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Thursday, August 31, 2006

Dream Daily Double

My buddies and I have often talked about which two courses we'd like to play in the same day. The courses have to be within short driving distance of each other, so private jets don't come into play for the Daily Double.

One example is Merion and Pine Valley. About 20 years ago, my dad and some of his pals actually pulled this one off. Another obvious Double would be Cypress Point and Pebble Beach.

There are some easy ones where the courses are in the same complex, such as Bandon Dunes and Pacific Dunes, or Whistling Straits and Blackwolf Run. Since those are way too obvious, we're going to disqualify them from the competition. We're looking for some more creative ideas.

My Dream Daily Double would be The National Golf Links of America and Shinnecock. There are plenty of other great Doubles to be had on Long Island, as combinations using Bethpage, Garden City, Maidstone, Friar's Head, etc. are endless.

What would be your Dream Daily Double?

Send us comments with your ideas. One lucky winner will get the satisfaction of being the winner.


Blogger JTALIFER said...

I am a California boy at heart, so I am going to share my best daily doubles with you all.
I will start with Sherwood Country Club/Wood Ranch Golf Club. I will now move a little south and go with Riviera/Bel Air Country Club.
For my final pairing, I am going to the Island of Maui. How about Makena Golf Club/Kapalua.

Talifer Out!

11:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wish I had played in Maui - love that island!

There's the pipe-dream of say dew sweeping at Brookline and a quick jaunt to Nantucket G.C. for the afternoon followed by a clam & lobstah bake on the beach.

How'bout an option that I can actually make happen: Trump International in West Palm Beach, FLA and any other club we choose.

Jack H

12:28 PM  
Blogger John Gorman said...

Some good ideas so far. I think I'd rather do L.A.C.C. instead of Bel Air, but those three George C. Thomas designs are very solid in any combination.

Brookline is easily done, but Nantucket is a bit harder to get on. I was checking that course out a few months ago by bicycle, and it looked sweet!

How about San Francisco and Olympic?

1:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why not go from Medinah to Cog Hill then finish it off at Chicago Country Club or Olympia Fields...all are within 15 miles of each other. You guys must be turning into old men only being able to pull off 36!


3:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i love it. 'brookline is easily done'.

i was thinking more along the lines of bayonne/baltusrol, bandon/pacific dunes, shinnecock/sebonack. maybe even down south at dallas national then colonial.

and if we can use noursie boy and the cesna, then i'd be game for a morning round at augusta followed by an afternoon at pinehurst #2.

-jimmy g

4:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Okay fellas....I don't think I am spoiled. I read the "skinny" bashing though on networked golfer. Pretty Funny! My current daily doubles played are:

Sherwood/North Ranch
La Quinta Mountain/ La Quinta Dunes/ La Quinta Citris (TRIPLE PLAY)
PGA West Stadium/PGA West Nicklaus Private

And My all time favorite:

Saucon Valley Old Course/ Weyhill CC

My ultimate:

Winged Foot East/ Winged Foot West


5:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jimmy G.

I'll make you a deal. I'll get the Cessna if you can rig Brookline..... I will fly you up there in style...And I am sure yo' bro is gonna wanna bum a ride. But I ain't flying into Teterboro again. Maybe White Plains....Teterboro was a little intimidating when I flew you and your buddy in last with Pavlick on board.


5:19 PM  
Blogger John Gorman said...

There are a lot of rules being broken with these comments. Only Jack, Talifer, and Tubby seem to understand that the courses are not supposed to be in the same complex. Nourse flaunts the rules like a PGA Tour rules official at Firestone.

Overnight, I thought about a few other doubles. Try these on for size:

Camargo and Coldstream
Scioto, The Golf Club and Muirfield Village (Triple)
Westchester and Quaker Ridge
Oakmont and Laurel Valley
Cascades and Greenbrier (Old White)
NCR and Moraine
Skokie and Shoreacres
Ridgewood and Somerset Hills
Crystal Downs and Arcadia Bluffs
Five Farms and Bulle Rock

11:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What the hell are the rules? You basically asked us what two courses we'd like to play in the same day excluding transportation by private jets. we shot out a few and now you are saying we are violating the rules like a PGA rules official??? What do you mean the courses aren't suppose to be in the same complex? What difference does it make? Two courses are two courses wether they are 100 feet a part or 100 miles a part. I find it offensive Johnny G that you dare question my choices.


1:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Gorman....I thought of a couple double play's last night too..check these out!!!

Sunset Hills/ Los Robles
Riverridge/ Olivas Park
Rock Creek/ East Potomac

1:30 PM  
Blogger John Gorman said...

It said in the post that for the sake of argument, we'd exclude courses at the same complex, hence my Bandon/Pacific and Whistling/Blackwolf references. Your list is great nonetheless.

You're out of control. Who's going to get you on Sunset Hills -- Sorensen?

3:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tubby didn't mention arguably Chicago's best in Butler National. He is too young to remember the tour guys getting humbled every year they played the Western "ED" Open there. The other fact that with the explosion of some great courses being built in the last 15 years and the discovery of old gems that the possibilities are somewhat endless. Most major city or for that matter minor city can boast of a great twin bill. You obviously threw a lot more out today.

What about DC with Congressional and RTJ or Baltimore CC or Burning Tree or Hains Point? What about Prairie Dunes and Flint Hills in Hutchinson and Wichita? They are a mere 63 miles apart. You bring up Pittsburgh, Columbus and Dayton. LaCosta and Torrey Pines South would be a decent day of golf. How about Interlachen and Hazeltine in the Twin Cities?

I like the concept as it creates a lot of banter. Almost every city has a great course from pre-Palmer days to pair with one built since 1980. We could have an old/new combo. We are fortunate to live in such a great country.


3:29 PM  
Anonymous harley said...


I actually didn't post the Sunset Hills ones.

I was going to leave this post alone after the "daily double" police busted me in an email because I suggested an RTJ / Congressional combo.

Nourse, I feel your pain.

12:52 PM  
Blogger JTALIFER said...


8:50 AM  

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