What's the Hardest Course(Based on Slope Rating) That You Have Played

Todd T

1. THE OCEAN COURSE
Kiawah Island, S.C. | 7,356 YARDS / PAR 72
Pete Dye, 81, has been torturing golfers for half his life, and the Ocean Course, strung along the Atlantic coastline with fairways and greens perched above sand, sea oats and sweetgrass, is perhaps his most Dye-abolical design. (Eight of our top 50 were created by the man they call the "Marquis de Sod.") The Ocean has the highest combination of Slope Rating (155) and Course Rating (79.6) in America, according to the U.S. Golf Association. With forced carries over marshes, endless waste bunkers and roll-resistant Bermuda grasses, the Ocean is a rare course that can bring tears and fears even to tour pros — it was dubbed Looney Dunes after multiple mishaps in the 1991 Ryder Cup. For the rest of us, it kicks sand in our face — literally when howling winds turn club covers into windsocks. Play it in the mornings when it's walking only. You can't cross the Rubicon in a golf cart.
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     I played two rounds there and this course will put you in your place and if the wind is blowing GOOD LUCK

DANNY

Bethpage Black Par 71 // 7,366 yards // Rating 76.6 // Slope 148

I keep getting my backside handed to me on this course. My goal for next season is to break 80 on the Black.

How tough was it to get on?  My friends and I are trying to plan a little trip.

Well... It's almost impossible to get on now. They've been closed since 11/17. They will reopen the Black course 4/15. Even then it's pretty tough to get on. They have been legendary with the wait times. People actually show up at about 4:00 in the morning just to get a tee time in the afternoon. I think you might be able to register with them. Just give them a call (631) 429-0701.

Josh G

DANNY

Bethpage Black Par 71 // 7,366 yards // Rating 76.6 // Slope 148

I keep getting my backside handed to me on this course. My goal for next season is to break 80 on the Black.

How tough was it to get on?  My friends and I are trying to plan a little trip.

Josh - I might be going there next summer.  I have a friend who lived in NY for a while and knows some people that can help us get on.  I'll keep you updated if you're interested.

Has to be Pinehurst #2.  The greens were unreal.  You get too close to the edge and the ball is going right off the green and 10 or 20 yards down into the fairway.  Brutal, but a lot of fun.  Can't wait until I can get back there.

Definitely... Keep me posted and I'll make the reservation. I'm allowed 1 reservation per month for the Black. 

Hey tdogg21, I'd have to agree with you 100%.  That is an amazing course.  When I played there I was used to fast greens, about like Pinehurst.  I arrived ther with my best and played from the back tees.  Those slopes, crowns, and funnels on the greens were just unbelievable.  I had the same caddy for three days and on the final day I was "starting" to get the hang of the greens.  All I can say to anyone going to Pinehurst is, take your A game, and expect to be fully challenged on the greens.  Pinehurst is fairly easy from tee to green, the game starts on the green.

Sounds great Tim

If you all come to spain sometime then here is my favorite:

Golf de Andratx (Mallorca)

18-Holes Men white          Par:72 Slope: 144 CR: 73.7

... The 18 hole championship course is already well known as one of the most difficult and challenging in the Mediterranean. Hole 6, 609 meters (666 yards) from the championship tee (known as the "Green Monster"), is the longest hole in Spain and one all golfers look forward to playing. It winds uphill, through trees and water hazards, and is fraught with danger. ...

cu Markus

If you all come to spain sometime then here is my favorite:

Golf de Andratx (Mallorca)

18-Holes Men white          Par:72 Slope: 144 CR: 73.7

... The 18 hole championship course is already well known as one of the most difficult and challenging in the Mediterranean. Hole 6, 609 meters (666 yards) from the championship tee (known as the "Green Monster"), is the longest hole in Spain and one all golfers look forward to playing. It winds uphill, through trees and water hazards, and is fraught with danger. ...

cu Markus

Amen to that!  I played The Ocean Course last March on back-to-back days . . . the first day had winds steady at 35-40mph and the second day was the "calm" day with winds at "only" 20mph.  Although I have been fortunate enough to play some of the top courses in the Southeast and Arizona, I would have to say this is the most difficult course I have played - especially with the winds factored in.  I discussed the winds with one of the pros during our stay and he said that it was pretty typical given the number of holes that are on the ocean, but the PGA wouldn't make the pros play in those types of conditions, so when the PGA Championship was there they postponed one of the rounds due to the winds kicking up.

Todd T

1. THE OCEAN COURSE
Kiawah Island, S.C. | 7,356 YARDS / PAR 72
Pete Dye, 81, has been torturing golfers for half his life, and the Ocean Course, strung along the Atlantic coastline with fairways and greens perched above sand, sea oats and sweetgrass, is perhaps his most Dye-abolical design. (Eight of our top 50 were created by the man they call the "Marquis de Sod.") The Ocean has the highest combination of Slope Rating (155) and Course Rating (79.6) in America, according to the U.S. Golf Association. With forced carries over marshes, endless waste bunkers and roll-resistant Bermuda grasses, the Ocean is a rare course that can bring tears and fears even to tour pros — it was dubbed Looney Dunes after multiple mishaps in the 1991 Ryder Cup. For the rest of us, it kicks sand in our face — literally when howling winds turn club covers into windsocks. Play it in the mornings when it's walking only. You can't cross the Rubicon in a golf cart.
>>Best Places to Play Directory: More course data | Course Web site

I've never played there but I would have to imagine Cog Hill "Dubsdread" would have to fall on that list somewhere.

Throw back to my favorite course for this one.  The Honors Course in Ooltewah, TN (Chattanooga) is by far the toughest I've played.  From the tips it's 7450 yards, 76.8 CR, 152 Slope.  We played it from the blacks and blues which were 6915/74.7/145, and 6630/73.4/145 respectively.  I made four birdies one round and at least that many doubles to go with them.

 Ko ' olau Golf Course on Oahu has a rating of 78.2 with a slope of 153.  It is the most challenging course I have ever played.

It was worth playing and I would play it again if I go back there on vacation.

If you ever get a chance to play in Hawaii on Oahu try the Ko Olau course on the east side near Kaneohe.  The course is cut out of the mountains and the scenery it self is work it.  It you play from the tips the slope is 153  Champion 150 and resort 141.  Try to play if it hasn't rained on that side of the island for a couple of  days or so, or your ball doesn't go too far .  It is the wet side of the island.  Lots of elevation changes and ravines you either challenge and  lay up or go over.  The last hole is a beauty.  waste bunker all the way and across that are 12 traps guarding the green.  Lots of fun.  First time is a learning experience and then the next you will have a better idea on what clubs to use and when.   Good luck