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

John C, I once played a course at a USGA qualifier, I don't recall the name. On a par 5 I reached the putting surface. This was a two tier green with heavy sloop from front back. Sad to say my putting was not up to my approach shot...I offer two "really tough" course that I've played. Royal Troon in Scotland, and where I played well. And the courses I grew up on in Farmingdale, LINY. All the course at Bethpage State Park, the Black is well known from the USA Opens, 2009 was really wet and muddy. I give the re course a strong second. The 450 yard par 4 #1 is very tough. In the fall you will loose multiple balls as the leave become a problem. Lots of great memories from Bethpage. Hole in one on 17 Black!

Jeff S

I second the vote for Paiute Wolf. I live in Vegas and have played the Wolf many times. When the wind is gusting and blowing at 25+ mph as it usually does in the 100% exposed desert north of Vegas where the Paiute resort is, this course is a torture-chamber. I'm also going to cast a vote for Torrey Pines (South) from the tips. A brute, especially the greens until you figure out the influence of the ocean.

Paiute Wolf is a tough one too.  The greens are tricky and that wind can be a killer.

I believe the maximum USGA slope is 155 and there are only a handful of courses out there with this slope designation.  Have played Pine Valley and TPC Sawgrass that both have a 155 slope designation.  Most recently, played Ballyhack Golf Club outside Roanoke, VA which is rated at 76.6/155 at 7,294 yards from the tips.  This is my brother in-law's course and can be quite challenging but is in a beautiful setting up in the mountains.  Even the next set of tees forward are still rated 74.0/153 at 6,753 yards.

the two hardest courses I have played are as follows:

  • Desert Mountain- Chiricahua- 72.5/151, 7,347 yards.  It is an absolute beast as many of the fairways are tight and shots into the green can be in huge trouble if not hit right on line.  Combine that with the greens usually running at about a 13 makes for quite the challenge.  
  • Desert Mountain Renegade Gold Flags- 75.2/147, 7,435 yards.  This course has two pins on every hole and the Gold flags are generally stuck in impossible places.  When you are hitting in to the green from 200+ out on nearly all par 4's the day can be very tough!
As always, its tough to not enjoy out at "The Mountain" regardless of how hard the course is or how good/bad you are playing!