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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The Broadmoor Golf Club (East)

The Broadmoor Golf Club (East) – Played June 2017

  • Rankings: Golf Digest Public #29, Golf Magazine Public #70
  • Location: 1 Lake Avenue, Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • Year: 1918
  • Architect: Donald Ross & Robert Trent Jones
  • Course Access: Resort
  • Walking Rules: Carts Available

Score Card Information:

  • Blue: 7,355 yards, Par 72, 72.7 Rating/139 Slope
  • White: 6,651 yards, Par 72, 70.4 Rating/132 Slope (Men’s), 76.7 Rating/153 Slope (Women’s)
  • Combo: 6,154 yards, Par 72, 68.2 Rating/127 Slope
  • Gold: 5,840 yards, Par 72, 67.2 Rating/126 Slope (Men’s), 73.2 Rating/146 Slope (Women’s)
  • Red: 5,738 yards, Par 72, 72.3 Rating/144 Slope

My last round of the trip was at the world famous venue The Broadmoor.  This resort has been recognized for many years as one of the best in the world.  The property has 54 holes of golf to go along with the five star amenities.  Below is the view of the hotel when I pulled up.

I recommend you do some reading about the history of the resort as it is quite rich.

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Lakota Canyon Ranch & Golf Club

Lakota Canyon Ranch & Golf Club – Played June 2017

  • Rankings: Golf Magazine Public #79
  • Location: 1000 Clubhouse Drive, New Castle, Colorado
  • Year: 2004
  • Architect: Jim Engh
  • Course Access: Public
  • Walking Rules: Carts Available

Score Card Information:

  • Black: 7,111 yards, Par 72, 72.8 Rating/149 Slope
  • Gold: 6,690 yards, Par 72, 70.7 Rating/142 Slope
  • Blue: 6,369 yards, Par 72, 69.3 Rating/130 Slope
  • White: 5,608 yards, Par 72, 67.0 Rating/113 Slope (Men), 72.0 Rating, 140 Slope (Women)
  • Red: 4,744 yards, Par 73, 69.1 Rating/117 Slope

After the round at Ballyneal I hopped in the car to head to Denver.  That would be my home base for the last few courses on the trip.  Since I was riding solo I didn’t do much in Denver, but it gives me a good reason to go back.   Continue reading “Lakota Canyon Ranch & Golf Club”

Wild Horse Golf Club

Wild Horse Golf Club – Played June 2017

  • Rankings: Golf Magazine Public #73
  • Location: 40950 Road 768, Gothenburg, Nebraska
  • Year: 1999
  • Architect: Dan Proctor & Dave Axland
  • Course Access: Public
  • Walking Rules: Carts Available

Score Card Information:

  • Gold: 7,030 yards, Par 72, 73.7 Rating/135 Slope
  • Black: 6,366 yards, Par 72, 71.1 Rating/126 Slope
  • Silver: 5,469 yards, Par 72, 66.1 Rating/110 Slope
  • Green: 4,688 yards, Par 72, 67.5 Rating/109 Slope

Round two of the trip was in closer proximity to civilization.  Wild Horse is about 30-45 minutes from North Platte in Gothenburg.  You are greeted with the sign below. Continue reading “Wild Horse Golf Club”

The Prairie Club (Dunes Course)

The Prairie Club (Dunes Course) – Played June 2017

  • Rankings: Golf Magazine Public #78
  • Location: 88897 State Highway 97, Valentine, Nebraska
  • Year: 2010
  • Architect: Tom Lehman & Chris Brands
  • Course Access: Resort
  • Walking Rules: Carts Available

Score Card Information:

  • Black: 7,562 yards, Par 73, 75.5 Rating/133 Slope
  • White: 6,975 yards, Par 73, 72.8 Rating/127 Slope
  • Green: 6,428 yards, Par 73, 69.9 Rating/118 Slope
  • Red: 5,752 yards, Par 73, 72.0 Rating/124 Slope

The wife decided to go on a girl’s trip so I was left to my own devices.  I figured the best way to spend the time would be traipsing to Nebraska and Colorado to play some golf.  The first stop on this odyssey was The Prairie Club in northern Nebraska.

I ended up staying in North Platte, which was about a 2.5 hour drive.  It seems long, but that was nothing for this trip considering I drove from SC.  What driving did allow me to do was pass by the entrances to Dismal River and Sand Hills, so now I know where to go when I get back. Continue reading “The Prairie Club (Dunes Course)”

Dormie Club

Dormie Club – Played 2012

  • Rankings: Golf Digest Public #30, Golf Magazine Public #96
  • Location: 6033 Beulah Hill Church Road, West End, North Carolina
  • Year: 2010
  • Architect: Bill Coore & Ben Crenshaw
  • Course Access: Public
  • Walking Rules: Carts Available

Score Card Information:

  • Black: 6,883 yards, Par 71, 73.7 Rating/138 Slope
  • Blue: 6,576 yards, Par 71, 72.3 Rating/130 Slope
  • White: 5,910 yards, Par 71, 68.8 Rating/124 Slope
  • Red: 5,180 yards, Par 71, 70.5 Rating/126 Slope

Dormie Club has had an interesting history.  It was originally designed to be a private club, but opening in 2010 to tough economic times made it necessary to go public.

That opening has been the public’s gain since as they are treated to a wonderful Coore & Crenshaw course in the Sand Hills of North Carolina.  Be aware though, they are trying to go back to private as soon as possible. Continue reading “Dormie Club”

Forest Dunes Golf Club

Forest Dunes Golf Club – Played May 2017

  • Rankings: Golf Magazine #72, Golf Digest Public #23, Golf Magazine Public #33
  • Location: 6376 Forest Dunes Drive, Roscommon, Michigan
  • Year: 2002
  • Architects: Tom Weiskopf
  • Course Access: Public
  • Walking Rules: Carts & Caddies Available

Score Card Information:

  • I: 7,116 yards, Par 72, 75.2 Rating/146 Slope
  • II: 6,550 yards, Par 72, 72.4 Rating/139 Slope
  • Combo II/III: 6,330 yards, Par 72, 71.3 Rating/135 Slope
  • III: 5,888 yards, Par 72, 69.2 Rating/127 Slope (Men’s), 74.8 Rating/143 Slope (Women’s)
  • IV: 4,993 yards, Par 72, 69.6 Rating/136 Slope

The last stop on my Michigan golf itinerary was the well-respected Forest Dunes.  The drive in was quite interesting.  I had vaguely remembered reading about the way your GPS would take you in and that there was an alternate route.  In my early morning mindset I forgot this information.  Which lead me to this…

About six miles out from the course the paved roads stopped.  The dirt road was solid and very wide and looked like it was set up for logging trucks or something similar.  I kept on going as my tee time was approaching.  A few turns the GPS recommended were a little sketchy and I passed.  Eventually I made it back to paved road and the course.  So let that be a lesson to anyone headed to Forest Dunes, give the shop a call if you want to stay on the asphalt.

I do have some history to share about the course.  The course was built on glacial deposits within the Huron National Forest.  It was originally completed in 1999, but the lenders ended up foreclosing on it before it ever opened.  Two years passed until one of the original investors, The Detroit Carpenters Pension Trust Fund, stepped in to save it.  There was plenty of work to do as the course was overgrown after all that time.  Eventually the restoration was finished and the course opened with 56 members.  It has been described as a combination of Augusta National and Pine Valley.

There are also other activities at the resort along with wonderful accommodations.  I recommend checking out all the details at forestdunesgolf.com.  Let’s get into the tour.

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