Goodbye Grampa

I write this with a heavy heart because my grandfather passed last week.  This was both a sad affair and a blessing as he was 92 years old and had been in declining health for a while.  Thankfully, his mind was still sharp basically until the very end.

Grampa was the one who got me started in golf back at the tender age of nine.  He told me it was a way to keep me out of trouble.  While I never thought I was in danger of getting into any trouble, I am so glad that he put a club in my hands.  It sparked a love affair with the sport that burns to this day.

I will always remember our time spent at Candia Woods in the New Hampshire summers when I was learning the game.  We didn’t always see eye to eye on things, but he was always there for guidance.  While not a great golfer, he taught me the etiquette of the game and how to handle myself on the course.  I’d like to think of my behavior when I play is a good reflection on him.

I got to spend plenty of time with him when I spent all my summers in New Hampshire until I was 17.  It was and is a place that always helps me relax.  I hate that I won’t see him there anymore, but it will always be filled with memories of him and my Grammy.

He loved his wife, Aline, more than anything.  She left us over 10 years ago.  I know Gramps is happy that he can join her again and no longer suffer.  I’m comforted by my belief that they are together again.  Goodbye, Grampa.

 

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Little River Golf & Resort

Little River Golf & Resort – Played May 2012

  • Rankings: None of the four lists
  • Location: 500 Little River Farm Road, Carthage, North Carolina
  • Year: 1996
  • Architect: Dan Maples
  • Course Access: Public
  • Walking Rules: Carts Available

Score Card Information:

  • Blue: 6,939 yards, Par 72, 73.4 Rating/135 Slope
  • White: 6,258 yards, Par 72, 70.0 Rating/128 Slope
  • Gold: 5,190 yards, Par 72, 64.8 Rating/111 Slope
  • Red: 4,998 yards, Par 72, 68.7 Rating/122 Slope

Yet again we are coming to you from the Pinehurst area.  I played Little River on one of the many trips up with my wife.  The course is a short drive from Pinehurst proper.

The setting is serene and the course is not overly difficult.  It is a great spot to try and make a score, but not get too beat up.

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

Let’s get into the tour.  All yardages are from the white tees. Continue reading “Little River Golf & Resort”

Verdict Ridge Golf & Country Club

Verdict Ridge Golf & Country Club – Played April 2012

  • Rankings: None of the four lists
  • Location: 7332 Kidville Road, Denver, North Carolina
  • Year: 1999
  • Architect: Ed Schweitzer
  • Course Access: Public
  • Walking Rules: Carts Available

Score Card Information:

  • Black: 6,926 yards, Par 72, 74.4 Rating/144 Slope
  • Blue: 6,320 yards, Par 72, 71.2 Rating/141 Slope
  • White: 5,739 yards, Par 72, 68.6 Rating/128 Slope (Men’s), 74.3 Rating/139 Slope (Women’s)
  • Gold: 5,074 yards, Par 72, 65.8 Rating/114 Slope (Men’s), 70.3 Rating/133 Slope (Women’s)
  • Green: 4,771 yards, Par 72, 68.6 Rating/126 Slope

I remember the day I played here distinctly.  It was right after the end of tax season and I went up with a couple buddies to tee it up and catch the Celtics who were in town to play the then Charlotte Bobcats.  As an aside, the decision to go back to Hornets was obviously a great one. Continue reading “Verdict Ridge Golf & Country Club”

Baltimore Country Club (Five Farms East)

Baltimore Country Club (Five Farms East) – Played April 2018

  • Rankings: Golf Magazine #94
  • Location: 11500 Mays Chapel Road, Timonium, Maryland
  • Year: 1926
  • Original Architect: A.W. Tillinghast
  • Additional Work By: Brian Silva & Keith Foster
  • Course Access: Private
  • Walking Rules: Caddies & Carts Available

Score Card Information:

  • Black: 7,181 yards, Par 70, 75.1 Rating/141 Slope
  • Blue: 6,664 yards, Par 70, 72.9 Rating/136 Slope
  • White: 6,201 yards, Par 70, 70.6 Rating/129 Slope
  • Gold: 5,948 yards, Par 70, 68.8 Rating/128 Slope
  • Red: 5,725 yards, Par 75, 73.6 Rating/140 Slope

The second of my Maryland double dip was the East course at Baltimore Country Club.

I was really excited to play here due to the Tillinghast design and the competition history of the club.  The club has played host to a murderer’s row of tournaments including the 1899 US Open, 1928 PGA Championship, 1932 US Amateur, 1965 Walker Cup, 1988 US Women’s Open, 2007-2009 Senior Players Championship.  BCC is one of only two clubs to host this lineup of events. Continue reading “Baltimore Country Club (Five Farms East)”

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”

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. Continue reading “Wyboo Golf Club”

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 :).

Continue reading “True Blue Golf Club”