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Nothing quite so fancy as most, limited to NE Ohio for the most part.

1. Chagrin Valley CC
2. Shaker Heights CC (playing Wed for 1st time but it's D. Ross so I feel safe)
3. Eaglesticks
4. Windmill Lakes
5. Chardon Lakes
6. Eagle Creek
7. Walden CC
8. Manakiki
9. Sleepy Hollow
10. Sugarbush

I've also played the two public courses in the area that used to host PGA events back when there was a Cleveland Open- Highland Park and Tanglewood. Highland is a dump that's been on the verge of closing for years. Tanglewood went public about a decade ago but they are getting the layout back to top shape, it's an ass kicker.

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No particular order:

 

Valhalla

Hideaway (Dye)

Hideaway (Clive)

PGA West Nicklaus Tournament Course

Idle Hour CC Lexington, KY

University of Michigan GC

Radrick Farms (UofM)

Forest Akers West (Michigan State Univ)

Duke Univ Golf Course

Barton Creek (Fazio Foothills/Fazio Canyons)

And my favorite Mountain Course:

Elk River Club, Banner Elk, NC. Unreal

 

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Not ranked at all

  • Pacific Dunes
  • Bandon Dunes
  • Old Macdonald
  • Medalist
  • Pinehurst #2
  • Pinehurst #4
  • Riviera CC
  • Eugene CC
  • Tokatee GC
  • The Cradle at Pinehurst. - perhaps the most fun I've had playing golf in years.
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My top 10 courses are there not only because they are great courses, but because they have special meaning to me.  I was fortunate to play some nice courses with dear friends, many who have passed on to the absolute best golf course.

The courses important to me...

  1. Bandon Dunes (my wife and I played on spring break; we are going back to play the other courses)
  2. Gamble Sands, Brewster WA  (my birthday trip a few years ago to play the new course on the Columbia River designed by the Bandon Dunes architect)
  3. Palmetto GC, Aiken SC  ( a very good friend invited me to play his course built in 1892 where Ben Hogan said holes 3, 4, and 5 were the best back-to-back par 4's that he ever played.  He's not wrong.)
  4. Caledonia Golf and Fish Club  (the best one of 10 courses I played in 6 days for my buddy's' 50th birthday)
  5. Troon North (both Monument and Pinnacle courses before any houses were built; I am the only one of my 4-some still living)
  6. Kapalua Plantation Course (my wife and I practically lived there for 10 days; just beautiful!)
  7. Dove Mountain GC, Marana, AZ  (my wife and I played the same 2 nines as the WGC Match Play, but we played it in JULY!!)
  8. The Gallery, Marana, AZ  (played with a very good friend of mine on his birthday.  His pro at the University of New Mexico South course arranged the game for us with the pro at The Gallery GC; former Tucson Open course)
  9. TPC Summerlin, Las Vegas  (My wife and I stayed at the JW Marriott traveling though to Tucson and was fortunate to get a round in)
  10. River Islands, east of Knoxville, TN  Not to be confused with TPC River Highlands!!  (an out-and-back 18-hole course that crosses the French Broad River 7 times.  It's probably the most peaceful golf course I have ever played.  I've played it many times with friends that have since passed away.)
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... I can hardly wait to play all of Bandons courses. I was filming some Humana commercials and the Mrs and I drove down from Portland to take a look at the coastline ending in Bandon and I was so smitten. My list in no particular order:

TPC Southwind
Erin Hills
Pine Needles
Olympia Fields (North and South)
Quintero 
Grand Cypress Old Course
Sandpiper
The General at Eagle Ridge
Rustic Canyon
Barefoot Landing courses 

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35 minutes ago, chisag said:

... I can hardly wait to play all of Bandons courses. I was filming some Humana commercials and the Mrs and I drove down from Portland to take a look at the coastline ending in Bandon and I was so smitten. My list in no particular order:

TPC Southwind
Erin Hills
Pine Needles
Olympia Fields (North and South)
Quintero 
Grand Cypress Old Course
Sandpiper
The General at Eagle Ridge
Rustic Canyon
Barefoot Landing courses 

I played rustic canyon sight unseen in 20-30 mph wind. One of the toughest rounds I’ve ever played. 

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15 minutes ago, THEZIPR23 said:

I played rustic canyon sight unseen in 20-30 mph wind. One of the toughest rounds I’ve ever played. 

 

... Yup first time we played there it was around 15 mph winds. Not knowing the course or the severely breaking greens it was everything we could handle and then some. But the name certainly describes the course "Rustic" Canyon as it looks like it was carved out of the ground with a few shovels and pick axes. Such a beautiful natural looking course, but a very tough track. 

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Pasatiempo
Kapalua plantation
Edgewood
Coyote Springs
Stadium course PGA west
Pacific Dunes
Bandon trails
Bandon Dunes
Harding Park
Half moon bay ocean


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On 4/30/2019 at 10:03 PM, alfriday101 said:

In no particular order
 

Royal Dornoch

Royal County Down

Royal Portrush

Kingsbarn

Old Course

North Berwick

Muirfield

Sand Hills

Pacific Dunes

Bandon dunes

I've only read three replies, and I think you win... 😲

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As with others, not necessarily in order:

Arcadia Bluffs, MI (North Course; playing the South in three weeks.  It will make this list!)

Tiburon Gold

Tiburon Black

Quail West

St Ives (MI)

Talking Stick

Rio Secco

Sun Mountain (Las Vegas)

Bermuda Dunes (Palm Springs)

Palmer Course at La Cantera

(These could be on this list as well:  The Club at Savannah Harbor, Brickyard Crossing, The Fort, Purgatory, Cowboys GC)

 

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On 5/17/2019 at 11:20 AM, juspoole said:

I've not played near enough top tier courses to have a top 10 list so I'll shoot try something different.  The courses that are notable and those that I had the best fun factor for one reason or another.

  • Bandon Dunes
  • Pacific Dunes
  • Cog Hill - Dubsdread
  • Laurel Valley

Fun Factor

  • Myrtle Beach National
  • Brickyard Crossing
  • Cowboys Golf Club
  • The Club at Savannah Harbor

 

Dang; I played The Club at Savannah Harbor too.  It should have been on my list.  We played 2 or so days after the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf tournament.  The rough was over ankle deep, and THICK!  Saw a 14 ft alligator 🐊 being removed from the STREET 😲 in front of the hotel!  Great course, need to get down there and try it again.

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On 7/5/2019 at 6:48 AM, chisag said:

... I can hardly wait to play all of Bandons courses. I was filming some Humana commercials and the Mrs and I drove down from Portland to take a look at the coastline ending in Bandon and I was so smitten. My list in no particular order:

TPC Southwind
Erin Hills
Pine Needles
Olympia Fields (North and South)
Quintero 
Grand Cypress Old Course
Sandpiper
The General at Eagle Ridge
Rustic Canyon
Barefoot Landing courses 

Seeing Quintero on there makes me happy as I'll be playing it in November when I tag along with the wife to AZ for a photography conference she attends!

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7 minutes ago, mr.hicksta said:

Seeing Quintero on there makes me happy as I'll be playing it in November when I tag along with the wife to AZ for a photography conference she attends!

 

... Here is a sneak peak for you. The course is really in the middle of nowhere. Hard to tell from the pictures, but this was about a 175 foot drop from the back tee's. Then the par 5 in the background goes straight back up the other mountain. 

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My list is going to be changing next week since I’m playing Manele and Edgewood next week. Now it’s just a matter of picking which courses to bump off the list!

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I was going through some of my Google Keep notes and came across my 'Top 10' courses played list so I wanted to share it and discuss!

  1. Pebble Beach
  2. Kapalua Plantation Course
  3. Desert Forest Golf Club
  4. Manele Golf Club
  5. Spyglass Hill Golf Course
  6. Sand Hollow Championship Course
  7. Waialae Country Club
  8. Edgewood Tahoe
  9. The Ocean Course at Hokuala
  10. Wolf Creek Golf Club
I've been fortunate enough to have been stationed in areas that are golf friendly and I've taken full advantage for the most part. Now that I've posted mine, I'd like to see everyone else's 'Top 10'! 


Had to update my list after my recent golf trip. Manele and Edgewood replaced Bayonet & Black Horse and Yocha Dehe!

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1. Forest Dunes
2. The Loop red and black
3. Bandon Trails
4. Arcadia Bluffs
5. Old Macdonald
6. Dinosaur Mountain
7. Eagle Eye
8. Pacific Dunes
9. Forest Akers West
10. The Broadmoor


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New to site so late to list. Been blessed to play so many fabulous places...Here's my top 10 but be warned, I can't count.

Pine Valley

National

Merion

Pebble Beach

Royal County Down

Cabot Cliffs

Royal Dornoch

St Andrews Old

Muirfield

Turnberry Ailsa

Royal Portrush

Fishers Island

Ballybunion

Winged Foot

Carnoustie

Sunningdale Old

Cape Kidnappers

Any one of those has to be in my top 10 but I can't throw any out of the list....

 

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Not in any particular order - just what comes to mind immediately:

Tobacco Road - Sanford, NC

Pine Needles - Pinehurst, NC

Mid Pines - Pinehurst, NC

Streamsong (Red) - Bowling Green, FL

Spring Creek Ranch C.C. - Collierville, TN

Fallen Oak - Saucier, MS

Ross Bridge - Birmingham, AL

Old Waverly - West Point, MS

Escondido - Horseshoe Lake, TX

Duke University GC - Durham, NC

 

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  1. Kinderlou Forest (Valdosta, Georgia - my current home course)
  2. Doral Blue Monster (1980's - WAY pre-Trump's destruction of it)
  3. Olde Beau (Roaring Gap, NC)
  4. Tanglewood (Clemmons, NC)
  5. Sequoyah National (Cherokee, NC)
  6. Orange County National - Crooked Cat
  7. Worthington Manor (Urbana, MD)
  8. Virginia National (closed)
  9. The Links at Gettysburg
  10. River Creek (Leesburg, VA)

Honestly, my list is very limited, but I will tell you that I prefer courses with some scenery and mountain courses always rate higher on my list than anything else.  Florida golf, to put it bluntly, can be pretty bland, flat and boring.  It takes a lot to make a course down here stand out in my mind, but I feel very fortunate to live close enough to play Kinderlou on a weekly basis.  The fact that they could host a PGA Tour event there tomorrow spoils me when I play other golf courses that are not in as good a shape or offer the variety and interest from hole to hole throughout the round.

I will also tell you that during my 4+ years of living in the DC Metro area, that golf in that area is extremely underrated on a national scale.  There are some truly fantastic golf courses near our nation's capital that don't get the attention that they probably deserve.  I didn't even list Musket Ridge and Maryland National on this list, and I would love the chance to get back up there to play those courses again some time in the future.

 

This is from the tee box of #14 of Olde Beau.  This is one of two golf course pictures I had printed and framed on the wall in my bedroom.

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This is the view from the tee box of #14 at Virginia National Golf Club, in Bluemont, VA.  I used to be a member here back in 2005, and would drive about 45 minutes after work during the week to play it.  It was always wide open because it was so far from where anyone lived.  It was jam packed on the weekends as guys would make day trips just to play this place.  Unfortunately, the economics for the location of this course just don't work, and they closed a number of years ago.  I almost had a hole in one on this hole, missing by about 6 inches.

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This is a closer view of the 14th hole of Virginia National without so much of the scenic view behind it.  I absolutely loved this course, and miss it very much.

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bumping this for pictures I just added.

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