Most recognizable/ famous golf course logo

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  • Schley Schley Love ya don't tell ya enough! Kingdom of Saudi ArabiaMembers Posts: 1,115 ✭✭
    edited Nov 30, 2018 #32
    Most recognizable and famous for golfwrx members who are golf nuts? Or casual golfers in general? Forget about people who don't golf as that is like asking who is your favorite thoroughbred horse of all time to people who don't watch horse racing. Who cares.



    I am torn to exclude logos with the course's name in them, but after all this is part of branding and helps with recognition. Remember Nike used to spell out the name next to the swoosh and now they don't need to for over 20 years. I will include all course logos for casual golfers and omit the requested omissions (ANGC, PV, LACC, :



    merion

    winged foot

    whistling straits

    pinehurst

    pebble beach



    I don't think Oakmont, Seminole, Fishers Island, NGLA, Shinnecock is instantly recognizable. If you asked casual golfers what is oakmont's logo I doubt they would know. I would be surprised if they knew Seminole, Fishers Isl., NGLA. Maybe Shinnecock because it gets US Open play. However I think Merion is recognizable for the wicker baskets and known along with the big time public's of WS, PH, PB. I think people recognize the Palmer umbrella but not as Bay Hill instantly IMO.



    I think the accurate test is to ask people what is the logo for XYZ course and see if they can describe it, as opposed to showing them logos and ask which one is Whistling Straits, because it has the name in the logo. Just my input.
  • OutBackHackOutBackHack Members Posts: 902 ✭✭
    Schley wrote:


    Most recognizable and famous for golfwrx members who are golf nuts? Or casual golfers in general? Forget about people who don't golf as that is like asking who is your favorite thoroughbred horse of all time to people who don't watch horse racing. Who cares.



    I am torn to exclude logos with the course's name in them, but after all this is part of branding and helps with recognition. Remember Nike used to spell out the name next to the swoosh and now they don't need to for over 20 years. I will include all course logos for casual golfers and omit the requested omissions (ANGC, PV, LACC, :



    merion

    winged foot

    whistling straits

    pinehurst

    pebble beach



    I don't think Oakmont, Seminole, Fishers Island, NGLA, Shinnecock is instantly recognizable. If you asked casual golfers what is oakmont's logo I doubt they would know. I would be surprised if they knew Seminole, Fishers Isl., NGLA. Maybe Shinnecock because it gets US Open play. However I think Merion is recognizable for the wicker baskets and known along with the big time public's of WS, PH, PB. I think people recognize the Palmer umbrella but not as Bay Hill instantly IMO.



    I think the accurate test is to ask people what is the logo for XYZ course and see if they can describe it, as opposed to showing them logos and ask which one is Whistling Straits, because it has the name in the logo. Just my input.




    Over the years I have club caddied at Sea Island, they also have wicker baskets. So every now and then I'll point them out to the players and say "there are 2 clubs in America that have wicker baskets, name the other one"

    No one, not one person has ever been able to come up with Merion and these are people paying $500 per round for the experience.

    I bet they all know Augusta Nationals logo though.
  • thejuicethejuice Members Posts: 2,065 ✭✭
    Another vote for Pinehurst. No other logo like it and they regularly host the US Open.
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  • Roadking2003Roadking2003 AustinMembers Posts: 5,056 ✭✭
    I watch a lot of golf but doubt that I could describe any on your list other than Winged Foot. Others I could describe include Cherry Hills, Bay Hill, Pinehurst, Pebble.
  • thejuicethejuice Members Posts: 2,065 ✭✭
    And not sure why anyone that loves golf would say anything other than the ANGC logo.
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  • Schley Schley Love ya don't tell ya enough! Kingdom of Saudi ArabiaMembers Posts: 1,115 ✭✭
    thejuice wrote:


    And not sure why anyone that loves golf would say anything other than the ANGC logo.




    Maybe because it was one of the logos specifically excluded by the OP?
  • Roadking2003Roadking2003 AustinMembers Posts: 5,056 ✭✭
    Schley wrote:


    I think the accurate test is to ask people what is the logo for XYZ course and see if they can describe it, as opposed to showing them logos and ask which one is Whistling Straits, because it has the name in the logo. Just my input.




    Exactly! And 99% of golfers would struggle to describe any other than Augusta.
  • ThunderBuzzworthThunderBuzzworth Hulk... Smash!! Members Posts: 2,552 ✭✭
    Schley wrote:

    thejuice wrote:


    And not sure why anyone that loves golf would say anything other than the ANGC logo.




    Maybe because it was one of the logos specifically excluded by the OP?




    Yes I wanted to omit the obvious choices because they are so above and beyond recongnized.



    To expand, I work in the golf industry with a few thousand country clubs so there are literally thousands of course logos I am very familiar with. Being blinded by the fact that I see so many logos on a daily basis and that I was born and raised in Michigan, it is helpful to see what golfers from other parts of the country see as the most familiar country club logos. I am putting together an order for the PGA Show and I have hit somewhat of a brain cramp while selecting logos to be embroidered onto our products. We want to show as many logos as possible that will resonate with as many golf pros as possible when they walk past our booth at the show... there are undisclosed reasons why I cannot include Pebble Beach, Augusta, Pine Valley and Bay Hill logos.



    Thanks everyone so far that has contributed. When it comes to “recognizability” I am looking for YOUR individual choice, not what others may perceive to be the best choice.
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    One course that has me absolutely stumped as to what exactly the pieces of the logo are: APAWAMIS



    If anyone in the know can give a hint at what their logo is exactly I would be grateful. The green blob thing is what I struggle with
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    I’ve always found Sleepy Hollow to be a unique and recognizable logo





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    I know I mentioned Merion, but a couple that have been mentioned that resonated with me are Congressional and Pinehurst.
  • msd71msd71 Members Posts: 707 ✭✭
    Oakmont is certainly one of the more recognizable. And one of the most ironic - where does that poor squirrel live now that they cut all the trees down?
  • Hawkeye77Hawkeye77 Countdown to The Masters! ClubWRX Posts: 17,342 ClubWRX
    Bay Hill



    Overall it seems kind of a niche question and I don't think just asking folks their opinion in this sample size will establish much, but Palmer and Bay Hill will cut across all sorts of demographics. I love Oakmont's and have been an avid golf fan for decades, but until the USGA put that squirrel on a hat that I got, I had no idea. When I would wear it people wondered about the squirrel - nobody knew. Most folks I play with aren't into logos of courses in other counties, let alone other states.
  • Schley Schley Love ya don't tell ya enough! Kingdom of Saudi ArabiaMembers Posts: 1,115 ✭✭
    edited Dec 2, 2018 #46
    Hawkeye77 wrote:


    Bay Hill



    Overall it seems kind of a niche question and I don't think just asking folks their opinion in this sample size will establish much, but Palmer and Bay Hill will cut across all sorts of demographics. I love Oakmont's and have been an avid golf fan for decades, but until the USGA put that squirrel on a hat that I got, I had no idea. When I would wear it people wondered about the squirrel - nobody knew. Most folks I play with aren't into logos of courses in other counties, let alone other states.




    The squirrel isn't even Oakmont's official logo. They use it in their US Open logos however. This is their official one.



    Oakmont-Country-Club-logo.jpg
  • Hawkeye77Hawkeye77 Countdown to The Masters! ClubWRX Posts: 17,342 ClubWRX
    edited Dec 2, 2018 #47
    Schley wrote:

    Hawkeye77 wrote:


    Bay Hill



    Overall it seems kind of a niche question and I don't think just asking folks their opinion in this sample size will establish much, but Palmer and Bay Hill will cut across all sorts of demographics. I love Oakmont's and have been an avid golf fan for decades, but until the USGA put that squirrel on a hat that I got, I had no idea. When I would wear it people wondered about the squirrel - nobody knew. Most folks I play with aren't into logos of courses in other counties, let alone other states.




    The squirrel isn't even Oakmont's official logo. They use it in their US Open logos however. This is their official one.



    Oakmont-Country-Club-logo.jpg




    HA!



    That's kind of a mess, so I might remember it for that. Earthy.



    With a few exceptions most courses aren't "branded" in the sense their logos mean much to anyone.
  • CheckJVCheckJV Male Model Posts: 2,091 ✭✭
    Schley wrote:
    Hawkeye77 wrote:


    Bay Hill



    Overall it seems kind of a niche question and I don't think just asking folks their opinion in this sample size will establish much, but Palmer and Bay Hill will cut across all sorts of demographics. I love Oakmont's and have been an avid golf fan for decades, but until the USGA put that squirrel on a hat that I got, I had no idea. When I would wear it people wondered about the squirrel - nobody knew. Most folks I play with aren't into logos of courses in other counties, let alone other states.




    The squirrel isn't even Oakmont's official logo. They use it in their US Open logos however. This is their official one.



    Oakmont-Country-Club-logo.jpg




    Same deal with the Masters Tournament logo and the ANGC logo. That’s even misreported all over the interweb.
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  • teejaywhyteejaywhy Official GolfWRX Curmudgeon Members Posts: 7,156 ✭✭
    BNGL wrote:




    McArthur Golf Club- The milk bottle is just a really cool and simple logo that stands out on a golf bag, shirt, or hat. It’s big, but subtle if that makes sense.







    Neither recognizable nor famous. LOL
  • teejaywhyteejaywhy Official GolfWRX Curmudgeon Members Posts: 7,156 ✭✭
    CheckJV wrote:

    If you want my opinion on the MOST recognizable logo in American golf... It's Augusta... Can't be any other surely.




    I think most people don’t know what the ANGC logo looks like. They do know the Masters Tournament logo which is not the club’s logo.




    Can you post a link to an illustration of the ANGC logo?
  • CheckJVCheckJV Male Model Posts: 2,091 ✭✭
    teejaywhy wrote:
    CheckJV wrote:

    If you want my opinion on the MOST recognizable logo in American golf... It's Augusta... Can't be any other surely.




    I think most people don’t know what the ANGC logo looks like. They do know the Masters Tournament logo which is not the club’s logo.




    Can you post a link to an illustration of the ANGC logo?




    There is no such thing available on the Internet of which I am aware. Perhaps one of our GolfWRX members that owns some club apparel could snap a picture a post it. Then again, that might not be in good taste and might not be a good idea for our board. I certainly don’t own any! I’ve only seen it. And it’s not the tournament logo we all recognize.
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  • BNGLBNGL Members Posts: 1,557 ✭✭
    teejaywhy wrote:
    BNGL wrote:




    McArthur Golf Club- The milk bottle is just a really cool and simple logo that stands out on a golf bag, shirt, or hat. It’s big, but subtle if that makes sense.







    Neither recognizable nor famous. LOL


    Perhaps not in the circles you run
  • ddettsddetts Roy McAvoy SoDakClubWRX Posts: 1,409 ClubWRX


    I've always found Sleepy Hollow to be a unique and recognizable logo









    You beat me to it, probably my favorite logo. Also a course I really want to play someday, a real gem for sure.

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    One course that has me absolutely stumped as to what exactly the pieces of the logo are: APAWAMIS



    If anyone in the know can give a hint at what their logo is exactly I would be grateful. The green blob thing is what I struggle with




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  • third-times-a-charmthird-times-a-charm Members Posts: 1,400 ✭✭
    edited Dec 5, 2018 #57
    Fore Putt wrote:


    Merion, Pinehurst, Bay Hill, Winged Foot, Olympic



    Hawkeye77 wrote:


    Bay Hill



    Overall it seems kind of a niche question and I don't think just asking folks their opinion in this sample size will establish much, but Palmer and Bay Hill will cut across all sorts of demographics. I love Oakmont's and have been an avid golf fan for decades, but until the USGA put that squirrel on a hat that I got, I had no idea. When I would wear it people wondered about the squirrel - nobody knew. Most folks I play with aren't into logos of courses in other counties, let alone other states.




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  • KMeloneyKMeloney Members Posts: 4,725 ✭✭
    BNGL wrote:

    teejaywhy wrote:
    BNGL wrote:


    McArthur Golf Club- The milk bottle is just a really cool and simple logo that stands out on a golf bag, shirt, or hat. It’s big, but subtle if that makes sense.







    Neither recognizable nor famous. LOL


    Perhaps not in the circles you run




    White Manor near Philly uses a milk can, so it seems that there's not a whole lot out there that's super-unique.
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    KMeloney wrote:

    BNGL wrote:

    teejaywhy wrote:
    BNGL wrote:


    McArthur Golf Club- The milk bottle is just a really cool and simple logo that stands out on a golf bag, shirt, or hat. It’s big, but subtle if that makes sense.







    Neither recognizable nor famous. LOL


    Perhaps not in the circles you run




    White Manor near Philly uses a milk can, so it seems that there's not a whole lot out there that's super-unique.




    You’d be surprised how many clubs use duplicate logos. 2 years ago at the PGA show I actually had a head pro at a club with BFCC logo and he snapped a photo of another BFCC logo.. next thing I knew I was writing orders for the BFCC club using the other clubs logo.. they literally stole another clubs logo and changed the color scheme to suit their club.



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    Fore Putt wrote:


    Merion, Pinehurst, Bay Hill, Winged Foot, Olympic



    Hawkeye77 wrote:


    Bay Hill



    Overall it seems kind of a niche question and I don't think just asking folks their opinion in this sample size will establish much, but Palmer and Bay Hill will cut across all sorts of demographics. I love Oakmont's and have been an avid golf fan for decades, but until the USGA put that squirrel on a hat that I got, I had no idea. When I would wear it people wondered about the squirrel - nobody knew. Most folks I play with aren't into logos of courses in other counties, let alone other states.




    Represent




    The Palmer umbrella has a lot of hoops to navigate in order to legally use so that one is off the list along with ANGC and PV and PB
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