Growing up in and around NYC i was fortunate enough to play high school golf and i got to play some SICK courses in Weschester. My senior year i played Winged Foot East/West, Metropolis CC, Fenway, Wykgayl, Weschester CC, Quaker Ridge etc.. I think you get the idea.. Aside from those courses here is my list in no particular order:
1. Yale Golf Club- i dare someone to find a course that plays 6150 from the tips thats harder than that..
2. Fairmont Banff Springs (just ridiculous scenery)
3. Bethpage Black ( i played bethpage when i was at my best. I was a 5.6 index at the time, shot 86 and was STOKED
4 The Dunes/Tidewater/Calendonia- Myrtle Beach
6 Otterkill Golf and CC. My old country club in NY.. I love that place
Royal County Down (Newcastle), N. Ireland
Royal Portrush, N. Ireland
The Green Monkey, Barbados
Pelican Hill, Newport Beach, CA
Maderas, San Diego, CA
Some big names which I did NOT rate:
The Belfry, England
Torrey Pines (either course), San Diego, CA
Trump National LA, Long Beach
Riviera....one of the greatest designed golf courses in the world. I had the pleasure of playing there many times when I was working as a pro in the LA area. Every shot makes you think and play it how it is supposed to be played.
Here are the well known courses I've played, some more "well known" than others:
Most of those fall into "best" that I have played. I think one of my favorites that is not well known is Waterwood National outside of Huntsville, Texas. Its a Pete Dye course that used to be in great shape. I think its either closed down or run down now.
Next trips are Pinehurst, Bandon Dunes, and Scotland-Ireland. After that I will have my bucket list completed.....except for the ones I want to play but will never be able too.
The most well known course ive played on is The Majlis in Dubai home of the dubai desert classic. When i was in the Navy we made a port visit in dubai and the USO made a deal for some of us to play on the course for $300, which included Ping clubs, caddie, breakfast, lunch and all the necessities.
I was simply amazed on how that course was manicured perfectly in the middle of a desert.