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Top 5 Courses you played in 2018


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#1 adamjstl

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Posted 08 October 2018 - 06:18 PM

What’s your Top 5 in 2018?

I’ll start:

1. The Alotian Club, Roland, Arkansas. Opened in 2004, this Tom Fazio masterpiece offers a great layout in a truly spectacular setting. The course debuted at #14 on Golf Digest’s Top 100 Courses in America many years ago, and now sits at 27th. Holes move up and down as well left and right, featuring elevation changes, mountain backgrounds, and gorgeous views of Lake Maumelle. The conditions border on perfection.

2. Whispering Pines, Trinity, Texas. Chet Williams, a Nicklaus protege, calls Whispering Pines his masterpiece. The course is currently ranked 55th on Golf Digest’s Top 100 Courses in America. The front nine is solid, if unspectacular. From hole 13 on, however, it’s unforgettable. Five consecutive holes border the Trinity River/Caney Creek, with the highlight being the island green par-3 15th. The tees circle 180 degrees, allowing for an endless variety of angles and shots.

3. Bluejack National, Montgomery, Texas. Tiger’s first course debuted in 2016, and landed at 37th on Golfweek’s Top 100 Modern Courses in 2018. The experience here is incredible, and you are treated like royalty. The course is open off the tee, with all the challenge on and around the greens. Bluejack is about as easy or hard as they care to make it due to the slope and speed of the putting surfaces.

4. Golf Club of Tennessee, Kingston Springs, Tennessee. This is a Tom Fazio design that opened in 1991. Currently residing at 158th on Golf Digest’s Next 100 Courses in America, the Golf Club of Tennessee is an under the radar gem. The course makes incredible use of the natural terrain, highlighting huge elevation changes, rock ledges, and natural waterfalls. You get all the typical Fazio visuals with a genuinely memorable layout.

5. Sycamore Hills, Fort Wayne, Indiana. A Nicklaus design that opened in 1989, Sycamore Hills is currently ranked 139th on Golf Digest’s Next 100 Courses in America. The facilities are to die for here, as is the service. The course is routed through homes on the front nine, and gets back to nature on the back. Like most Nicklaus designs, Sycamore Hills requires power and precision. In the middle of record setting Midwest summer heat, the tees, fairways, and greens were perfect.


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Posted 08 October 2018 - 07:59 PM

1. Cal Club
2. Prairie Dunes
3. Mammoth Dunes
4. Winged Foot (West)
5. White Bear Yacht Club

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Posted 08 October 2018 - 08:03 PM

Has been a pretty good past month and a half because of work....

Kiawah - Ocean
TPC Sawgrass
The Tribute at the Colony in Dallas
Green Valley Ranch Club in Denver
and the best in my opinion this past weekend. Bethpage Black.

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Posted 08 October 2018 - 08:35 PM

greywalls in michigan
pinehurst #2 (in november)
sweetens cove (sometime this fall)
streamsong consortium
the bull (over lawsonia; not a popular opinion)

i might try bandon the last week of december ... not sure ...

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Posted 08 October 2018 - 09:18 PM

Snake River Sporting Club
TPC Sawgrass Stadium Course
Oak Marsh at Amelia Island Resort
Jackson Hole Golf & Tennis
Kissing Tree

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Posted 08 October 2018 - 10:03 PM

1. Whistling Straits
2. Erin Hills
3. Bandon Dunes
4. Pacific Dunes
5. Mammoth Dunes
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Posted 08 October 2018 - 11:07 PM

No order Valhalla, Victoria National, Sweetens Cove, Tpc Sugarloaf, Tobacco Road

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Posted 09 October 2018 - 01:39 AM

Not including my home course, in no particular order

Sand Hills
Prairie Dunes
Maidstone
Colorado Golf Club
Shadow Glen (KC)
and just below those five....
Applebrook GC (Malvern PA)

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Posted 09 October 2018 - 03:46 AM

No big trip this year, but it's all good. The midwest is stacked!

1. Erin Hills
2. Mammoth Dunes
3. Windsong Farm
4. Minikahda Club
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Posted 09 October 2018 - 05:00 AM

1.  U.S. Naval Academy
2.  Mid Pines, NC
3.  Achasta- Nicklaus course in GA
4.  Pine Needles, NC
5.  Cutter Creek, NC

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Posted 09 October 2018 - 06:29 AM

Sand Hills
Cruden Bay
Muirfield
Machrahanish
Pine Valley
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Posted 09 October 2018 - 07:12 AM

Tough to narrow down to a top 5. Oceans Course is easily 1 and Erin Hills is 2... there are about 6 others that would be in contention. Overall 2018 was a good year for golf!

The Oceans course
Erin Hills

Dunes Golf and Beach Club
Caledonia Golf club
Mammoth Dunes
Windsong Farms
Tpc deere run
Whistling-Irish

Edited by marks21, 09 October 2018 - 07:13 AM.

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Posted 09 October 2018 - 07:57 AM

A clear cut top 4 for me this year,

Cabot Cliffs
Cabo Links
Interlachen (Minnesoa)
CC of Charleston

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Posted 09 October 2018 - 08:16 AM

Pinehurst #2
Bulle Rock
Pine Needles
Tobacco Road
River Bend G&CC (Great Falls, VA)
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Posted 09 October 2018 - 09:38 AM

Wekopa-both
Tob. Road
Dormie Club
TPC Scottsdale -underwhelmed but still a great course


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Posted 09 October 2018 - 09:49 AM

ANGC
Milwaukee CC
Lookout Mountain
Bandon Dunes
Pacific Dunes

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Posted 09 October 2018 - 09:52 AM

Bay Hill
Bay Hill
Bay Hill
Interlachen Winter Park
Bay Hill

...I guess I should travel more
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Posted 09 October 2018 - 09:58 AM

Pebble Beach
Kiawah Ocean Course
Spyglass Hill
Pasatiempo
Poppy Hills
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Posted 09 October 2018 - 10:00 AM

Arcadia Bluffs
Forest Dunes
The Loop
Eagle Eye
Stonelick Hills

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Posted 09 October 2018 - 10:00 AM

1) Chambers Bay
2) Mammoth Dunes
3) Sand Valley
4) TPC Scottsdale
5) Torrey Pines South


I'm scheduled to play TPC Sawgrass in mid-December, and I expect it'll kick Torrey Pines out of the top 5.


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Posted 09 October 2018 - 10:01 AM

For me it has been a good year of getting to courses.

Wilshire CC in L.A - Beautiful course in the heart of L.A with restoration done by C & C in early 2000s.
Boothbay Harbor CC in Maine - Redesigned by Bruce Hepner formally of Renaissance (Doak). Another breathtaking course. IMO, the best course in Maine now. It was better than Belgrade which I also played.
Trinity Forest in Dallas - Pretty well known course now. One of C & C's best designs to date.
Ballyneal in E. Colorado - Played it before but now that they've gotten rid of the fescue and replaced with bent, the course plays significantly firmer and faster and a lot more entertaining this time around.
Dedham Country and Polo club in Boston. Originally a Seth Raynor design with Brian Silva doing restoration work including new drainage and greens. Redan, reverse redan, Biarritz, and punch bowl all added.

Edited by irvtrain, 09 October 2018 - 10:03 AM.


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Posted 09 October 2018 - 10:06 AM

Haven't got out of state to play this year...too busy working.  With that said, here's an IL version of the list.

1. Flossmoor CC
2. Highlands of Elgin
3. Bowes Creek
4. Blackstone
5. Arrowhead

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Posted 09 October 2018 - 10:36 AM

1. Pasatiempo Golf Club, an Alister MacKenzie gem in Santa Cruz that is said to be MacKenzie's favorite design, even above Augusta National and Cypress Point. You have to be on your game to score here, and I was for about nine holes. Great and fast poa greens, lots of scenery, and a fantastic experience overall.

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2. Reynolds Lake Oconee - Oconee Course, a Rees Jones design at the Georgia resort. Immaculately maintained and solid. I played it on a day after some heavy rain, so the lack of roll cost me some yardage off the tee. Still scored well.

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3. Reynolds Lake Oconee - Landing Course, a Bob Cupp design and the original golf course built at Reynolds Plantation. A few very nice holes along Lake Oconee and excellent conditions, even after a rainstorm.

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4. Atlantic Beach Country Club, the home of the Web.com Tour Finals. Fast greens for Northeast Florida and always in good shape. One of those courses that can punish you if you miss greens because everything runs off, but it's also very gettable if you're playing well (as the Web.com guys showed).

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5. PGA National - Champion Course, a Jack Nicklaus design and home of the Honda Classic. This was my last round before having neck surgery, so I was hoping to play somewhere great. We played there in January, just about a month out from the Honda Classic, and the greens were very sandy and hard. Of the "top" courses I've played, this one was just okay. I should mention that a rainstorm prevented me from making it through to the back nine, so I missed the Bear Trap.

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Posted 09 October 2018 - 10:56 AM

View Postirvtrain, on 09 October 2018 - 10:01 AM, said:

Dedham Country and Polo club in Boston. Originally a Seth Raynor design with Brian Silva doing restoration work including new drainage and greens. Redan, reverse redan, Biarritz, and punch bowl all added.

Originally Donald Ross (9 holes); Herbert Fowler added 9 holes; later renovated / redesigned by Seth Raynor.

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Posted 09 October 2018 - 11:05 AM

Unfortunately, I dont get to travel much, but I was fortunate enough to go on a golf trip this March.
My top 5 2018 courses reflect that trip:

1. Dunes Club
2. Tidewater
3. Wintonbury Hills
4. Tashua Knolls
5. Bronson Country club


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Posted 09 October 2018 - 11:08 AM

1. Lawsonia (links)
2. Greywalls
3. Timberstone
4. Sage Run
5. Lawsonia (woodlands)
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Posted 09 October 2018 - 11:12 AM

1) Royal Portrush
2) Royal County Down
3) Lawsonia Links
4) Pacific Grove
5) Portstewart

Edited by BUCKEYERBALL88, 09 October 2018 - 11:14 AM.


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Posted 09 October 2018 - 11:17 AM

It's all about Scotland in 2018, with three amazing trips

1. Ailsa Course - Trump Turnberry (Ranked 1st on my personnal ranking)
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2. Castle Stuart (Ranked 4th on my personnal ranking)
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3. Royal Dornoch - Championship Course (Ranked 6th on my personnal ranking)
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4. North Berwick (Ranked 12th on my personnal ranking)
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5. Royal Troon - Old Course (Ranked 21st on my personnal ranking)
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Posted 09 October 2018 - 11:49 AM

View Postraynorfan1, on 09 October 2018 - 10:56 AM, said:

View Postirvtrain, on 09 October 2018 - 10:01 AM, said:

Dedham Country and Polo club in Boston. Originally a Seth Raynor design with Brian Silva doing restoration work including new drainage and greens. Redan, reverse redan, Biarritz, and punch bowl all added.

Originally Donald Ross (9 holes); Herbert Fowler added 9 holes; later renovated / redesigned by Seth Raynor.

Thanks for the clarification. No one mentioned Ross nor Fowler to me. Interesting notes. Did Raynor completely redesign the course then or modify the existing 18?

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Posted 09 October 2018 - 12:50 PM

View Postirvtrain, on 09 October 2018 - 11:49 AM, said:

View Postraynorfan1, on 09 October 2018 - 10:56 AM, said:

View Postirvtrain, on 09 October 2018 - 10:01 AM, said:

Dedham Country and Polo club in Boston. Originally a Seth Raynor design with Brian Silva doing restoration work including new drainage and greens. Redan, reverse redan, Biarritz, and punch bowl all added.

Originally Donald Ross (9 holes); Herbert Fowler added 9 holes; later renovated / redesigned by Seth Raynor.

Thanks for the clarification. No one mentioned Ross nor Fowler to me. Interesting notes. Did Raynor completely redesign the course then or modify the existing 18?

It's sort of a mystery. The current thinking in the club is that Ross built the first nine holes, Fowler designed nine more, but only built a few of them before a falling out with the club, and Raynor re-routed all 18, using many of Ross' and some of Fowler's greens.

Unfortunately, they don't have any of the plans for any of them.

FWIW the Ross society considers his work at Dedham to be "NLE".


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