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My dad introduced me to the game and to this day I can't be on a golf course without feeling a sense of awe and gratitude. My dad taught me that golf (and life) do not owe you a thing and that happiness and success come to those who work hard and follow their heart. Just like you, I'm in love with the game and so appreciative that we have this forum to share a common passion. See you on the course!

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Total 26 Reviews

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First Review
02/27/2014
Last Review
07/10/2017

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Review of Forest Dunes Golf Club - Black Course at The Loop

Played On 07/03/2017
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Favorite hole: Par 3, 11th hole (longest par 3 on the Red at 222 yards). Slightly downhill to a narrow green. Bunkered and protected on the front right with a sharp ridge running into the middle of the putting surface to complicate your putt. In general the hole plays shorter than it's yardage, but given it's length that advantage is offset by a relatively small target. I hit the green with my tee shot, but three putted over the ridge for bogey. Overall the experience was fun and fascinating. I think the mark of a great course makes you want to immediately play it again and I wanted to do that both counter-clockwise (Red) and clockwise (Black). The Red had a gentle start and a very hard four-hole finish.
Staff Friendliness Excellent
Pace of Play Excellent
Off-course amenities Excellent
Course Conditions Good
Value for the Money Good
Course Layout Excellent

Review of Dundonald Links

Played On 07/01/2015
I Recommend This Course
4.0

Maturing into a very enjoyable modern links experience

A golf course is a living, growing and changing entity. Such was the case when I played the Dundonald Links almost ten years ago compared to a round last year. Located in proximity to great and historic links Kilmarnock Barassie, Glasgow and one of my favorites, Western Gailes, I came into my first round with lower expectations and they were met. At that time, Dundonald Links (originally known as Southern Gailes) was part of a recently failed golf and housing project that was bought by nearby Loch Lomond with the thought of giving it’s members a links experience to augment their brilliant and lush Tom Weiskopf design that embraces the shores of the ethereal and mysterious Loch. My first impressions of the work of Kyle Phillips upon the sprawling property were simply that it was a dish not fully baked. Architects (and course operators) are aware that the majority of those who play their courses, particularly in the early days of significant work, will not notice what is not if you can focus their attention on what is. I sensed work awaited in drainage engineering and run off areas in particular. While these are not things of glamour, if left unchecked they can provide for a maddening array of inconsistency in ground conditions, causing some drives to bound and run (as they should on a course with the name “links” in it) or to plunge inexplicably. Given the weather of Scotland, drainage issues and run offs too severe for the common winds are troubling signs. However, through the passage of time (and even more drama in ownership over the last few years), Dundonald Links has emerged as a highly enjoyable experience with former areas of concern corrected. From just over 6,400 yards to tipped out at 7,300 yards, Phillips has embraced a Kingsbarns design philosophy that provides for generous and creative landing areas, saving the greatest challenges for the green complexes which still fairly reward a well planned shot. Due to the aforementioned winds, the course can play much longer than the card. The par 4’s play deceptively long and I would say that the par 3’s are the true standouts of the course. The elevated par 3, 6th Hole is brilliant at 170 yards with a valley left and a pot bunker lurking amongst the seemingly safe haven of dunes behind the green. Dundonald Links is as challenging as you choose to make it and it’s sweeping and equitable design provides for a very enjoyable modern links experience.

Review of Oakmont Country Club

Played On 06/14/2015
I Recommend This Course
5.0

An unyielding test

Oakmont is one of the select few courses that is both an enigma as a fiercely private country club as well as being something of a public asset, owned in the hearts and memories of fans of the game that have watched the game’s history defined by it’s legends. Oakmont is the hardest course in America in the minds of many. What is remarkable is that while that is very well true, the course is not unfair. How a course can challenge every aspect of a player’s game, yet reward a well thought out and executed shot at the same time is part of the magic of Oakmont. So Oakmont is not about indifference to good shots as it is about severely punishing a bad one. What’s more, Oakmont is not a one-trick pony. Oakmont’s greens are legendary, routinely rolling upwards to 14 on the stimpmeter, mandating that you must keep the ball under the hole at all costs. However, once you are at Oakmont you realize that the elevation changes and variety, look and length of the holes, brutal bunkering and lush rough are guaranteed to keep you fully engaged. In keeping with the above attributes, my favorite hole was the par-4 3rd, stretched to just under 430 yards from the tips. This is the hole that plays host to the famed and iconic “Church pews” bunkers. These Church pews are more of the Puritan variety for if you are wayward they will not send you softly on your way with a few Hail Marys. Rather, you’ll pay a heavy price for your sins. Tiger double-bogeyed this hole at the 2007 U.S. Open and ended up losing to Angel Cabrera by one shot! Your work is not done even if you do avoid the Church pews for the approach shot is uphill to a well bunkered semi-blind green with a false front and a steep fall off if you go long. Oakmont is not pretentious, it is simply a look-you-straight-in-the-eye unyielding test.
Off-course amenities Excellent
Course Conditions Excellent
Course Layout Excellent

Review of Royal County Down Golf Club - Championship Course

Played On 06/01/2014
I Recommend This Course
5.0

The best golfers in the world adore this Northern Irish links

There are many ways to measure a great golf course. To some, it begins and ends solely based upon how they played upon it. Others will judge based upon more esoteric criteria such as routing, green complexes, shot values and views. Regardless of what combination of these approaches one cares to employ regarding Northern Ireland’s Royal County Down, I would humbly suggest another for consideration: Think of the best golfers you know who have played the course? For that matter, think of the best golfers in the world and universally they will all sing the praises of Royal County Down with many declaring it the “best in the land” and still others convinced it numbers among the Top 10 in all the world! High praise, indeed. Built in the shadow of the peak of Slieve Donard, the fairways at Royal County Down dart and hide behind ancient and rugged, rolling dunes. While it’s beauty is nearly distracting, the course does not try to court your favor. Simply put, the course might be the most difficult you will ever play (this is directly influenced by the mighty winds it is subject to off the Bay of Dundrum and the Irish Sea, but even in the rare occasion of little wind there is no respite). My favorite holes are the 9th and 4th. Rory McIlroy has said the view from the tee on the 4th are his favorite in all the world and the yellow-brick-road-like meandering and backdrop that define the 9th are equaling draw dropping. Royal County Down is special both for those who are not faint of heart and those who possess one.

Review of Valhalla Golf Club

Played On 05/01/2014
I Recommend This Course
5.0

Playground of mortal champions

In Nordic mythology, Valhalla is the great hall where the souls of Viking heroes celebrate with the gods. In the earthly realms, Valhalla Golf Club just outside of Louisville, Kentucky is the playground of mortal champions. In keeping with it’s namesake, Valhalla is a golf course that plays big. At the 2014 PGA Championship, the course played just a hair under 7,500 yards (it can play even longer), but it’s effective length is considerably more because of the sharply rolling landscape. I was surprised at how big the hills were when I saw them the first time. In addition to this, the raised green complexes and false fronts make for a challenging combination. Add in the natural lush growing conditions and a fair amount water (particularly on the font) and you have a course that will give you as much of a challenge as you want. The front nine is built on the lowest part of the property where thousands of cubic yards of fill were used to insure proper drainage in the case of big storms, so it is fairly open, almost links-like and significantly shaped. The back nine climbs back up the hills and is marked by more trees that have an impact on the ideal lines from the tee and on approach shots. My favorite two holes, by side, are the par 5, 7th a quintessential risk/reward split-fairway beauty of 597 yards and the par 4, 13th that is the shortest par 4 on the course at 350 yards. The fairway is well protected with multiple bunkers and the green is nearly surrounded by water and built up some twenty feet on huge boulders. If there are golfing gods, then certainly course designer Jack Nicklaus is welcomed among their company. Fitting then, that this Valhalla gives you a chance to revel in the glory of the history and the challenges that define this championship golf experience.

Review of Pinehurst Resort & Country Club - No. 2

Played On 04/03/2014
I Recommend This Course
5.0

Pinehurst No. 2 is a national treasure

Pinehurst No. 2 is a national treasure. While the Donald Ross’ gem always retained it dignity and challenge, as evidenced by it’s hosting a historic and a compelling U.S. Open championships in 1999 and 2005 (plus many, many other important tournaments, including the 2014 U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open in 2014), discussions of individual holes were always predicated with, “…when it was originally designed, it was…”. Well, after the Coore & Crenshaw restoration what was, once again, is. Their efforts brilliantly allowed the course to bloom anew. The rough is defined by vast sandy areas and wire grasses, allowing fortune it’s fancy, but it the revelation of the Ross’ ingenious original shaping and tee to green artistry will be the restoration’s lasting legacy. While the par 3, 17th hole and difficult par 4, 18th hole will garner most of the attention at the 2014 U.S. Open, my favorite stretch of holes are 389 yard, par 4, 3rd hole, 569 yard, par 5, 4th hole and 476 yard, par 4, 5th hole. Each stands alone in it’s design merits and challenges utilizing the natural slopes of the land in perfect harmony with green contours and bunkering.
Staff Friendliness Excellent
Quality of food & beverage Excellent
Pace of Play Fair
Off-course amenities Excellent
Course Conditions Excellent
Value for the Money Good

Review of Pinehurst Resort & Country Club - No. 4

Played On 04/01/2014
I Recommend This Course
5.0

“Marcia! Marcia! Marcia!” Yea, you probably know where I’m going. Pinehurst’s No. 4 would easily be the crown jewel of any other collection of cours

“Marcia! Marcia! Marcia!” Yea, you probably know where I’m going. Pinehurst’s No. 4 would easily be the crown jewel of any other collection of courses, if it were not for it’s famed sibling, the brilliant Pinehurst No. 2. Tom Fazio renovated No. 4 in 2000 and the results are excellent. The 170 yard, par 3, 4th hole is a downhill beauty that requires a precise tee shot over a lake and equally as challenging (and risk-and-reward thought provoking) is the par 5, 13th hole that is a sharp dogleg to the left around a lake. A decent drive leaves you close enough to hear the sirens sweetly singing, begging you to go for the green in two, a carry of upwards to 200 yards over water. Both holes represent the quality and variety of the holes on No. 4 and how great golf comes in many varieties at Pinehurst.
Staff Friendliness Excellent
Quality of food & beverage Excellent
Pace of Play Good
Off-course amenities Excellent
Course Conditions Excellent
Value for the Money Good

Review of Newport National Golf Club - Orchard Course

Played On 09/16/2013
I Recommend This Course
4.0

Newport National is perennially voted the “#1 Course You Can Play in New England,” and was named by PGA.com as #8 in it’s listing of the Best American

Newport National sits upon the highest point of Aquidneck Island, surrounded by the Sakonnet Passage, Narraganset Bay and the mouth of the Atlantic Ocean, providing for beautiful views. The Arthur Hills and associate Drew Rogers designed course was not built to play like a links course, but sometimes golf courses have a way of writing their own story. Pristine seaside creeping bent from tee to green, the shale base and gentle slope of the land, augmented by fescue that dances in the ocean breezes like a horse’s mane, combine to confound your senses, having you believe you are on the far side of the Atlantic water hazard, perhaps someplace on the coast of Ireland? The downside is the course’s lack of a clubhouse (construction trailers serve the part) and practice facilities, however, as Newport National is perennially voted the “#1 Course You Can Play in New England,” and was named by PGA.com as #8 in it’s listing of the Best American Links, it is clear why golfers love it.
Staff Friendliness Excellent
Quality of food & beverage Good
Pace of Play Average
Off-course amenities Excellent
Course Conditions Excellent
Value for the Money Good

Review of Lahinch Golf Club - Old Course

Played On 08/24/2013
I Recommend This Course
5.0

Could be the finest links in all of Ireland and keeps getting better

Lahinch Golf Club is considered the "St. Andrews of Ireland." The moniker is an apt one as the town of Lahinch, hard on the Atlantic Ocean and in the shadows of the Cliffs of Moher (a must see) and the golf course are synonymous in many ways. St Andrews’ favorite son, Old Tom Morris, was the first to shape these links (followed by Dr. Alister MacKenzie and more recently by Martin Hawtree) and two of the course’s most iconic holes, the par 5, Klondyke and the par 3, Dell, are Old Tom originals!  As well know and respected as Lahinch is, I don’t think the course gets the credit it deserves.  A strong argument can be made that Lahinch is the finest links course in all of Ireland.  The front nine requires finesse while the back nine is about pure brawn. The result is a pure joy.
Staff Friendliness Excellent
Quality of food & beverage Excellent
Pace of Play Average
Off-course amenities Excellent
Course Conditions Excellent
Value for the Money Average

Review of Royal Portrush Golf Club - Dunluce

Played On 08/22/2013
I Recommend This Course
5.0

Royal Portrush’s Dunluce course is the only course in all of Ireland to have hosted the Open Championship

Its one thing to declare a course as distinctive based solely upon conviction, it is quite another thing when a course has the weight of history on it’s side.  Royal Portrush’s Dunluce course is the only course in all of Ireland to have hosted the Open Championship and in 2012 it played host to the Irish Open, becoming the first regular European Tour event to sell out!  Royal Portrush still retains the look and feel of a classic Harry Colt design and perhaps the greatest compliment one could make about the course is that it is a world-class competitive challenge, but always indisputably fair.  In short, Royal Portrush is a brilliant links golf course.
Staff Friendliness Excellent
Quality of food & beverage Excellent
Pace of Play Average
Off-course amenities Excellent
Course Conditions Excellent
Value for the Money Average
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