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.