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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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”

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!”

National Golf Links of America

National Golf Links of America – Played July 2017

  • Rankings: Golf Digest #11, Golf Magazine #8
  • Location: 149 Sebonac Inlet Road, Southampton, New York
  • Year: 1911
  • Architect: C.B. Macdonald
  • Course Access: Private
  • Walking Rules: Carts & Caddies Available

Score Card Information:

  • Championship: 6,935 yards, Par 72 , 73.9 Rating/136 Slope
  • Regular: 6,505 yards, Par 72, 71.9 Rating/130 Slope (Men’s), 77.0 Rating/142 Slope (Women’s)
  • Short: 5,771 yards, Par 72, 68.1 Rating/123 Slope (Men’s), 72.7 Rating/133 Slope (Women’s)

Some days on the golf course are just better than others.  This was destined to be one of those days.  To say I was excited as I was driving up to NGLA would be an understatement.  My heart was racing as the clubhouse and iconic windmill below came into view. Continue reading “National Golf Links of America”

Ballyneal Golf Club

Ballyneal Golf Club – Played June 2017

  • Rankings: Golf Digest #78, Golf Magazine #40
  • Location: 1 Ballyneal Lane, Holyoke, Colorado
  • Year: 2006
  • Architect: Tom Doak
  • Course Access: Private
  • Walking Rules: Walking Only, Caddies Available

Score Card Information:

  • Various: 5,210 – 7,147 yards, Par 71 , Not Rated

After the fun was over in Nebraska, I hopped in the car and made my way into Colorado.  I was on my way to Ballyneal!  You can tell from the scorecard information above that this place is a little different.  No set tees and and situated in the middle of nowhere.  The experience is set to be memorable.   Continue reading “Ballyneal Golf 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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Southern Hills Country Club (Championship)

Southern Hills Country Club (Championship) – Played September 2016

  • Rankings: Golf Digest #30, Golf Magazine #35
  • Location: 2636 East 61st Street, Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Year: 1936
  • Architect: Perry Maxwell
  • Course Access: Private
  • Walking Rules: Carts & Caddies Available

Score Card Information:

  • Blue: 7,218 yards, Par 71, 76.8 Rating/146 Slope
  • White: 6,609 yards, Par 71, 73.7 Rating/144 Slope
  • Maxwell: 6,319 yards, Par 71, 72.7 Rating/142 Slope
  • Gold: 6,113 yards, Par 71, 71.2 Rating/138 Slope (Men’s), 78.3 Rating/141 Slope (Women’s)
  • Red: 5,756 yards, Par 74, 69.4 Rating/132 Slope (Men’s), 75.6 Rating/135 Slope (Women’s)
  • Silver: 5,443 yards, Par 74, 73.8 Rating/134 Slope

It’s always a great feeling to get an invitation to high-end private clubs.  It was no different when my friend contacted me about playing Southern Hills.  I jumped at the chance especially since the timing worked out to be just after a really busy time at work.  By now you probably know I drive everywhere I can.  Tulsa was just within range for me with the wife helping on the drive.  As usual, she was a huge help on the trip and we got there in time to catch a few hours of sleep before the tee time.

I arrived at the club for lunch with my friend and our member host.  Our host was awesome and showed us all around the clubhouse.  There is memorabilia throughout and you can feel the history oozing out of the walls.  Our host also explained the extensive renovations the clubhouse has undergone since the club’s inception.  The layout has changed drastically, but you would never know.  Everything fits inside the building and has a great feel. Continue reading “Southern Hills Country Club (Championship)”