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post #415 of 434

I've been playing courses in both Europe and the US but coming up with just a few of the best with a short motivation would leave the list as this - 

 

1. Kingsbarns - Scotland, just outside the city of St. Andrews - I played it in early may and this course is a real beast when the wind is on. Add to it a lot of beautiful views and awesome architecture from the course designer and you have a great experience. This is the first time I've ever told myself several times "I don't have this shot in the bag, there is no way you can make this". A 78 (+6) made me real happy the day we played it. Cost was 200 british pounds but well worth every single penny. 

 

2. St. Andrews, Old Course - Doesn't really need any kind of motivation. Sure the course is real short but the historical importance of it and just the big smile on your face cause of the simple fact that you're really there makes it one of the best courses I've ever played.

 

3. I can't really decide right now there are a lot of great courses up there, both in the US and in Europe. I will get back to you!

post #416 of 434

Kingsbarns was indeed excellent. But I could not stop thinking it was basically man-made. St Andrews is the opposite so has the scent of authenticity. For the same reason I am not so keen to play Whistling Straits which is entirely bull-dozer made. The more natural courses seem to be truer golf. I know that architects are needed to mould the land into an actual golf course but that should be to a minimum. Other brilliant and natural UK courses are Carnoustie, Turnberry and Birkdale. In the US the king is Pebble Beach. Alister McKenzie had the philosophy of using the land and making only minimal changes. Royal Melbourne's land is perfect for golf, Augusta screams golf paradise, Cypress point (apparently) is amazing. Its the land.that makes the course.

post #417 of 434
Jasper park lodges golf course. Amazing simply amazing. Another stanly Thompson design whirpool at niagra falls. Yes these course may not stack up to the courses in the states but hey it's Canada
post #418 of 434

Yeah I have been to Jasper Park Lodge - a beautiful place. Thompson must have been some architect.

post #419 of 434

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It might be a bit far from the US (I am from Germany myself) but for those golf fanatics amongst you, who might want to visit Europe,

I can recommend a beautiful golf resort as a break from all the sightseeing in Tuscany. I went here with my wife and two friends who came over from San Francisco for a 2 week trip in Northern Italy.

The golf resort in Tuscany is called Castelfalfi, and it's a collection of historical buildings which have been transformed into a 5-star golf resort. Along with epic backdrops of the surrounding nature, the rolling hills and beautiful sunsets, this place has a world-class golf course, where my friend and I played golf for several days, and took breaks in between to dine some amazing Italian cuisine.

Maybe a long shot, but for those planning to go on a Europe trip, this place is definitely worth visiting!

post #420 of 434
A month ago I played Arcadia Bluffs located in Manistee County Arcadia, MI. It has all the characteristics of British golf - heather, pot bunkers with steps, beautiful views overlooking a large body of water. The greens were the toughest I have ever played. Multi-tiered greens with undulations and the largest greens of any course I have played. It's a bucket list course.
post #421 of 434
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A month ago I played Arcadia Bluffs located in Manistee County Arcadia, MI. It has all the characteristics of British golf - heather, pot bunkers with steps, beautiful views overlooking a large body of water. The greens were the toughest I have ever played. Multi-tiered greens with undulations and the largest greens of any course I have played. It's a bucket list course.

I was in that general area of the country a couple weeks ago. I only managed to squeeze in rounds at Quail Ridge, Highlands, and Eagle Eye. I wish I had made the drive up to Arcadia Bluffs.
post #422 of 434
Also in that area is a private course (name escaped me) that is a sleeper - its ranked 24th in the world. My goal is to contact a member and ask if they would allow me to play with them.
post #423 of 434
Doral- blue monster
Torrey pines south
Kittansett- Marion,ma
Tpc Boston
Slammer&Squire world golf village
Turner hills- Ipswich,ma
Vesper CC- Tyngsboro,ma ( my home track) a great Donald Ross course
post #424 of 434

I recently went to Gulf Shores, AL this summer with family for vacation and played at Craft Farms.  The 3 of us playing were very impressed!

post #425 of 434

 My Top 10

 

 

1. Oak Tree National  (Okla)

2. Pebble Beach        (Cali)

3. Whistling Straights (Wis)

4. KoOlau Golf Club    (Ha)

5. Torrey Pines           (CA)

6. Blackwolf Run         (WI)

7. Cog Hill                  (ILL)

8. Circling Raven         (ID)

9. Wailea (Gold)          (HA)

10. Reflexion Bay        (NV)

post #426 of 434

One of the best courses that I have played to date is The Broadmoor East Course. I got to play it this week and was totally blown away.

 

http://www.broadmoor.com/east-golf-course/

 

 

Definitely worth the money!

post #427 of 434

I've played golf in the US, Canada, New Zealand, Mexico, Barbados, Dominican Republic and Trinidad & Tobago.

Lots of nice tracks, but my most memorable are...

 

Punta Espada, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.

Apes Hill, Barbados.

Teeth of the Dog, Dominican Republic.

post #428 of 434

How did you get on Kittansett and TPC Boston? Are they open to public?

post #429 of 434

1.      Kapalua – Plantation, Maui

2.      Caves Valley, MD

3.      Baltimore CC – East, MD

4.      Pinehurst No. 2, NC

5.      Torrey Pines – South, CA

6.      TPC Stadium Course, PGA West, CA

7.      Sugarloaf Golf Club, ME

8.      River Bend CC, VA

9.      Algonguin, St. Andrews-by-the-Sea, St. Stephen NB

10.    TPC Potomac at Avenel Farms, MD

post #430 of 434

Best Golf Courses in YOUR Country ?

Best Golf Course in The World ?

 

In my country Vietnam, best golf courses in Vietnam:

 

* Danang Golf CLub has won the major award: “Vietnam’s Best Golf Course 2012-2013” and the award for: “Vietnam’s Best Par 3 Course for Hole #8”

* The Montgomerie Links has won the title:  “Vietnam’s Best Championship Course”

* Hyundai Song Gia Golf Resort: “Vietnam’s Best Golfing Experience Course”

* Vinpearl Golf Club: “Vietnam’s Best Landscape Course

* Sky Lake Resort & Golf Club: “Vietnam’s Most Challenging Course”

* Vietnam Golf & Country Club: “Vietnam’s Best Caddies Course”

* King’s Island Golf Resort: “Vietnam’s Best Tourism Attractiveness Course”

* Sea Links Golf & Country Club: “Vietnam’s Best Par 3 Course for Hole #8”

* Heron Lake Golf & Resort: “Vietnam’s Best Par 4 Course for Hole #14”

* Van Tri Golf Club: “Vietnam’s Best Par 4 Course” for Hole #8

* Do Son Seaside Golf Resort: “Vietnam’s Best Par 5 Course” for Hole #18

* Song Be Golf Club: “Vietnam’s Best Par5 Course for Hole #9 (Desert Course)

post #431 of 434

Out of area:

 

- Wolf Creek, NV

- Rio Secco, NV

- World Woods, Tampa

- Sand Hollow, UT

 

Local:

 

- Conklin Players Club

- Ballyowen

- Royce Brook

- Jack Frost National

post #432 of 434
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Pine Valley

Shinnicock Hills

Oakmont

Winged Foot

Ridgewood

Pacific Dunes

Bandon Dunes

Indian Creek

Pinetree

Seminole

Merion

 

My favorites from that group are Shinnicock Hills and Pacific Dunes. Shinnicock is just awesome from the first tee to the 18th green and Pacific Dunes is the most fun and interesting .Of the private clubs, Pine Valley was the most accomodating and friendly and  at Seminole, the whole place had a nose-in-the-air attitude about it.

After going to Ireland, I have to revise this a bit. My top 5 would now be:

 

Shinnicock Hills

Lahinch

Oakmont

Tralee

Pacific Dunes

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