Edgewater Golf Club

Edgewater Golf Club – Played February 2017

  • Rankings: None of the four lists
  • Location: 2380 Catawba Ridge Boulevard, Lancaster, South Carolina
  • Year: 2008
  • Architect: Bruce Brodsky
  • Course Access: Public
  • Walking Rules: Carts Available

Score Card Information:

  • Black: 7,103 yards, Par 72, 74.3 Rating/141 Slope
  • Gold: 6,571 yards, Par 72, 71.4 Rating/135 Slope
  • Navy: 6,102 yards, Par 72, 69.2 Rating/129 Slope (Men’s), 76.4 Rating/134 Slope (Women’s)
  • White: 5,322 yards, Par 72, 65.3 Rating/117 Slope (Men’s), 71.6 Rating/126 Slope (Women’s)
  • Maroon: 4,717 yards, Par 72, 64.6 Rating/127 Slope (Men’s), 67.1 Rating/113 Slope (Women’s)

I was lucky enough to have the time during tax season to get out for a GolfMatch outing on a lovely Sunday in February.  I didn’t think I would need sunscreen in winter, but it was sunny and in the 70’s.  We couldn’t have asked for a better day.

I got to tee it up with my friend Melissa from the app and got to put some faces to some names I had seen while browsing GolfMatch.

The app is great for outings like this and I am glad we could put it together.  The course overall was solid.  For the green fee it was a great deal.  While not overly spectacular, the course was fun and provided plenty of challenge.  I would definitely recommend playing it if you are in the area. Continue reading “Edgewater Golf Club”

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The Preserve at Verdae

The Preserve at Verdae – Played December 2016

  • Rankings: None of the four lists
  • Location: 650 Verdae Boulevard, Greenville, South Carolina
  • Year: 1990
  • Architect: Willard Byrd
  • Course Access: Public
  • Walking Rules: Carts Available

Score Card Information:

  • Black: 7,021 yards, Par 72, 73.7 Rating/138 Slope
  • Blue: 6,734 yards, Par 72, 72.4 Rating/133 Slope
  • White: 6,180 yards, Par 72, 69.6 Rating/125 Slope
  • Gold: 5,494 yards, Par 72, 66.7 Rating/112 Slope (Men’s), 71.6 Rating/124 Slope (Women’s)
  • Red: 5,022 yards, Par 72, 68.7 Rating/116 Slope

Once the Clemson football regular season was over a buddy and me decided to tee it up on a Saturday.  He hopped on GolfNow to get a deal and we certainly did.  We were able to get this tee time for $15 a person.

I have known the director of golf here since before I was a teenager.  I also worked here one summer as a cart boy.  I have plenty of connections to it.

That being said, I don’t play it a lot.  It’s not my favorite course because I think it has some silly holes.  It doesn’t fit my eye and I don’t usually recommend it to people. Continue reading “The Preserve at Verdae”

Keowee Key Country Club

Keowee Key Country Club – Played November 2016

  • Rankings: None of the four lists
  • Location: 1 Country Club Drive, Salem, South Carolina
  • Year: 1973
  • Architect: George Cobb, John LaFoy, & Richard Mandell
  • Course Access: Private
  • Walking Rules: Carts Available

Score Card Information:

  • Blue: 6,426 yards, Par 72, 71.5 Rating/134 Slope
  • White: 6,061 yards, Par 72, 69.8 Rating/128 Slope
  • Gold: 5,472 yards, Par 72, 67.9 Rating/114 Slope
  • Red: 4,934 yards, Par 72, 66.3 Rating/110 Slope (Men’s), 68.7 Rating/119 Slope (Women’s)
  • Orange: 3,807 yards, Par 72, 62.4 Rating/103 Rating

Over the Thanksgiving holiday I got an opportunity to play a fun private course around Clemson University.  A little bit of background on the round.  One of my buddies recently got engaged, which was great news to be sure.  Well his future father-in-law was going to be in town for various reasons over the holiday and wanted to see Clemson.  My friend set up the day to include a tour around Clemson and a round here at Keowee Key through another friend.  So that was the setting for our Friday round the day before the huge rivalry game with USC.

The course is set up within a residential community where you must be a property owner to be a member.  I can’t tell you the demographics of the community, but the course is set up to cater to retirees.  Overall, the course is short with many doglegs.  I hit driver maybe twice the entire day.  While it is not a long course it is quite fun and playable.  There are many elevated greens and distance control is a factor in posting a good number.

I have included a slideshow below for you to view the holes.  There was a shotgun so we started on 18 and so does the slideshow.  We had a great time playing the course.  I enjoyed getting to know my friend’s future father-in-law.  It is always fun to show Clemson off to new people and finding a way to get a new course in is a bonus.  We capped the day with a few beers at one our favorite watering holes from college.  The weekend was finished off with a resounding victory over our hated instate rivals.  Can’t think of much better than that.  Go Tigers!

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Calumet Country Club

Calumet Country Club – Played October 2016

  • Rankings: None of the four lists
  • Location: 175th Street & Western Avenue, Homewood, Illinois
  • Year: 1917
  • Architect: Donald Ross
  • Course Access: Private
  • Walking Rules: Carts & Caddies Available

Score Card Information:

  • Blue: 6,619 yards, Par 71, 72.5 Rating/134 Slope
  • White: 6,326 yards, Par 71, 71.1 Rating/131 Slope (Men’s), 77.1 Rating/142 Slope (Women’s)
  • Silver: 5,534 yards, Par 71, 67.5 Rating/121 Slope (Men’s), 72.7 Rating/133 Slope (Women’s)
  • Red: 5,015 yards, Par 72, 65.1 Rating/115 Slope (Men’s), 69.8 Rating/126 Slope (Women’s)

I was lucky to play another private club in the Chicagoland area for my final round of my October trip.  Mark, my friend from GolfMatch, was hosting an outing at his club and invited me to play in it.  I was happy to say yes and meet some fellow GolfMatchers.

Designed by the legendary Donald Ross, the course has hosted many important events such as the 1924 Western Open and 1945 Chicago Victory Open.  The latter served as one of 11 straight won by Byron Nelson in his epic streak.

The course is not overly long, but as a par 71 it plays longer than the yardage.  For our event we played the tips. Continue reading “Calumet Country Club”

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”