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Quote from: Matt_Cohn on October 19, 2022, 11:54:04 AMIíll go with Crystal Springs just south of San Francisco in Burlingame. Somehow a course on this site manages to not be an appealing place to play golf.I have played here 10 or so times and that water in the photo is actually the San Andreas fault!!Stunning views and incredible topography with deer roaming the course, too.Wonder who owns it?
Iíll go with Crystal Springs just south of San Francisco in Burlingame. Somehow a course on this site manages to not be an appealing place to play golf.
As an honorable mention I'll list Tanglewood Park Champions course in Winston-Salem, which hosted the 1973 PGA Championship. Less than 10 years ago, the city (or maybe the county) renovated the course, spending $2 million in the process, and really improved the situation. Sadly, since that work they've let the entire course really go to sh*t. While no level of municipal ineptitude should surprise me, I'm still amazed they've let it get so bad.
Iíll always think of Kankakee Elks as it is close to home and I donít think would be a very expensive restoration, unless the irrigation/drainage situation is in need of a total redo. It does need trees down, greens rebuilt and reclaimed, as well as the few bunkers they have redone. Really a gem waiting to be polished for those that have been.
Have you seen Spring Valley? Very similar situation to Kankakee, just 1 hr north of Chicago vs. 1 hr south. I'd be interested to hear the board's opinions on which course has the highest potential. I'm not sure the greens are quite as good at Spring Valley, but it too is a really nice piece of property with some really cool features begging to be reclaimed.