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In no particular order...

The Colonial in Fort Worth

Black Mesa NM

University of New Mexico Course

Mares Island CA

Presidio CA

Stonetree CA

TPC Myrtle Beach NC

Rivers Edge NC

Cheraw State Park SC

The Legacy NC

Come to thinki of it most ANY course in the Pinehurst -Southern Pines area

Finally, any Donald Ross course

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I recently played at Pumpkin Ridge which is close to my home, but it is probably the best course I have played, I am not a world traveler though, where are some of the best/favorite places to play?

I got lucky enough to play a little known private course near Wilmington, NC named Eagle Point . I've played the Cascades, a few of the the Pinehurst courses and a good share of the Southern Pines

1. Augusta National 2. St. Andrews 3. Pebble 4. Muirfield 5. Firestone (all of the courses)

My top 10. 1. Oakmont (Pa) 2. Cascata (Las Vegas, Nv) 3. Pete Dye Club (Wv) 4. Tradition at Royal Kent ( Va) 5. Spyglass (Ca) 6. Spanish Bay (Ca) 7. Half Moon Bay (Ca) 8. Wolf Creek (Nv) 9. Dunnwoody (Ga) 10. Avalon Lakes (Oh) I could add a bunch more but I think that covers it pretty much. These are always fun to do it gets you thinking of all the courses you've seen and played.
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1 Spyglass... As far as pure golf it is simply an awesome test and you get both holes along the open dunes and wonderful tree lined holes. A true monster, much tougher than Pebble IMO. The coastline holes at Pebble are unmatched IMHO, but the overall course is not as good as Spyglass.

2. Royal Melborne... Years ago I was lucky enough to get to play there. I hadn';t played much golf yet back then but took it all in and realized just how awesome the course was. The bunkering was devastatingly tough for a player without too much experience.

3. Pebble Beach... The coastline holes....beautiful and challenging

4. Merion... Short and brilliant... Fast greens (lightening). And of course the wicker baskets!

5. Saticoy Country Club (Private course in Camarillo Ca.) A hidden gem. Not a drop of water and none needed. Canyon style golf, very tough and don't get above the hole, three or four putts might be in the cards.

Two more California courses I've played worth a mention are

Sandpiper (Santa Barbara)... It is called the "poor mans Pebble Beach", and lives up to the name.

La Purisima (Lompoc)...Other than Spyglass this is the toughest course I have played. Played through rolling hills terrain, when the wind is up and your off the back tees it is game on.

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My favorite course in the area is Willow Metropark. They keep their course in fantastic shape and the layout is beautiful and secluded.. Lake Erie Metropark is another one in my top 2. They keep their course in amazing shape (just found out a girl I work with's dad is the super intendant).I really want to play a Nicklaus course this summer though. I never had the money last summer but I'm making decent cheddar this year so I will really like playing there.


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I don't have an amazing list but I am working on it :) Orlando=near Orlando

ChampionsGate -Orlando  Florida

Curahee Golf Club - Toccoa GA

The Legends COurse by Arnold Palmer - Orlando FL

Bulle Rock - MD

Harbourside International - Chicago IL

**Cherokee Run - Conyers GA

** This course could be great, a Palmer Design that sadly isn't kept in the best shape :( The price is reasonable but the greens are spotty at best. I think they are actually converting the greens as we speak! Fingers crossed

I'm playing the University of GA course this weekend and expect this list to grow by 1. :)

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Best course I've played is Pasatiempo.

Other memorable courses (most of these are in Michigan):

-Bethpage Black

-Torrey Pines South

-Boyne Highlands Donald Ross Memorial-Harbor Springs, MI

-Forest Dunes-Roscommon, MI

-Lakewood Shores Gailes-Oscoda, MI

-Thousand Oaks-Grand Rapids, MI

-Belvedere Golf Club-Charlevoix, MI

-U of M Golf Course-Ann Arbor, MI

-Forest Akers West-East Lansing, MI

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I hate most of you...I really do!!!

Seriously though, I've only recently gotten to where I play enough, and make enough, and am good enough to not embarass myself to even think about playing the nicer courses.  Living in Florida I should have a change to play some good ones.  I did play both of the World Woods courses, and I was blown away at the difference between even the "decent" courses in town and that place.  I am going to be hitting up some Orlando courses during the summer (El Diablo for one I am looking forward to) and playing Hammock Beach in a two day event in October.  Can't wait for that!.  It's usually like $200 to play there, which I really can't justify to the wife, but the event is a FL Golf Association event; two rounds for $60 each, plus decent rates at the hotel on site so we're making a vacation out of it.  How awesome is that?! :)

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Here are some of my favorites....

  • Arcadia Bluffs
  • Country Club of North Carolina (Dogwood and Cardinal)
  • 2 of the Pinehurst courses (didn't play #2 unfortunately)
  • Olympia Fields (North Course)
  • Troon North (Scottsdale) - Played both 18s
  • Treetops Resort (Played all the 18s, plus ThreeTops. ThreeTops is ranked the best par 3 course in the country - I'd have to agree!!)
  • The Orchards (Washington, MI)
  • TPC Scottsdale (Stadium Course)
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Best courses I've played so far are:

Nirwana Golf Club (Bali)

Kapalua Bay

Pumpkin Ridge Ghost

Aspen Lakes

And today I'm heading out to play Pronghorn (Nicklaus) so I've got a feeling that will top the list :)

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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.

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1) TPC Sawgrass, just played it this year, it was an amazing experience

2) Brookside CC, Canton Ohio

3) Firestone North

4) The Quarry, Canton, Ohio

I haven't really played any big name courses, except for TPC, but these 4 are really fun challenging courses.

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Pine Valley

Cypress

Royal County Down

Shinnecock

Merion

National

Pebble

The Old Course

Portrush

Ballybunion

Winged Foot (both)

Somerset Hills

TCC

Essex County

Bethpage Black

North Berwick

The New Course

Pinehurst 2

Portmarnoch

Garden City

Kingsbarns

Baltusrol

Harbour Town

Probably forgetting some from Ireland, Scotland and England.

Pine Valley is the best, fairest test while Cypress is the most interesting due to basically three different types of layout......parklands, dune, ocean front.

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Originally Posted by Eddie Weatherby

Pine Valley

Cypress

Royal County Down

Shinnecock

Merion

National

Pebble

The Old Course

Portrush

Ballybunion

Winged Foot (both)

Somerset Hills

TCC

Essex County

Bethpage Black

North Berwick

The New Course

Pinehurst 2

Portmarnoch

Garden City

Kingsbarns

Baltusrol

Harbour Town

Probably forgetting some from Ireland, Scotland and England.

Pine Valley is the best, fairest test while Cypress is the most interesting due to basically three different types of layout......parklands, dune, ocean front.

Well now THAT'S just showing off!

Welcome to the forum, Eddie!

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