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)”

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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”

Keowee Key Country Club

Keowee Key Country Club – Played November 2016

  • Rankings: None of the four lists
  • Location: 1 Country Club Drive, Salem, South Carolina
  • Year: 1973
  • Architect: George Cobb, John LaFoy, & Richard Mandell
  • Course Access: Private
  • Walking Rules: Carts Available

Score Card Information:

  • Blue: 6,426 yards, Par 72, 71.5 Rating/134 Slope
  • White: 6,061 yards, Par 72, 69.8 Rating/128 Slope
  • Gold: 5,472 yards, Par 72, 67.9 Rating/114 Slope
  • Red: 4,934 yards, Par 72, 66.3 Rating/110 Slope (Men’s), 68.7 Rating/119 Slope (Women’s)
  • Orange: 3,807 yards, Par 72, 62.4 Rating/103 Rating

Over the Thanksgiving holiday I got an opportunity to play a fun private course around Clemson University.  A little bit of background on the round.  One of my buddies recently got engaged, which was great news to be sure.  Well his future father-in-law was going to be in town for various reasons over the holiday and wanted to see Clemson.  My friend set up the day to include a tour around Clemson and a round here at Keowee Key through another friend.  So that was the setting for our Friday round the day before the huge rivalry game with USC.

The course is set up within a residential community where you must be a property owner to be a member.  I can’t tell you the demographics of the community, but the course is set up to cater to retirees.  Overall, the course is short with many doglegs.  I hit driver maybe twice the entire day.  While it is not a long course it is quite fun and playable.  There are many elevated greens and distance control is a factor in posting a good number.

I have included a slideshow below for you to view the holes.  There was a shotgun so we started on 18 and so does the slideshow.  We had a great time playing the course.  I enjoyed getting to know my friend’s future father-in-law.  It is always fun to show Clemson off to new people and finding a way to get a new course in is a bonus.  We capped the day with a few beers at one our favorite watering holes from college.  The weekend was finished off with a resounding victory over our hated instate rivals.  Can’t think of much better than that.  Go Tigers!

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The Highland Course at Primland

The Highland Course at Primland – Played November 2016

  • Rankings: Golf Digest Public #21, Golf Magazine Public #36
  • Location: 2000 Busted Rock Road, Meadows of Dan, Virginia
  • Year: 2006
  • Architect: Martin Ebert & Donald Steel
  • Course Access: Resort
  • Walking Rules: Carts Available

Score Card Information:

  • Black: 7,053 yards, Par 72, 75.1 Rating/150 Slope
  • Black/Red: 6,771 yards, Par 72, 73.9 Rating/147 Slope
  • Red: 6,450 yards, Par 72, 72.5 Rating/143 Slope
  • Blue: 6,002 yards, Par 72, 70.7 Rating/139 Slope (Men’s), 75.7 Rating/142 Slope (Women’s)
  • Green: 5,140 yards, Par 72, 70.9 Rating/131 Slope

I needed something to do on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving and I thought the best use of my time was to play a Top 100 golf course!  Can you blame me?  So I hopped in the car and made the trip up to Primland.  Check out the scorecard below. Continue reading “The Highland Course at Primland”

Calumet Country Club

Calumet Country Club – Played October 2016

  • Rankings: None of the four lists
  • Location: 175th Street & Western Avenue, Homewood, Illinois
  • Year: 1917
  • Architect: Donald Ross
  • Course Access: Private
  • Walking Rules: Carts & Caddies Available

Score Card Information:

  • Blue: 6,619 yards, Par 71, 72.5 Rating/134 Slope
  • White: 6,326 yards, Par 71, 71.1 Rating/131 Slope (Men’s), 77.1 Rating/142 Slope (Women’s)
  • Silver: 5,534 yards, Par 71, 67.5 Rating/121 Slope (Men’s), 72.7 Rating/133 Slope (Women’s)
  • Red: 5,015 yards, Par 72, 65.1 Rating/115 Slope (Men’s), 69.8 Rating/126 Slope (Women’s)

I was lucky to play another private club in the Chicagoland area for my final round of my October trip.  Mark, my friend from GolfMatch, was hosting an outing at his club and invited me to play in it.  I was happy to say yes and meet some fellow GolfMatchers.

Designed by the legendary Donald Ross, the course has hosted many important events such as the 1924 Western Open and 1945 Chicago Victory Open.  The latter served as one of 11 straight won by Byron Nelson in his epic streak.

The course is not overly long, but as a par 71 it plays longer than the yardage.  For our event we played the tips. Continue reading “Calumet Country Club”

White Deer Run Golf Club

White Deer Run Golf Club – Played October 2016

  • Rankings: None of the four lists
  • Location: 250 West Gregg’s Parkway, Vernon Hills, IL
  • Year: 1998
  • Architect: Dick & Tim Nugent
  • Course Access: Public
  • Walking Rules: Carts Available

Score Card Information:

  • Black: 7,149 yards, Par 72, 74.5 Rating/148 Slope
  • Gold: 6,816 yards, Par 72, 72.9 Rating/144 Slope
  • Blue: 6,484 yards, Par 72, 71.4 Rating/140 Slope
  • White: 6,039 yards, Par 72, 69.4 Rating/135 Slope (Men’s), 75.4 Rating/135 Slope (Women’s)
  • Red: 5,028 yards, Par 72, 69.8 Rating/123 Slope

After my morning round, I was left scrambling a little bit to figure out an afternoon tee time.  Luckily, I was able to get in contact with Mike, who I played with at Spanish Bay back in June.  I was happy to play with Mike again since he is a fun guy to tee it up with and he keeps the mood light.  We met up to play and zipped around the course.

White Deer Run is a fun track even though it may not be too flashy.  It is in a residential area that is a relatively flat piece of land, but the holes have variety.  I also found the greens to run very smoothly.  For the green fee I paid I thought the course conditioning was very good.  Check out the slideshow below to see the course from start to finish.  Some of my favorite holes were 4, 9, 11, and 15.

Another fun tidbit is that Top 100 teacher Todd Sones is based here.  You can come play a nice course, but also get the highest quality teaching while you are here.  The course also features a restaurant on site.  While I didn’t eat there it did look to be quite good.

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The Glen Club

The Glen Club – Played October 2016

  • Rankings: Golf Magazine Public #72
  • Location: 2901 West Lake Avenue, Glenview, Illinois
  • Year: 2001
  • Architect: Tom Fazio
  • Course Access: Public
  • Walking Rules: Carts Available

Score Card Information:

  • Gold: 7,186 yards, Par 72, 75.4 Rating/142 Slope
  • Blue: 6,727 yards, Par 72, 72.8 Rating/135 Slope
  • Silver: 6,062 yards, Par 72, 70.2 Rating/128 Slope (Men’s), 76.1 Rating/138 Slope (Women’s)
  • Red: 5,324 yards, Par 72, 72.0 Rating/129 Slope

I needed a good night’s sleep after playing Butler National.  Luckily, I got it and was bright-eyed and bushy-tailed for The Glen Club the next morning.  It was chilly, but I can brave a little cold for a great golf course.

The Glen Club has an interesting story regarding its construction.  It used to be a Naval Air Base with a total difference in elevation a whopping three feet.  It is not like that now!  There are some holes with 40 feet of elevation change.  Tom Fazio was a perfect choice to sculpt the land.

The club features a hotel and other amenities right on the property just outside of Chicago.  It is a great piece of property.  I was happy to play the course a few days before the Cubs won the World Series.  They were flying the W in the parking lot for sure! Continue reading “The Glen Club”