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as i read the dream golf vacation thread i had a question, and i didnt want to hijack that thread with t.

 

why do we choose these "dream golf vacation" destinations, i mean, we all would like create a bucket list of courses, but why do we choose the ones we do, why do we want to play here, or there. for me personally, the only course i really want to play is Augusta. the others seem to be just another course. would i play them if i was given the chance, yes, but they are just golf courses aren't they?

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Here are my reasons

 

Pebble/Spyglass/Spanish Bay- it looks amazing there and it's in California, many tournaments have been played there and it just seems like a must for someone who lives in California especially

 

St. Andrews- home of golf, don't need to say anymore

 

Other options- tough pick, I would need to do more research

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Here are my reasons

 

Pebble/Spyglass/Spanish Bay- it looks amazing there and it's in California, many tournaments have been played there and it just seems like a must for someone who lives in California especially

 

St. Andrews- home of golf, don't need to say anymore

 

Other options- tough pick, I would need to do more research

I was in the Navy in the 80's, and got to enjoy shore duty in Monterey for 3 years.  Back then, you could buy a military "bag tag" for $20/month and play anywhere on the peninsula - no tee times. You just showed up and they would perhaps find a spot for you. I worked the 6pm to 6am shift in the data center and would head straight to the course after my shift. I was usually the first person there and would get put in the first group unless it was already full.  I did a rotation of Pebble Beach, Poppy Hills (right after it opened), Spanish Bay, Spyglass, (Bayonet and Blackhorse on Fort Ord)... and just kept doing that circle. I'm not sure why we couldn't get on at Cypress - I think it was super private or something. I remember that it was harder to get a vehicle pass to get to Pebble Beach than it was for me to get on the course - really strange. I was young, single, and had no idea how special that experience was. I probably played all of those courses at least 50 times in those 3 years.  Cripes I wish I would have appreciated that more. You could never do anything like that today - those courses have become too valuable and expensive to play. Out of all of them, my favorite honestly was Poppy Hills. It was lined with trees, brand new, and was just gorgeous.

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For starters Marc thanks for your service. My son is in the Navy.

 

Who said just another course? Everyone of these things is living and breathing. From Augusta to the local muni each is never the same twice. I would play them all if you gave me the chance. I've sprinkled in just enough bethpages, whistlings and pebbles to know that the best is a subjective turn. Just let me play somewhere and I'm happy.

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Blasphemy! Pebble Beach is not just another course.

 

Augusta is a close second. The old course is like playing on a history book. Everything else is just a muni if you ask me.

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what makes these courses so special, I love golf, and i dont care what course i am on, thats where i am happy. if i dont ever play any of these so called dream courses, its no big deal to me. as i said before if i was given the chance to play them i would, but many of you have them as must play before i die places, why is that? why would you pay 4, 5, 6 hundred dollars to play at a course that could care less whether you play there or not, someone somewhere has made these places out to be the greatest golf courses. I dont see it. i'm asking why are these places "not just another golf course"?

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The reason both Pebble and Augusta are so much more than just golf courses, is because they're absolutely beautiful. You have to be there to understand. TV does not do them justice. It's not the tournaments held there (though that doesn't hurt). Imagine the most picturesque, beautiful views possible, and lacing your drive right down the middle of it. Incredible.

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what makes these courses so special, I love golf, and i dont care what course i am on, thats where i am happy. if i dont ever play any of these so called dream courses, its no big deal to me. as i said before if i was given the chance to play them i would, but many of you have them as must play before i die places, why is that? why would you pay 4, 5, 6 hundred dollars to play at a course that could care less whether you play there or not, someone somewhere has made these places out to be the greatest golf courses. I dont see it. i'm asking why are these places "not just another golf course"?

 

I can see where you are coming from and everyone will think differently about courses. For me, these courses are much more beautiful than your local municipal course and some of them carry a great history. Augusta and St. Andrews are good examples, especially St. Andrews, that's a place that I imagine almost every avid golfer would want to go to and wouldn't mind paying for if it's something they really want. 

 

This topic can be like equipment too. Why do people pay $500+ for a custom putter, it's just a putter isn't it? Personally, if I had that money, I would much rather play a round at Pebble vs buying a custom putter or driver or whatever it is. I'll take the memories and experience over a piece of equipment that I don't need. Everyone's different and whatever makes them happy is what matters.

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The reason both Pebble and Augusta are so much more than just golf courses, is because they're absolutely beautiful. You have to be there to understand. TV does not do them justice. It's not the tournaments held there (though that doesn't hurt). Imagine the most picturesque, beautiful views possible, and lacing your drive right down the middle of it. Incredible.

Never been to either but both look beautiful on TV.  That being said,  I think Cypress Point looks even more beautiful by the pics I have seen.  It is well out of reach for someone of my status though.

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As already pointed out you could extend this analogy to just about anything.  Why would you want to drive a Ferrari when an '89 Corolla will get you from point A to point B just the same?  Why would you eat a Filet Mignon when a burger from McDonalds will still make you full?

 

These courses due to a variety of reasons (prestige, history, scenic views, exclusivity, toughness) are considered a cut above the rest.  Therefore they become coveted destinations for golf.  I can play my local course 50 times in a year and I have fun every time.  There is nothing wrong with playing my course and It's always enjoyable, but given the chance to play an Augusta, Pebble, Sawgrass, The Old Course etc I would jump all over it.

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I think for me it is the amazing history and the fact that almost no one gets to play some of these places.

I got to go to the Masters last year and it was just the coolest place. Everything about it was amazing. Perfect conditions, remembering a historic shot on every hole from watching the tournament for so many years, the golf course is just really cool: elevation changes, crazy side hill lies, super fast undelating greens, It is so wide open in some spots and so tight in others, those gapping deep bunkers.

I want to play Pine Valley because it has history and exclusivity and is also supposed to be one of the most challenging golf course in America. They did an article in Golf Digest where they asked a bunch of famous pros what their favorite courses were and it was crazy how many of them said Pine Valley was their favorite course.

Seminole in Florida would be another one for these same reasons. Hogan spent most of his winters there in his prime and said it was his favorite course.

Certain golf courses I have been fortunate enough to play just have a different aura because of the history. I had the pleasure to play Shady Oaks in Fort Worth about 10 years ago. Hogan spent the last 20 years of his life there as a member. I played with a friend who was a former assistant pro. He showed me Hogan's locker and let me hold and swing some of his clubs that were there on display. I hit balls at his spot on the driving range and from under a tree in the middle of their par three course where hogan would practice because he could rotate for 270 degrees and hit to all sorts of greens in different directions and distances. He had a seat in their grill where he ate lunch almost every day. The golf course was built by department store magnate Marvin Leonard to be the Augusta of Texas. It has undulating bent grass greens, elevation changes, no rough: the grass is fairway height everywhere, and deep white sand bunkers that supposedly got their sand from the same place Augusta does. It was just special.

I also really liked playing Austin Country Club. There is all the history with Harvey Pennick, Tom Kite and Ben Crenshaw. It is also the swankiest country club I have ever been to. I felt out of place. Perfect conditions and it was the coolest Modern Layout I have ever played. Every hole was different and every hole was difficult. 

That being said I also have super fond memories of the Municipal Golf Course I learned how to play on and worked at in high school and my first year hole from college. I no longer have family there but I plan on taking a trip in the near future just to play a handful of courses I grew up playing for the sake of nostalgia. That will be a great trip too.

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what makes these courses so special, I love golf, and i dont care what course i am on, thats where i am happy. if i dont ever play any of these so called dream courses, its no big deal to me. as i said before if i was given the chance to play them i would, but many of you have them as must play before i die places, why is that? why would you pay 4, 5, 6 hundred dollars to play at a course that could care less whether you play there or not, someone somewhere has made these places out to be the greatest golf courses. I dont see it. i'm asking why are these places "not just another golf course"?

  Okay I think I understand the question now.  I haven't been to Augusta but I have played Pebble, Whistling Straits, Blackwolf Run (they've played 2 Women's Opens there), PGA National and Bethpage Black, I've also played a number of other very good courses, Westchester Country Club, TPC Tampa Bay, Doral, World Woods, Brown Deer Park and on and on but I wanted to stick with that first group.

 

The fact that they all hosted major golf tournaments is something unique and special.  The USGA and the PGA thought that these courses were among the very best in the country.  Pebble's property is stunning and as someone who is scared of heights I can tell you that those holes around the turn 8,9,10 - they are scary.  The tee shot on 18 is pretty intimidating for someone who draws the ball - I played there quite some time ago with a wooden driver when you'd curve it much more than now - it was very, very intimidating and there's OB right.   Whistling has that same intimidation factor because it looks like the surface of the moon - Bethpage is so tough its hard to describe (although I played it pre-openizing - I suspect its much more fair than when I played it.)  My preference honestly is Black Wolf run - hilly, lovely terrain, but I can see where it wouldn't be a favorite because for the big boys its not long enough. 

 

I would love to go and play courses in Scotland just to see that play bounce and roll and run and then try to figure it all out. 

 

Oh yeah I've played Valderama - that was a treat - not - beautiful layout but some funky holes.  The great courses really have no funky holes - each hole is a thing of beauty and whether or not it's true they look as if they've always been there and were always meant to be that way.

 

Sorry for the long answer but I love this game and its courses -

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Titleist Pro VIx optic yellow with revkev stamped on them

Currently testing Edison wedges to replace SCORS that are wearing out. Also auditions for the 14th spot in the bag.  Current possibilities are a Ping 26 degree hybrid - duplicates the 9 wood or 5 iron but would be used almost exclusively for chipping or Tour Exotics 3 wood simply because you can carry 14 clubs and I might occasionally hit it in certain unusual wind conditions once every four or five rounds. 

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As already pointed out you could extend this analogy to just about anything.  Why would you want to drive a Ferrari when an '89 Corolla will get you from point A to point B just the same?  Why would you eat a Filet Mignon when a burger from McDonalds will still make you full?

 

These courses due to a variety of reasons (prestige, history, scenic views, exclusivity, toughness) are considered a cut above the rest.  Therefore they become coveted destinations for golf.  I can play my local course 50 times in a year and I have fun every time.  There is nothing wrong with playing my course and It's always enjoyable, but given the chance to play an Augusta, Pebble, Sawgrass, The Old Course etc I would jump all over it.

I love playing the city course right by my house.  I think what makes getting the chance to play a course like Pebble so great is 

1. Anticipation-you can be having a horrible day but then think,  I'm playing Pebble in 3 months.  Instant pick me up.

2. Great memories for a lifetime and fantastic conversation piece for people who have like interests. 

 

That being said,  I can join and walk my home course for an entire year for less than the price of 1 round at Pebble.  Yowsers!!!

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i like the answers so far, dont get me wrong, i would play any of them given the chance. I'm just trying to figure out what makes them special, what if anything makes them seem to be so much more than just another course. why are these courses a must play for YOU? why do YOU want to play them so badly?

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I also forgot to mention Bandon. That is my number one vacation spot for many reasons.

1. It has 4 of the best courses you can play all in one location.

2. It is completely golf centric: There is nothing but golf, you have to walk, etc. 

3. It is supposedly true links golf. It's supposed to be like playing in Scotland or Ireland, but here in the states. 

4. It seems like the weather there makes it possible to have a good trip almost any time and it seems good deals can be had late fall or early spring.

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I also forgot to mention Bandon. That is my number one vacation spot for many reasons.

1. It has 4 of the best courses you can play all in one location.

2. It is completely golf centric: There is nothing but golf, you have to walk, etc. 

3. It is supposedly true links golf. It's supposed to be like playing in Scotland or Ireland, but here in the states. 

4. It seems like the weather there makes it possible to have a good trip almost any time and it seems good deals can be had late fall or early spring.

It is all true.  Also has the best par 3 course prob in the world now.  I wish I could afford to go every year.

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It is all true.  Also has the best par 3 course prob in the world now.  I wish I could afford to go every year.

Better than the Treetops Par 3 in Gaylord Michigan??  Had a nationally televised PGA pro tournament there for about three years running.  Awesome elevation changes. Used to vacation up there.  

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