White Deer Run Golf Club

White Deer Run Golf Club – Played October 2016

  • Rankings: None of the four lists
  • Location: 250 West Gregg’s Parkway, Vernon Hills, IL
  • Year: 1998
  • Architect: Dick & Tim Nugent
  • Course Access: Public
  • Walking Rules: Carts Available

Score Card Information:

  • Black: 7,149 yards, Par 72, 74.5 Rating/148 Slope
  • Gold: 6,816 yards, Par 72, 72.9 Rating/144 Slope
  • Blue: 6,484 yards, Par 72, 71.4 Rating/140 Slope
  • White: 6,039 yards, Par 72, 69.4 Rating/135 Slope (Men’s), 75.4 Rating/135 Slope (Women’s)
  • Red: 5,028 yards, Par 72, 69.8 Rating/123 Slope

After my morning round, I was left scrambling a little bit to figure out an afternoon tee time.  Luckily, I was able to get in contact with Mike, who I played with at Spanish Bay back in June.  I was happy to play with Mike again since he is a fun guy to tee it up with and he keeps the mood light.  We met up to play and zipped around the course.

White Deer Run is a fun track even though it may not be too flashy.  It is in a residential area that is a relatively flat piece of land, but the holes have variety.  I also found the greens to run very smoothly.  For the green fee I paid I thought the course conditioning was very good.  Check out the slideshow below to see the course from start to finish.  Some of my favorite holes were 4, 9, 11, and 15.

Another fun tidbit is that Top 100 teacher Todd Sones is based here.  You can come play a nice course, but also get the highest quality teaching while you are here.  The course also features a restaurant on site.  While I didn’t eat there it did look to be quite good.

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The Cliffs at Keowee Falls

The Cliffs at Keowee Falls – Played September 2016

  • Rankings: None of the four lists
  • Location: 770 S. Cherry Laurel Way, Salem, South Carolina
  • Year: 2007
  • Architect: Jack Nicklaus
  • Course Access: Private
  • Walking Rules: Carts Available

Score Card Information:

  • Black: 7,171 yards, Par 72, 75.4 Rating/140 Slope
  • Blue: 6,686 yards, Par 72, 72.9 Rating/137 Slope
  • White: 6,354 yards, Par 72, 71.2 Rating/134 Slope
  • Gold: 5,884 yards, Par 72, 68.9 Rating/130 Slope (Men’s), 73.9 Rating/134 Slope (Women’s)
  • Red: 5,182 yards, Par 72, 69.9 Rating/124 Slope

I had played this course about eight years ago, which was not too long after it opened.  I didn’t remember much of it, so this was like getting to play a new course.  Even better than that was that this was a tournament related to work.  There’s nothing like getting out of the office yet still feeling like you accomplished something.  I also got to bond with some of my colleagues on the links. Continue reading “The Cliffs at Keowee Falls”

Sweetens Cove Golf Club

Sweetens Cove Golf Club – Played August 2016

  • Rankings: None of the four lists
  • Location: 2040 Sweetens Cove Road, South Pittsburg, Tennessee
  • Year: 2015
  • Architect: King Collins Golf Course Design
  • Course Access: Public
  • Walking Rules: Carts Available

Score Card Information:

  • Black: 3,301 yards, Par 36, Not Yet Rated
  • Blue: 3,093 yards, Par 36, Not Yet Rated
  • White: 2,726 yards, Par 36, Not Yet Rated
  • Red: 2,2,72 yards, Par 36, Not Yet Rated

I got the chance to connect with a good friend from social media recently at Sweetens Cove Golf Club.  This place is awesome.  It’s barely a year old, but it is a wonderful layout.  The property is pure golf.  They don’t have a clubhouse or a restaurant.  Just show up, pay, and play until your heart’s content.

On our day we played 36 or 45 holes, I can’t quite remember.  What I do know is that is was an awesome experience and the course has so much character.  Even though there are only 9 holes, you can create so many more with alternate routings.  The place is an absolute gem. Continue reading “Sweetens Cove Golf Club”

The Shattuck Golf Club

The Shattuck Golf Club – Played Multiple Years

  • Rankings: None of the four lists
  • Location: 53 Dublin Road, Jaffrey, New Hampshire
  • Year: 1991
  • Architect: Brian Silva
  • Course Access: Public
  • Walking Rules: Carts Available

Score Card Information:

  • Black: 6,764 yards, Par 71, 75.0 Rating/147 Slope
  • Blue: 6,077 yards, Par 71, 70.8 Rating/141 Slope
  • White: 5,412 yards, Par 71, 68.4 Rating/130 Slope (Men’s), 73.9 Rating/135 Slope (Women’s)
  • Red: 4,632 yards, Par 71, 67.6 Rating/125 Slope (Men’s), 73.1 Rating/139 Slope (Women’s)
  • Gold: 4,393 yards, Par 71, 64.6 Rating/127 Slope (Men’s), 66.2 Rating/125 Slope (Women’s)

The Shattuck is one of the courses I played while spending my summers in New Hampshire.  A friend of my grandfather would take me around to many courses in the state to get me exposure to different places.  For that I am very thankful and want to give Steve a shoutout.  Let’s get into a little of the background on the course.

The course sits near the base of Mt. Monadnock.  The mountain is in your field of vision for much of the course and is really pretty to look at.  As you will see from the photos, wetlands and other hazards are not far from the playing surface.  This is the primary defense of the course as it is not overly long.  The golfer will have to put them out of his or her mind to score well.  While it can be difficult, don’t be discouraged.  Per the course’s website, if you can hit the ball 75 yards in the air, you can play any of the holes.  That being said, it has made the list of the Top 100 toughest courses in the country.  I highly recommend getting the player’s guide to help you navigate the course.

Hole 1 – 357 yards – Par 4

You need to be careful from the very first tee shot here.  As you can see in the photo below, there is a creek that cuts across the fairway at the 150 yard marker.  You have to make the decision to lay up short or challenge it with the driver.

sha-1Hole 2 – 146 yards – Par 3

This hole plays from an elevated tee to a green that sits at an angle.  The downhill slope must be accounted for as the easy mistake here is going long.  Anything in the middle of the green is a solid shot.

sha-2Hole 3 – 343 yards – Par 4

I had some technical issues with the photo here so it is a little smaller.  The green sits a in a stadium-like setting.  The challenge on this hole is the narrow fairway.  There is a hazard on the left and a ledge on the right that requires a good shot to clear.

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Hole 4 – 312 yards – Par 4

Thankfully this is a shorter hole and you can afford to not hit driver.  It is definitely a tight landing area.  You must be aware of the wetlands down the left side, while the bunkers on the right are no picnic.

sha-4Hole 5 – 551 yards – Par 5

This can be a monstrous hole from the back tees as it plays over 600 yards.  The tee shot plays to a narrow fairway.  The hole has trouble on both sides most of the hole.  The green is seen below.  It is carved into a large rock ledge and sits behind a peaceful stream.  The Shattuck is just not like many places you have played before.

sha-5Hole 6 – 508 yards – Par 5

I always think it’s a nice change of pace to have back to back par fives.  This hole is the definition of target golf.  There are two landing areas.  There is no need to get too aggressive.  Just play the course and hope to make a putt.

sha-6Hole 7 – 183 yards – Par 3

This longer par 3 plays over more wetlands that are definitely all carry.  There is a small area to the right to bail out, but otherwise this hole requires a well-struck shot.

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Hole 8 – 373 yards – Par 4

This hole has some scenic views.  You need precision with your tee shot since you need to carry a waste area, but also cannot go to far or you risk being blocked out from the green.  Welcome to The Shattuck.

sha-8Hole 10 – 394 yards – Par 4

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Wentworth By The Sea Country Club

Wentworth By The Sea Country Club – Played July 2016

  • Rankings: None of the four lists
  • Location: 60 Wentworth Road, Rye, New Hampshire
  • Year: 1897 (Original), 1921 (Update), 1964 (Expansion)
  • Architect: George Wright, Donald Ross, Geoffrey Cornish, Alex Findlay, & Brian Silva
  • Course Access: Private
  • Walking Rules: Carts Available

Score Card Information:

  • Blue: 6,306 yards, Par 70, 69.2 Rating/127 Slope
  • White: 6,006 yards, Par 70, 68.9 Rating/126 Slope
  • Gold: 5,440 yards, Par 70, 66.3 Rating/117 Slope
  • Red: 5,055 yards, Par 70, 67.1 Rating/116 Slope

The first course on the New England jaunt was Wentworth By The Sea Country Club.  The course website didn’t have a great deal of history on it, but I played this course back when I was 16 and I really wanted another go of it.  Luckily, we could get on through a network of private clubs our home course is apart of.

As you can see from the course details a lot of work has been done to this course by many architects.  You can’t really tell as it all fits together very well with the best holes being along the water.  Let’s get started!

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Courses I Played In College

You may or may not know, but I played college golf for the shortest of stints at Mercer University in Macon, Georgia before I moved on to Clemson.  While I was on the team we had quite a few courses in the area that were considered our home courses.  I want to take some time to talk a little bit about them. These blurbs will serve as my reviews of the courses since I don’t anticipate getting back to take any pictures.

In addition to the Macon courses I wanted to highlight my two “home courses” from my time at Clemson.  I hope you enjoy. Continue reading “Courses I Played In College”

Courses Played That No Longer Exist

I want to talk about a topic that interests me.  Closed golf courses.  Now for some of you this may be a depressing avenue to go down.  I don’t necessarily view it that way.  I believe that there was massive over-building of courses and the recent closures have been more of a market correction than anything else.  That’s neither here nor there.

In this post, I wanted to share some thoughts on the courses that I have played that have shut down.  From my list, these are the ones that I know are no longer in existence.  Some are grown over and some have been developed into housing.  I can say that for almost all of them I haven’t been back since I played them long ago.  So I can only offer some fuzzy memories on them.  Hope you enjoy.  Let me know some of the courses you have played that are no longer around.

Anderson Country Club (Anderson, SC)

This was a course that was close to Clemson.  I only ended up playing it once, but it was very challenging.  The greens were very firm.  I don’t remember much else.  I do know that “The Country Club” was a favorite of many of its regulars.

Bay Tree Golf Plantation (Myrtle Beach, SC) 

I have some good memories from this track.  There was 54 holes here and I got to play in the North-South All Stars here.  This is a Ryder Cup style tournament for the graduating seniors from different sized high schools in South Carolina.  We had some good matches.  Unfortunately the course closed in 2006.  The closure of the course has hurt the values of the condos.  The course is mostly grown over.

Hillandale Golf Club (Travelers Rest, SC)

This course was the victim of a housing development.  I got to play in a very rowdy golf tournament here in high school.  Let’s put it this way.  I played the first two rounds with a guy named Alley Cat.  It was quite a time.

Millstone Golf Village (Easley, SC)

This is a course that closed in 2006.  It was about 25 minutes from my house, but I only played it once.  It had some quirky holes and some good ones.  I always felt it was in decent shape, although sometimes it would be a little too firm.  Their marketing hyped the course and the practice facility.  Both were good, but couldn’t be sustained.

The Wellman Country Club (Johnson City, SC)

This was a tough one to hear about.  I didn’t necessarily love the golf course, but had some awesome memories from high school golf here.  We won two state championships at this course.  I honestly can’t tell you much about the layout.  That’s unfortunate, but I will always remember the place fondly.