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”

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”

The Harvester Golf Club

The Harvester Golf Club – Played September 2016

  • Rankings: Golf Digest Public #46, Golf Magazine Public #57
  • Location: 833 Foster Drive, Rhodes, Iowa
  • Year: 2000
  • Architect: Keith Foster
  • Course Access: Public
  • Walking Rules: Carts Available

Score Card Information:

  • Black: 7,365 yards, Par 72, 76.0 Rating/140 Slope
  • Blue: 6,840 yards, Par 72, 73.1 Rating/132 Slope
  • White: 6,430 yards, Par 72, 70.8 Rating/128 Slope
  • Red: 5,180 yards, Par 72, 68.9 Rating/120 Slope

The next weekend after my trip to Oklahoma and Kansas I was on my way to Iowa.  I wasn’t going to see cornfields or the Field of Dreams site.  As usual, I was in the area to sample some great golf.

I was getting to play with some friends I made on GolfMatch, the social golf app I have written about previously.  It was great to have a group to play here.  It would have been sad to drive all the way to Iowa and get paired with some bozos.  This is the biggest benefit of using the app, so check it out if you haven’t already.

I couldn’t find a great deal of history about the course.  This Keith Foster design was opened at the dawn of the new millennium.  There is more elevation change than I would have expected for Iowa.  Quite frankly the course is stunning and incredibly enjoyable.

The course has a simply elegant clubhouse and an expansive driving range, which can be seen below.  It has all the facilities you could ask for. Continue reading “The Harvester Golf Club”

The Links at Spanish Bay

The Links at Spanish Bay – Played June 2016

  • Rankings: Golf Digest Public #60, Golf Magazine Public #42
  • Location: 2700 17 Mile Drive, Pebble Beach, California
  • Year: 1987
  • Architect: Robert Trent Jones, Jr., Sandy Tatum, & Tom Watson
  • Course Access: Resort
  • Walking Rules: Carts & Caddies Available

Score Card Information:

  • Blue: 6,821 yards, Par 72, 74.0 Rating/140 Slope
  • Gold: 6,422 yards, Par 72, 72.1 Rating/136 Slope
  • White: 6,043 yards, Par 72, 70.4 Rating/128 Slope
  • Red: 5,332 yards, Par 72, 72.7 Rating/128 Slope

6:10 AM?  That was my question when I was booking the tee time.  I said early, but I didn’t know tee times went that early.  They certainly don’t at home.  But hey, I figured I would be first off and get a quick round by myself.  Well guess what?  I did both, but I was not by myself.  As a great stroke of luck I was paired with two guys from the Chicagoland area.  They were gregarious and fun to play with.  We played very quickly as well.  That is a combination you cannot beat.

The first leg of my second California sojourn brought me to The Links at Spanish Bay.  The course is somewhat overlooked while in this area, but that is a grave mistake.  The course is in excellent condition and has some of the best conditioned greens at the resort.

Per the course website, the intention of the designers was to hearken back to the Scottish roots of the game in links golf.  With sandy soil running along the coast the course does a pretty good job.  To further the connection a bagpiper closes each day.  The other goal of the course was environmental preservation.  There are many protected areas throughout the course with free drops allowed.

The scenery and experience at Spanish Bay is top notch.  Let’s get into it!

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Mattaponi Springs Golf Club

Mattaponi Springs Golf Club – Played 2016

  • Rankings: Golf Digest Public #50
  • Location: 22490 Penola Road, Ruther Glen, Virginia
  • Year: 2004
  • Architects: Robert Lohmann
  • Course Access: Public
  • Walking Rules: Carts Available

Score Card Information:

  • Black: 6,890 yards, Par 72, 74.2 Rating/147 Slope
  • Blue: 6,406 yards, Par 72, 72.2 Rating/139 Slope
  • White: 6,155 yards, Par 72, 71.0 Rating/136 Slope (Men’s), 77.6 Rating/144 Slope (Women’s)
  • Gold: 5,571 yards, Par 72, 68.3 Rating/129 Slope, 74.3 Rating/137 Slope (Women’s)
  • Red: 4,924 yards, Par 72, 70.8 Rating/127 Slope

On my way up to Merion I decided it would be nice to get a round in.  I will be honest and say that I am not beholden to the Top 100 lists, but I am trying to play them.  Financially, it makes sense to play them if given the option instead of another course in the area.  I try to say yes to any golf, but this one worked out well as it was a Top 100 and pretty much on my way to Ardmore.

The name of the course refers to the freshwater springs that feed into the river of the same name.  Traditionally the Mattaponi people used these springs for drinking water.  The property has a lodge and convention center according to its website, but I didn’t see it.  I believe I saw some lodging options, but I’m not sure.

According to the website the goal of architect Bob Lohmann was to utilize the natural terrain, preserve natural attributes of the property, and highlight the natural elements when possible.  The fairways and tees feature zoysia grass while the greens are bentgrass. Continue reading “Mattaponi Springs Golf Club”