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#1 bluetees1999

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Posted 20 March 2018 - 02:45 PM

Let's hear about your favorite college or university golf course.  Being from Ohio, my vote goes to the OSU Scarlet course.  
I've also played the Finley course at UNC Chapel Hill.


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#2 caniac6

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Posted 20 March 2018 - 03:04 PM

Three good ones in the Triangle area. Lonnie Poole at NC State, Finley at UNC, and Duke. I worked at the Duke course, so I would pick Duke as my favorite.

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Posted 20 March 2018 - 03:04 PM

Don't have much experience, but loved both the Rawls (Lubbock - Texas Tech) and Finkbine (Iowa City - University of Iowa).
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Posted 20 March 2018 - 03:20 PM

View Postbluetees1999, on 20 March 2018 - 02:45 PM, said:

Let's hear about your favorite college or university golf course.  Being from Ohio, my vote goes to the OSU Scarlet course.  
I've also played the Finley course at UNC Chapel Hill.

I played your scarlet course a couple months back while I was in town for a wedding; I'm sorry bud but your favorite club let me down so much;

the greatest university course imho will always be the club at yale.  My alma mata at UF has a donald ross gem but not worth noting.
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Posted 20 March 2018 - 03:21 PM

I've played the two Kampen courses at Purdue, the Warren course at Notre Dame, Finkbine (U of Iowa), the University of Michigan golf course, Eagle Crest (U of Eastern Michigan), University Ridge (U of Wisconsin), and Stone Creek (U of Illinois).

IMHO, University Ridge is the top of the bunch.


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Posted 20 March 2018 - 03:22 PM

I wouldn’t say the best, but among the most unique is Nehoiden, which is the 9 hole course owned by Wellesley Collge (all women’s school in Boston suburbs).  Course is old (maybe the oldest 9 hole course in the US) and literally there is nothing other than the golf course (no club house, no carts, etc.). You show up, wait your turn, and tee off.  Need to be a “member”, which is open to college alumna, college employees, town employees, and town residents.

Place is also open dawn till dusk, and you’ll see people out there at 5:00am or 8:00pm in the summer

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Posted 20 March 2018 - 03:32 PM

Taconic Golf Club at Williams College.  Go Purple Cows!
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Posted 20 March 2018 - 03:44 PM

I respect your opinion OP, but Scarlet isn’t my cup of tea.

I live a mile from Scarlet in Upper Arlington and I only play it a couple times a year with a WRX buddy of mine.

After Jack remodeled it to make it tough enough to be able to host tournaments it’s far to brutal for my taste.  

Super extreme greens complexes with a ton of slope and fairway bunkers that could swallow a car.  No thanks. The overall layout isn’t that special either.

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Posted 20 March 2018 - 04:06 PM

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Posted 20 March 2018 - 04:18 PM

The Orchards. I'm not sure if it is owned by Mt Holyoke College, but it is right next to it. A wealthy guy had a 9 hole course built for his daughter who was attending Mt Holyoke. Later Donald Ross was brought in and added 9, and renovated the course. I might not have all the facts right, but I think I'm close. The 2004 Women's US Open was played there.


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Posted 20 March 2018 - 04:19 PM

I also really enjoyed the Rawls Course at Texas Tech; Probably because I like Tom Doak courses...

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Posted 20 March 2018 - 04:42 PM

Palouse Ridge (Washington State) is excellent. Great spot.

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Posted 20 March 2018 - 04:45 PM

Stanford and UNM. Slight nod to UNM.

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Posted 20 March 2018 - 04:49 PM

View Postb.helts, on 20 March 2018 - 04:45 PM, said:

Stanford and UNM. Slight nod to UNM.

Played Stanford back in 1992 or 3, would love to play it again when I head back to the Bay Area. Playing UNM next month for the first time
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Posted 20 March 2018 - 05:12 PM

University of Maryland is a solid track. Had a Nationwide (prior to Web) stop there for two years.

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Posted 20 March 2018 - 05:26 PM

I have only played Stanford and like it. Tiger use to drive over all the doglegs which no one else could do and gave him a huge advantage.

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Posted 20 March 2018 - 05:33 PM

I've always felt like the Pete Dye river course at Virginia Tech is a tamer Dye design that's fun, scenic and flies somewhat under the radar.
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Posted 20 March 2018 - 06:22 PM

VTs course is a lot of fun. I haven't played a lot of the other big ones

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Posted 20 March 2018 - 06:35 PM

The Course at Yale followed by Princeton Springdale. Can’t beat’em like a sore Peter.

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Posted 20 March 2018 - 07:35 PM

Miller Memorial Course for Murray State University is one of my favorites.   Ben Hawes GC for Brescia University is also a top track.

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Posted 20 March 2018 - 07:39 PM

Played at Florida State University when I was in grad school. Played at University Ridge at UW-Madison when I was a PhD student.

Prefer the latter.
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Posted 20 March 2018 - 07:46 PM

The Championship course at the University of New Mexico.



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Posted 20 March 2018 - 07:50 PM

Warren is hosting the Senior US Open next year.

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Posted 20 March 2018 - 07:59 PM

Played both courses @ Notre Dame when I was there. The Burke course has a special place in the heart, could see it from dorm window.

Other college tracks I have played- UGA, UNC, NC State, Duke, Wake Forest*, GA Tech*, U Miami*...

*these aren't on campus



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Posted 20 March 2018 - 08:03 PM

UGA has a great golf course, it's no picnic. The greens are always in excellent shape with a lot of movement.

Edited by crazy8golfer, 24 May 2018 - 07:55 PM.


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Posted 20 March 2018 - 10:35 PM

View PostArgonne69, on 20 March 2018 - 03:21 PM, said:

I've played the two Kampen courses at Purdue, the Warren course at Notre Dame, Finkbine (U of Iowa), the University of Michigan golf course, Eagle Crest (U of Eastern Michigan), University Ridge (U of Wisconsin), and Stone Creek (U of Illinois).

IMHO, University Ridge is the top of the bunch.

I've played a lot of the same, but can add the Scarlet at OSU and Karsten at ASU.  However, I was completely underwhelmed by University Ridge.  It's a nice course, but I didn't see anything special there, but it was just one play.  The Kampen or Scarlet would be my favorites.

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Posted 20 March 2018 - 10:46 PM

View PostOne_Putt_Blunder, on 20 March 2018 - 04:49 PM, said:

View Postb.helts, on 20 March 2018 - 04:45 PM, said:

Stanford and UNM. Slight nod to UNM.

Played Stanford back in 1992 or 3, would love to play it again when I head back to the Bay Area.

Has changed due to expansion around the course.  Not as good a course now as back then.

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Posted 20 March 2018 - 11:32 PM

Finkbine in Iowa City.  

Years ago played what was then the Notre Dame course - liked it, but believe it got replaced.
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Posted 21 March 2018 - 06:08 AM

View PostFREEgone, on 20 March 2018 - 07:59 PM, said:

Played both courses @ Notre Dame when I was there. The Burke course has a special place in the heart, could see it from dorm window.

Other college tracks I have played- UGA, UNC, NC State, Duke, Wake Forest*, GA Tech*, U Miami*...

*these aren't on campus
Wake Forest practices at Old Town Club, which is right next to WFU, but not owned by the school. Old Town Club was built in 1939,and Wake Forest University didn't move to Winston-Salem until the 50s.

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Posted 21 March 2018 - 06:20 AM

This is a little off topic but when I played high school golf back in the day we would always play Carmel High School and Robert Louis Stevenson High School. My coach set up these matches because Carmelís home course was Pebble Beach and RLS was Spyglass Hill. Now those are some amazing courses tied to schools.


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