Bulle Rock

Bulle Rock – Played April 2018

  • Rankings: Golf Digest Public #78, Golf Magazine Public #41
  • Location: 320 Blenheim Lane, Havre de Grace, Maryland
  • Year: 1998
  • Architect: Pete Dye
  • Course Access: Public
  • Walking Rules: Carts Available

Score Card Information:

  • Black: 7,375 yards, Par 72, 76.6 Rating/148 Slope
  • Gold: 6,907 yards, Par 72, 74.2 Rating/142 Slope
  • Blue: 6,410 yards, Par 72, 72.0 Rating/138 Slope
  • White: 6,055 yards, Par 72, 70.6 Rating/135 Slope
  • Green: 5,507 yards, Par 72, 67.8 Rating/129 Slope
  • Red: 5,320 yards, Par 72, 72.4 Rating/137 Slope

Every year when the calendar turns to January I am faced with the daunting prospect of tax season.  It is an extremely busy time of the year that doesn’t leave much time for golf, let alone golf trips.

To satiate my hunger for golf travel during this time I usually spend some free time trying to plan out the upcoming year’s golf trips.  Maryland was an area that had come up a few times as I have a good friend who lives there.

After looking at my map I knew I could hit Bulle Rock while I was in town.  So on the weekend after tax day we packed up and headed out north to Maryland.

Bulle Rock is a Pete Dye design in the northern Maryland town of Havre de Grace.  It is widely regarded as the best public course in Maryland (we’ll get to that claim throughout this piece).  It has received accolades from Golf Digest, Golfweek, Zagat, Golf Styles, and Golf for Women. Continue reading “Bulle Rock”

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Wyboo Golf Club

Wyboo Golf Club – Played July 2004

  • Rankings: None of the four lists
  • Location: 2565 Players Course Drive, Manning, South Carolina
  • Year: 1999
  • Architect: Tom Jackson
  • Course Access: Public
  • Walking Rules: Carts Available

Score Card Information:

  • Blue: 6,908 yards, Par 72, 72.3 Rating/129 Slope
  • White: 6,395 yards, Par 72, 69.5 Rating/118 Slope
  • Gold: 5,718 yards, Par 72, 66.7 Rating/111 Slope
  • Red: 4,950 yards, Par 72, 67.9 Rating/115 Slope

I was down to play this course after a summer working in the junior golf camps at Pinehurst.  After a summer spent practicing and playing in my “job” I was trying to qualify for the SC State Amateur.  This was obviously in the days where competing was still important to me.  It didn’t go well!  Now I am much more content to play for some money in match play or with a gimmie here or there.

Wyboo is conveniently located about 10 miles off of I-95.  As I remember the pricing is very affordable and well worth your time if you’re in the area.

Once again, shout out to Brian from @virginiagolfguy on Instagram and vagolfguy.com for letting me use his pictures.  All distances are from the blue tees.

Hole 1 – 441 yards – Par 4

The first tee shot is tough with water down the right.  Due to the length of the hole driver will be in your hand and you need to be accurate.  Favor the left side.

From the left side the view of the angle is below.  Avoid the bunkers and you’ll be in great shape.

Hole 2 – 171 yards – Par 3

Not too much to this hole strategy-wise.  The water is not in play and the small bunker is the only real defense.  Pick a target and hit it.

Hole 3 – 445 yards – Par 4

Again, not much strategy on this hole.  Trees line both sides and demand a straight drive.  Length is preferred too.

This look back from the green shows the straightness of the hole.

Hole 4 – 375 yards – Par 4

This hole is a dogleg right with trees guarding the right side.  You can see the beginning of the sand that will extend to a large waste area you can see in the second photo.

Below is the view as you make the turn.  The large fairway bunker is the main hazard for the tee shot.

Here is a look back down the hole.

Hole 5 – 524 yards – Par 5

The width off this tee allows you to pick a line based on your abilities.  Stay away from the trees on each side.

There is plenty of room out there as seen in the photo below.

Your eyes on the approach are drawn to the large bunker on the right as well as the water hazard.  With the hazards you have to favor the left side.

Hole 6 – 385 yards – Par 4

This hole is not overly long, but there is water trouble up the right side.  A good line is down the left side with a slight fade.

Water also comes in to play on the left side.  You can see that view below.

Hole 7 – 399 yards – Par 4

This is a slight bender to the left.  A large water hazard starts at a distance where some players may land their drives.  The hazard is on the left and continues up to the green to influence the approach.

Hole 8 – 191 yards – Par 3

Plenty of water lurks here to test you.  It is short left and short right.

This view gives you a good representation of the water.  A solid middle or long iron is needed.

Hole 9 – 538 yards – Par 5

This big dogleg right will be difficult if you are wayward.  A bunker sits on the right side of the fairway.  Water is on each side of the fairway just past the landing area.

Hole 10 – 368 yards – Par 4

The is a mild dogleg left.  As the hole begins to turn there is a water hazard on the right side that extends all the way to the green.  You can go with three wood here.

The green, seen below, is quite narrow and difficult to hit.

Hole 11 – 523 yards – Par 5

This double bender has plenty of room off the tee.  Trees down the left will provide some obstacles, but you can spray it here a bit.  No water changes up the theme we have seen so far.

Hole 12 – 379 yards – Par 4

A few bunkers and a straight hole make this one somewhat boring.  The trees though add an unnecessary challenge.  A good drive up the left with a fade could clip trees, which I don’t view as a good thing.

Hole 13 – 216 yards – Par 3

This might be the most difficult par 3.  It is long with water all down the left that goes right up to the green.

For a longer hole the green is not very big.  A par here will be a good accomplishment.

Hole 14 – 442 yards – Par 4

There is water, as you can see, but it really isn’t in play.  Other than that the hole is straight with a bit of sand.  Not much to it.

Hole 15 – 567 yards – Par 5

This is a long hole that will take most three shots to reach.  It turns to the left around the small amount of trees on that side.  If you can hug the left side with a draw you will be in the best position.

Below is a look from behind the green.

Hole 16 – 373 yards – Par 4

This hole is straightaway.  With the trees a lesser club may make sense for accuracy.  Great photo from Brian with the sun coming in.

Hole 17 – 178 yards – Par 3

Not much here on one of flattest pieces of the property.  A few bunkers guard the right side of the green, but otherwise not much defense here.

Hole 18 – 393 yards – Par 4

The final hole really opens up with very little tree interference.  There are a couple fairway bunkers up the left.  A solid drive favoring the right side will leave you in position to birdie the final hole.

For the money, Wyboo is a great track.  It is quite affordable.  I remember it being in good shape and from Brian’s photos that was the case in recent years as well.  It will test you with some difficult driving holes and plenty of water.  If you’re in the area give it a try.

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True Blue Golf Club

True Blue Golf Club – Played October 2007

  • Rankings: None of the four lists
  • Location: 900 Blue Stem Drive, Pawleys Island, South Carolina
  • Year: 1998
  • Architect: Mike Strantz
  • Course Access: Public
  • Walking Rules: Carts Available

Score Card Information:

  • Gold: 7,126 yards, Par 72, 73.8 Rating/139 Slope
  • Blue: 6,812 yards, Par 72, 72.3 Rating/128 Slope
  • White: 6,375 yards, Par 72, 71.1 Rating/123 Slope
  • Black: 5,736 yards, Par 72, 67.2 Rating/112 Slope
  • Green: 4,995 yards, Par 72, 69.5 Rating/115 Slope

True Blue was actually my first experience with the great Mike Strantz.  This will kick off back to back weeks of Strantz courses, so be on the lookout next week for another!

A quick backstory.  In one of my internships in college, I won a weekend at a beach condo of one of the partners in my firm.  I was very excited.

I was also a little nervous because my buddies were going down with me.  I didn’t want anything to happen to the condo because it would be a while until I started full time.  There was plenty of time to pull my offer if we messed something up!

Luckily none of that happened.  We partied pretty hard and met up with some good friends that were in the area as well.  I remember it for watching the ALCS between the Red Sox and Indians.  The Sox won and got the ring that year!  All my buddies were cheering for Cleveland because I don’t know how to pick friends apparently :).

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Tot Hill Farm Golf Club

Tot Hill Farm Golf Club – Played Sometime 2011-2013

  • Rankings: None of the four lists
  • Location: 3185 Tot Hill Farm Road, Asheboro, North Carolina
  • Year: 2000
  • Architect: Mike Strantz
  • Course Access: Public
  • Walking Rules: Carts Available

Score Card Information:

  • Outlaw Black: 6,543 yards, Par 72, 72.5 Rating/138 Slope
  • Gambler Green: 6,214 yards, Par 72, 70.4 Rating/132 Slope
  • Rawhide White: 5,632 yards, Par 72, 69.0 Rating/117 Slope (Men’s), 74.0 Rating/134 Slope (Women’s)
  • Mustang Gold: 4,556 yards, Par 72, 63.8 Rating/103 Slope (Men’s), 67.9 Rating/118 Slope (Women’s)

As mentioned at the top, I don’t remember the year I played this gem.  I do know that it was on one of the many trips to the Pinehurst area for a weekend of golf with the wife.  Tot Hill is a bit away from the area, but was well worth the drive.  It was prototypical Strantz which means it was super imaginative.  You can see from the mix of pars that the course never gets monotonous.

I don’t recall spending a ton of time in the clubhouse to see the vibe of the place as we were trying to get back to Pinehurst for our hotel.  As I mentioned before, it is a bit out of the way so there may not be much going on, but don’t quote me on that.

Thanks again to Brian for the photos.  Check him out on Instagram @virginiagolfguy and at his website vagolfguy.com.

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Colonial Country Club

Colonial Country Club – Played November 2017

  • Rankings: Golf Magazine #86
  • Location: 3735 Country Club Circle, Fort Worth, Texas
  • Year: 1935
  • Architects: John Bredemus & Perry Maxwell
  • Course Access: Private
  • Walking Rules: Carts & Caddies Available

Score Card Information:

  • Black: 7,204 yards, Par 70, 75.1 Rating/138 Slope
  • Blue: 6,837 yards, Par 70, 73.5 Rating/134 Slope
  • Gold: 6,527 yards, Par 70, 72.0 Rating/131 Slope
  • White: 5,971 yards, Par 70, 68.8 Rating/124 Slope (Men’s), 76.2 Rating/139 Slope (Women’s)
  • Red: 5,700 yards, Par 72, 74.8 Rating/137 Slope

I love it when a plan comes together!  I’ll explain a little bit more of what I mean.

Back in July I was in Orange County, California for my brother-in-law’s wedding.  This is the one I mentioned in the Pelican Hill post.  Our table set up for the reception included one of his work buddies who lived in Dallas named Robert.

Robert and I talked a bit about my quest and we all had a fun night at the reception.  Fast forward a few months later and I reached out to Robert about playing at Colonial and if he had any connections.

Luckily, a good friend of his is a member.  Plans were made and the wife and I made travel plans.  Unfortunately, I couldn’t find a connect for Dallas National this time, but it’s a good reason to go back.

With all this planning, I had time to invite my buddy Lance who lives in Oklahoma.  The drive was much easier for him than it was for me from South Carolina, but I love to drive.  Lance is a good dude so I was happy to help him out with this one.  Other than his OU fandom we get along great :).  Sorry buddy! Continue reading “Colonial Country Club”

TGT’s 2018 US Open Musings & Picks

It seems like the majors are getting harder to predict with every passing event.  The fields are ultra deep and many guys are clicking.

This week is no different with DJ coming off a win in the last event.  JT and many others are in the groove as well.  You could say Spieth and Rory are not quite at 100%, but would you be surprised if either of them busted out this week and played well? Continue reading “TGT’s 2018 US Open Musings & Picks”

Virginia Trip Recap

My recent trip to Virginia was for a short weekend getaway.  I played Spring Creek and Golden Horseshoe (Gold).  Check out the posts on those courses if you haven’t yet.

As a side note, I’m going to make an effort to take better notes on this portion of my trips when applicable.  On some of the golf-centric jaunts where I’m not experiencing too much of the area, there may not be a need for these recaps.

WHY

This trip was mainly for the golf, but we hadn’t really been to the Williamsburg area.  We wanted to check out a new place.

FOOD

We tried a few places around the area.  I don’t have them all in my memory bank, but there are solid options.  A few that I can recommend I’ve listed below.

  • Alewerks Brewing Company – They have plenty of beers on tap in their taproom.  Flights are available as well as plenty of beer for purchase.  Since we were there in late September the Pumpkin beer was in season and was very solid.  Also very good was the Chesapeake Pale Ale.  They have a live music spot outside which was well attended with fall temps in the air.
  • The Williamsburg Winery – This was a trip arranged by the wife.  We did some wine tasting, but that was it here.  We didn’t sample the restaurant but did leave with some bottles.

SERVICE

Everything at Golden Horseshoe was phenomenal.  My player host made the round awesome.  The rest of the professional staff was very welcoming and tended to my every need.

Spring Creek was friendly service as well.  It was on par with an upscale daily-fee course.

NON-GOLF ATTRACTIONS WE VISITED

We headed over to the complex at historic Jamestowne to get a dose of history.  There is tons of information here for people of all ages.  I definitely recommend this for families.

I did a little driving through the William and Mary campus but didn’t stop at anything.  If I get back I think a campus tour would be very interesting.