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


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#61 sabram

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Posted 01 October 2018 - 08:26 PM

View PostCVC, on 29 September 2018 - 10:27 PM, said:

  • Course Name: Swope Memorial Golf Course
  • City, State: Kansas City, MO
  • Price Range: $30-45
  • Course Website: www.swopememorialgolfcourse.com
  • This A.W. Tillinghast design sits on hills in the middle of Swope Park in Kansas City. A municipal course managed by Orion Management Systems, it offers amazing view of the Kansas City skyline, typical Tillinghast guarded greens that reward good shots by funneling the ball toward the hole. Opened in 1935, it features mature trees and elevation changes that make it a pleasure to play.
  • Please go to the website to take a look. I'm unable to post any photos for some reason.


+1 for Swope. Here's a link yo a photo tour  https://www.flickr.c...157683845894732

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Swope memorial #9 i cross bunkers at crest of fairway


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Posted 02 October 2018 - 06:54 PM

View Postthejuice, on 25 September 2018 - 07:13 AM, said:

Oak Hollow GC in High Point, NC would be my (first) entry into this thread (great thread topic by the way).  It's a Pete Dye design that has a lot of the unfair Dye slopes in the greens, with the normal Pete Dye risk/reward setup on several holes.  I played it with some cousins during my family reunion and thought it was fantastic.  We normally play Starmount Forest (I'm a ClubCorp member), Grandover, or Bryan Park (both have 36 holes and both are fine facilities), but I think I want to make Oak Hollow my preferred course when I go to visit my NC fam.  For the price, it just can't be beat.  I think we paid $40 on a Saturday morning (8am tee time) and it was definitely worth more than that with several holes on a large lake and excellent fairways and greens.

http://www.oakhollowgc.com/

I do really like the layout but would love if this course changed to Bermuda greens. Playing at 8am is ok but later in the day the greens are pretty beat up in the summer. But they got to keep them long and watered.

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Posted 02 October 2018 - 10:27 PM

View Postbmellisen, on 02 October 2018 - 06:54 PM, said:

View Postthejuice, on 25 September 2018 - 07:13 AM, said:

Oak Hollow GC in High Point, NC would be my (first) entry into this thread (great thread topic by the way).  It's a Pete Dye design that has a lot of the unfair Dye slopes in the greens, with the normal Pete Dye risk/reward setup on several holes.  I played it with some cousins during my family reunion and thought it was fantastic.  We normally play Starmount Forest (I'm a ClubCorp member), Grandover, or Bryan Park (both have 36 holes and both are fine facilities), but I think I want to make Oak Hollow my preferred course when I go to visit my NC fam.  For the price, it just can't be beat.  I think we paid $40 on a Saturday morning (8am tee time) and it was definitely worth more than that with several holes on a large lake and excellent fairways and greens.

http://www.oakhollowgc.com/

I do really like the layout but would love if this course changed to Bermuda greens. Playing at 8am is ok but later in the day the greens are pretty beat up in the summer. But they got to keep them long and watered.

It was a pretty nice crowd out there.  I felt like, due to its location and some of the guys I saw playing the course, it’s not as appreciated as it should be.  You’re right that with the right type of grass for the greens, it could be a MONSTER of a great course.  I still plan to play it again.  It was fun and very challenging.  I definitely remember many of the holes after only playing it once compared to both Bryan Park courses and both Grandover courses, both of which I can only remember a few holes between the 72.
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Posted 04 October 2018 - 05:01 PM

Not many in my area, but Moffett Field for $38 on a weekday and $54 on a weekend.   A military golf course that opened up to the public a few years back.  If you're in the military, its $25 on a weekend.  Retired military is $33.   Its pretty cool to see a big hanger behind a green and landing lights to help planes land in the fairways.
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Posted 05 October 2018 - 11:31 AM

View PostRob G 89, on 31 August 2018 - 08:06 PM, said:

Course Name: Lost Marsh Golf Cpurse
City, State: Hammond, IN
Price Range: $38 and above
Course Website: http://www.lostmarshgolf.com
A brief description of why you think it's a hidden gem (and please include a photo if you have one!):
Sitting right outside of Chicago in northwest Indiana is the hidden gem known as lost marsh. This course will test all aspects of your game. See pictures below holes 1-5 have water in play. In addition to the water winds usually whip  around 25-40 mph so you better know how to control your trajectory and play draws and fades. The back nine is tighter where you have to deal with many trees so accuracy is key. The course has many views Chicago to the northwest and the rugged industrial views all around. If you're in the Chicago area I highly recommend this course.

$38 rate, but you need $100 in golf balls to get through the first 4 holes. Always in great shape, but some pretty 1quirky holes


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Posted 08 October 2018 - 06:40 AM

  • Course Name: Crystal Lake Golf Club (formerly Crystal Springs)
  • City, State: Haverhill, MA
  • Price Range: $40 on weekdays w/ cart ; $40 weekends walking
  • Course Website: http://www.crystallake-golf.com/
  • A brief description of why you think it's a hidden gem (and please include a photo if you have one!): This place feels like Bushwood Country Club as soon as you step on the first tee.  Fairways are wide, giving everyone a chance to find their ball and greens are fair yet challenging.  The par 3s are long and the 4s and 5s give lots of variety.  It's an old school golf course with lots of charm that has seen a great resurgence in the last couple of years.

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Posted 08 October 2018 - 07:09 AM

  • Course Name: The Course at Sewanee
  • City, State: Sewanee, TN
  • Price Range: $41 on weekends
  • Course Website: http://www.thecourseatsewanee.com/
  • A brief description of why you think it's a hidden gem (and please include a photo if you have one!): Renovated by Gil Hanse's Team in 2013.  Just a fun course to play.  It is on top of Monteagle Mountain and so it stays a little cooler up there than in the valley below.  (Guy in pro-shop said about 8* cooler is a good rule of thumb.)  It is only nine holes but is worth going around a second time.  It is only about twenty minutes from Sweeten's Cove as well.  You can play your early nine at Sweeten's then go up the mountain to play the nine at Sewanee to beat the afternoon heat.  The view from #3 green is pretty awesome.  Very walkable course despite being on a mountain.

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Posted 10 October 2018 - 10:14 AM

  • Course Name: Cutter Creek Golf Club
  • City, State: Snow Hill, NC
  • Price Range: $49 weekdays with senior, military and youth (21 and under) discounts
  • Course Website: https://www.cuttercreek.com/
  • A brief description of why you think it's a hidden gem (and please include a photo if you have one!): Excellent layout with more elevation change than you would expect in the coastal plain, not too many houses, usually not crowded and you can often get a deal. For instance, this summer they had a special of $19 for 18 holes with cart if you arrived before 9 a.m.



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Posted 10 October 2018 - 01:16 PM

  • Course Name: Buffalo Rock Golf and Gun Club
  • City, State: Cushing, OK
  • Price Range: 25- 40( Book online for the $25 rate with cart)
  • Course Website: https://buffalorockgolf.com
  • A brief description of why you think it's a hidden gem (and please include a photo if you have one!):  This is a Perry Maxwell design course ( Front 9) and is just a great time. Its never crowded as its an hour from Tulsa and the owner seems to love it so it is always maintained. Also has a great steakhouse as part of the club house.


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Posted 10 October 2018 - 06:14 PM

View PostShakester, on 04 October 2018 - 05:01 PM, said:

Not many in my area, but Moffett Field for $38 on a weekday and $54 on a weekend.   A military golf course that opened up to the public a few years back.  If you're in the military, its $25 on a weekend.  Retired military is $33.   Its pretty cool to see a big hanger behind a green and landing lights to help planes land in the fairways.

This one and Shoreline are gems! I pay 21 for twilight with cart on weekdays and weekends :)


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Posted 11 October 2018 - 11:16 AM

View PostSmitty1304, on 30 August 2018 - 09:22 PM, said:

  • Course Name: Stone Canyon Golf Club
  • City, State: Blue Springs, MO
  • Price Range: $49 Weekday Rate
  • Course Website: https://www.stonecanyongolfclub.com/
  • A brief description of why you think it's a hidden gem (and please include a photo if you have one!): Stone Canyon Golf Club is the only Greg Norman Signature Design Course in the Midwest. Stone Canyon opened for play in 2009 and received immediate recognition as one of the "Best New Courses You Can Play” by Golf Magazine. In 2012, Stone Canyon was once again recognized by Golf Magazine and named one of the Top 3 Best Public Courses in Missouri.
    The layout at Stone Canyon will provide guests with a truly memorable golf challenge with Norman’s signature design traits that include closely mown green surrounds, creative bunkering and landscape accents. Guests will enjoy the rolling topography and dramatic long views towards downtown Kansas City to the west. The real star is the setting, where rock walls and stone outcroppings are integrated into the layout. Most memorable is the 381-yard, par-4 3rd hole, which concludes with a green in an amphitheater of rocks.

Best public course in the KC area. If they'd fix/update the bunkers it would be perfect. Tough track!

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Posted 12 October 2018 - 10:33 AM

View Postsabram, on 01 October 2018 - 08:26 PM, said:

View PostCVC, on 29 September 2018 - 10:27 PM, said:

  • Course Name: Swope Memorial Golf Course
  • City, State: Kansas City, MO
  • Price Range: $30-45
  • Course Website: www.swopememorialgolfcourse.com
  • This A.W. Tillinghast design sits on hills in the middle of Swope Park in Kansas City. A municipal course managed by Orion Management Systems, it offers amazing view of the Kansas City skyline, typical Tillinghast guarded greens that reward good shots by funneling the ball toward the hole. Opened in 1935, it features mature trees and elevation changes that make it a pleasure to play.
  • Please go to the website to take a look. I'm unable to post any photos for some reason.


+1 for Swope. Here's a link yo a photo tour  https://www.flickr.c...157683845894732

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Swope memorial #9 i cross bunkers at crest of fairway

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Swope memorial #10


Plus 1,000,000 on Swope.  It's so good and so underrated.  I have played it at least 100 times (if not more) and talk about it all the time.  If I ever win the lottery, I have a vision to transform it into a US Open level course...

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Posted 12 October 2018 - 10:49 AM

  • Course Name: WildHorse Golf Club
  • City, State: Gothenburg, NE
  • Price Range: $50
  • Course Website: https://playwildhorse.com
  • A brief description of why you think it's a hidden gem (and please include a photo if you have one!):  Nearly as good as Sand Hills.  Less isolated just off I-80.  Best greens you'll ever play--lightning fast.


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Posted 12 October 2018 - 04:17 PM

View PostGizmogolf, on 12 October 2018 - 10:49 AM, said:

  • Course Name: WildHorse Golf Club
  • City, State: Gothenburg, NE
  • Price Range: $50
  • Course Website: https://playwildhorse.com
  • A brief description of why you think it's a hidden gem (and please include a photo if you have one!):  Nearly as good as Sand Hills.  Less isolated just off I-80.  Best greens you'll ever play--lightning fast.

+1 for Wildhorse. Great course, although not the most photogenic. Here's a link to my photo tour: https://www.flickr.c...157631982222276

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Wild Horse #16 from 150 yards


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Wild Horse #17 - 150 yard marker


Another Hidden Gem in Nebraska is Bayside in Brule NB on Lake McConaughy

Green Fees $50

Website: https://baysidegolf.com/

Link to photo tour: https://www.flickr.c...157631980258307

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Bayside #6 approach


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Bayside #13 par 3 205 yds


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Posted 13 October 2018 - 07:37 AM

Completely agree on Bayside. We travel out there every year for the Bayside Classic


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Posted 14 October 2018 - 06:57 PM

+2 for Wild Horse.  Though it's not nearly as good as Sand Hills.

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Posted 15 October 2018 - 01:09 PM

View PostJustin_650, on 10 October 2018 - 06:14 PM, said:

View PostShakester, on 04 October 2018 - 05:01 PM, said:

Not many in my area, but Moffett Field for $38 on a weekday and $54 on a weekend.   A military golf course that opened up to the public a few years back.  If you're in the military, its $25 on a weekend.  Retired military is $33.   Its pretty cool to see a big hanger behind a green and landing lights to help planes land in the fairways.

This one and Shoreline are gems! I pay 21 for twilight with cart on weekdays and weekends :)

I use to like Shoreline, but the conditions are getting pretty bad there and its $68 on weekend.  I still like to play it once in a while.  I like the layout. If they kept the fairways nice, it would be a great course.
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