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”

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Bull Run Golf Club

Bull Run Golf Club – Played Sometime 2006-2009

  • Rankings: None of the four lists
  • Location: 52 James Madison Highway, Haymarket, Virginia
  • Year: 1998
  • Architect: Rick Jacobson
  • Course Access: Public
  • Walking Rules: Carts Available

Score Card Information:

  • Black: 6,979 yards, 73.1 Rating/134 Slope
  • Blue: 6,534 yards, Par 72, 71.3 Rating/128 Slope
  • White: 6,219 yards, Par 72, 69.3 Rating/119 Slope
  • Green: 5,730 yards, Par 72, 67.3 Rating/116 Slope
  • Red: 5,066 yards, Par 72, 68.3 Rating/110 Slope

As you can see above I don’t remember which particular year I played Bull Run, but I know the occasion.  I was up to watch Clemson take on Maryland on the gridiron before Maryland split to the Big Ten.

One of my college roommates parents had moved to within an hour or so of the area and we were looking for a place to tee it up the day before the game.  We were going to get rowdy the next day so we needed a relaxing 18 to keep us rested :).

The course sits in the foothills of Bull Run Mountain and is close in proximity to DC.  We played the blue tees.

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

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Golden Horseshoe Golf Club (Gold)

Golden Horseshoe Golf Club (Gold) – Played October 2017

  • Rankings: Golf Magazine Public #59
  • Location: 651 S England Street, Williamsburg, Virginia
  • Year: 1963
  • Architect: Robert Trent Jones
  • Course Access: Resort
  • Walking Rules: Carts Available

Score Card Information:

  • Gold: 6,817 yards, Par 71, 73.4 Rating/140 Slope
  • Blue: 6,522 yards, Par 71, 72.1 Rating/136 Slope
  • White: 6,248 yards, Par 71, 70.8 Rating/134 Slope
  • Silver: 5,504 yards, Par 71, 67.4 Rating/128 Slope (Men’s), 72.1 Rating/132 Slope (Women’s)
  • Red: 4,599 yards, Par 71, 63.0 Rating/114 Slope (Men’s), 66.0 Rating/119 Slope (Women’s)

The second stop on my quick Virginia jaunt was the Golden Horseshoe Golf Club in the heart of Williamsburg.

I was on my way to the course on my own in the morning and the GPS said it would take me between 5-10 minutes to get there from the hotel.  I was a little surprised at how close it was.

As I was driving along I passed through the campus of William & Mary, the local university.  I was still navigating some turns on the campus when it said I was basically at my destination.  It looked like I was still among campus and commercial buildings.  I made a right through an opening in a brick wall and the clubhouse greeted me.  It was definitely one of the more interesting entrances to a course since I wasn’t expecting it.

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Spring Creek Golf Club

Spring Creek Golf Club – Played September 2017

  • Rankings: Golf Digest Public #58
  • Location: 109 Clubhouse Way, Gordonsville, Virginia
  • Year: 2006
  • Architect: Ed Carton
  • Course Access: Semi-Private
  • Walking Rules: Carts Available

Score Card Information:

  • Championship: 7,389 yards, Par 72, 76.5 Rating/152 Slope
  • Marble: 6,673 yards, Par 72, 73.1 Rating/144 Slope
  • Onyx: 6,197 yards, Par 72, 71.0 Rating/139 Slope (Men’s), 76.6 Rating/146 Slope (Women’s)
  • Salmon: 5,589 yards, Par 72, 68.2 Rating/132 Slope (Men’s), 73.3 Rating/139 Slope (Women’s)
  • Pewter: 4,781 yards, Par 72, 68.7 Rating/129 Slope

In late September of 2017, Clemson had an away game and I was itching to to get in some golf.  I had had the Virginia courses on my list in my mind for a little while.  I thought that it made sense to head up and get some golf and sightseeing in.  The wife and I did some research and got everything booked for a quick getaway.

First up on our schedule was Spring Creek.  It was designed by Ed Carton who has had professional associations with Hurzdan Golf, Gary Player, Sam Snead, and Raymond Floyd.  He believes in challenging course that are also playable.  Now we hear that all the time, but his strategy has a tangible aspect.  For example, he likes to keep the fairway 40 yards wide at the landing area, but narrower at around 300 yards.  He also likes to employ “speed slots” to give a boost to good drives.

Spring Creek is semi-private, but the access is pretty easy.  I played on a Friday with no problem.  While Ms. TGT did some work in the grill, I was off to play.  You can see the clubhouse below.  I played the Marble tees and all distances will reflect that.

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Aronimink Golf Club

Aronimink Golf Club – Played August 2017

  • Rankings: Golf Digest #80, Golf Magazine #82
  • Location: 3600 St. Davids Road, Newtown Square, Pennsylvania
  • Year: 1928
  • Architect: Donald Ross
  • Course Access: Private
  • Walking Rules: Walking Only, Caddies Available

Score Card Information:

  • Back: 7,190 yards, Par 70, 74.7 Rating/134 Slope
  • Middle: 6,522 yards, Par 70, 72.3 Rating/129 Slope
  • Forward: 6,115 yards, Par 70, 70.3 Rating/126 Slope
  • Front: 5,769 yards, Par 70, 74.6 Rating/136 Slope

I still never get over the excitement of being invited to top-tier private clubs.  There is a “kid on Christmas morning” feel to it that I just can’t shake.  So when I got an email from my buddy Alex that he had an extra spot in his group I jumped at the chance.

Now, our tee time was on a Saturday afternoon.  Aronimink is outside of Philadelphia and I live in SC.  So I did what I do on this crazy quest.  I hopped in the car and made my way towards Philly.  As an aside, Go Pats but still congrats to the Eagles.  They played great.

Funny enough, a lot of the quest goes like this.  I would love to tell a super interesting story every time or play 10 courses in a row.  Life doesn’t always work that way though.  Many times I get an invite, play, and head home.  Sometimes, depending on the situation, I will check out the clubhouse or eat.  It really depends on my host and the group I am playing with.  I am definitely one to go with the flow and if that includes skipping the frills so be it.  I’m here for the golf!

So after a pretty uneventful drive that was full of anticipation I arrived at the course.  You are greeted with the wonderful looking clubhouse seen below. Continue reading “Aronimink Golf Club”

Canterbury Woods Country Club

Canterbury Woods Country Club – Played July 2017

  • Rankings: None of the four lists
  • Location: 15 West Road, Canterbury, New Hampshire
  • Year: 2003
  • Architect: Ross Forbes
  • Course Access: Public
  • Walking Rules: Carts Available

Score Card Information:

  • Black: 6,644 yards, Par 72, 71.9 Rating/129 Slope
  • Blue: 6,134 yards, Par 72, 69.2 Rating/125 Slope (Men’s), 74.5 Rating/126 Slope (Women’s)
  • White: 5,535 yards, Par 72, 66.2 Rating/117 Slope (Men’s), 71.9 Rating/120 Slope (Women’s)
  • Green: 4,957 yards, Par 72, 68.7 Rating/114 Slope
  • Red: 4,482 yards, Par 72, 62.5 Rating/96 Slope (Men’s), 66.0 Rating/108 Slope (Women’s)

I don’t have much to offer for a write up on this one.  It was the last course I played while up in New Hampshire for the summer.

I had played it once before a few years ago and thought it to be just ok then.  This time around the greens weren’t great and I wasn’t impressed with the overall conditioning.  Could have been a bad winter, but this was late July. Continue reading “Canterbury Woods Country Club”

Eastward Ho!

Eastward Ho! – Played July 2017

  • Rankings: Golf Magazine #78
  • Location: 325 Fox Hill Road, Chatham, Massachusetts
  • Year: 1922
  • Architect: Herbert Fowler
  • Course Access: Private
  • Walking Rules: Carts & Caddies Available

Score Card Information:

  • Black: 6,437 yards, Par 71 (Men’s) Par 72/73 (Women’s), 72.4 Rating/139 Slope (Men’s), 78.2 Rating/143 Slope (Women’s)
  • Blue: 6,168 yards, Par 71 (Men’s) Par 72/73 (Women’s), 71.0 Rating/137 Slope (Men’s), 77.1 Rating/142 Slope (Women’s)
  • Gold: 5,843 yards, Par 71 (Men’s) Par 72/73 (Women’s), 69.4 Rating/136 Slope (Men’s), 75.4 Rating/138 Slope (Women’s)
  • White: 5,378 yards, Par 71 (Men’s) Par 72/73 (Women’s), 67.4 Rating/121 Slope (Men’s), 72.7 Rating/131 Slope (Women’s)
  • Composite: 4,940 yards, Par 71 (Men’s) Par 72/73 (Women’s), 65.7 Rating/117 Slope (Men’s), 70.1 Rating/126 Slope (Women’s)
  • Green:4,468 yards, Par 71 (Men’s) Par 72/73 (Women’s), 62.7 Rating/113 Slope (Men’s), 66.8 Rating/116 Slope (Women’s)

I was pretty excited about this course.  Little did I know that I was not excited enough!  This one came together through some social media work and I was happy we could work out while I was in New Hampshire to see the family.  My host couldn’t have been nicer and more easy going.  Additionally, we were paired up with an older member and his guest who were a riot.  One of them owned the Seattle Mariners for a time!  I never know who I’ll meet on these trips!

Eastward Ho! enjoys a rich history.  It was established back in 1922, but the area’s history obviously goes back much further to the times of the Plymouth Colony.  I learned that the remains of Squanto most likely are within the current club grounds from a mission in 1622.

During World War I a Naval Air Station was set up near the course.  A plane from that station engaged with an enemy submarine that had sunk a few barges.  Interestingly, this is the only combat that took place in the US in WWI. Continue reading “Eastward Ho!”