What are the top 5 courses you've played?



  • HathstauwkHathstauwk Members Posts: 984
    Top I have played

    US list:

    Pebble Beach

    Spyglass Hill

    Spanish Bay

    Torrey Pines (South)

    Bay Hill


    Internationally (Canada & Scotland):

    St. Andrew's Old Course

    St. Andrew's New Course

    Capilano G&CC (Vancouver, Canada)

    Nicklaus North (Whistler, BC)

    Most overrated of above:


    Notable mention for top course list:

    Moray Golf Club (near Elgin, Scotland) - very tough track and totally unforgiving to stray shots but what a course! #1 and #18 are borderline silly tricked up but overall the course is great

    San Juan Oaks (Hollister, CA) - best course outside the 17 Mile Drive for Northern Cali.
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  • ll.umpirell.umpire Members Posts: 538
    edited Jun 22, 2009 #33
    I am only 16 so I haven't been able to play all the ones I would like to yet, but here are my Top 5.

    1. Juniata Golf Club (Philadelphia)...........JOKING (anyone in Philly will get this joke) image/cheesy.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':cheesy:' />

    1. New Royal Kent (Virginia)

    2. Renditions Golf Club (Maryland)

    3. True Blue Plantation (Myrtle Beach)

    4. Tidewater Golf Club (Myrtle Beach)

    5. Queenstown Harbor Golf Club (River Course) (Maryland)

    I am hoping to have a couple new ones in there 2 weeks from now after my Myrtle Beach trip (I will be playing some VERY nice courses)

    @ joekelli :

    Agree with Long Bay overrated, I will be playing TPC and the Love course The week of July 4th and I am now VERY excited! Will have to play Caledonia when we go back down in August. Im 16 and its my last year to take advantage of Juniors play free w/paying adult or Junior rates so My Dad and I are playing most of the courses we've always wanted to (and I am splitting the cost with him as it is pretty hefty.)
  • drhine1167drhine1167 Rhinopgapro Members Posts: 3
    My Top Five Played

    Oak Hill East

    Fishers Island

    Jupiter Hills

    RedStick Golf Club

    Kahkwa Club

    Top Five I've set foot on

    Augusta National

    Oak Hill (East)

    Oakland Hills

    Fishers Island

    Jupiter Hills
  • jd_in_ncjd_in_nc Members Posts: 25
    Good topic...

    1. Ocean Course at Kiawah

    2. Baltimore Country Club East Course (got rained out only got in 7)

    3. Caledonia Golf & Fish Club

    4. Atlanta Athletic Club (Only 13)

    5. RTJ Prattville (The Judge and The Senator)

    6. Great Waters at Reynold's Plantation

    Out of my list - I'd say The Judge, just didn't enjoy it so much.
  • flaunflaun Members Posts: 640
    My Top 5:

    Bandon Dunes

    Pacific Dunes

    Bandon Trails

    Chambers Bay


    Most over-rated would be Chambers Bay. Cool Course design, but the greens were garbage.

    Tetherow was the best for me. Great course design and like playing Bandon in the middle of the mountains!!! Awesome!!!
  • SawgrassSawgrass Members Posts: 14,921 ✭✭
    Bethpage Black

    Bethpage Green

    Bethpage Yellow

    Bethpage Red

    Bethpage Blue

    No, kidding. Just have Bethpage and its five courses on my mind right now for some reason. My real Top 5:

    Bethpage Black

    Harbour Town

    Kiawah Island Ocean

    Pebble (Really? Somebody above played it and doesn't rank it in their top 5? The 7th hole alone gives it a top 5 as far as I'm concerned.)

    And, how could I leave out Sawgrass?

    (As I review the above I realize that I may have become a Pete Dye fan boy.)
  • One_Putt_BlunderOne_Putt_Blunder Members Posts: 10,801 ✭✭
    My Top 5 I have played:

    1: Spyglass Hill

    2: Pasatiempo

    3: WeKoPa Saguaro

    4: Poppy Hills

    5:Desert Highlands CC (site of the original skins game)

    I cant really call any of those courses over-rated all great courses. I will say they most over-rated course I have played is TPC Scottsdale Stadium, Im not sure that even cracks my top 10 Phoenix area courses.
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  • MizzyManMizzyMan ClubWRX Posts: 1,198 ✭✭
    Cabo Del Sol-Ocean Course

    Cypress Point

    Pebble Beach


    Mauna Kea

    most overrated:

    Pinehurst #2

    Doral (even though it's not THAT highly rated)
  • titleistjunkietitleistjunkie Members Posts: 31
    My Top 5:

    1) TPC Sawgrass

    2) Caledonia Golf & Fish Club

    3) Pinehurst #2

    4) Bethpage Black

    5) Grandover Resort (East Course)

    Bethpage Black was the most over-rated but I played the course prior to '02 Open/renovations.
  • jlg214jlg214 Members Posts: 377 ✭✭
    Top 5 in no particular order

    TPC Sawgrass FL

    Doral Blue Monster FL

    Quarry at Giants Ridge MN

    Ventana Canyon Mountain Course AZ

    Dinosaur Mountain Gold Canyon AZ

    I think the Blue Monster is a little over rated and the Great White course a little under rated.
  • mikey634wmikey634w Members Posts: 148
    jlg214 wrote on Jun 24 2009, 05:21 PM:
    I think the Blue Monster is a little over rated and the Great White course a little under rated.

    I've heard that from a lot of people. I didn't play the White, but did think think the Blue Monster did get a lot of accolades for being pretty plain jane. The 18th is the best hole by far but most everything else is pretty blah.
  • FairwayFredFairwayFred Sponsors Posts: 4,016 ✭✭
    edited Jun 28, 2009 #43
    Top 5 USA

    (Randon order except for #1)

    1. Sand Hills

    Pine Valley

    National Golf Links

    Shinnecock Hills

    Chicago Golf Club

    Top 5 International

    (Randon order)


    Royal County Down

    St Andrews Old


    Royal Cinque Ports

    Top 5 Overrated

    Pebble Beach

    Whistling Straits

    Torrey Pines

    PGA West

    Top 5 Underrared


    Lookout Mountain GC

    Franklin Hills

    Royal Cinque Ports

    Lawsonia Links
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  • iteachgolfiteachgolf Members Posts: 16,713 ✭✭
    FairwayFred wrote on Jun 28 2009, 08:13 AM:
    Top 5 USA

    (Randon order except for #1)

    1. Sand Hills

    Pine Valley

    National Golf Links

    Shinnecock Hills

    Top 5 International

    (Randon order)


    Royal County Down

    St Andrews Old


    Royal Cinque Ports

    Top 5 Overrated

    Pebble Beach

    Honors Course

    Whistling Straits

    Olympia Fields North


    Top 5 Underrared

    Lookout Mountain GC

    Royal Cinque Ports


    Franklin Hills

    Lawsonia Links

    Definitely agree on the bolded one. Helps that I have the lowest round shot there haha.
  • LagunaLoveLagunaLove Members Posts: 327
    FairwayFred wrote on Jun 28 2009, 06:13 AM:
    Top 5 Overrated

    Pebble Beach

    Whistling Straits

    I agree with you on Pebble, while the views are spectacular and that stretch from 6-8 is pretty tremendous, I thought that Spyglass was a better golf course then Pebble. As for Whistling, it's a good golf course, but I actually the River course at Blackwolf Run better.
  • LagunaLoveLagunaLove Members Posts: 327
    edited Jun 28, 2009 #46
    My Top 5 (in no particular order, except #1)

    The Riviera Country Club, LA

    The Olympic Club (Lake), San Francisco

    Spyglass Hill Golf Course, Pebble Beach

    Los Angeles Country Club (North)

    Southern Highlands Golf Club, Las Vegas

    Most overrated: Though technically it's not rated very high, but Cascata in Las Vegas is awful. By the 13th hole you feel like you've played the same hole 3 or 4 times, you can only have so many blind shots and go up and down a mountain so many times. If I paid $500 to play there I may just shoot my face off!
  • jockrjockr Members Posts: 47
    Boorsu525 wrote on Jun 21 2009, 08:56 PM:
    No particular order

    Shinnecock Hills

    National Golf Links of America

    Pinehurst #2

    Bethpage Black (over 20 times)


    Shinnecock is my favorite

    Looks like a long Island man.

    Mine are:


    Friar's Head (may be the best new layout of the last 20 yrs)


    Pine Valley

    To Dye Fore/ Tooth of the Dog (I think T Dye Fore is better, but both great)

    Over rated: Merion, Sebonack (great piece of land and a bit of a let down. Not many memorable holes except for the second which is long into a rediculous green complex that is almost unplayable.)
  • zippybrownzippybrown Members Posts: 142
    Can't decide on the order but these are the 5 best I have played:

    Pacific Dunes

    Pebble Beach

    Monterey Peninsula Country Club Shore course (Stranz design)

    Spyglass hill


    also played but missed the list:

    Bandon Dunes

    Troon North Pinnacle

    Tehama (Clint Eastwood's private club, what a crazy layout)

    PGA West Staduim (over rated)
  • eagles1eagles1 Members Posts: 1,272 ✭✭
    1. Pine Valley

    2. Ballybunion (Old)

    3. Ballybunion (New)

    4. Lahinch

    5. Cabo del Sol (Ocean)

    Honorable mention - Old Head (Ireland) Course is ok but views are immaculate. It's like Pebble Beach on steroids.
  • demetri17demetri17 Members Posts: 146
    1: Teeth of the Dog

    2. The Stanwich Club

    3. Orange County National (Panther Lake)

    4. Westchester Country Club

    5. Yale

    started a course review blog at: http://freshlookgolf.blogspot.com/
  • jockrjockr Members Posts: 47
    eagles1 wrote on Jun 29 2009, 10:26 AM:
    1. Pine Valley

    2. Ballybunion (Old)

    3. Ballybunion (New)

    4. Lahinch

    5. Cabo del Sol (Ocean)

    Honorable mention - Old Head (Ireland) Course is ok but views are immaculate. It's like Pebble Beach on steroids.

    Old Head is CRAZY SPECTACULAR. I can't really remember many of the holes. Did NOT like Ballybunion New (THAT PLACE IS NUTS)
  • linksman364linksman364 Members Posts: 3
    Top Five Played:

    Pine Valley

    Sand Hills


    Pacific Dunes


    Any course is good! Just different shades of gray.
  • sspssp Members Posts: 1,021 ✭✭
    * Caledonia Golf & Fish

    * Whistling Straits

    * Dubs Dread (Cog Hill)

    * Tidewater

    * Waconda (Iowa) - toughest anyway
  • matpatsheehymatpatsheehy Members Posts: 126
    1. Congressional - Blue Course (Maryland)

    2. Royal New Kent (Virginia)

    3. Four Streams Golf Club (Maryland)

    4. Olde Stonewall (PA)

    5. Harbour Town (SC)

    Of the most overrated - Harbour Town. Really a let down considering the conditions are not kept all year long. The only reason it is in my top five is because I actually like the emphasis the course puts on shotmaking and ball placement. You really have to strike the ball well there to score and place your ball properly.

    Honorable Mentions - Stonehouse (VA); The Golden Horseshoe (VA); Chevy Chase CC (MD); Queenstown Harbor River Course (MD);

    Hopefully will be playing Oakmont later this year. So that will change the list.

    My favorite course is actually The Melrose on Daufuskie Island. Really a good track by Nicklaus and one I could play for a week straight. The finishing stretch is tremendous.
  • GolfdawgGolfdawg Members Posts: 693
    edited Jun 30, 2009 #55
    My top 5

    Rivertowne Country Club (charleston, SC)

    Wild dunes Links (Charleston, SC)

    Wood Creek CC (Columbia, SC)

    Caledonia Golf and Fish Club (South Myrtle Beach)

    True Blue(south Myrtle Beach)
  • ramylsonramylson Members Posts: 852 ✭✭
    edited Jun 30, 2009 #56
    Tmiller72 wrote on Jun 21 2009, 08:21 PM:
    No order:


    Milwaukee CC


    Biggest letdown:

    Brown Deer Park

    Milwaukee CC? Really? Just surprising, but a very nice private. Of course, in a sea of nice privates in the area (Bluemound CC, West Bend CC, et cetera).

    As for Brown Deer, I agree. I was definitely expecting more the first time I played it. Especially considering it being the host for the US Bank Championship. IMO, I believe part of the issues with the draw for the field, why it was moved in the competition calander, and ultimately why it might fade away to nothing-ness, is due to the course. There are a lot better tracks in the area that would be a better fit, and possibly bring in better players. Don't get me wrong, it's a fine track. Just not as polished as it should be. Being a country resident at least allows me a better green fee..

    FairwayFred wrote on Jun 28 2009, 08:13 AM:
    Top 5 Underrared


    Lawsonia Links



    Top 5-ish (in no given order):

    • West Bend CC
    • Arcadia Bluffs
    • Tullymore
    • Erin Hills (post-changes)
    • Lawsonia (Links course)
    • Blackwolf Run


    • Erin Hills (pre-change)

    While EH a beautiful track, it definitely had it's quirks. It was always a bit surprising to me that it was getting as many accolades as it was, so early in it's existence. The revisions appear to have really helped the layout and fluidity of the course. I'm really excited as it continues to mature. In any case, I'd play there regardless..
  • Cymru WalCymru Wal Members Posts: 9
    Best 5 Courses ( in Order )

    1 Pebble Beach

    2 Ocean Course Kiawah Is

    3 Royal St.Davids Harlech, North Wales

    4 Caledonia SC

    5 Tidewater SC

    Most over rated :

    Most of the Robert Trent Jones courses in Alabama that I have played

    Too long, Too Tough, very undulating greens , not kept in best condition
  • 130R130R Lefty Boomers Posts: 624
    My top 5 courses are:

    Royal Melbourne Golf Club

    Huntingdale Golf Club

    Yarra Yarra Golf Club

    The National Golf Club

    Moonah Links (The Open Course)
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  • RidgeRidge Members Posts: 190
    Great read....my top 5 (in no order):

    Oakland Hills (South)

    Sunningdale (Old)

    Royal County Down


    Winged Foot (West)
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  • pickerjohnpickerjohn pickerjohn Members Posts: 2,096 ✭✭
    Top Five:

    Pinehurst #2

    Jupiter Hills

    TPC Stadium Course, Jacksonville

    Bay Hills

    Shoal Creek and Birmingham CC West Course (tie)

    Honorable mention:

    Farm Links

    Old Overton

    Lake Course at Grand National (RTJ Trail, Auburn, Al)

    The Senator at Capitol Hill (RTJ Trail, Prattville, Al)

    Fazio Course at Sea Pines Plantation, Hilton Head

    Dissappointed with:

    Harbon Town - Not the lay out but the condition, twice it was way below par condition wise,

    I watch the Tournament and its awesome, but not when I was there.
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  • Bizcut1Bizcut1 Members Posts: 442 ✭✭
    Top 5 (in order).

    1. Pebble

    2. Old Course

    3. Pacific Dunes

    4. Kingsbarns

    5. Spyglass

    Most overrated:

    PGA Stadium Scottsdale.

    Most of the PGA / TPC courses? Overrated.

    I said most. Some old (and getting older) facilities trying to pass as top cabin and

    command green fees that are, shall we say, not a great value.

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