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Connell S


Hey what are y'all's favorite courses, that you either have played or want to play.  My favorite that I want to play are Pine Valley, Cypress Point, and Augusta.  What do y'all think?

Connor I.


Definitely Augusta National, Pebble Beach would be my second choice.

 

Connor,

Chuck Z


Connell S

Hey what are y'all's favorite courses, that you either have played or want to play.  My favorite that I want to play are Pine Valley, Cypress Point, and Augusta.  What do y'all think?

 

Two of the courses you mention are very private so very few of us get that opportunity.  But if you want to play a fun public course next time you are in the Pebble Beach area try Pacific Grove.  It is referred to as the poor man's Peeble Beach.  The back nine is a wonderful pitch and you will enjoy the view.   Also the Ocean Course in Charleston, SC is an excellent test.  If the wind is blowing it will more than you can handle.  I have been fortunate to have played a number of courses around the word think that you would also enjoy Ballybunyon in Ireland as well.  Being from South Carolina we proud of our golf tradition and of course Myrtle Beach being the number one golf destidination.  If you are in Charleston and get on at Yeahmans Hall it is a wonderful tract.  It was founded around 1927. 

kevin h


Ya that's right up there with win the lottery win the lottery and win the lottery

Joshua L


Of the Courses I've played, my favorite were, Whistling Straits, TPC Sawgrass and Quail Hollow Club. 

Of course I'd love to play the 3 you mentioned. 

Steve C


my favorites I have played are Pebble Beach, Whistling Straits, and Arcadia Bluffs. My holy grail is Oakmont and I will be playing that in July. Cypress and Pine Valley are dreams I don't believe will happen

Roger C


Do yourselves all a favour and make a trip down to New Zealand and Australia. The courses are all accessible and rate as good as any in the world.

Barnbougle in Tasmania is sensational! My favourite in New Zealand is Kinloch the only Jack Nicklaus Signature course in New Zealand. A terrific risk and reward design. Now isn't this gorgeous - the 2nd at Kinloch.

Cole


One of my favorite is a course (i'm not sure the name) but its in Maui Hawaii. My family owns a golf villa on the course and the view is spectacular! I believe there are two courses and both are amazing! A must play if you are in Hawaii!

Josh G


I got to play TPC Boston on Monday, and it ranks way up there with my favorite courses of all time. The course is in amazing shape and it's a really cool layout. The new green complex on 18 is unreal. They pretty much bikini waxed the whole thing, put the green on top of a huge mound, and then peppered bunkers and slopes everywhere. It's really going to test the guys during thenFedEx cup playoffs this year. 

Greg P


Those three are on my wish list too!!!  Great choices.

Love the Bandon Dunes courses,  Kohler Wisconsin, and anything on the Monterey Peninsula.

Todd T


Best resort I've played was by far Bandon Dunes

Nick P


3 favorites I've played: Kapalua Plantation, Reflection Bay (when it was open), and last week the brand new Doak Course at Dismal River.  

On the list: Cypress, St. Andrews, Augusta, but I know those will be hard to cross off.  Another, Sandhills which I hope to finally play this year.  

matt k


I got the privilege of playing Oakland Hills last week, and it was nothing short of amazing.  It has been the host of PGAs, US Opens, and the Ryder Cup.  By far the nicest course I have played. 

MK


Some of my favorite that I have played are Spyglass, Pasatiempo, Torrey Pines and Kapalua. I've played Pebble but I think Spyglass is a much better course.

A few courses that I want to play is Augusta, Olympic Club, Monterey Peninsula CC, Madison Club, Shinnecock.

george t


My avatar is the 16th hole at Port Royal in Bermuda.  My slice of heaven . . 

Bucket list does include a trip to Pinehurst though .  .  .

Dr. Kovatchian


My All-Time Playlist Top 16 Ranking.

1. Pebble Beach Golf Links

2. Whistling Straits

3. Spanish Bay Golf Links

4. PGA West Stadium

5. PGA West Tournament

6. Classic Club - Palm Desert CA

7. Torrey Pines South & North

8. TPC San Antonio

9. Tobacco Road Golf Club

10. Pine Needles Golf Club

11. Sandpiper - Santa Barbara

12. Copperhead Course - Innisbrook

13. Barona Creek Golf Club

14. Penn National Golf Club

15. Warren Golf Club University of Notre Dame

16. Duke University Golf Club

The list could go on.....

I chose these because they are accessible to the general public.

Everyone of these places has something special about them...each uniquely there own.

Cheers!

DR. K

Dylan B


Roger C

Do yourselves all a favour and make a trip down to New Zealand and Australia. The courses are all accessible and rate as good as any in the world.

Barnbougle in Tasmania is sensational! My favourite in New Zealand is Kinloch the only Jack Nicklaus Signature course in New Zealand. A terrific risk and reward design. Now isn't this gorgeous - the 2nd at Kinloch.

I deffinatley agree Barnbougle Dunes and Barnbougle lost farm are 2 of the best courses i've ever played

Jim R


If you get the chance, the Prince course at Princeville in Kauai is an awesome track, my personal favorite course!  jimr

Steve D


Living in the area, I've been fortunate enough to play all of the Pinehurst courses.  Everyone raves about # 2 (and it is very nice), but my favorite is # 6.  The hardest course I've played was the Ocean Course at Kiawah Island.  We played in 35+ winds and it was brutal.... but lots of fun...

steve

Clinton M


I would like to play at baytowne at sandestin and orchard hills.

Lance R


Top 10 courses I have played based on my rankings not just golf digest or prestige.

1. Lake Nona Golf and Country Club, Orlando, Fl

2. St Andrews Golf Links , Old Course,  Scotland

3. Palm Beach Polo , Cypress course, Wellington, Fl

4. Hill AFB Golf Course in Utah. ( hidden gem and best greens on this entire list)

5. Ledgerock CC in PA

6. Torrey PInes South Course,  SD, CA

7. Redlands Mesa Golf Club, Grand Junction, CO

8. Islesworth CC, Orlando, FL

9. Air Force Academy Blue Course, Colorado Springs, Co

10. Congressional CC Gold Course, Bethesda, MD ( Tougher than blue course and just as pretty.)

Allen L


For special occasions:

1.  Pinehurst #2, SC

2.  Harbor Town, SC

3. The Greenbrier, Old White, WV

Favorite more affordable:

1.  Magnolia Grove, Mobile, AL

2.  Ross Bridge, Birmingham, AL

3.  Cacapon, WV

Don O


I've got some bucket list places

Torrey Pines (North/South), Whistling Straits (Irish/Straits) ...been there,

St. Andrew's, Bandon Dunes, Pinehurst #2 (esp.with the renovation), Greenbriar (Old White and Green), and Bethpage (Black and another color) might still happen.

Pebble Beach, Augusta National, and Oakmont are probably out of reach.

When I travel to an area, I like to find the historic/old courses especially if walkable.  Places like Great Southern in Gulfport, MS.  A Donald Ross design that used to be a tour spot and time has since forgot, and Katrina tried to sweep away.  It has retained his small rectangular greens.  Had a ton of one putts, and a ton of chips from 30 feet from the pin but off the green.  They just got a club house and are improving the grounds as they finally turn around from Katrina.  Just gems that may be a little rough.  While in Ireland, the big name places needed to be booked weeks in advance, and I ended up at several links courses including courses designed by Harry Varden and Old Tom Morris.  Carne Golf Links at the far end of County Mayo was wonderful.  Just keep checking under the rocks and you don't have to follow the crowds to find some gems even if lacking polish.

Happy hunting.

Scott M


Best I've played are Oak Hill and Wolf Creek in Mesquite, NV. If you ever get to WV, there's a resort in Daniels, WV that has three courses. They're all great but the Stonehaven and Woodhaven are excellent. They're at Glad Springs Resort and I take a buddies trip there every spring.

vurich


Cypress and Pebble and my home course when I was a kid, Warwick Hills in Grand Blanc, MI.

Augusta, Torrey, Oakmont, Pinehurst 2, Brookline and of course St. Andrews are dreams to come true soon!

Great post!

Vern

Josh G


Lance R

Top 10 courses I have played based on my rankings not just golf digest or prestige.

1. Lake Nona Golf and Country Club, Orlando, Fl

2. St Andrews Golf Links , Old Course,  Scotland

3. Palm Beach Polo , Cypress course, Wellington, Fl

4. Hill AFB Golf Course in Utah. ( hidden gem and best greens on this entire list)

5. Ledgerock CC in PA

6. Torrey PInes South Course,  SD, CA

7. Redlands Mesa Golf Club, Grand Junction, CO

8. Islesworth CC, Orlando, FL

9. Air Force Academy Blue Course, Colorado Springs, Co

10. Congressional CC Gold Course, Bethesda, MD ( Tougher than blue course and just as pretty.)

Wow that's an impressive list.  I've played Redlands- awesome course and tougher than it looks

Josh G


My personal top 10 (as of Today)

1. University of Michigan

2. TPC Harding Park

3. Kapaula- Plantation Course

4. TPC Boston

5. TPC Sawgrass

6. Red Sky- Norman

7. Rhode Island Country Club 

8. Sandpiper 

9. The Prince Course (Kauai HI)

10.  Rock Barn- Jones Course

Christopher H.


Josh G. no Portsmouth?  j/k...    Nice list bud!!!!

Hmgcgolfer


Highland Meadows Golf Club (home course), TPC Scottsdale, PGA National, PGA West, Legacy by Arthur Hills, Longaberger, Scioto Reserve, Red Hawk, Twin Warriors, English Turn, Stone Ridge, Ottawa Park

Nick E


Favorite Courses I've played:

Pinehurst #2

Pinehurst #4

Bethpage Black

Harbour Town

Orange County National - Panther Lake

Shaker Run - Lebanon, OH

Want To Play... but who doesn't

Augusta National

Whistling Straits

Pebble Beach

Scioto Country Club

Muirfield Village

St. Andrews

B.A.


In my area, my favorites that I play a decent amount are:

Spyglass Hill

Pebble Beach

Pasatiempo

I'd love to play Cypress and Monterey CC someday. I'll trade anyone a round at Pebble, Spyglass, or Pasa, for one at either of those. :-D

Favorite Vacation courses that I play are:

Wailea Gold (Maui) 

Mauna Kea (Hawaii)

Mauna Lani (Hawaii)

*** Q


I have been lucky enough to play alot of courses in Scotland, Ireland and England.  My top 10 best courses so far is:

Royal Dornock - Scotland

Turnberry - Ailsa - Scotland

Milwaukee Country Club - Wisconsin

Carnoustie - Scotland

Whistling Straits - Wisconsin

Cruden Bay - Scotland

Royal Portrush - Ireland

Royal County Downs - Irland

Narin - Scotland

St. Andrews - Old Course - Scotland

 

On my bucket list would be Augusta, Pebble Beach and Pinehurst

Jeff Y.


Nice choices there Connell, I have played Bethpage Black, and Valderramma in Spain, (check on the bucket list) my wish to play courses would be

TPC Sawgrass, Augusta, Pebble Beach 

Gary B


I have been lucky enough to play a few courses in Ireland and I loved Ballybunion and Lahinch. Two of the finest links courses in the world. I also loved Teeth of the Dog in the D.R. Great times!

Gary

Chris Hatem


Nice list Josh! Rhode Island CC is an awesome track, ranks right up there with Portsmouth CC for me. I did have the privilege of playing Bethpage Black and Pinehurst No.2 (and five of the other numbered courses at Pinehurst) these past few years, both amazing. An old time favorite of mine is the River Course at Kingsmill Resort in Williamsburg, VA. They have an LPGA tourney there now, used to have the Michelob Championship there for the guys but they just tore it up.

Chester L


Every golf course is the best.  Nothing beats playing Golf.

ToddL


Newport CC in Newport, RI is hands down the top place I have played.  Augusta National is the best place that I walked (patron in 2010).  Pebble Beach is the best place that I had lunch at.  St. Andrews is the best place that I ever got a hole in one at while dreaming!

Jesse P


Favorite courses I've played:

Torrey Pines (South)

Sahalle CC

Spanish Bay

 

Wish List (Realistic):

Whistling Straits (plans to play next year)

Pinehurst #2

Bandon Dunes

Bay Hill (father-in-law's account)

Paul P


Being from Rochester NY, I have not had the pleasure of playing "Oakhill CC".  Its on my bucket list as they say.  However being a huge Golf City, we do have some fantastic courses available to us.  Deerfield CC is one of my favorites.  

NCBob


The best I have played in no particular order.

Waterville         Ireland

Pinehurst 2,4,& 8             

Whistling Straits

Torrey Pines South

Turnberry  Scotland

Royal Troon  Scotland

Port Rush Ireland

Sawgrass

Old White

Golden Horseshoe

Would like to play:  St Andrews, Royal County Downs, Pebble Beach, and any other course I can play.

Christopher M


Hi Q, I see on our list you have played Royal Portrush and Royal Co. Down, which one would did you prefer? I have played Portrush and loved it! Haven't had the chance to play Co. Down yet but hope to get out there over the winter when the discounted rates kick in.

Dick Q


Both courses are great to play. Royal County Down is a tough course to play if you don't hit the fairway but is a great track to play and had to use almost all of my clubs in the bag. I played it twice and both times, the wind was 20-30 mph which made it more difficult to play after 5 month winter break without playing.  I would perfer to play both courses as each has it's own unique qualities and I was impressed with both!

Sean F


Pebble Beach, Augusta National and TPC Sawgrass are on my list to play, but TPC Deere Run and TPC Cancun were very fun to play.

James C


My favorite that I have played would have to be North Berwick West Links in Scotland, just a magical experience.

Others I've been fortunate enough to play include:

Merion East Course

TPC Sawgrass

Turnberry Ailsa

Prestwick

Western Gailes

Gullane #1

St. Andrews - New

May River Golf Club

 

James K


In Jamaica, The White Witch in Rose Hall is a must. Up on the hilltops, with 16 holes that have a view of the Caribbean, it's an unbelievable day.

jimmy s


Hey, my favorite golf courses that I have played are Pebble Beach, Spyglass Hill, Torrey Pines South , TPC Sawgrass Stadium , TPC Myrtle Beach , The Bridgewater Club , Oyster Bay , Medina CC , and would love to play the At. Andrews , Turnberry, Augusta National and TPC Scottsdale . Spyglass was probably the toughest of the courses I've played .

Donald B


You guys are doing better than I.  Im In the Army and have been stationed in Monterey and Fort Bragg but i cannot afford to fork over the cash to play Pinehurst or Pebble.  I will have to live through your stories. 

Barry J


That's about as great a top three as I could imagine. I'm looking into an opportunity to play a great four all in Bandon Or. Pacific Dunes, Bandon Dunes, Bandon Trails, and Old MacDonald. I can't imagine a better four all in the same place.

Titleist Fan 125


Best courses I have played :

Oakmont

Pebble Beach

Pine Valley

Tpc Sawgrass

Pinehurst #2 & #4

Winged Foot

Westchester CC

St. Andrews ( old course )

Carnoustie

Ballybunion

Bethpage Black

Courses I would like to play :

Cypress point

Whistleing Straits

Cape Kidnappers ( New Zealand )

Augusta National

     I don't know how I am going to do it but I will try as hard as I can To play Augusta!!!!!

Bob F


My top 5 in Michigan where I live are Arcadia Bluffs, Forest Dunes, Cedar River @ Shanty Creek, Red Hawk and Coyote Preserve. Courses I want to play are the Payne Stewart course in Branson Missouri, the courses at the resort at Glade Springs in West Virgina and the TPC course in Jacksonville.

David C


My favorites are Kapalua , Whistling  Straits,and Muirfield Village here at home. St.Andrews,Doonebeg and Ballybunion are my favorites across the water. Pebble Beach and Pinehurst are on my bucket list.

WSM


I totally agree with the selection of the West links at North Berwick … I could play that course every day for the rest of my life and never be tired of it.  In the US, I have similar feelings for Pasatiempo … Perhaps I should spend summers in Scotland and the rest of the year in Santa Cruz!  LOL.

Ritch G


I played Prestwick and Western Gailes on a trip to Scotland several years ago.  I did 36 at Western Gailes.  The people there were very friendly and after lunch and a couple pints following the morning round it was hard to turn down the offer of a second round.  

Others at the top of my list would be: St. Andrews, Old and Jubilee, Bandon Dunes, Barona Creek, Torrey PInes North and South, PGA West Stadium, Oakland Hills South, any of the Paiute courses and Marysville Golf course in Marysville, Michigan where I learned to play the game over fifty years ago.

chris m


Favorites that I've played include (no particular order):

  • Royal County Down
  • The Judge at Alabama Golf Trail
  • Bandon Dunes
  • Royal Portrush
  • Whistling Straits
  • Barona Gold Club
  • Los Angeles CC
  • Riveria
  • We-Koo-Pa
  • Sandpiper

Places to play include:

  • Pebble Beach
  • Chambers Bay

Like most respondents, I could go on and on...that is one of the beauties of golf - a never-ending quest to play great courses within one's socio-economic reach. Good times.

Justin S


I have never been able to travel on a golf outing before but, I do have 2 of the most beautiful courses in the state of Kansas within 40 minutes of me. Colbert Hills in Manhattan, KS and Firekeeper in Mayetta, KS. I would love to play a TPC course some day.

Robert G


My favorites in no particular order: In California, Pebble Beach, Bayonet, Presidio,Pasatiempo,Harding Park, Sandpiper, Riviera, Spyglass Hill. In Colorado, The Broadmore and Eisenhower Blue at AFA, In Utah: Entrada, Sand Hollow, Thanksgiving Point, Riverside CC, Oakridge CC. In New Mexico: Inn of the Mountain Gods, In Idaho: Headwaters at Teton Springs, Huntsman Springs. In Wyoming: Jackson Hole Golf and Tennis Club.