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  1. Essentially the Europeans are too old and the Americans will be too good.
  2. Couple of years ago now but we arrived in Denver, rented a Chev Tahoe and played Commonground, Bear Dance and The Ridge at Castle Pines. Bear Dance was the pick. Stayed in Hawthorn Suites which was excellent value for money. We ate at sports bars and went downtown one night which was fun. Then out to Ballyneal which was a highlight. Got talking to a few of the members, all very friendly. Stayed onsite. Great food and lodging but quite expensive (by Aussie standards). The big course was a gem, The Chop Hills are very very undulating so every hole is interesting. The little course, The Mulligan was great fun. and you could play it free anytime. So I went out at dusk one night and just played about 10 holes by myself. Awesome. Next stop was Wildhorse at Gothenberg, home of the pony express. Stayed at Howard Johnson's typically luxurious digs and ate at the legendary Nebraska Bar and Grill followed up by a visit to the late night bar to mix with the locals. Loved Wildhorse. Very open and fairly flat but a stern test. Clubhouse had basic food only. Head north to Valentine and the Prairie Club where we stayed in the lodge. Top quality and reasonable price. Both courses were enjoyable but while the Dunes was probably better than the Pines it is similar to others in the area. You asked about the long drives. We just listened to music and rapped to each other. It was all new to us so a very interesting trip. One of the roads was flooded so we had to go the long way around via Thedford (good general store) to Dismal River where we played the White/Nicklaus course. Its very hard but strategically sound and nice looking. Did not have time to play the Red/Doak but there are lots of good Doak courses and not so many good Nicklaus ones. Next stop was the big cohuna - Sand Hills. What a course. Like getting in to a Mercedes after being in a Toyota. Every hole was outstanding, difficult but playable. At one point I think after the 2nd you are on this ridge and you can see forever. Amazing country the sandhills. Ben;s Porch had excellent burgers. As members for a day or two we had dinner in the clubhouse and experienced their superb food. And you have to try the Sand Hills Mule. The members were very welcoming. You stay in wee cabins down by the river Snake which are exactly the right level of comfort for the place. Basic but top quality. Understated would be the best way to describe SH. When you arrive they give you a cart which is for your use while there. Played the course twice for the price. Onwards to Bayside which is a solid course on a windswept lakeside. Not the best we played but still worth it. Ogallala is a typical western town where we experienced a massive prairie storm, thunder and lightning, pretty awesome. Back to Denver to see the US Mid AM at Colorado Club which was won by an Aussie Lukas Michel who is a mate of ours. Two of us went up to the Rockies for a few days. Played Ironbridge near Aspen and Redlands Mesa at Grand Junction. Stayed in Glenwood Springs and ate at the CRH restaurant. Probably should have played Lakota too. Course Ratings Sand Hills / Ballyneal / Wildhorse / Redlands Mesa / Prairie Club Dunes / Dismal River White / Bear Dance / PC Pines / Bayside / Ironbridge / The Ridge / Commonground (9 holes only). All that took 2 weeks. Pure joy.
  3. Gosh, if you asked me if I would rather play Spyglass Hill or say Bandon Dunes, the original, then book me into the Lily Pond now. Apart from holes 1-5 and a few on the back nine SH is just a slog. Most of the designs at Bandon are better than Spyglass IMHO.
  4. I would love to see the 1965 Open Championship when Peter Thomson won his 5th Open beating the big three Palmer, Nicklaus and Player at Birkdale. Thomson's 4 other wins were all in the 50s (incl 3 in a row) and he was never given much credit because it was not so popular for Americans to go across until Palmer made it a "must". So this was a sweet win for the maestro. He later played on the PGA Seniors tour and won 9 times in one season. Very under-rated golfer.
  5. I don’t get to the US too often so have only played 12 of the 100 and in order of personal favouritism: Pebble Beach Bandon Dunes Bandon Trails Pasatiempo Pacific Dunes Wildhorse The Prairie Club Dunes Rams Hill Torrey Pines The Prairie Club Pines Spyglass Hill Quintero But would rate Wekopa Saguaro in this group plus AK Chin and Redlands Mesa.
  6. Close tournaments are always good when you don’t know the result but I can only watch replays if it is great golf like Tiger at PB. The one I do like is Tiger at Hoylake in 2006 when he used irons off every tee and blew the field away. A virtuoso performance.
  7. Meanwhile we are stuck in Australia and can only dream about trips like this. Go your hardest and play as much golf as you can. I would.
  8. We did exactly that with the add ons of Bayside and Ballyneal. Finished the trip in Denver where we played Bear Dance and Commonground. Epic.
  9. There would have been no Europe to save were it not for the Brits.
  10. Maybe better to play Ardglass on day one, then the two County Down courses on day two. Also consider Rosses Point aka County Sligo for the day you head to Galway.
  11. Pebble Beach easily the best IMO TPC Scottsdale has a fun quality. And actually I like Torrey Pines. That's three I have played. of the others Trinity Forest was cool when they played there. TPC Deere Run Muirfield Village (little Augusta)
  12. And yet Nicolai hardly rated a mention on the TV coverage this week at the Euro PGA event. I think I saw him once in the four days and then putting out on the 18th. Seems like shabby treatment of last weeks winner while we got umpteen shots of Westwood missing putts ad nauseam etc etc. I think both kids are terrific and very steady players with great short games. Ryder Cup players of the future for sure.
  13. Greg Norman coulda/shoulda/woulda won the Masters and he won 2 Opens. I dont think he cares much about not winning a US Open or a PGA but not winning the Masters gnaws away at him.
  14. Impressive analysis, but its matchplay in the RC and I reckon Berger will go 0 and 4. We'll see.
  15. Who among you would pick Daniel Berger ahead of World Matchplay Champion and new Euro PGA Champion Billy Horschel and why?
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