Old Macdonald (Bandon Dunes)

I really enjoyed this true links-style case along the Oregon Coast.  The holes are wide open and fair and I could see the potential to score well here.  I also liked Doak’s interpretation of CB MacDonald although I am not sure I know enough to get all the references that were out there.  I did […]

Bandon Dunes Golf Resort

I have now played over 70 “top-100” courses in the US and feel very knowledgeable on what makes a great course great.  I wasn’t sure what to expect on this first trip to Bandon.  I was a little skeptical that the property would not live up to the hype. I was totally wrong….Bandon Dunes is […]

2018 Curtis Cup

This year’s Curtis Cup was hosted at Quaker Ridge in Scarsdale. The best amateur women from Great Britain faced off against their counterparts from the United States. The USGA, along with Quaker Ridge’s members and staff, put on an A+ event. It was amazing to watch these young women so effortlessly play this very challenging […]

Wykagyl Country Club

This classic design is a wonderful track with a great, and diverse, club membership. The 1898 course has hosted a number of professional tournaments over the past century. The Van Etten designed course has been tweaked and improved many times over the years touched by Donald Ross, Tillinghast and even most recently Bill Coore. Any […]

Sebonack Golf Club

This is a beautiful course tucked between National and Shinnecock Hills in the Hamptons. Designed in a collaboration between Doak and Nicklaus it provides a varied and fun course located alongside the Long Island shore. The course is sometimes underestimated and underrated as everyone compares it to the neighboring courses. However if you take the […]

Pine Valley

By many accounts Pine Valley is the number one golf course in the world. Today, I got to experience why. The holes are not only unique amongst themselves but also in comparison to all golf courses Ive been to. The designer George Crump built only one course in his time and did not follow convention. […]

Bethpage Black

The famous sign that awaits you on the first tee does not lie. I think maybe, maybe I was able to get on one of the par fours in regulation all day — and, I was driving pretty well (for me) today! The course was in great shape. Any private course in the area would […]

Mid Ocean Club

A business meeting took me to Bermuda where I had the opportunity to play this international gem. While my goal (currently) is to play the top US courses, I feel the need to put this course on the blog as it is such an A+ experience. Originally designed by CB Macdonald one can see Seth […]

Camargo Club

This Cincinnati-based Seth Raynor design makes both the top 100 US lists and the top 100 world lists. The old-school course reminds me of a delightful mix between Chicago Golf Club and Somerset Hills. The green complexes are the largest I’ve seen on any course. We heard they are twice as large in acreage as […]

Sage Valley Golf Club

Twenty minutes down the road from Augusta National lies the little known Sage Valley Golf Club. The course very much wants to be like Augusta, only a bit more fun, and friendly. I think they have achieved their goal. In my opinion Sage Valley is a top five experience in golf. It is a must […]