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WHAT'S YOUR HIDDEN GEM? Submit your favorite "hidden gem" golf courses (less than $50)


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#121 thejuice

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Posted 20 December 2018 - 11:27 AM

I'm loving this thread.  Just wanted to shout out the OP for starting it.

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Posted 20 December 2018 - 01:05 PM

  • Course Name: Elks Country Club (Donald Ross, ca. 1924)
  • City, State: McDermott, OH
  • Price Range: $40
  • Course Website: No webpage, but has a Facebook page
  • A brief description of why you think it's a hidden gem (and please include a photo if you have one!): Really great shape for a out-of-the way course; fairly low key and "local"; Donald Ross course with great lines, mature trees, smallish greens. You can hit a lot of different shots and even though it is a little hilly, it is still quite walkable.

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Posted 20 December 2018 - 05:18 PM

  • Course Name: The Preserve At Jordan Lake Golf Club
  • City, State: Chapel Hill, NC
  • Price Range: < $40 (<$20 on golfnow)
  • Course Website:https://thepreservegolfclub.com
  • A brief description of why you think it's a hidden gem (and please include a photo if you have one!): For approx $30, I would call this the best value golf course in the Raleigh Durham Chapel Hill area.

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Posted 22 December 2018 - 09:34 AM

My hidden gem is Spooner Golf Club in northwest WI. A Northwoods classic, designed by Tommy Vardon, it's always in great shape, and a fun layout. A pure golf experience as there are just a handful of homes on the course and they are well set back.

The course is far too short for most WRXers (those who hit their drives 305 with a baby fade) but for mere mortals it's an enjoyable round and an easy walk. A course that one can score on but can bite you if you're not careful. $40 to walk on a summer weekend.

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Posted 22 December 2018 - 10:12 AM

Certainly not a hidden gem, but Pine Needles in the Pinehurst area. So many folks get swept up in all that the actual Pinehurst with its multitude of courses have to offer, no one leaves the grounds. Pine needles is my fave of all the courses in that area with Tobacco Road a close 2nd and both are $50 and less if you make them part of a package in non peak months.

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Posted 22 December 2018 - 10:33 AM

Name: Bos Landen

Location: Pella, Iowa

price: $39 weekday - $47 weekend

link: http://boslanden.com/

This is just a great little course  in central Iowa that will challenge all aspects of your game.  They have fresh smoked BBQ onsite and space tee times out 30 minutes apart.  It is a great set up, and has 4 sets of men's tees from 5800 - 7000 yds.

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Posted 22 December 2018 - 03:08 PM

 DoubleorQuits, on 01 October 2018 - 08:51 AM, said:

  • Course Name:  Aiken Golf Club
  • City, State:    Aiken, South Carolina
  • Price Range: $20-$50
  • Course Website:  aikengolfclub.net

Good call DoQ.  Most folks head to Aiken for Palmetto or Sage Valley and completely ignore this little beauty in the centre of town.

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Posted 22 December 2018 - 07:22 PM

 El Gringo, on 22 December 2018 - 03:08 PM, said:

 DoubleorQuits, on 01 October 2018 - 08:51 AM, said:

  • Course Name:  Aiken Golf Club
  • City, State:    Aiken, South Carolina
  • Price Range: $20-$50
  • Course Website:  aikengolfclub.net

Good call DoQ.  Most folks head to Aiken for Palmetto or Sage Valley and completely ignore this little beauty in the centre of town.

Great call...tons of character on that course! Double greens, drivable par 4s, when I played it in 2010 or so they had only recently started putting yardages on sprinkler heads bc it wasn’t “traditional.”
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Posted 22 December 2018 - 07:27 PM

 jonn443, on 09 September 2018 - 10:50 PM, said:

 jerryo, on 04 September 2018 - 07:02 PM, said:

Shennecossett Golf Course
Groton, CT
Price range: 30 - 50 (price well under 50 after noon)
www.shennygolf.com

Classic old Donald Ross course. he redesigned it in 1916. The only public Donald Ross course in CT. Usually in great condition. Hosts the CT senior open every July. Views of the Thames River and Long Island Sound on the back nine. Must play if you are in the Groton/New London area.

After June the fescue gets high so be prepared to lose 5 balls a round if you spray your driver.

Ohh, and the turtle shell green on the par 3 4th is ranked as the hardest par 3 in the state, and probably top 10 in New England.

... And it can kiss my a$$.

I hate that hole soooo much. However, the course is legit. My buddy runs a St. Paddy’s Day parade tournament there. Great time.
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Posted 01 January 2019 - 04:02 PM

 grandslambound, on 16 September 2018 - 06:11 AM, said:

  • Course Name: Sand Creek Station
  • City, State: Newton, KS
  • Price Range: $25-$40
  • Course Website: http://www.sandcreekgolfclub.com
  • A brief description of why you think it's a hidden gem (and please include a photo if you have one!) This place is pure. Host of the 2014 US Pub Links Championship, and last years NJCAA  Jayhawk conference championship. Played it a couple weeks ago for $28 bucks with a cart and 2 drink tickets. It is a big 7359 from the tips and the wind is always whipping. The 10th hole is with out a doubt the signature hole, a 640 yard par 5 with water left and OB right on the tee shot and the water right and OB left on any lay-up or approach. This hole is so cocky they give you a free tee shirt if you birdie it. (Doug Ghim eagled it in the 2014 US Pub Links final round) It includes many great architecture elements including a redan green on the par 5 4th. Not to mention how great of condition it was in when I played it as well. This place is a steal.
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I've only played this course once and it was in the 50's on a rainy day in May. I loved playing it except for the gigantic tree that blocks the green on the long par 5 2nd hole. I was so pissed off about that tree which just makes the hole unfair. It really is a par 6 with that tree. You can't go under it and you can't go over it. Someone needs to go out there in the middle of night and cut that motherf@$ker down. The hole has plenty of challenges without that tree.

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Posted 02 January 2019 - 10:48 PM

 JimGantz, on 11 September 2018 - 09:07 AM, said:

Boulder Creek
Streetsboro, Ohio (between Cleveland and Akron)
$39 M-Th, $43 F, $59 Sat/Sun before noon...$46 after noon
https://www.bouldercreekohio.com
Conditions are always top notch. Fluffy bunkers, thick-ish rough.  Staff is super friendly. Good mix of long and short holes which is something I like. I'm not a huge fan of playing a course where every part 3 is over 200yds.  This track mixes it up.

+1 This course was the only bright spot during my hellish 18 month exile to Ohio.

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Posted 06 January 2019 - 10:25 PM

 Jwin323, on 02 January 2019 - 10:48 PM, said:

 JimGantz, on 11 September 2018 - 09:07 AM, said:

Boulder Creek
Streetsboro, Ohio (between Cleveland and Akron)
$39 M-Th, $43 F, $59 Sat/Sun before noon...$46 after noon
https://www.bouldercreekohio.com
Conditions are always top notch. Fluffy bunkers, thick-ish rough.  Staff is super friendly. Good mix of long and short holes which is something I like. I'm not a huge fan of playing a course where every part 3 is over 200yds.  This track mixes it up.

+1 This course was the only bright spot during my hellish 18 month exile to Ohio.

I’m currently 1 year into my 3 year exile. Cleveland has some solid public courses.
Boulder Creek, Manikiki and Sleepy Hollow are all very good in the area.


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Posted 07 January 2019 - 10:42 PM

 lawsonman, on 06 September 2018 - 06:30 AM, said:

  • Course Name: Park Hills Golf Course
  • City, State: Freeport,IL
  • Price Range: $16-$23
  • Course Website:www.parkhillsgolfcourse.com
  • A brief description of why you think it's a hidden gem :  Always in pristine condition. 36 hole layout that is as hard as you want to make it. Trees (big) and water are everywhere. Pace of play is usually very good. Located about 90 minutes west of Chicago's western suburbs.


Played Park Hills West for the Freeport Invite back in high school.  The back nine was a beast.  Hidden gem for sure!
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Posted 09 January 2019 - 01:35 AM

 jerryo, on 04 September 2018 - 07:02 PM, said:

Shennecossett Golf Course
Groton, CT
Price range: 30 - 50 (price well under 50 after noon)
www.shennygolf.com
Classic old Donald Ross course. he redesigned it in 1916. The only public Donald Ross course in CT. Usually in great condition. Hosts the CT senior open every July. Views of the Thames River and Long Island Sound on the back nine. Must play if you are in the Groton/New London area.
Used to play this course quite a bit when I was stationed at the Navy Submarine Base in Groton.  It was awesome, but one thing that is not mentioned is that the ocean holes on the back nine are not part of the original design.  They were added, I think in 1997 to make room for the expansion of a certain drug company’s offices (they make Viagra).  So some of the original Ross design is gone.  But a really fun track with tons of unique features, and absolutely devilish in the wind.

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Posted 11 January 2019 - 08:18 PM

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