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  1. (I figured why not start a thread for people looking to golf while traveling so here we are)

    If you find yourself in Maine, I highly recommend Spring Meadows Golf Club. It’s a course in Gray, Maine built by four brothers on a beautiful wetland area. The course is very well designed with a variety of holes that show off many different features including a par three with a valley, a drivable downhill par 4, and a par 5 with rows of wetland. All of these lead to a challenging, but interesting play through that leaves you wanting more. As a cherry on top, it was voted the best New England Course in 2021.

  2. Chuck Z

    Chuck Z
    Mt Pleasant, SC

    Military
    When trying say which is my favorite, it is very difficult. I have been blessed to have played some great courses and have not found very many that I did not like. Maybe narrowing it down to top ten would be more fair starting here in my home town of Charleston, SC. All of these are very worthy courses and very enjoyable to play.

    1. The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island, Charleston, SC
    2. Ballybunion Golf Club, Kerry, Ireland
    3. Torrey Pines Golf Course, La Jolla, California
    4. Cabot Cliffs Golf Course, Cape Briton, Novia Scotia, Canada
    5. Pinehurst #2, Pinehurst, North Carolina
    6. Country Club of Charleston, Charleston, SC
    7. Pinehurst #4, Pinehurst, North Carolina
    8. Spyglass Hill Golf Course, Pebble Peach, California
    9. TPC at Sawgrass, Stadium Course, Ponte Verde, Florida
    10. TPC Southwind Golf Club, Memphis, Tennessee
  3. Chuck Z

    Chuck Z
    Mt Pleasant, SC

    Military
    A few I might add and these are not necessarily in order that I have played and love: There are few on my dream list, but they are only a dream. Can no longer walk courses so they leaves me out on a lot of great treks.

    Tupelo National Club, Tupelo, MS
    * Yeamans Hall Golf Club, Charleston, SC
    PGA West, Stadium Course, Palm Spring, CA
    Dingle Golf Club, Ceann Sibéal, Ballyferriter, Dingle, Co Kerry, Ireland
    * Sea Pines Country Club, Hilton Head, SC
    * Ridgeway Country Club, Collierville, TN
    * Bulls Bays Golf Course, Awendaw, SC

    * Indicate private clubs.....
  4. Amanda S

    Amanda S
    Norfolk, Va

    Chuck Z said:

    When trying say which is my favorite, it is very difficult. I have been blessed to have played some great courses and have not found very many that I did not like. Maybe narrowing it down to top ten would be more fair starting here in my home town of Charleston, SC. All of these are very worthy courses and very enjoyable to play.

    1. The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island, Charleston, SC
    2. Ballybunion Golf Club, Kerry, Ireland
    3. Torrey Pines Golf Course, La Jolla, California
    4. Cabot Cliffs Golf Course, Cape Briton, Novia Scotia, Canada
    5. Pinehurst #2, Pinehurst, North Carolina
    6. Country Club of Charleston, Charleston, SC
    7. Pinehurst #4, Pinehurst, North Carolina
    8. Spyglass Hill Golf Course, Pebble Peach, California
    9. TPC at Sawgrass, Stadium Course, Ponte Verde, Florida
    10. TPC Southwind Golf Club, Memphis, Tennessee

    Hey Chuck, how’s the best way to get a deal for the Kiawah courses?
  5. Chuck Z

    Chuck Z
    Mt Pleasant, SC

    Military
    Stay on the property. They have special packages for those who are staying there. Good food and you have the beaches and the sunsets are awesome. Check it out. =)
  6. Keith M

    Keith M
    Acworth, GA

    My favorite course is TPC Las Vegas, it's just one of those courses that fits the eye, at least for me. Another that I really enjoyed was TPC Harding Park. I played it about a year before the PGA. I also love my home course, Cartersville Country Club, tough but fair golf with lightning fast greens. This time of year is really tough though, the Bermuda rough is almost US Open-like in its thickness, so if you're having a tough day off the tee, it wears you out by the end of the round hacking out of it.
  7. Dale V

    Dale V
    Escondido, CA

    Similar to Chuck, but I can't even list my top favorites in any real order. It would be kind of like saying which of my kids were my favorite. There are unique features that make them all special so yes, I have a handful that I would call "top tier" courses. As for a travel destination, by far my favorite is Bandon. That collection of courses and the full experience in one location does it for me. This will be my ninth year in a row and it still never gets old.
  8. Chuck Z

    Chuck Z
    Mt Pleasant, SC

    Military
    Have to say the Ocean course is my favorite because I have played it the most, next to playing my home course. Also where I shot one of my lowest rounds, 77 from the Blue tees back in 1997. I use to work as a volunteer for all the major tournaments that came thru the resort and one of the perks was a free found of golf after the tournament, plus the superintendent was a golfing buddy. He retired from there a number of years ago and they no longer offer that perk to the volunteers starting with the last PGA in 2012. =)

    I think I need to plan another trip to Australia, but make change itinerary next time and head to Melbourne.
  9. Scott D

    Scott D
    Lethbridge,

    My favourite course is a private course in Winnipeg, Manitoba is a private course. It is a 27 hole course with 9 holes designed by McKenzie, another 9 designed by Donald Ross and the third 9 designed by Harvey Wood. It is a great play. Another course that I really enjoy playing when I’m in Vegas is the Las Vegas Country Club a great fun play.
  10. Felipe P

    Felipe P
    Melbourne, VIC

    When Australia reopens borders, I strongly recommend visiting Victoria and Tasmania if you want to have a golf experience like no other.

    While in Victoria...

    Sandbelt golf courses:

    Royal Melbourne - West & East Course
    Victoria Golf Club
    Kingston Heath
    The Metropolitan
    Peninsula Kingswood - North & South Course
    Yarra Yarra
    Commonwealth
    Huntingdale

    Mornington Peninsula golf courses:
    Moonah - Legends & Open Course
    The National - Old Course, Moonah Course & Gunnamatta Course
    The Dunes Golf Links
    St Andrews Beach

    While in Tasmania...

    Barnbougle - Dunes & Lost Farm
    Cape Wickham (King Island)
    Ocean Dunes (King Island)


    Before moving to Australia in 2016 I had only heard about Alister MacKenzie's Royal Melbourne, however, after 5 years living here I must say that in Australia there is a wide array of golf courses, which suits the most exquisite of tastes.

    There are only a handful of places around the world where you can find so many top golf courses clustered together. I am referring to Melbourne's Metropolitan area which includes the Sandbelt and Mornington Peninsula.



  11. No'l

    No'l
    Palmdale, CA

    Felipe,
    What an awesome list of courses!! I've never been on on any of them, but I've seen some of them in pictures only.
    Anyway, while I was going through your list, I was almost sure you would include Tara Iti :-) It's just one of the courses that appeals to me the way it looks in the picture- Tom Doak, I think.
    Very nice list.
  12. Felipe P

    Felipe P
    Melbourne, VIC

    No'l said:

    Felipe,
    What an awesome list of courses!! I've never been on on any of them, but I've seen some of them in pictures only.
    Anyway, while I was going through your list, I was almost sure you would include Tara Iti :-) It's just one of the courses that appeals to me the way it looks in the picture- Tom Doak, I think.
    Very nice list.

    Sorry for the late reply. Although I have never played golf in New Zealand, I have heard wonderful stories about Tara Iti's unique course design. If I organise a golf trip to New Zealand, I would visit Tara Iti and Cape Kidnappers.



  13. Scott C.

    Scott C.
    Irvine, CA

    Wow, this is such a hard one. Like Dale, I can't rank them in any specific order because they are all so memorable for one reason or another. Here's my non-ordered list:

    - Old Course (St. Andrew's)
    - Muirfield (Scotland)
    - Congressional (old design on the blue that ended with the par 3)
    - Coeur d'Alene
    - Los Angeles CC (North)
    - Royal Prestwick
    - Carnoustie
    - Torry Pines South
  14. No'l

    No'l
    Palmdale, CA

    Yeah, LACC North!
  15. No'l

    No'l
    Palmdale, CA

    Great list of courses up there and top notch to say the least. Well done, everyone!

    There's a couple of courses or so listed up there that I've also played and they're something I don't or can't get to as much as I'd like to, but right now the Royal County Down in Northern Ireland comes to mind with some good memories.

    As for the local favorites, I've been visiting some of the local courses around me including some munis and down the Coachella Valley. The little course in Indio comes to mind right away called Heritage Palms Golf Club has some awesome greens keeping most the time. It's just fun.

    Keep it going, Guys!
  16. Sean R

    Sean R
    UK

    My top 5 are:

    North Berwick West Links
    Ganton
    Ballybunion Old
    Woodhall Spa Hodgkin
    Desert Willow (Palm Desert, CA)
  17. Lance P

    Lance P
    Hillsborough, NC

    Being a Duke fan it is hard to admit this but my favorite course in my area is UNC Finley. Always in nice shape and every club and type of shot is needed...at least by me who has not broken 90 there (yet!).
    I do change out my Blue Devil headcover when I play there though...don't want to cause any trouble.
  18. Rob_Roth1

    Rob_Roth1
    San Diego, CA

    My favorite course is Leopard Creek in Malelane, South Africa. The design is great but the wildlife and what you could see on the golf course (snakes, monkeys, giraffe, and a potential leopard)

    If you ever the chance to you must go and it boarders the Kruger national park where you can see Africa's big 5!
  19. Mike M

    Mike M
    Salem MA

    Here are my 5 favorite courses that I've played;

    1.Essex County Club-MA
    2.Hyannisport Club-MA
    3.Oyster Harbors-MA
    4.Port Royal-Bermuda
    5.North Shore CC-NC

    My bucket list 5:

    1.Pinehurst #2
    2.Augusta National
    3.Pebble Beach
    4.St. Andrews
    5.Kapalua
  20. Hotsauce

    Hotsauce
    Georgetown MA

    Essex is a heck of a track!
  21. Some amazing courses listed here!

    My faves so far that i have played in my 3 years playing Golf properly!

    Old Course St Andrews UK
    2010 course Celtic Manor UK
    Lake Presidential MD USA
    Turf Valley Resort championship course MD USA
    Remedy Oak UK (Private Course)
    Bearwood Lakes UK ( Private Course)

    Bit of a beginners list (bar St Andrews!) but amazing courses.
  22. Corey C

    Corey C
    Albertville, AL

    The Dye course at Barefoot Resort and Tidewater in Myrtle Beach are 2 of my favorite tracks that I've played. I haven't gotten to travel and play as much as I'd like but I will be doing more of it in the future.
  23. Chuck Z

    Chuck Z
    Mt Pleasant, SC

    Military
    Both are worthy courses. Myrtle has some great courses as does Murrells Inlet. Prefer Dye over Tidewater. I live down the road from MB in Mt Pleasant and just do not go up there to play. Too much traffic.
  24. Chuck Z

    Chuck Z
    Mt Pleasant, SC

    Military
    Harbour Town at Hilton Head is on my radar this fall. We work down there every year for the RBC Heritage Tournament Pro/Ams, but just never find the time to go and play the course.
  25. Abdon M

    Abdon M
    Northern California

    It's tough for me to compile a "Favorties" list. Here are some I've enjoyed and if you can find the pattern, you get extra points:

    Bandon Trails
    Kapalua - Plantation Course
    Clear Creek Tahoe
    Pinehurst N°2
    Sheep Ranch
    Sand Valley
  26. Military
    Mine would be:

    Royal County Down
    Royal Portrush
    Old Course
    Kiawah
    Greyhawk Raptop
  27. Guy W

    Guy W
    Statesville, NC

    Of the courses that I have played I would have to say in no particular order:
    - Pinehurst #2
    - Pinehurst #4
    - Tobacco Road
    - Barefoot Dye (Didn't get a complete round. Got rained out after 8 holes but I'll be back.)
    - Tidewater
    - Glen Dornoch (Myrtle Beach)
    Of course my bucket list is pretty much like every golfers. Pebble, Sawgrass, Augusta, etc..... but I'd really like to play Wolf Creek for some reason.
  28. Rob R

    Rob R
    Chicago, IL

    Cool thread. I agree with Dale that I can't label a single course at my favorite. I will list a few that I truly enjoy playing every time that I am on property.

    Bandon Dunes
    Cog Hill #2
    Goat Hill Park
  29. Amanda S

    Amanda S
    Norfolk, Va

    PGA West Stadium Course
    La Quinta Mountain
    Journey at Pechanga
    Torrey Pines
    Pinehurst No. 2


    Hoping to get to Pebble maybe next summer.

    and if things work out, may get to play Clearwater Bay in Hong Kong, 2023.
  30. Chuck Z

    Chuck Z
    Mt Pleasant, SC

    Military
    If you plan on staying in Charleston and call for a tee time it could cost around $400 plus and if you play before noon you have to take a caddy on the Ocean Course, that would be another $100 plus tip. They have other great courses; Turtle Point, Osprey Point and Cougar Point. Oak Point is off the property which is an ok course and has never been one of my favorites. The Ocean Course is by far my favorite with Osprey coming in second.
    I would recommend staying on the property with one of the packages and getting the opportunity to play a number of their courses to include the Ocean Course. Cougar Point is a Gary Player course, fun and short. After playing the Ocean Course you would want a relaxing course.

    If you want some good local reasonably priced food off the Kiawah Island, recommend the Stono Market & The Tomato Shed. 842 Main Road, Johns Island, 843-559-9999. Kiawah has great beaches and the sunsets are awesome. Hope this is not TMI. With all the traffic between Charleston and Kiawah, I would recommend staying on the Island. It is about a forty minute drive to the Ocean Course from downtown Charleston. Check it out. =)
  31. Dave B

    Dave B
    Salem, OH

    My list of all time favorite courses that I have played Kingsbarn, Jupiter Hills Muirfield Seminole, Old Course St.Andrews , Valhalla, Royal Troon, Firestone South, Old Marsh, Turnburry. Also played The Ocean Course at Kiawiah with Pete Dye. But my favorite will always be the 9 hole public course that I grew up on here in Northeast Ohio, Westville Lake
  32. Barry M

    Barry M
    Reno, NV

    Guess I don't get around much!!!
    My #1 favorite is Whitehawk Ranch north of Truckee, CA
    #2 is the Gainey Ranch Golf Club in Scottsdale, AZ
    #3 is Edgewood Tahoe in Stateline, NV
    I've played a handful of the big name courses and, while they were a great experience, I'll take a day at any of my 3 favorites every time.

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