2017 Open Championship Picks

I haven’t had a lot of time to write lately so this post is going up late.  It’s also going to be a little shorter than usual.

I’m going with one pick, Jordan Spieth.  I’ve been thinking he would win this tournament since the end of last season.  His game fits the course and he has taken a nice bit of time off so he should be well rested.

With all golf tournaments you just never know.  I also like Justin Rose and Jon Rahm this week.

There you have it, short and sweet.  Enjoy the Open, one of my favorite events of the year.

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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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The Highland Course at Primland

The Highland Course at Primland – Played November 2016

  • Rankings: Golf Digest Public #21, Golf Magazine Public #36
  • Location: 2000 Busted Rock Road, Meadows of Dan, Virginia
  • Year: 2006
  • Architect: Martin Ebert & Donald Steel
  • Course Access: Resort
  • Walking Rules: Carts Available

Score Card Information:

  • Black: 7,053 yards, Par 72, 75.1 Rating/150 Slope
  • Black/Red: 6,771 yards, Par 72, 73.9 Rating/147 Slope
  • Red: 6,450 yards, Par 72, 72.5 Rating/143 Slope
  • Blue: 6,002 yards, Par 72, 70.7 Rating/139 Slope (Men’s), 75.7 Rating/142 Slope (Women’s)
  • Green: 5,140 yards, Par 72, 70.9 Rating/131 Slope

I needed something to do on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving and I thought the best use of my time was to play a Top 100 golf course!  Can you blame me?  So I hopped in the car and made the trip up to Primland.  Check out the scorecard below. Continue reading “The Highland Course at Primland”

Playing Alone

Playing golf alone can be one of the most gratifying experiences in the game.  Don’t get me wrong I love to tee it up with others most of the time, but there is something about getting out early by yourself and flying around the course.  Because let’s be honest, it’s no fun playing by yourself if you’re stuck behind a bunch of foursomes. Continue reading “Playing Alone”

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”

Brooks Was Here

Huge congrats to Brooks Koepka on winning the 2017 US Open!  He seized control in the home stretch and had a masterful performance.  That makes seven straight first-time winners in the major championships.  I was admittedly pulling for Rickie or JT, but I’m good with this outcome.

I think another big story was the golf course.  What did everyone think?  Personally, I don’t want to see -16 win the US Open.  I don’t want to protect Old Man Par at any cost, but I also don’t want to see it turn out like any other tournament.  That is what it felt like to me today, just another PGA Tour event.  I believe a few factors contributed to that.  The fairways were overly wide for a US Open, the course played soft, and barely anyone had played the course since October allowing for perfect greens.

Players had very little concern about putting and could go at a lot of pins.  Overall it was a fun tournament and I am happy for Brooks.  I’m not sure Erin Hills gets another shot at hosting, but I hope it gets to with firm conditions.  That would be the true measure of a very interesting course I hope to play very soon.

2017 US Open Preview

In 2017 the US Open makes its way to a new course.  Erin Hills will make its debut this week and it is sure to get people talking.  I haven’t played the course yet, but the pictures and reviews make it seem quite demanding.  It will be a different test for the tour pros.

I like to see the majors go to new venues and get some freshness in the rotations.  I know Jack Nicklaus may not agree after his recent comments, but I think it can get boring if the US Open is at Winged Foot or Oakmont every year.  Those courses have their place in the rota for a reason and should stay there, but some new tracks are good once in a while. Continue reading “2017 US Open Preview”