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Fun topic - I've enjoyed reading the lists of courses others have played!   Mine are as follows, no particular order, well maybe with the exception of Royal Dornoch, love that place 🙂 :

  • Royal Dornoch
  • Old Course - St. Andrew's
  • Machrihanish (front 9 is the most fun I've ever had playing golf)
  • Cruden Bay
  • Homestead - Cascades
  • Old White - Greenbrier
  • Laurel Valley
  • Golden Horseshoe Gold - great set of par 3's
  • Dove Mountain
  • Pete Dye Golf Club - WV
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So many great courses to choose from.....these are one's I've had the privilege to play.

Public Courses: 1. Pebble Beach  2. Spyglass 3. Pacific Dunes 4. Whistling Straights  5. Pasatiempo  6. Wolf Creek  7. Sugarloaf Golf Club  8. Torrey Pines South  9. Wailua Golf Course  10. Kapalua Plantation Course   honorable mention......La Purisima

Private Courses: 1. Olympic Club  2. Riviera  3. Misquamicut Club  4. Bel Air CC  5. L.A. North  6. Sherwood CC  7. Desert Forest  8. Silver Springs CC  9. Princeville, Kauai 

10. Waccabuc CC


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1. Pinehurst No 2

2. Tobacco Road

3. King Kamehameha (Maui)

4. Pinehurst No. 4

5. Virginia Country Club

6. Pine Needles

7. Turtle Point Kiawah

8.  TPC Myrtle 

9. Orange County National

10. Legends Golf Resort - Heathland

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Best Courses I have played

St Andrews Old Course


Muirfield Village

French Lick Indiana - Donald Ross Course

Copperhead Course @ Innisbrook

Old Whit Course - Greenbrier

Pine Needles (Pinehurst area)

The Legends (myrtle Beach) -Heathland

Tidewater (Myrtle Beach)

The Pit (Pinehurst area) - no longer open



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Ok - this in across 50 years of playing, and in no particular order:

1.  Whisper Rock

2.  Oakmont CC

3.  Kapalua Plantation

4.  Pinehurst #4

5.  Caledonia Golf & Fish Club

6.  Bandon Dunes

7.  Pacific Dunes

8. Pebble Beach

9.  Pumpkin Ridge Witch Hollow

10.  Brasada Ranch (Central Oregon)

Honorable Mentions:  Sunriver North Woodlands, Desert Willow Resort, Banff Springs GC










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I have never played golf in the US...yet. So here is my top 10 which will probably be different to most.

1. Saunton East

2. Sunningdale Old

3. Wentworth East

4. Moor Park High

5. Aguilon - Spain

6. The Grove

7. Abama - Tenerife

8. Bell Dunes - France

9. Villamoura Old - Portugal

10. Northwood - my home course!

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pretty much in the order below for best.

1. East Lake Atlanta GA
2. TPC Sawgrass Ponte Vedre FL

3. Cambrian Ridge - Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail

4. Capitol Hill - Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail

5. Oxmoor Valley - Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail

6. Hampton Cove - Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail

7. Inverness Country Club - Birmingham  Al

8. Springdale Valley, Canton NC

9. The River Club, North Augusta SC
10. Forest Hills, Augusta Ga


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My list is not neccesarily the "best" courses I have played, but the most memorable, in many cases because of the people I was with and the fun had.

Not in order:

Jasper Park GC, Jasper AB

Banff Springs, Banff, AB

The Ocean Course, Kiawah, SC

Osprey Point, Kiawah, SC

Riverview CC, Easton, PA (probably the most "ordinary" course on my list, but a great day)

Mt Washington GC, Bretton Woods, NH

Juliette Falls GC, Donnellon, FL

Pine Barrens, Brooksville FL

Lassing Pointe, Union, KY

Rising Star, Rising Sun, IN

Edit: One that I forgot, that deserves to be on this list, is the Cascades Course, at The Homestead, Hot Springs, VA. 

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The best courses I have played are the following courses and I have provided the websites for each location.  The first five are in order starting with the best, but the last five are not in any particular order. 

1.  Pikewood National https://www.pikewoodnational.com/

2.  Congaree https://www.congareegc.com/

3.  Grandfather Mountain Country Club https://www.grandfatherclubnc.com/

4.  Sleepy Hollow Country Club https://sleepyhollowcc.org/

5.  The Highlands Course at Primland https://aubergeresorts.com/primland/experiences/golf/

6 The Pearl Golf Links http://thepearlgolf.com/

7.  World Tour Golf Links https://theworldtourgolf.com/

8.  Bear Trace at Cumberland Mountain 


9.  Long Bay Golf Club https://www.longbaygolfclub.com/

10.  Blackmoor Golf Club https://blackmoor.com/


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1. Pasatiempo

2. Copperhead - copper16.JPG.759b51252355d8ef5e16f0d3bdc4bfa3.JPG

3. May River GC - m09k_main-ew.jpg.207bcdc014dc9d72a60d4f6779af001e.jpg

4. King & the Bear - kin06-ew.jpg.1a0bcef22c47be12bc4a5ba985092dbb.jpg

5. Slammer & Squire - slam15c_main-ew.jpg.48c6343b0c8ce859cff70ef295e92e99.jpg

6. Gamble Sands - gam02b-ew.jpg.5df135a93815c9ef2a3e55d5f52635bc.jpg

7. Wine Valley GC -wine15j-ew.jpg.ee9bc1f777b3e7227b3a585c6e7b3a51.jpg 

8. Talking Rock - talking_rock14i.jpg.ed014f5cbe96b904acaa353a5342fcc2.jpg

9.  Thanksgiving Point - thanksgiving_pointe_ut_hole07c.jpg.821903ab05f6fa494e4c8d0aa0ba795a.jpg

10. Cape Fear National - cap06c-ew.jpg.fd4abcbd6a7f48dae0d89774e753d6b4.jpg


It's hard for me to pick a top ten since I have golfed over 1000 courses in my lifetime.

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My Top 10 are:

  1. Hilton Head
  2. The Greenbrier, WV
  3. Kapalua Bay Course
  4. Torrey Pines
  5. Cowboys Golf Club, Grapevine, TX
  6. TPC San Antonio
  7. The Ledges of St George
  8. The Tribute at the Colony, TX
  9. Painted Dunes (El Paso, TX)
  10. The Golf Club at Star Ranch (probably shouldn't be on this list, but has a special place in my heart because it's the first place I broke 80)

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Don’t have any greats but….

Saddlebrook Resort - Saddlebrook 

Saddlebrook Resort - Palmer

Kearney Hill G C (Pete Dye)

University of Kentucky - Wildcat

Falcon’s Fire

Hawk’s Landing 

Champion’s Gate - National

Lake Jovita - South

Lake Jovita - North 

Port Royal (Bermuda)



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Fairways:  image.png.80321f01fc46450b6f428c7daf7b3471.png0211 5W & 7W w/ Evenflo Riptide CB  regular shaft and Tour Edge E521 9W w/Fubuki HD50 regular shaft

Hybrid: None in bag at the moment

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Pine Valley

Cypress Point

Augusta National

National Golf Links

Friars Head



Merion East


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1. St. Andrews

2. Turnberry 

3. Muirfield 

4. Royal Dornoch

5. Merion 

6. Pebble Beach

7. Ballybunion

8. Chicago Golf Club

9. Barnbougle Dunes ( Tasmania ) 

10. Pinehurst #2

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3 hole in ones so far ( Ohio, Hawaii, Australia )


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50 minutes ago, Demian said:

I'm so glad someone mentioned Wine Valley GC, what a fantastic Dan Hixson design in the middle of nowhere!

Not in the middle of nowhere.  Right in the middle of Washington wine country and my backyard.  😂

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Scotland: Muirfield, St. Andrews (Old), Royal Troon, Carnoustie

California: Pebble Beach, San Francisco Club, Olympic Club, Torrey Pines (South)

Kapalua (Plantation), Harbortown

Also, lot's of other courses you guys would know - I've been fortunate!

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On 8/25/2023 at 8:40 AM, GoldenEagle92 said:

I'm in Wisconsin, looks like you've been in my neck of the woods a lot. I had a difficult time leaving the Meadow Valleys Course in Kohler off the list, it's a lot of fun too. The Bog is a great choice. We are so lucky to have so many great courses in the state. And still a lot to get to for me, like SentryWorld and the courses at Sand Valley. I'm playing The Club at Lac La Belle on Monday, maybe that will make a push into my top 10, I've heard great things.

My wife is from Milwaukee so we get up there almost every summer. I want to get out to Sand Valley one of these days as well as Lawsonia. Too many courses, not enough time.

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Pebble Beach 


Muirfield Village 

Firestone CC South 

Scioto CC

Spanish Bay

The Golf Club ( New Albany Oh)

Brookside CC 

Columbus CC 

Firestone north 


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