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John Kavanaugh

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Re: Whip it Out: Post your Top 25 Courses Played
« Reply #1100 on: November 18, 2016, 12:15:38 PM »
Peter,


The underlying sadness of this thread is the need for raters to rate every course they see that much higher to assure themselves that they have played more highly ranked courses than their peers.  Don't hate these guys anymore than the old gentleman at the diner sitting next to his wife of 40+ years.

astavrides

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Re: Whip it Out: Post your Top 25 Courses Played
« Reply #1101 on: November 18, 2016, 12:27:33 PM »
Still warming up as a younger guy here but wanted to put them out there.

-Green Oaks CC (wonderful ross design in PA)



Nice. only the 2nd mention of this course on GCA AFAIK. I played there a couple times as a kid when it was a Jewish club. Hope to play it again someday.

Eric Smith

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Re: Whip it Out: Post your Top 25 Courses Played
« Reply #1102 on: November 18, 2016, 12:57:04 PM »
Dismal River White
St Andrews
National Golf Links
Royal St George's
Cypress Point 
Friar's Head
Sand Hills
Old Macdonald
Pebble Beach
Dismal River Red
Royal Cinque Ports
Sebonack
Machrihanish
Prestwick
Rye
Bandon Trails
North Berwick
Prairie Dunes
Ballyneal
Pacific Dunes
Hollinwell
Renaissance
Pennard
Wolf Point
Royal Porthcawl
« Last Edit: November 21, 2016, 07:55:15 AM by Eric Smith »

Bob Montle

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Re: Whip it Out: Post your Top 25 Courses Played
« Reply #1103 on: November 18, 2016, 04:22:38 PM »
My list of courses played is small compared with most of you, but here is
My list of my MOST FAVORITE.

TOC
Machrihanish
N. Berwick
Dismal White
Brora
Fraserburgh
West Shore (MI)  now closed
Crail Balcomie
Shiskine
Yadkin CC
The Machrie
StAndrews NEW
St Andrews Eden
Bellerive
Dismal Red
Meadowbrook (MI)
Rivermont
Tanglewood Champions
Grand Haven (MI)
Old Warsen
Oak Valley (NC)
Ladybank
River Oaks (NC)
Perth
Rock Creek (CO)
Lake Doster (MI)
The old TPC course in Fla.
"If you're the swearing type, golf will give you plenty to swear about.  If you're the type to get down on yourself, you'll have ample opportunities to get depressed.  If you like to stop and smell the roses, here's your chance.  Golf never judges; it just brings out who you are."

Sean_A

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Re: Whip it Out: Post your Top 25 Courses Played
« Reply #1104 on: November 18, 2016, 09:13:03 PM »
West Shore closed?  When was this?  As a crow flies, this was the closest course to my house.  I know it has struggled for many years, but I hadn't realized the curtains were drawn.

Pietro...get a grip.

Ciao
« Last Edit: March 17, 2020, 03:11:48 PM by Sean_A »
New plays planned for 2023: Cardigan, St David's City, Panmure, Kinghorn, Harrogate, Hinckley, Robin Hood, Sandiway & Ladybank

BCowan

Re: Whip it Out: Post your Top 25 Courses Played
« Reply #1105 on: November 18, 2016, 09:27:55 PM »
West Shore closed?  When was this?  As a crow flies, this was the closest course to my house.  I know it has struggled for many years, but I hadn't realized the curtains were drawn.


Pietro...get a grip.

Ciao


West shore isn't closed, must be another one

Chris_Blakely

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Re: Whip it Out: Post your Top 25 Courses Played
« Reply #1106 on: November 18, 2016, 09:59:51 PM »
West Shore closed?  When was this?  As a crow flies, this was the closest course to my house.  I know it has struggled for many years, but I hadn't realized the curtains were drawn.


Pietro...get a grip.

Ciao


West shore isn't closed, must be another one


The one in Douglas, MI is closed.

Brad Engel

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Re: Whip it Out: Post your Top 25 Courses Played
« Reply #1107 on: November 18, 2016, 10:56:04 PM »
In no particular order,


LACC North
Shaker Run
NCR South
Scioto
Rustic Canyon
Wilshire CC
Somerset Hills
Bethpage Black
Oakland Hills South
Prairie Dunes
Southern Hills
Firestone South
Pasatiempo
Inverness
Olympic Lake
Devil's Pulpit
Ohio State Golf Club Scarlet
Pinehurst #2
Pinehurst #4
Pinehurst #8
Kingsley Club
Sand Hills
Ballyneal
Palos Verdes Golf Club
« Last Edit: July 01, 2020, 09:17:31 AM by Brad Engel »

BCowan

Re: Whip it Out: Post your Top 25 Courses Played
« Reply #1108 on: December 08, 2016, 12:05:09 PM »
2016 List

1.   Old Town (Maxwell)        9.2
 2.   Pinehurst #2 (Ross)       9
 3.   Orchard Lake (Alison)     8.5
 4.   Holston Hills  (Ross)       8.4
 5.   Mid Pines (Ross)             8.2
 6.   Franklin Hills (Ross)        8.1
 7.   Inverness  (Ross)           7.6
 7.   Moraine (Campbell)        7.6
 9.   Kingsley  (DeVries)         7.4
10.  Kirtland                          7.3
11.  Battle Creek (WPJ)        7.2
12.  Old Elm (Colt/Ross)        7.1
12.  Timuquana (Ross)          7.1
14.  Scioto (Ross)                  7
15.  UofM (Maxwell/Mack)      6.9
15.  Pine Needles (Ross)       6.9
17.  Ravisloe (Ross)               6.8
17.  Indianwood Old (Reid)    6.8
19.  Oakland Hills South         6.7
20.  Belvedere (Watson)        6.6
21.  Lookout Mtn (Raynor)      6.5
22.  Naples National               6.4
23.  Dormie (C&C)                   6.3
23.  Diamond Springs(DeVries)6.3
25.  OSU Scarlet (Pre JN)         6.2

I graded harder this year on firmness.  softness was a bigger deduction. 
« Last Edit: December 08, 2016, 02:43:54 PM by Ben Cowan (Michigan) »

Rob Clisdell

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Re: Whip it Out: Post your Top 25 Courses Played
« Reply #1109 on: December 29, 2016, 02:39:27 AM »
  With no new courses scheduled for the next 3 days, this is my list as it stands at the end of 2016. I hope to amend this significantly over the coming years.


1. Barnbougle Dunes
2. Royal Melbourne (West)
3. Kingston Heath
4. Barnbougle Lost Farm
5. Pebble Beach
6. New South Wales
7. Shadow Creek
8. Jacks Point
9. Yale
10. Victoria
11. Royal Melbourne (East)
12. Kapalua Plantation
13. St Andrews Beach
14. Santa Lucia Preserve
15. Metropolitan
16. Spyglass Hill
17. Wolf Creek
18. Mauna Kea
19. Southern Highlands
20. The Australian
21. The Hills
22. Tokyo
23. The Dunes
24. Claremont CC
25. Royal Sydney
« Last Edit: December 29, 2016, 06:34:08 AM by Rob Clisdell »

MClutterbuck

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Re: Whip it Out: Post your Top 25 Courses Played
« Reply #1110 on: June 07, 2017, 07:05:04 PM »
I cant get even close to the quality and depth of others here, but I had never worked on a list and it was a fun exercise and I am posting it for diversity sake (I would obviously do much better with a top 5 posting):


Cypress Point Club
Augusta National Golf Club
Pebble Beach Golf Links


Spyglass Hill
Muirfield Village
Cabo del Sol - Ocean
Kapalua Plantation
Indian Creek Country Club


The Preserve
El Desafío
Doral Blue Monster
Stanford Golf Course
Stevinson Ranch


Nordelta
Chapelco
Preston Trail


Jockey Club
Jack Nicklaus Private Course - PGA West
Pilara
El Dorado Golf - Nicklaus
Poppy Hills
San Andrés Golf Club

Roaring Fork
Landmark Golf Club - Indio,CA
Olivos


Time for a significant update. Don´t pay too much attention to the order.


Cypress Point Club
Augusta National Golf Club
The Old Course

Royal Dornoch
Pebble Beach Golf Links
HCEG - Muirfield

North Berwick West Links
Castle Stuart
Spyglass Hill
Muirfield Village
Cabo del Sol - Ocean
Kapalua Plantation
Indian Creek Country Club
Kingsbarns
Gullane #1
The Castle Course

The Preserve
El Desafío
Doral Blue Monster
Stanford Golf Course
Stevinson Ranch
Nordelta
Chapelco
Preston Trail
Roaring Fork
« Last Edit: June 07, 2017, 07:08:10 PM by MClutterbuck »

Chris Sorenson

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Re: Whip it Out: Post your Top 25 Courses Played
« Reply #1111 on: June 08, 2017, 02:43:00 PM »
Jim, hope to see you at Dismal River.  Here goes my favorite 25

1.  Sand Hills
2.  Garden City GC
3.  Ballyneal
4.  Machrihanish
5.  Friars Head
6.  Merion
7.  North Berwick
8.  Muirfield Village
9.  Holston Hills
10.  Augusta National
11.  Royal Aberdeen
12.  Prarie Dunes
13.  Pacific Dunes
14.  The Old Course
15.  Royal Dornoch
16.  Bandon Trails
17.  Austin Golf Club
18  Carnoustie
19.  Old Macdonald
20.  Spyglass Hill
21.  Pasatiempo
22.  The Links of North Dakato
23.  Bethpage Black
24.  The Rawls Course
25.   Dismal River Red

Mark_Rowlinson

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Re: Whip it Out: Post your Top 25 Courses Played
« Reply #1112 on: June 10, 2017, 12:47:36 PM »
GB and I (in no particular order)


1. Royal County Down
2. The Old Course
3. Royal Dornoch
4. Rye
5. Royal West Norfolk
6. Royal Birkdale
7. Royal Liverpool
8. Ganton
9. Sunningdale Old
10. Royal Lytham
11. Royal Porthcawl
12. Silloth on Solway
13. North Berwick
14. Formby
15. Aldeburgh
16. Notts
17. Royal Cinque Ports
18. Swinley Forest
19. Walton Heath Old
20. Ballybunion Old
21. Lahinch
22. Alwoodley
23. Beau Dessert
24. Turnberry
25. Royal Troon 


Overseas (in even less of an order)


1. Winged Foot
2. Olympic Lake
3. Merion
4. Yale
5. Hamburger Falkenstein
6. Rome
7. El Saler
8. Royal Belgique
9. R.G.C. des Fagnes
10. Pinehurst No 2
11. Gulph Mills
12. Kennemer
13. Royal Zoute
14. Morfontaine
15. St Germain
16. Shinnecock Hills
17. The National
18. Eastward Ho!
19. Chicago
20. Pasatiempo
21. Creek Club
22. Rolling Green
23. San Lorenzo
24. De Pan
25  Hilversumsche


Mark Saltzman

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Re: Whip it Out: Post your Top 25 Courses Played
« Reply #1113 on: June 10, 2017, 04:48:50 PM »
 
1
NGLA
2
Royal Melbourne (West)
3
Shinnecock Hills
4
Merion
5
Ballyneal
6
Barnbougle Dunes
7
Highlands Links
8
North Berwick (West)
9
Prairie Dunes
10
Wolf Point
11
Oakmont
12
Lahinch
13
Newcastle
14
Myopia Hunt
15
Jasper Park
16
Paraparaumu Beach
17
Sunningdale (Old)
18
Royal Melbourne (East)
19
Sleepy Hollow
20
Plainfield
21
The Golf Club
22
Kingsley Club
23
Friar's Head
24
Old Macdonald
25
Newport

And the rest of the courses I singled out before narrowing it down to 25 (in no particular order):


 
Riviera
Valley Club
Yale
Seminole
Streamsong Blue
Victoria National
Baltimore
Pinehurst No. 2
The Country Club
Whittensville
Crystal Downs
Interlachen
Sand Hills
Prairie Club Dunes
Somerset Hills
Fishers Island
Winged Foot East
Old Town Club
Gulph Mills
Long Cove
Chambers Bay
Wine Valley
Pete Dye
New South Wales
Royal Adelaide
Mid Ocean Club
Punta Espada
Kington
Woking
Royal North Devon
Old Head
Cabo del Sol (Ocean)
Cape Kidnappers
Titirangi
Royal County Down
Royal Portrush
Royal Porthcawl
Banff Springs
St. George's

I didn't look back at my previous lists.  Started this one from scratch. 

Peter Pallotta

Re: Whip it Out: Post your Top 25 Courses Played
« Reply #1114 on: June 10, 2017, 05:43:07 PM »
Mark - two strikingly good and interesting lists there. It's a shame you don't post more often on the 'theoretical' threads. (You're obviously too busy *playing* great courses to waste time *talking* about them.) I'd value reading your own/subjective hierarchy of values when it comes to gca, and what elements you look for and appreciate most.
« Last Edit: June 10, 2017, 05:46:37 PM by Peter Pallotta »

jonathan_becker

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Re: Whip it Out: Post your Top 25 Courses Played
« Reply #1115 on: June 10, 2017, 08:26:23 PM »

The first 5 are interchangeable really....but today I came up with this.... maybe I'm forgetting something, too

Royal Melbourne
 Cypress Point
 NGLA
 Pine Valley
 Shinnecock
 Friar's Head
 Oakmont
 Barnbougle Dunes
 Seminole
 LACC
 The Golf Club
 Prairie Dunes
 Kingston Heath
 Merion
 Camargo
 Garden City
 Rock Creek Cattle Company
 Old Macdonald
 Pacific Dunes
 Pebble Beach
 Somerset Hills
 Valley Club of Montecito
 Riviera
 Maidstone
 Bluejack National

Mark_Rowlinson

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Re: Whip it Out: Post your Top 25 Courses Played
« Reply #1116 on: June 11, 2017, 09:38:43 AM »
Peter,


I'm not playing golf courses any more. I've given up - I've deteriorated so much. I'm still interested in courses, however. My lists are a bit odd because I've some big gaps in my experience. I've not played Royal St George's, for example, or Muirfield, Royal Portrush, Waterville or Portmarnock so they don't get on the list, but Aldeburgh is there because I've so much enjoyed playing there so much. I'm sad not to have included Saunton, St Enodoc, or Hunstanton, but they just got overruled. I've only played one course in Australia (Pacific in Brisbane) and none in Africa or Asia, apart from one hotel course in Bangkok. I haven't played golf in Canada, sadly, and my American courses are thin on the ground. As I no longer fly, I don't think I'll be adding to my list of American courses. I hope, though, to see some more of the Dutch and French classic courses.


You may wonder why I have given up playing. The sad fact is that I can no longer get across two of the holes at Wilmslow, par 3s across ravines with nowhere to drop out safely. It is purgatory. I also can no longer get on any of the par 4s in two shots. It is soul destroying. But I take my camera with me, and though the photos are but average, they give an impression of the course that comes with a bit of experience - you soon learn which photos to throw away! I'm currently engaged in a photographic survey of all the courses in Cheshire, in time for the 2020 Centenary of the Cheshire Union of Golf Courses. There are some great courses such as Royal Liverpool, Delamere Forest, Prestbury and Wallasey, but there are also little gems that need a little boost such as Wirral Ladies' and Knutsford. Knutsford is unusual in being a 10-hole course (separate 9th and 18th holes) but I can still play it (no compulsory carries over ravines) and you can get a 9-hole discounted green fee on weekday afternoons - my wife and I will have a glorious time, no matter what standard the golf.


Late in my playing life, I played Trump Aberdeen and Winston Links in Germany. Neither features in my lists, because they were too difficult for me (I should not have attempted to play such difficult courses). I loved the views from Trump, but that was all. It was monstrously deep rough and huge carries from the tee and cost me something like 20 balls for the round. Winston Links was equally punishing yet was perfectly straightforward if you played to a 12 handicap. I no longer did and my round of well over 120 was simply pathetic. I still had some hopes playing Winston Links, and I enjoyed the experience, but I realise now that I should have given up a few years earlier.


Where would I like to play, were I to come back a rejuvenated man!


1. Pine Valley
2. Augusta National
3. Cypress Point
4. Pacific Dunes, one of the Oregon courses, or all of them!
5. San Francisco
6. Oakmont
7. The Homestead
8. Country Club
9. Falsterbo
10. Royal Hague
11. Royal Melbourne
12. Royal Adelaide
13. New South Wales
14. Paraparaumu Beach
15. Hirono
16. Durban C.C.
17. Barnbougle Dunes
18. Kingston Heath
19. Cape Kidnappers
20. Jockey Club
21. Casa de Campo
22. Banff Springs
23. Mid Ocean
24. Cape Breton Highlands
25. Riviera


Sadly, all of these will be but a dream. I have no chance of visiting any, let alone playing them. Don't grow old!

David Davis

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Re: Whip it Out: Post your Top 25 Courses Played
« Reply #1117 on: June 11, 2017, 05:54:21 PM »

The first 5 are interchangeable really....but today I came up with this.... maybe I'm forgetting something, too

Royal Melbourne
 Cypress Point
 NGLA
 Pine Valley
 Shinnecock
 Friar's Head
 Oakmont
 Barnbougle Dunes
 Seminole
 LACC
 The Golf Club
 Prairie Dunes
 Kingston Heath
 Merion
 Camargo
 Garden City
 Rock Creek Cattle Company
 Old Macdonald
 Pacific Dunes
 Pebble Beach
 Somerset Hills
 Valley Club of Montecito
 Riviera
 Maidstone
 Bluejack National




JB, great list with one of the biggest gaping holes I've ever seen in a list...


So tell me, what do you have against the UK and Ireland?


If you by chance, which I find hard to believe just haven't been, are you allergic to haggis or something?
Next up: open to ideas!

IG: @top100golftraveler
www.top100golfcourses.com

jonathan_becker

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Re: Whip it Out: Post your Top 25 Courses Played
« Reply #1118 on: June 12, 2017, 06:36:27 AM »
DD,


Work is really busy in the summer months and it's hard to get away for a week at a time.  Plus, you guys living over there don't work so every day is a vacation day. :) I'll get over there soon enough though. 

Mike Treitler

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Re: Whip it Out: Post your Top 25 Courses Played
« Reply #1119 on: September 08, 2017, 04:44:22 PM »
Just updated my list for 2017.    I actually did a top 50.  2017 inclusions are bolded:
 
1. Bandon Trails
2. Turnberry
3. St Andrews (Old)
4. Bandon Dunes
5. Carnoustie
6. Pacific Dunes
7. Whistling Straits
8. Bethpage (Black)
9. Kingsley Club
10. Arcadia Bluffs
11. Garden City Men's Club
12. Crystal Downs
13. Quaker Ridge
14. Milwaukee CC
15. Spyglass Hill
16. Yale
17. Old Macdonald
18. Kingsbarns
19. Cabo Del Sol (Ocean)
20. The Rim
21. Lawsonia Links
22. Dunes Club
23. Lost Dunes
24. Shore Acres
25. Prestwick
26. Wannamoisett
27. Medinah #3
28. Calusa Pines
29. Silverleaf
30. Greywalls at Marquette
31. Westchester CC (West)
32. Glenview Club
33. Blackwolf Run (River)
34. Streamsong (Red)
35. Butler National
36. Davenport CC
37. St Andrews (Castle)
38. Four Seasons Punta Mita (Bahia)
39. Barton Creek (Canyons)
40. Whistling Straits (Irish)
41. Old Elm
42. CC of Fairfield
43. Quintero Ranch
44. Sand Valley
45. Golf Club of Scottsdale
46. Timberstone
47. Cascata
48. Erin Hills
49. Streamsong (Blue)
50. Skokie CC

Honorable Mention: Medinah #1, Reynolds Plantation (Great Waters), Half Moon Bay (Ocean), Cabo Del Sol (Dessert), Pilgrims Run, Carnegie Abbey
« Last Edit: September 08, 2017, 04:54:25 PM by Mike Treitler »

David Peters

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Re: Whip it Out: Post your Top 25 Courses Played
« Reply #1120 on: October 06, 2017, 11:11:44 AM »
This was much harder than I thought it would be.  I wanted to list them in order, but after the first 3 it became too difficult.  So here are my top 25 in alphabetical order.


 
Caledonia
Carnoustie
Congressional
Dormie Club
Erin Hills
Farmington CC
Kingsbarns
Kinloch
Lawsonia Links
Lebanon CC
Mid Pines
Muirfield
North Berwick
Pasatiempo
PCC Wissahickon
Pebble Beach
Pinehurst no.2
Royal New Kent
St Andrews Castle
St Andrews Jubilee
St Andrews New
St Andrews Old
The Ocean Course
Tobacco Road
Whistling Straits

JHoulihan

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Re: Whip it Out: Post your Top 25 Courses Played
« Reply #1121 on: October 08, 2017, 12:21:34 AM »
I have spent many nights spent reading this list originally started by Jim in 2009. He encouraged me to learn about national courses. I was finally able to meet him this summer. Many years after buying his book and conversing online, finally shaking hands on the porch of what has now become our and many others favorite course.
1 Ballyneal CO
2 Kingsley Club MI
3 Dismal River (Red/Doak) NE
4 Prairie Club (Dunes) NE
5 Black Sheep IL
6 Flossmoor IL
7 Forest Dunes MI
8 Rock Hollow IN
9 Bear Slide IN
10 Trophy Club IN
11 Arcadia Bluffs MI
12 Prairie Club (Pines) NE
13 Thunderhawk IL
14 Wild Horse NE
15 Dismal River (White/Nicklaus) NE
16 Ak Chin Southern Dunes AZ
17 Desert Forest AZ
18 We Ko Pa (Saguaro) AZ
19 Talking Stick (North) AZ
20 The Fort IN
21 Cog Hill (#2) IL
22 Cantigny IL
23 TPC Scottsdale (Champions) AZ
24 Sagamore IN
25 George Dunne IL
« Last Edit: October 15, 2017, 07:52:52 PM by JHoulihan »

Rick Lane

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Re: Whip it Out: Post your Top 25 Courses Played
« Reply #1122 on: October 09, 2017, 01:21:10 PM »
Really hard to sort top to bottom and I know I missed some....

National Golf Links
Pacific Dunes
Winged Foot West
Lahinch
Winged Foot East
Pine Valley
TPC Sawgrass
Ballybunion
Garden City
Maidstone
Erin Hills
Shinnecock
Stonewall North
Cassique
Atlantic
Merion
Pinehurst #2
Quaker Ridge
Ridgewood NJ
Baltusrol Lower
Bandon Dunes
Yale
Bandon Trails
Wee Burn
Westchester CC

John Handley

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Re: Whip it Out: Post your Top 25 Courses Played
« Reply #1123 on: October 10, 2017, 06:24:44 PM »
Cypress Point
Royal County Down
Muirfield
Royal Portrush
St. Andrews OLD


Pebble Beach
Merion East
California Golf Club of SF
Los Angeles CC North
Turnberry


Ballybunion Old
Winged Foot West
Pinehurst #2
Pacific Dunes
Lahinch


Carnoustie
Portmarnock Old
Bandon Dunes
Troon Old
San Francisco GC


Riviera
Muirfield Village
Bandon Trails
Diamante Dunes
Cabo Del Sol Ocean




Terry Lavin

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Re: Whip it Out: Post your Top 25 Courses Played
« Reply #1124 on: October 10, 2017, 07:57:02 PM »
Great, diverse list!
Nobody ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American people.  H.L. Mencken

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