What I learned from Jimmie James?

For those who follow the golf-nerd world as I do, you probably have heard about the amazing feat of Jimmie James.  In one calendar year, Jimmie managed to play ALL top 100 golf courses on the US Golf Digest list.  https://www.golfdigest.com/story/a-regular-golfers-quest-to-play-americas-100-greatest-courses-in-one-year I recently had the chance to play golf with Jimmie at the CalClub and here […]

The Olympic Club (Lake Course)

The Lake Course at the Olympic Club has a special place in my heart.  A number of years ago, I was in San Francisco for work and had a free afternoon.  I tried, and tried to get onto the course and couldn’t.  Finally, and out of luck, my uncle found a connection and I got […]

Country Club of Fairfield

This beautiful course on the Connecticut shore was one of Seth Raynor’s first solo projects. It is an amazing property that marries a marshland with some inland water ways and the ocean. The course design is varied and like all Raynor courses has some particularly strong par-3s. To me it feels almost like a mix […]

Garden City Golf Club

This long-island based course is one of my favorite experiences in golf. The course melts links style holes with parkland in a seamless and old school style. The 1899 design reminds me in parts of Shinny, Chicago Golf, and the Country Club in Brookline. The club is one of the few courses in the US […]

Shinnecock Hills Golf Club

Shinnecock Hills, by every measure, is one of the nicest golf courses in the world. I had the opportunity to play the course for the second time in my life this week.  While the facility is still recovering from the abuse a tour event throws at a course (remember just a few months ago they […]

Hay Harbor Golf Club

Nestled into the western part of Fishers Island is a 9 hole course worth taking a stroll on for sure. The course dates back to 1907 and is the Island’s first club. A family place for sure, the course has no ambition to be a “top 100” course, but of the 9 holes on the […]

Bandon Dunes

The first course built on the property Bandon Dunes does not disappoint. The links style course is fun and playable (I shot my lifetime best score here – 81!). The course takes advantage of the ocean on many holes. I particularly loved the 16th hole which is incredibly natural and may be one of the […]

Pacific Dunes

If you ask four guests at Bandon what their favorite course is they will give you four different answers.  But for what it is worth my favorite was Pacific Dunes.  In my opinion, Pacific Dunes is a top five course in the US. The course has all the majestic views of Cypress with the whimsical […]

Bandon Trails

This is the newest course at the Bandon property. Designed by Coore Crenshaw (who incidentally are likely designing the next course on the property) this course is the one the caddies and employees of Bandon enjoy playing most. The course begins with two stunning holes out in the Dunes with views of the ocean. I […]