Bay Harbor Golf Club (Links/Quarry)

Bay Harbor Golf Club (Links/Quarry) – Played May 2017

  • Rankings: Golf Digest Public #65, Golf Magazine Public #49
  • Location: 5800 Coastal Ridge Drive, Petoskey, Michigan
  • Year: 1996
  • Architect: Arthur Hills
  • Course Access: Resort
  • Walking Rules: Carts Available

Score Card Information:

  • Black: 6,827 yards, Par 72, 73.0 Rating/145 Slope
  • Blue: 6,414 yards, Par 72, 71.2 Rating/141 Slope
  • Gold: 5,936 yards, Par 72, 69.8 Rating/132 Slope
  • White: 5,175 yards, Par 72, 66.2 Rating/119 Slope
  • Red: 4,319 yards, Par 72, 65.1 Rating/116 Slope

Next up on the trip was the course associated with our hotel.  It was a short drive, which was much appreciated from some of the earlier driving.  The facility has 27 holes that all have their own flair, but fit together well.  I was playing the Links/Quarry combination that makes the lists. Continue reading “Bay Harbor Golf Club (Links/Quarry)”

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Arcadia Bluffs Golf Club

Arcadia Bluffs Golf Club – Played May 2017

  • Rankings: Golf Digest #57, Golf Digest Public #13, Golf Magazine Public #28
  • Location: 14710 Northwood Highway, Arcadia, Michigan
  • Year: 2000
  • Architects: Warren Henderson & Rick Smith
  • Course Access: Public
  • Walking Rules: Carts & Caddies Available

Score Card Information:

  • Championship: 7,300 yards, Par 72, 75.4 Rating/147 Slope
  • Black: 6,702 yards, Par 72, 72.8 Rating/137 Slope
  • White: 6,244 yards, Par 72, 70.3 Rating/129 Slope
  • Red: 5,107 yards, Par 72, 70.1 Rating/121 Slope

The second round of the trip was highly anticipated for me personally.  I have seen the pictures of this course like many of you.  The setting on the bluffs above Lake Michigan is simply stunning.

Our day certainly didn’t disappoint.  It was chilly, but clear.  On the back nine we were treated to some of the wind that really gives the course its bite.  We were pretty beat by the end of the day, but it was great experience with some truly world class scenery.

The course is built on 240 acres that used to be apple and cherry orchards and wooded areas.  Many of the mounds and native areas were molded during the routing to give it the scale it has today.  Since it opened many of the greens have been modified to help with pace of play.  This would also mark my first encounter with these two architects.  I am always interested to see new course designers.

The course features multiple guest rooms on site as well as cottages.  Once the second course is completed it will be a true destination.  It is remote, but the golf is awesome.  I played the white tees and all yardages reflect that. Continue reading “Arcadia Bluffs Golf Club”

Tullymore Golf Club

Tullymore Golf Club – Played May 2017

  • Rankings: Golf Digest Public #45, Golf Magazine Public #83
  • Location: 11969 Tullymore Drive, Stanwood, Michigan
  • Year: 2001
  • Architect: Jim Engh
  • Course Access: Public
  • Walking Rules: Carts Available

Score Card Information:

  • Silver: 7,250 yards, Par 72, 76.4 Rating/150 Slope
  • Black: 6,547 yards, Par 72, 72.9 Rating/146 Slope
  • Blue: 6,210 yards, Par 72, 71.2 Rating/141 Slope
  • Blue/White: 5,897 yards, Par 72, 69.6 Rating/136 Slope
  • White: 5,550 yards, Par 72, 67.9 Rating/127 Slope
  • White/Gold: 5,168 yards, Par 72, 66.6 Rating/120 Slope
  • Gold: 4,668 yards, Par 72, 68.2 Rating/120 Slope

This course represents a duo of firsts for me.  It is the first course I have played in Michigan and the first Jim Engh course I’ve encountered.  I can say that after playing it the introduction to Michigan golf was a good one.  I found my first Engh course to be quirky, but ultimately playable.  It’s always good to see a new perspective of architecture.

Tullymore is part of a resort with accommodations ranging from hotels, condos, and cottages to rental homes.  It also has a sister course called St. Ives.  I didn’t have time to play this one so I can’t comment on it.

That is all I really found on the history of the course so let’s get into it.  I played with a good friend from the area and the wife riding along taking pictures.  The weather was perfect and I couldn’t have asked for a better day. Continue reading “Tullymore Golf Club”

Pikewood National Golf Club

Pikewood National Golf Club – Played April 2017

  • Rankings: Golf Digest #45
  • Location: 3055 Kingwood Pike, Morgantown, West Virginia
  • Year: 2009
  • Architect: J. Robert Gwynne & John Raese
  • Course Access: Private
  • Walking Rules: Walking Only, Caddies Available

Score Card Information:

  • Championship: 7,585 yards, Par 72, 79.3 Rating/155 Slope
  • Men’s: 6,894 yards, Par 72, 75.6 Rating/151 Slope
  • Forward: 6,424 yards, Par 72, 75.6 Rating/151 Slope

I never cease to be amazed by the generosity of the golf community.  That extends to the golf community on social media.  I put out an Instagram post sometime early in 2017 with about 30 courses I was hoping to work out for the year.  I knew that number would probably not happen, but it was a stretch goal.  One of those courses was Pikewood National.  Lo and behold, I get a message on Instagram from a member saying I could come up whenever.  The Saturday after the tax deadline I was pulling into the parking lot.  This is the true meaning of #whyilovethisgame.

The story behind Pikewood is that is was designed by two businessmen who had never designed a course before.  You wouldn’t know it by playing it as it is a spectacular track.  John Raese and Bob Gwynne, two high-level executives at Greer Industries, created a walking-only course that they crafted to stick to golden age design adages that they enjoyed.  The course fits the land splendidly and as I mentioned you would never know this was the rookie course for these two men. The membership roll is small and you definitely feel like you are in a relaxing spot when you are on the course.  You can really leave the hustle of everyday life behind for a few hours. Continue reading “Pikewood National Golf Club”

Edgewater Golf Club

Edgewater Golf Club – Played February 2017

  • Rankings: None of the four lists
  • Location: 2380 Catawba Ridge Boulevard, Lancaster, South Carolina
  • Year: 2008
  • Architect: Bruce Brodsky
  • Course Access: Public
  • Walking Rules: Carts Available

Score Card Information:

  • Black: 7,103 yards, Par 72, 74.3 Rating/141 Slope
  • Gold: 6,571 yards, Par 72, 71.4 Rating/135 Slope
  • Navy: 6,102 yards, Par 72, 69.2 Rating/129 Slope (Men’s), 76.4 Rating/134 Slope (Women’s)
  • White: 5,322 yards, Par 72, 65.3 Rating/117 Slope (Men’s), 71.6 Rating/126 Slope (Women’s)
  • Maroon: 4,717 yards, Par 72, 64.6 Rating/127 Slope (Men’s), 67.1 Rating/113 Slope (Women’s)

I was lucky enough to have the time during tax season to get out for a GolfMatch outing on a lovely Sunday in February.  I didn’t think I would need sunscreen in winter, but it was sunny and in the 70’s.  We couldn’t have asked for a better day.

I got to tee it up with my friend Melissa from the app and got to put some faces to some names I had seen while browsing GolfMatch.

The app is great for outings like this and I am glad we could put it together.  The course overall was solid.  For the green fee it was a great deal.  While not overly spectacular, the course was fun and provided plenty of challenge.  I would definitely recommend playing it if you are in the area. Continue reading “Edgewater Golf Club”

Bay Hill Club (Championship)

Bay Hill Club (Championship) – Played January 2017

  • Rankings: Golf Magazine Public #48
  • Location: 9000 Bay Hill Boulevard, Orlando, Florida
  • Year: 1961, 2009 (Update)
  • Architect: Dick Wilson (Original), Arnold Palmer (Update)
  • Course Access: Public
  • Walking Rules: Carts & Caddies Available

Score Card Information:

  • Green: 7,381 yards, Par 72, 75.4 Rating/142 Slope
  • Blue: 6,895 yards, Par 72, 73.7 Rating/139 Slope
  • Yellow: 6,437 yards, Par 72, 71.6 Rating/134 Slope
  • Combo: 6,201 yards, Par 72, 70.5 Rating/131 Slope
  • Red: 5,851 yards, Par 72, 68.9 Rating/129 Slope (Men’s), 74.9 Rating/137 Slope (Women’s)
  • White: 5,129 yards: Par 72: 65.7 Rating/121 Slope (Men’s), 70.8 Rating/125 Slope (Women’s)

This turned out to be a phenomenal trip.  Let me explain.  My wife and I decided to make Bay Hill a stop along the way to our ultimate destination of Tampa where we would watch our Clemson Tigers play in their second national championship in as many years.  Well, I think you know how that turned out.  We won the damn natty! It was an incredible experience and one I highly recommend unless you follow that team from Columbia.

So back to Bay Hill.  We saw that we could make it work on the way down and decided to book a stay.  From what I could see you must stay on the property to get a round scheduled.  We did just that and experienced the small, but quaint lodge. Continue reading “Bay Hill Club (Championship)”

The Preserve at Verdae

The Preserve at Verdae – Played December 2016

  • Rankings: None of the four lists
  • Location: 650 Verdae Boulevard, Greenville, South Carolina
  • Year: 1990
  • Architect: Willard Byrd
  • Course Access: Public
  • Walking Rules: Carts Available

Score Card Information:

  • Black: 7,021 yards, Par 72, 73.7 Rating/138 Slope
  • Blue: 6,734 yards, Par 72, 72.4 Rating/133 Slope
  • White: 6,180 yards, Par 72, 69.6 Rating/125 Slope
  • Gold: 5,494 yards, Par 72, 66.7 Rating/112 Slope (Men’s), 71.6 Rating/124 Slope (Women’s)
  • Red: 5,022 yards, Par 72, 68.7 Rating/116 Slope

Once the Clemson football regular season was over a buddy and me decided to tee it up on a Saturday.  He hopped on GolfNow to get a deal and we certainly did.  We were able to get this tee time for $15 a person.

I have known the director of golf here since before I was a teenager.  I also worked here one summer as a cart boy.  I have plenty of connections to it.

That being said, I don’t play it a lot.  It’s not my favorite course because I think it has some silly holes.  It doesn’t fit my eye and I don’t usually recommend it to people. Continue reading “The Preserve at Verdae”