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Hardest Course you've Ever Played?


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#481 hennesy

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Posted 24 February 2018 - 11:47 PM

Played Kapalua in a big afternoon wind. Brutal!


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Posted 24 February 2018 - 11:53 PM

Wow great thread
1. Royal County Down- played 36, played well but still got my butt kicked. Just super tough. The greens are not over complicated but getting to the greens is a real challenge. Loved every minute of it.
2.  PGA West- I drove down to play from San Jose and was turned away because the course was closed 2 weeks prior to the skins game. I was so upset I drove all the way home. I did play it about a year later from the tips, with Persimmon woods, yikes
3.  Royal Portrush- played 36, had to hide in the weather shacks few times during the round. First few holes pretty basic than BAM, tough hole after tough hole.
4.   Spyglass Hill- this is a tough course I play pretty well at for some reason. I think it was harder before the changes to a few of the holes.
5.    Pasatiempo with Persimmon woods- these days you can just bomb your drives and really shorten an already short course but in the day this course would chew you up and spit you out.
6.  Bayonet- same as Pasatiempo. Thick tree lined fairways where if you hit your drive in the trees it was actually dark.
7.   Ranch Course- had a great round here but could see why it could frustrate someone who was not playing well.

Would have loved to play Kiawah Ocean, I heard thatís a beast.

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Posted 25 February 2018 - 05:06 AM

Wolf Creek-tough course anyways but I played it in June. Got on for 50 bucks, drank probably 20 bottles of water and still was dehydrated. Also being allergic to sunscreen didnít help.

Whistling Straits(Irish)- because I played it in 30 mph winds. Had to hit a driver into a par three.

17th hole at high cliff golf course (Sherwood, Wisconsin) gets special mention because it ruins every good round Iíve ever played there. Like 210, tighter than any hole Iíve played and water behind the green.

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Posted 25 February 2018 - 10:15 AM

+1 for Rich Harvest 78.5/153

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Posted 25 February 2018 - 03:33 PM

The toughest courses for me have been due to weather conditions.  When it's cold and wet a 6,600 yard course plays more like 7,200 yards.

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Posted 28 February 2018 - 01:55 PM

Hands down the Ocean Course at Kiawah Island. Granted, the wind was really up that day and even the caddy said he'd not seen it like more than once or twice a year. One of those situations where you just laugh because the only other option is to cry.
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Posted 28 February 2018 - 10:16 PM

USA: Spyglass Hill/ Old American
UK: Carnoustie/ Royal Lytham
Australia: Moonah Links Open course/ Barnbougle Dunes
None of these are any place for a hooker and slicer like me.

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Posted 28 February 2018 - 10:55 PM

The Ranch in San Jose, Ca

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Posted 28 February 2018 - 11:02 PM

Greens only...pasatiempo.

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Posted 01 March 2018 - 01:22 AM

Iíve played a few hard tracks but I would have to say this mini putt putt course. The 15th hole is a gosh darn duzey! The hole is on a small plateau, gets me every time!!


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Posted 01 March 2018 - 03:48 PM

Harbour Town in Hilton Head the day after the RBC was pretty tough. Played it from the tips and quickly learned why it plays much tougher than the yardage book lets on. Have to leave yourself on the right side of the fairway and correct side of the green or you are dead on a lot of shots. Really fun though.

Wolf Creek also kicked my butt. The extreme elevation changes are tough on a first timer. Hope to get another crack at it in October.

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Posted 15 April 2018 - 08:18 AM

View Postrazor_1, on 22 March 2017 - 08:15 AM, said:

Great topic!

The two hardest courses I have ever played is a 9 hole course in Aviano, Italy (Castello di Aviano) and the old 18 hole course in Panama City, FL designed by Bruce Devlin.  I understand that the Devlin course was redone by Nicklaus.  Lagoon legends I think it was called.  The Aviano course sits on the foot of the alps and it was about 100 degrees the day I played it and walked.  The florida course was tricked up beyond belief.  The easiest course in the world to make a triple bogey no matter what your skill level is.  Tobacco Road in North Carolina is not far behind the Devlin course.  More generous in landing areas and the greens much larger but still tricked up (I did not like Tobacco Road).

In my book, the two hardest golf courses (fair) golf courses I have played is Pinehurst #2 (pre-renovation) and Oakmont in Pittsburgh (before all the trees cut down).
Tobacco Road can be extremely punishing.

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Posted 15 April 2018 - 08:42 AM

View PostSchoolboy, on 15 April 2018 - 08:18 AM, said:

View Postrazor_1, on 22 March 2017 - 08:15 AM, said:

Great topic!

The two hardest courses I have ever played is a 9 hole course in Aviano, Italy (Castello di Aviano) and the old 18 hole course in Panama City, FL designed by Bruce Devlin.  I understand that the Devlin course was redone by Nicklaus.  Lagoon legends I think it was called.  The Aviano course sits on the foot of the alps and it was about 100 degrees the day I played it and walked.  The florida course was tricked up beyond belief.  The easiest course in the world to make a triple bogey no matter what your skill level is.  Tobacco Road in North Carolina is not far behind the Devlin course.  More generous in landing areas and the greens much larger but still tricked up (I did not like Tobacco Road).

In my book, the two hardest golf courses (fair) golf courses I have played is Pinehurst #2 (pre-renovation) and Oakmont in Pittsburgh (before all the trees cut down).
Tobacco Road can be extremely punishing.

I shot an 80 there from the plow tees 2 years ago. Was quite possibly my best ball striking round ever. I was convinced I’d have broken par at my home course that day. Was stoked with the 80. I have a love hate with TR. The year after the 80 I think I shot a 94. I hated it that day.

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Posted 15 April 2018 - 07:49 PM

Bethpage black has to be the hardest course I've played. The course was long and the rough was too.

Thunder hill east of Cleveland was also a tough course. It's closed now but it was a fish hatchery turned into a golf course. Had over 70 ponds and 120 bunkers on a course that was 7500 from the tips. 78.5  158 rating. Played there alot but only a couple times from the tips.
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Posted 15 April 2018 - 07:53 PM

Either Bandon or Bethpage Black.

Basically at Bethpage if your ball is in the rough youíre using a 56/60 degree wedge to get out. Doesnít matter if youíre 180 or 80 yards our, you will be using a wedge. Took me 3 rounds there to figure that out.


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Posted 15 April 2018 - 07:54 PM

Bethpage Black left me Black and Blue!  :black eye:

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Posted 15 April 2018 - 07:57 PM

Branson Hills (Formerly Payne Stewart Golf Club) in Branson, MO. Its 75.1/135 from the tips and par 72. Its tight, has significant elevation changes, and very tough greens. It also has trouble everywhere. I played there for the first when i was still scratch, That day I played pretty darn well and shot 80.
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Posted 17 April 2018 - 07:52 PM

View Postaverysdad, on 15 April 2018 - 08:42 AM, said:

View PostSchoolboy, on 15 April 2018 - 08:18 AM, said:

View Postrazor_1, on 22 March 2017 - 08:15 AM, said:

Great topic!

The two hardest courses I have ever played is a 9 hole course in Aviano, Italy (Castello di Aviano) and the old 18 hole course in Panama City, FL designed by Bruce Devlin.  I understand that the Devlin course was redone by Nicklaus.  Lagoon legends I think it was called.  The Aviano course sits on the foot of the alps and it was about 100 degrees the day I played it and walked.  The florida course was tricked up beyond belief.  The easiest course in the world to make a triple bogey no matter what your skill level is.  Tobacco Road in North Carolina is not far behind the Devlin course.  More generous in landing areas and the greens much larger but still tricked up (I did not like Tobacco Road).

In my book, the two hardest golf courses (fair) golf courses I have played is Pinehurst #2 (pre-renovation) and Oakmont in Pittsburgh (before all the trees cut down).
Tobacco Road can be extremely punishing.

I shot an 80 there from the plow tees 2 years ago. Was quite possibly my best ball striking round ever. I was convinced I’d have broken par at my home course that day. Was stoked with the 80. I have a love hate with TR. The year after the 80 I think I shot a 94. I hated it that day.


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Posted 17 April 2018 - 07:53 PM

View Postaverysdad, on 15 April 2018 - 08:42 AM, said:

View PostSchoolboy, on 15 April 2018 - 08:18 AM, said:

View Postrazor_1, on 22 March 2017 - 08:15 AM, said:

Great topic!

The two hardest courses I have ever played is a 9 hole course in Aviano, Italy (Castello di Aviano) and the old 18 hole course in Panama City, FL designed by Bruce Devlin.  I understand that the Devlin course was redone by Nicklaus.  Lagoon legends I think it was called.  The Aviano course sits on the foot of the alps and it was about 100 degrees the day I played it and walked.  The florida course was tricked up beyond belief.  The easiest course in the world to make a triple bogey no matter what your skill level is.  Tobacco Road in North Carolina is not far behind the Devlin course.  More generous in landing areas and the greens much larger but still tricked up (I did not like Tobacco Road).

In my book, the two hardest golf courses (fair) golf courses I have played is Pinehurst #2 (pre-renovation) and Oakmont in Pittsburgh (before all the trees cut down).
Tobacco Road can be extremely punishing.

I shot an 80 there from the plow tees 2 years ago. Was quite possibly my best ball striking round ever. I was convinced I’d have broken par at my home course that day. Was stoked with the 80. I have a love hate with TR. The year after the 80 I think I shot a 94. I hated it that day.
So true. I left there that day hating it, yet I can’t wait to get back. 80 there is great playing.

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Posted 20 April 2018 - 03:55 PM

Hazeltine from 6,700 yards, slope 148, with the rough not having been cut in a week due to all the rain at the time.

I brought a C- game that day and we all had no business playing from the Golds but that's the tee the member played from so that's what we went with.

One tough slog.


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Posted 21 April 2018 - 05:56 PM

Great thread here. Found myself agreeing with so many courses that have been mentioned - Butler National, Medinah 3, Olympia Fields, Koolau, Desert Forest, Quintero, Olympic Club.

One that I didnít see anyone mention, that I would put up there with any of those - is Old Corkscrew in Estero (Naples area) FL. 7393 yards from the tips and itís at sea level.  Jack Nicklaus signature course that he built 10-12 years ago right after the USGA rebuffed his push to roll back equipment. Water on 15-16 holes, towering pines everywhere, ridiculous 3 tiered greens. Legend is that Jack himself shot 42 on the front nine during the grand opening and didnít even bother to play the back nine.

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Posted 21 April 2018 - 06:05 PM

Oh and the rating at Old Corkscrew is 76.1

Edited by BettorThanMost, 21 April 2018 - 06:06 PM.


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Posted 22 April 2018 - 03:40 AM

Chambers Bay from the tips (Teal tee's) didn't break 100.
Moved up to the "Sand" tee's, way more fun.

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