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What's the best course you've played and what did it cost you to play?

 

Montego Bay Jamaica cinnamon hill $150 a day plus caddie $50

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Royal Dornoch, Scotland.  I'm guessing I paid about 120 pounds when I played it last, in 2012.  I've paid more for a round on a few occasions, but never played a better golf course.

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Best courses I've played were Hideaway CC, and PGA West in the Palm Springs area, both were free. I've never played any “big name” courses, and I've never traveled abroad, so I guess $125 at the courses on Kiawah (not Ocean Course) would be the most I've spent...

 

 

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Over my professional life, I've had the good fortune to play several courses of note.   The even better fortune was that they were business meetings, in a manner of speaking, and didn't cost me anything.   My wife's niece graduated with a business degree and got a position with a national consulting firm.   She asked me for my professional advice.   I told her to learn to play golf, take some lessons and hit the range.   More deals are constructed at the 19th hole than in any board room.   She has reported that she now shoots in the 90s and has played in multiple business related outings.  

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I'm not sure how to determine "best course".  I've played so many beautiful courses, famous courses, and fun courses.  Not many fall into all of those categories, and I have difficulty selecting only one.  However, top 4:

 

1.  Bandon Dunes - Oregon       $100 + caddie

2,  Caledonia Golf and Fish Club - S.C.   $ Hard to say; $1100 stay and play; 10 courses in 6 days.

3.  Kapalua -Plantation Course - Maui     $175

4.  Gamble Sands - Washington   $100 not including lodging which is necessary.

 

EDIT:  OK, I have to add another one.  

 

River Islands -  east of Knoxville, TN  $50

On my many travels back to Tennessee, it is the only out-and-back course I have ever played.  Nice course, out in the middle of nowhere.

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I'm not sure how to determine "best course".  I've played so many beautiful courses, famous courses, and fun courses.  Not many fall into all of those categories, and I have difficulty selecting only one. 

I agree completely, I've played a bunch of great places too, and its impossible to really define "best".  I ended up picking the one course I'd most like to play again, the one where I had the most fun.

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For the scenery alone I'll have to go with Poipu Bay on Kauai island in Hawaii. I got to play there with my wife on our honeymoon 11 years ago. Still have a ton of bucket list courses I haven't gotten to visit yet though.

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Pinehurst #2: $150 plus caddie.

 

Dormie club: $50

Wow, great prices in both cases!  And great courses too.

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Boy this a tough one.

Honestly as I think about it now; some of the best courses I've played were not the most expensive which many times people seem to equate to the best. When I think of the best I tend to think of the ones I enjoyed most. This doesn't mean shooting the best scores either. Courses I'd play everyday if I had the chance. Interesting courses, great condition, score-able, fair designs, great greens, etc.

 

For example the Bandon Dunes courses. I enjoyed Pacific Dunes the most of their rotation. The Bandon courses were also the most expensive. Especially when you factor in caddy's. However, I don't think I'd enjoy playing there on a weekly basis. Our green fees were like $250+caddy. (Kenny can you get me the preferred rate next time?) Bandon definitely a fantastic golf experience and I might go again sometime. Highly recommended.

 

Here's two other courses I've enjoyed and would play over and over.... 

 

Pine Needles in Southern Pines/Pinehurst area.

$115-125 green fees. Very playable course and interesting in a lot of ways to me. Great condition and fantastic greens. Very fair design. Could play this course day in and day out.

Judge course - Robt. Trent Jones Trail - Capitol Hill  (actually enjoyed all three courses)

$65-75 green fee. Super condition tee to green. Fun layout and great greens. Interesting holes/routing.

 

Me and my group are sort of done with the $200-250+ green fee courses. Although we still want to get up to Kohler and give those a run.

 

This next spring me and the boys are considering Caledonia and True Blue + one or two others in the area.

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Arcadia Bluffs, Frankfort, MI. Don't know if I've ever paid the full freight, but believe it was $140 the first time I ever played there. Looks like 2018 Summer rate will be $195. They're opening up a South Course; can't wait to play that as well!IMG_0581.JPG

 

 

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For the scenery alone I'll have to go with Poipu Bay on Kauai island in Hawaii. I got to play there with my wife on our honeymoon 11 years ago. Still have a ton of bucket list courses I haven't gotten to visit yet though.

I was lucky and attended a convention on Hawaii a couple years ago. Beautiful, if not necessarily “good” courses at Waikoloa Resort, but did play Hapuna, which is on high ground above the ocean. Beautiful, and a good track.

 

 

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I was lucky and attended a convention on Hawaii a couple years ago. Beautiful, if not necessarily “good” courses at Waikoloa Resort, but did play Hapuna, which is on high ground above the ocean. Beautiful, and a good track.

 

 

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I played Hapuna as well. The Big Island isn't nearly as beautiful as Kauai but the course was in great shape and fun to play. Arnold Palmer design if I recall correctly. 

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Arcadia Bluffs, Frankfort, MI. Don't know if I've ever paid the full freight, but believe it was $140 the first time I ever played there. Looks like 2018 Summer rate will be $195. They're opening up a South Course; can't wait to play that as well!attachicon.gifIMG_0581.JPG

 

 

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That looks like it could be a ski slalom course in winter! 

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Pebble beach long time ago I paid 350 with the package, well that's the only thing available for “tourists”. I got to share half my lunch with the seagulls.

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Pebble beach long time ago I paid 350 with the package, well that's the only thing available for “tourists”. I got to share half my lunch with the seagulls.

I was supposed to play there two years ago and my wife ended up very, very sick and the trip got put off. Was it all it's cracked up to be?

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I was supposed to play there two years ago and my wife ended up very, very sick and the trip got put off. Was it all it's cracked up to be?

Yes, the view alone would cost 3 strokes a side minimum, for me anyway :). Plus the iconic shots you've just have to tried. On the par 3 17th the 2 groups in front of us did the Tom Watson thing, then the group in front of us did, naturally we did it too.

 

Of all the courses in the 17 mile drive area, spyglass Hills is my favorite.

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Definitely Colonial in Fort Worth. Every year if you volunteer for the tournament and work 4 shifts you get invited to play a complimentary round there so all I had to pay was gas money. Doesn't get much better

 

 

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Barnboogle Dunes, Devonport Tasmania. My wife and I got to play for free (my daughter paid for greens fees and overnight lodging). Many years ago I 'played' numerous nice courses in AZ and FL as part of business meetings but didn't have an interest in golf. I used to say I play once a year whether I like it or not. Now that I'm retired my OCD nature has turned me into a golf fanatic. Wish it happened a lot earlier in life so I could have appreciated those courses.

 

 

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