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Figured I would get my list out there being relatively new to the site and see how it changes over time. Nothing compared to many of the members of this site but already picked up Dismal River + Bandon + Bulle Rock + Hazeltine this year so heading in the right direction 1. Pacific Dunes2. Bandon Trails3. Bandon Dunes4. Old Mac5. Dismal River - White6. Kapalua - Plantation7. Arcadia Bluffs8. Dismal River - Red9. Torrey Pines - North10. Barton Hills11. Lassing Point12. World Woods - Pine Barrens13. World Woods - Rolling Oaks14. Oakland Hills - North15. Troy Burne16. Hazeltine17. Bulle Rock18. Whiskey Creek19. Keller (MN)20. Meadowbrook (MI)21. Kearney Hills22. Tatanka at Feather Hill23. Stoneridge (MN)24. Forest Dunes - Weiskopf25. The Fortress (MI)
You've got every course at Bandon Dunes in your top 25, except Pacific Dunes?Really? If so, you're the first person I've heard to put it fourth of the four.
Derek, did we talk about Lassing Pointe and Kearney Hill at the Major? You may be surprised to hear that I don't remember every conversation from that weekend.How long ago did you play them? I never saw Lassing Pointe in its heyday, as the maintenance has really suffered over the last few years since I moved to the area. There's still some cool stuff out there, but some of the changes have clearly affected the course for the worse judging by photos and firsthand accounts. Kearney Hill gets my vote for Kentucky's best public course though, and I'm happy to see you list it.
First person I have seen that rates Dismal White above Red. I have not read this entire thread either so....
That's a pretty punchy list, Paul. Nice.
Bill McKinley nice to see Cal Club getting a great rating from you. This is one of the most underrated courses I've played in a long time and could (should) switch in the rankings with SF's other highly rated course.
Still warming up as a younger guy here but wanted to put them out there.-Oakmont-Muirfield Village-Camargo Club-Wolf Run GC-Firestone (South)-Valhalla-Hyde Park CC-Coldstream CC-Louisville CC-NCR CC (South)-Pelican Hill -PGA West (Stadium)-PGA West (Nicklaus Private)-Green Oaks CC (wonderful ross design in PA)-Donald Ross at French Lick-The Club at Olde Stone-Big Spring CC-Hurstbourne CC-Edgewood CC-Firestone (North)-TPC Rivers Bend-Tartan Fields CC-Toscana CC-Stonelick Hills-Totteridge GC
This is the worst thing I can admit: I hate this thread. I always have. I hate the smarmy, self referential subject line; I hate the almost total lack of discourse and/or disputation; I hate that it's gone on for 45 pages; I hate the uninspired amalgamation of the most recent Golf Digest-Golf Magazine-Golf Week ratings that the various lists seem to reflect; and I hate that the net result is not a highlighting of joy producing excellence but instead a mind numbing ledger book of facts and figures devoid of any feeling or context or meaning -- the work of accountants, in the language of business. Yes, perhaps "hate" doesn't accurately describe my feeling; it is much too strong a word. But I do "dislike" it very much, and to an unhealthy degree -- and like some character from Dostoevsky, I am clearly not well. Perhaps this bile is nothing more nor less than the ugly and ignoble passions of jealousy and envy. If so, I have now admited to such mean-minded sentiments, and am prepared to suffer the shunning and banishment that might come my way as a result. But I ask: does anyone have anything to say in my defence?