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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Colonial Country Club

Colonial Country Club – Played November 2017

  • Rankings: Golf Magazine #86
  • Location: 3735 Country Club Circle, Fort Worth, Texas
  • Year: 1935
  • Architects: John Bredemus & Perry Maxwell
  • Course Access: Private
  • Walking Rules: Carts & Caddies Available

Score Card Information:

  • Black: 7,204 yards, Par 70, 75.1 Rating/138 Slope
  • Blue: 6,837 yards, Par 70, 73.5 Rating/134 Slope
  • Gold: 6,527 yards, Par 70, 72.0 Rating/131 Slope
  • White: 5,971 yards, Par 70, 68.8 Rating/124 Slope (Men’s), 76.2 Rating/139 Slope (Women’s)
  • Red: 5,700 yards, Par 72, 74.8 Rating/137 Slope

I love it when a plan comes together!  I’ll explain a little bit more of what I mean.

Back in July I was in Orange County, California for my brother-in-law’s wedding.  This is the one I mentioned in the Pelican Hill post.  Our table set up for the reception included one of his work buddies who lived in Dallas named Robert.

Robert and I talked a bit about my quest and we all had a fun night at the reception.  Fast forward a few months later and I reached out to Robert about playing at Colonial and if he had any connections.

Luckily, a good friend of his is a member.  Plans were made and the wife and I made travel plans.  Unfortunately, I couldn’t find a connect for Dallas National this time, but it’s a good reason to go back.

With all this planning, I had time to invite my buddy Lance who lives in Oklahoma.  The drive was much easier for him than it was for me from South Carolina, but I love to drive.  Lance is a good dude so I was happy to help him out with this one.  Other than his OU fandom we get along great :).  Sorry buddy! Continue reading “Colonial Country Club”

TGT’s 2018 US Open Musings & Picks

It seems like the majors are getting harder to predict with every passing event.  The fields are ultra deep and many guys are clicking.

This week is no different with DJ coming off a win in the last event.  JT and many others are in the groove as well.  You could say Spieth and Rory are not quite at 100%, but would you be surprised if either of them busted out this week and played well? Continue reading “TGT’s 2018 US Open Musings & Picks”

Virginia Trip Recap

My recent trip to Virginia was for a short weekend getaway.  I played Spring Creek and Golden Horseshoe (Gold).  Check out the posts on those courses if you haven’t yet.

As a side note, I’m going to make an effort to take better notes on this portion of my trips when applicable.  On some of the golf-centric jaunts where I’m not experiencing too much of the area, there may not be a need for these recaps.

WHY

This trip was mainly for the golf, but we hadn’t really been to the Williamsburg area.  We wanted to check out a new place.

FOOD

We tried a few places around the area.  I don’t have them all in my memory bank, but there are solid options.  A few that I can recommend I’ve listed below.

  • Alewerks Brewing Company – They have plenty of beers on tap in their taproom.  Flights are available as well as plenty of beer for purchase.  Since we were there in late September the Pumpkin beer was in season and was very solid.  Also very good was the Chesapeake Pale Ale.  They have a live music spot outside which was well attended with fall temps in the air.
  • The Williamsburg Winery – This was a trip arranged by the wife.  We did some wine tasting, but that was it here.  We didn’t sample the restaurant but did leave with some bottles.

SERVICE

Everything at Golden Horseshoe was phenomenal.  My player host made the round awesome.  The rest of the professional staff was very welcoming and tended to my every need.

Spring Creek was friendly service as well.  It was on par with an upscale daily-fee course.

NON-GOLF ATTRACTIONS WE VISITED

We headed over to the complex at historic Jamestowne to get a dose of history.  There is tons of information here for people of all ages.  I definitely recommend this for families.

I did a little driving through the William and Mary campus but didn’t stop at anything.  If I get back I think a campus tour would be very interesting.

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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Golden Horseshoe Golf Club (Gold)

Golden Horseshoe Golf Club (Gold) – Played October 2017

  • Rankings: Golf Magazine Public #59
  • Location: 651 S England Street, Williamsburg, Virginia
  • Year: 1963
  • Architect: Robert Trent Jones
  • Course Access: Resort
  • Walking Rules: Carts Available

Score Card Information:

  • Gold: 6,817 yards, Par 71, 73.4 Rating/140 Slope
  • Blue: 6,522 yards, Par 71, 72.1 Rating/136 Slope
  • White: 6,248 yards, Par 71, 70.8 Rating/134 Slope
  • Silver: 5,504 yards, Par 71, 67.4 Rating/128 Slope (Men’s), 72.1 Rating/132 Slope (Women’s)
  • Red: 4,599 yards, Par 71, 63.0 Rating/114 Slope (Men’s), 66.0 Rating/119 Slope (Women’s)

The second stop on my quick Virginia jaunt was the Golden Horseshoe Golf Club in the heart of Williamsburg.

I was on my way to the course on my own in the morning and the GPS said it would take me between 5-10 minutes to get there from the hotel.  I was a little surprised at how close it was.

As I was driving along I passed through the campus of William & Mary, the local university.  I was still navigating some turns on the campus when it said I was basically at my destination.  It looked like I was still among campus and commercial buildings.  I made a right through an opening in a brick wall and the clubhouse greeted me.  It was definitely one of the more interesting entrances to a course since I wasn’t expecting it.

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Spring Creek Golf Club

Spring Creek Golf Club – Played September 2017

  • Rankings: Golf Digest Public #58
  • Location: 109 Clubhouse Way, Gordonsville, Virginia
  • Year: 2006
  • Architect: Ed Carton
  • Course Access: Semi-Private
  • Walking Rules: Carts Available

Score Card Information:

  • Championship: 7,389 yards, Par 72, 76.5 Rating/152 Slope
  • Marble: 6,673 yards, Par 72, 73.1 Rating/144 Slope
  • Onyx: 6,197 yards, Par 72, 71.0 Rating/139 Slope (Men’s), 76.6 Rating/146 Slope (Women’s)
  • Salmon: 5,589 yards, Par 72, 68.2 Rating/132 Slope (Men’s), 73.3 Rating/139 Slope (Women’s)
  • Pewter: 4,781 yards, Par 72, 68.7 Rating/129 Slope

In late September of 2017, Clemson had an away game and I was itching to to get in some golf.  I had had the Virginia courses on my list in my mind for a little while.  I thought that it made sense to head up and get some golf and sightseeing in.  The wife and I did some research and got everything booked for a quick getaway.

First up on our schedule was Spring Creek.  It was designed by Ed Carton who has had professional associations with Hurzdan Golf, Gary Player, Sam Snead, and Raymond Floyd.  He believes in challenging course that are also playable.  Now we hear that all the time, but his strategy has a tangible aspect.  For example, he likes to keep the fairway 40 yards wide at the landing area, but narrower at around 300 yards.  He also likes to employ “speed slots” to give a boost to good drives.

Spring Creek is semi-private, but the access is pretty easy.  I played on a Friday with no problem.  While Ms. TGT did some work in the grill, I was off to play.  You can see the clubhouse below.  I played the Marble tees and all distances will reflect that.

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