Plumart on September 16, 2014, 10:41:17 AM
This is always fun to do.  Take a trip down memory lane.  Most recent first.

Rivermont
The Golf Club
Dunes Club (MI)
Great Waters (Reynolds Plantation)
East Lake
Old Town
Dismal River Red
Dismal River White
Druid Hills
Kiawah Ocean
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Scott Szabo on September 16, 2014, 10:45:15 AM
Mine is rather boring.

The Ridge at Castle Pines North (yawn)
Ballyneal x 9
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: jeffwarne on September 16, 2014, 10:45:54 AM
Old Union
Cuscowilla
Sweetens Cove
Lookout Mountain
Mimosa Hills
Asheville Municipal
Hard Labor Creek
Washington Wilkes CC
Augusta CC
Aiken Golf Club

Rees tell me about Washington Wilkes CC.
Drove by it a hundred times on the way to Athens
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: K. Krahenbuhl on September 16, 2014, 10:53:40 AM
Champions Golf Club
Westwood Golf Club
Austin Golf Club
Sand Hills Golf Club
Dismal River
Beverly CC
Houston CC
Olympia Fields CC
Butler National Golf Club
River Oaks CC
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Mike Treitler on September 16, 2014, 11:23:31 AM
My last 10 are not too special aside from blue mound:  starting from most recent

Glencoe Golf Club (Tourney)
Ravisloe CC 
Glencoe Golf Club (Tourney)
Shepards Crook
Steeple Chase
Harborside (Port)
Blue Mound
Green Acres CC
Green Acres CC
Mistwood



Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Mark Pearce on September 16, 2014, 11:23:37 AM
Brian,

Yes, it was.  Breakfast, lunch and 36 holes as a guest.  I loved it.  Bold use of the significant contours going over ridges rather than playing through, a good if not dramatic set of greens and thoughtful bunkering.  It reminded me of a cross between Berkshire Red and Royal Hague.  Easily as good as Berkshire Red, which makes it better in my book than the 3 Ws, Swinley and Hankley.  I haven't seen Sunningdale or Walton Heath.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Ally Mcintosh on September 16, 2014, 11:24:20 AM
Guess I’ll do newest first… But this goes a long way back – I’ve played very little since the beginning of June:

Carne
Waterville
Portmarnock
Royal Dublin
Boat of Garten
Nairn Dunbar
Castle Stuart
Moray Old
Royal Dornoch
Golspie
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Tony_Muldoon on September 16, 2014, 11:31:45 AM
Guess I’ll do newest first… But this goes a long way back – I’ve played very little since the beginning of June:

Carne
Waterville
Portmarnock
Royal Dublin
Boat of Garten
Nairn Dunbar
Castle Stuart
Moray Old
Royal Dornoch
Golspie


Ally

Waterville rather than Dooks?  How would you play them in a split of 10?
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Ally Mcintosh on September 16, 2014, 11:35:51 AM
Guess I’ll do newest first… But this goes a long way back – I’ve played very little since the beginning of June:

Carne
Waterville
Portmarnock
Royal Dublin
Boat of Garten
Nairn Dunbar
Castle Stuart
Moray Old
Royal Dornoch
Golspie


Ally

Waterville rather than Dooks?  How would you play them in a split of 10?

Yes - I knew Waterville very little and hadn't seen the Tom Fazio work at all. I gave a little synopsis of my Waterville views elsewhere about a month ago...

How would I split them? Not sure - very different beasts.

I'd be happy playing a lot of evening rounds on Dooks. The same way I'd prefer to play The Eden in the evening if in St Andrews.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Richard Hetzel on September 16, 2014, 12:12:12 PM
1. Valhalla GC (KY)
2. Nevel Meade GC (KY)
3. Twin Base GC at Wright Patterson AFB (OH)
4. Arrowhead Lakes GC (OH)
5. Eaglesticks GC (OH)
6. Ohio State Scarlet Course (OH)
7. Browns Run CC (OH)
8. George Wright GC (MA)
9. Cape Arundel GC (ME)
10. Otsego GC (NY)

Not a bad grouping I guess......
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Edward Moody on September 16, 2014, 05:11:50 PM
Not counting my home course,

1. NGLA
2. Shinnecock
3. Maidstone
4. Friar's Head
5. Merion
6. Bev
7. Oly Fields North
8. Butler Nat'l
9. SFGC
10. Cal Club

Been a summer of a lifetime.  One trip left on the schedule...will be at Seminole in Nov.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Rees Milikin on September 16, 2014, 07:12:41 PM
Old Union
Cuscowilla
Sweetens Cove
Lookout Mountain
Mimosa Hills
Asheville Municipal
Hard Labor Creek
Washington Wilkes CC
Augusta CC
Aiken Golf Club

Rees tell me about Washington Wilkes CC.
Drove by it a hundred times on the way to Athens

It is definitely a low budget small town 9 hole golf course that has lost most of it's bunkers & green sizes, but there are a few fun holes out there.  I really liked the #3 green and the the par 3 9th hole.  I have some pictures if you would like to see them, just let me know.  The best part was that it was $5 to walk 9 holes and I would recommend stopping by next time you cruise from Augusta to Athens, maybe get Mark Pritchett to join you.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Andrew Lewis on September 16, 2014, 09:27:13 PM
Champions Golf Club
Westwood Golf Club
Austin Golf Club
Sand Hills Golf Club
Dismal River
Beverly CC
Houston CC
Olympia Fields CC
Butler National Golf Club
River Oaks CC

No Prairie Dunes this season??!!  Sorry I can't join y'all later this month!
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: K. Krahenbuhl on September 16, 2014, 09:35:54 PM
Champions Golf Club
Westwood Golf Club
Austin Golf Club
Sand Hills Golf Club
Dismal River
Beverly CC
Houston CC
Olympia Fields CC
Butler National Golf Club
River Oaks CC

No Prairie Dunes this season??!!  Sorry I can't join y'all later this month!

Not in the last 10.  Will fix that this week.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Jeff Shelman on September 17, 2014, 01:12:42 PM
I'm going to slightly bend the rules and include the course I will play on Sunday. Listed oldest to newest.

Clovernook Country Club, Cincinnati, OH
Eagle Creek Golf Club, Willmar, MN
Island View Golf Club, Waconia, MN
Country Club of Buffalo, Williamsville, NY
St. Catharines Golf and Country Club, St. Catharines, ON
Keller Golf Course, Maplewood, MN
Royal Oaks Country Club, Vancouver, WA
Eugene Country Club, Eugene, OR
Midland Hills Country Club, Roseville, MN
St. Cloud Country Club, St. Cloud, MN

The best thing about this list is that there isn't a bad course there. Certainly some courses are better than others and some have a few holes that are clunkers, but there isn't a single course here that I wouldn't make a return visit to.

I don't have to play belt-notchers all the time, but I do try really hard to avoid bad golf courses.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Carl Nichols on September 17, 2014, 01:21:54 PM
Maketewah (Cincinnati)
Raven's Claw (Pottstown, Pennsylvania)
Makefield Highlands (Yardley, Pennsylvania)
Jeffersonville (Norristown, Pennsylvania)
Upper Dublin (Dresher, Pennsylvania)
French Lick (Indiana) - Pete Dye
French Lick (Indiana) - Donald Ross
Huntingdon Valley (Pennsylvania)
Malone (New York)
The Peninsula on The Indian River Bay (Millsboro, Delaware)

Matt-
Thoughts about Peninsula on The Indian River Bay?
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Scott Warren on September 18, 2014, 07:50:10 AM
I want to work out my last 10 for the first time in ages, only because Iam likely to be appalled by how far back it takes me.

Bonnie Doon (Sep '14)
The Lakes (June '14)
Shelly Beach (April '14)
St Michael's (March '14)
Oatlands (Feb '14)
Springwood (Jan '14)
NSWGC (Dec '13)
Ellerston (Oct '13)
Newcastle (Oct '13)
Royal Adelaide (Oct '13)

Almost a year to rack up 10 separate courses. For shame!
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Adam Lawrence on September 18, 2014, 09:46:18 AM
I want to work out my last 10 for the first time in ages, only because Iam likely to be appalled by how far back it takes me.

Bonnie Doon (Sep '14)
The Lakes (June '14)
Shelly Beach (April '14)
St Michael's (March '14)
Oatlands (Feb '14)
Springwood (Jan '14)
NSWGC (Dec '13)
Ellerston (Oct '13)
Newcastle (Oct '13)
Royal Adelaide (Oct '13)

Almost a year to rack up 10 separate courses. For shame!

Proof positive that fatherhood and golf are basically incompatible  :)
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Jeff Fortson on September 18, 2014, 09:55:23 AM
Recent to latest

Tahquitz Creek - Legend
Saucon Valley - Old
Saucon Valley - New
Tahquitz Creek - Resort
Red Hill CC
Costa Mesa CC - Lagos
Costa Mesa CC - Mesa Linda
Rancho Santa Fe GC
PGA West - Nicklaus Private
St. Andrews - Eden
St. Andrews - Old
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Matt Frey, PGA on September 18, 2014, 09:59:26 AM
Maketewah (Cincinnati)
Raven's Claw (Pottstown, Pennsylvania)
Makefield Highlands (Yardley, Pennsylvania)
Jeffersonville (Norristown, Pennsylvania)
Upper Dublin (Dresher, Pennsylvania)
French Lick (Indiana) - Pete Dye
French Lick (Indiana) - Donald Ross
Huntingdon Valley (Pennsylvania)
Malone (New York)
The Peninsula on The Indian River Bay (Millsboro, Delaware)

Matt-
Thoughts about Peninsula on The Indian River Bay?

Carl: I enjoyed it. I played it with a bunch of our members while on our annual golf trip to the Ocean City, Maryland, area. It was one of the more moderate Nicklaus designs I've played. Architecturally, I preferred Bayside, but found The Peninsula much more playable. The members enjoyed The Peninsula more too because it wasn't as penal. Overall, it was a fun course...nothing spectacular , but enjoyable.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Carl Nichols on September 18, 2014, 01:30:53 PM
Maketewah (Cincinnati)
Raven's Claw (Pottstown, Pennsylvania)
Makefield Highlands (Yardley, Pennsylvania)
Jeffersonville (Norristown, Pennsylvania)
Upper Dublin (Dresher, Pennsylvania)
French Lick (Indiana) - Pete Dye
French Lick (Indiana) - Donald Ross
Huntingdon Valley (Pennsylvania)
Malone (New York)
The Peninsula on The Indian River Bay (Millsboro, Delaware)

Matt-
Thoughts about Peninsula on The Indian River Bay?

Carl: I enjoyed it. I played it with a bunch of our members while on our annual golf trip to the Ocean City, Maryland, area. It was one of the more moderate Nicklaus designs I've played. Architecturally, I preferred Bayside, but found The Peninsula much more playable. The members enjoyed The Peninsula more too because it wasn't as penal. Overall, it was a fun course...nothing spectacular , but enjoyable.

Matt:
I had a similar reaction the one time I played it.  That was a few years ago -- they had already built some housing (both single family and condo buildings), but it looked like they had plans for a lot more.  Is the housing now a big drawback?
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Matt Frey, PGA on September 18, 2014, 01:43:19 PM
Maketewah (Cincinnati)
Raven's Claw (Pottstown, Pennsylvania)
Makefield Highlands (Yardley, Pennsylvania)
Jeffersonville (Norristown, Pennsylvania)
Upper Dublin (Dresher, Pennsylvania)
French Lick (Indiana) - Pete Dye
French Lick (Indiana) - Donald Ross
Huntingdon Valley (Pennsylvania)
Malone (New York)
The Peninsula on The Indian River Bay (Millsboro, Delaware)

Matt-
Thoughts about Peninsula on The Indian River Bay?

Carl: I enjoyed it. I played it with a bunch of our members while on our annual golf trip to the Ocean City, Maryland, area. It was one of the more moderate Nicklaus designs I've played. Architecturally, I preferred Bayside, but found The Peninsula much more playable. The members enjoyed The Peninsula more too because it wasn't as penal. Overall, it was a fun course...nothing spectacular , but enjoyable.

Matt:
I had a similar reaction the one time I played it.  That was a few years ago -- they had already built some housing (both single family and condo buildings), but it looked like they had plans for a lot more.  Is the housing now a big drawback?

Carl: I played it last in October 2012...which goes to show you how much golf I've played in the last two years! There were some houses on the course, but there weren't a ton. Of course, the ones that were already built were HUGE, so it's not like you could miss them. They did indeed have a ton of other lots plotted out and those big movable scaffolding units in some spots so buyers could see what their upper porch view would look like. If they do build as many houses as it appeared as they might, it would be a real shame as it would destroy some of the views of the bay as well as other holes on the course.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Tim Book on September 19, 2014, 07:15:32 PM
A fairly diverse last ten for me.

Taconic
Crumpin Fox
Sunday River
Sugarloaf
Red Tail
Rancho Bernardo Inn
Marriot Shadow Ridge
Dismal (Nicklaus)
Dismal (Doak)
Wild Horse
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Mike Hamilton on September 20, 2014, 12:37:59 PM
Providence Golf Club (Lester George) Richmond VA
Westham Golf Club (Chesterfield, VA)
Spring Creek Golf Club (Gordonsville, VA)
The Landings Club Savannah: Plantation and Deer Creek
Bandon Dunes
Bandon Trails
Old Mac
Pacific Dunes
The Preserve
Kapalua Plantation
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Ryan Coles on October 04, 2014, 06:57:57 PM
Burnham
Evesham - typical awful course with one awesome hole!
Cavendish
Kington
Rosapenna Sandy Links
Rosapenna OTM Links
Portsalon
Narin & Portnoo
Renaissance x2

Ciao

Which hole at Evesham, Sean?

Played it yesterday and one of the holes was probably the worst I've ever played. Interested if we're talking about the same hole.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Jim Sherma on October 06, 2014, 09:49:56 AM
Thought I'd put this together as my year will pretty much fade out from here:

Ballyhack
Hershey West
Hershey East
Ballyneal
Lehigh CC
CC of York
Lancaster CC
Lebanon CC
West Shore CC
Green Pond (Bethlehem Township, PA)

Good local golf coupled with a few trips. All in all a good year.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Jeff Spittel on October 07, 2014, 06:52:18 AM
Pretty eclectic list this summer. Seminole on deck. . .

Spanish Oaks
The Creek
Prairie Dunes
Streamsong Red
Streamsong Blue
Whispering Pines
Walton Heath New
Walton Heath Old
Winged Foot West
Sleepy Hollow
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Terry Lavin on October 07, 2014, 07:39:34 AM
Shoreacres
Olympia Fields North
Chicago Golf Club
Dunes Club
Lost Dunes
Bryn Mawr
Bob O'Link
Beverly
Oakmont
Fox Chapel
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Carl Nichols on October 07, 2014, 01:01:23 PM
Shoreacres
Olympia Fields North
Chicago Golf Club
Dunes Club
Lost Dunes
Bryn Mawr
Bob O'Link
Beverly
Oakmont
Fox Chapel


jealous. . .
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Jeff Shelman on October 07, 2014, 01:22:45 PM
Shoreacres
Olympia Fields North
Chicago Golf Club
Dunes Club
Lost Dunes
Bryn Mawr
Bob O'Link
Beverly
Oakmont
Fox Chapel


It's quite clear that his honor subscribes to the life-is-too-short-to-play-bad-courses theory.

I approve.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Scott McWethy on October 07, 2014, 01:23:12 PM
Not counting my home course,

1. NGLA
2. Shinnecock
3. Maidstone
4. Friar's Head
5. Merion
6. Bev
7. Oly Fields North
8. Butler Nat'l
9. SFGC
10. Cal Club

Been a summer of a lifetime.  One trip left on the schedule...will be at Seminole in Nov.

Now that is an impressive list.  You were all over the place this year!  
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Bryan Icenhower on October 07, 2014, 01:28:29 PM
A decent mix - 13 courses so far in the calendar year, last 10 are ...

Walton Heath (old)
Rivermont Golf & Country Club
Eastward Ho! Country Club
Hidden Creek Golf Club
Ballyneal
Sand Hills Golf Club
Fishers Island Club
The Course at Yale
The Dye Preserve Golf Club
Jupiter Hills Club - Hills Course
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Trent Dixon on October 08, 2014, 08:14:59 AM
Not including my home course
Harding Park
Chambers Bay
Bandon Trails
Old Mac
Bandon Dunes
Pacific Dunes
Pasatiempo
Spanish Bay
Pebble Beach
Woodlands (Melbourne)
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Sean_A on October 08, 2014, 08:38:02 AM
Burnham
Evesham - typical awful course with one awesome hole!
Cavendish
Kington
Rosapenna Sandy Links
Rosapenna OTM Links
Portsalon
Narin & Portnoo
Renaissance x2

Ciao

Which hole at Evesham, Sean?

Played it yesterday and one of the holes was probably the worst I've ever played. Interested if we're talking about the same hole.

Ryan

It was the short par 4 after the river hole, #6 I think.

Ciao
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Andrew Lewis on October 08, 2014, 06:22:38 PM
In checking my index history, I apparently have played exactly 10 different courses this season.

Credit goes to our 8-month old twins for cutting my golf travel radius and reminding me that the Chicago District has no shortage of high quality courses...

Dunes Club
Kingsley Club
Beverly
Skokie
Butterfield
Shoreacres
Chicago Highlands
Flossmoor
Olympia Fields, North
Knollwood
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Ryan Coles on October 08, 2014, 07:25:43 PM
Burnham
Evesham - typical awful course with one awesome hole!
Cavendish
Kington
Rosapenna Sandy Links
Rosapenna OTM Links
Portsalon
Narin & Portnoo
Renaissance x2

Ciao

Which hole at Evesham, Sean?

Played it yesterday and one of the holes was probably the worst I've ever played. Interested if we're talking about the same hole.

Ryan

It was the short par 4 after the river hole, #6 I think.

Ciao

Sean

After the river hole is a short par 3.

7th/16th is the hole you mean I think.

Huge slope from left to right. Small green cut into the hill side. We are diametrically opposed in our tastes. The hole will be all I remember of the course it was truly one of the worst holes I've played. Nothing tee shot, that finishes in the same place no matter where you hit it. Followed by a shot up to a tiny green that repels the approach. Really didn't like it.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Jon Adkins on October 08, 2014, 09:26:46 PM
My last 10 are not too special aside from blue mound:  starting from most recent

Glencoe Golf Club (Tourney)
Ravisloe CC 
Glencoe Golf Club (Tourney)
Shepards Crook
Steeple Chase
Harborside (Port)
Blue Mound
Green Acres CC
Green Acres CC
Mistwood


Mike - How is Green Acres (assuming you're referring to the club on Dundee Road in Northbrook)? I understand it's the only "Tillinghast" in Chicago. And figuring you're talking about the Glencoe Open, we must have been competitors as I played it too.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Jon Cavalier on October 08, 2014, 11:13:00 PM
Not counting my home course,

1. NGLA
2. Shinnecock
3. Maidstone
4. Friar's Head
5. Merion
6. Bev
7. Oly Fields North
8. Butler Nat'l
9. SFGC
10. Cal Club

Been a summer of a lifetime.  One trip left on the schedule...will be at Seminole in Nov.

Some fine work there, Mr. Moody.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Thomas Dai on October 09, 2014, 03:02:18 AM
Evesham - typical awful course with one awesome hole!
Which hole at Evesham, Sean?
Played it yesterday and one of the holes was probably the worst I've ever played. Interested if we're talking about the same hole.
Ryan
It was the short par 4 after the river hole, #6 I think.
Ciao
Sean
After the river hole is a short par 3.
7th/16th is the hole you mean I think.
Huge slope from left to right. Small green cut into the hill side. We are diametrically opposed in our tastes. The hole will be all I remember of the course it was truly one of the worst holes I've played. Nothing tee shot, that finishes in the same place no matter where you hit it. Followed by a shot up to a tiny green that repels the approach. Really didn't like it.

Thanks for clarifying as I was curious too. I initially assumed it would be the 5th/14th, the rather nice/tough River Hole. The 6th is a kinda awkward hole - plays two ways - as an uphill par-4 of about 320 yds and as a more level par-3 of about 160 yds (not sure of precise distances). As I recall the hole plays on a quite severe side-slope and you have to hit either over or between or around two huge trees to a pretty devilish green.

The 7th/15th is the hole on the really severe side slope. Not a good hole at all, quite the opposite. On one occasion, in a drought, my ball landed on the front-right corner of the green and rolled down onto the 5th/14th tee which must 50-60 yds below the green.

You wouldn't describe Evesham as top golf, 5th/14th and 6th/15th are testing and some of the other holes are okay. Even though it's normally, flooding periods apart, in good nick it wouldn't get many points on a Doak scale. Still it's golf.

atb
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Sean_A on October 09, 2014, 11:48:25 AM
atb

Yes, the 6th or 15th.  I prefer the short 4, but the par 3 version of the hole is quite good.  For the short 4 its one of the best uses of trees I am experienced with.  For the record, not all drives finish up in the same place. A very good drive will finish on the green.  A very poor drive will not be seen again.

Ciao 
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Ryan Coles on October 09, 2014, 12:25:17 PM
Sean

I'm pleased to say we aren't discussing the same hole. I'm referring to 7/16.

The two holes preceding were decent enough.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Peter Pratt on October 09, 2014, 02:30:32 PM
1. Oakland University (Scharf), Rochester, MI--Rick Smith; inferior to Treetops, Arcadia  4
2. Majestic at Lake Walden, Hartland, MI--Jerry Matthews wetland jumping with some very good holes 4
3. Crystal Downs--9
4. Eagle Eye GC, Bath, MI--I've played it 20 times and like it more and more 6-7
5. College Fields, Okemos, MI--hidden gem; some goofy holes, but some great holes with great range of green sites 6
6. Oakland University (Katke Cousins), Rochester, MI
7. The Grande GC, jackson, MI--Ray Hearn; nice width and variation; too many center line bunkers
8. Pilgrim's Run GC, Pierson, MI--Devries gem 6
9. Groesbeck GC, Lansing, MI--old muni with 3-4 superb holes; #1 and #5 are first rate
10. Kalamazoo CC, Kalamazoo, MI
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Jason Thurman on October 09, 2014, 02:57:33 PM
1. Canterbury GC - Sneaky tough, tons of variety, lots of nuance.
2. Kirtland CC - A bit like a 1920s version of Blackwolf Run, but without the tacky crap.
3. Clovernook CC - My home course.
4. Sycamore Creek CC - Better than I expected. Pretty cool parkland course from the 50s.
5. Beverly CC - One sexy Ross course. Very loud and as good a routing as I've ever seen.
6. Lawsonia Links - Vastly improved from three years ago - returns to my personal top 10 after a few years just outside of it.
7. Persimmon Ridge GC - As tough as anything I've played this year - one awkward set of greens.
8. Devou Park - One really good hole on a course that is otherwise so quirky and bad that it can't help being fun.
9. Wolf Run - Blew me away. Also in my personal top 10.
10. Lassing Pointe - An above average municipal course.

Pretty good variety - some really extraordinary clubs like Canterbury, Kirtland, and Beverly mixed in with a couple of great places to get drunk and hope nobody from a neighboring fairway sends one through the windshield of your cart like Lassing Pointe and Devou.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Brian Finn on October 10, 2014, 01:27:59 PM
1. Indianwood Golf & Country Club
2. Detroit Golf Club - South   
3. Fox Chapel Golf Club
4. Canterbury Golf Club
5. Kirtland Country Club
6. Brookside Country Club
7. Ohio State University Golf Course - Scarlet
8. Shaker Heights Country Club
9. Oakland Hills Country Club - South
10. Sylvania Country Club
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Steve Salmen on October 11, 2014, 11:59:37 AM
I have been treated very well by my golf friends and am appreciative.

Ravisloe CC
Chicago GC
Kankakee Elks
Shinnecock
NGLA
Calumet CC
Beverly CC
Black Sheep
South Shore CC (not bad but in major need of chainsaw and 2 blocks from work)
Olympia Fields South
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Mark Lester on October 11, 2014, 12:15:38 PM
Southampton
NGLA
Maidstone
Quogue Field Club
Shinnecock
Bethpage Red
Fishers Island
The Bridge
Atlantic
Montauk Downs

Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Jay Flemma on October 12, 2014, 03:00:13 AM
Ferry Point is Tuesday, but I'll include it
St. George's (LI)
Winged Foot W
Crestwood
Leatherstocking
Red Tail
Copake
Forsgate (Banks)
Hiawatha Landing
Union Vale
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Tommy Williamsen on October 13, 2014, 01:04:40 PM
Ballyhack
Four Streams
Ocean Forest
Frederica
Sea Island
Sedgefield CC
Musgrove Mill
Roaring Gap
Old Town
Congressional Blue
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: jeffwarne on October 13, 2014, 01:26:02 PM
Pine Hollow x2
Glen Oaks x 2 (all 27)
The Bridge
Gardiners Bay
Goat Hill
Friar's Head
Sebonack
Southampton
Westhampton
Maidstone
Atlantic

yes that's 11 ;)

Wed- Wheatley Hills
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Brent Hutto on October 13, 2014, 01:30:54 PM
Most Recent First

The Fields (Lagrange, GA)
Callaway Gardens Mountain View (Pine Mountain, GA)
Columbia CC (Blythewood, SC)
Aberdovey Golf Club (Aberdovey, Wales)
Royal St. Davids Golf Club (Harlech, Wales)
Delamere Forest Golf Club (Northwich, England)
Oak Hills Country Club (Columbia, SC)
Cobblestone Park (Blythewood, SC)
The Plantation Course (Edisto Beach, SC)
Charwood Golf Course (West Columbia, SC)

To get to 10 different courses I had to reach back into late 2013 although the latest nine courses were all played in 2014.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Sam Morrow on October 13, 2014, 06:41:16 PM
The Fields, GA
Callaway Gardens, GA
Rivermont, GA
Lookout Mountain, GA
Sweetens Cove, TN
Squire Creek, LA
Walden, TX
Northgate, TX
The Traditions Club, TX
Moody Gardens, TX
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: John McCarthy on October 13, 2014, 07:51:26 PM
I have been treated very well by my golf friends and am appreciative.

Ravisloe CC
Chicago GC
Kankakee Elks
Shinnecock
NGLA
Calumet CC
Beverly CC
Black Sheep
South Shore CC (not bad but in major need of chainsaw and 2 blocks from work)
Olympia Fields South

Steve:  :  There was talk early in the season that Calumet would not open at all.  And let me say this "talk" consisted of one guy in a pro shop in opening week.  I may be off my rocker.

How did Calumet's greens get by when you played?
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Steve Salmen on October 13, 2014, 10:14:00 PM
John,

I played Calumet 3 or 4 times this year.  The greens were just fine each round.  Probably between 9 and 11 and very true.  They do a nice job with the greens there.

Steve
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: BHoover on October 13, 2014, 10:25:12 PM
Haven't played as much this year due to having a 9-month old (being a father is the best but it doesn't do wonders for your golf game); my number of rounds are probably 1/3 of my total last year, and I haven't practiced at all. But I still managed to play a few courses.

Detroit GC (South)
Indianwood (Old)
Canterbury
Kirtland
Brookside CC (Canton, Ohio)
Springfield (Ohio)
Kingsley
Oakland Hills (South)
Brookside G&CC (Worthington, Ohio)
Columbus CC
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Sean_A on October 14, 2014, 04:56:54 AM
Brian

What did you think of Detroit South?

Ciao
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: BHoover on October 14, 2014, 07:41:55 AM
Brian

What did you think of Detroit South?

Ciao

I thought it had some rather good par 3s and also would be a very fun course for younger players, seniors, women and anyone else who would prefer to play a very "playable" course. It was playing as a par 68 at around 6000 yards but it didn't feel like a particularly short course. I definitely got the feeling that the South is very much the "second" course at Detroit GC, but I thought it was very fun and playable, without being a particularly easy course. In that respect, I thought it was very much like Ohio State's Gray course.

The other thing that you can't help noticing is the neighborhood. It's a mix of what looked to be very affluent old homes, and then some homes that were probably very nice 20-30 years ago but have since fallen into disrepair. Then a block away, you see shocking urban decay. I had seen photos of that in Detroit, but until seeing it for yourself, it's tough to appreciate just how rough parts of the city have become.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Mark Chaplin on October 14, 2014, 02:29:45 PM
Pine Valley
Pine Valley Short
Saucon Valley Weyhill
Saucon Valley Grace
Winged Foot West
Olympic Lake
Cal Club
Royal Cinque Ports
Worplesdon
New Zealand
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: C. Sturges on October 14, 2014, 05:54:38 PM
I love the month of October!  It has been great to me over the years, getting to play in the Mashie the last three years has helped!  My last ten are very good and my next ten are going to be a lot more fun.  Here goes from last to current:
10- Sweetbriar Legacy, Ohio
9- Firestone 9, Ohio
8- Canterbury, Ohio  Thank you Bill and George for setting up this years Mashie!
7- Loch Lomond, Scotland
6- Royal Troon, Scotland
5- Turnberry, Scotland
4- Prestwick, Scotland
3- Machrihanish, Scotland
2- Machrihanish Dunes, Scotland  A new favorite of mine in Scotland!
1- Machrie, Scotland  the worst reception I have ever received at a golf course in my life, and I still will dream of that wonderful course.

I am an American who loves and dreams of living in Scotland, the home of golf and fun!

chris

ps:  I have room for two golfers on Sunday the 19th of October at 10 am outside of North Berwick if any one would like to meet a couple American GCAers.  Please contact me and I will give more info. 
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: David Davis on October 15, 2014, 04:32:31 AM
I guess I will only be able to say this once in life: working backwards....

Bethpage Black
Quaker Ridge
Garden City
Winged Foot
Shinnecock
National Golf Links of America
Maidstone
Fisher's Island
The Bridge
Sebonack
Merion

One trip of a lifetime, just returned. May take some time to recover....and reflect!
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Chuck Glowacki on October 15, 2014, 05:43:54 AM
The Shelter Island Golf Club
Island's End
Indian Island
Meadow Brook
NGLA (x 10)
Friar's Head (yesterday)
Montauk (today)

oops that's only 7 (don't get around much)

within the next few weeks

Laurel Links
Baiting Hallow Club


Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Mark Pearce on October 15, 2014, 06:35:51 AM
When I grow up I want to be Mark Chaplin!
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Greg Taylor on October 15, 2014, 06:44:00 AM
When I grow up I want to be Mark Chaplin!

Or, David Davis

 :)
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: David Davis on October 15, 2014, 07:24:54 AM
I guess I will only be able to say this once in life: working backwards....

Bethpage Black
Quaker Ridge
Garden City
Winged Foot
Shinnecock
National Golf Links of America
Maidstone
Fisher's Island
The Bridge
Sebonack
Merion

One trip of a lifetime, just returned. May take some time to recover....and reflect!


Ooops, I forgot Hay Harbor on Fisher's Island too. Fun little 9 hole course.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: jeffwarne on October 15, 2014, 07:29:51 AM
I guess I will only be able to say this once in life: working backwards....

Bethpage Black
Quaker Ridge
Garden City
Winged Foot
Shinnecock
National Golf Links of America
Maidstone
Fisher's Island
The Bridge
Sebonack
Merion

One trip of a lifetime, just returned. May take some time to recover....and reflect!


Ooops, I forgot Hay Harbor on Fisher's Island too. Fun little 9 hole course.

and you drove RIGHT BY The Goat to get there!
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: David Davis on October 15, 2014, 07:32:34 AM
I guess I will only be able to say this once in life: working backwards....

Bethpage Black
Quaker Ridge
Garden City
Winged Foot
Shinnecock
National Golf Links of America
Maidstone
Fisher's Island
The Bridge
Sebonack
Merion

One trip of a lifetime, just returned. May take some time to recover....and reflect!


Ooops, I forgot Hay Harbor on Fisher's Island too. Fun little 9 hole course.

and you drove RIGHT BY The Goat to get there!

Sorry Jeff, I knew you'd be disappointed in me but as it was I was rushing to make the ferry from Orient Point. The thought crossed my mind but I figured I needed to give myself a good reason to get back out to East Long Island...
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Mark Chaplin on October 17, 2014, 04:55:18 PM
I did finally meet David Davis when he came to a little private dinner we were having at the delightful Links Club in Manhatten.

I've stopped telling Mrs C I'm off on the "trip of a lifetime" as I've done too many now!
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Jon Cavalier on October 17, 2014, 04:58:32 PM
The Shelter Island Golf Club
Island's End
Indian Island
Meadow Brook
NGLA (x 10)
Friar's Head (yesterday)
Montauk (today)

oops that's only 7 (don't get around much)

within the next few weeks

Laurel Links
Baiting Hallow Club


If I were you, I wouldn't get around much either.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Ryan Hillenbrand on October 20, 2014, 04:21:43 PM
Great summer, including some of the best the Midwest has to offer:

Prairie Dunes
Forest Hills
Dunes Club
Olympia Fields North & South
Four Seasons
Fox Run
Blackwolf Run River & Meadow Valleys
Whistling - Straits
Tiburon
Victoria National
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Josh Tarble on October 20, 2014, 04:38:26 PM
Kind of an eclectic mix in Chicago, Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio:

Valhalla
Belterra Casino
Hyde Park
Brickyard Crossing
Butler National
Broadmoor
Lost Dunes
Beverly
Medinah #3
Wolf Run
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Eric Smith on October 21, 2014, 10:58:19 AM
Played what was likely my last round of the season a couple of weeks ago yet I'm still grinning ear to ear. :)

National Golf Links
Southampton
Sand Hills
Dismal River (Red)
Dismal River (White)
Pine Creek
Sweetens Cove
San Francisco
Olympic (Lake)
Pasatiempo
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Gene Greco on October 21, 2014, 11:19:42 AM
Maidstone
Myopia Hunt Club
Essex County Club
Shinnecock Hills
Sand Hills
National Golf Links
Friars Head
Swinley Forest
Winged Foot East
Camargo Club
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: David Davis on October 21, 2014, 11:21:34 AM
Played what was likely my last round of the season a couple of weeks ago...


Honestly Mr. Smith, with all due respect, you must think the Mrs. is reading this to check up on you. There is NO-ONE on this site that believes that. Nice try though...
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Terry Lavin on October 21, 2014, 11:48:49 AM
Maidstone
Myopia Hunt Club
Essex County Club
Shinnecock Hills
Sand Hills
National Golf Links
Friars Head
Swinley Forest
Winged Foot East
Camargo Club

Methinks you would enjoy three of my faves: Chicago Golf Club, Shoreacres and Fox Chapel.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Nigel Islam on October 21, 2014, 06:59:37 PM
Great summer, including some of the best the Midwest has to offer:

Prairie Dunes
Forest Hills
Dunes Club
Olympia Fields North & South
Four Seasons
Fox Run
Blackwolf Run River & Meadow Valleys
Whistling - Straits
Tiburon
Victoria National

Looks like you gone the quality over quantity route! Very nice. We need to play again before the year ends.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Steve Lapper on October 21, 2014, 08:18:30 PM
Friars Head
Fishers Island
Sleepy Hollow
Garden City
Ferry Point
Somerset Hills
Plainfield
CC of Fairfield
Crystal Downs
Kingsley Club
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Terry Lavin on October 21, 2014, 08:47:50 PM
Friars Head
Fishers Island
Sleepy Hollow
Garden City
Ferry Point
Somerset Hills
Plainfield
CC of Fairfield
Crystal Downs
Kingsley Club

The list begs the question: Where is the last on this list (Kingsley) in your personal Top 50?
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Steve Lapper on October 21, 2014, 09:01:23 PM
Judge,

   I really enjoyed Kingsley and was fortunate to have played three rounds there a few weeks back. Of that list, it was the one I'd never played before. Each round was progressively revealing and enjoyable. It's a sporty course I could happily play multiple times in variable conditions and likely not tire of.

    That said, I've been lucky and fortunate enough to have played many other courses that heartily compete with a place like Kingsley and probably just nudge it out of my Top 50. CrystalDowns, however, would easily fit well inside my Top 30.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Brian Hilko on October 21, 2014, 10:25:20 PM
Also had my so called " trip of a lifetime".

St. George's
Friars head
Hay harbour
Fishers island
Philly cc
Merion
National golf links of America
East Hampton
Maidstone
Sebonack
Shinnecock


Sorry, that is 11 but I wanted to list the whole trip. It will be fun reflecting these next few days.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: JC Jones on October 22, 2014, 09:10:30 AM
Friars Head
Fishers Island
Sleepy Hollow
Garden City
Ferry Point
Somerset Hills
Plainfield
CC of Fairfield
Crystal Downs
Kingsley Club

The list begs the question: Where is the last on this list (Kingsley) in your personal Top 50?

You're obsessed. 
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Terry Lavin on October 22, 2014, 09:45:07 AM
Judge,

   I really enjoyed Kingsley and was fortunate to have played three rounds there a few weeks back. Of that list, it was the one I'd never played before. Each round was progressively revealing and enjoyable. It's a sporty course I could happily play multiple times in variable conditions and likely not tire of.

    That said, I've been lucky and fortunate enough to have played many other courses that heartily compete with a place like Kingsley and probably just nudge it out of my Top 50. CrystalDowns, however, would easily fit well inside my Top 30.

I haven't made it up to Kingsley, not for lack of invitation, but I was legitimately curious if it would squeeze in your Top 50, knowing that you've played a lot of great golf courses.  Sorry if Jones feels tweaked.  Not my intent.  I'm sure that Kingsley will make my Top 50, as long as I get there before I do the New York/Long Island/Philly combo platter I've been fantasizing about!
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Chris DeToro on October 22, 2014, 09:51:02 AM
I noticed a couple Friar's Head mentions in here--what're people's thoughts on FH?  How does it compare to the rest of the LI courses?
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Terry Lavin on October 22, 2014, 10:36:43 AM
Friar's Head:  Flat-out awesome.  Great routing, great greens, great setting, great vibe.  Fun, fun, fun.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: JC Jones on October 22, 2014, 11:14:53 AM
Judge,

   I really enjoyed Kingsley and was fortunate to have played three rounds there a few weeks back. Of that list, it was the one I'd never played before. Each round was progressively revealing and enjoyable. It's a sporty course I could happily play multiple times in variable conditions and likely not tire of.

    That said, I've been lucky and fortunate enough to have played many other courses that heartily compete with a place like Kingsley and probably just nudge it out of my Top 50. CrystalDowns, however, would easily fit well inside my Top 30.

I haven't made it up to Kingsley, not for lack of invitation, but I was legitimately curious if it would squeeze in your Top 50, knowing the notched-up nature of your golf belt.  Sorry if Jones feels tweaked.  Not my intent.  I'm sure that Kingsley will make my Top 50, as long as I get there before I do the New York/Long Island/Philly combo platter I've been fantasizing about!

No feelings of tweak.  I'm just trying to get you to avail yourself to the facts and the law before you make your ruling!

Mr. Lewis and I cordially invite you to northern Michigan (again) for fact finding and oral arguments.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Bill Crane on October 22, 2014, 01:24:51 PM
Here we go.  Typical names for my late season golf tour:

Baltusrol G C Lower Course -  (Springfield,NJ)   
Beacon Hill C C -  (Middletown, NJ)
Patterson C C -  (Fairfield, CT)
Pine Valley -  (PV - NJ )
Alamance GC -  (Burlington, NC near ELON Univ  FUN old D Ross course) 
Longaberger -  (Newark, Ohio  near DENISON Univ.)
Merion G C - East, (Ardmore, PA)   
Westchester C C – North Course (Rye,NY) ,
Westchester C C – South Course,  (Rye, NY),
TC at Yale -  (New Haven,CT) {{{  playing in two days at the O C Punchbowl

Of course - how could I leave out our Flynn gem - Springdale GC in Princeton, NJ.    One of the best courses to walk on a regular basis.

Wm Flynnfan
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Mac Plumart on October 22, 2014, 01:32:58 PM
Mountain Park (The Cliffs)
The Cliffs at Keowee Vineyards
Currahee
Sharp Park
Reunion
Sand Ridge
The Golf Club
Rivermont
East Lake
Dunes Club (MI)
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: BHoover on October 22, 2014, 02:20:07 PM
Mountain Park (The Cliffs)
The Cliffs at Keowee Vineyards
Currahee
Sharp Park
Reunion
Sand Ridge
The Golf Club
Rivermont
East Lake
Dunes Club (MI)

Thoughts on Sand Ridge?
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Mac Plumart on October 22, 2014, 03:07:28 PM
Brian...

Sand Ridge was a gorgeous place to play golf.  It lacked a bit of strategy until some of the later holes...but even then it wasn't an epic type of golfing experience where you had to think prior to hitting every shot.  It is a nice place to play and makes for an enjoyable day.  I think that lovers of strategic golf courses might not care for it.  But, if your love the relaxing round in a great setting...you'll love Sand Ridge.

You played it?  What do you think?
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: BHoover on October 22, 2014, 03:10:33 PM
Brian...

Sand Ridge was a gorgeous place to play golf.  It lacked a bit of strategy until some of the later holes...but even then it wasn't an epic type of golfing experience where you had to think prior to hitting every shot.  It is a nice place to play and makes for an enjoyable day.  I think that lovers of strategic golf courses might not care for it.  But, if your love the relaxing round in a great setting...you'll love Sand Ridge.

You played it?  What do you think?

I haven't played it. I've been meaning to do so, but every time I go back to Northeast Ohio something seems to come up that keeps me from playing there.  I've had to cancel rounds there a few times, usually due to weather.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Ronald Montesano on October 22, 2014, 06:45:02 PM

If I were you, I wouldn't get around much either.

Honest to God, how long has Cavalier been on this site? If he is still in his first year, then he gets my vote for Rookie Of The Year. Either he's making me envious with his photography or he's making me laugh with his quips. Thanks for this one, Jon. Chuck has a little secret stashed away.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: DFarron on October 25, 2014, 04:28:40 PM
Green Hills CC
Ruby Hill
Blackhawk CC (Falls)
California Club of San Francisco
La Rinconada
Pacific Grove GC
Olympic Club (Ocean)
Blackhawk CC (Lakeside)
Lake Merced GC
Core Devalle GC
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Chris Pearson on October 25, 2014, 04:53:05 PM
I'm going for "least impressive last 10;" let's see how I stack up:


My favorite course among these—by far—was The Quarry. Keith Foster is an underrated architect, IMO. I've never played so many <400yd par 4s (from the tips) that had so much character and invited so much strategy off the tee.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Nigel Islam on October 25, 2014, 04:55:39 PM

If I were you, I wouldn't get around much either.

Honest to God, how long has Cavalier been on this site? If he is still in his first year, then he gets my vote for Rookie Of The Year. Either he's making me envious with his photography or he's making me laugh with his quips. Thanks for this one, Jon. Chuck has a little secret stashed away.

I think he is indeed eligible for ROY, and I second the vote!
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: BCowan on October 25, 2014, 08:21:12 PM
Radrick Farms
Franklin Hills
UofM
Red Run
Orchard Lake
Battle Creek
Indianwood
Kirtland
Canterbury
Barton Hills
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Sam Morrow on October 25, 2014, 08:45:38 PM
I'm going for "least impressive last 10;" let's see how I stack up:

  • The Hills - Signature (Nicklaus)
  • Shadow Glen (Roy Bechtol, Randy Russell)
  • Morris Williams (Leon Howard), 4x
  • Teravista Golf Club (Clifton-Ezell-Clifton)
  • Falconhead (PGA Tour Design Center)
  • Jimmy Clay (Joe Finger), 2x
  • The Quarry (Keith Foster)
  • Willow Springs (Emil Loeffler, John McGlynn)
  • Bluebonnet Hill (Jeff Brauer), 2x
  • Barton Creek - Crenshaw Cliffside (Crenshaw, Coore)

My favorite course among these—by far—was The Quarry. Keith Foster is an underrated architect, IMO. I've never played so many <400yd par 4s (from the tips) that had so much character and invited so much strategy off the tee.
that list is awesome!
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Brian Finn on October 25, 2014, 08:56:13 PM
Quaker Ridge GC
Fenway GC
Somerset Hills CC
Orchard Lake CC
CC of Detroit
The Country Club (Pepper Pike)
Sleepy Hollow GC (Cleveland)
Miami Valley GC
Indianwood Old
Detroit GC South   
Fox Chapel GC
Canterbury GC
Kirtland CC
Brookside CC (Canton)
OSU Scarlet   
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Chris Pearson on October 25, 2014, 09:21:01 PM
Haha, Sam Morrow...

The architects of my last 10 aren't bad, but those courses aren't world-beaters by any stretch of the imagination. That said, I've been impressed by the quality of public courses in central Texas, and I'm looking forward to knocking out a few more, especially Tilly's Brackenridge Park in San Antonio.

Regarding Keith Foster, I find it interesting that he's chosen to focus on restorations/renovations since 2000, after completing many original projects of his own. It seems to me that Foster was/is ahead of the curve in noticing the decline of golf and focusing on improving the resources we already have, as opposed to taking the ego-driven route and pumping out more original designs.

This is purely conjecture, but perhaps he grew to dislike a new "standard" in proposals characterized by real estate developments coupled with residential course routings. I would love to hear his take on why he redirected his career in this manner. For what it's worth, I really enjoy his work and think it has a flair and consideration that I've found lacking on many modern courses.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Sam Morrow on October 25, 2014, 09:36:52 PM
Haha, Sam Morrow...

The architects of my last 10 aren't bad, but those courses aren't world-beaters by any stretch of the imagination. That said, I've been impressed by the quality of public courses in central Texas, and I'm looking forward to knocking out a few more, especially Tilly's Brackenridge Park in San Antonio.

Regarding Keith Foster, I find it interesting that he's chosen to focus on restorations/renovations since 2000, after completing many original projects of his own. It seems to me that Foster was/is ahead of the curve in noticing the decline of golf and focusing on improving the resources we already have, as opposed to taking the ego-driven route and pumping out more original designs.

This is purely conjecture, but perhaps he grew to dislike a new "standard" in proposals characterized by real estate developments coupled with residential course routings. I would love to hear his take on why he redirected his career in this manner. For what it's worth, I really enjoy his work and think it has a flair and consideration that I've found lacking on many modern courses.

Have you been down and played The Bandit? Let me know when you get to Houston, we can go play Cypresswood Tradition, both are Foster.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Chris Pearson on October 25, 2014, 09:41:45 PM
I haven't played The Bandit yet, but it's at the top of the queue.

I'll be in Houston Nov. 7–12 and would love to get out to Cypresswood! The trip is basically a golf trip for me, and this would be a more than welcome addition to the schedule.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Brad Hill on October 25, 2014, 10:04:35 PM
Irish Straits
Blackwolf Run (Meadows/Valley)
Erin Hills
Brown Deer
Lawsonia (Links)
The Bull
Peninsula State Park
Ozaukee
Washington Co
Blackwolf (River)
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: AJ_Foote on October 26, 2014, 04:50:48 PM
Just returned from a great US trip, which requires a Last 11:

Chambers Bay
Old Mac (x2)
Bandon Trails (x2)
Pac Dunes (x2)
Bandon Dunes
Pronghorn (Fazio)
Pronghorn (Nicklaus)
Tetherow
Monterey Peninsula CC Shore (x2)
Monterey Peninsula CC Dunes
Cal Club

Andrew
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Mark Steffey on October 28, 2014, 07:46:51 PM
Myopia Hunt (MA)
Oak Hill (MA)
Yale (CT)
Gardner Municipal (MA)
Granite Links (MA)
Grand View GC (MA)
Framingham CC (MA)
Red Tail (MA)
TCC (MA)
Quaker Ridge (NY)

oops!  forgot Ferry Point (NY)
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Mark Saltzman on October 29, 2014, 01:34:25 PM
Belmont Hills
Mid Ocean Club
Turtle Hill
Tucker's Point
Port Royal
Riddel's Bay
Weston
Laval sur Le Lac (Green)
Laval sur Le Lac (Blue)
Mount Bruno
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Greg Tallman on October 29, 2014, 01:36:39 PM
Belmont Hills
Mid Ocean Club
Turtle Hill
Tucker's Point
Port Royal
Riddel's Bay
Weston
Laval sur Le Lac (Green)
Laval sur Le Lac (Blue)
Mount Bruno

Mark,

Tucker's or Port Royal?

What is Turtle Hill? (old Ocean View?)
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Mark Saltzman on October 29, 2014, 01:38:37 PM
Belmont Hills
Mid Ocean Club
Turtle Hill
Tucker's Point
Port Royal
Riddel's Bay
Weston
Laval sur Le Lac (Green)
Laval sur Le Lac (Blue)
Mount Bruno

Mark,

Tucker's or Port Royal?

What is Turtle Hill? (old Ocean View?)

Tucker's Point. Found PR to be a bit of a slog.

Ocean View is still Ocean View. Turtle Hill is the par-3 at the Fairmont Southampton.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Nick Cauley on October 29, 2014, 08:06:10 PM
Streamsong Blue
Streamsong Red
Squire Creek
Mystic Creek
Bayou Desiard
Prairie Dunes
Salina CC
Wildhorse
Sand Hills
Ballyneal
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: John Kavanaugh on October 29, 2014, 08:14:47 PM
Streamsong Blue
Streamsong Red
Squire Creek
Mystic Creek
Bayou Desiard
Prairie Dunes
Salina CC
Wildhorse
Sand Hills
Ballyneal

Why all the way there and no Dismal?
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Sam Morrow on October 29, 2014, 08:16:12 PM
Streamsong Blue
Streamsong Red
Squire Creek
Mystic Creek
Bayou Desiard
Prairie Dunes
Salina CC
Wildhorse
Sand Hills
Ballyneal

Why all the way there and no Dismal?

When Nick and I played a few weeks ago I asked him the exact same thing!
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Nigel Islam on October 29, 2014, 09:38:03 PM
Streamsong Blue
Streamsong Red
Squire Creek
Mystic Creek
Bayou Desiard
Prairie Dunes
Salina CC
Wildhorse
Sand Hills
Ballyneal

What was Bayou Desiard like?
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Chris DeToro on November 02, 2014, 07:02:24 AM
An eclectic mix...

Worcester CC
Winchester CC
Eastward Ho!
Wannamoisett
Rhode Island CC
The Country Club
Rustic Canyon
Rancho Las Palmas
PGA West Stadium
Mission Hills CC Pete Dye Challenge
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Ivan Lipko on November 02, 2014, 02:13:19 PM
Costa Navarino Dunes
Costa Navarino Bay
Boras GC
Bro Hof Slott Stadium
Bro Hof Slott Castle
Ullna GC
Taby GC
Bro Balsta GC
Pickala (Forest)
St. Laurence GC (Pyha Lauri)
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: BCowan on November 07, 2014, 08:43:34 AM
Franklin Hills
Mid Pines
Pine Needles
Foxfire (red)
CC of Spartanburg
Sweetens Cove (back 9)
Sweetens Cove (front)
Honors
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Rees Milikin on November 07, 2014, 11:58:41 AM
Titirangi
Arrowtown
Paraparaumu Beach
Cape Kidnappers
(Tara Iti - Just walked the course and it is something very special)
Lookout Mountain
Sweetens Cove
Sewanee
Palatka
Keystone Heights
Mission Inn - El Campeon
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Michael Blake on November 11, 2014, 12:33:22 PM
Bala Golf Club (Flynn)
Radley Run CC (Tull)
Concord CC (Flynn)
Fairways GC (W. Gordon)
LuLu CC (Ross)
Canoe Brook North (Travis/Rees)
Canoe Brook South (Colt/Alison/Rees)
Bethpage Red (Tilly)
Black Oak GC (David Glenz--NJ folks should recognize this name)
Tavistock (Findlay)
Rivercrest GC (Ron Goruzzi)
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Richard Hetzel on November 12, 2014, 10:31:53 PM
Tot Hill Farm GC (NC)
Southern Pines CC (NC)
Scottish Heights GC (PA)
Valhalla GC (KY)
Nevel Meade GC (KY)
Twin Base GC (OH)
Arrowhead Lakes GC (OH)
Ohio State Scarlet (OH)
Eaglesticks GC (OH)
Browns Run CC (OH)
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Chris Pearson on December 06, 2014, 06:53:09 AM
Richard, what did you think of Nevel Meade? I haven't been out there in 11 years; I assume everything about the place is still top notch (well, except for the big ass house that now looms behind the third green, which begs for infinity behind it rather than a McMansion).
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Ronald Montesano on December 06, 2014, 07:16:07 AM
How about Scottish Heights? That's along Route 119 in PA, correct? On the way to Punxsutawney? I've seen the sign, but we've always been on a mission from God.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Daniel Jones on December 06, 2014, 07:33:14 AM
Ocala Golf Club
Streamsong Blue
Streamsong Red
Innisbrook Copperhead
Innisbrook Island
The Farm - Dalton, GA
Barnsley Gardens
TPC Sawgrass
Black Diamond Quarry
Disney Lake Buena Vista
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Carson Pilcher on December 07, 2014, 04:23:18 PM
The last 10 from most recent to oldest...

Settindown Creek x2
Secession
Yeaman's Hall - 45 holes in one day!!!!
CC of Charleston
Cherokee Country Club - North
Sweetens Cove
Honors Course
Settindown Creek x 2
East Lake - 3 rounds in a week
Settindown Creek x3
Standard Club
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Jason Way on December 07, 2014, 09:48:55 PM
Had a couple of nice MI golfstravaganzas to cap off the year.  Other than that, I was slackin' on getting around. 

Canal Shores
Bryn Mawr CC
Talking Stick North
Lost Dunes
Kingsley Club
Arcadia Bluffs
Lost Dunes
Dunes Club
Diamond Springs
Wuskowhan Players Club

2015 is looking much more promising. Have plans/invites to hit quite a few gems for the first time:

Streamsong Blue, Seminole, Merion, Oakmont, Sleepy Hollow, Yale, Forest Dunes, Belvidere, Oakland Hills, Glen View, as well as quite a few solid repeats.  New Year can't get here soon enough.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: JReese on December 07, 2014, 10:09:18 PM


2015 is looking much more promising.




I'd say!
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Chris_Blakely on December 08, 2014, 03:25:12 PM
How about Scottish Heights? That's along Route 119 in PA, correct? On the way to Punxsutawney? I've seen the sign, but we've always been on a mission from God.

Yes it is but it becomes 219 near I-80.  Course is quite hilly and has only grass bunkers (unless they have changed I played it about 7 or 8 years ago.

Chris


Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Don Jordan on December 13, 2014, 11:54:18 PM
A bit of a mix for me from some interesting country courses and some of the best around, I am a bit generous with the country clubs in the ratings

Royal Canberra (ACT Home club) 7
Yass (NSW Country) 6
Yowani (ACT) 4
The Grange (West) (South Australia) 7
Kooyonga (SA) 8
Royal Adelaide (SA) 8
The Australian (Sydney) 6
New South Wales (Sydney) 9.5
Mudgee (NSW Country) 6
Gold Creek (ACT) 4
Queanbeyan (NSW/ACT border) 4
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Nick Spears on December 14, 2014, 01:47:39 AM
Kiawah Island Ocean Course
Arcadia Bluffs
Caledonia
True Blue
Man O War
Wizard
Arrowhead
World Tour
Legends Heathland
Legends Moorland
Kings North
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Anthony Butler on December 14, 2014, 05:37:25 PM
All golf is played within 15 miles of our summer place or whenever I can work it into a business trip.

Apache Stronghold
Dublin Lake Club
The Shattuck
Walton Heath
Berkshire Blue
Crumpin Fox
White Bear Yacht Club
Shoreacres
Conway Farms
Chambers Bay

Walton Health the standout here, but after playing Chambers Bay recently, I'm intrigued to see how they will pull off the US Open next June.


Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Mark Steffey on December 16, 2014, 09:23:05 PM
Yeamans Hall Club
Chechessee Creek Club
Long Cove Club
Ocean Forest GC
Ford Plantation
Wexford Plantation
Belfair East
Berkeley Hall South
Berkeley Hall North
Belfair West
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Terry Lavin on December 16, 2014, 09:32:46 PM
Yeamans Hall Club
Chechessee Creek Club
Long Cove Club
Ocean Forest GC
Ford Plantation
Wexford Plantation
Belfair East
Berkeley Hall South
Berkeley Hall North
Belfair West
Thoughts re Belfairs and Berkeleys?
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Jason Way on December 16, 2014, 10:31:48 PM

Walton Health the standout here, but after playing Chambers Bay recently, I'm intrigued to see how they will pull off the US Open next June.


I walked away from Chambers Bay with the same thought Anthony.  They have the ability to make that course extremely tough (especially if the weather kicks up).  Even better than that would be if they took advantage of how many options the layout provides and mixed up tees and pin positions.  I like seeing the best players in the world deal with variety, from hole-to-hole and day-to-day.  Variety is what catches my interest, and I think Chambers Bay can deliver it..
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Greg Tallman on December 17, 2014, 02:53:00 PM
Punta Espada - Punta Cana, DR
Teeth of the Dog - La Romana, DR
Cabo del Sol (Ocean) - Los Cabos
Cabo del Sol (Desert) - Los Cabos
Quivira Golf Club - Los Cabos
Chileno Bay Club - Los Cabos
Bahia de los Sueños - Los Planes (NLE)
Paraiso del Mar - LaPaz
Diamante (Dunes) - Los Cabos
Querencia - Los Cabos
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Mark Steffey on December 17, 2014, 10:21:41 PM
......
Belfair East
Berkeley Hall South
Berkeley Hall North
Belfair West
Thoughts re Belfairs and Berkeleys?

both are very well conditioned.  wish the water came into play before the 14th holes on the belfairs.  the range at berkeley is rather special.  no dime is spared there.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Rees Milikin on January 06, 2015, 08:45:33 PM
Brunswick CC
Streamsong Blue
Streamsong Red
Victoria Hills
Highlands Reserve
Winter Park CC
World Woods Rolling Oaks
World Woods Pine Barrens
Mountain Lake
Timuquana
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Benjamin Litman on January 06, 2015, 08:53:49 PM
Streamsong Blue
Streamsong Red
Knickerbocker CC
Bethpage Red
La Tourette
New South Wales
Kingston Heath
Royal Melbourne (East)
Metropolitan
Victoria
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: jeffwarne on January 06, 2015, 09:00:23 PM
Brunswick CC
Streamsong Blue
Streamsong Red
Victoria Hills
Highlands Reserve
Winter Park CC
World Woods Rolling Oaks
World Woods Pine Barrens
Mountain Lake
Timuquana

Now didn't I just read you played Fort Myers? ;)
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Rees Milikin on January 06, 2015, 09:03:04 PM
Brunswick CC
Streamsong Blue
Streamsong Red
Victoria Hills
Highlands Reserve
Winter Park CC
World Woods Rolling Oaks
World Woods Pine Barrens
Mountain Lake
Timuquana

Now didn't I just read you played Fort Myers? ;)

I'm saving that for my next group :)
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: jeffwarne on January 06, 2015, 09:07:36 PM
Brunswick CC
Streamsong Blue
Streamsong Red
Victoria Hills
Highlands Reserve
Winter Park CC
World Woods Rolling Oaks
World Woods Pine Barrens
Mountain Lake
Timuquana

Now didn't I just read you played Fort Myers? ;)

I'm saving that for my next group :)

Might want to pencil in Clewiston for Feb 2nd ;)
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Rees Milikin on January 06, 2015, 09:10:36 PM
Brunswick CC
Streamsong Blue
Streamsong Red
Victoria Hills
Highlands Reserve
Winter Park CC
World Woods Rolling Oaks
World Woods Pine Barrens
Mountain Lake
Timuquana

Now didn't I just read you played Fort Myers? ;)

I'm saving that for my next group :)

Might want to pencil in Clewiston for Feb 2nd ;)


I just played there as well, but I will make note of that.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Mark Saltzman on January 06, 2015, 09:47:39 PM
Quantity may make some jealous.. Quality likely won't. Last ten played in last 7 days...

The Florida Club
Doral Red Tiger
Club at Emerald Hills
Palm Cove
Martin Downs
Gator Trace
The Saints at Port St Lucie
St Lucie Trail
Boca Raton Municipal
Davie
Hollywood Beach
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Ronald Montesano on January 06, 2015, 10:15:59 PM
Quantity may make some jealous.. Quality likely won't. Last ten played in last 7 days...

You do just fine #dateshollywoodstarlets
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: jeffwarne on January 07, 2015, 10:18:07 AM
Quantity may make some jealous.. Quality likely won't. Last ten played in last 7 days...

The Florida Club
Doral Red Tiger
Club at Emerald Hills
Palm Cove
Martin Downs
Gator Trace
The Saints at Port St Lucie
St Lucie Trail
Boca Raton Municipal
Davie
Hollywood Beach

Mark,
Thoughts on Doral's Red?
I was quite disappointed given the architects-certainly hoping they were following a certain owner's mandate.
About as much fun as sticking needles in my eyes.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Richard Fisher on February 24, 2015, 05:19:56 AM
Having been off games with a broken leg for the whole of last year, but looking forward almost ecstatically to returning to the fray at Harlech later this week, I was looking through my personal log of 'my last ten' (which effectively date from 2013)

Going backwards from December 2013,

Gog Magog (Old)
Swinley Forest
Harlech
Gog Magog (Wandlebury)
North Berwick
Dunbar
Goswick
The Sacred Nine
Porthcawl
Huntercombe

which on reflection is an extremely engaging (indeed privileged) tentet. Allowing for massive personal bias, I would place Harlech, Porthcawl, Swinley and North Berwick in the very top tier of UK courses, Huntercombe and Worlington (two very similar clubs, as clubs, especially now that Huntercombe is the home base of the Oxford University Golf Club) perhaps just fractionally below although I like them both just as much as the first four, then Dunbar and Goswick (good, but not I think great) and then the two Gogs courses (both very enjoyable members' courses, with excellent year-round playability). As ever such a list reminds the British-based golfer of how lucky we are, with such variety (and accessibility) within no more than a six-hour drive of my home base in Cambridge. And so much to look forward to in 2015!
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: J_ Crisham on February 24, 2015, 08:57:37 AM
Calusa Pines
Naples National
Old Collier
The Hideout
St Louis CC
Sentry World
West Bend CC
Beverly CC
Butler National
Big Foot CC


The biggest surprise was Naples National- not sure I've seen a course with such impeccable detailing and conditioning.  Terrific layout that should merit top 100 Modern status. I suspect it gets overlooked with Calusa just down the road,
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: JJShanley on February 24, 2015, 10:25:13 AM
Camargo (#1 all time.)
Harborside (Port)
Lake Michigan Hills
Elbel
Blackthorn
Warren at Notre Dame
Wigwam Gold
Papago
University of Maryland
Craigielaw
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Chris DeToro on February 24, 2015, 10:51:45 AM
Makai GC
Poipu Bay GC
Kapalua Plantation
The Estancia Club
Bay Hill
Golden Bear at Keene's Pointe
LPGA International Jones
LPGA International Hills
Quail Hollow Club
Fountains CC

Best experience--Bay Hill.  Just not a lot of places you can run into Arnold Palmer
Favorite course--Kapalua even in the rain.  The course plays a lot different when it's wet than really dry like it typically is during the tour event.  Makai is a close second
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Mark Fedeli on February 24, 2015, 11:33:59 AM
Best experience--Bay Hill.  Just not a lot of places you can run into Arnold Palmer

Interesting, Bay Hill was actually our worst experience by quite a significant margin. Here's a strange FL trip we just got back from:

Ponte Vedra Inn & Club (Ocean)
Bay Hill
Lake Nona
Isleworth
Park Ridge
Palm Beach Par 3
West Palm Beach
Madison Green
North Palm Beach
Abacoa

This line-up all hastily thrown together and was reliant on a lot of outside factors, hence the pretty random mix of courses. Both Mountain Lake and Adios were scheduled but had to get canceled for various reasons.

Most pleasant surprise: Ponte Vedra (loved the course and the accommodations)
Biggest disappointment: Bay Hill (strongly disliked the course and the accommodations)

Park Ridge was a blast and a refreshing change-up. I could play the 8th hole every day.
Loved the green complexes and bunkering at West Palm Beach, but the course was absolutely soaked when we were there.
Greatly preferred Isleworth to Lake Nona. More interesting and a more natural-feeling layout. Plus, that men's grille room...

The rest I'd played numerous times and they fulfilled their functions:

I'm a big fan of the contours of the greens at NPB, and return there for that alone.
Madison Green is a bit ridiculous, and it seems every year I go back the shrubs and trees along water hazards get taller and more unnecessarily disruptive.
Hadn't been to Palm Beach Par 3 since they added the new clubhouse. What a great building. Apparently we just missed Ringo Starr doing a photo shoot there.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Rees Milikin on February 24, 2015, 11:46:38 AM
Sugarcane Golf Club
Clewiston Golf Course
Fort Myers CC
Pinehurst #2
Mid Pines
Forest Creek North
Pine Needles
Deltona Club
Miami Springs Golf & CC
Suwannee Country Club
Lake Wales CC
Ocala Golf Club
Great Dunes
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Matt Meyer on February 24, 2015, 12:06:22 PM
The Golf Club
Westbrook CC
Eaglesticks
Columbus CC
Moraine CC
Highlands CC
CuisinArt Anguilla
Holston Hills CC
Kiawah - River
Kiawah - Cassique
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Sam Krume on February 24, 2015, 12:44:52 PM
RAC - old course
Woking
Worplesdon
Royal Ashdown Forest - old course
Princes
The Addington
Walton Heath - new course
Stoneham
Harpenden
The London club
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Søren Rye on February 24, 2015, 05:20:33 PM
Royal Golf Club Copenhagen
Odense Eventyr Golf Klub
Københavns Golf Klub
Hornbæk Golf Klub
Vejle Golf Klub
Volstrup Golf Klub
Gardagolf Country Club (Italy)
Barsebäck G&CC - Masters Course (Sweden)
Ljunghusens Golfklubb (Sweden)
The Scandinavian Golf Club - Old
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: jeffwarne on February 24, 2015, 06:54:38 PM
Sugarcane Golf Club
Clewiston Golf Course
Fort Myers CC
Pinehurst #2
Mid Pines
Forest Creek North
Pine Needles
Deltona Club
Miami Springs Golf & CC
Suwannee Country Club
Lake Wales CC
Ocala Golf Club
Great Dunes

With the exception of the Pinehurst area, that might be the best value list I've seen(other than the money you lost to Mike at deltona)-especially with the rest of the country under snow.
Where's Sugarcane? and how is it?
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Rees Milikin on February 24, 2015, 07:07:03 PM
Sugarcane Golf Club
Clewiston Golf Course
Fort Myers CC
Pinehurst #2
Mid Pines
Forest Creek North
Pine Needles
Deltona Club
Miami Springs Golf & CC
Suwannee Country Club
Lake Wales CC
Ocala Golf Club
Great Dunes

With the exception of the Pinehurst area, that might be the best value list I've seen(other than the money you lost to Mike at deltona)-especially with the rest of the country under snow.
Where's Sugarcane? and how is it?

Sugarcane is the course in Belle Glade, FL, about 15-20 minutes from the Clewiston course and has 9 holes that haven't changed much since they were built in the late 30's..  Excluding the NC courses, I spent maybe $200 on FL golf since New Years. I was able to work out almost all of them around work travels, which helps.

Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Mac Plumart on February 25, 2015, 04:35:40 PM
Valley Club
Wilshire
Settindown
Rivermont
Desert Forest
Superstition Mountain-Prospector
Superstition Mountain-Lost Gold
Naples National
Piedmont Driving Club
Wolf Point
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: K. Krahenbuhl on February 25, 2015, 04:42:44 PM
LACC
Riviera
Austin Golf Club
Whispering Pines
Kapalua Plantation
Kuki'o
Nanea
Westwood (Houston)
Champions - Cypress Creek
Wolf Point
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Mark Saltzman on February 25, 2015, 10:04:56 PM
Sugarcane Golf Club
Clewiston Golf Course
Fort Myers CC
Pinehurst #2
Mid Pines
Forest Creek North
Pine Needles
Deltona Club
Miami Springs Golf & CC
Suwannee Country Club
Lake Wales CC
Ocala Golf Club
Great Dunes

With the exception of the Pinehurst area, that might be the best value list I've seen(other than the money you lost to Mike at deltona)-especially with the rest of the country under snow.
Where's Sugarcane? and how is it?

Sugarcane is the course in Belle Glade, FL, about 15-20 minutes from the Clewiston course and has 9 holes that haven't changed much since they were built in the late 30's..  Excluding the NC courses, I spent maybe $200 on FL golf since New Years. I was able to work out almost all of them around work travels, which helps.



Rees, I've seen Sugarcane advertised on GolfNow.  It says it's 18 holes by Gary Player I think.  What am I missing?
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Rees Milikin on February 25, 2015, 10:57:46 PM
Sugarcane Golf Club
Clewiston Golf Course
Fort Myers CC
Pinehurst #2
Mid Pines
Forest Creek North
Pine Needles
Deltona Club
Miami Springs Golf & CC
Suwannee Country Club
Lake Wales CC
Ocala Golf Club
Great Dunes

With the exception of the Pinehurst area, that might be the best value list I've seen(other than the money you lost to Mike at deltona)-especially with the rest of the country under snow.
Where's Sugarcane? and how is it?

Sugarcane is the course in Belle Glade, FL, about 15-20 minutes from the Clewiston course and has 9 holes that haven't changed much since they were built in the late 30's..  Excluding the NC courses, I spent maybe $200 on FL golf since New Years. I was able to work out almost all of them around work travels, which helps.



Rees, I've seen Sugarcane advertised on GolfNow.  It says it's 18 holes by Gary Player I think.  What am I missing?

Only play the 9 that are next to the dam, those are the original 9 from the late 30's and not much has changed since then.  The Player group added another 9 sometime in either the late 80's or early 90's and I haven't ever bothered playing them since I like to play the original 9 and then drive to Clewiston and play the original 9 that Stiles and Van Kleek did there.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Mark Saltzman on February 27, 2015, 02:56:37 PM
Sugarcane Golf Club
Clewiston Golf Course
Fort Myers CC
Pinehurst #2
Mid Pines
Forest Creek North
Pine Needles
Deltona Club
Miami Springs Golf & CC
Suwannee Country Club
Lake Wales CC
Ocala Golf Club
Great Dunes

With the exception of the Pinehurst area, that might be the best value list I've seen(other than the money you lost to Mike at deltona)-especially with the rest of the country under snow.
Where's Sugarcane? and how is it?

Sugarcane is the course in Belle Glade, FL, about 15-20 minutes from the Clewiston course and has 9 holes that haven't changed much since they were built in the late 30's..  Excluding the NC courses, I spent maybe $200 on FL golf since New Years. I was able to work out almost all of them around work travels, which helps.



Rees, I've seen Sugarcane advertised on GolfNow.  It says it's 18 holes by Gary Player I think.  What am I missing?

Only play the 9 that are next to the dam, those are the original 9 from the late 30's and not much has changed since then.  The Player group added another 9 sometime in either the late 80's or early 90's and I haven't ever bothered playing them since I like to play the original 9 and then drive to Clewiston and play the original 9 that Stiles and Van Kleek did there.


Awesome Rees, thanks for the information. 2 courses added to the 'to see' list for my upcoming visit to FL.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Andrew Bernstein on February 27, 2015, 03:46:48 PM
As I was going back through my list, I realized I play very little golf during football season.

Forest Creek (North)
Forest Creek (South)
Dormie Club
Kiawah Island (Turtle Point)
Casa de Campo (Teeth of the Dog)
The Homestead (Cascades)
The Greenbrier (Old White)
The Greenbrier (Greenbrier)
North Ridge (Lakes)
Lonnie Poole
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Sean_A on February 27, 2015, 06:57:46 PM
Andrew

What is Lonnie Poole like?  Whats good/bad about the course?

Huntercombe
Notts
Mosely
Worplesdon
Walton Heath New
Cumberwell Park
Cleeve Cloud
Burnham x3


Ciao
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Daryl David on February 27, 2015, 08:17:55 PM
A few more than 10

Titirangi
Kinloch
St. Andrews Beach
The Dunes Golf Links
Peninsula Club North
Barnbougle Dunes
Lost Farm
Kingston Heath
Royal Melbourne East
Cape Wickam
Metropolitan Club
Victoria
The Hills
Jack's Point
Arrowtown
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Jim Nugent on February 28, 2015, 02:44:23 AM
Daryl, how did you like Titirangi?  The club's website says Alister Mackenzie designed it. 

I don't see Royal Melbourne West on your list.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Ben Jarvis on February 28, 2015, 05:53:04 AM
A few more than 10

Titirangi
Kinloch
St. Andrews Beach
The Dunes Golf Links
Peninsula Club North
Barnbougle Dunes
Lost Farm
Kingston Heath
Royal Melbourne East
Cape Wickam
Metropolitan Club
Victoria
The Hills
Jack's Point
Arrowtown

Daryl,

Wonderful to meet you and Linda during your time at Metropolitan.

I'm heading down to Cape Wickham on March 20th - keen to hear your thoughts!

Ben
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Daryl David on February 28, 2015, 10:53:06 AM
Daryl, how did you like Titirangi?  The club's website says Alister Mackenzie designed it. 

I don't see Royal Melbourne West on your list.

Titirangi is very good. If you didn't know you were in Auckland, you would think you had been dropped down in the Sandbelt.  Played RM West on the last trip so wanted to play East this time. The course was set up for the women's open so it was perfect. 
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Andrew Bernstein on March 01, 2015, 10:04:00 AM
Andrew

What is Lonnie Poole like?  Whats good/bad about the course?

Ciao

Sean,

Lonnie Poole is a tough one for me.

The site lends itself to a lot a dramatic movement and interesting holes.

The site also has a lot restrictions through wetlands that result in holes that don't really work, long walks between greens and tees, and the potential for a lot of lost balls.

Overall, I think it's worth playing once, if only for the great views of downtown Raleigh.

APB
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Rob Curtiss on March 06, 2015, 12:40:11 PM



The biggest surprise was Naples National- not sure I've seen a course with such impeccable detailing and conditioning.  Terrific layout that should merit top 100 Modern status. I suspect it gets overlooked with Calusa just down the road,
I could'nt agree more. I thought it was a really nice course and a wonderful walk
wonderful conditions as well.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Rob Curtiss on March 21, 2015, 01:58:53 PM
Palma Ceia CC
Redtail
Deltona Club
San Francisco Golf Club
The Preserve
Pasateimpo
Trump International
Calusa Pines
Naples National
Pine Tree
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: David Davis on March 24, 2015, 08:16:18 AM
Just back from an amazing spring tour where I played my last 10.

Royal Liverpool (Hoylake)
Royal Lytham & St. Anne
Formby
Royal Birkdale
North Berwick
Renaissance Club
Castle Course
Old Course
Turnberry
Prestwick
Troon
Dundonald Links

ok, last 12 but it was one trip so there. A truly great run of courses and links golf.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Bill Crane on March 24, 2015, 01:12:47 PM
Wonderful March trip to So Carolina with three days at Chechessee and one at Yeamans!!

I love Chechessee more every time I go.  It is so well conceived and executed. The angles on every hole are fascinating, and so are the greens.

Springdale Golf Club (Princeton, NJ)   HOME CLUB
Pine Valley (PV - NJ )
Alamance G C (Burlington, NC)
Longaberger  (Newark, Ohio)
Merion G C - East (Ardmore, PA)   
Westchester C C – West Course (Rye,NY) ,
Westchester C C – South Course  (Rye, NY),
TC at Yale (New Haven,CT)
Chechessee Creek Club (Okatie, SC)
Yeamans Hall Golf Club   (Hanahan, SC)

Well - it was a pretty good fall, too.


Wm Flynnfan
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Matt Waidmann on March 25, 2015, 10:55:47 AM
Been a long time since my last post.  Life gets in the way sometimes, but at least there is golf to balance it out...here is my Last Ten:

Walden Ponds (Hamilton, Ohio)
Blue Ash (Blue Ash, Ohio)
Stonelick Hills (Batavia, Ohio)
Cog Hill #4 (Chicago, Illinois)
Island Hills (Centreville, Michigan)
Pilgrim's Run (Pierson, Michigan)
Angels Crossing (Vicksburg, Michigan)
Hawkshead Links (South Haven, Michigan)
Hidden Valley (Lawrenceburg, Indiana)
The Ocean Course-Kiawah (Kiawah Island, South Carolina)

*Cog Hill #4 I found to be overrated.  Bunkering is phenomenal, no question there, but there are several weak holes & way overpriced.
*Pilgrim's Run is a gem.  I don't think I've played a better course for the price & architectural value.  My first Mike Devries course, won't be the last.
*My 2nd time on the Ocean Course.  Difficulty level is off the charts if the wind blows 20+mph; probably the last time I'll play there.

Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Jim Jackson on March 26, 2015, 10:44:48 PM
If my selection of golf courses is like investing in the stock market, looks like I'm into the dividend yielding, stable choices and not as speculative as I'd like.   I was blown away by Seminole.  Truly one of golf's hallowed grounds. 

The Concession
Seminole
Briggs Ranch
San Antonio CC
Brackenridge Park
Long Cove
Chechessee
May River
Harbour Town
Melrose @ Daufuskie Island
Oakmont
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Mac Plumart on March 28, 2015, 02:08:34 PM
Jim...

What impressed you most about Seminole?

What are your thoughts on The Concession?
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Jim Jackson on March 29, 2015, 09:47:50 AM
Mac:

Seminole is like a symphony of dunes, wind, routing, and maintenance meld.  The interaction between the course and the dunes is stunning, and I'm not sure it would be possible to route a better course on the property.  I'd only seen the course by google earth and the few photos available, and the amount of movement in the property is much more than I expected.  At 6800, I expected it to play short, but I hit every club in the bag, from a 9 iron to a par 5, to a hybrid to a par 4.  And the finishing stretch of 16-18?  It rivals any finishing stretch I've played.  And I loved the look and play of the turf - perfect conditions, bouncy, and not concerned that it be perfectly green. 

Is there a better post-round drink than the Southside at Seminole? 

The Concession is an exacting course, and fitting for a NCAA Championship.  Although not overly long (we did not play the tees all the way back), the green complexes were such that short-sided or wrong-sided misses were often hard to recover from, and I made more doubles than in quite a while despite decent ball striking.  But a beatifully presented course.   Of post-Sebonack JN courses I've seen in the past 6 mo, I prefer May River by a nose.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Gene Greco on March 29, 2015, 10:18:30 AM
Last ten SNOWSTORMS or golf courses?
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Mac Plumart on March 29, 2015, 05:13:52 PM
Jim,

Great descriptions!!

I agree Seminole is excellent and I think Ross seems to have gotten a heck of a lot out of that property.

The Concession is a course I like and I think you've captured the essence of it.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Wade Whitehead on March 29, 2015, 08:19:54 PM
Melrose @ Daufuskie Island

Melrose is still open?

Was it busy?

WW
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Jim Jackson on March 29, 2015, 09:21:05 PM
Open but quite slow.  They've done a lot of work over the past year or so, and when I was there late last summer the hotel was getting ready to open - new logo and all.   The clubhouse was beautiful, and we were picked up in a new Benz shuttle from the dock, so I'm assuming they have big plans, or the owner has a deep wallet.  The trip over was easy with a new speedboat shuttle.  We played a late summer evening and the course was empty, but well-maintained.   The green on the 18th, the par 5 on the water, had eroded into the sound, so the green was a temp and I think was eventually to be permanently moved away from the water.  Makes for a pretty sweet 36 hole day to play Harbour Town in the AM, quick lunch near the lighthouse, speedboat over to DI, play a quick 18 at Melrose, and beers at the dockside bar while the shuttle comes back to pick you up.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Gene Greco on March 30, 2015, 10:39:28 PM
Last ten SNOWSTORMS or golf courses?

Golf courses Gene.

Rough winter here
Just today see grass in my yard
Still four feet of snow at the end of the driveway from the first storm two and half months ago

With that said:

Casa de Campo
Dye Fore
Mountain Lake
Orange Tree
Port Royal
Mid Ocean
Shinnecock
NGLA
Southampton
Maidstone East and West
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Matt Bosela on May 15, 2015, 09:53:37 PM
A bit of travel to start the year but I most likely will stay close to home the rest of the season.

** MODIFIED TO INCLUDE MY OWN SCORE OUT OF TEN BASED ON DOAK SCALE **

Mississaugua G&CC, Ontario, CAN - 5
St. Catharines G&CC, Ontario, CAN - 4
Old Town Club, NC - 8
Mid Pines, NC - 7
Dormie Club, NC - 7
Pinehurst #2, NC - 8
Carolina GC, NC - 6
Walden on Lake Conroe, TX - 5
Wolf Point, TX - 9
Champions GC - Cypress Creek, TX - 6
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Tom_Doak on May 15, 2015, 10:08:46 PM
Here's an interesting list of ten ... due to book "research" and a grand opening trip:

Crystal Downs
La Cana, Dominican Republic
Corales, D.R.
Royal Isabela, Puerto Rico
Tara Iti, N.Z. [4.5 rounds]
Waverley, N.Z.
Marton, N.Z.
Palmetto GC, S.C.
Pueblo Nativo, Argentina
Mar del Plata, Argentina

Almost every number from a 10 to a 4 covered in there, but every one of those rounds was a lot of fun.  I've actually played 25 rounds of golf this year, and it's only the middle of May ... and only one out of 25 was at home!
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Steve Lang on May 15, 2015, 10:38:46 PM
A bit of travel to start the year but I most likely will stay close to home the rest of the season.

Mississaugua G&CC, Ontario, CAN
St. Catharines G&CC, Ontario, CAN
Old Town Club, NC
Mid Pines, NC
Dormie Club, NC
Pinehurst #2, NC
Carolina GC, NC
Walden on Lake Conroe, TX
Wolf Point, TX
Champions GC - Cypress Creek, TX

Matt, So is TX a GCA wasteland?
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Sam Morrow on May 15, 2015, 11:48:00 PM
A bit of travel to start the year but I most likely will stay close to home the rest of the season.

Mississaugua G&CC, Ontario, CAN
St. Catharines G&CC, Ontario, CAN
Old Town Club, NC
Mid Pines, NC
Dormie Club, NC
Pinehurst #2, NC
Carolina GC, NC
Walden on Lake Conroe, TX
Wolf Point, TX
Champions GC - Cypress Creek, TX

Matt, So is TX a GCA wasteland?

Matt had a nice trip.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Jeff Shelman on May 16, 2015, 07:10:08 PM
Here are my last ten. Oldest to newest.

Washington National GC, Auburn, WA
Champions Golf Club (Cypress Creek), Houston, TX
Walden GC on Lake Conroe, Montgomery, TX
FarmLinks, Sylacauga, AL
Ross Bridge, Birmingham, AL
Valhalla Golf Club, Louisville, KY
Olympia Fields Country Club (North), Olympia Fields, IL
Olympia Fields Country Club (South), Olympia Fields, IL
The Minikahda Club, Minneapolis, MN
Midland Hills Country Club, Roseville, MN
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Steve Lang on May 16, 2015, 08:12:57 PM
Here are my last ten. Oldest to newest.

Washington National GC, Auburn, WA
Champions Golf Club (Cypress Creek), Houston, TX
Walden GC on Lake Conroe, Montgomery, TX
FarmLinks, Sylacauga, AL
Ross Bridge, Birmingham, AL
Valhalla Golf Club, Louisville, KY
Olympia Fields Country Club (North), Olympia Fields, IL
Olympia Fields Country Club (South), Olympia Fields, IL
The Minikahda Club, Minneapolis, MN
Midland Hills Country Club, Roseville, MN


 Jeff, how did the von hagge & plummer offerings fare in your tx tour?
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Sam Morrow on May 16, 2015, 10:15:33 PM
Damn I thought I hugged Shelman at the bar!
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Steve Lang on May 17, 2015, 01:37:08 PM
 8) I think I played Banff with him !
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Sean_A on May 18, 2015, 04:28:45 AM
Canterbury...heavy sigh

Sandwich x2.....!!

Burnham & Berrow x3

Cleeve Cloud...bumped to 1*...the love story continues

Droitwich.....heavy sigh

Harborne....very fine

Blackwell...very fine

Ciao
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: MCirba on May 18, 2015, 01:28:45 PM
I do enjoy Sean's rating scale but if I applied the same I'd likely hyper-ventilate given some of the courses I've played lately.  ;)

Instead, I'll use the Doak Scale and try to assign numbers accordingly;

Cavaliers (DE) - 2
West Chester (PA) 9 holes - 4
Indian Mountain (PA) 9 holes - 2
Fiddlers Elbow (Forest) (NJ) - 3
Forsgate (Palmer) (NJ) - 1
Old York (NJ) - 0
Burlington NJ) - 3
Kennett Square (PA) - 5
Berkshire (PA) - 6
Tioga (NY) - 1
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Mike Hendren on May 18, 2015, 01:36:18 PM
Michael, what a pity to arrive at Forsgate only to tee it up on the Palmer course.

Bless your heart.

Bogey
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Tom_Doak on May 18, 2015, 01:44:58 PM
I do enjoy Sean's rating scale but if I applied the same I'd likely hyper-ventilate given some of the courses I've played lately.  ;)

Instead, I'll use the Doak Scale and try to assign numbers accordingly
Old York (NJ) - 0


Friendly warning:  some designers get pretty huffy when you give their course a 0. 
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Sean_A on May 18, 2015, 01:45:46 PM
Mike

Either you are playing some dog tracks or you are a tough judge of gca.  Doakers for ya.

Canterbury...heavy sigh    4  (no Doak, no need for real Doak)

Sandwich x2.....!!           8  (real Doak 9)

Burnham & Berrow x3      7  (real Doak 5)

Cleeve Cloud...bumped to 1*...the love story continues     6  (no Doak...should be Doaked)

Droitwich.....heavy sigh    3  (no Doak, no need)

Harborne....very fine     6  (Real Doak 5)

Blackwell...very fine[/b][/i]    6   (no Doak...should be Doaked)

Ciao
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Jason Topp on May 18, 2015, 02:20:52 PM
I have experienced most of the gamut in my last 10 away rounds:

Minnesota Valley (5)
U of Minnesota (3)
Texas Star (6)
Santa Teresa (3)
Iberostar Cancun (2)
Glenmoor (I cannot think of a better definition of a 0)
Common Ground (6)
Chileno Bay (7)
Diamante Dunes (8 )
Cabo Del Sol Ocean (8 )
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: MCirba on May 18, 2015, 02:48:46 PM
Tom,

It's fully deserving and I believe I would tell the designer why in person unflinchingly. 

Bogey,

Yes...sadly the greens on the Banks were closed due some winter kill.  I did salivate passing by some of those holes.

Sean,

You may want to work on a cross reference table and yes I've been playing some really poor architecture as of late.  But...it's golf and I'll enjoy the good and great ones all the better.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Trey Kemp on May 18, 2015, 03:02:42 PM
My last 10:

The Course at Sewanee - Sewanee, TN
Lookout Mountain - Lookout Mountain, GA
Sweetens Cove - S. Pittsburg, TN
Holston Hills - Knoxville, TN
Quail Crossing - Boonville, IN
Victoria National - Newburgh, IN
Stevens Park  - Dallas, TX
The Tribute - The Colony, TX
Austin Golf Club - Spicewood, TX
Cascata - Boulder City, NV
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Jeff Fortson on May 18, 2015, 03:34:02 PM
Escena GC
Tahquitz Creek - Legend
Tahquitz Creek - Resort
Indian Ridge - Arroyo
The Plantation
Olympic - Ocean
Olympic - Lake
Santa Ana CC
The Palms
Goose Creek
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: JBovay on May 18, 2015, 04:14:55 PM
Royal Aberdeen (UK) 8
Cruden Bay (UK) 7
East Potomac Park Blue (DC) 2
Ballyhack (VA) 7
Yale (CT, new home course) 8
Royal New Kent (VA) 5
Vista Links (VA, onetime home course) 5
Little Bennett (MD) 4
Lone Palm (FL) 3
Connecticut National 4
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: GLawson on May 19, 2015, 02:15:07 PM
Would Ballyhack be ranked higher if you didn't need a cart?
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Zack Molnar on May 19, 2015, 03:00:26 PM
My latest 10 with my personal Doak rating:

Camargo (OH) 8
Seminole (FL) 10
Milwaukee CC (WI) 8
Blackwolf Run (WI) 6
Whistling Straits (WI) 8
Pasatiempo (CA) 9
Kapalua (HI) 7
Lawsonia (WI) 9
Forest Dunes (MI) 7
Arcadia Bluffs (MI) 7
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: JBovay on May 19, 2015, 08:38:08 PM
GL -

Good question. I usually take off a point if it's a borderline rating and carts are required. Ballyhack is a special case because the terrain that makes carts a necessity makes the course so uniquely exciting and fun and beautiful, and also because Lester did a great job of minimizing walks between holes. It would be hard to consider the course in the abstract without that extreme terrain and the need to carry chasms like on 1, 11, and 17 and then take carts around them. But the short answer is that I did not deduct a point here because carts are necessary.

JB
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: GLawson on May 20, 2015, 09:25:47 AM
Good stuff, JB.  Thanks for the insight.  I'm originally from Roanoke and playing in September for the first time.  Looking forward to it!
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: JBovay on May 21, 2015, 08:25:37 AM
You're going to love it, GL. I spent about five years in the Valley of Virginia, and greatly anticipated playing Ballyhack for about a year and a half after reading Ran's profile. To see such a bold, strategic golf course on the landscape I love was a dream come true, and it lived up to or exceeded my expectations in every way. The George Cup is a really fun event with a great group of guys, too.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: MCirba on May 21, 2015, 10:19:22 AM
I hope I started a trend by applying my own Doak Scale ratings and it's good to see others opinions. I particularly enjoyed seeing Jason's 6 for Texas Star which I'm in agreement with.

I hope Tom doesn't mind.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Mark Saltzman on May 21, 2015, 05:44:46 PM
CC of Little Rock, AR
Alotian, AR
Spring Creek Ranch, TN
Memphis CC, TN
Bellerive CC, MO
Boone Valley, MO
CC of St Albans (Lewis & Clark), MO
CC of St Albans (Tavern Creek), MO
St Louis CC, MO
Seminole, FL
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: JMEvensky on May 21, 2015, 06:24:52 PM
CC of Little Rock, AR
Alotian, AR
Spring Creek Ranch, TN
Memphis CC, TN
Bellerive CC, MO
Boone Valley, MO
CC of St Albans (Lewis & Clark), MO
CC of St Albans (Tavern Creek), MO
St Louis CC, MO
Seminole, FL


How did you like SCR and Memphis CC?

Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: David Amarnek on May 22, 2015, 06:50:30 AM
Mark,
Glad your other St. Louis area rounds didn't get washed out.
What were your impressions of those courses?
David
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Cort Sylvester on May 22, 2015, 12:13:47 PM
The new guy's last 10: 

Midland Hills, MN
Wild Rock, WI
Lawsonia (Links), WI
Southern Hills, MN
Rio Secco, NV
Royal Links, NV
Coyote Springs, NV
Talking Stick (North), AZ
Streamsong (Red), FL
Streamsong (Blue), FL

And I think the 11th back is Northland. 
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Patrick Glynn on May 22, 2015, 03:12:49 PM
Been an interesting month - combination of California & Irish links golf.

In reverse chronological order with Wilshire being the surprise package - my interpretation of Doak Scale in parenthesis.

Lahinch (9)
The Island (8) 
Portmarnock (8)
Bel-Air (6)
Wilshire (7)
LACC North (9)
Valley Club (7)
CPC (10)
MPCC Shore (7)
Cal Club (9)
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Dan Moore on May 22, 2015, 03:23:51 PM
Nice list Patrick. Meet me in Arizona next time.

Mine in order from most recent to oldest.

Glen Club
Harborside Port
Olympia Fields South
Strawberry Creek
Spring Valley
Harrison Hills
Royal St. Georges (36 holes foursomes with lunch)!!
Canterbury
Rye
Royal Liverpool
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Mac Plumart on May 25, 2015, 01:52:14 PM
Dismal River Red
Dismal River White
Colorado Golf Club
East Lake
Rivermont
The Golf Club
The Presidio
Prairie Dunes
Southern Hills
Peachtree
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Steve Wilson on May 26, 2015, 04:52:11 PM
Traigh
Golspie
Isle of Harris
Askernish
The Machrie
Dunaverty
Machrihanish
Gigha
Preston Country Club
Clarksburg Country Club

I two days I'll knock Preston and Clarksburg off with Prestwick and Western Gailes, and I'm looking to see if Killin is doable on Friday.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Shane Wright on May 26, 2015, 06:31:02 PM
Southview CC - MN
Country Club of Leawood - KS
Shinnecock Hills - NY
Southampton CC - NY
Wolf Point - TX
Woodhill CC - MN
Town and Country - MN
Highland National - MN
Mendakota CC - MN
Midland Hills CC - MN
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: JStewart on May 26, 2015, 09:18:09 PM
First post .. I guess this is a good place to start.

Club at Mediterra (North)
Bonita Bay (Cypress)
Twin Eagles (Talon)
Old Corkscrew GC
Naples Grande GC
Calusa Pines GC
TPC Stonebrae
Half Moon Bay (Ocean)
Oakland Hills CC (South)
Oakland Hills CC (North)
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Mac Plumart on May 27, 2015, 08:16:51 AM
JStewart...

Any pleasant surprises in that mix?
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Tom_Doak on May 27, 2015, 09:15:14 AM
I hope I started a trend by applying my own Doak Scale ratings and it's good to see others opinions. I particularly enjoyed seeing Jason's 6 for Texas Star which I'm in agreement with.

I hope Tom doesn't mind.

Mike:

I don't mind a bit.  In fact, I wish more people would do this.  It provides some real information to the thread, instead of just showing off where someone has been; and it also provides some real information about the reporter, and whether I should trust his or her ratings in the future.  :)

Unfortunately, you seem to have jinxed it, as no one has posted any 0-10 ratings since your post.  So, I will start, with a report from my trip last week [the last one for Volume 2 of The Confidential Guide].  Note that I did not play all of these courses, as there was a LOT of rain in the area last week:

Camargo Club - 7 or 8, I still have a year to decide this one
Diamante, AR - 5
Hot Springs (Arlington) - 6
Hot Springs (Park) - 4
Texarkana - 5
Cedar Ridge, OK - 4
Hillcrest CC, Bartlesville, OK - 5
Karsten Creek - 7
Twin Hills, OKC - 5
Oklahoma City G & CC - 6
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: MCirba on May 27, 2015, 09:44:18 AM
Tom,

Thanks, and you may note that I have since played Willie Park's Berkshire in Reading, PA for a second time this past weekend and have revised my score upwards to a 6.

Joe Bausch started a photo thread on our visit yesterday.   It's arguably the biggest surprise in the Philadelphia area where I've lived for the past 30 years.   Until this year I never played there and we were blown away.   The scary part is that with some additional tree removal and a return to some of the wild original bunkering schemes it could get even better.   
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: JStewart on May 27, 2015, 12:39:41 PM

I don't mind a bit.  In fact, I wish more people would do this.  It provides some real information to the thread, instead of just showing off where someone has been; and it also provides some real information about the reporter, and whether I should trust his or her ratings in the future.  :)

Unfortunately, you seem to have jinxed it, as no one has posted any 0-10 ratings since your post.  So, I will start, with a report from my trip last week [the last one for Volume 2 of The Confidential Guide].  Note that I did not play all of these courses, as there was a LOT of rain in the area last week:
Tom (or anyone else), care to explain the "Doak Scale" to a newbie?
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Brian Finn on May 27, 2015, 03:12:08 PM

I don't mind a bit.  In fact, I wish more people would do this.  It provides some real information to the thread, instead of just showing off where someone has been; and it also provides some real information about the reporter, and whether I should trust his or her ratings in the future.  :)

Unfortunately, you seem to have jinxed it, as no one has posted any 0-10 ratings since your post.  So, I will start, with a report from my trip last week [the last one for Volume 2 of The Confidential Guide].  Note that I did not play all of these courses, as there was a LOT of rain in the area last week:
Tom (or anyone else), care to explain the "Doak Scale" to a newbie?

http://www.linksmagazine.com/best_of_golf/the-doak-scale

Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: JStewart on May 27, 2015, 03:23:23 PM

I don't mind a bit.  In fact, I wish more people would do this.  It provides some real information to the thread, instead of just showing off where someone has been; and it also provides some real information about the reporter, and whether I should trust his or her ratings in the future.  :)

Unfortunately, you seem to have jinxed it, as no one has posted any 0-10 ratings since your post.  So, I will start, with a report from my trip last week [the last one for Volume 2 of The Confidential Guide].  Note that I did not play all of these courses, as there was a LOT of rain in the area last week:
Tom (or anyone else), care to explain the "Doak Scale" to a newbie?

http://www.linksmagazine.com/best_of_golf/the-doak-scale



Thank you.

On that note ..

Club at Mediterra (North) 6
Bonita Bay (Cypress) 6
Twin Eagles (Talon) 6
Old Corkscrew GC 6
Naples Grande GC 5
Calusa Pines GC 8
TPC Stonebrae 6
Half Moon Bay (Ocean) 4
Oakland Hills CC (South) 9
Oakland Hills CC (North) 6
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: JStewart on May 27, 2015, 03:49:45 PM
JStewart...

Any pleasant surprises in that mix?
Calusa Pines was fantastic (No. 3 in Florida per Golf Digest). Immaculate conditioning, a nice variety of holes (challenging but playable), and some elevation change which is rare for this part of the state.

(http://frystraka.com/sites/default/files/CalusaPines_8BBA.jpg)
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Mac Plumart on May 27, 2015, 04:24:11 PM
Rather than put in the Doak Score, I'll just give my quick opinion on the courses I previously listed.


Dismal River Red---a true masterpiece.  Perhaps the best example of "equifinality" that I have seen.


Dismal River White---a uniquely fun golf course.  Perhaps not everyone's cup of tea, but if it is your style...you love it.


Colorado Golf Club---a very solid Coore and Crenshaw course.  Almost flawless design.


East Lake---lots of history and golf significance.  Makes for a great day.


Rivermont---a great example of what an affordable local private golf club should be.  Fun holes, great greens.


The Golf Club---an ideal private golf club.  Wonderful golf course in an idyllic environment.


The Presidio---very solid golf course to play in you are in San Francisco and need a game.


Prairie Dunes---a masterpiece with greens that are in the discussion for best in the world.


Southern Hills---very high quality golf course with solid hole after solid hole.


Peachtree---another ideal golf club and course.  It is like a mini-Augusta with its look and feel.  A special place.

Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Aaron Marks on June 01, 2015, 11:57:33 AM
My first attempt at assigning Doak scores...

 I think this list has a nice mix of courses - from City Park 9 to Ballyneal.  

 
 Collindale (2)   - simply trimming some trees could raise this to a 3 or 4.
 Highland Hills (3) - average in every way.  
 Riverdale Dunes (5) - Some really enjoyable holes that don't seem to belong in Colorado.  Too soft to be really linksy.  
 City Park 9 (1) - It has fairways, 'greens' and rough.
 Ravisloe (5) - Really interesting par 3s and 5s.  Par 4s are a little repetetive.  Some outstanding green complexes.
 Idewild (4) - Harder than Ravisloe but less architectual interest and variety.  
 Olympia Fields (North) (8 ) - The epitome of what a parkland course can be.  Elevation changes, deep bunkers, subtle/challenging/fast greens and trees that nicely frame the hole without encroaching too severly on the course.  
 Ute Creek (4) - A few holes that require thought.  
 Murphy Creek (5) - Great risk/reward options off the tee.  Interesting greens.
 Ballyneal (10) - Maybe after a trip to Bandon I'll move this to a 9.  I would have felt cheated to have skipped any hole.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Richard Hetzel on June 01, 2015, 07:45:12 PM
Damn, I am hoping to just get 10 in by the end of the summer!

1. Fort Myers CC (FL)
2. Heartland Crossing Links (IN)
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Josh Tarble on June 02, 2015, 02:07:05 PM
Finally got to 10 different for the year:

Broadmoor (5) My home course (possibly a homer rating).  Some potentially boring holes, but I think the greens make up for a lot of things.  
Brickyard Crossing (5) I love this course too.  Totally unique setting, a few really unique Dye holes, but a few very similar.
Woodland Country Club (6) Was really suprised by this place.  Great variety and some cool holes
Blackwolf Run River (Eight) Awesome course, really great set of par 5s
Whistling Straits (9) One of my all-time favorites...love every hole, yes even #5
Trophy Club (4) very unique for the Indy area, just a few "blah" holes that bring it down slightly, really fun though
Wolf Run (7) incredibly hard, but incredibly unique - probably 6 - 8 holes you will find nowhere else
Quintero (0) hated everything about this abysmal cart-ball course.  Should never have been built
Talking Stick North (5) would love to play this every day.  Great example of a non-penal desert course
Scottsdale National (4) If you like desert golf I think you'll like this place...I just am not a fan of desert golf I've found.  Some very good greens a couple really memorable holes - especially the "mine shaft" on hole 15
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Howard Riefs on June 02, 2015, 02:09:42 PM
Whistling Straits (9) One of my all-time favorites...love every hole, yes even #5

Even #18?
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Josh Tarble on June 02, 2015, 02:11:41 PM
Whistling Straits (9) One of my all-time favorites...love every hole, yes even #5

Even #18?

Even #18.  I think it's good for what it is.  A championship worthy finishing hole...that said it could be a lot better by expanding the left part of the fairway.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Nigel Islam on June 02, 2015, 10:16:50 PM
Finally got to 10 different for the year:

Broadmoor (5) My home course (possibly a homer rating).  Some potentially boring holes, but I think the greens make up for a lot of things.  
Brickyard Crossing (5) I love this course too.  Totally unique setting, a few really unique Dye holes, but a few very similar.
Woodland Country Club (6) Was really suprised by this place.  Great variety and some cool holes
Blackwolf Run River (Eight) Awesome course, really great set of par 5s
Whistling Straits (9) One of my all-time favorites...love every hole, yes even #5
Trophy Club (4) very unique for the Indy area, just a few "blah" holes that bring it down slightly, really fun though
Wolf Run (7) incredibly hard, but incredibly unique - probably 6 - 8 holes you will find nowhere else
Quintero (0) hated everything about this abysmal cart-ball course.  Should never have been built
Talking Stick North (5) would love to play this every day.  Great example of a non-penal desert course
Scottsdale National (4) If you like desert golf I think you'll like this place...I just am not a fan of desert golf I've found.  Some very good greens a couple really memorable holes - especially the "mine shaft" on hole 15


Josh, interested to hear more about Woodland.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Colin Shellard on June 03, 2015, 06:36:43 AM
Haven't managed to find the way Tom does his ratings on the site yet, so these are my ratings / comments for my last 10 different courses (covering about 9 months):

Newmachar Hawkshill - 7 (My Home Course - I like it and feel it is generally underrated by most, but let down by generally flat greens, poor green keeping & Greens committee)
Royal Aberdeen, Balgownie - 9 (my other membership - not much needs to be said)
Oldmeldrum - 4 (a couple of nice holes, but generally a waste of good farm land)
Meldrum House - 6 (Corporate membership - enjoyable to play, some great faetures and good greens, but not a real test of abilities)
Newmachar, Swailend - 5 (Still needs to mature, a bit bland but OK as a second course)
Royal Aberdeen, Silverburn - 5 (2nd course at RAGC, some lovely holes and some not so good. Good short game practice)
Tain - 7 (Lovely OTM course, very enjoyable some v good short par 4s and par 3s)
Nairn - 9 (Brilliant course, love this place and don't mind the 2 more parkland holes)
Deer Park - 1 (also known by some as Oh Dear Park - very few redeeming features and terrible greens - avoid at all costs)
Walton Heath, Old - 8 (My first experience of South England's Heathland courses - lovely routing and layout with excellent turf)
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Josh Tarble on June 03, 2015, 08:46:04 AM

Josh, interested to hear more about Woodland.


Nigel,
Woodland was really good. More of the minimal Pete Dye instead of tons of earth moving.  Wide fairways with pretty solid green complexes.  There's a ton of fairway, both actual fairways and surrounding the greens.  A few very strategic holes and few with interesting risk/reward scenarios.  9 is an absolute beast of a hole and 18 is pretty nerve wracking for closing holes.  Very walkable too...the back 9 is over some pretty aggressive terrain, but Dye kept the green to tee walks pretty minimal. 

#1, which I understand was built after they sold part of their land, is the only really poor hole, and it's just really really strange, not necessarily bad.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: David Davis on June 03, 2015, 09:19:32 AM
These updated with my view on the Doak system. Rounding everything down.

Just back from an amazing spring tour where I played my last 10.

Royal Liverpool (Hoylake)     (6)
Royal Lytham & St. Anne      (8)
Formby                               (7)
Royal Birkdale                      (8)
North Berwick                      (9) (for me a 9.6 but you can't round up to a 10 no more than you can give a 3 ft eagle putt.
Renaissance Club                 (7)
Castle Course                      (6)
Old Course                          (8) but it does slowly grow on me so maybe every time I play I will find it more interesting.
Turnberry                            (7)
Prestwick                            (9)
Troon                                 (8)
Dundonald Links                  (5)

ok, last 12 but it was one trip so there. A truly great run of courses and links golf.

That was last 10, here are the last 5:

Crystal Downs                                (9) - actually more like 9.6 and could be a 10 for me very easily. Another round down.
Kingsley Club                                 (7)
Arcadia Bluffs                                 (5) if beautiful views are your thing it's a 8 or 9 as far as golf courses with views go.
Oakland Hills South                        (7) very solid architecture but just not my thing from a maintenance, course set up perspective.
Witches Hollow (Pumpkin Ridge)      (5) to be fair I rounded down here as well. A nice course to be a member for sure.



Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: JStewart on June 03, 2015, 09:30:15 AM
Arcadia Bluffs                                 (5) if beautiful views are your thing it's a 8 or 9 as far as golf courses with views go.
Oakland Hills South                        (7) very solid architecture but just not my thing from a maintenance, course set up perspective.
The only thing about Arcadia that is a little out of hand are the greens. Otherwise I think Smith/Henderson have a pretty solid layout (though the views do carry the day there). And curious to hear you elaborate on OHCC's "maintenance/course set up."
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Niall C on June 03, 2015, 09:32:09 AM
Following Colin's lead here's my last ten complete with Doak score's and thoughts on each course;

Killermont (Glasgow GC) – 5 - Old Tom’s last 18 hole design from 1903 with only minor changes from Braid and a redo of bunkering by Dave Thomas in his usual fashion. Layout has changed little since 1903 hence a lot of half par holes which adds to the fun. Very fine parkland course, shame about the bunker style.

Panmure – 7/8 – fine old links. For me the first half dozen holes were the best. Reminded me of the start at Formby. Not sure of some of the holes at the Monifieth end mind you. Generally the green contours are fantastic.

Glasgow Gailes – 8 - better course than its near neighbour Western Gailes. Lots of small changes in recent years have made a big improvement.

Leven – 6 – tends to get overlooked by near neighbour but as I haven’t played Lundin I can’t really compare but from a quick glance over the wall, Lundin perhaps has a richer pallet in terms of colour with all its gorse. That said, Leven is a solid fun course (if that’s not a contradiction) without any real clunker holes.

Whinhill Greenock – 4/5 – muni overlooking town and with some panoramic views. 9 holes by Fernie (1906) and the rest by Braid (1920’s ?) on fine moorland turf, no bunkers, benched greens and a number of “burns” ranging from drainage ditches to babbling brooks. A real step back in time and at just over 5,000 yards its great fun.

Formby – 7/8 –A variety of terrain from fairly flat to heaving dunescape, as well as heathland to links. Overall it works well with some terrific holes. Probably a bit harsh suggesting this course might be a 7.

Formby Ladies – 5/6 – shorter version of the big course although some of the holes certainly wouldn’t be out of place on its neighbour.

Stranraer – 5/6 – Braids last design. Some good solid design as you might expect from Braid with excellent use of the terrain.

Machrihanish Dunes – 7/8 – clearly they have resolved some of the playability issues and still a bit raw but some of the greens live up to MacKenzies description of the old Machrihanish greens.

Renaissance – 7/8 – top notch modern design. As good as the new holes are I still prefer the original holes, particularly the first, which reminds me of the starts at Formby and Panmure. Unlike some I don’t have an issue with the width the management have the fairways at but instead suggest that they could temper some of the gunge off the fairways.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Tom_Doak on June 03, 2015, 09:55:49 AM
Broadmoor (5) My home course (possibly a homer rating).  Some potentially boring holes, but I think the greens make up for a lot of things.  


Josh:

You are not being a homer at all here.  Broadmoor is at least a 5 and some would give it a 6.  Your application of the Doak scale seems to be more in line than subsequent posters ... if Nairn is a 9 the scale would need to go up to fifteen!
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: David Davis on June 03, 2015, 10:13:01 AM
Arcadia Bluffs                                 (5) if beautiful views are your thing it's a 8 or 9 as far as golf courses with views go.
Oakland Hills South                        (7) very solid architecture but just not my thing from a maintenance, course set up perspective.
The only thing about Arcadia that is a little out of hand are the greens. Otherwise I think Smith/Henderson have a pretty solid layout (though the views do carry the day there). And curious to hear you elaborate on OHCC's "maintenance/course set up."

OHS - it's a great course, however, it's the opposite of the firm and fast that I love. It's over seeded, over watered with extremely fast soft and receptive greens. Narrow fairways with 6 inch rough as the norm. Way too hard for the average member thus losing a lot of playing pleasure. It's immaculate not a strand of grass out of place. Almost perfect in that respect. However, it could be so much more fun for the members if they created width and various angles of approach (tough to do with fairways that are but a few paces wide in places). More strategy more fun for 5 hcp on up players and less searching for balls that are a couple feet off the fairway.

Just my opinion. If that was done the course would rate higher for me.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Josh Tarble on June 03, 2015, 10:17:35 AM
Broadmoor (5) My home course (possibly a homer rating).  Some potentially boring holes, but I think the greens make up for a lot of things.  


Josh:

You are not being a homer at all here.  Broadmoor is at least a 5 and some would give it a 6.  Your application of the Doak scale seems to be more in line than subsequent posters ... if Nairn is a 9 the scale would need to go up to fifteen!

I could see how some would not be as impressed, as you know it's not very flashy...but I love it.  Just a great place to play everyday.  Your team did some great work and Chris Hague has done an awesome job with very limited resources...we're finally getting to the last of the bunker rebuilds this season.  We could stand to take down a few more trees though.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: JStewart on June 03, 2015, 10:24:22 AM
Arcadia Bluffs                                 (5) if beautiful views are your thing it's a 8 or 9 as far as golf courses with views go.
Oakland Hills South                        (7) very solid architecture but just not my thing from a maintenance, course set up perspective.
The only thing about Arcadia that is a little out of hand are the greens. Otherwise I think Smith/Henderson have a pretty solid layout (though the views do carry the day there). And curious to hear you elaborate on OHCC's "maintenance/course set up."

OHS - it's a great course, however, it's the opposite of the firm and fast that I love. It's over seeded, over watered with extremely fast soft and receptive greens. Narrow fairways with 6 inch rough as the norm. Way too hard for the average member thus losing a lot of playing pleasure. It's immaculate not a strand of grass out of place. Almost perfect in that respect. However, it could be so much more fun for the members if they created width and various angles of approach (tough to do with fairways that are but a few paces wide in places). More strategy more fun for 5 hcp on up players and less searching for balls that are a couple feet off the fairway.

Just my opinion. If that was done the course would rate higher for me.
That's fair. Was it your first time out or have you played it a few times and seen those conditions consistently? I feel like especially early and and late in the season you can catch the course differently just depending on the weather.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: JC Jones on June 03, 2015, 10:33:08 AM
Arcadia Bluffs                                 (5) if beautiful views are your thing it's a 8 or 9 as far as golf courses with views go.
Oakland Hills South                        (7) very solid architecture but just not my thing from a maintenance, course set up perspective.
The only thing about Arcadia that is a little out of hand are the greens. Otherwise I think Smith/Henderson have a pretty solid layout (though the views do carry the day there). And curious to hear you elaborate on OHCC's "maintenance/course set up."

OHS - it's a great course, however, it's the opposite of the firm and fast that I love. It's over seeded, over watered with extremely fast soft and receptive greens. Narrow fairways with 6 inch rough as the norm. Way too hard for the average member thus losing a lot of playing pleasure. It's immaculate not a strand of grass out of place. Almost perfect in that respect. However, it could be so much more fun for the members if they created width and various angles of approach (tough to do with fairways that are but a few paces wide in places). More strategy more fun for 5 hcp on up players and less searching for balls that are a couple feet off the fairway.

Just my opinion. If that was done the course would rate higher for me.

any chance it rained a bunch before you got there?

http://ohccturf.blogspot.com/2015/05/update.html
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Colin Shellard on June 03, 2015, 12:00:59 PM
Following Colin's lead here's my last ten complete with Doak score's and thoughts on each course;

Killermont (Glasgow GC) – 5 - Old Tom’s last 18 hole design from 1903 with only minor changes from Braid and a redo of bunkering by Dave Thomas in his usual fashion. Layout has changed little since 1903 hence a lot of half par holes which adds to the fun. Very fine parkland course, shame about the bunker style.

Panmure – 7/8 – fine old links. For me the first half dozen holes were the best. Reminded me of the start at Formby. Not sure of some of the holes at the Monifieth end mind you. Generally the green contours are fantastic.

Glasgow Gailes – 8 - better course than its near neighbour Western Gailes. Lots of small changes in recent years have made a big improvement.

Leven – 6 – tends to get overlooked by near neighbour but as I haven’t played Lundin I can’t really compare but from a quick glance over the wall, Lundin perhaps has a richer pallet in terms of colour with all its gorse. That said, Leven is a solid fun course (if that’s not a contradiction) without any real clunker holes.

Whinhill Greenock – 4/5 – muni overlooking town and with some panoramic views. 9 holes by Fernie (1906) and the rest by Braid (1920’s ?) on fine moorland turf, no bunkers, benched greens and a number of “burns” ranging from drainage ditches to babbling brooks. A real step back in time and at just over 5,000 yards its great fun.

Formby – 7/8 –A variety of terrain from fairly flat to heaving dunescape, as well as heathland to links. Overall it works well with some terrific holes. Probably a bit harsh suggesting this course might be a 7.

Formby Ladies – 5/6 – shorter version of the big course although some of the holes certainly wouldn’t be out of place on its neighbour.

Stranraer – 5/6 – Braids last design. Some good solid design as you might expect from Braid with excellent use of the terrain.

Machrihanish Dunes – 7/8 – clearly they have resolved some of the playability issues and still a bit raw but some of the greens live up to MacKenzies description of the old Machrihanish greens.

Renaissance – 7/8 – top notch modern design. As good as the new holes are I still prefer the original holes, particularly the first, which reminds me of the starts at Formby and Panmure. Unlike some I don’t have an issue with the width the management have the fairways at but instead suggest that they could temper some of the gunge off the fairways.

Niall

Surprised at your comments about Glasgow Gailes, everyone else tells me that Western is much better, although I've yet to play WG. Played GG in the winter and wouldn't have rated it that high, perhaps I should try and get back over there this year.

Can't believe you went to Machrahanish and only played Dunes? ;) I was hoping to make the long drive over there this year stay a couple of nights and play both courses. Glad to hear it's improving though, many negative comments from people I know who have visited, especially when comparing it to Machrahanish Old.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Ryan Coles on June 05, 2015, 04:44:41 AM
1. Worplesdon 6 Slightly disappointed. Rated the best of the 3 W's, I'd but I'd put it third. Expecting heather, got largely parkland.

2. St Georges Hill 8 Better than the Berkshire and hard to believe inland golf in England could get any better - until you play Sunningdale

3. West Hill 7 Visually very attractive, excellent Par 3's - would love to be a member.

4. Sunningdale New 8 The more you play, the more you realise the Old is the better of the two, but the 3 best holes at Sunningdale are all on the new.

5. Sunningdale Old 9 Almost perfection. If I was playing one course in England this afternoon, I would choose here.

6. Bowood (Wiltshire) 5 Could and should have been good. Terrible bunkering, both in style and positioning.

7. Royal Porthcawl 7 Didn't really like this course at first play, but on a nice day I warmed to it. Lots of strategy and very difficult in places

8. Royal County Down 10 The best "championship" course I've played. You could start each hole from the middle of the fairway and your problems are still all in front of you. The most attractive links bunkering I've seen.

9. Vilamoura Old 6 Good course amongst lots of average ones. Needs to be played from the correct tees. Par 3's with the exception of the drop hole are quite weak. Trees in the way of the greens let it down.

10. Oceanico Faldo 0 An absolute abomination of a course. How Faldo can bear to have his name attached is beyond me. Played with mid to high handicappers and on the rare occasion they reached a fairway, the ball rolled backwards 30 yards. A waste of a perfectly good orange farm.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: GLawson on June 05, 2015, 05:37:58 AM
Ryan,

Surprised about your Royal Porthcawl comments.  Was the weather your main issue the first time you played?  Between the understated clubhouse filled with history and a great mix of par-4's and 3's, I think it should be up there with RCD.

Best,
Gordon
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Niall C on June 05, 2015, 05:46:45 AM
Colin

I used to think Western was better than Gailes until I played them both a few times and then my opinion switched. Glasgow is certainly the preferred course for most pro’s and first class players although don’t hold that against it !

For folks who do a quick hit and run it’s easy to see why Western is preferred given the sea views dunescape etc while Glasgow is a bit more of a slow burn. The more you play it the more you appreciate it.

With Glasgow being the Open Qualifier it is getting a good amount of visitor play and most of the comment seems to be positive. There’s no doubt Glasgow has improved in terms of conditioning and playability although it’s still not a course for novices.

Mach Dunes – it was a spur of the moment thing where I decided at lunchtime to drive round from Glasgow and take advantage of their twilight deal and then drive back. Not having played it before and having heard some horror stories I was pleasantly surprised by how playable it was. I’m probably one of the ones Tom refers to as perverting his scale and this regard I plead guilty. Mach Dunes isn’t in good enough condition to merit an 7/8 by strict definition but it seems perverse to me to give it anything less given the quality of the design.

As an aside, unknown to me, my brother played Machrihanish for the first time that same day.

Niall
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Sean_A on June 05, 2015, 05:55:36 AM
St Georges Hill...jeepers, its hard to imagine this isn't the best heathland course...absolute delight...between 8 and 7 so in Doak fashion a 7...my score 1*...give me more plays and I could see this course rising to 8...need to understand the greens better

Burnham & Berrow x4  7 (real Doak 5, but he is mistaken  :D)...my score 1*

Castle Stuart...best modern course I have seen and one of the few I would like to see again...8 (real Doak 7)...my score 1*

Carnegie Links...very surprised by this course as it is better than I imagined. Only real issue holding it back from a 7 is the back to back water holes on 11 & 12...bad mistake design-wise...6 (real Doak 5)...my score NR (way too expensive)

Dornoch...I will never see this course as a 9 or 10...the greens are too similar for that sort of distinction, the 16th is an abomination and the finish after 14 is far from stellar...7  (real Doak 10)...my score 1*

Harborne....very fine...6 (Real Doak 5)...my score R

Blackwell...very fine...6  (no Doak...should be Doaked)...my score r

3* Don’t Miss For Any Reason...consider playing only this course the entire trip         
2* Plan A Trip Around This Course...play it more than once            
1* Worth An Unscheduled Overnight Detour            
R  Worth A Significant Daytrip   (rule of thumb is to never spend more time in the car than it takes to play and have drinks)         
r  A Good Fall Back On Course If Nearby     
NR  Not recommended   

Ciao      
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Colin Shellard on June 05, 2015, 05:57:49 AM
OK, having found the link to the Doak rating scale I understand the logarithmic nature of it to separate the very best courses, so I've altered my rating below from my previous post to work within the Doak system (plus I noticed Tom had a dig at my rating of 9 for Nairn - and now understand why after reading the scale):

Newmachar Hawkshill - 5 (My Home Course - I like it and feel it is generally underrated by most, but let down by generally flat greens, poor green keeping & Greens committee)
Royal Aberdeen, Balgownie - 7½ (my other membership - not much needs to be said)
Oldmeldrum - 2 (a couple of nice holes, but generally a waste of good farm land)
Meldrum House - 4 (Corporate membership - enjoyable to play, some great features and good greens, but not a real test of abilities)
Newmachar, Swailend - 3 (Still needs to mature, a bit bland but OK as a second course)
Royal Aberdeen, Silverburn - 3 (2nd course at RAGC, some lovely holes and some not so good. Good short game practice)
Tain - 6 (Lovely OTM course, very enjoyable some v good short par 4s and par 3s)
Nairn - 7 (Brilliant course, love this place and don't mind the 2 more parkland holes)
Deer Park - 1 (also known by some as Oh Dear Park - very few redeeming features and terrible greens - avoid at all costs)
Walton Heath, Old - 7 (My first experience of South England's Heathland courses - lovely routing and layout with excellent turf)

Strangely the only one I didn't have to alter was Deer Park with a rating of 1.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Alan Ritchie on June 05, 2015, 06:15:15 AM
St michaels 5      maybe generous

Royal Adelaide 7      old school classic

New South Wales 8      as above

Pennant hills  3         standard sydney fare

Stonecutters Ridge 4      some interesting holes that make you think

Ryde parramatta 3      standard sydney fare again

St Andrews beach 6     very solid without being excellent

National moonah 7      very good and worth the visit

Metropolitan 8      Sensational bunkering and conditioning worth the green fee alone.

Jacks point 8.     The course does have weaknesses but to not see this at some time in your life is definitely missing out


Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Ryan Coles on June 05, 2015, 06:19:07 AM
Ryan,

Surprised about your Royal Porthcawl comments.  Was the weather your main issue the first time you played?  Between the understated clubhouse filled with history and a great mix of par-4's and 3's, I think it should be up there with RCD.

Best,
Gordon

Pretty much Gordon. I also walked it in the Seniors Open last summer when the weather was kinder and then returned in February on a nice day. It's very good, but I wouldn't put it in the same league as RCD. I'm a sucker for scenery and Port Talbot can't compete with the Mountains of Mourne.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Ryan Coles on June 05, 2015, 06:26:57 AM
St Georges Hill...jeepers, its hard to imagine this isn't the best heathland course...absolute delight...between 8 and 7 so in Doak fashion a 7...my score 1*...give me more plays and I could see this course rising to 8...need to understand the greens better

Burnham & Berrow x4  7 (real Doak 5, but he is mistaken  :D)...my score 1*

Castle Stuart...best modern course I have seen and one of the few I would like to see again...8 (real Doak 7)...my score 1*

Carnegie Links...very surprised by this course as it is better than I imagined. Only real issue holding it back from a 7 is the back to back water holes on 11 & 12...bad mistake design-wise...6 (real Doak 5)...my score NR (way too expensive)

Dornoch...I will never see this course as a 9 or 10...the greens are too similar for that sort of distinction, the 16th is an abomination and the finish after 14 is far from stellar...7  (real Doak 10)...my score 1*

Harborne....very fine...6 (Real Doak 5)...my score R

Blackwell...very fine...6  (no Doak...should be Doaked)...my score r

3* Don’t Miss For Any Reason...consider playing only this course the entire trip         
2* Plan A Trip Around This Course...play it more than once            
1* Worth An Unscheduled Overnight Detour            
R  Worth A Significant Daytrip   (rule of thumb is to never spend more time in the car than it takes to play and have drinks)         
r  A Good Fall Back On Course If Nearby     
NR  Not recommended   

Ciao      

Sean

I'm still fighting for Dornoch!

Surely its worth planning a trip around and worth seeing again, therefore must be 2*?

Who the hell goes on an unscheduled overnight detour to Dornoch?
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Sean_A on June 05, 2015, 06:55:49 AM
Ryan

The first two times I visited Dornoch they were unsceduled.  Once I flew on a few days notice and once I cancelled where I was due to play and drove to Dornoch instead...even though it required an overnight stay.  For guys travelling as 1s and 2s, I would think its common to go where the wind blows ya.  I could also easily understand playing Dornoch then cancelling a game or two play it a few more times.    

Maybe you are right about 2*, I have it between the two, but because I don't think the course is nearly as good as people say (9 or 10 is a joke given the very few all-world holes...I make it 1 when TOC has arguably 4!) and the green fee and has gone nuts the past several years...I didn't give it the benefit of the doubt as I did 10 years ago.  I am still happy to go for now and pay (just!), but many people I know would not consider going that far for a non-champ course and paying that much.  Bottom line, while very special, Dornoch holds no more appeal for me than Brora at under half the cost.  

Ciao
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Ash Towe on June 06, 2015, 01:43:19 AM
Sean,

For me, your reviews of courses and comments are a real highlight of GCA.

Out of interest what are your 3* courses?

Thanks in advance.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Sean_A on June 06, 2015, 04:01:16 AM
Ash...cheers.  Only one....North Berwick.  I am assuming there are some in the States in the likes of NGLA, CPC etc, but I haven't seen those. But to me, NB is the absolute dream course which encompasses just about everything I think is wonderful about design for holiday makers.    

Sandwich, Sunny Old, Prestwick, Lahinch, TOC, St Enodoc and Alwoodley are the 2*.  Dornoch, Sacred 9 and Pennard are three which are just shy of 2*.  

How is that for a fine representation of GB&I golf?  A few Open rotas, a handful of classic links which won't beat you up, a few quirky links, a few sublime heathland/moorland and a 9 holer.  You could live a long time and not experience the breadth of these 11 courses.  

Ciao
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Ash Towe on June 06, 2015, 04:23:30 AM
Sean,

Thanks for that comprehensive answer.  Despite living in NZ I have played a number of those courses you mentioned and I will add a couple more starting in 3 weeks time.  People could use those mentioned as a starter about GCA.

If my memory served me correctly did you not play Merion a few years ago? I would be interested how that would be assessed.

Many thanks again, Ash
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Sean_A on June 06, 2015, 04:33:45 AM
Ash

I was very impressed with Merion and say its a 2*....would love to go back.  Incidentally, I give Old Town a 2* as well...what a cool course.

Ciao
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Terry Lavin on June 06, 2015, 06:38:35 PM
Bandon Dunes
Bandon Trails
Pacific Dunes
Old Macdonald
Olympia Fields South
Olympia Foelds North
Bryn Mawr (Chicago)
Beverly CC
Glen View Club
Knollwood Club
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Jud_T on June 06, 2015, 08:25:42 PM
Bandon Dunes
Bandon Trails
Pacific Dunes
Old Macdonald
Olympia Fields South
Olympia Foelds North
Bryn Mawr (Chicago)
Beverly CC
Glen View Club
Knollwood Club

Judge, nice list- token public and Jewish Clubs.  Sprinkle in Jackson Park and Onwentsia and I'm spearheading your Aldermanic run... :o

Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Terry Lavin on June 06, 2015, 09:05:48 PM
I love me some tokenism!
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Steve_Lovett on June 08, 2015, 08:34:11 AM
Timuquana CC - Jacksonville, FL
Sawgrass CC - Jacksonville, FL
Amelia National - Fernandina Beach, FL
Prospector at Suncadia - Cle Elum, WA
Tumble Creek - Cle Elum, WA
Chambers Bay - near Tacoma, WA
The Classic - Spanaway, WA
Broadmoor CC - Seattle, WA
Deerwood CC - Jacksonville, FL
Old Marsh - Jupiter, FL
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Adam Lawrence on June 08, 2015, 08:39:40 AM
St George's Hill
Co Louth
Portmarnock
Carton House O'Meara
Worplesdon
Olympia Fields North
Olympia Fields South
Sentryworld
Laguna Phuket
North Berwick
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Michael Goldstein on June 08, 2015, 11:29:05 AM
I'm on tour and having too much fun.

Muirfield - in a proper gale, putter along the ground went as far as a 5 iron. 36 hole foursomes match decided by a four footer on the last.
Gullane 1 - incredible condition.  Three ball play meant a great experience. Interesting to see the Scottish Open changes
Askernish - 4 loops in 24 hours.  A must visit for the purist.     
Traigh - only a couple of shots with a 9 iron. Three memorable green complexes in this 9 hole course.
Shiskine - seriously fun 12 hole course.  Twice has 3 par 3's in a row but they're widely varied.  The blind steeply uphill 3rd is very unique! 
Prestwick - refer to Ran's review which captures it perfectly. 
North Berwick - unscheduled evening round.  Refer to Sean Arble's comments. Playing slower than other courses above at present. 
Titirangi - 3 hour round on a Mackenzie course wearing short sleeves in the middle of winter
Tara Iti - twilight nine. Blown away.
Muriwai - decent course but certainly a missed opportunity on excellent links land.   

Next game is in a couple of hours and I'd exchange it for all of the above...


Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: GLawson on June 08, 2015, 01:02:40 PM
Michael,

Did you have a favorite hole at Titirangi?  It was my final round in last February (after Cape Kidnappers, Paraparaumu, and Royal Wellington) before flying back to the US that evening.  I loved the 4th, the downhill par-3.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Jud_T on June 08, 2015, 05:34:12 PM
I'm on tour and having too much fun.

Muirfield - in a proper gale, putter along the ground went as far as a 5 iron. 36 hole foursomes match decided by a four footer on the last.
Gullane 1 - incredible condition.  Three ball play meant a great experience. Interesting to see the Scottish Open changes
Askernish - 4 loops in 24 hours.  A must visit for the purist.     
Traigh - only a couple of shots with a 9 iron. Three memorable green complexes in this 9 hole course.
Shiskine - seriously fun 12 hole course.  Twice has 3 par 3's in a row but they're widely varied.  The blind steeply uphill 3rd is very unique! 
Prestwick - refer to Ran's review which captures it perfectly. 
North Berwick - unscheduled evening round.  Refer to Sean Arble's comments. Playing slower than other courses above at present. 
Titirangi - 3 hour round on a Mackenzie course wearing short sleeves in the middle of winter
Tara Iti - twilight nine. Blown away.
Muriwai - decent course but certainly a missed opportunity on excellent links land.   

Next game is in a couple of hours and I'd exchange it for all of the above...




now THAT's a list!  well done...
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Michael Goldstein on June 09, 2015, 03:54:35 AM
GLawson,

Glad you played Titirangi (and Pram and RWGC). 
My favourite hole is the first.  It's only 300-330 yard par four. Starts with a forced carry of 120 yards which is daunting for some.  The fairway is incredibly wide.  If you flirt with OOB down the right you get a great angle and, with driver, could reach the green as everything slopes away. The green is guarded by bunkers on the left and is tilted away from the fairway. Incredibly subtle hole but I think the best opener in NZ.


 
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: jeffwarne on June 09, 2015, 08:08:23 AM
Colin

I used to think Western was better than Gailes until I played them both a few times and then my opinion switched. Glasgow is certainly the preferred course for most pro’s and first class players although don’t hold that against it !

For folks who do a quick hit and run it’s easy to see why Western is preferred given the sea views dunescape etc while Glasgow is a bit more of a slow burn. The more you play it the more you appreciate it.

With Glasgow being the Open Qualifier it is getting a good amount of visitor play and most of the comment seems to be positive. There’s no doubt Glasgow has improved in terms of conditioning and playability although it’s still not a course for novices.

Mach Dunes – it was a spur of the moment thing where I decided at lunchtime to drive round from Glasgow and take advantage of their twilight deal and then drive back. Not having played it before and having heard some horror stories I was pleasantly surprised by how playable it was. I’m probably one of the ones Tom refers to as perverting his scale and this regard I plead guilty. Mach Dunes isn’t in good enough condition to merit an 7/8 by strict definition but it seems perverse to me to give it anything less given the quality of the design.

As an aside, unknown to me, my brother played Machrihanish for the first time that same day.

Niall


Niall,
My first go round at GG in a practice I found terrifying with all the heather, gorse and scrub surrounding the fairways.
This was compounded by the back tees being WAAAY back with 40-100 yard walk backs on many/most holes, thus making anything other than driver an unattractive option.
As you say, the more one plays it, the more one enjoys it.I played my best round there by far my last go round. There is a good bit of strategy though a bit of it is lost by the deep seeded fear of losing a ball with virtually every full swing.
I don't remember WG as well, but do remember it being a bit less than I expected, but I am not nearly as familiar as I had to become with GG.

I would say GG would be improved and the strategy unveiled or made more relevant for most by continued gorse and heather removal.
Perhaps I would've embraced the strategy in a nonpressure stroke play event (from more forward tees!)
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Carl Rogers on June 11, 2015, 02:40:11 PM
Cascades
Old Course at the Homestead
Pine Needles
Mid Pines
Dormie
Tobacco Road
Southern Pines
Ballyhack
Golden Horseshoe
Riverfront

all within a reasonable drive of Tidewater Virginia

I wonder if Primland is worth it???
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Adam Lawrence on June 12, 2015, 06:32:39 AM
St Georges Hill...jeepers, its hard to imagine this isn't the best heathland course...absolute delight...between 8 and 7 so in Doak fashion a 7...my score 1*...give me more plays and I could see this course rising to 8...need to understand the greens better

Burnham & Berrow x4  7 (real Doak 5, but he is mistaken  :D)...my score 1*

Castle Stuart...best modern course I have seen and one of the few I would like to see again...8 (real Doak 7)...my score 1*

Carnegie Links...very surprised by this course as it is better than I imagined. Only real issue holding it back from a 7 is the back to back water holes on 11 & 12...bad mistake design-wise...6 (real Doak 5)...my score NR (way too expensive)

Dornoch...I will never see this course as a 9 or 10...the greens are too similar for that sort of distinction, the 16th is an abomination and the finish after 14 is far from stellar...7  (real Doak 10)...my score 1*

Harborne....very fine...6 (Real Doak 5)...my score R

Blackwell...very fine...6  (no Doak...should be Doaked)...my score r

3* Don’t Miss For Any Reason...consider playing only this course the entire trip         
2* Plan A Trip Around This Course...play it more than once            
1* Worth An Unscheduled Overnight Detour            
R  Worth A Significant Daytrip   (rule of thumb is to never spend more time in the car than it takes to play and have drinks)         
r  A Good Fall Back On Course If Nearby     
NR  Not recommended   

Ciao      

Sean

I'm still fighting for Dornoch!

Surely its worth planning a trip around and worth seeing again, therefore must be 2*?

Who the hell goes on an unscheduled overnight detour to Dornoch?

But that would be giving the course extra credit just for being remote. Yeah, it's tough to go to Dornoch on a whim, but that doesn't in itself make the golf course better.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Ed Tilley on June 12, 2015, 08:09:37 AM
Trying to stick to the Doak scale as much as possible - i.e. an average golf course is a 3, my last 10 are:

Frilford Heath Green   4
Frilford Heath Red   5 (Red and Green are in fantastic shape at the moment - very fast and firm)
Frilford Heath Blue   3
Worplesden           6
Burnham and Berrow   7
The Oxfordshire      3
Royal North Devon   6
Saunton West           5
Machrihanish Dunes   5
Machrihanish           8

Hopefully will be playing at Dooks, Dingle, Castlegregory, Porthcawl, Southerndown, Burnham Beeches, Woburn, Temple, and St. Enodoc in the next few months so, other than Frilford where I am a member, this list will change quite a bit. Writing those courses down makes me excited already for the coming months!
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Jason Lietaer on June 13, 2015, 12:13:43 AM
Looking back, a real mix.  Some world class, some ok, and I left out a couple of dog tracks.  Surprised to find out that Cabot Links was so far back and not even on the list!

St Thomas (Union, Canada)
Willow Valley (Hamilton, Canada)
The Loon (Michigan)
Streamsong Blue
Streamsong Red
Bandon Trails
Bandon Dunes
Pacific Dunes
Old MacDonald
Congressional (Blue)
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Jason Way on June 25, 2015, 02:06:52 PM
Just finished up June's golf coast-to-coast golf adventuring.  I need a nap...


The Country Club at Brookline
Boston Golf Club
Old Sandwich
Essex County Club
Pasatiempo
The Fort
Hyde Park G&CC
Camargo Club
The Donald Ross Course at French Lick
Harrison Hills G&CC
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Andrew Buck on June 25, 2015, 02:48:40 PM
Certainly the best mine has ever looked, so I'll post now

Pinehurst #2
Mid Pines
Tobacco Road
Pine Needles
Dormie Club
Senica's Oak Ridge
Deer Park Country Club
Highlands of Elign
Olympia Fields North
Geneva National Palmer
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Matthew Sander on June 25, 2015, 03:50:56 PM
Just finished up June's golf coast-to-coast golf adventuring.  I need a nap...


The Country Club at Brookline
Boston Golf Club
Old Sandwich
Essex County Club
Pasatiempo
The Fort
Hyde Park G&CC
Camargo Club
The Donald Ross Course at French Lick
Harrison Hills G&CC


Jason,


Was this your first visit to the Ross at French Lick? What did you think?
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Jason Way on June 25, 2015, 07:21:01 PM

Was this your first visit to the Ross at French Lick? What did you think?



Short answer is that I loved it.  It was one stunning view after another and the greens were awesomely creative.  My only disappointment is that it has been so wet down there lately that the course didn't really play as intended (The Fort and Harrison Hills were also soggy).


As was the case with Essex County and Hyde Park, Donald Ross's courses just look and feel right to me, and so I enjoy every one that I play.


I'm compiling my photos and thoughts from the trip and will post them up here and on my blog shortly. 
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Matthew Sander on June 25, 2015, 07:53:06 PM
Jason,


Thanks for the follow up.


When I visited, I couldn't help but think of how difficult that course must have been in its infancy. I really enjoyed it though. It would be tough to find a better, more varied set of greens.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Chris DeToro on June 29, 2015, 05:15:04 PM
Here's my last 10:
Point Judith
Agawam Hunt
CC of Troy
Glens Falls
Kent
Flossmoor
Kingsley
Ekwanok
Hyannisport
Old American
 
Favorite was Ekwanok--such a great setting for a golf course.  Hyannisport was a nice surprise--it plays like a true links.  Glens Falls and Troy are great gems
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Tim Martin on June 30, 2015, 09:03:45 AM
Here's my last 10:
Point Judith
Agawam Hunt
CC of Troy
Glens Falls
Kent
Flossmoor
Kingsley
Ekwanok
Hyannisport
Old American
 
Favorite was Ekwanok--such a great setting for a golf course.  Hyannisport was a nice surprise--it plays like a true links.  Glens Falls and Troy are great gems
Eqwanok and CC of Troy are both fantastic examples of Travis's work. CC of Troy is a pretty challenging site and yet Travis routed a beauty. As far as a Glens Falls I was awed by what Ross presented and have to say that if not underrated then most certainly under the radar. Point Judith started with two good holes but left me with a feeling that the land was sort of blah and there are a couple of holes early on the inward nine that are a bit shoved in. With such a strong showing for Ross in tiny golf rich RI I don't think Point Judith is top tier.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Chris DeToro on June 30, 2015, 11:53:19 AM
Totally agree.  Ekwanok and Troy were my first two Travis courses and I'm looking forward to at least getting to Cape Arundel this year now.  Point Judith is a fine club with really nice grass tennis courts...
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Sam Morrow on June 30, 2015, 12:01:34 PM
Dismal Doak
Dismal Nicklaus
Prairie Dunes
Blackwell
Woodlands CC Palmer
Walden
Northgate
Cypresswood Cypress
Willow Creek
Deerwood
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: J_ Crisham on June 30, 2015, 12:25:33 PM
The Dunes Club - It's an 8 and getting better each year with the tree removal. Golf in the purest form.
OFCC North - 8  It should host another Open, sadly it doesn't receive the respect it deserves.
Beverly- No rating due to the fact it's home. I do believe if we took out another 200 trees we improve dramatically.
Old Elm- 8 plus- May be the best track now in Chicago? Greens and bunkering are simply outstanding.
Inverness- 9 . The ultimate tournament venue with perhaps the most ingenious use of ridgelines and valleys in the US
Canterbury- 7  Terrific member track that has not a single bad hole- some amazing golf memorabilia as well.
The Golf Club -9  Arguably Dye's best. Amazing conditioning.
The Hideout- 7  Very well done course on flattish ground- has a Carolina feel to it. Outstanding greens.
Naples National- 8  One of Hurdzan/Frys best designs- very meticulous conditioning.
Calusa Pines- 9  Is it the best course in Florida? Certainly the best in SW FL
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Jason Way on June 30, 2015, 11:13:34 PM

Old Elm- 8 plus- May be the best track now in Chicago? Greens and bunkering are simply outstanding.



I love hearing this. Can't wait to get out again this year.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Sam Morrow on June 30, 2015, 11:17:01 PM
Here's my last 10:
Point Judith
Agawam Hunt
CC of Troy
Glens Falls
Kent
Flossmoor
Kingsley
Ekwanok
Hyannisport
Old American
 
Favorite was Ekwanok--such a great setting for a golf course.  Hyannisport was a nice surprise--it plays like a true links.  Glens Falls and Troy are great gems

How did you like Old American?
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Chris DeToro on July 01, 2015, 07:41:33 AM
Old American has so much potential to me.  I played it in March before the flooding in Dallas, and I don't know if it's still growing in, but it was so fast and firm that the ball just did not stop running until it found a hazard of sorts be it long grass, bunker or water. 
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Sam Morrow on July 01, 2015, 08:42:15 AM
Old American has so much potential to me.  I played it in March before the flooding in Dallas, and I don't know if it's still growing in, but it was so fast and firm that the ball just did not stop running until it found a hazard of sorts be it long grass, bunker or water.

It's been very firm and fast everytime I've played it. I love the place.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Chris DeToro on July 01, 2015, 08:55:05 AM
I think it's likely a place that would grow on me after a couple plays.  I played it immediately after landing in DFW on a work trip and my game made it a struggle.  But there are some solid holes and I enjoyed the overall vibe of the club
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Rick Shefchik on July 08, 2015, 05:47:45 PM
Minneapolis Golf Club
North Oaks
Oak Ridge
Northland
Bemidji Town & Country
Minnesota Valley
Erin Hills
Southview
Hazeltine
Midland Hills
Stillwater (home course)


Bemidji T&C was a very pleasant surprise -- so much fun to play, great shape, beautiful wooded setting on the edge of a lake, great use of elevation changes and excellent new bunkers put in last year by Kevin Norby. It's a long haul from the Twin Cities, but I highly recommend it.







Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Tom_Doak on July 08, 2015, 06:46:53 PM
Updated:


Cabot Cliffs (x2)
Cabot Links
Garden City Golf Club
Port Royal
Turtle Hill, Bermuda
Mid Ocean
Calgary G & CC
Banff Springs
Jasper Park
Karsten Creek


Eight out of ten were first-time visits!  And for once, I'm glad that everyone stopped putting Doak Scale ratings beside their list, so I can take a little time to weigh the relative merits of these.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Peter Pallotta on July 08, 2015, 08:45:47 PM
Strangely, I think Tom's mention above is the first time I've seen him or anyone else on this board use the term "relative merits". Now, that can't be, can it? I mean, it would be impossible that no one here ever used a term so appropriate to the rating/ranking process and discussions -- and yet, I honestly don't remember ever seeing it before. Hmm - relative merits. Very interesting....


Peter
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Sam Morrow on July 08, 2015, 08:57:55 PM
1. Walden on Lake Conroe
2. Dismal Red
3. Dismal White
4. Prairie Dunes
5. Blackwell
6. The Woodlands CC Palmer
7. Northgate
8. Cypresswood Cypress
9. Deerwood
10. Willow Creek
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Garrett McKnight on July 09, 2015, 01:46:37 AM
Not sure mine will get any better from the most recent first.


Phoenix CC
Ambiante - Camelback
Papago
N. Berwick
Muirfield
Cruden Bay
Murcar
Royal Aberdeen
Nairn
Royal Dornoch

Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Sean_A on July 09, 2015, 02:03:28 AM

Practically covering the north-south spread of the UK!

Kington  6
Prestwick  8
Dundonald   6
Western Gailes  6 
Little Aston  7
St Georges Hill  8
Burnham x2  7
Castle Stuart  8


Ciao

Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Jim Nugent on July 09, 2015, 03:09:47 AM
Sean, what Doak grade do you give Trump Aberdeen? 
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Joe Hellrung on July 10, 2015, 04:04:58 PM
I'll make a run at it: 

Trophy Club of Atlanta (GA)
Lookout Mountain (TN)
Holston Hills (TN)
The Honors Course (TN)
East Lake (GA)
Cherokee North (GA) (several times)
Cherokee South (GA) (several times)
Innisbrook Copperhead (FL)
TPC Tampa Bay (FL)
World Wood (Pine Barrens)
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Sean_A on July 11, 2015, 05:03:45 AM
Sean, what Doak grade do you give Trump Aberdeen?


Its not my bag, but I still give TA a 7. 


Ciao
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Richard Hetzel on July 11, 2015, 01:34:49 PM
Damn, still have NOT played 10 courses this year and only 4 new ones:


1.  Fort Myers CC (FL)
2. Heartland Crossing GC (IN)
3. Stoneridge GC (OH)
4.  Plum Creek GC (IN)
5.  Blue Ash GC (OH)
6. Lassing Pointe GC (KY)
7. UK Big Blue (KY)




Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Michael Goldstein on July 11, 2015, 03:57:22 PM
In Heathrow about to endure the long flights home. [size=78%]Just finished 10 more courses since my last post.  [/size]



New Zealand Club: Peaceful, love the heather. 
Royal Porthcawl: Surprised me as it has real character. For some reason I thought it was flat and boring... Which it certainly isn't. 
Pennard: Incredible. From now on I'm reading Sean Arble's posts even more closely.  Pennard is one of the top 10 courses in the UK.
Tenby: Great natural shapes and scale through the main paddock.  5th hole going across the property was super cool.
Aberdovey: Starts with some nice holes and then flattens out a bit around the turn. Well bunkered with natural well contoured greens.
Royal St David's: Very flat and prescriptive front nine (except some nice green contour) then back nine gets better and better.
Nefyn: Views are out of this world. 
Formby: Holes 7-9 sour what could be a great links course. 
Delamere Forest: Some sound changes being implemented since my last visit.  A nice club too.
St Andrews: Enough said!


6 new courses visited and all very worthwhile.  Thanks for all the suggestions.         



Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: PThomas on July 11, 2015, 04:09:05 PM
The Golf Club
Baltusrol Lower
Baltusrol Upper
Plainfield
Westchester
Quaker Ridge
CC Rochester
CC Buffalo
Shaker Heights
Black Sheep
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: GLawson on July 11, 2015, 04:35:29 PM
How did you like CC Rochester?  It's one of my all time favorites.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Joe Hellrung on July 13, 2015, 08:41:34 AM
CCR was my home course growing up.  Love the renovations they have done in the last five or six years.  What a great course that was.  Wish I had appreciated it more as a boy.

The Golf Club
Baltusrol Lower
Baltusrol Upper
Plainfield
Westchester
Quaker Ridge
CC Rochester
CC Buffalo
Shaker Heights
Black Sheep
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Jim Tang on July 13, 2015, 09:29:59 AM
Phillips Park
White Tail Ridge
Victoria National
Inverness
Orchard Valley
Black Sheep
Blue Mound
Whistling Straits - Irish
Doral
Kiawah - Ocean Course
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Sean_A on July 13, 2015, 12:39:15 PM
From now on I'm reading Sean Arble's posts even more closely.

Nevermind about links, 7-9 is a terrific stretch of holes. :)


Ciao
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Scott Little on July 14, 2015, 02:21:13 AM
As a newbie, I figured this would be a safe entry point. Not as impressive as my peers.


1. Rustic Canyon (Best public golf in America for the money...$25 after 2:30, $15 after 4:30)
2. Torrey Pines (South)
3. Torrey Pines (North)
4. Moorpark CC
5. Primm Valley (Lake)
6. Primm Valley (Desert)
7. Sandpiper GC
8. Tower Ranch
9. Tobiano
10. Gallaghers Canyon
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Michael Goldstein on July 14, 2015, 02:08:12 PM
Sean: do you think 7-9 at Formby are great holes?


I've played there a few times now.  I like the course more and more except for those holes.



Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Jim Franklin on July 14, 2015, 03:21:27 PM
Grizzly Ranch
Clear Creek
Lahontan
Martis Camp
Indian Creek
Gulph Mills
Bellerive
BCC (east)
Austin GC
Royal Links
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Sean_A on July 14, 2015, 04:59:11 PM
Sean: do you think 7-9 at Formby are great holes?


I've played there a few times now.  I like the course more and more except for those holes.


Whats not to like about 7-9?  I especially like #8...a rarity for me to like a par 5. 


Ciao
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Michael Goldstein on July 15, 2015, 01:50:57 PM
I don't like the long grass grown across the fairway on the 8th. If there was no notion of 'par' this area would be fairway and the hole would be better.


You play these holes and all of a sudden the course is trying to be something it isn't. Narrow fairways, bigger undulations, two elevated greens etc. 



Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Ash Towe on July 15, 2015, 02:48:49 PM
The Berkshire Red
Crudeness Bay
Royal Aberdeen
Trump Aberdeen
Royal Dornoch twice
Castle Stuart twice
St Enodoc twice


Long flight home to come.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Kevin Markham on July 18, 2015, 03:54:32 AM
The Berkshire Red
Crudeness Bay
Royal Aberdeen
Trump Aberdeen
Royal Dornoch twice
Castle Stuart twice
St Enodoc twice


Long flight home to come.


Ash, I suspect you have 'autocorrect' doing overtime on your PC... 'Crudeness Bay' I have the same problem, except mine came out as Crude Bay (and Fota Island comes outs Foot Island). How many golfers have driven past Cruden Bay thinking: 'no, I'm looking for a different course'?


Last 10


1. Royal Aberdeen
2. Murcar Links
3. Cruden Bay
4. Tralee
5. Fota Island
6. County Sligo
7. Enniscrone
8. Carne
9. Portmarnock
10. Greystones (my home club, and the home of a certain amateur by the name of Paul Dunne)





Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Ash Towe on July 18, 2015, 01:41:09 PM
Kevin,


You are absolutely right about the auto correct.


Likewise with driving past Cruden Bay.  However, it is a great experience to play there. The manager does everything he can to make it a memorable experience.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Bob Montle on July 19, 2015, 07:55:08 PM
Another newbie here - second posting.
My last ten in order with most recent on the bottom are:

Lakewood golf course

Crail Balcomie

The Himalayas (St Andrews)

Ladybank

The New Course *

Fraserburgh *

Brora

The Machrie

Machrihanish *

T.O.C.

N. Berwick (west) *

River Oaks

Twin Oaks


* = Tied for my second favorite.

Brora might have been asterisked also, but we played in 30 mph winds, drizzle and 50 mph gusts.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Jud_T on July 21, 2015, 11:36:56 AM
Nine so far this year:


Barton Hills- 7  Surprisingly good track with some old school Ross and fairly severe elevations.  The fact that a stick like Saltzman and a hack like me can both rave about it speaks volumes.  Between this, the U of M course and Zingerman's a man could be pretty happy camping out in A squared for quite a while.  The greens had some difficulty over the winter but that hardly detracted from the pleasant surprise.


Olympia Fields South- 5 1/2  Finally got to see O'Fields "weaker" sister as part of the Chicago Golf Historical Society event (which included a great presentation on the club's very interesting history).  A fairly stern test in and of itself and probably my new favorite Bendelow, which however isn't saying much.  A great club with 2 really good courses is something you don't see every day.  The presence of the creek on 11 holes would be enough to lead me to strong drink even sooner than usual if I were a member though.


Kingsley Club- 8  If you haven't been there yet, what the hell are you waiting for?  New cottage is open, new look on #4, most underrated living GCA on the planet and the best turf this side of the Atlantic...


Streamsong Red- 6  A bit too many blind and penal holes for my taste, particularly for a resort course.  Sticks will like it better.  Not sure of the lineage but it seems like Bill may have been a bit too generous in negotiating the routing with Tom here.  As said elsewhere the place is very pricey and corporate in feel, but it's easily the best golf I've played in Florida, though I haven't seen Indianwood or Seminole.  There are a couple of great short 4's as you'd expect from this duo.


Streamsong Blue- 7 Unsurprisingly I preferred the Doak course given that he designs so the stern test is at the green and hacks like me with a half way decent short game can bunt it around and have fun.  Classic anecdote- I was playing as a single and another local single caught up to me as I was waiting on the group in front.  He wasn't happy as he hit it pretty well and wasn't scoring.  His quote was "whoever designed these greens is an a**hole".  8)   I was cartballing it in 95 degree heat and 100% humidity so I wasn't as bothered about the routing for walking as JC was.  My caddie was shocked at my ability to chip with a 4-wood.  As a result I surmised that the majority of the guests haven't played much F&F golf...


Lost Dunes- 6 1/2  Would be a 7 if they ever maintained it as it was designed to play.  Always seems a bit too green and soft for a sandy site.  A great job with a difficult property, but there's no getting around the highway and the disjointed walk with several shuttles included.  Love that 4th green though...


Dunes Club- 7 Great track, great club, ideal clubhouse.  Those 2 trees on 8 have gotta go though.  Get on that Judge...


Beverly CC- 6  Just once I'd like to play here when it hasn't poured the day before.  The best club in Chicago by a fairly wide margin if not the best course (that would be Shoreacres).  If they weren't intent on being a Championship track, lost a couple hundred more trees and hacked the rough down a bit it'd be even better and more fun.  Some really good greens that have stood the test of time.


Spring Valley CC- 5  If this place were private, had the intended bunkering and was in tip top condition people here would be soiling their jockeys to get on.  Best golf value I've ever seen for $18 all day walking rate, period.  Next year we need to organize a 54 hole outing on the summer solstice.  Yes youngsters, Langford is indeed the man...
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: John Kavanaugh on July 21, 2015, 11:54:44 AM
Tigerman,


Just because you believe that Kingsley is a 9 you shouldn't punish the other courses you play.  The Dunes Club is at least an 8 by every definition of the word.  It is a life changing experience for every golfer whose eyes are too big for his britches.


Look, I get it, you can't win including your home course in this type of evaluation.  If Kingsley wasn't in your last 10 it would be news.  Embrace your love of the course, don't run from it.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Jud_T on July 21, 2015, 11:59:17 AM
Tigerman,


Just because you believe that Kingsley is a 9 you shouldn't punish the other courses you play.  The Dunes Club is at least an 8 by every definition of the word.  It is a life changing experience for every golfer whose eyes are too big for his britches.


Look, I get it, you can't win including your home course in this type of evaluation.  If Kingsley wasn't in your last 10 it would be news.  Embrace your love of the course, don't run from it.


I don't go in for grade inflation John.  Kingsley's an 8 and Dunes is a 7.  For sticks who want a test and for what the club offers DC is a home run for the niche market it serves.  Also historically interesting in the learning curve of MK.  The clubhouse is however a 10....
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: John Kavanaugh on July 21, 2015, 12:07:57 PM
Sticks?!? Another insulting code word. Damnit, you pulled a Moriarty and added a course late giving Olympia Fields a 5.  If I had seen that idiocy I wouldn't have even responded.  I get it, you don't like "golf".
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Jud_T on July 21, 2015, 12:11:57 PM
Like most you're too caught up in the numbers to read the write up...
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: C. Sturges on July 21, 2015, 01:53:54 PM
Mr. Kavanaugh and others,


What is so great about the Dunes Club that it should be rated an 7/8 or higher?  Are we just so excited to play an extremely private 9 hole course that most people think it is so amazing? 


Thank you in advance,
chris
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Scott Wintersteen on July 21, 2015, 02:05:30 PM
Hoping to get a little more variety in the next couple months.  Here are the last 10:

Olympia Fields South
Medinah #1
Butler National
Olympia Fields North
Medinah #3
Medinah #2
Beverly Country Club
Trophy Club
Blackwolf Run - River
Whistling Straights
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Scott Wintersteen on July 21, 2015, 02:09:30 PM
Nine so far this year:


Barton Hills- 7  Surprisingly good track with some old school Ross and fairly severe elevations.  The fact that a stick like Saltzman and a hack like me can both rave about it speaks volumes.  Between this, the U of M course and Zingerman's a man could be pretty happy camping out in A squared for quite a while.  The greens had some difficulty over the winter but that hardly detracted from the pleasant surprise.


Olympia Fields South- 5 1/2  Finally got to see O'Fields "weaker" sister as part of the Chicago Golf Historical Society event (which included a great presentation on the club's very interesting history).  A fairly stern test in and of itself and probably my new favorite Bendelow, which however isn't saying much.  A great club with 2 really good courses is something you don't see every day.  The presence of the creek on 11 holes would be enough to lead me to strong drink even sooner than usual if I were a member though.


Kingsley Club- 8  If you haven't been there yet, what the hell are you waiting for?  New cottage is open, new look on #4, most underrated living GCA on the planet and the best turf this side of the Atlantic...


Streamsong Red- 6  A bit too many blind and penal holes for my taste, particularly for a resort course.  Sticks will like it better.  Not sure of the lineage but it seems like Bill may have been a bit too generous in negotiating the routing with Tom here.  As said elsewhere the place is very pricey and corporate in feel, but it's easily the best golf I've played in Florida, though I haven't seen Indianwood or Seminole.  There are a couple of great short 4's as you'd expect from this duo.


Streamsong Blue- 7 Unsurprisingly I preferred the Doak course given that he designs so the stern test is at the green and hacks like me with a half way decent short game can bunt it around and have fun.  Classic anecdote- I was playing as a single and another local single caught up to me as I was waiting on the group in front.  He wasn't happy as he hit it pretty well and wasn't scoring.  His quote was "whoever designed these greens is an a**hole".  8)   I was cartballing it in 95 degree heat and 100% humidity so I wasn't as bothered about the routing for walking as JC was.  My caddie was shocked at my ability to chip with a 4-wood.  As a result I surmised that the majority of the guests haven't played much F&F golf...


Lost Dunes- 6 1/2  Would be a 7 if they ever maintained it as it was designed to play.  Always seems a bit too green and soft for a sandy site.  A great job with a difficult property, but there's no getting around the highway and the disjointed walk with several shuttles included.  Love that 4th green though...


Dunes Club- 7 Great track, great club, ideal clubhouse.  Those 2 trees on 8 have gotta go though.  Get on that Judge...


Beverly CC- 6  Just once I'd like to play here when it hasn't poured the day before.  The best club in Chicago by a fairly wide margin if not the best course (that would be Shoreacres).  If they weren't intent on being a Championship track, lost a couple hundred more trees and hacked the rough down a bit it'd be even better and more fun.  Some really good greens that have stood the test of time.


Spring Valley CC- 5  If this place were private, had the intended bunkering and was in tip top condition people here would be soiling their jockeys to get on.  Best golf value I've ever seen for $18 all day walking rate, period.  Next year we need to organize a 54 hole outing on the summer solstice.  Yes youngsters, Langford is indeed the man...
Jud,
Would you care to elaborate on OFCC- South, Beverly and Lost Dunes?  I have played these courses and am wondering how you evaluated them and came to these rankings?
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Sean Ogle on July 21, 2015, 02:11:45 PM
This past month has been one of my better golf months in recent memory. Here are my last 10.


This is also my very first post, so very excited to be a part of the community!



Riverside Golf and Country Club
Cal Club
Pebble Beach
Spyglass Hill
Half Moon Bay Ocean
Half Moon Bay Old
Pasatiempo
Plainfield
Maidstone
Atlantic
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: JStewart on July 21, 2015, 02:22:02 PM
This past month has been one of my better golf months in recent memory. Here are my last 10.


This is also my very first post, so very excited to be a part of the community!



Riverside Golf and Country Club
Cal Club
Pebble Beach
Spyglass Hill
Half Moon Bay Ocean
Half Moon Bay Old
Pasatiempo
Plainfield
Maidstone
Atlantic


Welcome. And nice little run you're on there. HMB Ocean is an amazing property. It's too bad they let Arthur Hills have at it. Could have been a truly special golf experience.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Terry Lavin on July 21, 2015, 03:57:09 PM
Mr. Kavanaugh and others,


What is so great about the Dunes Club that it should be rated an 7/8 or higher?  Are we just so excited to play an extremely private 9 hole course that most people think it is so amazing? 


Thank you in advance,
chris

I've been a member for a while, and I think 6.5/7 is quite fair.  First off, it's only nine holes.  Sure, you can play different tees and you usually play to different hole locations on your second nine, but it's only nine holes.  For this reason, I don't really rate it at all, because the competition has nine more holes than Dunes does.  There are some really good holes, there are some really stupid trees and there have been some excellent re-do's over the past six or so years.  Keiser is very good at being open-minded about changing the place up, probably since it was a bit of an experiment from the beginning.  The thing that sets the Dunes Club apart from other clubs, in my humble opinion, is a combination of the setting, the Pine Valley look and the walking-only culture.  If you combine that with the fact that the pro cooks your burger and the clubhouse is the size of the Olympia Fields halfway house, you have a pretty special vibe on a special piece of land with a lot of great golf, without any pretense whatsoever.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: John Kavanaugh on July 21, 2015, 04:57:29 PM
Terry,

How many 8's are in Chicagoland?  If we agree on three I have the Dunes in the group. Sure it's nine holes but don't discount the benefits of fewer holes and members.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Carl Nichols on July 21, 2015, 05:01:51 PM
Grizzly Ranch
Clear Creek
Lahontan
Martis Camp
Indian Creek
Gulph Mills
Bellerive
BCC (east)
Austin GC
Royal Links

Jim:
What are your thoughts about the Lake Tahoe area courses you played? 
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Terry Lavin on July 21, 2015, 05:10:23 PM
Terry,

How many 8's are in Chicagoland?  If we agree on three I have the Dunes in the group. Sure it's nine holes but don't discount the benefits of fewer holes and members.
My list of the top 3 would be: Chicago Golf, Shoreacres and Olympia North. Right below would be Skokie, Butler and Medinah.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: John Kavanaugh on July 21, 2015, 05:25:57 PM
Forgot about Chicago Golf. I shouldn't play rating games.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Terry Lavin on July 21, 2015, 05:47:34 PM
Forgot about Chicago Golf. I shouldn't play rating games.

Typically a fool's errand...
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Sean Ogle on July 21, 2015, 07:34:52 PM
This past month has been one of my better golf months in recent memory. Here are my last 10.


This is also my very first post, so very excited to be a part of the community!



Riverside Golf and Country Club
Cal Club
Pebble Beach
Spyglass Hill
Half Moon Bay Ocean
Half Moon Bay Old
Pasatiempo
Plainfield
Maidstone
Atlantic


Welcome. And nice little run you're on there. HMB Ocean is an amazing property. It's too bad they let Arthur Hills have at it. Could have been a truly special golf experience.


No kidding. The finishing stretches on both courses were great, but outside of that, was largely disappointed. Had a chance to do something really special with the Ocean Course, and just didn't make it happen.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Jud_T on July 21, 2015, 08:58:42 PM
Guys,


There are far too many folks getting their panties in a bunch about subjective ratings of 5, 6 or 7 which in any non-grade-inflated world are good to great courses.  There's a legit argument for OF South to get a 6, which I might in fact come to on repeat plays.  FYI- The Dunes got a 6 and the Bev got a 5 in the original Confidential Guide. I can also understand how some might see Kingsley as a 7.  For reference, courses that have been given these "lowly" ratings in the past which I consider wonderful and fun:


5- Westhampton, Pine Needles, Belvedere, U of M, Old Elm


6- Harrison Hills, Lawsonia Links, County Louth


7- Shoreacres, Portmarnock, Fishers Island


Get a grip...
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Andrew Lewis on July 21, 2015, 10:17:47 PM
Guys,


There are far too many folks getting their panties in a bunch about subjective ratings of 5, 6 or 7 which in any non-grade-inflated world are good to great courses.  There's a legit argument for OF South to get a 6, which I might in fact come to on repeat plays.  FYI- The Dunes got a 6 and the Bev got a 5 in the original Confidential Guide. I can also understand how some might see Kingsley as a 7.  For reference, courses that have been given these "lowly" ratings in the past which I consider wonderful and fun:


5- Westhampton, Pine Needles, Belvedere, U of M, Old Elm


6- Harrison Hills, Lawsonia Links, County Louth


7- Shoreacres, Portmarnock, Fishers Island


Get a grip...

Jud -

To list the above and also argue that Lost Dunes would be a 7 with better maintenance is dumb.

Do you honestly consider LD and Shoreacres to be in the same decile?

Cheers, Andrew
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Jud_T on July 21, 2015, 10:57:12 PM
7 was Doak's rating of Shoreacres.  I'd give it an 8.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: J_ Crisham on July 21, 2015, 11:38:47 PM
Terry,

How many 8's are in Chicagoland?  If we agree on three I have the Dunes in the group. Sure it's nine holes but don't discount the benefits of fewer holes and members.
John , the recently restored Old Elm is right there in the mix- I don't see a noticeable difference between it and Chicago Golf Club. Dunes Club is also very good and improving with yearly tree clearing.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: jvisser on July 23, 2015, 07:21:42 AM
Ok, admittedly it's the last 12
but these are the 'new' courses I've played so far this year

Hamburger Golf Club Falkenstein
St. Dionys, near Hamburg
Royal County Down, Northern Ireland
Ardglass, Northern Ireland
Royal Belfast, Northern Ireland
Hardelot Les Pins, France
Le Touquet, La Mer, France
Le Touquet, La Foret, France
Royal Troon, Scotland
Dundonald links, Scotland
Prestwick, Scotland
Turnberry Ailsa, Scotland

Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Matt Glore on July 24, 2015, 08:10:46 AM
2015 update last 10


Ballyneal
Riverdale Dunes Course
Wildhorse
Dismal Red- one less hole than I should
Dismal White
The Warren Course at Notre Dame
Harbor Shores
LaTour GC
Riverlands Golf Club
TPC Louisiana

Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Eric Smith on July 24, 2015, 10:12:25 AM
Saint-Emilion
Falsterbo
Dismal Red
Dismal White
Colorado (Short Course)
Prairie Dunes
Colorado
Pinehurst No. 2
Peachtree
Sweetens Cove
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Brian Bowman on July 27, 2015, 11:09:44 AM
New to the boards, getting my feet wet with my last 10, have been exploring the top courses in Kentucky, with a few from Southern Ohio thrown in.




Hyde Park CC, Cincinnati, OH. One of my favorites, one of the best set of greens I've ever played, Ross made the most of this piece of land, and I feel blessed to get to play here once a year. I believe Tim Liddy did a great job with the restoration, and the members I have spoke with are really enjoying it.


Maketewah CC, Cincinnati, OH. Another Ross course, very fun to play, I'm starting to think I like Ross more than most for obvious reason.


Camargo Club, Cincinnati, OH. This course has been reviewed extensively on GCA, and while it certainly did not disappoint, it may be all understated reviews until you play there. Every hole has character, and the level of variety for the par 3's are nothing short of spectacular,


Valhalla GC, Louisville, KY. Not much to say about Valhalla, the architecture may be forced, but Valhalla provides an excellent experience (in perfect conditions) every time you play it.


The Club at Olde Stone, Bowling Green, KY. From what I've read about Arthur Hills (and played), I would say this has to be some of his best work. Unfortunately,  there are a few very weak, or even poor holes, but the overall design lets you test all of your game over a beautiful landscape.


Coldstream CC, Cincinnati, OH- designed by Dick Wilson, this tight tree lined course is an excellent test of golf. The staff is exceptional, and although less known than Camargo Club, if you get the chance to play it, I would certainly take advantage.


Big Spring CC, Louisville, KY. Big Spring is a very fun course, one of the courses I like to play the most in Louisville, who had a complete redesign done in 2004 by Rees Jones.


Hursbourne CC, Louisville, KY. A newer design in Louisville, conditioning rivals Valhalla in Louisville terms.


Stonelick Hills GC, Cincinnati, OH. One of the finest public courses I've played.


Standard Club, Louisville, KY. The club that I have spent some serious time at. When I was a freshman in college, I was on the grounds staff here, now as a senior in college, I am the intern Assistant Golf Professional.


Thanks for reading everyone, and nice to meet you,


Brian Bowman





Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Bill Crane on July 27, 2015, 01:08:28 PM
 As of July 27, 2015:
Hollywood C C  (Deal, NJ)    -  7
Whipporwill (Armonk, NJ) -  6
Pormarnock ( Ireland ) -  8
County Louth – “Baltrie” (Ireland) -  6
The Island  (Ireland) - 5
Royal Dornoch  (Scotland) -   10  (without question)
Nairn  ( Scotland )  6.5 (  :-* )
Golf House Club Elie (Scotland)    6
The New Course, St Andrews (Scotland)   6
Yeamans Hall Club ( South Carolina)  8

Also – 3 days at Chechessee Creek Club this spring. 


A great year so far!  Looking forward to Manufacturers, Merion, Yale, Westchester C C, Beacon Hill and Alamance C C

Wm Flynnfan
 
 
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: JLahrman on July 27, 2015, 01:55:44 PM
Most recent to farthest in the rear-view-mirror:

1. The Warren Course (Notre Dame), South Bend IN - my second Coore & Crenshaw (counting Austin GC as Crenshaw only), really enjoyed it; good course on a mediocre piece of land.
2. Ubly Heights, Bad Axe MI - my in-laws' home club. Nothing spectacular about it, but a perfectly OK place to whack it around with my in-laws when we visit them in rural Michigan.
3. Bandon Dunes, Bandon OR - spectacular
4. Pacific Dunes, Bandon OR - spectacular
5. Bandon Trails, Bandon OR - spectacular
6. Old Macdonald, Bandon OR - spectacular
7. Riverside, Austin TX - some decent bones on this course, which I believe was Austin CC once upon a time.
8. Roy Kizer, Austin TX - solid municipal course
9. Morris Williams, Austin TX - decent municipal; only played it once, would like to play it more to compare it to Kizer.
10. Lions Municipal, Austin TX - fun little muni (when play moves)
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: CJames on July 27, 2015, 03:54:12 PM
Hi.  I recently joined GCA after quite a long period of enjoying the site.  This is my inaugural post.  I have been able to meet some new friends/acquaintances via GCA (e.g., Jason Way, Greg Ohlendorf, Bill Seitz, Andrew Lewis) and have known Terry Lavin for many years as we both play at the Dunes Club.  In reverse order, the recent 10 courses that I have had the good fortune to play are:
The Dunes Club
Shinnecock Hills GC
Winged Foot - West
Beverly CC
Chicago Golf Club
Olympia Fields - South
Prairie Dunes
Sand Hills
Dismal River - Red/White
Ballyneal
As a plus, last month I was fortunate enough to be able walk the new C&C course at Sand Valley as well as see the initial framework for the DMK course.  All of the foregoing golf experiences were highly enjoyable, and I am grateful that I can share the golf architecture passion with so many nice people.   
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Terry Lavin on July 27, 2015, 06:03:53 PM
Charlie,

Nice to see you've ended your lurking and started posting!  Welcome to the treehouse.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: CJames on July 27, 2015, 07:05:55 PM
Terry, thank you for the kind welcome!  I look forward to many more rounds of golf, laughs, and GCA conversations with you and all of the others on board the train!  -Charlie
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Jeff Shelman on August 03, 2015, 12:02:00 AM
Here are my last 10 from oldest to newest, it has been a good last month or so.


The Wisconsin Club, Milwaukee, WI
Crooked Stick Golf Club, Carmel, IN
Broadmoor Country Club, Indianapolis, IN
Olympia Fields (North), Olympia Fields, IL
Olympia Fields (South), Olympia Fields, IL
Mendakota Country Club, Mendota Heights, MN
Midland Hills Country Club, Roseville, MN
Stillwater Country Club, Stillwater, MN
Orchard Lake Country Club, West Bloomfield Township, MI
Crystal Downs Country Club, Frankfort, MI
Kingsley Club, Kingsley, MI
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Jason Way on August 03, 2015, 09:21:14 AM
Welcome Charlie.  Given that I know you have opinions, I look forward to seeing you share them.  Obviously from your last ten, your golf experience is relevant in this nut house.  Let's make sure that Canal Shores is in your next ten.


And nice work around the midwest Jeff.  Solid.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: David Kelly on August 03, 2015, 02:05:54 PM

Just got back from a trip to England and these were the 12 courses I played (in order):


West Sussex
Broadstone
Yelverton
Mullion
Perranporth
Trevose
St. Enodoc
Westward Ho!
Saunton East
Burnham & Berrow
Bath
Huntercombe


The only course I might skip if I did the same trip again was Mullion but even it had a few pretty good holes as you got towards the water.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Jason Way on August 03, 2015, 05:47:54 PM
July was a solid month:


Kingsley Club x4
Crystal Downs x2
Arcadia Bluffs
Manistee National
Forest Dunes
Black Forest at Wilderness Valley
Conway Farms
Onwentsia Club
Bryn Mawr CC
Canal Shores


I continue to fall more deeply in love with N. MI golf the further I explore it. 


August is shaping up nicely as well...
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Mark Saltzman on August 03, 2015, 05:54:19 PM

Just got back from a trip to England and these were the 12 courses I played (in order):


West Sussex
Broadstone
Yelverton
Mullion
Perranporth
Trevose
St. Enodoc
Westward Ho!
Saunton East
Burnham & Berrow
Bath
Huntercombe


The only course I might skip if I did the same trip again was Mullion but even it had a few pretty good holes as you got towards the water.

I'm in the middle of an oddly similar itinerary. Well, 8/12. Huntercombe, Kington and Cleeve down. Lots to come!
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Josh Tarble on August 03, 2015, 06:02:38 PM
Here are my last 10 from oldest to newest, it has been a good last month or so.


The Wisconsin Club, Milwaukee, WI
Crooked Stick Golf Club, Carmel, IN
Broadmoor Country Club, Indianapolis, IN
Olympia Fields (North), Olympia Fields, IL
Olympia Fields (South), Olympia Fields, IL
Mendakota Country Club, Mendota Heights, MN
Midland Hills Country Club, Roseville, MN
Stillwater Country Club, Stillwater, MN
Orchard Lake Country Club, West Bloomfield Township, MI
Crystal Downs Country Club, Frankfort, MI
Kingsley Club, Kingsley, MI


Jeff,
That is a great sampling of the midwest.  Would love to know your Doak Scale (Shelman Scale?) - selfishly for where you thought Broadmoor fits in.


p.s. It's too bad you weren't able to visit this week instead...it's playing as firm and fast as I've ever seen it.  Just wonderful to play right now.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Matthew Sander on August 03, 2015, 06:46:03 PM
Most recent first...


Purgatory GC - Noblesville, IN
Hillcrest Golf and CC - Batesville, IN
Old Wayne GC - West Chicago, IL
Kingsley Club - Kingsley, MI
Arcadia Bluffs - Arcadia, MI
St. Andrew's (Jemsek Course) - West Chicago, IL
Skokie CC - Skokie, IL
Beverly CC - Chicago, IL
Blue Mound Golf and CC - Wauwatosa, WI
Aldarra Golf Club - Sammamish, WA


Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Terry Lavin on August 06, 2015, 07:21:12 AM
Old Elm
Chicago Golf
North Shore
Knollwood
Medinah #1
Dunes Club
Shoreacres
Beverly
Olympia Fields South
Hinsdale
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Jud_T on August 06, 2015, 08:55:43 AM
Old Elm
Chicago Golf
North Shore
Knollwood
Medinah #1
Dunes Club
Shoreacres
Beverly
Olympia Fields South
Hinsdale
And the winner is...Hinsdale! Seriously Judge, what are your thoughts on Medinah #1?
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Terry Lavin on August 06, 2015, 09:06:43 AM
Course One allows the word "fun" to be uttered when talking about golf at Medinah. I'm a fan.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Pete Garvey on August 06, 2015, 12:13:27 PM
Cabot Links
Cabot Cliffs
Merion
Idle Hour
Oakland Hills
Valhalla
Camargo
Cassique
The Straights
The Irish
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Brian Hilko on August 06, 2015, 12:20:36 PM
Old Elm
Chicago Golf
North Shore
Knollwood
Medinah #1
Dunes Club
Shoreacres
Beverly
Olympia Fields South
Hinsdale


Terry,


What did you think of the work and new tees at Old Elm? It is now my favorite place to play in Chicagoland. Your list is the only list I have seen Hinsdale mentioned with those courses ;D .
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Mark Saltzman on August 06, 2015, 12:30:38 PM
Minchampton (Old) (5)
Painswick (6)
Swinley Forest (6)
Cleeve Hill (5)
Kington (7)
Huntercombe (6)
Bond Head (North) (3)
Fenway (7)
Winged Foot (West) (6)
Sleepy Hollow (8 )
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Sean_A on August 06, 2015, 01:58:52 PM

Mark

I am somewhat surprised by the 6 rating for most Swinley.  I think its a bit low, but not outlandish so. However most GCAers go ga ga over Swinley.  I am also surprised by the 6 for Painswick because I thought you were big into width...which Painswick has practically none of.


Ciao




Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Mark Saltzman on August 06, 2015, 02:09:01 PM

Mark

I am somewhat surprised by the 6 rating for most Swinley.  I think its a bit low, but not outlandish so. However most GCAers go ga ga over Swinley.  I am also surprised by the 6 for Painswick because I thought you were big into width...which Painswick has practically none of.


Ciao


I wouldn't say I'm big into width, but I think it's fair to say that width often goes part and parcel with quality golf.  Painswick was fun, quirky and outlandish... as expected, and I loved it.   
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Michael Goldstein on August 06, 2015, 04:35:43 PM
Kington above Winged Foot West.
Most people - even those on this site - would say you are mad.
I haven't played Kington but if I could play one of the two courses tomorrow I think I'd be in agreement.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Nigel Islam on August 06, 2015, 04:53:12 PM
Course One allows the word "fun" to be uttered when talking about golf at Medinah. I'm a fan.


Judge,


I am playing Medinah #1 Tuesday, so this is good to hear!
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Mac Plumart on August 08, 2015, 12:23:43 PM
Olympia Fields North
Chicago Golf Club
Rivermont
Bandon Dunes Resort (all of them)
Mayacama
Kiawah Ocean
Ansley Golf Club
Hidden Creek
Galloway National
The Golf Club
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Mark Johnson on August 09, 2015, 08:53:31 AM

Shattuck (NH)
Windham Country Club (NH)
Sky Meadows (NH)
Nashua (NH)
Vespers (NH)
Scottish Highlands (NH)
CC of Jackson (MI)
Bent Creek (MN)
Windsong Farm (MN)
Glenmore (VA)

Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: PThomas on August 14, 2015, 11:26:55 AM
#2
Mid Pines
Pine Needles
Forest Oaks - sad how far this former tour stop has fallen
Linville
Diamond Creek
Sedgefield
Charlotte CC
Mt Prospect
Lakeland Ohio
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Joe Fairey on August 17, 2015, 08:06:51 PM
it's been an interesting year....

Yeamans
Sage Valley
Pine Needles
Eagle Point
Bulls Bay
ANGC
Greenville CC - Chanticleer
3 Creek Ranch
Catamount Ranch
Maroon Creek
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Ryan Coles on August 17, 2015, 08:47:26 PM

Just got back from a trip to England and these were the 12 courses I played (in order):


West Sussex
Broadstone
Yelverton
Mullion
Perranporth
Trevose
St. Enodoc
Westward Ho!
Saunton East
Burnham & Berrow
Bath
Huntercombe


The only course I might skip if I did the same trip again was Mullion but even it had a few pretty good holes as you got towards the water.


David


The course that sticks out in that company is Bath. I know it as a nice enough course but not really a course that anyone would include on a travel itinerary.


I'm not sure how much involvement Colt actually had beyond going to school nearby.


What did you make of it?
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Keith OHalloran on August 17, 2015, 08:48:56 PM
Joe, way to slip ANGC in the middle there. Very nonchalant!  ;D
Always act like you have been there (especially when you have)
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Keith OHalloran on August 17, 2015, 08:50:12 PM
Minchampton (Old) (5)
Painswick (6)
Swinley Forest (6)
Cleeve Hill (5)
Kington (7)
Huntercombe (6)
Bond Head (North) (3)
Fenway (7)
Winged Foot (West) (6)
Sleepy Hollow (8 )


Mark, can you talk about Winged Foot West? I am not sure what your standards are, but I thought it was better than a 6.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Andrew Lewis on August 30, 2015, 07:08:39 AM
Breaking out of my Chicago rut, I recently returned from a trip to Ireland with two other GCA'ers in which we played exactly ten courses-- and managed to meet another GCA'er for dinner and pints in his hometown (cheers, Patrick!).

We knew the quality would be of the highest degree.  But we were not prepared for the incredible variety -- both from course to course and within a given course -- and prevailing "heroic" nature of the layouts.  The latter point proved very relevant in the five matches one of the others and I played with hickories...Royal County Down from 6300 yards with 100-year-old clubs is quite the test!


I had read very little on the courses prior to traveling over, and now greatly look forward to sifting through older threads in the coming weeks as a way of locking in memories of a fantastic trip.


The list, in reverse-chronological order:


-Portmarnock
-The Island
-Royal Portrush, Valley
-Royal Portrush, Dunluce
-Royal County Down, Championship (x2)
-Co. Louth
-Lahinch, Old
-Dooks
-Ballybunion, Old (x2)
-Tralee
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Tom_Doak on August 30, 2015, 08:36:55 AM

Shattuck (NH)
Windham Country Club (NH)
Sky Meadows (NH)
Nashua (NH)
Vespers (NH)
Scottish Highlands (NH)


I've walked four courses in New Hampshire the past two days and they were all much more interesting than I expected.  You missed all the good ones!
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Jud_T on August 30, 2015, 08:53:15 AM
Breaking out of my Chicago rut, I recently returned from a trip to Ireland with two other GCA'ers in which we played exactly ten courses-- and managed to meet another GCA'er for dinner and pints in his hometown (cheers, Patrick!).

We knew the quality would be of the highest degree.  But we were not prepared for the incredible variety -- both from course to course and within a given course -- and prevailing "heroic" nature of the layouts.  The latter point proved very relevant in the five matches one of the others and I played with hickories...Royal County Down from 6300 yards with 100-year-old clubs is quite the test!


I had read very little on the courses prior to traveling over, and now greatly look forward to sifting through older threads in the coming weeks as a way of locking in memories of a fantastic trip.


The list, in reverse-chronological order:


-Portmarnock
-The Island
-Royal Portrush, Valley
-Royal Portrush, Dunluce
-Royal County Down, Championship (x2)
-Co. Louth
-Lahinch, Old
-Dooks
-Ballybunion, Old (x2)
-Tralee


Lewis,


Lose the political correctness and show us your course grades and impressions! Furthermore, how did the architecture play into your hickory match victory?
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Sean Leary on August 30, 2015, 03:46:21 PM

Shattuck (NH)
Windham Country Club (NH)
Sky Meadows (NH)
Nashua (NH)
Vespers (NH)
Scottish Highlands (NH)




I've walked four courses in New Hampshire the past two days and they were all much more interesting than I expected.  You missed all the good ones!


Did you make it to Bald Peak?
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: BCowan on August 30, 2015, 08:03:20 PM
Port Huron GC
Orchard Lake CC
Radrick Farms
Bloomfield Hills
Red Run
Sylvania CC
UofM
Lookout Mtn
Sweetens Cove
Holston Hills
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Tom_Doak on August 30, 2015, 08:19:11 PM

Did you make it to Bald Peak?


I did ... though sadly I did not have time to play that morning.  What a beautiful place it is!  In fact, all four courses I saw in New Hampshire exceeded my expectations by varying degrees.


Last ten I actually played [updated from last month]:

Chambers Bay, WA
Tumble Creek, WA
Gamble Sands, WA
Wine Valley, WA
Valley of the Eagles, Alaska

York Golf & Tennis, ME
Rutland CC, VT
Hooper GC, NH
Lake Sunapee, NH
Belgrade Lakes, ME
Northeast Harbor, ME


I am up to 54 rounds this year ... I cannot remember the last year I played that many rounds of golf.
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Sam Andrews on August 31, 2015, 05:46:33 AM
My last 10, not counting my home course. Seem to be a few "Royals" in there...


Royal St George’s
Royal Ashdown Forest
Woking
Royal Worlington
Chart Hills
The Addington
Kingswood
Ashridge
Littlestone
Royal Cinque Ports
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Sam Morrow on August 31, 2015, 12:30:24 PM
Walden 3 times
Woodlands CC Panther Trail 1
Northgate 6 times
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Chris Pearson on September 01, 2015, 09:30:22 PM
Most recent listed first...this grouping is perhaps a bit more highbrow (or at least notable) than my previous one:

Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Richard Hetzel on September 01, 2015, 09:33:09 PM
Finally made it to 10!


1.  Fort Myers CC (FL)
2. Heartland Crossing GC (IN)
3. Stoneridge GC (OH)
4. Plum Creek GC (IN)
5. Univ of Kentucky Big Blue (KY)
6. Pine Hills GC (OH)
7. Shale Creek GC (OH)
8. Brickyard Crossing GC (IN)
9.  Meadowbrook CC (OH)
10. Prairie View GC (IN)
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Brian Potash on September 01, 2015, 09:55:55 PM
Hollywood Golf Club - exceeded expectations.  #16 one of the prettiest holes I have ever played.  looked like course doesn't get much play


Wannamoisett - reminded me of Oak Hill; First 3 holes a very special start


The Kittansett Club - really an inland course excepting the first few and last few holes on Buzzards Bay. 


Hudson National Golf Club - home course


Willow Ridge Country Club


Deepdale Golf Club - some of the quickest greens I have ever played


Edgewood Country Club White


Bayonne Golf Club - tightness of first few holes often sets me off on the wrong foot.  hard to recover from.


Whippoorwill Club - super sporty and unique


Shinnecock Hills Golf Club - not much I can add here
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Ross Harmon on September 01, 2015, 11:47:19 PM
Made my first and certainly not last trip to the sandhills of NC last month... last 10:

- Highlands Ranch GC (CO)
- Ballyneal (CO)
- Tobacco Road (NC)
- Dormie Club (NC)
- Southern Pines (NC)
- Pinehurst #2 (NC)
- Pine Needles (NC)
- Red Hawk Ridge (CO)
- Crooked Stick (IN)
- Mystic Hills (IN)
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Sam Krume on September 02, 2015, 04:31:12 AM
my latest last 10;
Goodwood (Downs Course)
Leatherhead
The London Club
West Hill
The RAC (Old)
Princes
Royal Ashdown Forest
Blackmoor
Harpenden
Kingswood
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Jason Way on September 25, 2015, 10:19:42 AM
Knocked out a few spots in the last 6+ weeks:


Old Elm Club
Naperville CC
The Rawls Course
CommonGround
Colorado Golf Club
Chicago Golf Club
North Shore CC
Lake Shore CC
Chicago Highlands
Exmoor CC


Since the TX/CO trip, I have been staying closer to home and enjoying our Chicagoland courses.  I don't think I give Chicago enough credit for the really solid golf we have (if one has access to the privates), especially with the renovation/restoration work that has been done around town in the last 10-15 years.  LSCC and ECC were vastly superior to what I remember as a teenager - kudos to Ron Prichard.


With all due respect to the above courses, the highlight of this last stretch for me was what I saw (and the 6 holes I got to play) at Sand Valley.  Oh my...
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: MCirba on September 25, 2015, 10:27:56 AM


I did ... though sadly I did not have time to play that morning.  What a beautiful place it is!  In fact, all four courses I saw in New Hampshire exceeded my expectations by varying degrees.


Tom,

I've played up and down the eastern seaboard but never in New Hampshire, which I'm hoping to rectify sometime next year.

Any there that you'd care to recommend based on your recent travels?
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Mark Pritchett on September 25, 2015, 12:59:16 PM
Made my first and certainly not last trip to the sandhills of NC last month... last 10:

- Highlands Ranch GC (CO)
- Ballyneal (CO)
- Tobacco Road (NC)
- Dormie Club (NC)
- Southern Pines (NC)
- Pinehurst #2 (NC)
- Pine Needles (NC)
- Red Hawk Ridge (CO)
- Crooked Stick (IN)
- Mystic Hills (IN)


Nice list Ross.  Hard to beat that NC lineup and I am a big fan of Crooked Stick as well. 
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Jim Hoak on September 25, 2015, 01:43:46 PM
With all due respect to the above courses, the highlight of this last stretch for me was what I saw (and the 6 holes I got to play) at Sand Valley.  Oh my...


Jason--Give us some more on Sand Valley--how'd you end up there, what'd you think, how far along is it, etc.?
Title: Re: Your Last Ten
Post by: Jason Way on September 25, 2015, 02:27:56 PM