Top Courses that disappointed

Curious what top courses left you disappointed. I’ve played a couple this year that were fun, but I expected to be blown away. Oakland Hills was one of them.



Any courses jump to mind?
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  • LlortamaiseyLlortamaisey Members Posts: 5,899 ✭✭
    I agree with Oakland Hills. It was over sold to me, not really the course’s fault.
  • RobotDoctorRobotDoctor Senior Hacker ClubWRX Posts: 4,547 ClubWRX
    Torrey Pines South. Views were outstanding, the course was good. For a tournament course, especially one of US Open stature I expected more in terms of layout and shot value. Don't get me wrong, Torrey Pines South is a good course but I've played courses that I felt were a much better test, especially for a US Open.
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  • jaw1978jaw1978 Members Posts: 83
    Shot Values sounds like Golf Digest course rater lingo.



    Agree on Torrey - amazing views, so-so course with ok conditioning. Mostly fun to play because you recognize the holes from the PGA tourney.
  • joeplus2joeplus2 Whoa...Barry Sanders! Members Posts: 113
    how exactly did you get out on Oakland Hills? I presume you are referring to the North course? Even new members (after a $75,000 up front joining fee) can't play the south for the first YEAR of their memberships
  • jaw1978jaw1978 Members Posts: 83
    South course. Set up for me by a friend. Played solo. It was early May, so conditioning was just ok due to the harsh winter, but that wasn’t what I was underwhelmed by.
  • Argonne69Argonne69 Members Posts: 20,362 ✭✭
    Spyglass by far. Decent layout for the most part, but 17 and 18 are meh at best. Value-wise it's a bust. Great course for $200 - $250, but not at $450+.
  • MobMob Just Another Lefty Members Posts: 3,470 ✭✭
    Crooked Stick in Indiana. It is in good shape and well maintained. There are a few really good holes on each side, and a few filler holes on each side. The first hole is a short straight par-4 with nothing interesting about it; typical Pete Dye philosophy of easing into the round. I want to like it more when I am invited and go to play it, but walk away wondering what all the hype is about.
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  • vallygolfvallygolf Members Posts: 406 ✭✭
    For the price Whistling Straits was a disappointment. I like the course, but is was so contrived and forced. Give me Erin Hills and BWR River over WS.
  • duffer987duffer987 Don't feed the Choo. Canadian in CaliforniaMembers Posts: 9,015 ✭✭
    If only there was an existing thread in plain sight right below yours:

    http://www.golfwrx.com/forums/topic/1222838-most-overrated-course/
  • jaw1978jaw1978 Members Posts: 83
    Thank goodness we have you around to do our research for us.
  • golfnhackgolfnhack Members Posts: 2,530 ✭✭
    Torrey Pines South - Not worth the $240... at all.



    Bay Hill is summer time. Don't bother unless you can play it around the tournament.





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  • vallygolfvallygolf Members Posts: 406 ✭✭
    duffer987 wrote:


    If only there was an existing thread in plain sight right below yours:

    http://www.golfwrx.c...errated-course/






    Overrated, and disappointing are two different things IMO. While both are subjective, overrated plays to others (notably national ranking systems and gurus) ideas related to our own. Disappointment IMO ranks our own expectations to our experience.
  • duffer987duffer987 Don't feed the Choo. Canadian in CaliforniaMembers Posts: 9,015 ✭✭
    edited Jun 21, 2018 #14
    jaw1978 wrote:


    Thank goodness we have you around to do our research for us.


    Thanks! I appreciate your support. And yes the 'research' was exhaustive... looking at what is staring me in the face... it was tough.

    And thank you for a redundant thread. God speed diligent you, god speed.
  • joeplus2joeplus2 Whoa...Barry Sanders! Members Posts: 113
    jaw1978 wrote:


    South course. Set up for me by a friend. Played solo. It was early May, so conditioning was just ok due to the harsh winter, but that wasn’t what I was underwhelmed by.


    wow, I'm stunned. Your friend must have some serious pull. But yes, after a horrible winter I doubt it was in close to top shape. Now for the US Open, Ryder Cup, Us Am.....perfection.
  • third-times-a-charmthird-times-a-charm Members Posts: 1,494 ✭✭
    Lake Nona Country Club



    The course is nice by all means...it's just not 'wow' nice and certainly not 'country club' nice.
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  • PoserPoser Members Posts: 1,743 ✭✭
    I've always thought for the price Pinehurst #2 is very overated.
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  • Skaffa77Skaffa77 No place like the Sand Hills! ClubWRX Posts: 6,852 ClubWRX
    For me it was Torrey Pines South...loved the experienced...enjoyed it, but walked away thinking it wasn't as "grand" as it appears on TV. The water hazard on TV looks HUGE...seeing it person...it's tiny.
  • Ri_RedneckRi_Redneck Leather for Life!! Members Posts: 5,448 ✭✭
    The only two courses I've gon into expecting more than I got were the Brabazon Course at The Belfry and TPC Boston. TPC Boston is just uninspiring. Meh layout except for #2 and #12. The Brabazon, I admit, was in 2013 during the drought, so I'll give it a pass on the conditions. However, I was somewhat underwhelmed with the layout except for #10. They had a "Hit the Green" challenge going and I bounced one off the green-side edge into the creek for my near miss from the whites. Incidentally, the PGA National course there was a pleasure to play.



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  • P.J.P.J. Members Posts: 14 ✭✭
    I was a bit disappointed with Royal County Down. The conditions were spectacular and the course was very interesting. But by the end I felt like I hit nothing but blind tee shots all day. Felt like I saw the course in 200 yard sections the whole day. It was a let down tbh
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  • Outpost31Outpost31 Why don't we just wait here awhile...see what happens... Members Posts: 315 ✭✭
    How much was Pinehurst #2?
  • DancinDancin Members Posts: 258 ✭✭
    Not exactly that highly rated, but TPC Tampa Bay is one course I expected much more from. Conditions were fine but the layout and design were meh and completely forgettable. It's a huge step below other TPC properties I've played (about half of them).
  • DNice26DNice26 Members Posts: 4,144 ✭✭
    Doral.... didn’t like it at all.
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  • CDMCDM Members Posts: 1,732 ✭✭
    Chambers Bay....
  • e-mane-man Members Posts: 2,055 ✭✭
    Another vote for Torrey Pines south. Meh.
  • bryhbryh Members Posts: 17
    Torrey Pines South. Views were outstanding, the course was good. For a tournament course, especially one of US Open stature I expected more in terms of layout and shot value. Don't get me wrong, Torrey Pines South is a good course but I've played courses that I felt were a much better test, especially for a US Open.




    Totally different playing it before a tourney. They get the rough to nasty lengths and thickness.....definitely a test if your off the fairway.
  • PoserPoser Members Posts: 1,743 ✭✭
    urkslaven wrote:


    How much was Pinehurst #2?




    prices vary but, usually in the 450-500 range. About 400 to much
  • CDMCDM Members Posts: 1,732 ✭✭
    Poser wrote:

    urkslaven wrote:


    How much was Pinehurst #2?




    prices vary but, usually in the 450-500 range. About 400 to much




    Just played No.2 a couple of weeks ago. Cost currently is $385.00 when I was there and you have to take a caddie so figure in another $125-150.



    *I was invited to fill in with 3 members of the resort and given I was with them it was a very nice reduced and I was not required to take a caddie.



    It is still walking regardless.
  • FairwayFredFairwayFred Sponsors Posts: 4,017 ✭✭
    edited Jun 23, 2018 #30
    joeplus2 wrote:

    jaw1978 wrote:


    South course. Set up for me by a friend. Played solo. It was early May, so conditioning was just ok due to the harsh winter, but that wasn’t what I was underwhelmed by.


    wow, I'm stunned. Your friend must have some serious pull. But yes, after a horrible winter I doubt it was in close to top shape. Now for the US Open, Ryder Cup, Us Am.....perfection.




    Oakland Hills South is not that hard to get on. No more than any other higher end private club. Totally agree it's underwhelming. Imo it's not even in the top 3 in Detroit.
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  • DoubleorQuitsDoubleorQuits Members Posts: 376 ✭✭
    Ballyneal-good, but not great course. Most likely a victim of too much Doak hype.



    Double Eagle-living off of exclusivity, nice place and course, but no business on a Top 100 list.



    Philly Cricket-Wissahickon Nice enough, but on my Philly trip it was easily #5 of 5 courses played.



    Dormie Club-what a mess, hopefully the new owners get it where it could/should be.



    Old MacDonald-too wide?
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