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 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 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”

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”

Taconic Golf Club

Taconic Golf Club – Played July 2016

  • Rankings: Golf Magazine Public #39
  • Location: 19 Meacham Street, Williamstown, Massachusetts
  • Year: 1927, 2009 (Restoration)
  • Architects: Wayne Stiles & John Van Kleek (Original), Gil Hanse (Restoration)
  • Course Access: Public
  • Walking Rules: Carts Available

Score Card Information:

  • Black: 6,808 yards, Par 71, 73.5 Rating/136 Slope
  • Gold: 6,410 yards, Par 71, 72.1 Rating/127 Slope
  • Purple: 5,826 yards, Par 71, 69.4 Rating/122 Slope (Men’s), 74.8 Rating/130 Slope (Women’s)
  • White: 5,143 yards, Par 71, 66.6 Rating/116 Slope (Men’s), 71.4 Rating/122 Slope (Women’s)

Well after my day at Boston Golf Club I was off to western Massachusetts and Taconic Golf Club.  It’s funny because after playing my first Gil Hanse course, I arrived here where Hanse performed an extensive renovation in 2008-2009.  I had never really been to this part of the state.  The location of this track is very near to New York state and I spent most of my drive from New Hampshire in Vermont.  It took about three hours, but I had my multiple podcasts to keep me entertained.  Shout out to Shane Bacon, Michael Collins, and Jason Sobel.

Let’s get into a little background.  According to the course website, the story goes that the course was started by “three men with three tomato cans” in 1896.  Their names were Doughty, Ide, and Gale and they set up three tomato cans in the ground on Weston Athletic Field which is next to the present day 18th fairway.  A few more men joined and weeks later the first real course was planned out as a seven-holer.  By 1897, they had expanded to nine holes and converted a residential house to a clubhouse that lasted until 1955.  The course was then expanded to 18 holes in 1928 through gifts to Williams College.

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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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Trump National Doral (The Blue Monster)

Trump National Doral (The Blue Monster) – Played 2016

  • Rankings: Golf Digest Public #84, Golf Magazine Public #100
  • Location: 4400 N.W. 87th Avenue, Miami, Florida
  • Year: 1961, 2014 (Update)
  • Architect: Dick Wilson (Original), Gil Hanse (Update)
  • Course Access: Resort
  • Walking Rules: Carts & Caddies Available

Score Card Information:

  • Black: 7,590 yards, Par 72, 77.4 Rating/146 Slope
  • Gold: 7,034 yards, Par 72, 75.0 Rating/140 Slope
  • Blue: 6,698 yards, Par 72, 73.5 Rating/139 Slope
  • White: 6,334 yards, Par 72, 71.7 Rating/139 Slope
  • Red: 5,463 yards, Par 72, 72.9 Rating/138 Slope

The final course of this trip was to be The Blue Monster at Trump National Doral.  The course is now the former host of the WGC Cadillac Championship on the PGA Tour.  It has been around since the 1960’s, but had lot some of its original luster.  I wasn’t really sure where this property was located from watching on TV.  I was surprised to learn that it is in a pretty industrial area with a lot of business around it.  Then you make a few turns and boom you are there.  It is also very close to the Miami airport.

The firebrand Donald Trump bought the property a few years ago and The Blue Monster underwent a complete redesign from Gil Hanse.  The property also has 54 other holes as well as the Jim McLean Golf School and a hotel.  I can’t really go into much on the hotel since I didn’t stay there, but I can show you some pictures of what surrounds the course.  Below is the clubhouse, understated right? Continue reading “Trump National Doral (The Blue Monster)”