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lawsonmanlawsonman Freeport, IllinoisMembers Posts: 5,606 ✭✭✭✭✭✭✭

The golf course that I learned how to play golf on closed this spring. I loved this place. Even built a house in 1997 right across from it. I have to drive by it every so often and I have a hard time looking. It's now pasture for cows. Glad I went back and played it a few times last year. Lot of great memories.

7 dogleg left with a sloping green where you could 3 putt in a second

5 510 yard par 5. Tee shot was 218 carry over creek

15 Uphill par 3 178 yards

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  • MarkripMarkrip Boss fan 62 Members Posts: 1,655 ✭✭✭✭✭✭

    Like losing an old friend.

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  • RSinSGRSinSG ClubWRX Posts: 3,222 ClubWRX

    That’s sad.

    Many years ago I found an affordable house on a fairway of the Whitewater Country Club in Palm Springs. I had visions of walking on the course from my back yard in the evenings and practicing but my wife hated it.

    FF several years and the course went bankrupt and closed. All the grass reverted to desert and the abandoned clubhouse eventually demolished.

    For years homeowners have been involved in lawsuits and property values tanked due to the crappy looking half-desert half-dead grass areas.

    Dodged a bullet there.

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  • lawsonmanlawsonman Freeport, IllinoisMembers Posts: 5,606 ✭✭✭✭✭✭✭

    We were lucky too. We sold that house 5 years ago.

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  • aenematedaenemated Los Angeles, CAMembers Posts: 225 ✭✭✭

    Yeah, I was pretty bummed when my mom told me the little country muni where it all started for me shut down a couple years ago.

    It was on 18 there when my dad let me putt out a little 3 footer for him to win the match he was playing in - I was probably 7 or 8 years old. The very next day he bought me a set of MacGregor Jack Nicklaus kid's clubs and I was off an running. It was like $100/yr for a kid's membership and I could play all I wanted for free. Mom would drop me and a buddy off there in the morning during the summers and we'd play all day till we'd get picked up.

    As I got older and better, dad started taking me to nicer courses but I always had a soft spot for that little track. It's been at least 25 years - if not more - since I played it but I still remember every hole.

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  • HappyGilmoresBootsHappyGilmoresBoots Scramble King MichiganMembers Posts: 52 ✭✭

    It's a weird feeling, isn't it? I took my first golf lessons at age 9. At age 29, I was working for a homebuilder who had taken over and begun developing the land that my first golf lessons were held on. Phase 4 and 5 of that development were in the space that formerly occupied part of the back 9; a gorgeous, downhill, dogleg left par 4 became a dozen or so quarter-acre lots with shoddily-constructed McMansions. I can still see, in my mind's eye, that one blasted maple tree that ate so many of my errant hits (trying to cut that corner, and make the green).

  • lawsonmanlawsonman Freeport, IllinoisMembers Posts: 5,606 ✭✭✭✭✭✭✭
    edited Sep 12, 2019 11:03am #7

    The course was very special. I actually met my wife there in 1978. I was on the board for 6 years. I used to get in my cart and go over almost every morning and play 5 or 6 holes. It was a very tough but fair track that had a loyal membership until many of the members started dying off and it got purchased by a guy out of Chicago.( no offense to my Chicago friends) He treated the locals like crap and tried to turn it into something it wasn't. Chased many of the membership away and that was the beginning of the end. I was a member for 27 years like someone said, it's almost like losing your best friend.

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  • jholzjholz Members Posts: 1,427 ✭✭✭✭✭✭

    The scary thing is, that from a distance, this course doesn't appear to be in much worse shape than some of the goat tracks I used to play in rural Georgia/Alabama.

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  • caniac6caniac6 Members Posts: 2,952 ✭✭✭✭✭✭✭
    edited Sep 13, 2019 7:32pm #9

    @lawsonman said:
    The course was very special. I actually met my wife there in 1978. I was on the board for 6 years. I used to get in my cart and go over almost every morning and play 5 or 6 holes. It was a very tough but fair track that had a loyal membership until many of the members started dying off and it got purchased by a guy out of Chicago.( no offense to my Chicago friends) He treated the locals like crap and tried to turn it into something it wasn't. Chased many of the membership away and that was the beginning of the end. I was a member for 27 years like someone said, it's almost like losing your best friend.

    We had a guy from Chicago come to the Winston-Salem area and buy a course. He did much the same. A lot of old members left. Every time I was there, he watched me like a hawk. I guess he thought I was going to steal range balls or something. This guy almost ran this course into the ground. A local guy bought the course, started treating people well, and the course has made a nice comeback.

  • lawsonmanlawsonman Freeport, IllinoisMembers Posts: 5,606 ✭✭✭✭✭✭✭

    @jholz said:
    The scary thing is, that from a distance, this course doesn't appear to be in much worse shape than some of the goat tracks I used to play in rural Georgia/Alabama.

    The guy that bought it just mowed it not too long ago.

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  • jholzjholz Members Posts: 1,427 ✭✭✭✭✭✭

    @lawsonman said:

    @jholz said:
    The scary thing is, that from a distance, this course doesn't appear to be in much worse shape than some of the goat tracks I used to play in rural Georgia/Alabama.

    The guy that bought it just mowed it not too long ago.

    **** man, just throw out tee box markers and some pins, dude could be charging $18 bucks to walk that place!

    I'm totally joking of course, and certainly not attempting to make light of your pain. The course where my grandfather taught me to play was recently sold to a developer, so I know exactly how it goes. I'm afraid the next time I see it, that course will be nothing but tract housing and strip malls.

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  • Johnny BiarritzJohnny Biarritz Members Posts: 521 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Same situation with me. The first course where my parents joined, and second course I ever played, closed last year after Hurricane Florence. Owner just had enough.

  • cardoustiecardoustie haha, we don't play for 5's Tasmania to CanadaMembers Posts: 12,577 ✭✭✭✭✭✭✭

    The course l learned to play on closed
    The course my house backs onto closed
    Old friends ... gone

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