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Bruce Wellmon

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Mark Saltzman

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Bridport Golf Club, Bridport, TAS, Australia -- to play here, you're likely skipping a round at a world top-100.  It's interesting, but not THAT interesting! (and yes, I played it and skipped a round at Barney Dunes to do so)

Tim_Weiman

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Bridport Golf Club, Bridport, TAS, Australia -- to play here, you're likely skipping a round at a world top-100.  It's interesting, but not THAT interesting! (and yes, I played it and skipped a round at Barney Dunes to do so)

Del Monte and Pacific Grove present the same issue, though I really enjoy the former and half the latter.
Tim Weiman

Frank Kim

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Has anyone played Manistee Golf and Country Club in Michigan?
On the bluffs overlooking Lake Michigan.

Tommy Williamsen

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Has anyone played Manistee Golf and Country Club in Michigan?
On the bluffs overlooking Lake Michigan.

Played many years ago on my way north.  Thought it was just ok.
Where there is no love, put love; there you will find love.
St. John of the Cross

"Deep within your soul-space is a magnificent cathedral where you are sweet beyond telling." Rumi

Paul Gray

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Great photo. Golf as it should be - I wonder if they argue over green and lush versus firm and fast and brown!!! :)

No I haven't played Westray but a mate from many years ago came from Orkney and mentioned it to me.

Here's another -

Sola GC - actually Sola Golfklubb - SW of Stavanger in Norway, close to the airport - http://www.solagk.no/1045407/

Here it is - http://binged.it/1sjLJtz

I haven't played it either and the only reason I know of it is because a mate played there.

I do though recall being in that area in the mid-1980's and seeing some nice duneland, which I guess is the duneland you can see on the satmap, just to the west of the course, the airport would I imagine have been smaller then, and thinking to myself, "that could be a location for a golf course".

atb

You be careful who reads that. You'll have the 'golf is golf' gang on your back in no time ;D
In the places where golf cuts through pretension and elitism, it thrives and will continue to thrive because the simple virtues of the game and its attendant culture are allowed to be most apparent. - Tim Gavrich

Pete_Pittock

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Country View  .
9 hole course in Ontario, OR. Opened in 1999. Architect/Owner Scott McKinney
Located near the Oregon/Idaho border off I-84.

Why: Good land for golf, architecturally sound, strong greens.

Circle Bar
9 hole course in Oakridge, OR. Opened in 1954, Architect- Clarence Sutton
Located less than an hour east of Eugene, OR on Hwy OR 58.
Food: Driving to Eugene, the Dexter Lake Inn, which is restored to "Animal House' conditions

Why: basic golf, small greens, interesting contours

Milton Freewater Municipal
Executive 18 hole in Milton Freewater, OR Opened 1974. Dual architect attribution - Bunny Mason and George McRae.l.
Located directly south of Walla Walla, WA this is a good pairing with Wine Valley.


Why: Front nine is mundane, in fact after the 3rd hole drive up to the water tank and play the back nine, which for my game is special. Pucker factor outstanding. If the wind is up, watch out. May need a designated cart driver.

All will be featured shortly on a new thread.

Colin Macqueen

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Gentlemen,

Using your instructions Ashludie, a Willie Park design gets passing mention as a practice ground for the Hickory Championship held recently and is mentioned in PMs by myself to other GCA members. There is no grand photo tour of this course by Kyle or Sean, no write up by Ran in Courses by Country!!

The web page describes it as
 "A compact and challenging test of golf, the Ashludie course requires more brain than brawn, demanding accurate iron shots to the well respected greens.  At just over 5000 yards in length this course offers any golfer immense enjoyment played on its own or as a second round in a days outing."


Coming in at just over 5000 yards 'twas ideal for a 12 year old and at sixpence a round affordable. Coupled with the fact that the bike ride was 7 miles shorter than that to Burnside many happy hours were idled  away. Halcyon days!
In days of yore and as a wee boy I would go out and play Ashludie in Monifieth, not far from Carnoustie, during Christmas school holidays as there were few people around.  I remember being astounded at the glorious bounces the ball would take when you hit the green. Your drives would run forever creating delusions of grandeur! Some poorly drained bunkers would have a thin skim of frozen ice in their low points. You used to play with red golf balls if there was too much snow around. By far the worst thing was the jarring pain inflicted in your cold hands (my tiny hand is frozen!) whenever you mistimed a hit....the ball used to feel like a pebble.

It was a course that being short one could get around in a couple of hours and thus easily play 2 rounds in the day. In the same breath it was always fun and had interesting greens albeit small. It sounds as though it is the golf course of the future albeit its original construction was back at the turn of 19th. to 20th. centuries. The cognoscenti think it was a Willie Park redsign. It has engaging but interesting short par5s, lovely short par 4s and one of the par 3s at a mere 100 yards. Good fun and a great introduction to the game.

I also penned a ditty revering this gem of a course and sent it to Marty Bonnar I think. From what I can tell this pearl never graced the pages of The New Yorker!

I must return to Ashludie
And see if it still is a beaudy
With tiny wee greens
And other nice scenes
Which make it so worthy of study!

Cheers Colin
"Golf, thou art a gentle sprite, I owe thee much"
The Hielander

jeffwarne

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Achill Golf Club.

A 9 hole Irish links course in Mayo on Achill Island, further west than Mulranny... It's not as good as Mulranny but it runs along a huge beach and has the odd thing going on.

I suspect Peper & Campbell missed this one. They missed Spanish Point as well I think. And maybe Rush.

http://www.achillgolf.com/
http://www.spanishpointgolfing.com/
http://www.rushgolfclub.com/

None of these are in the same league as Corballis... But that has been mentioned once or twice...

Ally,
have been there-the same day I played Mulranny.
Not in the same league as Mulranny though, but worth it nonetheless

PCraig
Great topic!

Just saw a course in my new CG which arrived today(Thanks Tom) I had never heard of.-Killen.
Not saying I've PLAYED them all(not even remotely close),but I certainly had heard of most in the UK/Ireland via researching remote trips

needles to say winters (and springs) are long here.....

« Last Edit: November 06, 2014, 06:18:41 PM by jeffwarne »
"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

jeffwarne

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"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

jeffwarne

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Westray GC - Orkney Isles, UK - and here it is - http://binged.it/1sjJGFU

atb

Thomas,
Believe it or not I've planned a trip to Wick, Reay,the Orkneys and the Shetlands. Ferries (a great way to travel), flights, and all.
There was a great photo essay about a course on the Shetlands which inspired me.
Never made the trip though.
Don't remember seeing Westray though the picture looks fantastic-Thanks
"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

Josh Stevens

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Frankston Golf Club.  A little 9 holer a few klicks south of Royal Melbourne.  Locally called the Millionaires club - it is like a little Swinley Forest.  Formed about 1910 and remains very private and very old world.  No website and little is known about it. A great little course, if not necessarily a world beater, and probably more exclusive than its neighbour up the road.

jeffwarne

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Right here in the Hamptons
Quogue Field Club waterfront old school 9 holer which lost the other 9 in the hurricane of '38
Bridgehampton Club 9 holer with interesting greens
Sag Harbor GC 9 holer-no fairway irrigation
South Fork CC-very quirky older front nine with Gil Hanse back nine (has a horseshoe par 5 that might be driveable under the right conditions)
North Fork CC -supposedly old Ross-many members from Garden City GC
Gardiner's Bay CC-the "other"  ;) ;D course on Shelter Island-
some Raynor involvement, no irrigation in fairways
and of course the one I've inundated you with on GCA ....Goat Hill-which claims to the oldest 9 holer in America
« Last Edit: November 06, 2014, 06:42:22 PM by jeffwarne »
"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

David_Tepper

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Sven N. -

Thanks for finding the Rumson CC thread. I should have know that Pat Mucci had played there. ;)

DT

Connor Dougherty

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Circle Bar
9 hole course in Oakridge, OR. Opened in 1954, Architect- Clarence Sutton
Located less than an hour east of Eugene, OR on Hwy OR 58.
Food: Driving to Eugene, the Dexter Lake Inn, which is restored to "Animal House' conditions

Funny you mention Circle Bar, I won a round there during Oregon's Intramural Championships a few weeks ago for long drive, and hadn't heard of it when they gave me the slip. Given how his other course drains (Laurelwood) I'm waiting til a bit more of a dry period. If the drainage is better let me know, I'll make the trip from Eugene sooner.
"The website is just one great post away from changing the world of golf architecture.  Make it." --Bart Bradley

Pete_Pittock

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Circle Bar
9 hole course in Oakridge, OR. Opened in 1954, Architect- Clarence Sutton
Located less than an hour east of Eugene, OR on Hwy OR 58.
Food: Driving to Eugene, the Dexter Lake Inn, which is restored to "Animal House' conditions

Funny you mention Circle Bar, I won a round there during Oregon's Intramural Championships a few weeks ago for long drive, and hadn't heard of it when they gave me the slip. Given how his other course drains (Laurelwood) I'm waiting til a bit more of a dry period. If the drainage is better let me know, I'll make the trip from Eugene sooner.

It should have good drainage on most of the holes based on topography and their irrigation program. It was wheat colored in August. The areas of 2 and 6 greens would be the most likely areas. GPS challenged. When it says you're there keep going uphill. It's on the downslope of the next valley north. Call first.
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BCowan

Back 9 at Tiffin Mohawk, (Tiffin, OH).  Skip the front 9 and play the back twice.  It is that good.  Great Ross 9.  

Brian Freeman

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It's been about 8 years since I played there, but Chestatee Golf Club, on the far north side of Atlanta, was always one of my favorite tracks and we made the 60 mile drive from midtown quite a few times.

Cart golf, inside a housing development, but everything else about it is great. Lots of elevation change as it is in the foothills, but still room to play, strategic holes all over the place, mostly reachable par 5s, great greens.

Tom_Doak

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PCraig
Great topic!

Just saw a course in my new CG which arrived today(Thanks Tom) I had never heard of.-Killen.

I was going to mention Killin [I'm pretty sure it's an 'i' not an 'e' at the end] as one of three Scottish courses I found on my way to Askernish this past summer -- the other two were Traigh [which I sought out because it had been mentioned here] and Isle of Harris [very under the radar].  All of them were worth the stop.

Also, I played yesterday at Burning Tree outside D.C., which was not at all what I expected it to be ... much better, instead.  I doubt they are looking for a GCA photo tour, but I was surprised how low-key the place was, considering all the powerful people who might be there on a given day.


jeffwarne

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PCraig
Great topic!

Just saw a course in my new CG which arrived today(Thanks Tom) I had never heard of.-Killen.

I was going to mention Killin [I'm pretty sure it's an 'i' not an 'e' at the end] as one of three Scottish courses I found on my way to Askernish this past summer -- the other two were Traigh [which I sought out because it had been mentioned here] and Isle of Harris [very under the radar].  All of them were worth the stop.

Also, I played yesterday at Burning Tree outside D.C., which was not at all what I expected it to be ... much better, instead.  I doubt they are looking for a GCA photo tour, but I was surprised how low-key the place was, considering all the powerful people who might be there on a given day.



Burning Tree's GM is a good friend of mine who I taught with at Doral for Jim McLean
definitely not your usual GM ::) ::) ;D.
Cool spot

Killin makes me want to make the often planned Traigh, Isle of Harris, Askernish wherever trip all the more.
the Scottish Goat Hill. ;) ;D
Was surprised to see no upgrade for Dunaverty or Carradale-Are you the only one of the CG raters who's seen it? circa 1983
"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

Mark Hissey

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Pyongyang GC
Tristan da Cunha GC
Mt. Bogd GC
Ushuaia GC
La Paz GC
Yak GC

Dave McCollum

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This tread is up my alley.  Not a rater or really one who gives a crap about such.  My first thoughts were about all the courses I play fairly frequently and certainly never discussed here.  Just about any course in Southern Idaho doesnít meet the interesting standard to be considered.  Iíve talked about my own course, so it doesnít qualify.  Also about my neighbors.  Then I thought about Sun Valley, a good RTJ, Jr. effort with Billy P. Bell origins.  Good course, but could use some serious greenkeeping with an emphasis on chain saw work to reveal its charms.  No, itís talked about here.  Then I thought about Jackpot Golf Club, a border town in Northern Nevada.  I had to do some Googling to find out who designed it, Robert Muir Graves.  It isnít anything special, maybe a Doak 3, but with enough quirk and character to delay a journey to someplace else without regret.  Conditioning is about as minimal as the rest of us in the regionónot very good, but acceptable.  For better or worse, fast greens with slope.  Yet it is fun enough to keep your attention and good break in a long drive to wherever youíre headed.  If only for the name, Jackpot Golf Club, you should consider it a choice.  Iíd much prefer you made the detour of another 40 miles North to visit us at Canyon Springs, and Blue Lakes, but to get to Jackpot, you have already veered off course by some 90 miles in the Interstate world .  Come on up; Iíll buy you a beer and a burger.  Your obligation is having to talk to me about golf architecture, an unknown topic in these parts.

Another course, from my misty past life, before I spoiled my life with some sort of limp effort to rate a golf course, instead of just playing it for whatever enjoyment it provided, is Green Springs in St. George, UT.  An average course with some thrilling holes that I did not check to see if it had been discussed here.  Like Jackpot, enjoyable and memorable enough to be worth the effort.  Not as impressive as Coral Canyon (Keith Foster, I think) in the same area and, from the pictures, Sand Hollow, that you wonít forget.  Just saying there are some courses in the Wild West that have some unusual landscapes.

Hidden gems?  Maybe not.  Memorable?   Probably, especially you are from the civilized world.

Matthew Mollica

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Some in Australia

Alice Springs
Frankston
Peterborough
Binningyup
"The truth about golf courses has a slightly different expression for every golfer. Which of them, one might ask, is without the most definitive convictions concerning the merits or deficiencies of the links he plays over? Freedom of criticism is one of the last privileges he is likely to forgo."

Thomas Dai

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Please forgive this slight sidetrack, but many of the courses mentioned above are 9-holers, a favourite variety of mine.

A while back I posted a thread of GB&I 9-hloers worth playing, okay they've been mentioned, so they don't strictly qualify under PC's original thread premise, but here they are plus website links - some terrific photos on the club websites.

Here's the threas link - http://www.golfclubatlas.com/forum/index.php/topic,56120.msg1302181.html#msg1302181 - but I've also summarised the courses below.

England

Royal Worlington & Newmarket - http://www.royalworlington.co.uk/page/course-description
Third 9 at Princes, Kent - http://www.princesgolfclub.co.uk/photo-gallery.php
Reigate Heath - http://www.reigateheathgolfclub.co.uk/course/hole_by_hole/
Channel course at Burnham & Berrow - http://www.burnhamandberrowgolfclub.co.uk/image_gallery.php
Warkworth, Northumberland - http://www.warkworthgolfclub.co.uk/CourseDetails.html
Alnmouth Village, Northumberland - http://www.alnmouthvillagegolfclub.co.uk/index.html
Isles of Scilly GC, Isles of Scilly - http://www.islesofscillygolfclub.co.uk/course
Headland course at Trevose, Cornwall - http://www.trevose-gc.co.uk/
Third 9 at Kings Norton, Birmingham - http://www.kingsnortongolfclub.co.uk/pages.php/index.html
Jubilee course at Rye* - http://www.ryegolfclub.co.uk/history_heritage/modern_times/
Crowlands Heath, East London* - http://www.crowlandsheath.co.uk/9-hole-golf-course-essex/
Hobbs Cross, East London* - http://www.hobbscrossgolfcentre.com/pages/our-courses
Hale, Cheshire* - http://www.halegolfclub.com/course.php
Knutsford, Cheshire* - http://www.knutsfordgolf.com/
Cheadle, Cheshire* - http://www.cheadlegolfclub.com/photo_show.php
Hanging Heaton, Yorkshire* - http://www.hhgc.org/the-course/

Scotland

Musselburgh Old, Edinburgh - http://www.musselburgholdlinks.co.uk/index.php?option=com_content&view=frontpage&Itemid=1
Anstruther, Fife - http://www.anstruthergolf.co.uk/gallery.php
St Olaf course at Cruden Bay - http://www.crudenbaygolfclub.co.uk/pages.php/course-map.html/b6d0694a-37f2-11df-921e-001ec9b331b2.html
Portmahomack (Tarbat), East Highlands - http://www.tarbatgolf.com/tarbatgolfclubth.html
Ullapool, North West Highland - http://www.ullapoolgolfclub.co.uk/course.htm
Durness, Far North West Highlands - http://www.durnessgolfclub.org/
Traigh, West Highlands - http://www.traighgolf.co.uk/index.html
Gairloch, West Highlands - http://www.gairlochgolfclub.co.uk/
Fort Augustus, Central Highlands - http://www.fortaugustusgc.webeden.co.uk/#/course/4542951340
Carradale, Kintyre peninsula in Argyll* - http://www.carradalegolf.com/gallery-1
Gigha, Gigha Island, off Kintyre peninsula in Argyll* - http://www.gigha.org.uk/today/golf/gighagolf.php
Tarbert, Kintyre peninsula in Argyll* - http://www.tarbertgolfclub.org.uk/#/photo-gallery/4549896275
New Galloway, SW Scotland* - http://www.nggc.co.uk/
Bonar Bridge, East Highlands* - http://www.bbagc.co.uk/index.asp?pageid=268417
Bridge of Allan, Central Scotland* - http://www.bofagc.com/
Abernethy, Highlands* - http://www.abernethygolfclub.com/index.html
Brahan, Highlands* - http://www.brahangolfclub.ch/
Rothes, Highlands* - http://www.rothesgolfclub.co.uk/
Covesea, North East* - http://www.covesealinks.com/

Wales

St Davidís City, Pembrokeshire - http://www.stdavidscitygolfclub.co.uk/#
Cwmrhydneuadd Golf Club, near Newquay, Cardiganshire* - http://www.cwmgolf.co.uk/aboutus.php
Ffestiniog, North Wales* - http://www.ffestinioggolf.org/cou.html
Bala, North Wales* - http://www.golffbala.co.uk/images.cfm
Ruthin, North Wales* - http://www.ruthinpwllglasgc.co.uk/image/tid/1

Ireland

Mulranny - http://mulrannygolfclub.com/
Cruit Island - http://www.cruitislandgolfclub.com/
Castlegregory - http://www.castlegregorygolflinks.com/
Bushfoot - http://www.bushfootgolfclub.co.uk/
Larne - http://www.larnegolfclub.co.uk/
Third 9 at Connemara - http://www.connemaragolflinks.com/
Sutton (Bay) - http://www.suttongolfclub.org/
Gweedore - http://www.gweedoregolfclub.com/
Scurmore course at Enniscrone - http://www.enniscronegolf.com/
Bomore course at County Sligo - http://www.countysligogolfclub.ie/bomore_course
Kilmore at Carne (opening in August) - http://www.flickr.com/photos/82453880@N06/show/
Otway* - http://www.rathmullan.net/otway-golf-club
Fintona* - http://fintonagolfclub.com/
Edenderry at Malone* - http://www.malonegolfclub.co.uk/
Yellow course at Portmarnock* - http://www.portmarnockgolfclub.ie/course-information/19-1st-hole-yellow
Bann course at Castlerock* - http://www.castlerockgc.co.uk/home
Connemara Isles* - http://www.connemaraislesgolf.com/
Parknasilla* (12 holes) - http://www.parknasillahotel.ie/golf/
Spanish Point* - http://www.spanishpointgolfing.com/
Buncrana* - http://www.buncranagolfclub.com/

atb
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Thomas Dai

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There is a website by an intrepid Scottish guy named Alan McPherson who is playing all of Scotland's 692 golf courses to raise funds for Cancer Research UK.

The usual suspects in terms of 'biggies' are included but there are also details of a whole host of other courses many of which fly well below the usual radar including some very remote, rural and distinctly rustic ones, the sort of courses that might appeal to some GCA-ers.

Here's his website - http://scottishgolfcourses-allofthem.blogspot.co.uk/ - it's very much worth looking through

atb
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