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#1 ThunderBuzzworth

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Posted 28 November 2018 - 03:52 PM

Lets remove Augusta, Pine Valley and Pebble Beach from the list... in YOUR opinion what is the most recognizable golf course logo in the USA?

Please only pick 1 logo as I am attempting to do some research for a work project. I will get us started with what I would consider to be a dozen very recognizable:

Winged Foot
Whistling Straits
Seminole
Kittansett
Bethpage
Whispering Pines
Oakmont CC (PA)
Shinnecock Hills
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Los Angeles CC
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Posted 28 November 2018 - 04:19 PM

Of the ones you listed, probably Winged Foot, by far, IMO. I think part of what makes it so recognizable or memorable is that it is sort of an unmistakable image of a fictional object.

Of the remaining ones on your list, I recall what all of them look like except Whispering Pines and Crystal Downs, plus I've never even heard of Kittansett.

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Posted 28 November 2018 - 04:23 PM

You left off Pinehurst ...
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Posted 28 November 2018 - 04:38 PM

Bay Hill?

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Posted 28 November 2018 - 04:43 PM

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Edit :Sorry My mistake , only USA courses ..

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Posted 28 November 2018 - 05:21 PM

Merion?  The basket on top of the flagstick is pretty distinctive.

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Posted 28 November 2018 - 09:15 PM

good additions so far

Edited by ThunderBuzzworth, 28 November 2018 - 09:15 PM.

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Posted 28 November 2018 - 09:18 PM

If go w Bay Hill just cuz of Arnie.  Nobody in golf doesn't recognize that logo.
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Posted 28 November 2018 - 09:20 PM

Augusta?  Sorry, just saw it had been removed...unmistakable IMO.

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Posted 28 November 2018 - 09:29 PM

Kapalua- The butterfly with pineapple is distinctive and unique to me.

McArthur Golf Club- The milk bottle is just a really cool and simple logo that stands out on a golf bag, shirt, or hat. It’s big, but subtle if that makes sense.

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Posted 28 November 2018 - 09:37 PM

Merion basket on a stick out of all those mentioned above.

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Posted 28 November 2018 - 09:39 PM

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Posted 28 November 2018 - 09:44 PM

 ThunderBuzzworth, on 28 November 2018 - 03:52 PM, said:

Lets remove Augusta, Pine Valley and Pebble Beach from the list... in YOUR opinion what is the most recognizable golf course logo in the USA?

Please only pick 1 logo as I am attempting to do some research for a work project. I will get us started with what I would consider to be a dozen very recognizable:

Winged Foot
Whistling Straits
Seminole
Kittansett
Bethpage
Whispering Pines
Oakmont CC (PA)
Shinnecock Hills
Baltusrol
Los Angeles CC
Bel-air
Crystal Downs

I think when you talk recognizability there are a couple of factors at play:

(1) is it unique? IMHO this eliminates Shinnecock, Seminole, and the 10,000 other clubs with a Native American profile image as its logo.
(2) does it have national recognition? This eliminates the Kittansetts et. al. of the world.

I'd nominate:
Merion - the wicker basket will be instantly recognizable as long as a major has been played there in the last 10 years;
Whistling Straits
Winged Foot
Olympic Club
Baltusrol
Bay Hill
NGLA
Maidstone
Fishers Island

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Posted 28 November 2018 - 09:56 PM

I agree with Raynor's logic and for this reason I think it has to be Oakmont.  It is has the distinct Squirrel that looks different from every other logo and it hosts a US Open once a decade so it is in front of the public pretty regularly.   I'm a pretty dedicated golfer and I can't think of what the logo is for many of the courses listed in this thread, but Oakmont stands out to me.

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Posted 28 November 2018 - 10:16 PM

 CMCSGolf, on 28 November 2018 - 09:56 PM, said:

I agree with Raynor's logic and for this reason I think it has to be Oakmont.  It is has the distinct Squirrel that looks different from every other logo and it hosts a US Open once a decade so it is in front of the public pretty regularly.   I'm a pretty dedicated golfer and I can't think of what the logo is for many of the courses listed in this thread, but Oakmont stands out to me.

Interestingly enough the squirrel isn't even Oakmonts main logo.

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Posted 28 November 2018 - 10:29 PM

 FairwayFred, on 28 November 2018 - 10:16 PM, said:

 CMCSGolf, on 28 November 2018 - 09:56 PM, said:

I agree with Raynor's logic and for this reason I think it has to be Oakmont.  It is has the distinct Squirrel that looks different from every other logo and it hosts a US Open once a decade so it is in front of the public pretty regularly.   I'm a pretty dedicated golfer and I can't think of what the logo is for many of the courses listed in this thread, but Oakmont stands out to me.

Interestingly enough the squirrel isn't even Oakmonts main logo.

It’s also basically identical to the country club’s squirrel logo.

Which is also not their main logo...

Edited by raynorfan1, 28 November 2018 - 10:30 PM.


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Posted 28 November 2018 - 10:33 PM

Merion, Olympic, bandon. Maybe Olympic or bandon for me because I'm in nor cal and everyone golf related seems to be wearing the Olympic o or bandon penguin at some point.

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Posted 28 November 2018 - 10:34 PM

Pine Valley 🌲

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Posted 29 November 2018 - 06:50 AM

If you want my opinion on the MOST recognizable logo in American golf... It's Augusta... Can't be any other surely.

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Posted 29 November 2018 - 08:44 AM

 OutBackHack, on 29 November 2018 - 06:50 AM, said:

If you want my opinion on the MOST recognizable logo in American golf... It's Augusta... Can't be any other surely.

I think most people don’t know what the ANGC logo looks like. They do know the Masters Tournament logo which is not the club’s logo.

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Posted 29 November 2018 - 09:46 AM

Well it doesn't have the word "Masters" on it, that's for sure, but other than that it's the same and everyone who knows the Masters logo would equate the ANGC logo with the club instantly.

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Posted 29 November 2018 - 10:43 AM

Oakmont for me, but that's only because my first impressions of golf tournaments were there for the US Am in 2003 and the US Open in 08. I think a lot of it has to deal with what courses are close to you. I mean the Congressional Logo is super recognizable to me but that's because its the most brand name club around the DC area.
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Posted 29 November 2018 - 11:22 AM

Torrey Pines could/should be in the conversation, considering the logo includes and is built off of the club's name.

The trump course logos collectively are pretty unmistakable although maybe not super distinguishable between them.

Congressional is another easy one to identify when you see it.

Lastly, TPC Sawgrass - although I get the counterpoint that the whole TPC network shares the key graphic

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Posted 29 November 2018 - 11:30 AM

The Cypress Point logo is very Torrey Pinesish .. I don't think CP was listed above

Agree on the TPC logo being linked to Sawgrass.  That's how I see it as well.
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Posted 29 November 2018 - 02:44 PM

Saw the topic and immediately thought Winged Foot.


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Posted 29 November 2018 - 02:53 PM

There's another question of what's recognizable because the viewer actually knows it and what's recognizable because the logo itself is so descriptive.

Winged Foot, for example, is so descriptive that any idiot could guess what club it belongs to. Same with Congressional, Burning Tree, etc.

The Oakmont squirrel, or Merion wicker basket, on the other hand, are much harder to guess.

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Posted 29 November 2018 - 03:40 PM

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Posted 29 November 2018 - 08:14 PM

 SPY ZINGER, on 28 November 2018 - 10:34 PM, said:

Pine Valley ��
I agree with the Pine Valley

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Posted 29 November 2018 - 08:22 PM

Excluding Augusta. Winged Foot, Olympic Club, and LACC in that order. I think MPCC has a really cool logo, but since it's new, it isn't as recognizable.

Although I could be biased since I'm from California

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Posted 29 November 2018 - 10:20 PM

I think the Pebble Beach logo is pretty recognizable.

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