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Friday, October 27, 2006

Best Features of Golf Courses I've Played

This morning while revising my list of golf courses played (182 and counting), I started to think about the reasons I like specific courses and the features that make them good or bad. So, I came up with the top-ranked for each feature. On a few of them, I couldn't choose one, so there are ties. Here goes:

All-Time Favorite: Mid-Ocean Club, Tucker's Town, Bermuda
Most Difficult: Wild Dunes (Links), Isle of Palms, SC
Most Deceptively Difficult: Coudersport GC, Coudersport, PA
Most Historic: Merion CC (East), Ardmore, PA
Most Exclusive: Los Angeles CC, Los Angeles, CA
Most Scenic: Chateau Whistler GC, Whistler, BC
Most Unique: Tobacco Road, Sanford, NC
Best Views: Kapalua (Plantation), Kapalua, Maui, HI
Best Par 3s: Golden Horseshoe (Gold), Williamsburg, VA
Best Par 4s: The Cascades Course, Hot Springs, VA
Best Par 5s: NCR CC, Kettering, OH
Best Front Nine: Cabo Real, Los Cabos, Mexico
Best Back Nine: The Cascades Course
Best Green Complexes: Hidden Creek CC, Egg Harbor Township, NJ
Fastest Greens: Bayonne GC, Bayonne, NJ and Merion CC (East) - Tie
Wildest Greens: Yale Golf Club, New Haven CT
Easiest Course to Lose a Ball: Princeville Resort (Prince), Princeville, Kauai, HI
Hardest Par 4s: Long Island National, Riverhead, NY
Best Course to Walk: Atlantic City CC, Linwood, NJ
Best Conditioned: Coeur d'Alene Resort, Coeur d'Alene, ID
Best Course to Have a Few Beers: Cabo del Sol (Ocean), Los Cabos, Mexico
Best Memories: North Ranch CC, Westlake Village, CA, Westlake GC, Westlake Village, CA, Whitemarsh Valley CC, Lafayette Hill, PA, Atlantic City CC, Green Tree GC, Mays Landing, NJ and Woodland Hills CC, Woodland Hills, CA - Tie
Best Surrounding Town: The Leatherstocking GC, Cooperstown, NY
Hardest to Find: Yale Golf Club, New Haven, CT
Most Remote: Leynir GC, Akranes, Iceland
Most Interesting Location: Bayonne GC
Location With Most Untapped Potential: East Potomac Park, Washington, DC
Most Tricked-Up: General's Ridge, Manassas, VA and Wild Dunes (Harbor) - Tie

I know there are a million more categories I could have listed. Let me know of any I missed and if you have better answers than the ones I gave. Also, feel free to totally disagree with any of my choices.


Blogger JTALIFER said...


By far, one of my favorite postings yet. I do not know about all these courses you have played, but it is memories that count. You will have those memories with you for the rest of your life and nobody can take those away from you. Awesome!!!

2:55 PM  
Anonymous Harley said...

"Most Scenic", you must not have ever played Lindero Canyon Golf Club. The 6th tee box with the 7-Eleven on your left the four-lane divided highway ten feet behind you and the cinder block wall separating the golf course from someone's back yard on your right is breathtaking.

4:24 PM  
Anonymous Katie said...

I like this post. Here are some others:
Best place for a post-round dip in the ocean: Goofy Golf, Ocean City, NJ
Best snack bar for a Mr. Pibb and a Whipple (had to go up to the tennis pro shop for that-charged to G2827 of course): North Ranch CC
Best place for a post-round jump on an enclosed trampoline:
Golf 'n Stuff, Oxnard, CA

9:32 PM  
Blogger John Gorman said...

There's a joker in every family!

On a more serious note, since I haven't played too much overseas, I'm curious what people's favorite non-USA course is, the best links course, the best seaside course (could be the same as links), the best mountain course, and the best parkland course. Ideas?

3:54 PM  

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