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Total 90 Reviews
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First Review
09/26/2012
Last Review
08/12/2018

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Review of River at Blackwolf Run Golf Course

Played On 08/05/2018
I Recommend This Course
4.0

Blackwolf Run - River

This was our final round of our Wisconsin adventure, following Erin Hills, both courses at Whistling Straits, and Meadow Valleys. This course was right at home in that lofty company. In some ways, it may have been my favorite. As with all of those courses, the facilities were superb and welcoming. The restaurant was good. The staff was friendly. There was even a nice shower so that we could all clean up before heading to the airport. My only criticism is about the constant marshalling about pace of play even though we weren't really out of position and the group behind us was even further behind. I get it's important to keep things moving, but it's a tough course and a bad hole can kill you. Not a huge issue. This course is pretty similar to Meadow Valleys, but a little more dramatic. More split fairways, more forced carries, and (as you might expect) more water. Knowing where to place your tee shot is a key skill on this course. You need to be in position to have a chance of hitting good approaches. Hole 8 is a really cool drive through a chute that then leaves you with a tough call on how much to challenge the green on your second shot, but if you hit a bad drive it's a lot tougher. #11 is similarly beguiling in that a misplaced tee shot will force you into a longer third than you'd expect or want. Hole 12 is a highlight both for the tee shot and the second shot. My least favorite hole on the course is #13. Much like #17 on Meadow Valley, the tee shot is obstructed by a huge tree. Being a long par 3, with the river to the right, it's a lot to ask to hit a 4i over that tree or to expect someone to start a draw over the water and let it come back. I did not care for the hole. However, 14-18 is one of the strongest stretches of holes in the Destination Kohler package. I'd nearly put it up there with 14-18 on the Straits course. You get some good scoring opportunities on 14, 15, and 16 and then some tough closers in 17 and 18. This is a super course, well worth the praise it receives. The conditions are ideal, with greens that are speedy, but true. Get yourself to Wisconsin and check it out.
Staff Friendliness Good
Pace of Play Good
Off-course amenities Excellent
Course Conditions Excellent
Value for the Money Average
Course Layout Good

Review of Straits Golf Course at Whistling Straits

Played On 08/04/2018
I Recommend This Course
4.0

Whistling Straits - Straits: Whistle While you Work

Well this is it isn't it? The gem in the Wisconsin golf crown? Host of tons of golf history situated on the shore of a great lake? Indeed. Visually, this course is just what you'd expect based on TV. It's beautiful, and just a little scary. OK... A LOT scary! This is a walking only course and you have to take a caddie. You'll want one. Fortunately, the walk is very reasonable, just a touch over 6 miles and not too hilly. Pace of play is a bit sluggish. One of the marshals told me average is a touch over 5 hours. No sugar coating... this course is hard. Like, maybe the hardest course I've ever played. There is trouble everywhere, at all times. Bunkers, lakes, taller bunkers, deeper bunkers, cliffs, fescue. Bring your best golf swing. Certainly if it's windy, don't hesitate to move up a tee box or two. The par 3s are the real show stealers here. Each nestled along the lake with fantastic hills, bunkers, and cliffs. They are breathtaking to look at and leave you lightheaded when you have to take a shot. Normally I'd highlight some holes I really liked, but it's tough here. It was so tough it was hard to take in the holes... too focused on just battling to get a score. I will say that 13 was one of the craziest holes. It's a midlength par 4 that runs down towards the lake. The whole green runs away from the fairway, creating an insanely difficult 2nd shot. Looking back, I almost wish I'd just putted a hybrid for my second shot from 110. 18 is a real stunner of a hole. Very cool tee shot and intimidating approach. Overall, this course is incredible. It's quite obvious why this is a great venue for a major championship. If I'm honest though, I'd rather watch someone else play this course. It's difficult to the point I just don't think I'm good enough. I have a hard time imagining a 15-20+ handicap player enjoying themselves, but it's STILL worth it because it's WHISTLING STRAITS!
Staff Friendliness Good
Pace of Play Average
Off-course amenities Excellent
Course Conditions Excellent
Value for the Money Average
Course Layout Excellent

Review of Meadow Valleys at Blackwolf Run Golf Course

Played On 08/03/2018
I Recommend This Course
4.0

Blackwolf Run - Meadow Valleys

Our group did the Destination Kohler package and hit up all 4 courses involved. Meadow Valleys was a real highlight. I feel like it had the least hype of the 4 courses, but it was just as fun and challenging as any of them. You can use full carts here, which is nice after Whistling Straits. Hard to overstate how different the Blackwolf Run courses are from Whistling Straits. Conditions are LUSH. Meadow Valleys is pretty much a perfect description of what to expect. You've got some hills to navigate with some incredible pastoral views. The native areas are beautiful, but they sure are hungry for golf balls! The greens here are quick! And some of the pin positions can be brutal. #3 is mid-length par 3 with a wicked green. On the day we played the pin was in the back just off a severe slope. It was nearly impossible to two putt if your tee shot wasn't past the hole. In fact, in an afternoon scramble our 3 groups all bogeyed this hole! #9 is an awesome, but tough hole. We had the wind into us, making the tee shot hard to carry to the fairway and then having 185ish into the green with water all down the right. Very challenging, but lovely. #10 is the most unique hole on the course. Randomly you are just encased in a tunnel of trees. You have to carefully choose your club off the tee to set up a clean look at the green. It's not a hard tee shot, but the sudden walls of trees make it feel very tight. After this hole, you're back in the meadows and valleys. #13 is also an unusual hole. It's a short par 4, making you think you should be aggressive if you're swinging the long clubs well. But what you can't see from the tee is that the green is on a giant plateau. Being close isn't all it's cracked up to be. It's easier to leave yourself a comfortable full shot. #17 is a stupid hole. It's a shortish par 3, but there is a tree right in the play line. That's annoying enough, but the green is also all sorts of treacherous. This is the only hole on the course I really did not enjoy. Overall though this course is fun. It's a little less dramatic than its sister course (The River), but conditions are very similar and very nice. It will challenge you (especially the greens), but it won't beat you up.
Staff Friendliness Good
Pace of Play Average
Off-course amenities Excellent
Course Conditions Excellent
Value for the Money Average
Course Layout Good

Review of Irish Course at Whistling Straits

Played On 08/02/2018
I Recommend This Course
4.0

Whistling Straits - Irish: The cool little brother

The Straits course gets most of the hype between these two co-located courses due to its major championship pedigree, but I think that's a shame. The Irish sits just a little inland from the Straits course, but boasts many of the same incredible features and challenges while maintaining a personality all its own. This course does allow carts, but it's cart path only. So be prepared to do some walking. I'd recommend taking a forecaddie, as it's a tough course to try and navigate on your own if you've never been before. There are many holes that force some strategy off the tee in terms of how aggressive to be. I love when you don't just have to automatically bash a driver on every hole. Hole 2 is a great example. You can try to be more aggressive off the tee, but you've got water down the left and a bunker on the right that comes into play if you try and hit driver. How much are you willing to risk? The greens are tricky, but slower than other courses in the usual package of Whistling Straits and Blackwolf Run courses. Bunkers are used strategically in the all the best ways... to challenge you, to deceive you, and to punish you. The bunkers on this course are a little rockier than others in the area... really more waste areas than bunkers. Not many will allow your typical explosion shot. Some holes I really liked: #5: Very cool par 5. Big risk/reward tee shot. You can go straight and be safe or try and cut off the bunker and give yourself a look to go in two. However, if you fail to carry the bunker you likely have to just splash out to the same layup area as if you went straight. The rest of the hole is no picnic either. Good par 5! #9: One of my favorite holes of the whole trip. Tee shot doesn't allow you to be super aggressive, but you can play to the strength of your approach game. Even though it's just a straightforward shot of 200-250 yds, there is plenty of trouble to keep you honest. The approach is another good challenge, especially with the pin on the right side of the green. Fun hole that can be a good birdie op or ruin your round. #17: Challenging, sweeping par 4 with water all down the left. You need 2 good shots to get safely home. Definitely a good test of the nerves as you close down the round. Overall, this course is a treat to play. The facilities are exceptional (as you'd expect). The staff is very friendly, but they are pretty aggressive about pace of play. Even if you're not really too far out of position they bug you quite often. In general, the rounds seem to be slow (5-ish hours), and it wasn't particularly pleasant to be told to speed up every 3 holes even when nobody was behind us.
Staff Friendliness Good
Pace of Play Average
Off-course amenities Excellent
Course Conditions Good
Value for the Money Good
Course Layout Good

Review of Erin Hills Golf Course

Played On 08/01/2018
I Recommend This Course
5.0

Erin Hills - worth the hype. worth the price.

Our group took our yearly golf trip to Wisconsin this year. The main event was at Whistling Straits, but we HAD to hit up Erin Hills while we were in the area. It did not disappoint! The facilities are first class. Great driving range, great clubhouse, super friendly staff... everything you could ask for. There are a small handful of cabins that would allow you to stay on property, that I'm sure are insane. It's hard to convey just how pristine the conditions were at the course. The fairways were lush and the greens were pure and quick. Even compared to other top courses I've played I was impressed. The course is walking only, with no push carts. You either have to take a caddie or carry your own bag. I carried. The walk is not easy, but it's also not terrible. It was about 7 miles all in. The terrain is hilly, but it's rolling hills and not a ton of sudden steep climbs. If you are reasonably fit, don't let the walking part turn you away. The layout of the course is excellent. Despite being relatively open (as seen on TV)... it's deceiving, especially for an average golfer. Almost every hole features a set of fairway bunkers that require you to pick your poison. You try to layup short of one set, but there's likely another set to contend with on the layup. So strategy is important. There are also quite a few holes with misleading sight lines. In particular, on #14 you would swear you should aim left and you'd end up in a good spot... but you'd be very wrong. Same was true on 18. It was very helpful that we had a couple caddies in our group to show us the way. I really like holes 1, 8, 9, and 15. 1 is a nice gentle introduction that let's you get a feel for what's coming. 8 is a shorter par 4 where you can be aggressive if you're confident and leave yourself a short shot in, but if you're offline you can get punished easily. 9 is a really nice little par 3. 15 is another short par 4 where you really have to commit to your shot off the tee. The green complex is pretty tough, so you'll want to leave yourself a distance you like! I've heard a lot of criticism of the closing par 5 18th. I can see why it's not everyone's favorite. The second shot is very difficult for us mortals and the drive is no picnic either. I'd agree it's one of the weaker holes on the course, but nothing too bad. Overall, the course is very challenging... although I suspect a few laps around would be very beneficial. Yes, it is expensive to play, but I think it's worth it. The experience is everything you can hope for in a round of golf and it's always cool to play a course that hosted a US Open. Don't skip Erin Hills if you're in the area.
Staff Friendliness Excellent
Pace of Play Average
Off-course amenities Excellent
Course Conditions Excellent
Value for the Money Average
Course Layout Good

Review of Chambers Bay

Played On 07/20/2018
I Recommend This Course
5.0

Chambers Bay - Haters gonna hate

Everyone seems to have an opinion on this course after the 2015 US Open, and it seems most of them are negative... it's too brown, the greens are terrible, it's not a real US Open course... That's all pretty ridiculous. This course is one of the most unique and challenging courses I've ever had the pleasure to play! Two warnings: 1. It's walking only, and it's not an easy walk. Be prepared for that. Personally, I think it's an even better way to take in the unique contours of the course and the amazing scenery around you. 2. It's pretty tough. If you don't like bunkers or bad bounces... this may not be your cup of tea. With those out of the way... WOW! Every hole at this course demands a different kind of golf. Don't expect to just crush a driver and throw a high lofted wedge into every green. You'll have lots of opportunities to use backstops, run balls along the ground, aim seemingly way off line and see your ball still find its way to the flag. Holes 5-7 are my favorites on the front 9. 5 tee boasts an amazing view down on much of the course below. You hit your drive downhill to a narrowing fairway the farther you go, then you have a tough uphill approach to a green with a sneaky bunker right in the middle. 6 requires an accurate tee shot (probably not a driver) to set up an approach to a green tucked in the nook of a hillside. You really can't miss by much or you'll find yourself in a bunker or tall fescue with little chance to save par. 7 is a long par 4 that dares you to bite off too much off the tee. You can be safe staying further left, but you'll have a long (and probably blind) approach to contend with. The back 9 is even better. I love every hole, but especially 11, 12, 14, and 15. The back 9 will force a lot of decisions off the tee and driver is rarely an easy call. 15 is one of the best views on the course, and is home to the only tree on the course. I could go on forever... but the point is... this course is a treasure and you should go.
Staff Friendliness Excellent
Pace of Play Average
Off-course amenities Excellent
Course Conditions Good
Value for the Money Average
Course Layout Excellent

Review of Yaupon at Clubs of Lakeway, The

Played On 06/24/2018
2.0

Lakeway Yaupon - Hill Country golf on a budget

Recently played the Yaupon course for the first time in several years. It's not a fancy course, but the staff is friendly enough. The driving range isn't much to speak of, but you can get warmed up. Same for the putting green. The course is quirky, but kind of fun. There are some pretty dramatic elevation changes, including a ridiculously uphill par 5 to kick things off. The layout is unique, but it's not particularly well maintained so it's not as enjoyable as it could be. The 18th is another interesting par 5, with a giant drop off the tee shot, and then a massively uphill 2nd shot to the green. I wouldn't go out of my way to play this course again, but if you are looking for a laid back round in a scenic environment this may be the place for you. I'd say it's comparable to Lago Vista.
Staff Friendliness Good
Pace of Play Excellent
Off-course amenities Fair
Course Conditions Average
Value for the Money Good
Course Layout Average

Review of TPC San Antonio - AT&T Canyons Course

Played On 06/09/2018
I Recommend This Course
3.0

TPC San Antonio - Canyons: Fun in the sun

The Canyons course is less heralded than it's PGA hosting big sister Oaks course, but it's still a fun course to play. Both courses share the same facilities, so it's all top notch. Staff is very friendly, and everything you need for a great golfing experience is right there... good food, good practice facilities, etc. On this particular day, I started off playing the Oaks course for the third time, but took advantage of favorable replay rates to hop on Canyons for a second 18. I'm really glad we did! The layout of the course is considerably more open than Oaks. There are fewer trees, fewer bunkers, fewer places to get into trouble... but that's not to say there aren't plenty of those things! I guess I'd say that on Canyons, the course is a little more in front of you, and there aren't as many hazards waiting to sneak up on you. The most obvious difference is the elevation changes are a little more dramatic on Canyons (as the name implies). There are some great hill country views as you make your way around the course. The back 9 is particularly enjoyable. 12 is a really fun par 5 up a hill. 13 and 16 are cool par 3s. But 18 is my favorite hole. It looks great from the tee box, and is good challenge to end the round. Conditions at Canyons are very good. I'd say the greenskeeping is less intricate than Oaks.. simpler bunker designs, less variation of rough, less sprawling native areas... but still enjoyable and well maintained. If I was only able to play one of the TPC San Antonio courses, I'd probably pick Oaks the vast majority of the time. However, I highly recommend this course if A) you are staying at the resort and have time for two rounds, B) you have time for a second 18 after playing Oaks - this course is a good wind down after a tough round, or C) you're not the most skilled/confident golfer and want to have a good time without getting beat up. As a final note, I just want to again compliment the staff at TPC San Antonio for being extremely friendly and professional. Truly excellent customer service.
Staff Friendliness Excellent
Pace of Play Excellent
Off-course amenities Excellent
Course Conditions Good
Value for the Money Excellent
Course Layout Average

Review of North at Torrey Pines Municipal Golf Course

Played On 05/21/2018
I Recommend This Course
4.0

Torrey Pines North... a perfect compliment to the South

This was my first time on the North Course at Torrey Pines. I was very curious to see what all the fuss was about after the recent redesign. Right off the bat, you can tell this is a very different course from the South. While the fairways are still generally narrow, the rough seemed a little gentler. There seemed to be fewer hazards in play off the tee, which made tee shots much less strategic. In this sense, the North is more open than the South. On most holes you can hit away without much worry about whether you'll still have an approach shot. However, the greens quite complex. Unfortunately, they were recently punched when I played, but you can still see how much more contour they have compared to the South (and it's not like the greens on South are flat!). Hole 8 in particular has a crazy green with a shelf on the left side and a deep thumbprint on the right side. A perfect compliment to a shorter par 4. I found the back 9 to be very enjoyable. The almost driveable 11th and the very nice par 3 12th are fun holes. 14-17 were my favorites though. 14 you hit a semi-blind tee shot up a chute framed by tall pines towards the ocean, a very cool site. 15 is a stunning downhill par 3 with a great view of the ocean and of #4 green on the south course. 16 boasts a dramatic tee shot from an elevated box with the ocean all along the left. When you reach 16 green, you are totally isolated from everything with no other holes in sight. This is a very cool and unusual feeling because most of the two courses are tightly confined. 17 offers you one last beautiful tee shot over a canyon that extends along the left hand side. Very enjoyable hole. Overall, I don't think the North Course is quiet a challenging as the South, or as strategically interesting. However, I think it wins hands down for scenery and fun. There are many holes where you can see the ocean and many others where canyons are visible. Add those to the areas the course has left sandy and let the brush grow up and you get a beautiful scene and one quite different from the South Course that is mainly green. I think this course is very worth your time and a better value for the price than South. Personally, I'd still pick the South Course if I could only play one, but the North Course is a fantastic option that is cheaper, prettier, and more fun for the average golfer.
Staff Friendliness Good
Pace of Play Fair
Off-course amenities Average
Course Conditions Good
Value for the Money Good
Course Layout Average

Review of South at Torrey Pines Municipal Golf Course

Played On 05/19/2018
I Recommend This Course
4.0

Torrey Pines South... take 2

I don't usually double up reviewing courses, but it's been 4 years since I first played the South Course and thought it was a good time for a follow up. This was one of the first really nice courses I played in the country, so of course I gave it 5 stars the first time around. Having played at several other great courses since then, I think 4 stars is right since there are no halvsies here. The South Course is difficult. The fairways are narrow, and the rough is sticky (and a little wet both times I've played). If you aren't driving the ball well... you're in for a long day. The greens are no picnic either, but they roll incredibly true and are some my favorite greens I've ever played on. For some reason they just agree with me. The layout of the course is pretty good. There are hazards place relatively strategically to influence your shot selection. In theory this is great, but because it's such a long course, the average hitter probably has little choice but to hit driver on most holes and take on the risk of the hazards. Otherwise, reaching greens in two would not be feasible. The real point would be, the course is more interesting if you play from the tees that fit your game. Hole 3 is obviously a classic. Number 2 is a fun risk/reward par 4, and one of the few shorter par 4s on the course. My favorite holes are 6 and 7. Six is a sweeping par 5 that forces a decision off the tee. Layup short of the bunkers, play a fade around the bend, or try to blast it right over the bend! Seven is a tough par 4 up the hill. A bunker guards the left side off the tee, but trees guard the right. The green is elevated and depending on the pin position you can be totally blocked off from the right side of the fairway. Very cool hole. The back 9 stretch of 13-15 is also quite nice with a little variety thrown in on a course otherwise demanding of long, straight drives. This course is an absolute classic, and for good reason. It's challenging both by layout and environment. The wind will blow and it will hurt! There are a few holes with incredible views... mainly holes 3 and 4. If you're just looking for views, I suggest the North Course. South Course is (slightly) superior golf though. Final notes: - since i first played, you can now book online 5 days in advance (even out of state). i was able to book a saturday morning time on friday evening! - if you are able, walk! the course is more fun to take in on foot and it's almost guaranteed to be a near 5 hour round anyway.
Staff Friendliness Good
Pace of Play Fair
Off-course amenities Average
Course Conditions Excellent
Value for the Money Average
Course Layout Excellent
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