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  • ceejay81ceejay81 Love that chicken from Popeyes! Washington, DCMembers  2167WRX Points: 1,604Posts: 2,167 Platinum Tees
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    1. Carnoustie
    2. Bethpage Black
    3. The Old Course at St. Andrews
    4. Cruden Bay
    5. Pinehurst #2
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    So far
    1. Torrey Pines
    2. TPC Harding Park
    3. PGA West
    4. TPC Scottsdale
    5. Pine Canyon
    Honorable mention to.. Sand Hollow, Desert Willow, and Starr Pass.

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    An all aussie list for me...
    1. Royal melbourne (west)
    2. Kingston heath
    3. Nsw golf club
    4. Royal adelaide
    5. Barnbougle lost farm

    Honourable mentions
    Commonwealth GC
    Barnbougle dunes
    Kooyonga

    No Cape Wickham?

    Sadly, i have not made the king island pilgrimage (yet), so i can't rank them. Same goes for the australian and metropolitan which i feel like might shake the rankings when i play them.

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    On -, @ljrad1995 said:

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    An all aussie list for me...
    1. Royal melbourne (west)
    2. Kingston heath
    3. Nsw golf club
    4. Royal adelaide
    5. Barnbougle lost farm

    Honourable mentions
    Commonwealth GC
    Barnbougle dunes
    Kooyonga

    No Cape Wickham?

    Sadly, i have not made the king island pilgrimage (yet), so i can't rank them. Same goes for the australian and metropolitan which i feel like might shake the rankings when i play them.

    I haven't played the Australian, but Metro definitely shouldn't change those rankings. Nice course with great bunkering, but a clear step below what's on Tasmania and the best of the Sandbelt.

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  • GolfingfanaticGolfingfanatic Members  3827WRX Points: 730Handicap: 3.0Posts: 3,827 Titanium Tees
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    Have to update my list after a recent trip to France:
    1. Morfontaine
    2. Prestwick
    3. LACC
    4. Turnberry (Ailsa)
    5. Valderrama

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  • dmecca2dmecca2 Scranton, PAMembers  341WRX Points: 306Handicap: +3Posts: 341 Greens
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    Top 5 favorite courses:
    1. Bulls Bridge Golf Club
    2. Oakmont CC
    3. Bethpage Black
    4. Stonewall
    5. Old Corkscrew Golf Club, TPC Wakefield Plantation
    Top 5 toughest courses:
    1. Crystal Springs (NOT FUN for a serious college event on a windy day)
    2. Old Corkscrew Golf Club
    3. Oakmont CC
    4. Bethpage Black
    5. St. James Plantation Reserve Club

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    1. Hankley Common
    2. Royal Lytham St Annes
    3. Hillside
    4. Sunningdale New
    5. Royal St Georges

    As for Toughest
    1. Royal St Georges
    2. Carnoustie
    3. Royal Lytham
    4. Liphook
    5. Combo of back 9 Burnham and Berrow and back 9 of Royal Cinque Ports brutal!

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    1 MPCC
    2 Bandon resorts
    3 Pebble resorts
    4 Madison Club
    5 Machrihanash

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  • FairwayFredFairwayFred Sponsors  4435WRX Points: 702Posts: 4,435 Titanium Tees
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    New Top 5 for me.
    Alphabetical order.

    Ardfin
    Askernish
    Cruden Bay
    Royal County Down
    Sand Hills

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    Love this thread. Who wouldn’t?

    Top:
    Pebble beach
    Merion
    Riviera (the 10th is a classic)
    Whistling Straits
    Pacific Dunes

    Honorable mention:
    Tpc Harding
    Streamsong blue
    Mammoth Dunes (easy but crazy fun)
    Brandon dunes
    Pasatiempo

    Most overrated: Scioto

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    1 Pacific Dunes
    2 Bandon Dunes
    3 Chambers Bay
    4 Old Sandwich
    5 Torrey Pines South

    Hon Mention
    Bannf Springs
    Troon North Pinnacle
    Wekopa Saguaro
    Grayhawk Raptor
    Desert Forest
    Old Macdonald
    Bandon Trails
    Caledonia
    Cabo Del Sol

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  • Krt22Krt22 East BayMembers  9370WRX Points: 3,002Posts: 9,370 Titanium Tees
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    Pinehurst #2
    Pinehurst #4
    Spyglass hill
    Poppy Hills
    Jug Mountain Ranch

    Honorable mentions
    Old Greenwood
    Grizzly Ranch
    Ko Olina
    Yocha Dehe

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  • ChancemanChanceman Members  934WRX Points: 299Handicap: 14Posts: 934 Golden Tee
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    Top 5

    Sand Hills
    Ballyneal
    Desert Forest
    Barnbougle Dunes
    Bonville

    Honorable Mentions

    Wild Horse
    Bear Dance
    We Ko Pa Saguaro
    Rams Hill
    Lost Farm

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  • Schley Schley Love ya don't tell ya enough! Kingdom of Saudi ArabiaMembers  1486WRX Points: 295Handicap: 12.3Posts: 1,486 Platinum Tees
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    On -, @Schley said:

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    OK alot has happened in the last 18 months for the better.

    1. The Old Course - easy pick

    2. Cape Wickham - King Island, Australia - Incredible views! Wonderful property and blows PB out of the water.

    3. Riviera CC - played the best round of my life here and lovely course with mansions overlooking the course

    4. Chicago GC - a hometown favorite of mine

    5. North Berwick - loved how tricky it was, unique holes and wind was huge that day

    In addition to the above some new additions to the Honorable Mention* Royal Melbourne

    • Kingsbarns

    • Plainfield CC

    • LACC

    • Prairie Dunes

    It continues to evolve for all of us as we play more courses. I am also using this almost to record the history of my courses and how I thought of them over time. This year has been a year I may never repeat. Had great time in UK/Ireland/Scotland as well as Long Island. My all time top 5 is:

    1. TOC - still easy pick
    2. Cape Wickham - Prettiest course I have ever played
    3. Fishers Island - secluded and isolated, love Raynor
    4. Chicago GC - still hometown favorite
    5. Sunningdale (Old) - my favorite course on our England trip

    Honorable Mention that I played this year (it is hard to leave some of them off for sure)
    USA
    Oakmont - history, aura, fast greens
    Friars Head - great routing and use of rolling hills, some postcard holes
    Merion - impressive conditions and maintenance, liked the yardage variety of par 4s
    Valley Club at Montecito - impeccable conditioning, especially the MacKenzie bunkers
    NGLA - great walk and loved that it was pretty easy in terms of difficulty
    Maidstone - flat and really outstanding greens and bunker surrounds IMO
    Shoreacres - ravines and Raynor templates
    Garden City - underrated IMO and should get more attention, no water hurts rating perhaps
    Sebonack - liked the shaved greens and collars, hard to beat facilities
    Sleepy Hallow - would love to join here and play regularly, tough walk up / down on front
    Austin Golf Club - loved the vibe of this C&C course, with Ben around regularly

    UK/Ireland
    Woodhall Spa - still tight off tee, small greens
    Ballybunion - favorite course on the Ireland trip, beautiful walk
    Lahinch - close second behind BB, more hilly and blind shots
    European Club - didn't enjoy too tight and tricked up IMO
    Royal County Down - way too tight for me with gorse
    Royal St. Georges - loved the undulations and greens
    Royal Lytham & St. Annes - very playable whispy grass
    Royal Birkdale - lovely layout and a good mix of undulations and fair flat lies
    Royal Liverpool - flat as can be, tight driving cooridors
    Ganton - loved this course with huge bunkers and short par 4's
    Sunningdale New - can't remember much as the Old dominates my memory that day
    Walton Heath Old/New - gorse/heather/gorse/heather )
    Royal Cinque Ports - great greens and bunker placement, oustanding links
    Swinley Forest - great parkland course with plus conditions

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  • duckboat24duckboat24 Members  41WRX Points: 33Posts: 41 Bunkers
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    1: World Woods - PB
    2: Wild Horse
    3: Streamsong Blue
    4: Ocean Club
    5: Firekeeper

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  • burnsniperburnsniper Members  629WRX Points: 145Posts: 629 Golden Tee
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    I like to break them down a couple of different ways:

    Top 5 Courses:
    1. Riviera CC (every hole is unique)
    2. Crystal Downs CC (best front nine in golf; 17+18 are also spectacular)
    3. TPC Sawgrass (IMO way underrated with arguably 14 of the best holes in golf; not a popular opinion).
    4. Robert Trent Jones GC (last 10 are an unmatched stretch of holes)
    5. Ballyhack GC (Some may consider it tricked up, however it has 18 very unique and challenging holes)

    Top 5 Golf Clubs (golf + lux/service):
    1. Crystal Downs CC (treated me like a member from the minute I set foot on the property)
    2. Oakland Hills CC (played the South Course; best clubhouse, locker room, and men’s lounge)
    3. Riviera CC (unmatched rockstar and VIP service)
    4. Robert Trent Jones GC (the type of place where anything you can think of can be done)
    5. Farmington (VA) CC (one of the best overall country clubs around; underrated golf between the two courses)

    Top 5 Scenic GC:
    1. Arcadia Bluffs GC (draw dropping views on almost every hole)
    2. Cabo Del Sol Ocean (would be a top 20 GC from the scenery alone if it was in the US)
    3. Shadow Creek GC (the contrast of the extreme green and desert mountains is breathtaking)
    4. Kiawah Ocean Course (back nine has spectacular views of the Atlantic)
    5. Robert Trent Jones GC (10 straight waterfront holes)

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  • ChancemanChanceman Members  934WRX Points: 299Handicap: 14Posts: 934 Golden Tee
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    Using a similar but different approach,
    Top 5 Golf Courses
    Sand Hills
    Royal Dornoch
    Royal County Down
    TOC
    Lahinch

    Most Scenic Courses
    Pebble Beach
    Cape Wickham
    Bonville
    Bandon Dunes
    Turnberry

    Best Value courses
    Barnbougle Dunes
    Pasatiempo
    Sunningdale
    Wild Horse
    Ballyliffin

    Best Budget Courses
    Dooks
    Fortrose and Rosemarkie
    Lost Farm
    Rams Hill
    Windermere

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  • jjthomp2jjthomp2 Members  301WRX Points: 151Handicap: 3Posts: 301 Greens
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    Cal Club
    Pebble Beach
    Dormie Club
    Olympic Club (Lake)
    Interlachen CC (MN)

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  • tkwilliamson22tkwilliamson22 Boise, IdahoMembers  41WRX Points: 49Handicap: 6.5Posts: 41 Bunkers
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    Pebble Beach - CA

    Poppy Hills - CA

    Coeur d'Alene Resort - ID

    Gold Mountain - WA

    TPC Scottsdale - AZ

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  • FairwayFredFairwayFred Sponsors  4435WRX Points: 702Posts: 4,435 Titanium Tees
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    On -, @FairwayFred said:

    New Top 5 for me.
    Alphabetical order.

    Ardfin
    Askernish
    Cruden Bay
    Royal County Down
    Sand Hills

    Next 5 (Alphabetical order again)

    Lahinch
    Machrihanish
    Muirfield
    Oakmont
    Shinnecock

    Missed my top 10 (off the top of my head)

    Augusta
    Ballybunion
    Bandon courses
    Carnoustie
    Chicago GC
    Crystal Downs
    Cypress
    Fishers Island
    Merion
    National Golf Links
    North Berwick
    Old Course
    Pebble
    Pine Valley
    Portrush
    Prestwick

    I'm sure I missed a few that should have been mentioned.

    BTW Ardfin...... Needs to be seen to be believed. Easily the best setting and views of any course in the world and its not close. It's not quite "done" yet they are working on a couple things over the winter but it has the potential to be the best course in the world and I don't say that lightly. It's like playing 6-9 at Pebble and 15/16 Cypress for 18 (actually 19) holes. Pictured is the par 3 10th. About 175y and yes there is a green out there.......

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  • jjthomp2jjthomp2 Members  301WRX Points: 151Handicap: 3Posts: 301 Greens
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    On -, @FairwayFred said:

    On -, @FairwayFred said:

    New Top 5 for me.
    Alphabetical order.

    Ardfin
    Askernish
    Cruden Bay
    Royal County Down
    Sand Hills

    Next 5 (Alphabetical order again)

    Lahinch
    Machrihanish
    Muirfield
    Oakmont
    Shinnecock

    Missed my top 10 (off the top of my head)

    Augusta
    Ballybunion
    Bandon courses
    Carnoustie
    Chicago GC
    Crystal Downs
    Cypress
    Fishers Island
    Merion
    National Golf Links
    North Berwick
    Old Course
    Pebble
    Pine Valley
    Portrush
    Prestwick

    I'm sure I missed a few that should have been mentioned.

    BTW Ardfin...... Needs to be seen to be believed. Easily the best setting and views of any course in the world and its not close. It's not quite "done" yet they are working on a couple things over the winter but it has the potential to be the best course in the world and I don't say that lightly. It's like playing 6-9 at Pebble and 15/16 Cypress for 18 (actually 19) holes. Pictured is the par 3 10th. About 175y and yes there is a green out there.......

    I haven't heard anything about Ardfin. Any details that can be found on this? Is it new?

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    I can't recall if I replied in this one. I know I did a similar one eons ago, off the top of my head

    USA/Canada (no order):

    Cabot Cliffs
    Mauna Kea
    Bethpage Black
    Muirfield Village
    TPC Sawgrass

    Europe and ROW:

    Royal Melbourne (Composite)
    Carnoustie
    Kingsbarns
    The Old Course

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    On -, @jjthomp2 said:

    On -, @FairwayFred said:

    On -, @FairwayFred said:

    New Top 5 for me.
    Alphabetical order.

    Ardfin
    Askernish
    Cruden Bay
    Royal County Down
    Sand Hills

    Next 5 (Alphabetical order again)

    Lahinch
    Machrihanish
    Muirfield
    Oakmont
    Shinnecock

    Missed my top 10 (off the top of my head)

    Augusta
    Ballybunion
    Bandon courses
    Carnoustie
    Chicago GC
    Crystal Downs
    Cypress
    Fishers Island
    Merion
    National Golf Links
    North Berwick
    Old Course
    Pebble
    Pine Valley
    Portrush
    Prestwick

    I'm sure I missed a few that should have been mentioned.

    BTW Ardfin...... Needs to be seen to be believed. Easily the best setting and views of any course in the world and its not close. It's not quite "done" yet they are working on a couple things over the winter but it has the potential to be the best course in the world and I don't say that lightly. It's like playing 6-9 at Pebble and 15/16 Cypress for 18 (actually 19) holes. Pictured is the par 3 10th. About 175y and yes there is a green out there.......

    I haven't heard anything about Ardfin. Any details that can be found on this? Is it new?

    It's new. Built on a private estate on the Isle of Jura in Scotland. Will open for limited public play next year I believe. If you do a Google search you can find some info.

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  • sbrylantsbrylant Members  396WRX Points: 88Posts: 396 Greens
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    In no particular order...

    -Pebble Beach (CA)
    -Prairie Dunes (KS)
    -Castle Pines (CO)
    -Oak Tree Natl (OK)
    -Torrey Pines (CA)

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    Well after my last mini trip of 2019 (that I know of) it's gotta be this:
    1. Royal County Down
    2. The Old Course
    3. Cal Club
    T-4. Philly Cricket Club
    T-4. Bethpage Black
    Honorable Mention/Just missed out (in no particular order):

    • Caves Valley
    • Dormie Club
    • Ballyhack
    • Castletown Golf Links
    • Harding Park
    • Bulle Rock
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    My top 5 that I have played in no particular order:

    Muirfield Village

    Oakmont Country Club

    Inverness Club - Toledo

    Pebble Beach

    Cypress Point

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    1. Shadow Creek
    2. PAC Dunes
    3. Brandon Dunes
    4. Southshore CC (las Vegas)
    5. Brandon Trails
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    On -, @RTP419 said:

    If this is a repeat topic I apologize in advance, still new here. But I want to hear what everyones top five public and private courses are that they have played. I will start it off, list isn't going to win any awards but I can't really complain.

    Connecticut

    Public

    1. Lake of Isles

    2. Wintonberry Hills

    3. Ricter Park

    4. Fox Hopyard

    5. Oxford Greens

    Private

    1. Shorehaven GC

    2. Brooklawn GC

    3. CC of Fairfield

    4. Yale

    5. TPC River Highlands

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    Top 5
    Harbour Town
    Whistling Straits
    Kapalua Plantation
    Bandon Dunes
    Prairie Club Pines

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    Streamsong Red
    The Cliffs at Keowee Vinyards
    Sand Valley/Mammoth Dunes
    Whistling Straits (Straits)
    Shoreacres

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