Top 5 Courses you played in 2018

What’s your Top 5 in 2018?



I’ll start:



1. The Alotian Club, Roland, Arkansas. Opened in 2004, this Tom Fazio masterpiece offers a great layout in a truly spectacular setting. The course debuted at #14 on Golf Digest’s Top 100 Courses in America many years ago, and now sits at 27th. Holes move up and down as well left and right, featuring elevation changes, mountain backgrounds, and gorgeous views of Lake Maumelle. The conditions border on perfection.



2. Whispering Pines, Trinity, Texas. Chet Williams, a Nicklaus protege, calls Whispering Pines his masterpiece. The course is currently ranked 55th on Golf Digest’s Top 100 Courses in America. The front nine is solid, if unspectacular. From hole 13 on, however, it’s unforgettable. Five consecutive holes border the Trinity River/Caney Creek, with the highlight being the island green par-3 15th. The tees circle 180 degrees, allowing for an endless variety of angles and shots.



3. Bluejack National, Montgomery, Texas. Tiger’s first course debuted in 2016, and landed at 37th on Golfweek’s Top 100 Modern Courses in 2018. The experience here is incredible, and you are treated like royalty. The course is open off the tee, with all the challenge on and around the greens. Bluejack is about as easy or hard as they care to make it due to the slope and speed of the putting surfaces.



4. Golf Club of Tennessee, Kingston Springs, Tennessee. This is a Tom Fazio design that opened in 1991. Currently residing at 158th on Golf Digest’s Next 100 Courses in America, the Golf Club of Tennessee is an under the radar gem. The course makes incredible use of the natural terrain, highlighting huge elevation changes, rock ledges, and natural waterfalls. You get all the typical Fazio visuals with a genuinely memorable layout.



5. Sycamore Hills, Fort Wayne, Indiana. A Nicklaus design that opened in 1989, Sycamore Hills is currently ranked 139th on Golf Digest’s Next 100 Courses in America. The facilities are to die for here, as is the service. The course is routed through homes on the front nine, and gets back to nature on the back. Like most Nicklaus designs, Sycamore Hills requires power and precision. In the middle of record setting Midwest summer heat, the tees, fairways, and greens were perfect.
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  • jayhawkeyejayhawkeye Members Posts: 12
    1. Cal Club

    2. Prairie Dunes

    3. Mammoth Dunes

    4. Winged Foot (West)

    5. White Bear Yacht Club
  • bnp144bnp144 Members Posts: 274 ✭✭
    Has been a pretty good past month and a half because of work....



    Kiawah - Ocean

    TPC Sawgrass

    The Tribute at the Colony in Dallas

    Green Valley Ranch Club in Denver

    and the best in my opinion this past weekend. Bethpage Black.
  • tideridertiderider Members Posts: 1,772 ✭✭
    greywalls in michigan

    pinehurst #2 (in november)

    sweetens cove (sometime this fall)

    streamsong consortium

    the bull (over lawsonia; not a popular opinion)



    i might try bandon the last week of december ... not sure ...
  • J_BirdieJ_Birdie LOFT Issue Members Posts: 1,724 ✭✭
    Snake River Sporting Club

    TPC Sawgrass Stadium Course

    Oak Marsh at Amelia Island Resort

    Jackson Hole Golf & Tennis

    Kissing Tree
    What's in my bag:
    Srixon Z785 9.5* w/ Tensei Pro Orange 70TX 45.5"
    Cobra Fly-Z+ 3W w/ Aldila Tour Blue 75X 42.75"
    Taylormade P790 UDI 2i / Diamana D+ 92HY X 1* Up 18* loft
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  • Manbearpig13Manbearpig13 Members Posts: 70 ✭✭
    1. Whistling Straits

    2. Erin Hills

    3. Bandon Dunes

    4. Pacific Dunes

    5. Mammoth Dunes
    PING G410 LST 9* Driver (Atmos TS Black 7X)
    PING G410 14.5* 3 Wood (Atmos TS Black 8TX)
    PING G410 #3 Crossover (Fujikura 115i X-Stiff)
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    Titleist Vokey SM7 50.12F & 54.14F (C-Taper 125 S+)
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    Scotty Cameron Futura X5
  • Doc420Doc420 Members Posts: 2,331 ✭✭
    No order Valhalla, Victoria National, Sweetens Cove, Tpc Sugarloaf, Tobacco Road
  • ChomperChomper ClubWRX Posts: 1,068 ✭✭
    Not including my home course, in no particular order



    Sand Hills

    Prairie Dunes

    Maidstone

    Colorado Golf Club

    Shadow Glen (KC)

    and just below those five....

    Applebrook GC (Malvern PA)
  • Billy__BarooBilly__Baroo Well...we're waiting! Members Posts: 107 ✭✭
    No big trip this year, but it's all good. The midwest is stacked!



    1. Erin Hills

    2. Mammoth Dunes

    3. Windsong Farm

    4. Minikahda Club

    5. Sentryworld
    Cobra F8 10.5* w/ Motore Speeder TS 7.3
    Titleist TS2 18* w/ HZRDUS Smoke
    PXG 0317 22* w/ ADDI
    Titleist 718 AP2 4-PW w/ KBS S-Taper
    Mizuno MP-T5 52* 56* 60* w/ S400 TI
    Byron Morgan DH89
  • razor_1razor_1 Members Posts: 77 ✭✭
    1. U.S. Naval Academy

    2. Mid Pines, NC

    3. Achasta- Nicklaus course in GA

    4. Pine Needles, NC

    5. Cutter Creek, NC
    Cobra F6+ 12 deg, Cobra F6+1 Hybrid, Cobra F6 3,4,5 hybrid, Mizuno 850 6-PW, Cleveland Classic GW 46, Wilson Staff FG copper SW 52, Vokey SW 56, Odyssey Versa, Callaway Chrome Soft.

  • FairwayFredFairwayFred Sponsors Posts: 4,038 ✭✭
    Sand Hills

    Cruden Bay

    Muirfield

    Machrahanish

    Pine Valley
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  • marks21marks21 Members Posts: 162 ✭✭
    edited Dec 20, 2018 #12
    Kiawah Island - Oceans Course

    Erin Hills

    Mammoth Dunes

    Windsong Farms

    Whistling Straits - Irish
    Post edited by Unknown User on
    Cobra F7+ Driver 9* Aldila Tour Green 75 X
    Callaway GBB 816 15* Aldila Tour Green 85 X
    Mizuno MP18 SC 3-PW KBS C Taper S+
    Muira Wedge Series 51* 55* 59*
    Toulon Portland H3
    Titleist ProV1X
  • bcclarke35bcclarke35 Members Posts: 41
    A clear cut top 4 for me this year,



    Cabot Cliffs

    Cabo Links

    Interlachen (Minnesoa)

    CC of Charleston
  • ceejay81ceejay81 Love that chicken from Popeyes! Washington, DCMembers Posts: 1,763 ✭✭
    Pinehurst #2

    Bulle Rock

    Pine Needles

    Tobacco Road

    River Bend G&CC (Great Falls, VA)
    Hive Tour Titles: 2
  • NCgolf135NCgolf135 Members Posts: 53 ✭✭
    Wekopa-both

    Tob. Road

    Dormie Club

    TPC Scottsdale -underwhelmed but still a great course
  • DoubleorQuitsDoubleorQuits Members Posts: 376 ✭✭
    ANGC

    Milwaukee CC

    Lookout Mountain

    Bandon Dunes

    Pacific Dunes
  • third-times-a-charmthird-times-a-charm Members Posts: 1,561 ✭✭
    Bay Hill

    Bay Hill

    Bay Hill

    Interlachen Winter Park

    Bay Hill



    ...I guess I should travel more
    Long Live Nike
  • krtgolfingkrtgolfing Members Posts: 1,048 ✭✭
    Pebble Beach

    Kiawah Ocean Course

    Spyglass Hill

    Pasatiempo

    Poppy Hills
    Callaway Rogue Sub Zero Driver
    Taylor Made M2 3 Wood
    Taylor Made M2 3 Hybrid
    Taylor Made PSI 4 Iron - Approach Wedge
    Titleist Vokey SM5 54* & 60*
    Odyssey Works Red #1W S
  • FrohlichFrohlich Members Posts: 599 ✭✭
    Arcadia Bluffs

    Forest Dunes

    The Loop

    Eagle Eye

    Stonelick Hills
  • Argonne69Argonne69 Members Posts: 20,956 ✭✭
    1) Chambers Bay

    2) Mammoth Dunes

    3) Sand Valley

    4) TPC Scottsdale

    5) Torrey Pines South





    I'm scheduled to play TPC Sawgrass in mid-December, and I expect it'll kick Torrey Pines out of the top 5.
  • irvtrainirvtrain Denver, COMembers Posts: 1,014 ✭✭
    edited Oct 9, 2018 #21
    For me it has been a good year of getting to courses.



    Wilshire CC in L.A - Beautiful course in the heart of L.A with restoration done by C & C in early 2000s.

    Boothbay Harbor CC in Maine - Redesigned by Bruce Hepner formally of Renaissance (Doak). Another breathtaking course. IMO, the best course in Maine now. It was better than Belgrade which I also played.

    Trinity Forest in Dallas - Pretty well known course now. One of C & C's best designs to date.

    Ballyneal in E. Colorado - Played it before but now that they've gotten rid of the fescue and replaced with bent, the course plays significantly firmer and faster and a lot more entertaining this time around.

    Dedham Country and Polo club in Boston. Originally a Seth Raynor design with Brian Silva doing restoration work including new drainage and greens. Redan, reverse redan, Biarritz, and punch bowl all added.
  • DavePelz4DavePelz4 A golf course in the Chicago area.ClubWRX Posts: 24,535 ClubWRX
    Haven't got out of state to play this year...too busy working. With that said, here's an IL version of the list.



    1. Flossmoor CC

    2. Highlands of Elgin

    3. Bowes Creek

    4. Blackstone

    5. Arrowhead
  • OffTheDoleOffTheDole Florida golfer Members Posts: 347 ✭✭
    1. Pasatiempo Golf Club, an Alister MacKenzie gem in Santa Cruz that is said to be MacKenzie's favorite design, even above Augusta National and Cypress Point. You have to be on your game to score here, and I was for about nine holes. Great and fast poa greens, lots of scenery, and a fantastic experience overall.



    Reynolds Lake Oconee - Oconee Course, a Rees Jones design at the Georgia resort. Immaculately maintained and solid. I played it on a day after some heavy rain, so the lack of roll cost me some yardage off the tee. Still scored well.



  • raynorfan1raynorfan1 Members Posts: 3,571 ✭✭
    irvtrain wrote:


    Dedham Country and Polo club in Boston. Originally a Seth Raynor design with Brian Silva doing restoration work including new drainage and greens. Redan, reverse redan, Biarritz, and punch bowl all added.




    Originally Donald Ross (9 holes); Herbert Fowler added 9 holes; later renovated / redesigned by Seth Raynor.
  • FairwindsgolferFairwindsgolfer Members Posts: 622 ✭✭
    Unfortunately, I dont get to travel much, but I was fortunate enough to go on a golf trip this March.

    My top 5 2018 courses reflect that trip:



    1. Dunes Club

    2. Tidewater

    3. Wintonbury Hills

    4. Tashua Knolls

    5. Bronson Country club

    Bridgestone J33 combo 5-pw
    Ping G400 LST driver
    Callaway Rogue 4 wood
    Nike CPR 2 hybrid
    Cobra Baffler 3 hybrid
    Callaway MD4 50, 54, 60 wedges
    Putter- I hate them all

  • collje26collje26 Members Posts: 544 ✭✭
    1. Lawsonia (links)

    2. Greywalls

    3. Timberstone

    4. Sage Run

    5. Lawsonia (woodlands)
    Ping G400 Max 9 Tensei Pro Orange 70tx
    Ping G400 14.5 Tensei Pro Blue 80tx
    Ping G 17.5 Rombax P95x
    Callaway Apex Pro Smoke 3 DG TI S400
    Callaway Apex MB Raw 4-P PX 6.5
    Callaway MD Forged 54/60 PX 6.5
    Toulon Austin
    ProV1/ProV1x
  • BUCKEYERBALL88BUCKEYERBALL88 Members Posts: 960 ✭✭
    edited Oct 9, 2018 #27
    1) Royal Portrush

    2) Royal County Down

    3) Lawsonia Links

    4) Pacific Grove

    5) Portstewart

  • AuldPLO Swiss GolftrotterAuldPLO Swiss Golftrotter Members Posts: 140 ✭✭
    edited Oct 9, 2018 #28
    It's all about Scotland in 2018, with three amazing trips



    1. Ailsa Course - Trump Turnberry (Ranked 1st on my personnal ranking)

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    2. Castle Stuart (Ranked 4th on my personnal ranking)

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    3. Royal Dornoch - Championship Course (Ranked 6th on my personnal ranking)

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    4. North Berwick (Ranked 12th on my personnal ranking)

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    5. Royal Troon - Old Course (Ranked 21st on my personnal ranking)

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    From the breathtaking cliffs of Cape Kidnappers in New Zealand to the idyllic coastal scenery of Mauritius, from the desolate landscapes of Wolf Creek in the US to the legend of St Andrews in Scotland, find my golfing and photographic journey through twenty one countries on all continents :

    Instagram golf gallery : @auld_plo_golftrotter
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    Flikr golf gallery : http://tinyurl.com/a...plogolftrotter2 (by country)
  • irvtrainirvtrain Denver, COMembers Posts: 1,014 ✭✭
    raynorfan1 wrote:

    irvtrain wrote:


    Dedham Country and Polo club in Boston. Originally a Seth Raynor design with Brian Silva doing restoration work including new drainage and greens. Redan, reverse redan, Biarritz, and punch bowl all added.




    Originally Donald Ross (9 holes); Herbert Fowler added 9 holes; later renovated / redesigned by Seth Raynor.




    Thanks for the clarification. No one mentioned Ross nor Fowler to me. Interesting notes. Did Raynor completely redesign the course then or modify the existing 18?
  • raynorfan1raynorfan1 Members Posts: 3,571 ✭✭
    irvtrain wrote:

    raynorfan1 wrote:

    irvtrain wrote:


    Dedham Country and Polo club in Boston. Originally a Seth Raynor design with Brian Silva doing restoration work including new drainage and greens. Redan, reverse redan, Biarritz, and punch bowl all added.




    Originally Donald Ross (9 holes); Herbert Fowler added 9 holes; later renovated / redesigned by Seth Raynor.




    Thanks for the clarification. No one mentioned Ross nor Fowler to me. Interesting notes. Did Raynor completely redesign the course then or modify the existing 18?




    It's sort of a mystery. The current thinking in the club is that Ross built the first nine holes, Fowler designed nine more, but only built a few of them before a falling out with the club, and Raynor re-routed all 18, using many of Ross' and some of Fowler's greens.



    Unfortunately, they don't have any of the plans for any of them.



    FWIW the Ross society considers his work at Dedham to be "NLE".
  • deadsolid...shankdeadsolid...shank ClubWRX Posts: 14,685 ClubWRX
    I don’t think I played any that are worth a spot on list. Pretty pathetic year.
    Titleist 910 8.5
    Titleist 910 15*
    Titleist 910H 17*
    2-6 Mizuno MP-60, 7-PW MP-67
    SC GoLo
    Vokey SM5 52,58,62
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