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10 minutes ago, NM Golf said:

@HJJ003 It's a good course it was a lot of fun. We played a few weeks after the US Women's Open there in 2011. It was in pristine shape. It is not as difficult as you would think for a course that hosts US Opens. I played the back tees and shot right around par. Like I said it was good but IMO there was nothing all that memorable about it.

Too bad Sanctuary is so difficult to get on, now that is a cool golf course. Know anyone at ReMax?

@NM Golf Thanks, I have heard that from numerous people. Great resort, Good Course, but nothing breathtaking. Still on my list though. 

Lol no I don't know anyone at ReMax, but I just googled the Sanctuary Course and man your not kidding that looks amazing!

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Just now, HJJ003 said:

@NM Golf Thanks, I have heard that from numerous people. Great resort, Good Course, but nothing breathtaking. Still on my list though. 

Lol no I don't know anyone at ReMax, but I just googled the Sanctuary Course and man your not kidding that looks amazing!

And don't forget your wallet because its a bit on the expensive side, you have to stay at the resort in order to play there. If you go make sure to get a reservation to the Golden Bee Pub. Its a sing along piano bar, its the one thing I do remember, we had an absolute blast in there. One of the most fun nights I have ever had in my life.

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I follow the ratings quite a bit. Between the 3 major raters in the US...Golf, Golf Digest and Golfweek you will find a fair amount of consistency in the lists. I am a rater also. The process is not about the specifics of your day there. It's more about the skeleton, the architecture. But overall the truly great courses shine on all of these lists. The difficulty for most of us is how do you play some of these exclusive places. That is why I love to travel to Scotland and Ireland and the UK. Predominantly they let anyone with a cap below about 20 and the cash come and play. Can't do that here. Ultimately it's nice to have friends who are connected to play at great places but if you have those type friends you probably don't need them to play exclusive places anyway. I'll throw out a few hints how to play these great places. On the list provided here of Golf Digest I have played about 200 rounds. Ways to do it....Charity....One of the best ways organizations raise $ is charity. Golfers love to donate 4somes to orgs. You can buy them from afar. Charitybuzz and Biddingforgood are the 2 best. I have played The Country Club, Stanwich, Yale, Philly CC, Aronimink,  Philly Cricket, Wolf Creek, Machrihanish....Ha by buying 4somes A few times they were 3somes and play with member. And those times the members were over the top gracious and accommodating. Charity outings...All of the truly great courses have charity outings. They aren't cheap. And you may have to do some investigative work to find out where/when..Once I had Fishers Island as #1 on my hit list. I found out the Rotary Club of Stonington had a charity outing...I called I think commerce dept in area. The gal knew the guy who ran it, I called him and the event was the next day and he had someone cancel out of his group...I said I'm in. $600 to play a scramble. Me and 3 guys who's caps totaled about 100. We shot 76 with 73 of those shots my ball...Ha Man up and just call places....Some places are in need of some revenue at times. or the Pro will just pocket....Southern clubs from May 1 to labor day you have a good chance to play. Northern clubs before May 1 and after labor day a good chance. I once walked into Cypress Point and had a chat with the pro.. He laughed but we had a nice chat. I grabbed a scorecard and some pencils which was my real plan anyway. With many of the over the top private places.....the members many times are really good people. They know they are fortunate to be where they are and don't mind showing off their place to the little guy.....Find em and just ask....    

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Its not really fair to tease people with the exclusive C.C.'s.  I live in Maryland and have never played Congressional.  I have played chevy chase when a friend was a caddy there.  But it kind of sucks to have to salivate at uber expensive golf club courses.  Whiskey creek I have played a few times and don't think it is all that great.  It is okay, but nothing spectacular.  I think there are better public courses in Maryland then Whiskey Creek.  Haven't tried Bulle Rock yet.  It is a bit pricey...

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37 minutes ago, Nutsmacker said:

Its not really fair to tease people with the exclusive C.C.'s.  I live in Maryland and have never played Congressional.  I have played chevy chase when a friend was a caddy there.  But it kind of sucks to have to salivate at uber expensive golf club courses.  Whiskey creek I have played a few times and don't think it is all that great.  It is okay, but nothing spectacular.  I think there are better public courses in Maryland then Whiskey Creek.  Haven't tried Bulle Rock yet.  It is a bit pricey...

This is why I like to focus on public courses. If I get the chance to play some high end Private courses then great, but there are some nice public tracks out there that don’t break the bank and you can actually plan a trip around. There are still some pricey public tracks too though especially resorts...

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10 hours ago, Nutsmacker said:

Its not really fair to tease people with the exclusive C.C.'s.  I live in Maryland and have never played Congressional.  I have played chevy chase when a friend was a caddy there.  But it kind of sucks to have to salivate at uber expensive golf club courses.  Whiskey creek I have played a few times and don't think it is all that great.  It is okay, but nothing spectacular.  I think there are better public courses in Maryland then Whiskey Creek.  Haven't tried Bulle Rock yet.  It is a bit pricey...

I think Worthington Manor just down the road from Whiskey Creek is a nicer course and very well maintained.  Can't beat their practice area either...$12 full use of range and practice area all day!

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3 hours ago, Sean G said:

I think Worthington Manor just down the road from Whiskey Creek is a nicer course and very well maintained.  Can't beat their practice area either...$12 full use of range and practice area all day!

I have played Worthington a few times.  It is okay, but different from Whiskey.  IMO its more difficult...but its been awhile since I played there and the last time it was after a US Open qualifier and the conditions were difficult.  They are both a bit unnecessarily expensive which keeps me from going there.  My friends and I play in Montgomery County a lot due to the selection of courses close to all of us and the prices.  The prices are not cheap by any means, but on a Saturday morning we can all get out for around 40-50 dollars if you get the special tee time offers they have.  Because of this, we will end up playing at Rattlewood a lot, Little Bennett, and Northwest park.  We always discuss going to play some of the courses out past Frederick such as Maryland national, Musket Ridge, etc...but the drive plus cost to play never makes sense Friday afternoon when we are getting our tee time.  Some of those courses need to get a grip on reality.  Musket Ridge and Maryland National are nice courses, but its like an hour drive(for me) and 60 miles to get there and the rounds cost around 100 dollars?!  It is just not worth it.   I have always thought those courses need to lower their prices to get more play.  The land costs out there are nowhere near as much as they are in Montgomery County.  Sure, the courses are somewhat nicer but it takes too long to get there and I burn up a half a tank of gas(and my entire day) in addition to their ridiculously high green fees.  

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14 hours ago, HJJ003 said:

This is why I like to focus on public courses. If I get the chance to play some high end Private courses then great, but there are some nice public tracks out there that don’t break the bank and you can actually plan a trip around. There are still some pricey public tracks too though especially resorts...

Yea, me too.  Some of the country clubs in Maryland on that list are extremely exclusive and the initiation fees are in the 300 - 500K range.  Way out of the budget of for most of us and pointless to list in a magazine as 99.99% will never have the chance to play them.  

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2 hours ago, Nutsmacker said:

I have played Worthington a few times.  It is okay, but different from Whiskey.  IMO its more difficult...but its been awhile since I played there and the last time it was after a US Open qualifier and the conditions were difficult.  They are both a bit unnecessarily expensive which keeps me from going there.  My friends and I play in Montgomery County a lot due to the selection of courses close to all of us and the prices.  The prices are not cheap by any means, but on a Saturday morning we can all get out for around 40-50 dollars if you get the special tee time offers they have.  Because of this, we will end up playing at Rattlewood a lot, Little Bennett, and Northwest park.  We always discuss going to play some of the courses out past Frederick such as Maryland national, Musket Ridge, etc...but the drive plus cost to play never makes sense Friday afternoon when we are getting our tee time.  Some of those courses need to get a grip on reality.  Musket Ridge and Maryland National are nice courses, but its like an hour drive(for me) and 60 miles to get there and the rounds cost around 100 dollars?!  It is just not worth it.   I have always thought those courses need to lower their prices to get more play.  The land costs out there are nowhere near as much as they are in Montgomery County.  Sure, the courses are somewhat nicer but it takes too long to get there and I burn up a half a tank of gas(and my entire day) in addition to their ridiculously high green fees.  

 I agree. The only time I'll cough up the money for Worthington is if it's twilight rates. I live about ten minutes from it so the cost to practice is great.  The Montgomery Cty parks courses are not bad at all.  I play Clustered Spires in Frederick a lot but that is even getting expensive, especially for a city course.  Prime time weekend rate is now $69. A lot of times we will make the drive to Penn National.  Great courses in great shape but probably a hike for you!

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