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  • MichiganManMichiganMan HAIL TO THE VICTORS! GO BLUE! Winston-Salem, NCMembers Posts: 1,602 ✭✭
    edited Mar 23, 2018 #62
    Purdue - Kampen Course

    MSU - Forest Akers (West)

    UNC- Finley Course

    Grand Valley St - The Meadows

    Ferris State - Katke





    I loved the Kampen Course. Thought it was incredible. Forest Akers is solid too. Course conditions at Finley were solid, but thought the course was very "meh". I always play The Meadows hoping I'll enjoy it and every time I have the same reaction "why did I just waste my money playing here?" And my alma mater, Ferris State has redesigned Katke a little and is much better now than when I was there.



    Hoping to get over to NC State to play Lonnie Poole this summer and my brother-in-law has been talking up VT's River Course for a while.
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  • AUTIGER07AUTIGER07 Just lost $1K on a putt Members Posts: 1,099 ✭✭
    Auburn University Club and UGA GC are the only two I've played and as an Auburn alum the choice is easy.
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  • 2ball2ball LEFTY Members Posts: 598 ✭✭


    This is a little off topic but when I played high school golf back in the day we would always play Carmel High School and Robert Louis Stevenson High School. My coach set up these matches because Carmel's home course was Pebble Beach and RLS was Spyglass Hill. Now those are some amazing courses tied to schools.




    winner!
  • runningdogrunningdog Members Posts: 18
    Kampen Course at Purdue and Rawls at Texas Tech. Would be happy to play either of them all the time.
  • bill.igbill.ig Members Posts: 48 ✭✭
    In central NC I'd rank them:

    1. Duke

    2. Keith Hills (great driving range and practice area, third 9 lacking compared to original two)

    3. Lonnie Poole (echo comment above that sometimes feel like I've been beaten up after playing, rewarding when I scored well)

    4. Finley

    Played Duke for many years and it is my home course.Good iron play is necessary here.
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    Played

    Ackerman-Allen Course and Kampen Course at Purdue and thought both were great.

    Indiana University Golf Course wasn't very good but had potential I heard they are renovating it so we'll see.
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  • BloctonGolf11BloctonGolf11 Members Posts: 239 ✭✭
    Without a doubt Ol' Colony in Tuscaloosa which is the home course of the University of Alabama but is technically not a "university course" as it is owned by the city. It is a really great public course!
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  • gatorMDgatorMD Hacker-in-Chief ClubWRX Posts: 4,564 ClubWRX
    Love my home course at UF but UMich has a really cool alister mackenzie track.
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  • lawst4dayslawst4days Members Posts: 143 ✭✭
    I played at UNC Finley a lot when I went to school there. But honestly I like Lonnie Poole and Duke just as much.



    In my opinion Lonnie Poole is very different than the other 2. But I only played Duke once. As it's the most expensive of the three. Only reason I played it was they were nice enough to accept my UNC student id to give me a massive student discount. Lonnie Poole would not let me do that. ��

  • Thunder DanThunder Dan Members Posts: 1,240 ✭✭
    edited Apr 28, 2018 #71
    I’ve only played Warren at ND and Ohio state Scarlet (many times) - Warren is fantastic, Scarlet is pretty boring but it’s always in nice shape.



    Ive parked my car on michigan’s



    I’d love to play Yale
  • stevopagolfstevopagolf Members Posts: 1,463 ✭✭
    The Golf Course at Yale



    University of Michigan



    Cornell RTJ



    only three I have played ranked in order
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    The UW Ridge in Madison, Wi is top notch and also host a Senior event.
  • TUGolfer06TUGolfer06 Members Posts: 273 ✭✭
    Great thread!!



    I'm a member at Seven Oaks at Colgate University. It's a terrific Trent Jones Sr. design.



    I've also played Bucknell Golf Club which is also very nice. Penn State's Blue and White courses are solid but not really spectacular.



    My favorite is collegiate course is Taconic at Williams College. I played there last May and loved it. I plan on playing there again this summer.



    I was suppose to play Yale last September but it fell through. I was in contact with their Director of Golf who seemed quite welcoming.



    I want to play Virginia Tech's, Virginia's, Notre Dame's, Michigan's, Mt Holyoke's and Purdue's in the not too distant future.
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  • MichiganManMichiganMan HAIL TO THE VICTORS! GO BLUE! Winston-Salem, NCMembers Posts: 1,602 ✭✭
    TUGolfer06 wrote:


    Great thread!!



    I'm a member at Seven Oaks at Colgate University. It's a terrific Trent Jones Sr. design.



    I've also played Bucknell Golf Club which is also very nice. Penn State's Blue and White courses are solid but not really spectacular.



    My favorite is collegiate course is Taconic at Williams College. I played there last May and loved it. I plan on playing there again this summer.



    I was suppose to play Yale last September but it fell through. I was in contact with their Director of Golf who seemed quite welcoming.



    I want to play Virginia Tech's, Virginia's, Notre Dame's, Michigan's, Mt Holyoke's and Purdue's in the not too distant future.




    Played Virginia's course two summers ago while I was up for a buddy's wedding. Course was in decent shape, but there are some really stupid holes on the back 9.
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  • clp34vmpclp34vmp Cancel that mead Members Posts: 247 ✭✭
    TUGolfer06 wrote:






    I want to play Virginia Tech's, Virginia's, Notre Dame's, Michigan's, Mt Holyoke's and Purdue's in the not too distant future.




    Virginia's (Birdwood) is about to get blown up, although I keep hearing contradictory info on when the new project is going to start. The plan is to replace the whole course with a new Davis Love design. I don't love the current layout. They keep it in nice shape and it has some good holes, but it also has a few I'll be happy to never see again.
  • me05501me05501 Members Posts: 412
    I'm partial to The Course at Sewanee.

    http://www.thecourseatsewanee.com/



    It's a mountaintop nine with some great vistas. It was nothing special until a few years back when it was renovated by Gil Hanse, apparently one of first jobs after going solo.



    They have two sets of tees on several holes so you can loop it twice and have some different shots.
  • MichiganManMichiganMan HAIL TO THE VICTORS! GO BLUE! Winston-Salem, NCMembers Posts: 1,602 ✭✭
    clp34vmp wrote:

    TUGolfer06 wrote:


    I want to play Virginia Tech's, Virginia's, Notre Dame's, Michigan's, Mt Holyoke's and Purdue's in the not too distant future.




    Virginia's (Birdwood) is about to get blown up, although I keep hearing contradictory info on when the new project is going to start. The plan is to replace the whole course with a new Davis Love design. I don't love the current layout. They keep it in nice shape and it has some good holes, but it also has a few I'll be happy to never see again.




    Very interesting. It's a good piece of land. Certainly they could find 18 better holes than they have now. The front 9 is pretty solid, IMO, but the back 9 is a dang cluster. 11 is awful, 13 is wonky, 15 is wonky, and 17 is odd too. They do keep it in good shape but the layout leaves a lot to be desired on the back 9.
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  • krzeczowskimattkrzeczowskimatt Members Posts: 107
    Clemson Walker course
  • clp34vmpclp34vmp Cancel that mead Members Posts: 247 ✭✭

    clp34vmp wrote:

    TUGolfer06 wrote:


    I want to play Virginia Tech's, Virginia's, Notre Dame's, Michigan's, Mt Holyoke's and Purdue's in the not too distant future.




    Virginia's (Birdwood) is about to get blown up, although I keep hearing contradictory info on when the new project is going to start. The plan is to replace the whole course with a new Davis Love design. I don't love the current layout. They keep it in nice shape and it has some good holes, but it also has a few I'll be happy to never see again.




    Very interesting. It's a good piece of land. Certainly they could find 18 better holes than they have now. The front 9 is pretty solid, IMO, but the back 9 is a dang cluster. 11 is awful, 13 is wonky, 15 is wonky, and 17 is odd too. They do keep it in good shape but the layout leaves a lot to be desired on the back 9.




    Could not agree more about the back 9 being a nightmare. I truly hate both of the par 5's. The short par 4 around the water gets me all the time, although I guess that doesn't necessarily make it a bad hole!
  • SixcatSixcat SWVAMembers Posts: 1,441 ✭✭


    I've always felt like the Pete Dye river course at Virginia Tech is a tamer Dye design that's fun, scenic and flies somewhat under the radar.




    I live about 25 miles from "The River". It's a "tamer Dye design" because it's a renovation, essentially. A wealthy benefactor bought the original defunct Ault, Clark and Associates design, donated it to Virginia Tech and hired Pete Dye to renovate.



    My vote would easily be Yale!
  • jsixmanjsixman IASTATER Juneau, Alaska Members Posts: 583 ✭✭
    Most underrated: Finkbine, Iowa city. You could sleep on their fairways, and when they have their greens running at an 11 or 12, what a track.

    Most overrated: Both University of Michigan golf courses
  • Mike_CMike_C Members Posts: 1,445 ✭✭
    Lived in Michigan, Illinois, New Mexico, NC, and Texas.



    In Michigan played:



    MSU Forest Akers,

    U-M, and Radrick farms

    Katkie at Ferris St



    Liked them all really



    Played the Scarlett Couse (before the changes) and Grey course at Ohio State many, many years ago. Scarlett was great, Grey very hum drum...



    NC



    Duke

    UNC Finley

    Lonnie Poole

    Keith Hills at Cambell U



    I would put Duke 1st, then FInley, didn't care for Lonnie Poole, Keith Hills, just OK



    Also played a tournament once at Furman's course in Greenville SC, OK at best



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  • Tim GavrichTim Gavrich Golf Travel Guru Featured Writer Posts: 191 ✭✭
    Yale is not just the consensus-best college course in the country but one of the best golf courses in the country, period.



    Taconic is really good in its own right, especially since Gil Hanse's work, from what I hear (I played it pre-renovation and it was terrific). But it's not in the same, uh, league as Yale.



    The other two I've played are UNC/Finley and Duke. They're pretty close but I'd give Finley the edge. If you gave me 10 rounds I'd go 6-4 in Finley's favor. They're a good bit the other two, though.



    Kampen, Ackerman-Allen, UM (incl. Radrick Farms) and Warren are high on my wishlist. Also interested to see how Steve Smyers' renovation of Indiana's course comes out.
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  • caniac6caniac6 Members Posts: 2,718 ✭✭
    clp34vmp wrote:


    clp34vmp wrote:

    TUGolfer06 wrote:


    I want to play Virginia Tech's, Virginia's, Notre Dame's, Michigan's, Mt Holyoke's and Purdue's in the not too distant future.




    Virginia's (Birdwood) is about to get blown up, although I keep hearing contradictory info on when the new project is going to start. The plan is to replace the whole course with a new Davis Love design. I don't love the current layout. They keep it in nice shape and it has some good holes, but it also has a few I'll be happy to never see again.




    Very interesting. It's a good piece of land. Certainly they could find 18 better holes than they have now. The front 9 is pretty solid, IMO, but the back 9 is a dang cluster. 11 is awful, 13 is wonky, 15 is wonky, and 17 is odd too. They do keep it in good shape but the layout leaves a lot to be desired on the back 9.




    Could not agree more about the back 9 being a nightmare. I truly hate both of the par 5's. The short par 4 around the water gets me all the time, although I guess that doesn't necessarily make it a bad hole!
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  • cpriceAP2cpriceAP2 Club Champion Members Posts: 738 ✭✭
    md1m wrote:


    Don't have much experience, but loved both the Rawls (Lubbock - Texas Tech) and Finkbine (Iowa City - University of Iowa).




    Gotta agree with the Rawls Course in Lubbock.
  • ThinkingPlusThinkingPlus South TexasClubWRX Posts: 1,547 ClubWRX

    b.helts wrote:


    Stanford and UNM. Slight nod to UNM.




    Played Stanford back in 1992 or 3, would love to play it again when I head back to the Bay Area. Playing UNM next month for the first time


    Most putts break towards the river even when they don't look like it much. It's a really good design, but is not always in good shape. Hope you have a good time.
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  • TUGolfer06TUGolfer06 Members Posts: 273 ✭✭
    Sixcat wrote:



    I've always felt like the Pete Dye river course at Virginia Tech is a tamer Dye design that's fun, scenic and flies somewhat under the radar.




    I live about 25 miles from "The River". It's a "tamer Dye design" because it's a renovation, essentially. A wealthy benefactor bought the original defunct Ault, Clark and Associates design, donated it to Virginia Tech and hired Pete Dye to renovate.



    My vote would easily be Yale!




    I was suppose to play the River Course at the end of March but got snowed out. As did the NASCAR race I was suppose to attend at nearby Martsinville the following day. That was terrible luck....
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  • SixcatSixcat SWVAMembers Posts: 1,441 ✭✭
    TUGolfer06 wrote:

    Sixcat wrote:



    I've always felt like the Pete Dye river course at Virginia Tech is a tamer Dye design that's fun, scenic and flies somewhat under the radar.




    I live about 25 miles from "The River". It's a "tamer Dye design" because it's a renovation, essentially. A wealthy benefactor bought the original defunct Ault, Clark and Associates design, donated it to Virginia Tech and hired Pete Dye to renovate.



    My vote would easily be Yale!




    I was suppose to play the River Course at the end of March but got snowed out. As did the NASCAR race I was suppose to attend at nearby Martsinville the following day. That was terrible luck....




    The weather in this region has been abnormal this spring for sure. We got double the amount of snow in March and April than we typically see in a full year. And we don't typically get ANY snow in March or April!
  • lmcconnelllmcconnell Members Posts: 1
    edited May 23, 2018 #90
    gatorMD wrote:


    Love my home course at UF but UMich has a really cool alister mackenzie track.




    Michigan's McKenzie course isn't even their best course.

    Michigan's Radrick Farms (Pete Dye's first "championship course") is the nicest University course I've played.

    Eastern Michigan's Eagle Crest is one of the most difficult.

    The Michigan Blue Course (McKenzie) is nice, but it is so old that many blind shots occur as well as some quirk.

    Michigan State's Forest Acres West has a great front nine.
  • OspreyCIOspreyCI Members Posts: 4,799 ✭✭


    The Championship course at the University of New Mexico.


    Totally agree. Very long and fast greens. Great course and my favorite university course.
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