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What are the top 5 courses you've played?


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#1 mikey634w

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Posted 21 June 2009 - 09:20 AM

I tend to follow the course rankings each year.  I have been fortunate enough to play a handful of them, but have been surprised that my experience and opinions haven't always matched up with their rankings.  There is a lot of subjectivity here, so this should be fun for discussion purposes.

So for ease of discussion, list the top 5 courses you have played and list your most overrated course you have played.

Here are my top 5:
Pine Valley
Merion East
Whistling Straits
Doral
Blackwolf Run

I would say that Merion (based on it's high ranking) was the most disappoing of the five.  Get my vote for most overrated.


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Posted 21 June 2009 - 09:28 AM

Pablo Creek
Trump National LA
Tobacco Road
TPC Sawgrass
St. Andrews


Most overrated has to be TPC Sawgrass to me but I will say that growing up down the street and working there made it a lot less special to me than it is to most people.  Playing it 4 days a week for a year and about once a month all through high school made it very nice but not as special as it probably should be to me.

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Posted 21 June 2009 - 10:49 AM

1.Pebble Beach

2.Spyglass

3.Torrey Pines

4.Olympic

5. PGA West -Stadium


I thought PGA west stadium was overrated and not real enjoyable to play , would much rather play Palmer private, or the Nicklaus course

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Posted 21 June 2009 - 10:53 AM

 mikey634w, on Jun 21 2009, 10:20 AM, said:

I tend to follow the course rankings each year.  I have been fortunate enough to play a handful of them, but have been surprised that my experience and opinions haven't always matched up with their rankings.  There is a lot of subjectivity here, so this should be fun for discussion purposes.

So for ease of discussion, list the top 5 courses you have played and list your most overrated course you have played.

Here are my top 5:
Pine Valley
Merion East
Whistling Straits
Doral
Blackwolf Run

I would say that Merion (based on it's high ranking) was the most disappoing of the five.  Get my vote for most overrated.

I've never played Merion, but I caddied for a friend there in the US Am a few years ago.  I have to agree with you, I was a little letdown.  Not many memorable holes.  It will be interesting to see what happens when the US Open goes there.

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Posted 21 June 2009 - 10:59 AM

I've played quite a few good courses - some of which are probably unheard of out of the UK. But easily the most overrated course (for me anyway) is St. Andrews. I've played it more than once too.


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Posted 21 June 2009 - 11:01 AM

In no particular order:
Teeth of the Dog-Dominican Rep
Torrey Pines South
Mountainview CC-La Quinta
Royal St Kitts-Caribbean
PGA West Stadium- La Quinta

Edited by toddnt, 21 June 2009 - 11:02 AM.


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Posted 21 June 2009 - 11:22 AM

Crikey. Tough one.

After a fair bit of thought, I've narrowed it down to the following five. I've been lucky enough to play quite a few really good ones, but these are the best in my view:

1) Turnberry (Ailsa)
2) Royal Troon
3) Wentworth (West)
4) St. Mellion (Nicklaus)
5) Woodhall Spa

Honourable mentions to Royal Birkdale, Sunningdale (Old), Walton Heath (New), Woburn (Duke's), Hillside, Ganton, Alwoodley, Trevose, Saunton, Little Aston, Ferndown and Liphook.

Overrated tracks are topped by (gasp!) St Andrews (Old) with the Brabazon Course at The Belfry and Forest of Arden not too far behind.

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Posted 21 June 2009 - 04:15 PM

My top 5:

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TPC Sawgrass
The National (TOR. CN)
Bulle Rock
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Posted 21 June 2009 - 04:22 PM

 iteachgolf, on Jun 21 2009, 10:28 AM, said:

Pablo Creek
Trump National LA
Tobacco Road
TPC Sawgrass
St. Andrews


Most overrated has to be TPC Sawgrass to me but I will say that growing up down the street and working there made it a lot less special to me than it is to most people.  Playing it 4 days a week for a year and about once a month all through high school made it very nice but not as special as it probably should be to me.


+1 on Tobacco Road. One of the best secrets in golf and an absolute must for anyone in the area playing the Pinehurst resort courses!

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Posted 21 June 2009 - 04:27 PM

1. Old Waverly in West Point, MS
2. Annandale in Madison, MS
3. Reunion in Madison, MS
4. Dancing Rabbit the Oaks in Philadelphia, MS
5. Dancing Rabbit the Azaleas in Philadelphia, MS

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Posted 21 June 2009 - 06:43 PM

Valley Club of Montecito in Cali
Cabo Del Sol in Cabo
Champions Golf Club in Houston
Newport Dunes in Port Aransas, TX
Tapatio Springs in Boerne, TX

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Posted 21 June 2009 - 06:56 PM

I've been playing for 35 years and the hardest course I've ever played would have to be The Club at Olde Stone in Bowling Green, Kentucky. I played in the Ky. Senior Open there and it was brutal. Eleven players quit after the first round. I would have to think hard about the next four.

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Posted 21 June 2009 - 07:10 PM

I had to put a couple extra in there. Its hard to just pick 5!

TPC Myrtle Beach   SC
Boulder Creek  Ohio
Caledonia Golf and Fish  , SC
Barefoot resort  Love course Myrtle Beach, SC
Barefoot resort  Fazio course Myrtle Beach, SC
Thunder Hill  Ohio
Fowlers Mill  Ohio
Blue Heron  Ohio


Most over rated  was Longbay in SC

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Posted 21 June 2009 - 07:25 PM

Top 5 in no order...

Spyglass Hill GC
Riviera CC
Pasatiempo GC
Pacific Dunes GL
Olympic Club (Lake)

Disappointments...

PGA West
Edgewood GC
Kemper Lakes

EDIT: Have played Pebble, but IMHO, it is squeezed out of my list, but not necessarily a disappointment

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Posted 21 June 2009 - 07:36 PM

1. Pacific Dunes
2. Bandon Dunes
3. Muirfield Village
4. Pumpkin Ridge
5. TPC Sawgrass

Hard to say any of these are a disappointment.


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Posted 21 June 2009 - 07:39 PM

for me:

Pebble Beach - Aug 1997 - Shot 76
Bethpage Black - Played twice. Once in 91' once in 94'
The Country Club
Salem Country Club
True Blue Plantation

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Posted 21 June 2009 - 07:48 PM

murifeild
st andrews old course
sunning dale (old)
royal county down
sand hills
Pinehurst #2

couldnt make it 5
overated would probaly be kingsbarns

Edited by uvm, 13 July 2009 - 03:34 PM.


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Posted 21 June 2009 - 07:49 PM

Oceānico Victoria Golf Course - Vilamoura, Portugal
TPC Scottsdale Golf Course - Scottsdale, Arizona
Longaberger Golf Club - Nashport, Ohio
Glencoe Golf and Country Club - Calgary, Canada
Troon North Monument Golf Club - Scottsdale, Arizona

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Posted 21 June 2009 - 07:56 PM

cypress point
olympic lake
san francisco golf club
spyglass
pebble beach

Overated...hmmm.  That's a tough one.  If I have to choose, Olympic, but I'm not really saying it's overated.  It's a great course, but I could understand a first time visitor not being blown away by it.

Cypress is seriously special.

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Posted 21 June 2009 - 07:56 PM

No particular order

Shinnecock Hills
National Golf Links of America
Pinehurst #2
Bethpage Black (over 20 times)
Maidstone

Shinnecock is my favorite


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Posted 21 June 2009 - 08:21 PM

No order:

Doral Blue Monster
Linville GC
Milwaukee CC
Shoal Creek
Country Club of Birmingham (AL) West course
Diamond Creek

Biggest letdown:

Brown Deer Park

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Posted 21 June 2009 - 08:38 PM

In no particular order:

Bandon Dunes
Pacific Dunes
TPC Sawgrass
Hazeltine
Crosswater (Sunriver)

Overrated:
Bay Hill and Sahalee
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Posted 21 June 2009 - 09:09 PM

Top 5:

The Ocean Course at Kiawah
Winged Foot West Course
Oak Hill East Course
Tobacco Road
Brookside Country Club (Canton, OH - used to be top 100 ranked course)

Most overrated:
Pinehurst #2
Firestone South
TPC Sawgrass
TPC Scottsdale
Doral
PGA National

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Posted 21 June 2009 - 09:23 PM

Top 5
No particular order
Oakland Hills (South)
Yeamans Hall
Forest Creek
Golf Club of Georgia (Lakeside)
Grandfather Golf & CC
Arcadia Bluffs
(Sorry that's 6)

Most overrated
Tobacco Road - I see this course get all kinds of rave reviews on here and do not understand it at all.  Played it several times and even after knowing what to expect i think it is terrible.

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Posted 21 June 2009 - 09:31 PM

my top 5 favorite:
Poppy Hills
Torrey Pines South
The Broadmoor South
Turtle Bay Arnold Palmer
Harding Park

overrated: fox hill cc, coyote creek, san jose cc,


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Posted 21 June 2009 - 10:00 PM

View Postadtucker, on Jun 21 2009, 05:22 PM, said:

View Postiteachgolf, on Jun 21 2009, 10:28 AM, said:

Pablo Creek
Trump National LA
Tobacco Road
TPC Sawgrass
St. Andrews


Most overrated has to be TPC Sawgrass to me but I will say that growing up down the street and working there made it a lot less special to me than it is to most people.  Playing it 4 days a week for a year and about once a month all through high school made it very nice but not as special as it probably should be to me.


+1 on Tobacco Road. One of the best secrets in golf and an absolute must for anyone in the area playing the Pinehurst resort courses!


Tobacco Road?? No way, although it is a great property and is in great shape, about half the holes there have some absurd dogleg or blind shot

Some of the top I've played are

Pebble Beach
Harbor Town
National GC
Magna GC
Beacon Hall GC

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Posted 21 June 2009 - 10:02 PM

Shinnecock Hills
Congressional
TPC Boston
Spyglass Hill
New South Wales GC

Over-rated
TPC Sawgrass
Pebble Beach

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Posted 21 June 2009 - 10:27 PM

My 5 Favorites.....
Sand Hills
Garden City Golf Club
Prairie Dunes
Harbor Town Golf Links
Winged Foot West

Places I love that will not hit too many peoples list.....
Granville Golf Club
Austin Golf Club
Pine Dunes
Buffalo Dunes
Sharks Tooth

Over rated may be a strong term....Pebble, Whistling Straits, Dalllas National all are Top 100s and I could take or leave them.

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Posted 22 June 2009 - 12:22 AM

Top 5, no particular order:

Bandon Dunes
Pacific Dunes
Spyglass Hill
Poppy Hills
Blackhorse

Biggest letdown: Bandon Trails.  Don't get me wrong, it's a good course, just wasn't my cup of tea.

Going to play Torrey this summer, we'll see how it ranks.

Edited by Paully, 06 July 2009 - 02:12 AM.


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Posted 22 June 2009 - 01:09 PM

Whistling straits
Ocean Course Kiawah
Kapalua
Harbortown
Long Cove
wolf Creek
aronomink
Belfair
Daufuskie island
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