It’s been a while since I’ve posted. Work, family and other stuff have kept me busy. I wanted to put up a quick post with the 5 best golf courses I have had a chance to play. Here they are from 5 to 1:
5) Robert Trent Jones Trail @ Grand National – I would put the 54 holes of golf between Auburn and Opelika, Alabama up against almost any resort in the U.S. The Lake Course is beautiful, the Links is difficult and unforgiving, and the Short Course is probably the best 18 hole par-3 course on the planet. For the money, a long weekend at Grand National (or anywhere else on the Trail) can’t be beat for the money.
4) Torrey Pines (South) – The golf course is difficult and absolutely beautiful. If you’re close to San Diego, a visit just to see the place is a must-see. The holes along the ocean and the canyons are just stunning. Even on a normal day, the greens are speedy and the playing conditions outstanding. The only drawback was the practice facility was not the best. Here’s the reason to go:
3) TPC Sawgrass (Stadium) – The home of The Players is an extremely fun track if you swallow your pride and understand that you have no chance to shoot a score corresponding to your handicap. I can’t imagine standing on that tee on #17 with thousands of people watching. Even “easy” holes at the Stadium have trouble lurking everywhere. With the renovation a few years ago, the course plays in tournament condition every day. It’s definitely a place where all golf enthusiasts have to play just to say “been there, done that.” Remember the shot is only with a short iron:
2) Pinehurst No. 2 – Dubbed the “St. Andrews of America,” Pinehurst drips with tradition and hard core golf. From tee-to-green, the course is not demanding in the way that others on the list are, but inside 100 yards, it’s just plain hard. I tell people that this was the best 91 I have ever shot. The walk up #18 is just awesome. Spending Saturday of the 2005 U.S. Open at No. 2 with my dad will always be one of my fondest memories. The turtleback greens as shown below are as frustrating as they are fun to play:
1) Bethpage Black – The Black is visually intimidating. It’s a blast to play and is probably the best value for top-shelf golf in the U.S. If you go to NYC, take your clubs and take a shot at the Black. It’s walking only and hilly, so be ready. I can’t imagine how difficult this golf course is for the U.S. Open. The sign at the 1st tee sets the tone:
There’s mine – tell me yours in the comments below.