Your favorite sports teams as golf courses (going exactly as planned)

was briefly on the twitter when they announced the texas rangers golf course for a web tour event back over the summer & randomly started thinking of it again

San Francisco Giants (Torrey Pines South)-known name brand, has great views & a great piece of land/property but overall just kinda meh & super expensive for the quality

San Jose Sharks (?)-can’t think of a specific golf course but one that is consistently good & you always think “they should put a U.S. Open there” & the USGA strongly considers it but they never actually do

San Francisco 49ers (Riviera Country Club)-big name brand, west coast & well known with a great long history & elite

Golden State Warriors (Pine Valley Golf Club)-but if all the people who ran the golf course/maintanance crew either died, left or went on a year long sabbatical so no one is taking care of the course rn

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Cincinnati Reds - TOC at St Andrews (the original)

Columbus Blue Jackets - Erin hills (kinda new, had one week in the spotlight - mostly no one cares)

Cincinnati Bengals - Phoenix Golf club (course in Columbus that was built on top of a waste dump and had to shut down because the grass didn’t grow)

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Astros - Albany Golf Club, because cheating is just fine apparently
Rockets - Whistling Straits, it’s beautiful but will leave you disappointed in the performance at the end of the day
Texas Longhorns - Yale, fell off for a little bit and is on it’s way BACK

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Liverpool Football Club - Augusta National, Once know as the greatest club course around, in recent years has fallen down its perch some, but still condsidered one of the GOATS. Ripe for a rebound to the top

UGA - East Lake, Really good course like really good, but just not great despite it wanting to be.

Atlanta United - Pacific Dunes, Incredible track that is new and praised

Atlanta Hawks- Pick any “good” Fazio. Has some highs has a lot of lows and criticisms

Atlanta Braves - Pinehurst no. 2, an exceptional historic course that fell on some rough times and bad decisions, before being rejuvianted in recent memory.

Atlanta Falcons - I have no clue, I can’t think of a course that almost became the greatest of all time, just to blow itself up.

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Buffalo Sabres: Your local muni. The people who are there every day love it, but we all know it’s pretty shit

Buffalo Bills: Anyone know a course that was great in the early 90’s, but then it burned down and no one felt like rebuilding it (or even putting the fire out)?**

New York Yankees: Bethpage Black. The biggest and the burliest, but everyone will shit on you for liking it.

**but this is our year

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Pasatiempo?

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Minnesota sports teams in general: a golf course with a great first 17 holes and the worst possible finishing hole.

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NY Mets: Local shit muni without sand in the bunkers and obvious disease on the greens

NY Jets: Same as above but without a range or putting green

NJ Devils: The Renaissance Club, North Berwick - Newish sports team (1982) with a proven record of excellence (work with me here) but never going to be in the big leagues because it lives in the shadow of a larger market

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Kind of a silly prompt here, trying to use both Boston teams and Boston-area courses…

Boston Red Sox: The Country Club. Storied history, eclectic course and stadium. Both were thought to be done and out of the spotlight for good in the 90’s before recent renovations/resurgence.

New England Patriots: Boston Golf Club. New kids on the block, BGC has collected accolades since the Patriots have started collecting Super Bowl trophies.

Boston Celtics: Myopia Hunt. 4 US Opens in the ealry 1900’s? 10 straight titles in the 50’s? Have been in and out of the spotlight since.

Boston Bruins: Essex County Club. At one time regarded as the hardest course in the area, just like the Bruins at one time were the baddest team in the league.

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Seconding this, dissenting from the rest.

Houston Rockets- Tobacco Road. Some people think it’s gimmicky, but others think it’s historically great. If it had existed in a different era, it might be in the conversation for the GOAT. Some of the new greats are praised for their ability to imitate it.

Houston Astros- Oakland Hills. Anointed as the heir apparent before the rebuild was even complete. Might struggle to live up to historic expectations, but in all likelihood will be a lot of fun no matter what happens. Success or failure will no doubt be used as a metaphor for the struggling city it inhabits (whether it be a struggling economy or a struggling recovery).

Houston Texans- Memorial Park GC (Doak’s rebuild). Might be generic visually, but an underdog with an attitude and mountains of potential. Wasted its early years, but seemingly on track to be a mainstay now. Popular appeal backed by funding from deeeeeeeeep pockets.

Liverpool- Bethpage Black. Well-maintained, but not pretentious. Boisterous. Even in down years, a stiff challenge and an intimidating venue. Loyal to the people.

Detroit Red Wings- Congressional. Once historically great, currently in the midst of a painful rebuild that has hit several speedbumps and will probably take longer than expected.

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LSU Football as Pinehurst No. 4 - Always solid, but after major modernization changes things are looking awesome going forward.

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Miami Hurricanes = NGLA. Reserved, stately, blue-blooded iconic institution…(also the greatest that ever was or will be.)

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So…The Quarry at Giants Ridge?:grimacing:

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I actually don’t mind 18. It’s definitely not as good as 16 of the holes before it. 17 is worse than 18 imo. But yeah I think that course would apply to a MN sports team. I’m trying to think of other courses that are incredible but have an awful finishing hole. Maybe Cypress?

Toronto Maple Leafs - Classic course, fallen on hard times, faded glory, but now a new hotshot architect is in to do a restoration and bring the club back to the founder’s vision. Open to suggestions.

Patriots: Cypress Point, Elite and classy. Regarded by many as the best of the best.
Red Sox: Pinehurst #2, An American classic getting better with age.
Celtics: Old Course, Old school classic with a long history of excellence
Bruins: Oakmont, one of the oldest tests around. Good luck getting out of there without a few bruises.

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But people like Cypress. You need to figure out a great course that everyone hates except the members.

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Interesting to put the Texans here and not the Astros given that the rebuild was financed by the owner. I like the analysis though!

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The members don’t care what anyone thinks and don’t change for anyone. They just continue to be the best because that’s what they’re good at.

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Baltimore Ravens: Tobacco Road, well respected and a zig when everyone else zagged.

Baltimore Orioles: Forest Park, it’s seen better days but an interesting history

Washington Wizards: Innisbrook Copperhead. Was good (or at least considered good) in the 70s, still in the Big Leagues, but no one really cares anymore