Little River Golf & Resort

Little River Golf & Resort – Played May 2012

  • Rankings: None of the four lists
  • Location: 500 Little River Farm Road, Carthage, North Carolina
  • Year: 1996
  • Architect: Dan Maples
  • Course Access: Public
  • Walking Rules: Carts Available

Score Card Information:

  • Blue: 6,939 yards, Par 72, 73.4 Rating/135 Slope
  • White: 6,258 yards, Par 72, 70.0 Rating/128 Slope
  • Gold: 5,190 yards, Par 72, 64.8 Rating/111 Slope
  • Red: 4,998 yards, Par 72, 68.7 Rating/122 Slope

Yet again we are coming to you from the Pinehurst area.  I played Little River on one of the many trips up with my wife.  The course is a short drive from Pinehurst proper.

The setting is serene and the course is not overly difficult.  It is a great spot to try and make a score, but not get too beat up.

Thanks again to Brian for the photos.  Check him out on Instagram @virginiagolfguy and at his website vagolfguy.com.

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Verdict Ridge Golf & Country Club

Verdict Ridge Golf & Country Club – Played April 2012

  • Rankings: None of the four lists
  • Location: 7332 Kidville Road, Denver, North Carolina
  • Year: 1999
  • Architect: Ed Schweitzer
  • Course Access: Public
  • Walking Rules: Carts Available

Score Card Information:

  • Black: 6,926 yards, Par 72, 74.4 Rating/144 Slope
  • Blue: 6,320 yards, Par 72, 71.2 Rating/141 Slope
  • White: 5,739 yards, Par 72, 68.6 Rating/128 Slope (Men’s), 74.3 Rating/139 Slope (Women’s)
  • Gold: 5,074 yards, Par 72, 65.8 Rating/114 Slope (Men’s), 70.3 Rating/133 Slope (Women’s)
  • Green: 4,771 yards, Par 72, 68.6 Rating/126 Slope

I remember the day I played here distinctly.  It was right after the end of tax season and I went up with a couple buddies to tee it up and catch the Celtics who were in town to play the then Charlotte Bobcats.  As an aside, the decision to go back to Hornets was obviously a great one. Continue reading “Verdict Ridge Golf & Country Club”

Wyboo Golf Club

Wyboo Golf Club – Played July 2004

  • Rankings: None of the four lists
  • Location: 2565 Players Course Drive, Manning, South Carolina
  • Year: 1999
  • Architect: Tom Jackson
  • Course Access: Public
  • Walking Rules: Carts Available

Score Card Information:

  • Blue: 6,908 yards, Par 72, 72.3 Rating/129 Slope
  • White: 6,395 yards, Par 72, 69.5 Rating/118 Slope
  • Gold: 5,718 yards, Par 72, 66.7 Rating/111 Slope
  • Red: 4,950 yards, Par 72, 67.9 Rating/115 Slope

I was down to play this course after a summer working in the junior golf camps at Pinehurst.  After a summer spent practicing and playing in my “job” I was trying to qualify for the SC State Amateur.  This was obviously in the days where competing was still important to me.  It didn’t go well!  Now I am much more content to play for some money in match play or with a gimmie here or there.

Wyboo is conveniently located about 10 miles off of I-95.  As I remember the pricing is very affordable and well worth your time if you’re in the area.

Once again, shout out to Brian from @virginiagolfguy on Instagram and vagolfguy.com for letting me use his pictures.  All distances are from the blue tees. Continue reading “Wyboo Golf Club”

True Blue Golf Club

True Blue Golf Club – Played October 2007

  • Rankings: None of the four lists
  • Location: 900 Blue Stem Drive, Pawleys Island, South Carolina
  • Year: 1998
  • Architect: Mike Strantz
  • Course Access: Public
  • Walking Rules: Carts Available

Score Card Information:

  • Gold: 7,126 yards, Par 72, 73.8 Rating/139 Slope
  • Blue: 6,812 yards, Par 72, 72.3 Rating/128 Slope
  • White: 6,375 yards, Par 72, 71.1 Rating/123 Slope
  • Black: 5,736 yards, Par 72, 67.2 Rating/112 Slope
  • Green: 4,995 yards, Par 72, 69.5 Rating/115 Slope

True Blue was actually my first experience with the great Mike Strantz.  This will kick off back to back weeks of Strantz courses, so be on the lookout next week for another!

A quick backstory.  In one of my internships in college, I won a weekend at a beach condo of one of the partners in my firm.  I was very excited.

I was also a little nervous because my buddies were going down with me.  I didn’t want anything to happen to the condo because it would be a while until I started full time.  There was plenty of time to pull my offer if we messed something up!

Luckily none of that happened.  We partied pretty hard and met up with some good friends that were in the area as well.  I remember it for watching the ALCS between the Red Sox and Indians.  The Sox won and got the ring that year!  All my buddies were cheering for Cleveland because I don’t know how to pick friends apparently :).

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Tot Hill Farm Golf Club

Tot Hill Farm Golf Club – Played Sometime 2011-2013

  • Rankings: None of the four lists
  • Location: 3185 Tot Hill Farm Road, Asheboro, North Carolina
  • Year: 2000
  • Architect: Mike Strantz
  • Course Access: Public
  • Walking Rules: Carts Available

Score Card Information:

  • Outlaw Black: 6,543 yards, Par 72, 72.5 Rating/138 Slope
  • Gambler Green: 6,214 yards, Par 72, 70.4 Rating/132 Slope
  • Rawhide White: 5,632 yards, Par 72, 69.0 Rating/117 Slope (Men’s), 74.0 Rating/134 Slope (Women’s)
  • Mustang Gold: 4,556 yards, Par 72, 63.8 Rating/103 Slope (Men’s), 67.9 Rating/118 Slope (Women’s)

As mentioned at the top, I don’t remember the year I played this gem.  I do know that it was on one of the many trips to the Pinehurst area for a weekend of golf with the wife.  Tot Hill is a bit away from the area, but was well worth the drive.  It was prototypical Strantz which means it was super imaginative.  You can see from the mix of pars that the course never gets monotonous.

I don’t recall spending a ton of time in the clubhouse to see the vibe of the place as we were trying to get back to Pinehurst for our hotel.  As I mentioned before, it is a bit out of the way so there may not be much going on, but don’t quote me on that.

Thanks again to Brian for the photos.  Check him out on Instagram @virginiagolfguy and at his website vagolfguy.com.

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Bull Run Golf Club

Bull Run Golf Club – Played Sometime 2006-2009

  • Rankings: None of the four lists
  • Location: 52 James Madison Highway, Haymarket, Virginia
  • Year: 1998
  • Architect: Rick Jacobson
  • Course Access: Public
  • Walking Rules: Carts Available

Score Card Information:

  • Black: 6,979 yards, 73.1 Rating/134 Slope
  • Blue: 6,534 yards, Par 72, 71.3 Rating/128 Slope
  • White: 6,219 yards, Par 72, 69.3 Rating/119 Slope
  • Green: 5,730 yards, Par 72, 67.3 Rating/116 Slope
  • Red: 5,066 yards, Par 72, 68.3 Rating/110 Slope

As you can see above I don’t remember which particular year I played Bull Run, but I know the occasion.  I was up to watch Clemson take on Maryland on the gridiron before Maryland split to the Big Ten.

One of my college roommates parents had moved to within an hour or so of the area and we were looking for a place to tee it up the day before the game.  We were going to get rowdy the next day so we needed a relaxing 18 to keep us rested :).

The course sits in the foothills of Bull Run Mountain and is close in proximity to DC.  We played the blue tees.

Thanks to Brian for these photos.  Check him out on Instagram @virginiagolfguy and on his website vagolfguy.com.

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Canterbury Woods Country Club

Canterbury Woods Country Club – Played July 2017

  • Rankings: None of the four lists
  • Location: 15 West Road, Canterbury, New Hampshire
  • Year: 2003
  • Architect: Ross Forbes
  • Course Access: Public
  • Walking Rules: Carts Available

Score Card Information:

  • Black: 6,644 yards, Par 72, 71.9 Rating/129 Slope
  • Blue: 6,134 yards, Par 72, 69.2 Rating/125 Slope (Men’s), 74.5 Rating/126 Slope (Women’s)
  • White: 5,535 yards, Par 72, 66.2 Rating/117 Slope (Men’s), 71.9 Rating/120 Slope (Women’s)
  • Green: 4,957 yards, Par 72, 68.7 Rating/114 Slope
  • Red: 4,482 yards, Par 72, 62.5 Rating/96 Slope (Men’s), 66.0 Rating/108 Slope (Women’s)

I don’t have much to offer for a write up on this one.  It was the last course I played while up in New Hampshire for the summer.

I had played it once before a few years ago and thought it to be just ok then.  This time around the greens weren’t great and I wasn’t impressed with the overall conditioning.  Could have been a bad winter, but this was late July. Continue reading “Canterbury Woods Country Club”