Best Course You've Ever Played That Nobody's Heard Of


#144

You are correct, the Crispen. Another decent layout, but yeah, not a level shot all day.
I seemed to figure it out about half decent, but the slanted and rolling fairways really ate up some of the guys in our group.


#145

East Bay Area… The Course At Wente Vineyards

A really fun Greg Norman design with great views the whole way through.


#146

My vote would be Little Traverse Bay Golf Club in Harbor Springs, MI… Gets overshadowed with the Boyne Highlands courses being pretty much next door and Bay Harbor being right across the bay. But it’s a great course that in my experience is always in great shape. Plus the tee shot on #1 can’t be beat: no-1-little-traverse


#147

Wolf Run Golf Club in Zionsville, IN. The course has unfortunately closed down due to the owner this past year but played out there a few times over the past years. Without my favorite course of all time and will always be my favorite. By far the hardest course I played but also the most enjoyable as well. My dad was a member out there and had the chance to play it multiple times. The Fried Egg did a piece on it. Without a doubt the best course I’ve ever played that no one has heard of.


#148

I cannot take credit as the designer only as a helpful member taking on a few project in 1930 and 1950.


#149

I’d be down with LTB except the 18th hole is downright offensive. @Randy


#150

Need to get up there - not a bad drive from Jax. Played it a long time ago in a junior tournament and don’t remember specific holes other than I liked the place.


#151

Tell me more about this spot - driven thru DS a couple times en route to the beach from Atlanta.


#152

It’s out in the middle of nowhere and relatively cheap (60ish). It’s super quiet with no houses in sight, and no water which for me was a really cool thing in Florida since every course in the panhandle seems to incorporate water while trying to be “unique”.

Tons of tall pines, alot of elevation changes forcing you to Club way up or down, and some really cool holes that brings ravines into the mix. Greens are usually pretty pure too, only found them in not so great conditions once.


#153

Agreed on the Island. Just played it in Feb. what a treat. The scale of the place alone is breathtaking


#154

Gotcha I was wondering that because Macan’s name is mentioned but I’ve never seen an outright designer named. Do you know who was the designer?


#155

No I assume it was just done by the club organically with a bunch of routing changes through 1893-1923. The 1923 routing that is basically the one used today then the renovations where done by Macan in 1930 and 1950 while he was a member after he had completed Gorge Vale and Royal Colwood. Most recently Jeff Mingay has restored some of the Macan features.


#156

Gotcha, yes I was a member there when I was going to school out there when Jeff started doing some bunker work I believe and clearing behind the 5th green, right on 10 and changing 7. This was nearly 4 years ago now and unfortunately haven’t made it back.


#157

Yeah 18 can feel a bit like a death march at the end of the round, I generally forget about that hole when thinking back on my rounds.


#158

9 is low key mountainous too. Can’t beat a drink and dinner out on the patio though.


#159

Anyone ever play Camden CC in Camden, SC? Donald Ross course that has several holes that look like Pinehurst with the natural sandy scrub areas. Not long, but greens complexes are signature Ross and it is a blast to play.


#160

Been in Columbia 4 years and haven’t been able to get over there and play. Definitely on my list this year.