Favorite Golf Course You Have Ever Played

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RK84's picture

Sadly it was closed. Minerva you will always have my heart.

It doesn't matter whether you're the lion or a gazelle-when the sun comes up, you'd better be running.

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Buckeye_Condor's picture

as in the Minerva course in Columbus? 

that place brings back memories. we used to run around there as kids. I lost my shoe in a sand trap running away from a loose dog. 

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RK84's picture

For sure, I know it was a pretty rough course, but man I had fun there.

It doesn't matter whether you're the lion or a gazelle-when the sun comes up, you'd better be running.

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bucksfan92's picture

Sand trap?  You must have played there in the later years.  That's the first place I ever played a round of golf and it was notorious for being the only course without even a single sand trap.  I haven't played golf at all for years, and the last time I played Minerva was probably before 2000.

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lamplighter's picture

Yep. My favorite in Columbus 

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BuckeyeIn NY's picture

NGLA, Pine Valley, North Berwick, Merion, The Old Course St Andrews, Los Angeles Country Club, Old Mac at Bandon Dunes in that order.  

Been very fortunate to know the right people to get me some good access,  Many others on the list that some have probably not heard of on Long Island, as the quality of courses here is so deep.  

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RK84's picture

Nice list! Have you played Kiawah? One of my all time favs. I sucked it up, but it is beautiful.

It doesn't matter whether you're the lion or a gazelle-when the sun comes up, you'd better be running.

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BuckeyeIn NY's picture

Nope, sadly have never done a trip to the south for golf.  But I know a few people out here who are members at Kiawah and love to escape there in the winter.  Have heard great things.  

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RK84's picture

I got lucky and got on with a friend of mine. Do play if you get a chance.

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BuckeyeIn NY's picture

I definitely will if given the opportunity.  Have heard great things about the Country Club of Charleston as well which is nearby.  Will be on display for the Women's Open next year.  

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buckzilla1's picture

Unreal place to play. Once you see this one you will understand. 

The only true worry we should have about this 2019 team is this:

Why is Sevyn Banks wearing number 12?

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Buckeyeinsc's picture

Live in Charleston and have yet to play either. Figured it would be beneficial for me to be a competent golfer before attempting them. 

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Dmac3212's picture

I'm planning a golf trip around the PGA championship at Bethpage. Do you have any recommendation for courses out that way?

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BuckeyeIn NY's picture

So many good courses, but most are private.  Charitable outings are big out here, and can get you access at least for one day at most any private club.  

Piping Rock, The Creek Club, Meadowbrook Hunt Club, Nassau Country Club, Glen Oaks are all within 20 -30 minutes of Bethpage so you may be able to search for a Monday outing going on at one that coincides with the tournament week.  

Montauk Downs is a hidden gem that is public, but it is on the east end so looking at an 1.5 hour drive from Bethpage.  

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Dmac3212's picture

Thanks you.. I was out that way for Shinnacock but the only course I got out on was Ferry Point. 

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BuckeyeIn NY's picture

Shinny is so good, but it's neighbor is the best course in the country in my opinion.  But to be fair, I have never played Shinny, only walked it during the open.  

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Shadow's picture

Old Mac seems to generate polar opposite reviews. I played it this fall and liked all the other courses far more.  I thought Pacific Dunes was laid out the best and played my best round at Bandun Dunes

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BuckeyeIn NY's picture

Old Mac is for the architecture nuts, which I am one.  It is a tribute to Charles Blair Macdonald (who's most famous design was NGLA), so I can see how it might not be some people's cup of tea.  

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Seattle Linga's picture

I've played a lot of Robert Trent Jones courses but when it's all said and done - my favorite is still The Country Club in Pepper Pike. 

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It's not a rivalry .............. it's a wreckoning.

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Dmac3212's picture

I forgot Pound Ridge. It's a gem of a Pete Dye course in NY

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brandonbauer87's picture

Ditto. Mostly because I love the southern style courses and that’s the only one I’ve played. I played it from the Heritage tees to get the tour experience and didn’t think it was actually all that challenging. 

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jedkat's picture

Winged Foot, Torrey Pines South Course, Eagle River Golf Course, Mound Builders Country Club

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RCRoy45's picture

I actually don't get to golf much... but I travel all over with my girls as they play very competitively 

In the last year they have played the Ocean Course at Kiawah, Scioto, Murifield and Congressional...  They are 8 & 10 now... it's crazy to see the courses they have been afforded the opportunity to get on... 

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PittBuckeye's picture

The Greenbriers 3rd course The Snead, and it's not even close. That place is absolutely dreamy.

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NOLABuckeye's picture

I like the Old White there.

Nothing cleanses the soul like a no call pass interference.

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niblick's picture

Double Eagle

Still can't believe I got to play it and it was an amazing experience start to finish.

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Seattle Linga's picture

Painted Dunes was the number 2 public course when we lived in El Paso - it's a treasure and tough. 

Focusing on Penn State !!

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RK84's picture

Golf courses, not porn courses.

It doesn't matter whether you're the lion or a gazelle-when the sun comes up, you'd better be running.

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Thedrw's picture

I opened this thread thinking there is no way a course that I have played will be listed. You proved me wrong.

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Whoa Nellie's picture

The best I've been lucky enough to play. Hope to add to these experiences before all is said and done. Whether it's on the pro tour, or a 9-holer in Canal Fulton, I've never seen a golf course I didn't want to play!

CA: Pebble Beach, Torrey Pines

AZ: Troon North Monument

OH: Canterbury, The Country Club, Sand Ridge, Inverness, Firestone South/North, Canton Brookside, Shaker

PA: Oakmont

SC: Harbour Town, Caledonia Golf and Fish, The Dunes

FL: PGA National Champions

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ohiowhitesnake's picture

Most “fun”-Purgatory in Indiana.

Best-TPC Sawgrass

Favorite-All of them. A bad day on the course beats great day at work. 

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jpfbucks01's picture

I have not had the pleasure to play on a well known course, but I played on a course in Liberty Lake, WA between Spokane WA and Cour D'alene ID called Trailhead Golf Course which was just a beautiful setting.

I also played on a course in Maryport, Cumbria UK called the Maryport Golf Club which was situated right against the Irish Sea Solway Firth from which you could see the Scottish coastline

Also a fantastic setting for a day of golf

And finally I played Monterey Pines Golf Club in Monterey, CA from which you could see the bay. It is also known as the Navy Course as it was used by Naval officers who attended the Naval school in Monterey

Those are easily the 3 nicest course I have ever played

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KBonay's picture

Oh man, you were so close to Coeur D'Alene Resort Golf Course and didn't play it?  The floating green?!  I wish I was a better player when I was on that course, but had a blast anyway. BTW, I ended up in the flowers on the floating green. 

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ISURVIVEDCOOPER's picture

1. Pebble Beach
2. Bethpage Black
3. TPC Scottsdale Stadium Course

"I don't apologize for anything.  When I make a mistake, I take the blame and go on from there." - Woody Hayes

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DeacBuck's picture

Merion, Pine Valley, Turnberry, Lahinch, Kiawah, Ballybunion, Royal Troon, Western Gailes, Pinehurst #2, and Sea Island for well known US/international courses.

Favorite NC courses: Eagle Point, Quail Hollow, Pinehurst #4 and #8, Old North State Club, Musgrove Mill, Treyburn, Carolina Golf Club, Raleigh Country Club, Country Club of NC, Sedgefield.

There are so many good courses in NC, it's silly. I haven't played any of the highly rated courses in the NC mountains (Grandfather, Linville, etc), which are high on my bucket list along with a west coast trip.

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buckzilla1's picture

Torrey Pines, or Kapalua Plantation were best known. They are cool but I have played a lot here in NC and SC and there are a ton of great places here. Now the best course overall condition wise was Eagle Sticks in Zanesville Ohio. I kid you not.

The only true worry we should have about this 2019 team is this:

Why is Sevyn Banks wearing number 12?

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brutusOSUfan's picture

Judging by that might section of courses you have played you have a connection to McConnell golf. I've played most of them but the Pete Dye Cardinal course might be my favorite. When you walk up the the plague on 12 saying it's the hardest he ever designed and you gain this unknown confidence that you still will best it then put 2 balls in the water, you know you have met your adversary.

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chef2323's picture

Torrey Pines has been my favorite so far but looking to add some new courses.  Does anyone have any recommendations for golf courses around the Phoenix area besides TPC Scottsdale?

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wigmon's picture

Posted one below.  Quintero is a must play if money is no object.  I've heard Troon North, boulders and We ko Pa are pretty awesome, but didnt play there.  skip sun mountain.  Highly rated and nice views, but condition wasnt good at all.  Of the courses I played other than quintero (best I played, pretty challenging, lots of elevation changes)

verrado - they have 2 courses.  We played the  one that was built on an old granite quarry.  really interesting course.   Both courses are very good.

southern dunes - more traditional course in the desert.  great condition, relatively easy

estrella mountain - interesting layout, but condition in late february was a little suspect (no rough).  I'd try it again, but wouldn't be a must play.

las sendas.  good course, great condition, only complaint is it goes through housing development.

If you look at the map, we covered all 4 corners of the phoenix area with these courses.  The verrado courses were probably the best deal, but I would list Quintero as a must play.  Its a bit of a drive, but its a beautiful drive up the mountains.

 

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NoVAsmitty's picture

I'm not a golfer.  Haven't played in probably 10 years.  But my favorite course is the East Potomac Park course in Washington, DC.  Pretty much a dump of a course, or at least it was, but it's probably the one I've played the most and like how it's right on the Potomac River, nestled amongst the Jefferson and Lincoln Memorials and across from National Airport so you get all the jets taking off and landing while you play or not as the case may be if you are me.   

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wigmon's picture

figured a top 5 list made sense.

1.  arcadia bluffs, MI - toughest most beautiful course I've ever played.  similar to Whistling straits, but on the other side of the lake

distant second

2. Quintero golf club, az - best public course in phoenix area if you ask me.

3. Murifield village - would probably be higher if it wasn't something I walked and seen on tv a million times

4. The Golf club - condition immaculate

5. kiawah island - It was a great experience and being on the ocean boosts its rating quite a bit, but if the course itself were in north carolina or something, it would probably have been just another good course.  definitely better than torey pines tough

honorable mention - longaberger.  actually a more scenic course than murifield and golf club.  condition isn't quite as good as it was when it first opened.

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buckzilla1's picture

My brother put in several fairways and greens at Longaberger and the Links at Echo Springs.

The only true worry we should have about this 2019 team is this:

Why is Sevyn Banks wearing number 12?

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MichiBuck12's picture

Arcadia Bluffs is my top choice. I haven't played many courses outside of Michigan but I have a hard time believing many of them can beat that one. 

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lamplighter's picture

Best course I  ever played was Oakmont - which was a travesty considering how bad I am.  Caddie commented that it was a good thing I had a sense of humor.

My favorite course is Oyster Bay down in NC, right across from Little River (?).  Love that course.  Played it every year I went down there

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Polandbuck's picture

Played oyster bay last spring! Great layout but they lost their greens due to the harsh winter but still charged us full boat, the “greens” were mud that was painted green lol! Highlight of the day was when a buddy of mine holed out for an albatross from 185 into a 30 mph wind with a knockdown driver 

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lamplighter's picture

that's a damn shame about the greens. Haven't been there in like 12 years.

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yoderd1121's picture

Cherry Hill in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Not a PGA course or anything but a very nice public course with an island green par 3.

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ScarletnGreyTexan's picture

I've been very fortunate in my life to have played a lot of GREAT golf courses in my life.  I am a + handicap and have qualified for the US Mid Am and been an alternate for the US Am 3 times. I have played in elite amateur and mid amateur invitationals and have gotten to play some of the top rated courses in tournament conditions. I will list from favorite down but believe you me the margin between favorite and last is razor thin. All the courses I list as tournament are individual amateur invitationals not scrambles.

1. Cypress Point

2. Oakmont C.C. ( Tournament and with friends)

3. Royal Aberdeen ( hands down one of the toughest links courses ever)

4. Oak Hill C.C. Rochester, NY ( Tournament)

5. Pebble Beach 

6. Spyglass ( hardest course i've ever stepped on)

7. LA Country Club ( Tournament) 

8. Camargo 

9. Floridian ( Day after the Astros won the World Series and Jim Crane owns the club, it was a tournament) 

10. Seminole ( Tournament)

11. Castle Pines G.C. ( Tournament and recreationally, my Dad's a member)

12. Shooting Star golf club- Jackson Hole, WY

13. Bluejack National - just outside Houston and is Tigers first golf club in US. I am a member.

Like I said, I have played a lot of great courses and am really thankful for each opportunity. Great topic OP. 

But I will tell you my FAVORITE course of all time and the course I tell people if I had one last round to ever play is a small municipal course in Harrison, Ohio- Miami Whitewater Golf Course. It's where I learned to play and when I was young I would tag along with my dad to play when we were visiting family. The smell of the fresh Kentucky bluegrass is burned into my cranium. It's nothing special but holds a lot of great great memories for me. I could literally play all day there. the only thing that sucks is the range is mats only. 

"it matters not how strait the gate, How charged with punishments the scroll, I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul.
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Dmac3212's picture

I walked off Pebble thinking I was pretty good at golf. I then tee'd it up at Spy Glass and I was immediately in a 5 hour battle. That course took my will to live for a short period of time. Great track though. 

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ScarletnGreyTexan's picture

Played spyglass for the first time in 2004 and shot 78 from the tips and thought holy shit I just had one of the best ball striking rounds I've ever had and felt like I shot 64 and it was a 78. Played again in 2012 and knew more what I was in for and still think I shot around the same score or maybe higher. the funny thing is the course doesn't start out all that bad, kind of lulls you into this sense of like hey I'm gonna do ok here...then..boom around that par 3 #5 the ass raping begins. 

"it matters not how strait the gate, How charged with punishments the scroll, I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul.
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bobbyvcp's picture

I was also a scratch player in my day in LA and played most of the courses in Southern Cal. But playing LA Country Club is as special as it gets. It is as private of a course as you can possibly get and you have to be very very lucky to get a chance to play it. For me it was head and shoulders above any other course I ever played.

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ScarletnGreyTexan's picture

I've played LA both recreationally and in a Tournament, It is literally one of the most interesting and beautiful places. It's anti hollywood attitude and formality of everything is awesome, the course isn't overly long but ridiculously challenging. 

"it matters not how strait the gate, How charged with punishments the scroll, I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul.
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JohnnyKozmo's picture

Man I feel embarrassed even posting.  Definitely don’t have the course resume many other have...hoping to change that eventually a little once the kids get older.  There are some really good courses in my neck of the woods though designed by a who’s who of designers:

-rum pointe in Berlin, md 

-bayside in fenwick island, de

-baywood greens in long neck, de

I’ll throw lighthouse sound in Ocean city in here I guess...not really my favorite but gets a lot of pub.  

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LongIslandBuckeye's picture

I've been lucky enough to get out on Fishers Island, without a doubt the best course I've played.

Portmarnock and The Island are great tracks, over in Ireland. Both are the site of this years British Amateur.

Impressed with a lot of these lists, awesome to see some serious golfers on 11w

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SnGinWV's picture

My sentimental favorites...  Foxfire and Cooks Creek 

I've played all of the courses in Hilton Head, except Harbour Town... it's on my bucket list 

I have ran 100's of miles on Harbour Towns cart paths tho…  you're allowed on the paths before 7 am 

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Bosco Baracus's picture

Heard a rumor that foxfire is shutting down the old course (foxfire) and just running the players club course there. 

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bucksfan92's picture

I wasn't sure if Foxfire still existed.  See my comment below for my painful memory of that place, and also thanks for the memory nudge to correct my brain cramp moment on it's name.

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Buckeye0905's picture

I just started (consistently) playing golf last year and mainly stick to the public courses around Columbus. My favorite so far has been Cooks Creek. It almost feels like you’re playing in a southern state with the terrain and water. 

With that being said, does anyone recommend someone for golf lessons around Central Ohio? I’ve been reading up on GOLFTEC and have found some positive reviews. I know it’s pricey but I’m looking at this as an investment. 

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wigmon's picture

Cooks Creek has really been improving since the Cooks took it back over.  There are some very good public courses in the Columbus and surrounding area.  Some here have mentioned Eagle Sticks and of course Longaberger which is still on top 100 public courses in the country lists.  Another course I've loved since it opened, but a bit of a drive from the east side is Indian Springs.  Condition has fallen off a little, but its a really good challenge and not a single house around.

Jerry Hammond is an excellent instructor.  Works a lot with kids but unfortunately the place he was set up (Golf Depot in Gahanna) just closed up so I am not sure what he is doing now.

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Mhennin2's picture

When did Golf Depot close? That's crazy it was always packed when nice outside. Such a shame I loved going there to hit balls

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wigmon's picture

I believe it was about a month ago.  The founder recently passed away and that was listed as a reason.  Not sure if he was the one still providing most of the financial backing.  IT was a nice range and practice area, but the golf balls they had were pathetic. 

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kmp10's picture

Local - Scioto (private)

National - Pebble Beach

When I die, sprinkle my ashes over the 70's 

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Jobu's picture

OH- I grew up on Oakhurst CC in Columbus (Dad was a member). Tight fairways and small greens made for a real test of golf. Also got to play Rivieria in Dublin the summer before they closed it. Really enjoyed the layout.

Outside of Ohio it has to be The Oceanfront course in Hilton Head at Palmetto Dunes. Hilton Head is going to become a frequent vacation spot with my wife, and I’m sure at least once I’ll play Harbour Town, but I’m most looking forward to Heron Point which is a Pete Dye design. Pictures look amazing

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bobsegersilverbulletband's picture

Hard to pick a favorite. If it was fairly priced and not crowded I think Pebble Beach would be my favorite and choice to play again.

If I could play one course again I'd chose from Baltusrol, Long Cove, Muirfield Village, Scioto or Crystal Downs.

Biggest regret is never having gone to Scotland or Ireland to play those great courses.

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bucksfan92's picture

It's been a long time since I have played golf and most of it was locally.  Most of my playing days were from the mid '80s to the early '00s so I am sure all of these have changed, some maybe don't even exist any more - Cook's Creek, Double Eagle, Bent Tree, and Highland Lakes are probably the best I've played locally.  Special shout out to one fucking hole at Firefox which was over 600 yards long from the white tees (it might have been 6000) with a goddamn sand trap right in the middle of the fairway around 250. I think my score for that hole had a comma... There is really only one course I played away from Central Ohio that is worth mentioning, it was the Palm Course at Disney World.  I didn't have a great round, but I did par the toughest hole on the course.

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bucksfan92's picture

edit - that should say Foxfire not Firefox.  I got my golf courses and browsers mixed up lol.

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cledaybuck's picture

While it doesn't belong on any list of best courses, my favorite to play growing up was Sleepy Hollow.

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Longtoothbuck's picture

Spyglass back in 1992.  I wasn’t nearly as decent as I am now and quit counting strokes at 100.  But it was amazing.  There were 8 of us and my consolation was at least 3 guys shot worse than me.

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Mr. Bungle's picture

1. Cabo Del Sol, Ocean Course.  7 holes on the ocean. 

A close second: Pinehurst no.2.  As comedian Lewis Black once quipped, go to your basement and hit balls from the concrete floor onto a card table.  If you get the balls to stay on the table, you're ready to play Pinehurst.  Punishing.

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tcm1968's picture

Scioto CC  and Harbor Town top 2. 

Bucket list course one day... Augusta...

Go Bucks!

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JimCleOSU's picture

1. St. Andrews.  As an amateur I have really never been "nervous" on a tee box. My knees were shaking on the 1st at St. Andrews. 

Anyone that enjoys golf HAS to make the trip.  There is nothing like it. 

2. Carnoustie.  We played it when the British Open stands were up.  Unreal experience. 

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2PuttBogey's picture

Easily Pebble Beach.  Very envious of the few who have commented Cypress, definitely my bucket list course.  I've played most of the best locally and my favorite would be Scioto but I'm finally getting out on the Village this summer.

I've been fortunate enough to play some other great tracks around the country.  Whistling Straits, Blackwolf Run, TPC Sawgrass, Erin Hills, Olympia Fields, Spyglass, Pasatiempo, Harbour Town, TPC Scottsdale, Pete Dye GC and others amongst them.

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c11058's picture

1.  Kirtland CC

2.  Firestone North, South and West

3.  Canterbury CC

4.  Brookside CC (Canton)

5.  Westfield CC (South and North)

6.  Caledonia Golf and Fish Club in SC  (IMO, a "must play" in the Myrtle Beach area)

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lamplighter's picture

Caledonia is a nice track.  Not real find, however, of the 2nd shot over the pond (?) to hit the green by the clubhouse, with everyone sitting on the porch betting if you make the green or not.

Of course I never did that.  Nope, never

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TobyMagic's picture

Arcadia Bluffs so far.. hope to add more and potentially top it this season

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ajskiba23's picture

Harbour Town in Hilton Head is my favorite, probably because I love the island so much and vacation all the time so I have a fondness for the area. Many of my favorite courses are in Hilton Head. Golf is even better on vacation lol.

Pinehurst No. 2 and Quail Hollow are my #2 and #3. Have family outside of Charlotte so I’ve had the fortune of golfing a few NC courses.

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2PuttBogey's picture

Not certain how I forgot to put Pinehurst on my list. I have a very close friend building a house on #9 so I am excited to get back down there more regularly.

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AzBuckeye73's picture

I got to play Poipu Bay just ahead of the 2001 PGA Grand Slam of Golf.  My favorite memory is of the 3rd hole, a long Par 3 and I managed to actually hit the green.  Then watching the Grand Slam and seeing Retief Goosen completely miss it.  I think he still beat me by 20+ strokes, but at least I parred that hole.

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mr.green's picture

Gooney Golf. St Pete Beach. 

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bucknutz18's picture

Any of you gents have the hookup to the private clubs in the Columbus area - hit your boy up with an invite. I'm crazy jealous of some of the courses in this thread!  

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t-dub's picture

Batalha, Azores Portugal has been my favorite. It was a tough course, and the wind was even tougher (I am a crappy golfer so that didn't help). Just breath taking beauty.

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