Top 5 Courses you played in 2018

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  • WestCoastHackerWestCoastHacker Posts: 156 ✭✭
    2018 has been a great year thus far, but I hope to be able to switch up this list one more time before it ends. Until then my top 5 courses played since the start of the year are (in alphabetical order):



    Ballyneal (Tom Doak) - Holyoke, Colorado

    Castle Pines Golf Club (Jack Nicklaus) - Castle Rock, Colorado

    Pasatiempo (Alister MacKenzie) - Santa Cruz, California

    Pebble Beach Golf Links (Jack Neville, Douglas Grant) - Pebble Beach, California

    Pinehurst No. 2 (Donald Ross) - Pinehurst, North Carolina



    The main takeaway has been that I don't understand how No.2 and Pasa end up on the overrated golf course threads.
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  • gambitgambit Members Posts: 4,174 ✭✭
    I've barely played this year so the list isn't that impressive and in no particular order and only top 3:



    1. Pasatiempo

    2. Kapalua Plantation

    3. King Kamehameha
  • davep043davep043 Members Posts: 3,007 ✭✭
    So far, I'd include Prestwick, Western Gailes, and North Berwick. I expect to play two or three among MidPines, Tobacco Road, Dormie Club, and Pine Needles over Thanksgiving.
  • defnotaprodefnotapro Members Posts: 525 ✭✭
    In no particular order:



    Mission Hills Dinah Shore

    PGA National Championship

    Trump National Doral - Blue Monster

    Paa-Ko Ridge

    Rainmakers
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  • RSinSGRSinSG ClubWRX Posts: 3,013 ClubWRX
    Pebble Beach

    Spyglass

    Big Horn (Palm Desert, CA)

    The Reserve CC (Palm Desert)

    TPC Las Vegas



    Next 5:



    Anthem CC

    Southern Highlands

    Dragon Ridge

    TPC Summerlin (all in Vegas)

    Eldorado CC (Indian Wells, CA)
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  • NoCautionNoCaution Members Posts: 150 ✭✭
    I've played a few pretty good courses in 2018 and this sounds like fun.



    In ranked order, even though I know my ranking will get shredded. Here goes:



    #1 - Reflection Bay (My all-time favorite golf course. I played it three times this year before I left Vegas for Denver.)

    #2 - Sanctuary (Completely bonkers experience from top to bottom. Should be my top pick, but nothing dethrones my beloved Bay.)

    #3 - Bear Dance (Third time playing here, and it gets better each time.)

    #4 - Ridge at Castle Pines (Amazing course that I have yet to play well on, but always have fun on.)

    #5 - Pradera (Got an invite to play here, and would go back in a heartbeat)



    I also played these ten courses:



    #6 - Arrowhead (I loved it, but would need to play it a few more times before it cracked the top five. )

    #7-9 - All three courses at Paiute (I could divide these up, but I won't bother. They're each great for different reasons.)

    #10 - TPC Colorado (Incredible course, but won't ever go back. If you think I'm stupid for ranking Coyote Springs so low, you'd also love this one.)

    #11 - Raven at Three Peaks (Amazing course, but I played it in less than great condition.)

    #12 - Pole Creek (I'll be in the minority here for thinking the lowland nines are much better than the mountain nine.)

    #13 - Coyote Springs (Neat course, but I always walk away feeling like I've punished myself for no reason.)

    #14 - Desert Pines (This will be one of the cheapo gems I miss from Vegas the most)

    #15 - Primm (I'd like to rank this higher, but every time I've played it the conditions were meh.)
    I'd certainly hate to be left out of the "WITB signature" thingy, so...

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  • imakaveliimakaveli Moli Moli Moli Moli Tommy Tommy Tommy Tommy... Members Posts: 12,536 ClubWRX
    edited Oct 10, 2018 #38
    I did a great Ireland trip this Summer: The Island, Royal County Down, Royal Portrush, Portmarnock. What a great trip it was, couldn't ask for a better weather also!



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  • benno_rbenno_r Members Posts: 748 ✭✭
    1. Royal Melbourne West

    2. Pasatiempo

    3. Streamsong Red

    4. Banff Springs

    5. Barwon Heads GC
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  • deadsolid...shankdeadsolid...shank ClubWRX Posts: 14,612 ClubWRX
    NoCaution wrote:


    I've played a few pretty good courses in 2018 and this sounds like fun.



    In ranked order, even though I know my ranking will get shredded. Here goes:



    #1 - Reflection Bay (My all-time favorite golf course. I played it three times this year before I left Vegas for Denver.)

    #2 - Sanctuary (Completely bonkers experience from top to bottom. Should be my top pick, but nothing dethrones my beloved Bay.)

    #3 - Bear Dance (Third time playing here, and it gets better each time.)

    #4 - Ridge at Castle Pines (Amazing course that I have yet to play well on, but always have fun on.)

    #5 - Pradera (Got an invite to play here, and would go back in a heartbeat)



    I also played these ten courses:



    #6 - Arrowhead (I loved it, but would need to play it a few more times before it cracked the top five. )

    #7-9 - All three courses at Paiute (I could divide these up, but I won't bother. They're each great for different reasons.)

    #10 - TPC Colorado (Incredible course, but won't ever go back. If you think I'm stupid for ranking Coyote Springs so low, you'd also love this one.)

    #11 - Raven at Three Peaks (Amazing course, but I played it in less than great condition.)

    #12 - Pole Creek (I'll be in the minority here for thinking the lowland nines are much better than the mountain nine.)

    #13 - Coyote Springs (Neat course, but I always walk away feeling like I've punished myself for no reason.)

    #14 - Desert Pines (This will be one of the cheapo gems I miss from Vegas the most)

    #15 - Primm (I'd like to rank this higher, but every time I've played it the conditions were meh.)




    Didn’t like TPC Colorado obviously, but anything specific as to why?
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  • 1puttTUT1puttTUT Lefty with occasional game Members Posts: 3,354 ✭✭
    #1 Forest Dunes - MI

    #2 Rams Hill - CA

    #3 Southern Dunes - AZ

    #4 Coyote Moon - CA

    #5 Warwick Hills - MI
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  • stevopagolfstevopagolf Members Posts: 1,450 ✭✭
    Aronimink

    Philly Cricket Wissahickon

    Kiawah Ocean

    Saucon Valley Old & Grace

    Torrey Pines
  • jwellefson1jwellefson1 Members Posts: 178 ✭✭
    I've got a clear cut top 3, but then there's a few public courses in Northern VA fighting for 4&5

    1. St. Andrews Old Course

    2. Bethpage Black

    3. St. Andrews Castle Course

    4. Laurel Hill

    5. Westfields

    Next year I've got Royal County Down and The Island booked and I plan on getting down to Kiawah with a buddy in the next few months. 2018 was a great year for me personally but I'm hoping 2019 is even better!
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  • EdinburghgolferEdinburghgolfer Posts: 445 ClubWRX
    Muirfield

    Turnberry

    The Renaissance Club

    Western Gailes

    Brora
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  • BlockfaderBlockfader Members Posts: 22 ✭✭
    1. The prairie club - dunes course

    2. Meadowbrook CC - MI

    3. The prairie club - pines course

    4. Red Run CC - MI

    5. Western CC - MI



    Not my best work this year, but the prairie club was pretty awesome and meadowbrook is sick. Hoping to play Pasatiempo in 19
  • eboettneeboettne Posts: 168 ✭✭
    2018 so far:

    1. Bethpage Black

    2-5. everything else



    My guess at what my list will be on 12/31/18:

    1. Pacific Dunes

    2. Bethpage Black

    3. Bandon Dunes

    4. Bandon Trails

    5. Old MacDonald
  • NoCautionNoCaution Members Posts: 150 ✭✭


    Didn’t like TPC Colorado obviously, but anything specific as to why?




    I don't know if I'd go so far as to say I "didn't like it". I did like it, but didn't feel like it was quite worth the money. It felt like they were so focused on building a technically good course, that they forgot to make it fun in certain places. There were stretches of holes that I loved, but a few that I felt were totally forgettable. I hate to make it about cost, but it was also one of the more expensive rounds I've ever played, so I kinda walked away feeling like I hadn't gotten my money's worth. The best comparison I can make is to Coyote Springs, outside Las Vegas. Coyote Springs is almost always listed as a top 10 course in Nevada. It's a beautiful course, and since I could play it for 40 bucks, I did. It's also the most difficult course I've ever played, by far. It's unbearably penal, and there's almost no such thing as a "safe miss", so the fun kinda gets sucked out of it. TPC Colorado was very much the same. If you don't nut your approach on 15, you're screwed, even though you may have hit two perfect shots to set up a short approach already. The super long par-5 13th is great, as is the par-3 16th. But holes 3, 4, and 9-12 are nothing spectacular, IMHO. I see the merits that others will tout about it, but when I can play Ridge at Castle Pines, Bear Dance, AND Common Ground for the same amount I spent for one round at TPC, it's hard for me to imagine ever going back.



    For what it's worth, I did get THIS awesome shot of me playing 16, which was easily my highlight of the day. I stuck it to 4 feet, and it rolled to the back edge for an easy 2-putt. Sorry, it's kinda crooked.
    I'd certainly hate to be left out of the "WITB signature" thingy, so...

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    Cobra F8 3 Wood 14.5° - Hzrdus Black 65 6.0, 3/4 inch short
    Cobra F8 4 Hybrid 22° - UST Recoil 780 ES Smacwrap Black F4, 1/2 inch short
    Taylormade P790 5-AW Irons - KBS Tour FLT 120 S, 1/4 inch short
    Edel 54°, 58°, and 62° Wedges - KBS Hi-Rev, with various mods and adjustments
    Custom Black Machine M20 Putter - Matte Black Shaft and Skull Edition Superstroke Pistol GT Tour Grip
    Bridgestone B330 RX Balls (or e6 if I start to lose too many that day)
    Ogio Silencer bag for riding/pushcart or Jones Original bag for carrying
    Bagboy Triswivel II for my fat @$$ to walk more
    All clubs besides putter have MCC +4 standard grips, with the "Align" version on driver and fairway
    Custom VW GTI plaid seat headcovers and towel
    Asher Death Wish glove, obnoxious purple pants with a bright green belt, and a pentagram ball marker to irritate the old men who take everything WAY too seriously
  • Roadking2003Roadking2003 AustinMembers Posts: 5,056 ✭✭
    1. Erin Hills

    2. Whistling Straits

    3. The Bull

    4. Monte Rei

    5. Oitavos Dunes
  • SchoolboySchoolboy Members Posts: 288 ✭✭
    1. Olde Stonewall - PA

    2. El Campeon - FL

    3. Fowler’s Mill - OH

    4. Ridge at Manitou - ON

    5. The Fortress - MI
  • deadsolid...shankdeadsolid...shank ClubWRX Posts: 14,612 ClubWRX
    NoCaution wrote:



    Didn’t like TPC Colorado obviously, but anything specific as to why?




    I don't know if I'd go so far as to say I "didn't like it". I did like it, but didn't feel like it was quite worth the money. It felt like they were so focused on building a technically good course, that they forgot to make it fun in certain places. There were stretches of holes that I loved, but a few that I felt were totally forgettable. I hate to make it about cost, but it was also one of the more expensive rounds I've ever played, so I kinda walked away feeling like I hadn't gotten my money's worth. The best comparison I can make is to Coyote Springs, outside Las Vegas. Coyote Springs is almost always listed as a top 10 course in Nevada. It's a beautiful course, and since I could play it for 40 bucks, I did. It's also the most difficult course I've ever played, by far. It's unbearably penal, and there's almost no such thing as a "safe miss", so the fun kinda gets sucked out of it. TPC Colorado was very much the same. If you don't nut your approach on 15, you're screwed, even though you may have hit two perfect shots to set up a short approach already. The super long par-5 13th is great, as is the par-3 16th. But holes 3, 4, and 9-12 are nothing spectacular, IMHO. I see the merits that others will tout about it, but when I can play Ridge at Castle Pines, Bear Dance, AND Common Ground for the same amount I spent for one round at TPC, it's hard for me to imagine ever going back.



    For what it's worth, I did get [url="https://imgur.com/Stmpolk"]THIS[/url] awesome shot of me playing 16, which was easily my highlight of the day. I stuck it to 4 feet, and it rolled to the back edge for an easy 2-putt. Sorry, it's kinda crooked.




    Thanks. That all makes sense. And it is expensive. I’d like to play it once more, but in a year or two when it matures a bit. The fairways were soaking wet and the ball wasn’t running at all. I think if the fairways were as firm as the greens it would play more as intended.



    I actually really like Coyote Springs, but it is pretty tough. Especially on and around the greens.
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  • PThomasPThomas ClubWRX Posts: 776 ClubWRX
    Didn't get to play as much as wanted this year but managed:



    1. Sand Hills

    2. Maidstone

    3. Sawgrass

    4. Bethpage Black (I'm local and it will always make the list)
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  • tad950tad950 Members Posts: 54 ✭✭
    1) Ballybunion- Even though I wasn't a fan of #18.

    2) Tralee- A pleasant surprise for me.

    3) Dooks- Certainly the Best Value. Great views and great local atmosphere.

    4) Green Hills CC- An Alister MacKenzie course with views of SFO

    5) Montreaux- Not usually a fan of golf course community courses, but this one is fun and challenging.


  • I don’t think I played any that are worth a spot on list. Pretty pathetic year.


    Your situation is similar to what mine normally is.

    I sympathize!
  • JNewstedJNewsted Members Posts: 686 ✭✭
    Royal County Down

    Portmarnock

    Sage Run

    Olympia Fields North

    Longaberger



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  • EagleCityEagleCity Posts: 181
    edited Oct 10, 2018 #55
    1. Boston Golf Club

    2. Myopia Hunt

    3. Bandon Dunes

    4. Pacific Dunes

    5. Pasatiempo



    Playing Eastward Ho! soon which I suspect will make it into the top 5
  • 1puttTUT1puttTUT Lefty with occasional game Members Posts: 3,354 ✭✭
    Blockfader wrote:


    1. The prairie club - dunes course

    2. Meadowbrook CC - MI

    3. The prairie club - pines course

    4. Red Run CC - MI

    5. Western CC - MI



    Not my best work this year, but the prairie club was pretty awesome and meadowbrook is sick. Hoping to play Pasatiempo in 19




    So how do I get on Meadowbrook?
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  • collje26collje26 Members Posts: 523 ✭✭
    Schoolboy wrote:


    1. Olde Stonewall - PA

    2. El Campeon - FL

    3. Fowler’s Mill - OH

    4. Ridge at Manitou - ON

    5. The Fortress - MI




    El Campeon is a brutal course off the tee.
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  • raynorfan1raynorfan1 Members Posts: 3,519 ✭✭
    EagleCity wrote:


    1. Boston Golf Club

    2. Myopia Hunt

    3. Bandon Dunes

    4. Pacific Dunes

    5. Pasatiempo



    Playing Eastward Ho! soon which I suspect will make it into the top 5




    Eastward Ho! is one of my all time favorites...but that's a tough list to crack...
  • SchoolboySchoolboy Members Posts: 288 ✭✭
    collje26 wrote:
    Schoolboy wrote:


    1. Olde Stonewall - PA

    2. El Campeon - FL

    3. Fowler’s Mill - OH

    4. Ridge at Manitou - ON

    5. The Fortress - MI




    El Campeon is a brutal course off the tee.
    I would agree. Some tough tee shots on that track for sure.
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