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New Jersey, USA
Handicap
5-9
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Advanced
Plays
A few times a week

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Average Rating

4.0
4.0
Total 13 Reviews

Rating Breakdown

13 Reviews
5 Stars
5
4 Stars
5
3 Stars
2
2 Stars
0
1 Stars
1
Recommended Courses
11
Not Recommended Courses
2
Helpful Votes Count
3
Not Helpful Votes Count
0
First Review
09/18/2013
Last Review
05/31/2018

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Review of Bear Trap Dunes Golf Club - Grizzly/Kodiak Course

Played On 05/29/2018
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Wet weather
Used cart

Nice warm up course

I play Bear Trap Dunes several time a year. On this day it was 2 days after a violent thunderstorm and heavy downpour. Whiel it was cart path only, I was impressed that course conditions were good. Greens were expectedly slower than normal and soft. Today I played Grizzly/Kodiak (there are 27 holes). Kodiak is the weakest 9 and when I made the turn from Grizzly, it was backed up and insufferably slow. When I asked if I could play Black bear which had NO one on the tee, the staff said no. I felt this was arbitrary and only irritated me. This is a links style course with a good layout. Today they moved the tees forward which I find annoying but a common practice on resort courses. I played from the listed distances for the blue tees (6300 yds) otherwise I would have dropped at least 500 yds off. I also noticed that Troon (who manages the course) has let many of the more out of play bunkers go to seed and as a result it gave the course a tired and poorly maintained look. Still a worthwhile course to have an enjoyable round.
Staff Friendliness Average
Pace of Play Fair
Off-course amenities Average
Course Conditions Average
Value for the Money Good
Course Layout Good

Review of Mauna Lani Resort - North Course

Played On 04/21/2018
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Used cart

Spectacular

What a gem. This is a 2 course complex (North and South) managed by Troon. The North course in actually mostly in a valley and carved through the lava flows and trees. Beautiful views of the ocean and the lava fields. This was a windy day and it made some shots very difficult. Lot of sand and taller trees to contend with. All well placed. Course conditions couldn't have been better. Well watered and maintained fairways, tees and greens. The greens were wonderful. Firm but could hold a long shot in. Play both courses. We actually changed to play both twice.
Staff Friendliness Good
Pace of Play Good
Off-course amenities Good
Course Conditions Excellent
Value for the Money Good
Course Layout Excellent

Review of Hapuna Golf Course

Played On 04/20/2018
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing
Windy weather
Used cart

Great potential

Played this on our second day in Hawaii and what a surprise. Wonderful layout with grass defined fairways. fairways were firm so you got a good roll, but this was partly because of less watering. Manageable elevation changes with ample fairways. Miss them and it was punishing due to the tall native grasses. Greens rolled nicely and were well maintained. I believe this is a Palmer design and with a bit more maintenance it could be a gem. The cost is an estimate as it was part of a 2 round package with Mauna Kea. Definitely worth including in a gold week.
Staff Friendliness Average
Pace of Play Excellent
Off-course amenities Average
Course Conditions Average
Value for the Money Good
Course Layout Good

Review of Mystic Dunes Golf Club

Played On 02/19/2018
3.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

I got what I expected

I knew going in that this course was not in good shape, but that it a decent layout. I was staying at Mystic Dunes so it made it easy and convenient to go. There was a lot of development going on around the course so travel from hole to hole was obviously a temporary challenge. In fact hole 9 was closed for the day. As others reviewed, the fairways have very poor grass. This is due to fungus (black patches) and poor cutting. Munis are better maintained. The greens and surrounds on the other hand were decent and this plus the an ok layout made it a good day away from the pool. There are a lot of golf courses in the Orlando area and many near Mystic Dunes. Don't know if their owners are up to the challenge of getting this into worthy shape. It was cheap, convenient and I had time. Nice restaurant .
Staff Friendliness Average
Pace of Play Good
Off-course amenities Good
Course Conditions Poor
Value for the Money Good
Course Layout Good
Response from Mystic Dunes Golf Club on 03/09/2018:
Thanks for your review! We're glad that you enjoyed the challenge of our course, but we apologize that our course conditions didn't meet your expectations. We are working on improving our course every day, so we hope you will give us another try in the future!

Review of Ballyliffin Golf Club - Glashedy

Played On 06/03/2016
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing
Excellent weather

What a surpise

Our group played the Old Links course as our second of the day and last of our trip. Honestly we were expecting a tired and ordinary tract to finish our trip playing it as a scramble. Were we surprised. Unlike the Glashedy course this has moguls running down every fairway which push balls in every direction. The greens were in excellent shape and large for what we had come to expect from this old links courses. The whole complex is situated in an ocean of grasses and moss. I didn't see a tree or even a bush anywhere near play. Getting to Ballyliffin is a hike but well worthwhile. Plan to play both courses. You wont be disappointed.
Staff Friendliness Excellent
Pace of Play Excellent
Off-course amenities Good
Course Conditions Excellent
Value for the Money Good
Course Layout Good

Review of Royal Portrush Golf Club - Dunluce

Played On 06/02/2016
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Excellent weather

Why this is an Open caliber course

Wow, one look over the layout from the road as you pas by shows why this course is included in the Open rotation. The Dunluce course (yes there are two) has a broad sweep moving back and forth between duned areas to moguled valley holes. There is ample room for a large gallery to watch, something that Royal County Downs, a far tougher course does not have. Our group took forecaddies and glad we did as knowledge of lines and distances with even the mild elevation changes was of real help. RCD has many completely blind shots while RPR is more subtle but requires long accurate shots over deep fescue and dune grasses on many holes. A perfect example is #5 (White Rocks) , a modest length par 4 that goes slightly downhill then turns sharply right and back up hill. The carry from the white tees is over 200 yards and coming up short will likely result in a big number if you find the ball. Unlike many of the Irish links courses that tend to divide the two nines between the high dunes along the coast and the low areas leading up to the dunes, RPR mixes both nicely and makes for a more continuous look and challenging round through out the 18. The course is getting ready for the Open in 2019 and you could see a lot of activity but this never detracted from our play. There is a decent range and practice facility and a nice club house with upstairs patio to enjoy afterwards. Thee is a quaint little halfway house in the middle that you should make sure to visit. This is definitely a bucket list course and I am looking forward to a return.
Staff Friendliness Good
Pace of Play Good
Off-course amenities Good
Course Conditions Good
Value for the Money Good
Course Layout Excellent

Review of Portstewart Golf Club - The Strand

Played On 06/01/2016
I Recommend This Course
3.0
First Time Playing
Excellent weather

Disappointment

With Royal Portrush we looked to this course based on reviews as one of our top targets in our group's trip to N Ireland golf. Of all the courses this was our biggest disappointment. The opening hole provided a spectacular view of the course and coastline and we were optimistic about a greta experience. Immediately we discovered that the green's conditions were terrible because they had very recently been aerated. We should have known this because they were punching the practice green while we were teeing off. This made putting a real challenge. To me that is unconscionable to have done at the high of the season. To make matters worse the fairways were pretty dried out giving the course an almost desert like feel. I noticed few if any sprinklers in the fairways and our caddy told us they hand water all the fairways! It was clear that the course was in need of more aggressive maintenance. That said there were certainly some marvelous holes including the finishing holes that seemed to be in better shape. With other very good courses in the area, if one needed to cull a course from the program, I would pick this one.
Staff Friendliness Good
Pace of Play Good
Off-course amenities Good
Course Conditions Fair
Value for the Money Average
Course Layout Good

Review of Royal County Down Golf Club - Championship Course

Played On 05/31/2016
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Excellent weather

Brace yourself

We could not have picked a better day to play. Had an earlt tee time and it was clear it was going to be a busy day. The opening hole is the best I have seen on any course. It was a dew covered modest par 5 that snakes along the bluffs overlooking the coast.This and every hole was impeccably manicured so that fairway shots were rewarded with pure firm lies. The course has too many blind shots that without a caddy to guide you would be a nightmare. Of particular note would be #9 with its discontinuous and shifted fairway. A straight shot down the middle of the fairway would put you into the deep heather and Gorse on the other side of the dune. Our caddy climbed the dune and near the top told up to hit it over his head and be sure to carry 200 yds. This barely got us to the fairway on the other side. There were several hole that had shifted fairways and narrow landing areas on the other side of an elevated carry (# 2, 3, 6, 11, 13 and 15). These blind shots are the only negative I had for the course. Unless you play it several times it is too hard to understand what you are facing and failing to hit the fairway can be really punishing. The views throughout the course were spectacular and often made it hard to stay focused on your game. The course is a stunning sweep of rough land that has been meticulously carved to form imaginative and challenging holes. The only hole that I found ordinary and well out of character for the course is 17 - a 400 yd downhill par 4 with an odd triangular pond in the middle. The pro shop was very nice and as would be expected from a course of this caliber, well stocked with quality goods. The club house was very nice and the lunch we had afterwards was perfect. Our caddy however seemed to be going through the motions and showed limited interest in our group. He was probably the least engaged of those we used on our trip. Without question this is deserving of it's #1 rating in the world. RCD is a breathtaking and demanding a course as I have played and look forward to doing it again.
Staff Friendliness Good
Pace of Play Average
Off-course amenities Excellent
Course Conditions Excellent
Value for the Money Good
Course Layout Excellent

Review of County Louth Golf Club

Played On 05/30/2016
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing
Good weather

What a pleasant surprise

County Louth was a fill in to bridge our groups trip between Dublin and The courses in N Ireland. We wanted to play Royal County Down and needed another course to get us into the area and selected CL for this. What a pleasant surprise as this was a very demanding and nice lead into what would be much harder courses. Like so many links style courses this also split the holes between the tough dunes areas and the flatter grounds away from the coast. Make no mistake the dunes are very demanding and the layout seemed to channel more balls into fairway bunkers than other courses so you need to watch your line. While there were a few goofy holes (3 in particular), the course provided a good test of accuracy off the tee. Failing this as you entered the dune areas was punishing. The greens were very undulating on many holes but in very good shape All in all a good course that our group enjoyed and an excellent fill in for the start of the harder courses up north
Staff Friendliness Excellent
Pace of Play Excellent
Off-course amenities Average
Course Conditions Excellent
Value for the Money Excellent
Course Layout Good

Review of Portmarnock Hotel and Golf Links

Played On 05/29/2016
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Good weather

An overlooked gem

Our group of 12 golfers played here to fill in the start of our trip. We started in Dublin to play the Portmarnock championship course and included this before we went north. What a pleasant surprise. Langer's revamp of the Jamisen private course was well worth playing. The course was not as well maintained as the other courses we played, but it more than adequate for our group. Like we discovered during our trip at other licks courses, the corse's teeth show when you move towards the sea and into the duns. The demands on shot accuracy were considerable but fair. This was a tough opening for us but a perfect fit adjacent to the Portmarnock hotel.
Staff Friendliness Good
Pace of Play Good
Off-course amenities Average
Course Conditions Good
Value for the Money Good
Course Layout Excellent
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