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post #37 of 42

Re: I think I've played the worst course in America.

The course I grew up on was a Chicago Park District Course, Columbus Golf Course. It was in a rotten part of the City not far from my hometown of Cicero. We often needed our clubs as weapons in order to walk safely to the course.

At the farthest point from the clubhouse, if you can call a hut a clubhouse, there was a par 3 with a pond betwen the tee and the green. Fairly often, if all the players in a group hit their tee shots on the green, kids would run out of the bushes, steal the balls and then two holes later would try to sell them back to the owners.

No joke. Because of the pond, they could easily get the balls and get off the green. We had to have one person hit, then go stand over on the other side of the pond, with a three iron in hand as a weapon, to keep the rest of the shots safe.

I haven't played there in 20 yeas so I have no idea what condidtion the course is in today. Then it was very short and the fairways looked like my front lawn. The greens were very soft, and VERY slow. Long iron shots often plugged and spinning a short iron off the green was easy.

As bad as it was, I have a fond feeling for the place since it's the first place I ever played and as a kids from a lower middle class background, I could afford the green fees once a week.
post #38 of 42

Re: I think I've played the worst course in America.

Originally Posted by Where's the Cart Girl? View Post
The "Executive 9" at White Birch GC in Barnesville Pa.
http://www.whitebirchgolfcourse.com/
Check out the rules/regs page. "No practicing" is my personal favorite, although "No beach attire" is good too. And trust me, these rules are in place essentially just for the 18 hole "course" that they had, not the executive 9.

$9 and you play as long as to want, basically until youre just too drunk to swing anymore. By the time we were 16 they instituted the rule that you had to be 21 just to get a cart, along with leaving them a credit card in the "pro shop" due to the number of unfortunate accidents that some of the carts underwent.

We used to wait in the back and bribe guys coming off the course to give us theirs after that. Until one day a half-lady, half-brontosaurus saw us out the clubhouse window and somehow made it through the door to try to throw us out. Completely worth it.

Most holes bordered at least one road, no fences of course, and nothing but horns blasting as you play because the savvy motorist in the area knew that most ppl were just aiming for the cars and if you wanted to keep your windshield you should try to distract us.

There was one length of grass tee to green, somewhere between fairway and rough, and the greens were kept somewhere between 'aerated' and 'just aerated'

Home of the 50 yd. downhill par 3, we used to just throw the ball onto that green, and we rarely played with shirts on in the summertime. and, needless to say, some people saw fit to bring some registered "carl spackler bent" grass to the course to add to the recreation, which tended to slow play considerably.

I owe everything wrong with my swing to this date to that course, and I was sad to here the rumor that they recently stopped cutting the grass all together. Great place.
This site is hilarious; looks like a 4-year-old made it. I love how they underline random words/punctuation marks in the rules.
post #39 of 42

Re: I think I've played the worst course in America.

Gloucester Country Club - this place doesn't even have a website and it's not really listed on any course guides. There is this http://www.pasturegolf.com/courses/gloucester.htm

The greens are so bad that a few of them just had target circles drawn on them and they gave strokes based on how close you get it to the pin.
post #40 of 42

Re: I think I've played the worst course in America.

Originally Posted by ewc19972 View Post
oh boy do I have one for you tussey mountain State college pa the greens are horrible their green grass is too long, very bumpy. the tee spots are horrible the have rubber tees. the fairways are nice but have alot of bad unhealthy grass but there are no sand traps and the longest hole is 120 yrds
9 hole par three the are 9 hole couses 3 or 4 times as better. can anyone beat that.
Yea that is a rough one. It's offset though by one of the best. Drive out 322 a few miles and find Freestone. It's not the best because for any reason to do with golf, it's the best because its directly across the street from the strip club. Go play 18 and then tell the girls at The Endzone how it went and they"ll cheer you up.
post #41 of 42

Re: I think I've played the worst course in America.

Big Stone Golf Course in Three Lakes, WI. Tee off on (I think it was the 8th) hole, keeping right since the score card shows a dog leg right. Land in perfect position. Get to the ball, and look for the hole, whoops, it's a dog leg LEFT. Tell the lady at the proshop/bar; "Oh...yeah...Forgot to tell you. Whoops."
post #42 of 42

Re: I think I've played the worst course in America.

There's one in Statesboro Georgia (near Savannah) called EagleCreek that is laughable. greens are furry like you wouldn't believe.. oneday they were doing maintenance I suppose and neglected to tell us. Got to hole 2 (par 3) and the "green" was a white spray painted circle about 30 feet in diameter right in the middle of the rough with a flag stabbed into the ground. Not even a hole.. the rough was untrimmed.. just a painted circle with about 2 inch tall grass and a pin stabbed into it. I could've hit the guy at the register for even allowing someone to pay for that.

If it were in good shape it'd actually be a fun course, it's short and driveable, but very narrow in spaces and over water often. it's one of those where you just call any putt within 10 feet good, and everything else a 2 putt and leave your putter at home.

Flat out miserable that day though. $28 too!!
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