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Old 07-21-2012, 05:17 PM
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As I watch the Open with a whisky ...

For me its a toss up between TPC Sawgrass & Pinehurst #2.....

Something about playing a course with some history that makes it cool

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I have been very fortunate to have played some great courses:

St. Andrews
Royal Troon
Ballybunion
Lahinch
Congressional
Medinah
Hazeltine

I live just up the road from Pinehurst but have never played it. Looking forward to the US Open coming there in 2014, will enjoy being in the gallery for that one.

"Best" course is a tough call, but I'd have to go with St. Andrews just because of the history. In person, it looks nothing like it does on TV. If you play a draw you will like St. Andrews because there is always an adjacent fairway on the left. If you slice the ball you will hate St. Andrews because almost every hole has out of bounds on the right.
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Nice.... I am trying to plan a golf trip to Ireland and Scotland soon.... Saint Andrews is very high on my list...
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Keesler AFB.

One of the toughest public (okay, quasi-public) courses in the country. Par 70. Katrina changed the layout, but it remains challenging with the effects of the Bay and the flightline. The back 9 is especially tough.

My dad was a scratch golfer, and he has spent 40 years playing this course. He could draw a golf ball like nobody's business. He taught me, and the lesson plan was executed on this course. He always took the time, and included me in his group of duffers, even when I played horribly.

He now has one eye and is pushing hard against 80 years of age. He still plays 4 days a week. I seldom get to join him, though we did spend an afternoon recently driving balls into the woods at my place.

I have played courses the world over, but none means as much.

Thanks Dad, I love you.


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Nice.... I am trying to plan a golf trip to Ireland and Scotland soon.... Saint Andrews is very high on my list...
St. Andrews runs a lottery every day for tee times the next day. Have yourself a window of a few days to try and get a chance to play the course. Important: If you don't get picked in the lottery, go there anyway in person and see if they have something that opened up. Carnoustie is another great British Open course, less than a half-hour away, so try to play both.
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What CJD said. Pine Valley in New Jersey.
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That is tough to top Al. Hopefully you will find more time to get out there and hit a few with your Dad.
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I forgot to add--the TPC course in CT is very nice. Also the private course on Fishers Island is gorgeous.
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The Pete Dye designed private course at the Ford Plantation. http://www.fordplantation.com/fordplantation/Golf.aspx
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Guantanamo Bay Cuba. You carried your own piece of turf with you. After a few weeks of patrol Gitmo was heaven.
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Augusta
Pine Valley
Oakmont
St. Andrews
Carnoustie
Pebble Beach
Banyan
Whistling Straits
Sawgrass

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Augusta was my once in a lifetime trip. I am glad I have rich friends. lol
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Whistling Straits...
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If you are ever in Wisconsin try Blackwolf Run and Whistling Straits.
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Royal County Down
Royal Portrush
Sandhills (as much for the local experience)
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Sage Valley.
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If you guys are ever in Banner Elk NC - Diamond Creek is really amazing course ..... I played there with the original owner of Mako Boats who happens to be a client of a friend ...... Guy owns an entire mountain there....

http://www.diamondcreekgc.com/membership/

I would like to play Whistling Straights, Saint Andrews and Pebble Beach in the next few years....
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