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Posted 06 August 2010 - 09:42 PM

Muirfield Village Golf Club
The Ocean Course

Have not made it to Whistling Straits or Bandon yet, but I aim to address that soon.

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Posted 06 August 2010 - 10:04 PM

Old Palm - Palm Beach Gardens, FL (Camillo is a member among other PGA and LPGA players)
Hamilton Farm - Gladstone, NJ
Alpine Country Club - Demarest, NJ
Harbour Town - Hilton Head Island, SC
Tree Tops Resort Fazio Course - Gaylord, MI
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Sunriver Resort - Sunriver, OR
Crystal Springs Resort - Hamburg, NJ (Ballyowen occasionally cracks the top 100 public courses and I grew up in the area so I love em all)

Not a bad list for a 27 year old wannabe :)
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Posted 06 August 2010 - 10:06 PM

Princeville Prince, Kauai, HI.

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Posted 06 August 2010 - 10:35 PM

Spyglass

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Posted 06 August 2010 - 10:58 PM

A toss up between

Oak Tree National & Karsten Creek


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Posted 08 August 2010 - 08:21 AM

Top 3:

Pac Dunes
Bandon Dunes
Muirfield Village

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Posted 08 August 2010 - 08:29 AM

I've only played one nice course... Turning Stone Resort... It's a tour event this week... pretty cool to see...

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Posted 08 August 2010 - 09:10 AM

Too many great courses to pick just one. My favorite would have to be either, Tot Hill Farm, Tobacco Road, or Caledonia Golf and Fish Club. All three are Mike Strantz masterpieces.
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Posted 08 August 2010 - 09:13 AM

Kings course Gleneagles

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Posted 08 August 2010 - 09:40 PM

TPC Sawgrass

Possible Caves Valley, just outside Baltimore, MD


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Posted 08 August 2010 - 09:46 PM

rancho san marcos

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Posted 09 August 2010 - 05:01 AM

I still like the old lady of New Zealand golf- Paraparaumu Beach

http://www.paraparau...f/gallery.mhtml

Bonus is its affordable... Its still less than $USD 1000 annual full playing membership

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Posted 09 August 2010 - 05:25 AM

I'm a huge fan of Turnberry, mainly down to the couple of rounds I was lucky enough to play there in glorious sunshine a few years ago. For my money it's arguably the most fantastic piece of golfing land anywhere on Earth and the best of the Open Championship courses I've played - albeit I haven't yet set foot on the hallowed turf of Muirfield, either as an Open Championship spectator or with a club in my hands. Royal Troon is another Open rota track that I've played and thought very highly of. It's a cracking course with a bit of wind blowing and almost worth the green fee just to experience the wonderful 8th hole: the famous Postage Stamp.

That said, I'm a heathland man at heart, growing up on a diet of inland English tracks with the scent of heather and gorse in my generously-sized nostrils, so I'm particularly partial to golf at somewhere like Sunningdale or Woodhall Spa. Both the former's Old Course and the latter's Hotchkin are about as good as the Heathland genre get in my opinion, and a day out at either, playing 36 holes in a bit of what passes for British sunshine, is about as grand a day out as I can think of. Other heathland gems that I've played and loved include Walton Heath's two courses, Ferndown, Liphook, Allwoodley, Fulford, Little Aston and, closer to home, Coxmoor, Sherwood Forest and Notts GC (Hollinwell), all of which I know very well from my County days. My own course isn't too shabby, either, come to think of it, just up the road from those three Nottinghamshire gems. Wentworth's West Course is also one I've always enjoyed, albeit it's a bit of a long slog off the back tees in the Autumn. It's a true classic and, in my opinion, has long been right up at the top of the tree when it comes to golfing in England. I'm not sure I'll feel the same way, though, when I first sample the new look/buggered up layout. Painting a moustache on the Mona Lisa and all that...

Hillside and Ganton are also top notch tracks - the latter being particularly appealing since a good mate is a member up there - and I'm also decidedly partial to St Mellion's Nicklaus Course, too, where I was lucky enough to play a lot of golf in my RN days. Up the coast from St Mellion there's East Devon, on the high ground beside Budleigh Salterton. Another gem. It's a wonderful mix of links and heathland designs and a really brilliant course which is largely unknown. Woburn's courses also get a thumbs up from me. Wending your way down those tight fairways lined with pines, silver birch and chestnut trees is an absolute joy.

If you gave me one last day's golf before I pegged it, with the proviso that it had to be somewhere I'd previously teed it up, I'd be having a knock at Woodhall Spa, I think, and trying to get 54 holes in. It wouldn't matter if I felt a bit knackered afterwards.  

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Posted 09 August 2010 - 07:08 AM

Get yourself to Muirfield, Mat - the whole experience is an absolute joy. Not the cheapest days golf but worth every penny.

Second on my list would be Carnoustie, followed by the Old Course at St Andrews.

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Posted 09 August 2010 - 07:21 AM

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Posted 09 August 2010 - 07:52 AM

Anyone play here?  I played it not too long after it opened.  Amazing part of the country, scenic, challenging layout in the middle of nowhere.

Inverness was great, worked at Canterbury in Cleveland and played many good "old" designs from Ross, Tilly and the boys.
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Posted 09 August 2010 - 08:01 AM

View Postdrpurpell, on 09 August 2010 - 07:08 AM, said:

Get yourself to Muirfield, Mat - the whole experience is an absolute joy. Not the cheapest days golf but worth every penny.

Second on my list would be Carnoustie, followed by the Old Course at St Andrews.
It's on the agenda, mate. I just need to kick start myself and thrash out a date. To be fair, in the days when I was a serious golf tourist Muirfield was not a lot easier to get on than Augusta or Cypress Point. Tales abounded of famous pros being turned away by Group Captain Whats-his-name, and captains of industry being curtly told: 'the course is full' when there were all of six people on it. A whippersnapper like me - and, good God, a Royal Navy one at that - would have had no chance.

I've never played Carnoustie. Despite spending a bit of time at a base just down the road, for whatever reason I never got the chance to break out the clubs and have a clonk around Carnoustie.

I have been lucky enough to play the Old Course a few times, though. Half a dozen, I think. The first time, when I was 15 or so, was a very special day. Along with a lad who was a student at the university I was lucky enough to be paired up, by chance, with an R&A member who proved to be the perfect host. After I three-putted the last from all of 12 feet in front of a couple of dozen watching tourists, he tempered the disappointment by giving my father and I a look inside the clubhouse, including all the trophy cabinets and memorabilia. Whether you rate the course highly or not, it's always a special atmosphere when you play there and to have it topped off by a gesture like that was priceless.

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Posted 09 August 2010 - 08:03 AM

New South Wales Golf Club - easily Australia's Pebble Beach IMO. The photos on the Golf Club Atlas review of it are only half as stunning as actually being there and contemplating the surroundings you're in:

http://golfclubatlas.../australia/nsw1

I have a book that chronicles the history of the course (Alister MacKenzie's initial vision and works, and the following work of Eric Apperly) and a hole by hole analysis of the layout. I'm not really into golf course architecture, but what I've read in that book is truly fascinating.
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Posted 09 August 2010 - 11:42 AM

Pine Valley
Merion
Ballybunion
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Posted 09 August 2010 - 11:45 AM

View Postmat562, on 09 August 2010 - 08:01 AM, said:

View Postdrpurpell, on 09 August 2010 - 07:08 AM, said:

Get yourself to Muirfield, Mat - the whole experience is an absolute joy. Not the cheapest days golf but worth every penny.

Second on my list would be Carnoustie, followed by the Old Course at St Andrews.
It's on the agenda mate. I just need to kick start myself and thrash out a date. To be fair, in the days when I was a serious golf tourist Muirfield was not a lot easier to get on than Augusta or Cypress Point. Tales abounded of famous pros being turned away by Group Captain Whats-his-name, and captains of industry being curtly told: 'the course is full' when there were all of six people on it. A whippersnapper like me - and, Good God, a Royal Navy one at that - would have had no chance.

I've never played Carnoustie. Despite spending a bit of time at a military base just down the road, for whatever reason I never got the chance to break out the clubs and have a clonk around Carnoustie. 

I've been lucky enough to play the Old Course a few times. Half a dozen I think. The first time, when I was 15 or so, was a very special day. I was lucky enough to get paired up, by chance, with an R&A member who proved to be the perfect host. After I three putted the last from 12 feet in front of a couple of dozen watching tourists he tempered the disappointment by giving my father and I a look inside the clubhouse, including all the trophy cabinets and memorabilia. Whether you rate the course highly or not, it's always a special atmosphere when you play there and to have it topped off by a gesture like that was priceless.  

Brilliant - the Old Course is one you have to play at least once. Your clubhouse experience sounds like a special one. I love St Andrews, the whole town is just steeped in golf history.

I know what you mean about Muirfield - best story I heard was when Payne Stewart (reigning US Open champ at the time) was politley declined his request for a round as it was a "members day". He played nearby Gullane which overlooks Muirfield and counted no more than 6 golfers on the course. They allow visitors on Tuesday and Thursdays now, although you have to book about a year in advance to secure a game during the summer months - in winter time it is easier to book at shirt notice. Have been twice in the last 2 years, all the staff couldn't be friendlier. Lunch in the dining room lives up to all the hype too.


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Posted 09 August 2010 - 11:48 AM

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Posted 09 August 2010 - 11:53 AM

Because I have not played Oakmont.....yet I'd have to say  Sea Island Seaside. This place is just beautiful. For anyone who has not played it, just wait until later this year when the tour stops there, you'll see. it's is worth the price.

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Posted 12 August 2010 - 01:01 AM

In no particular order

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Olympic Club (Lake)
Scioto CC
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Posted 13 August 2010 - 10:12 PM

I don't travel far from my front door.

Champaign Country Club

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Posted 14 August 2010 - 08:50 PM

1.  Machrihanish
2.  Royal County Down
3.  Cruden Bay
4.  Carnoustie


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Posted 15 August 2010 - 02:07 AM

In the US, my favorite course is Spyglass.

In the UK/Scotland, it is Turnberry.
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Posted 15 August 2010 - 02:46 AM

Haven't played anywhere very high-end-that being said, my two favorites have been The Crossings in Carlsbad, and Leatherstocking in Cooperstown.

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Posted 18 August 2010 - 10:45 AM

St. Andrews - Old Course
Royal Dornoch
Forest Dunes

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Posted 18 August 2010 - 11:24 AM

Oakmont & Augusta

My favorite growing up was Kirtland CC in Ohio.

Our house was very close to the 14th tee and I played the back nine
many, many times. One of the best nine holes in golf. Some pics...

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Posted 20 August 2010 - 02:57 PM

View Postpetter7, on 18 August 2010 - 11:24 AM, said:

Oakmont & Augusta

My favorite growing up was Kirtland CC in Ohio.

Our house was very close to the 14th tee and I played the back nine
many, many times. One of the best nine holes in golf. Some pics...

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Kirtland is fantastic!  Especially the back 9.  I think it is one of the best courses that nobody has every heard of in this country.

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