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”

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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”

Pelican Hill Golf Club (Ocean South)

Pelican Hill Golf Club (Ocean South) – Played July 2017

  • Rankings: Golf Digest Public #68
  • Location: 2000 Busted Rock Road, Newport Coast, California
  • Year: 2007
  • Architect: Tom Fazio
  • Course Access: Resort
  • Walking Rules: Carts Available

Score Card Information:

  • Black: 6,580 yards, Par 70, 71.9 Rating/134 Slope
  • Blue: 6,323 yards, Par 70, 70.5 Rating/131 Slope
  • White: 5,929 yards, Par 70, 69.1 Rating/126 Slope (Men’s), 75.5 Rating/137 Slope (Women’s)
  • Red: 5,393 yards, Par 70, 66.7 Rating/119 Slope (Men’s), 72.7 Rating/131 Slope (Women’s)
  • Yellow: 4,723 yards, Par 70, 64.0 Rating/114 Slope (Men’s), 68.2 Rating/119 Slope (Women’s)

Sometimes in this quest you don’t know when opportunities to play another course on the list will come up.  Pelican Hill is a prime example of that.  My brother-in-law was getting married in Orange County this past July so my first thought was to take a look at my Top 100 map to see what was close.  Of course there are private options in LA, but I stuck to the public tracks as my connections in SoCal are limited.

All of that led me to Pelican Hill, which ended up being about 20 minutes from our hotel.  A quick Friday morning round was scheduled around sightseeing, the rehearsal dinner, and the wedding.  I ended up getting paired with a really nice guy from New Orleans who had gone to college with some guys I knew in high school.  Small world!

Let’s get into some info on this place.  The courses here were done by Tom Fazio, but not without some arm twisting.  According to the website, Fazio didn’t want to head to California with 6 young kids at home on the East Coast.  He also had plenty of work there to keep him busy.  Former MLB commissioner Peter Ueberroth brought him out and convinced the family to agree to the project.  It was quite a sales job that resulted in 36 holes along the PCH.  Fazio seemed to quite enjoy the project as he was provided a great piece of land.

One last thing, the bridge you drive over to get to the first tee is quite special.  I’ll let you visit to experience it.  All distances are from the blue tees. Continue reading “Pelican Hill Golf Club (Ocean South)”

What Came From the 2018 Masters?

First off, congrats to Patrick Reed.  He’s not my favorite golfer by any means, but putting that aside, he played a hell of a tournament.  He was dialed in for four days and earned his spot in the history of The Masters.

The final round had some ups and downs and some definite excitement.  Some of my takeaways…

Spieth – Goodness!?!!  What a final round.  The bogey on 18 was a downer, but he put a charge into what started off as a relatively uneventful final day.  Good thing everyone thought his putting was bad?

Rickie – What a class act!  He played beautifully all day to finish within one.  And then to wait for Reed coming off the 18th was especially classy.  No one in the game does that as much as Rickie.  Some may say it is a lack of killer instinct.  I don’t believe that for a second.  The guy desperately wants to win but refuses to be anything but gracious when he doesn’t.  Believe me, I don’t think this is a requirement at all.  Tiger is my favorite and he never did, but that doesn’t mean I can’t appreciate Rickie’s class.

Tiger – He just didn’t have it this week.  The game is coming around though.  I liked the way he drove the ball today.  The irons were off all week and the putting failed him overall.  I think Shinnecock sets up well for him if he can keep the momentum with the driver and use the stinger as much as possible.  I love having him back!

I wouldn’t say the Master is my favorite tournament (even though I may have already said it).  It is unique and has crazy thrills, but I love all the majors.  The 2018 Masters was made interesting by some stellar Sunday play.

Congrats to Reed and see everyone at Shinny!

 

TGT’s 2018 Master’s Picks

Hello friends…

The 2018 Masters “toonamint” is one of the most highly anticipated that I can remember.  So many of the top players are playing well going into the event, not to mention ole TW coming off back to back Top 5’s.

I have no idea who is going to win the tournament, but that is nothing new.  Picking winner’s in golf is basically a fool’s errand, but it’s fun despite that.  I’d love to do a big, long post and get all kinds of traffic (can you tell I’ve been reading about SEO/Google rankings) but unfortunately tax season has been wearing on me.  I just want to watch some golf and Netflix.

Alright, that being said…

Thoroughbreds

  1. Rory McIlroy – fresh off his awesome finish at the API, Rory is in good form.  This could well be the year he gets it done to complete the career Grand Slam.
  2. Jordan Spieth – he was flushing the ball at Houston this past week and despite terrible putting stats was close to the lead.  I don’t understand all the math that goes into strokes gained, but color me convinced that Jordan will be in the mix come Sunday.
  3. Dustin Johnson – He’s #1 in the world.  Come at the king you best not miss.

Sentimental Pick

  1. Tiger Woods – no result would please me more.  The fact that he is the betting favorite is ridiculous to me.  That gives more insight into Vegas than it does who will win a tournament.  If he gets into the thick of it on Sunday the roars will flow through the National.  Let it happen!

Others Receiving Votes

  1. Justin Rose – always seems to be around the lead.  If he putts well he’ll be in it.
  2. Justin Thomas – if he’s on he will be there.  It just depends on him.  I love his game, but can he tame the course?  I wouldn’t doubt it.
  3. Phil Mickelson – he’s in here, but I’m not really feeling it.  Sorry.

Debate my picks, sound off in the comments, but once the event starts on Thursday we will all be into it.  I’ll have the phone tuned to The Masters app to keep me into it.  I’ve also got a wedding on Saturday, but Sunday will be all golf after a morning of work.  Enjoy the 2018 Masters!!!!

When Will I Play Augusta?

The Masters is approaching quickly and the excitement for the tournament is at a fever pitch.  Many top players are rounding into form making the winner anyone’s guess.

The tournament is great and I love it, but that is secondary to me.  You see, my quest will require that I play the vaunted Augusta National.

When will that happen?  Your guess is as good as mine!  I hope it is sooner rather than later, but with these things, you never know.

You may know that asking to play it is basically forbidden.  So that strategy is out.  My hope is networking and continuing to play more courses and meet more golfers.

The world of golf is extremely generous, as I have said many times.  I look forward to the day I can tee it up at the National.  I will probably have a tear of joy in my eye!

Enjoy the Masters!