The course I typically play is 6656 yards, 71.5, 123. Not real long, but there are a few stern holes where par is a good score.
Next week I play a match at Bardmoor CC, 6579 yards, par 72, rating 72.0, slope 127. It's slightly shorter but definitely tougher. I just don't like this course. Lots of trees and water. Some days my driver sprays the ball like a garden hose.
The toughest course I've played is the Golden Horseshoe in Williamsburg Va. 6817 yards, par 71, slope 144. I shot 75 that day. Not my lowest score, but one of my best rounds of course management. Toughest par 3's of any course I've played. Three over 200 yards with water all over the place. On several holes, you can be blocked by trees with your ball in the fairway.
Almost every year we play the Pine Barrens course in Brooksville Florida at 7259 yards, par 71. Doesn't list slope, but it's a monster. Shot 75 there the day after Phil Mickelson defeated David Toms in the Shell Wonderful World of Golf match (I think in 1999). We played the exact conditions the pros played. Played the tips of course. Won a couple of bucks that day. My playing partners got ate up by it. I was lucky to keep the ball in the fairway. The course has one hole that has 2 different greens a few hundred yards apart. A few times the starter forgot to tell us which green was in play that day, so we just picked one.
When I go back home to Jamestown NY (where my family lives), I always make a few treks to the North Hills in Corry Pa. That's my favorite course because I grew up playing it. 6424 yards, par 72, 69.6 rating, slope 125. Surprised the rating is so low. Maybe because the greens putt so well.
I went to school at the University of Florida long time ago. Played many, many rounds there. The course is 6701 yards, par 70, rating 72.4, slope 128. The greens are the most difficult I've played. My buddy and I tried out for the golf team as walk ons. Two rounds. I shot 75-76. He shot 72-73. We didn't even sniff a spot. Those guys were good. We played with one of the guys who made the team (not a starter). I remember him hitting a 4 wood off the tee on a 335 yard par four over the green on the fly. It was an elevated tee and downhill, but still. Got to play with a few on the mens and womens team over the years.
Edited by vangator - 7/9/14 at 11:19pm