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#1 goody79

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Posted 30 January 2019 - 02:10 PM

I have seen a few posts discussing best ClubCorp courses in specific regions (most recently San Diego area).  For those who have traveled extensively, please help identify any courses that stand out as among the best and it would also be helpful to identify those that you wouldn't play again.  We have traveled to Palm Springs area and would rank Indian Wells CC and Mission Hills CC highly.  Thanks!


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Posted 30 January 2019 - 08:53 PM

Mission hills
Firestone
Medinah

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Posted 30 January 2019 - 10:06 PM

LPGA International
Firestone
Barefoot Dye

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Posted 30 January 2019 - 10:54 PM

Firestone
Bedford-resort
Black creek
Pete Dye club-sniff...sniff...

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Posted 02 February 2019 - 04:04 AM

I posted this previously on another thread.

To be honest a lot of the club corps courses are pretty similar so it's really hard to rank them.  Nothing spectacular but nice enough, safe courses designed by big name designers.  The other thing is available courses change constantly.  Here's how I put what I've played (with club corp area listed).  Hard task because they are all pretty vanilla and similar.

Davenport CC - Davenport
Saddle Creek (no houses when I played) - Stockton
Traditions - Dayton
White Columns - Atlanta
Mission Hills (Dye) - Palm Desert
Firestone (West I really like the front 9) - Akron
Missin Hills (Dinah - mostly because they hold the LPGA event) - Palm Desert
Dayton Country Club (old classic that I really like but tough to compare to the modern courses) - Dayton
Country Club of the South - Atlanta
English Turn - New Orleans
Coto De Caza (South - most will probably like the north) - Orange County
Anthem (Ironwood)- Phoenix
Gainey Ranch - Phoenix
Ealges Landing (27 holes) - Atlanta
Coto De Caza (North) - Orange County
TPC Michigan - Detroit
Mission Hills (Palmer) - Palm Desert
Indian Wells (Classic) - Palm Desert
Glen Abbey - Toronto
Bears Best - Atlanta
Firestone (North - I don't really like the course) - Akron
Atlanta National - Atlanta
Pinehurst #9 - Pinehurst
Royal Hawaiian - Oahu
Diamond Run - Pittsburgh
Fair Oaks - San Antonio
Seville - Phoenix
Carmel Valley Ranch - Monterey
Tucson National - Tucson
Omni La Costa (Legend) - San Diego
University Club of Milwaukee - Milwaukee
Old Ranch - Orange County
Indian Wells (Cove) - Palm Desert
Regatta Bay - Pensacola
Shadow Ridge - San Diego
Aliso Viejo - Orange County
Desert Falls - Palm Desert
Morgan Run (don't know which combo I played) - San Diego
Santa Rosa - Santa Rosa
Porter Valley - Los Angeles
Canyon Crest - Orange County
Lost Key - Pensacola


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Posted 02 February 2019 - 06:22 PM

View Postact0fgod, on 02 February 2019 - 04:04 AM, said:

I posted this previously on another thread.

To be honest a lot of the club corps courses are pretty similar so it's really hard to rank them.  Nothing spectacular but nice enough, safe courses designed by big name designers.  The other thing is available courses change constantly.  Here's how I put what I've played (with club corp area listed).  Hard task because they are all pretty vanilla and similar.

Davenport CC - Davenport
Saddle Creek (no houses when I played) - Stockton
Traditions - Dayton
White Columns - Atlanta
Mission Hills (Dye) - Palm Desert
Firestone (West I really like the front 9) - Akron
Missin Hills (Dinah - mostly because they hold the LPGA event) - Palm Desert
Dayton Country Club (old classic that I really like but tough to compare to the modern courses) - Dayton
Country Club of the South - Atlanta
English Turn - New Orleans
Coto De Caza (South - most will probably like the north) - Orange County
Anthem (Ironwood)- Phoenix
Gainey Ranch - Phoenix
Ealges Landing (27 holes) - Atlanta
Coto De Caza (North) - Orange County
TPC Michigan - Detroit
Mission Hills (Palmer) - Palm Desert
Indian Wells (Classic) - Palm Desert
Glen Abbey - Toronto
Bears Best - Atlanta
Firestone (North - I don't really like the course) - Akron
Atlanta National - Atlanta
Pinehurst #9 - Pinehurst
Royal Hawaiian - Oahu
Diamond Run - Pittsburgh
Fair Oaks - San Antonio
Seville - Phoenix
Carmel Valley Ranch - Monterey
Tucson National - Tucson
Omni La Costa (Legend) - San Diego
University Club of Milwaukee - Milwaukee
Old Ranch - Orange County
Indian Wells (Cove) - Palm Desert
Regatta Bay - Pensacola
Shadow Ridge - San Diego
Aliso Viejo - Orange County
Desert Falls - Palm Desert
Morgan Run (don't know which combo I played) - San Diego
Santa Rosa - Santa Rosa
Porter Valley - Los Angeles
Canyon Crest - Orange County
Lost Key - Pensacola

The firestone triple is worth building a vacation around. What didn't you like about the North course?

Traditions is Cinci/Kentucky not Dayton

I've played 9 of the courses on your list and they are far from vanilla. The four I mentioned above are good to excellent with the Dye club outstanding (top 100 in world)

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Posted 02 February 2019 - 10:12 PM

View Posttjblue, on 02 February 2019 - 06:22 PM, said:

The firestone triple is worth building a vacation around. What didn't you like about the North course?

Traditions is Cinci/Kentucky not Dayton

I've played 9 of the courses on your list and they are far from vanilla. The four I mentioned above are good to excellent with the Dye club outstanding (top 100 in world)
Regarding the North course at Firestone it started at the first hole where I didn't like the narrow opener with water left and OB right.  I didn't like the buzzing power lines.  I didn't like the chain link fence along the border.  In comparison to other Dye template finishing stretches I liked it the least.  It's still fairly high up on the list, but of the courses at Firestone it was my least favorite (I also think the South course is rated higher than it should be - realize that isn't saying it is a bad course).  

You are right about Traditions not being in Dayton.  Clubcorp however considers the region Cinci/Dayton and I was in Dayton which is why I classified it as Dayton.  Understand it's not even in Ohio.

I also played Pete Dye Golf Club a couple of times and it would be top of my list but unfortunately the course is no longer part of the ClubCorp program.  Personally I wouldn't call it top 100 in the world, top 100 US is where most publications have it.  Either way it is a good course and the single clubcorp course I made trips to play just for a single course.  I do think Atlanta is a good trip for ClubCorp.  I also considered making a trip to Bedford PA as my wife would enjoy that trip as well but haven't yet.

I stand by my statements.  I think the value is great and it's why I've kept my ClubCorp membership but the courses aren't really world class, just nice.  Nice is pretty good.  I'm happy to play golf almost anywhere.  I just finished a round at Ala Wai a municipal course in Honolulu that is dead flat and would be on the bottom of my list above.

Edited by act0fgod, 02 February 2019 - 10:13 PM.


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Posted 03 February 2019 - 02:07 AM

The power lines didn't bother me so much compared to the chain link fence. You're right it is ugly and rather muni looking.

My wife and I played the North and then traveled down to the Dye club. That was our first experience using ClubCorp and really enjoyed both courses.

It's really a shame about The Dye club. I was only able to play it once and it was a real treat. Get to Bedford ASAP before they change their mind. The volcano hole is anything but vanilla.

Sure there are plenty of cookie cutter courses on the list (with good to great conditioning) but there are plenty of gems and as I said courses to build a vacation around.

Edited by tjblue, 03 February 2019 - 02:07 AM.


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Posted 04 February 2019 - 04:07 PM

Good information!  Thanks for taking the time to share your experiences!!

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Posted 04 February 2019 - 04:56 PM

Sonnenalp in Vail Colorado is not bad. Not the best course in the area but you have to consider the area has a lot going for it besides just golf
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Posted 05 February 2019 - 11:22 AM

View Postact0fgod, on 02 February 2019 - 10:12 PM, said:

View Posttjblue, on 02 February 2019 - 06:22 PM, said:

The firestone triple is worth building a vacation around. What didn't you like about the North course?

Traditions is Cinci/Kentucky not Dayton

I've played 9 of the courses on your list and they are far from vanilla. The four I mentioned above are good to excellent with the Dye club outstanding (top 100 in world)
Regarding the North course at Firestone it started at the first hole where I didn't like the narrow opener with water left and OB right.  I didn't like the buzzing power lines.  I didn't like the chain link fence along the border.  In comparison to other Dye template finishing stretches I liked it the least.  It's still fairly high up on the list, but of the courses at Firestone it was my least favorite (I also think the South course is rated higher than it should be - realize that isn't saying it is a bad course).  


North Course at Firestone is RTJ, not Pete Dye.  It's a difficult course, but I liked it a lot.  They use the lake very well.  Good elevation changes.  

Fun to spend the night in the Men's Locker Room as well.  Pretty unique experience.

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