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Carl Nichols

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Re: Whip it Out: Post your Top 25 Courses Played
« Reply #925 on: August 25, 2014, 12:59:29 PM »
Since we're whipping it out, here's my top 25 played over the course of the past year:

1. Merion East
2. Oakmont
3. Maidstone
4. Sleepy Hollow
5. Piping Rock
6. The Creek
7. Fox Chapel
8. The Course at Yale
9. Dunes Club
10. Streamsong Blue
11. Streamsong Red
12. Ocean Course
13. Pinehurst No. 2
14. Kinloch
15. Greenbrier Old White
16. Ridgewood
17. Mountain Lake
18. St. George's
19. Lancaster
20. Plainfield
21. Bayonne
22. Aronimink
23. Baltimore CC (East)
24. Shadow Creek
25. Dormie

nice year!

Terry Lavin

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Re: Whip it Out: Post your Top 25 Courses Played
« Reply #926 on: August 25, 2014, 01:22:18 PM »
behooves me to admire B. Hoover's

Nice! You're no ass for using assonance.

And I would diss you for dissonance!
Nobody ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American people.  H.L. Mencken

Billsteele

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Re: Whip it Out: Post your Top 25 Courses Played
« Reply #927 on: August 25, 2014, 02:06:20 PM »
The judge si truly a cunning linguist.

Kevin_D

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Re: Whip it Out: Post your Top 25 Courses Played
« Reply #928 on: September 16, 2014, 09:32:58 AM »
After a fantastic 2014 season, including Bandon Dunes (finally!), I've updated my list:

1   National Golf Links of America
2   Shinnecock Hills
3   Merion
4   Pacific Dunes
5   Friar's Head
6   Pinehurst #2
7   Pebble Beach
8   Bethpage (Black)
9   San Francisco Golf Club
10   Sunningdale Old
11   Winged Foot West
12   Old Macdonald
13   Riviera
14   Maidstone
15   Swinley Forest
16   Plainfield
17   Crystal Downs
18   Garden City Golf Club
19   Bandon Dunes
20   Streamsong Red
21   Stonewall Old
22   Kingsley Club
23   Yale
24   Doral Blue
25   Sebonack

Kevin_D

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Re: Whip it Out: Post your Top 25 Courses Played
« Reply #929 on: September 16, 2014, 10:16:11 AM »
Ground Rules: Post your personal top 25, ranked in order. No alphabetical cop out lists.  

Come on, Brian!  Rank!

Mike Treitler

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Re: Whip it Out: Post your Top 25 Courses Played
« Reply #930 on: September 16, 2014, 10:27:28 AM »
 
1.Turnberry (Ailsa)
2.Bandon Trails

3.St. Andrews (Old Course)

4.Bandon Dunes

5.Carnoustie

6.Pacific Dunes

7.Kingsley Club

8.Arcadia Bluffs

9.Whistling Straights

10.Spyglass Hill

11.Crystal Downs

12.Dunes Club

13.Kingsbarns

14.Cabo Del Sol Ocean

15.Milwaukee CC

16.Lost Dunes

17.Old Macdonald

18.Greywalls at Marquette

19.Prestwick

20.Golf Club of Scottsdale

21.St Andrews (Castle)

22.Silverleaf

23.Lawsonia Links

24.Four Seasons Punta Mita (Bahia)
25. Cabo Del Sol (Dessert)

Mike Treitler

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Re: Whip it Out: Post your Top 25 Courses Played
« Reply #931 on: September 16, 2014, 10:29:43 AM »
And for the record I actually have a top 40 with honorable mention so here is the rest of the list

26.Bay Harbor
27. Blackwolf Run (River)
28. Whistling Straights (Irish)
29.Shore Acres

30.Quintero Ranch

31.Timberstone

32.Hawks Eye

33.Barton Creek (Canyons)
34. Cascata

35. Barton Creek (Foothills)
36. Erin Hills
37. Black Wolf Run (Meadow)
38. Forest Dunes
39. Glenview Club
40. Desert Highlands
Honorable Mention: Skokie CC, Coyote Moon, Wild Rock, Eagle Ridge (General), Pilgrims Run

Sean_A

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Re: Whip it Out: Post your Top 25 Courses Played
« Reply #932 on: September 17, 2014, 05:22:20 AM »
See page 45.

Ciao
« Last Edit: October 25, 2016, 01:38:20 PM by Sean_A »
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Cristian

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Re: Whip it Out: Post your Top 25 Courses Played
« Reply #933 on: September 17, 2014, 06:20:55 AM »
Ground Rules: Post your personal top 25, ranked in order. No alphabetical cop out lists.  

Come on, Brian!  Rank!

Jeepers, I didn't realize this was meant to be rank job.  Tough to do with favourites, but here goes.

My Favourite 25

North Berwick
Kington
St Enodoc
Old Town
Sacred 9
Cavendish
Lakewood Shores
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Pennard
Alwoodley
Cleeve Cloud
Perranporth
Reddish Vale
Enniscrone
Prestwick
LuLu
Lederach
Oxford
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Cruden Bay
Portrush Valley
Carnoustie Burnside
Strandhill
Tobacco Road
Southerndown
Renaissance
Yelverton

Ciao



Did you forget or not include Painswick?

I always thought it was part of your Jewel Box containing a foursome of hidden Gems; Kington, Cavendish, Painswick and Perranporth.

The term Hidden Gem is quite overused; most courses called a hidden gem or either not hidden (many people have been there) or not a gem.

I have never seen any of these apart from drooling over your picture threads. In which order would you visit these 4?

Sean_A

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Re: Whip it Out: Post your Top 25 Courses Played
« Reply #934 on: September 17, 2014, 07:02:10 AM »
Cristian

Painswick doesn't quite make the list mainly because of its conditioning.  I reckon there are a few small windows to play Painswick.  In the spring before the rough can grow and in the fall after the rough can be cut and before the mud sets in.  

Kington
Cavendish
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Perranporth
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Painswick

I think Kington is also the best of these courses.  It is a proper design with some cool shaping and unusual fairway undulations.  Perranporth is probably better than Cavendish just because its on sand and the course is easily played all year, but in terms of the design Cavendish knocks P'porth all over the room and because of this I place it 2nd.  Cavendish certainly suffers from drainage issues, even so, I greatly admire the design and think it is an excellent model of where architecture should be heading.  I like Painswick, but it is very extreme; a game once or twice is year is enough for me whereas if Cavendish was that close to me I would consider joining and if Kington were that close I would have been a member these past dozen years.  I reckon Painswick's par 3s really make the design (one of the best and most varied sets I know of), but there are also a few wonderful 4s highlighted by some terrific green sites.  Other than for safety issues here and there, nothing should change and all should see Painswick at least twice  :D  It truly is a marvel.  

BTW - I don't really think Perranporth is a hidden gem.  It is quite a popular holiday course.  

Sheehy

I know you aren't a Dealie in the same way some others are, but I am surprised Deal isn't among your top 25.  Whats the problem?

Ciao
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Carson Pilcher

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Re: Whip it Out: Post your Top 25 Courses Played
« Reply #935 on: September 17, 2014, 09:40:15 AM »
In no particular order; except for the top two:

St. Andrews Old
Cypress Point
San Francisco Golf Club
The Honors Course
Peachtree Golf Club
Settindown Creek Golf Club
Olympic Club
Timuquana
Augusta CC
Palmetto
Spyglass Hill
Whistling Straits
Monterrey Pennisula Golf Club
Pasatiempo
Cuscowilla
Streamsong Red
Streamsong Blue
St. Andrews New
Highlands Country Club
Country Club of Columbus
Grove Park Inn
Lookout Mountain Golf Club
Ruby Hill Golf Club
Harding Park
Blackwolf Run


Mark Chaplin

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Re: Whip it Out: Post your Top 25 Courses Played
« Reply #936 on: September 18, 2014, 04:56:19 AM »
Brian take out Sandwich then, their rough is brutal this year......weather and conditioning are surely skin deep!! 
Cave Nil Vino

Joe_Tucholski

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Re: Whip it Out: Post your Top 25 Courses Played
« Reply #937 on: September 18, 2014, 07:39:50 AM »
1. Pacific Dunes, OR
2. Pinehurst No. 2, NC
3. Pasatiempo, CA
4. Kapalua Plantation, HI
5. Bandon Dunes, OR
6. Lawsonia Links, WI
7. Bandon Preserve, OR
8. Pinehurst No. 8, NC
9. Torrey Pines (South), CA
10. Pine Meadow (pre-greens disaster), IL
11. Rustic Canyon, CA
12. Conway Farms, IL
13. Old Elm, IL
14. Pinehurst No. 4, NC
15. Manakiki, OH
16. Palos Verdes, CA
17. Rancho Santa Fe, CA
18. Sleepy Hollow, OH
19. Kemper Lakes, IL
20. Stanford, CA
21. Beechmont, OH
22. Pinehurst No. 5, NC
23. Blackwolf Run (Meadow Valleys), WI
24. Troon North (Monument- original routing), AZ
25. Warren Course at Notre Dame, IN

Max, looks like you need to move to Pinehurst and buy a house with 4 of the resort courses in your top 25.

Sean Leary

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Re: Whip it Out: Post your Top 25 Courses Played
« Reply #938 on: September 18, 2014, 02:34:00 PM »
Pine Valley
Shinnecock Hills
Cypress Point
Royal County Down
Royal Portrush
Pebble Beach
Merion
Prairie Dunes
Lahinch
Ballybunion
Royal Dornoch
Turnberry
North Berwick
Pacific Dunes
Ballyneal
LACC North
San Francisco GC
The Old Course
Bandon Trails
Kiawah (Ocean)
Eastward Ho!
Enniscrone
Rock Creek Cattle Co.
Gozzer Ranch
Pasatiempo




Sean_A

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Re: Whip it Out: Post your Top 25 Courses Played
« Reply #939 on: November 04, 2014, 08:43:46 AM »
Brian take out Sandwich then, their rough is brutal this year......weather and conditioning are surely skin deep!! 

Chappers

Not meant to be a harsh question, but why not look for ways to make Deal a more pleasurable experience rather than basically state the current set-up is within the normal pattern? Couldn't anything be done to make Deal better, or is it as good as it can be?

Ciao
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astavrides

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Re: Whip it Out: Post your Top 25 Courses Played
« Reply #940 on: November 04, 2014, 11:21:01 PM »
1   Pebble Beach
2   Royal Melbourne West
3   Royal County Down
4   St. Andrews- old course
5   Turnberry (Ailsa)
6   Kingsbarns
7   Pacific Dunes
8   Olympic (Lake)
9   Carnoustie
10   New South Wales Golf Club
11   Royal Portrush
12   Cabo del Sol (Ocean)
13   monterey peninsula (shore)
14   Whistling Straits (Straits)
15   ballyneal
16   El Dorado (Los Cabos)
17   harbor town
18   old mcdonald
19   clear creek tahoe
20   bandon trails
21   Blackwolf Run (River)
22   pinehurst#2
23   kiawah
24   Valderrama
25   Bandon Dunes

DFarron

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Re: Whip it Out: Post your Top 25 Courses Played
« Reply #941 on: November 05, 2014, 05:25:32 PM »
Mine in order....

Cypress
Pebble
Miurfield (Scotland)
Chicago GC
Shinnecock
The Old Course
Carnoustie
North Berwick GC
Prarie Dunes
Muirfield Village
Cal Club
Inverness
The Golf Club
Oakland Hills South
Garden City
Camargo Club
Olympic Club Lake
Machrihanish
Pasatiempo
Canterbury
Brookside
The Valley Club of Montecito
Riviera
Barton Hills
San Francisco GC
« Last Edit: November 05, 2014, 05:27:40 PM by DFarron »

Mac Plumart

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Re: Whip it Out: Post your Top 25 Courses Played
« Reply #942 on: November 24, 2014, 04:19:51 PM »
Pretty sure I'm done traveling for golf for the year.  So, here's my updated list of favorites through 2014.

Augusta National
Royal County Down
The Golf Club
Dismal River Doak
The Old Course
NGLA
Old MacDonald
Kiawah Ocean
Shinnecock Hills
Pinehurst #2
Sand Hills
Myopia Hunt
Dismal River Nicklaus
Friar's Head
Muirfield
Kingsley Club
Shoreacres
Cal Club
Sebonack
Valley Club
Chicago Golf
Peachtree
Prairie Dunes
Old Sandwich
Camargo
Sportsman/Adventure loving golfer.

jeffwarne

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Re: Whip it Out: Post your Top 25 Courses Played
« Reply #943 on: November 24, 2014, 06:05:11 PM »
In no particular order except #'s 25
ANGC
Eastward Ho
St. Georges
Sleepy Hollow
Pebble Beach
Portsalon
RCD
NGLA
Shinny
Pine Valley
Myopia
Fishers
Kittansett
Creek
TOC
North Berwick
Pennard
St Enodoc
Friars
Portnoo
Riviera
Perranporth
Brora
Aberdovey
4 way tie for 25th
Augusta CC (homer ;))
Palmetto (homer ;) ;))
Southampton (homer ;) ;) ;D)
Goat Hill (homer ;D ;D ;D ;D ;)

could of course change as I think about it :) ;)
"Let's slow the damned greens down a bit, not take the character out of them." Tom Doak
"Take their focus off the grass and put it squarely on interesting golf." Don Mahaffey

BCowan

Re: Whip it Out: Post your Top 25 Courses Played
« Reply #944 on: December 01, 2014, 09:24:15 AM »
As of Today

Inverness
#2
UofM (and i went to OSU)
Naples National
Battle Creek CC
Kingsley Club
OSU Scarlet
Calusa Pines
Groose Ile
Radrick Farms
Scioto
Mid Pines
Sylvania CC
Plum Hollow CC
Western Golf and CC
Double Eagle
Barton Hills (played before renovation it was avg Ross)
World Woods (pine barrons)
Caledonia
Ocala Golf club (muni) great potential
Washtenaw CC
Roseland (played pre renovation)Windsor Muni
Elks Run cinci
Muirfield Village
2014

 1.  Mid pines
 2. #2
 3. Franklin Hills
 4.  Inverness
 5.  UofM
 6.  Orchard Lake
 7.  Kirtland
 8.  Scioto
 9.  Pine Needles
10. Battle Creek
11. Naples National
12. OSU Scarlet (pre JN)
13. Southern Pines
14. Dormie
15. Kingsley
16. Lookout mtn
17. Barton Hills
18.  Sylvania                                                
19.  Canterbury
20.  Radrick Farms
21.  Indianwood
22.  Honors
23.  Double Eagle
24.  Plum Hollow                                                                      
25.  Western
« Last Edit: December 01, 2014, 10:02:35 AM by BCowan »

Jason Topp

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Re: Whip it Out: Post your Top 25 Courses Played
« Reply #945 on: December 01, 2014, 12:34:33 PM »

1.Turnberry (Ailsa)
2.Bandon Trails
3.St. Andrews (Old Course)
4.Bandon Dunes
5.Carnoustie
6.Pacific Dunes
7.Kingsley Club
8.Arcadia Bluffs
9.Whistling Straights
10.Spyglass Hill
11.Crystal Downs

....

Mike:

I just saw this - putting Turnberry, Arcadia, Spyglass Hill and Whistling Straits ahead of Crystal Downs is a bold opinion.  Care to explain your thinking?  It is nice to get a fresh perspective on some of these things.

Tyler Page

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Re: Whip it Out: Post your Top 25 Courses Played
« Reply #946 on: December 04, 2014, 07:18:51 AM »
Seemed like a good thread for my first post in the discussion group...

1. Prestwick
2. NGLA
3. TOC
4. Shinnecock Hills
5. Lahinch
6. Sunningdale (Old)
7. Troon
8. Dornoch
9. Ballybunion
10. Pacific Dunes
11. Merion (East)
12. Bandon Trails
13. Pebble Beach
14. Brora
15. Maidstone
16. Bethpage Black
17. Castle Stuart
18. Elie
19. Old Macdonald
20. Turnberry (Alisa)
21. Deal
22. Waterville
23. Winged Foot (West)
24. Wentworth (East)
25. St. Andrews (New)

I've never actually made a ranking list before, and I notice a couple things.  First, I guess I have a strong preference for match play, and second, it's hard not to be influenced by having a round in over-the-top difficult conditions.  In particular, I was torn apart in my solitary rounds at both Dornoch and Ballybunion.  Ballybunion had sideways rain and Dornoch had a 4-club wind that turned every unintentional slight fade or draw into a lost ball in the gorse.  I am a 10-handicapper and didn't break 100 at either course.  At Dornoch, my playing partner was a 5-handicap who was an unbelievable 1-under at the turn and proceeded to card a 10 on the tenth hole.  I imagine both those courses may climb a notch or two if I were lucky enough to revisit in conditions that would allow for at least a few glimmers of hope.

I need to get to North Berwick and Cruden Bay!
« Last Edit: December 04, 2014, 11:12:30 AM by Tyler Page »

Greg Taylor

Re: Whip it Out: Post your Top 25 Courses Played
« Reply #947 on: December 04, 2014, 10:38:21 AM »

I've never actually made a ranking list before, and I notice a couple things.  First, I guess I have a strong preference for match play, and second, it's hard not to be influenced by having a round in over-the-top difficult conditions.  In particular, I was torn apart in my solitary rounds at both Dornoch and Ballybunion.  Ballybunion had sideways rain and Dornoch had a 4-club wind that turned every unintentional slight fade or draw into a lost ball in the gorse.  I am a 10-handicapper and didn't break 100 at either course.  At Dornoch, my playing partner was a 5-handicap who was an unbelievable 1-under at the turn and proceeded to card a 10 on the tenth hole.  I imagine both those courses may climb a notch or two if I were lucky enough to revisit in conditions that would allow for at least a few glimmers of hope.

I need to get to North Berwick and Cruden Bay!

Hi and welcome and you're amongst a friend here... links golf is the most "authentic" but at times most ridiculous form of golf.

The problem with "one and done" rounds like you say can be extreme weather.... had it too at Hoylake and Kiawah. There is wind, and then there is wind. I wont quote the Beaufort scale but it has relevance!

Thomas Dai

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Re: Whip it Out: Post your Top 25 Courses Played
« Reply #948 on: December 04, 2014, 12:04:19 PM »
I've never actually made a ranking list before, and I notice a couple things.  First, I guess I have a strong preference for match play, and second, it's hard not to be influenced by having a round in over-the-top difficult conditions.  In particular, I was torn apart in my solitary rounds at both Dornoch and Ballybunion.  Ballybunion had sideways rain and Dornoch had a 4-club wind that turned every unintentional slight fade or draw into a lost ball in the gorse.  I am a 10-handicapper and didn't break 100 at either course.  At Dornoch, my playing partner was a 5-handicap who was an unbelievable 1-under at the turn and proceeded to card a 10 on the tenth hole.  I imagine both those courses may climb a notch or two if I were lucky enough to revisit in conditions that would allow for at least a few glimmers of hope.
I need to get to North Berwick and Cruden Bay!
Hi and welcome and you're amongst a friend here... links golf is the most "authentic" but at times most ridiculous form of golf.
The problem with "one and done" rounds like you say can be extreme weather.... had it too at Hoylake and Kiawah. There is wind, and then there is wind. I wont quote the Beaufort scale but it has relevance!

Strange beast links golf.

Sometimes when it's calm and the summer sun is shining it seems sooo easy-peasy and you whizz around with a smile. Sometimes however, when it's blowin' and wet and cold it's bloody hard going, miserable even. After a while though you develop a kind of sixth sense, call it nous, when you pretty much know when you initially get out of the car or you're on the putting green that's it's gonna be a tough old day or a really tough old day and your nous kicks-in and your expectations adjust accordingly, or at least they should. Bit like if an old chap hanging around the clubhouse or the pro-shop taps the end of his nose with his index finger and whispers something like "It's (say) a 5-over day today laddie" it's worth paying attention otherewise there's a pretty good chance of disapointment, score wise at least. Sometimes folk talk about 'personal par', a concept maybe more relevant on a hugely variable conditions wise links couse than any other.

And Tyler, when you get to Cruden Bay, take the opportunity to play the gem that is the 9-hole St Olaf course prior to playing the Championship course.

atb

David_Tepper

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Re: Whip it Out: Post your Top 25 Courses Played
« Reply #949 on: December 04, 2014, 01:20:02 PM »
"Top Courses" I have played, as defined by raters/rankings, include:

USA
Cypress Point
Olympic Lake
San Francisco GC
California GC
Spyglass
Monterey Peninsula Shore

Ireland (the whole island)
Ballyunion
Royal County Down
Royal Portrush
Portmarnock
Lahinch
County Sligo (Rosses Point)

England
Sunningdale Old
Sunningdale New
Royal Lytham
Royal Birkdale
Royal Liverpool
Berkshire Red
Berkshire Blue
St. Endoc

Scotland
Royal Dornoch
Royal Aberdeen
Cruden Bay
Castle Stuart
Nairn

Courses are listed in no particular order.

« Last Edit: December 04, 2014, 02:08:48 PM by David_Tepper »

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