OT- 2019/2020 Golf

I need a break from football speculation. Let's talk some golf. I know there are some old golf threads on here but it's been a few years so let's start fresh. This can be a catch all thread for anything golf related.

What are some of your favorite golf courses?
I played Primland this summer and thought it was spectacular. Ballyhack outside of Roanoke is a really great track. My favorite experience on a golf course was the Pacifico course in Punta Mita. There is a par 3 island green out in the pacific.

Any recommendations for buddy golf trips?
I went to a golf bachelor party in Scottsdale last year and had a blast. Pinehurst is great. The new Par 3 course and the putting course make for a great afternoon booze round. I'd love to go up to Wisconsin and play Whistling Straights/Erin Hills.

Online instruction
I enjoy the MeandMygolf guys on YouTube. They put out great content for all skill levels. What is everyone else using?

Favorite Tour players
Tiger, Ricky, Dufner

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My crew and I are looking to make a trip to Scotland in shoulder season 2020. Still trying to hone in some details and figure out how much it'll cost (i.e. what's the cheapest we can do it for). We want to obviously play the Old Course, maybe Carnoustie, then some other smaller ones then head down to England and sight see.

We always take a trip to Myrtle in November. It's cheap. We are currently awaiting results from the Ryder Cup lottery to see about making a trip up there too.

The course with the most notoriety I've played is Torrey Pines. I played the north course last summer in a trip to San Diego. It was incredible. It was difficult. But I walked all 18 holes and my jaw hurt more than my feet from being on the ground so much (then my feet hurt later because after walking 18 we walked around the zoo for 7 hours).

Favorite pro golfers: 1. Rory then a big gap then guys like Rickie, Jordan JT and Brooks. Also a big fan of Harold Varner. Cannot stand Patrick Reed and Bryson DeChambeau.

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Arkansas blew a 24-0 lead in the Belk Bowl.

We are currently awaiting results from the Ryder Cup lottery to see about making a trip up there too.

I had it all planned out...Ryder Cup then the Big House. But they slunk away. Spend some time in Mich playing courses and hitting Bells and Founders...man that would have been a killer trip.

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I've been lucky enough to play golf in Scotland on many occasions. FYI, when we go back now, we literally play Royal Dornoch for a week straight. That's how great it is.

#1 Royal Dornoch - hands down the best golf course I've ever played. So far north if you go during the right time of year you can play AFTER dinner.

#2 St. Andrews - play it because it's the 'old course', but don't be surprised when you enjoy every other course listed here more.

#3 Kingsbarns - beautiful.

#4 Carnoustie - hard hard hard.

#5 Castle Stuart - great course. Home to Scottish Open for a few years.

#6 Nairn - fun old/small-town course feel.

Primland: Got to play it last week and it was awesome. No two holes are the same. And hardly any fairways are side-by-side with another...you're isolated. Which is really nice at a place like that. Conditions were still in tip top shape despite the lack of rain. And that last hole. Sheesh. That things a killer. They run a deal in August during aeration; $100 round with a $135 raincheck replay rate for later on.

I was luck enough to win the Golf Digest trip to Scotland and Ireland several years ago. They put us up at the Hotel in a suite, played Jubilee, Kingsbarns, and the Old Course, had several pints, wandered the town, and have a great caddie story that isn't the norm. https://www.thekeyplay.com/comment/reply/15350/627218. Then, flew us to Ireland to stay in Adare, and played Ballybunion and Adare Manor. Not sure if I ever want to see Ballybunion again. It was blowing 45-50 in our face the first 5 holes. If I was home, it would have been a big nope for me that day. But since it was Ballybunion, had to give it a go. Second hole, 397, hit driver-3 wood-9 iron...to the front edge. On the back there's a par 3 that's right around 200, dead into the teeth. Walking up, was curious what the conversation would be about clubs. Welp, Caddie grabs driver and shoves it into my chest, looks me dead in the eyes, and says "give it all ya got." Um, ok. I know it's blowing, but maybe....Then another stern look. I never got a word and lost the discussion. I ended up hitting it dead on the center, perfect contact, and it trickled on the front edge, maybe 185-190. (Hit driver-8 iron to pin high on the next hole which is 483 par 5.) Fantastic trip, awesome courses, and I'd go back in a heartbeat!!!!!

Kingsbarns is THE jewel of them all. I got to play about 10 days before the Dunhill. The year I played Kingsbarns, Koepka shot 61 there. Kinda had a feeling the kid would be something, but not quite to this level. 61 on that track is golfing your ball.

http://100proofbackfield.blogspot.com/
A link to the stories about the trip.

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Awesome. We are doing Scotland in 2 years. I'll make sure Kingsbarns is on the itinerary!

The Jubilee is a fun course as well. No need for a caddie at all...it's all right in front of you.

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Thanks for the info on Primland. I live 8 hours out of state now but when I drive back, I usually pass right by the turn to go to Primland and playing it has been in the back of my mind.

If you are in Michigan and want a true links experience, Arcadia Bluffs in northern lower Michigan will offer an authentic experience, especially if you are early or late season (the weather comes into play, too.) Eagle Eye near Lansing is another really nice course with a very good reproduction of the 17th Island green at TPC.

I'm enjoying reading your blog! I really want to go to Scottland/Ireland for a golf trip but want to improve my game before making trip out there. I'd like to get down to a single digit by the end of 2020.

Primland is always in immaculate condition. It only gets 20-30 rounds on it a day so it doesn't get beat up like popular tracks. Coming over the hill on #1 is a thrilling experience. The weekend my wife and I stayed coincided with a Jay Haas event that was taking place there so I signed up. Jay gave a lesson and provided instruction during the morning and we all went out and played 18. He would play with each group for 2-3 holes. He can still hit bombs for being 65.

We moved a few months ago and finally got around to hanging my flags and pics.

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I do a buddy trip every year. We did Whistling Straights and Blackwolf Run this past August. Tremendous experience. Those 3 courses would all be top 5 in NOVA/DC area outside of maybe Congressional Blue. We did Phoenix last year- Verrado is an awesome golf course- beautiful views and great layout. Pinehurst is always a good trip. #8 is no joke and one of the toughest courses I have ever played. The Dormie Club in Pinehurst is highly recommended as well. I've played probably 50 courses in Myrtle Beach- King's North and TPC Myrtle are 2 that come to mind that are very good courses.
My favs all time that I have played:

Sedona
Whistling Straights
TPC Scottsdale
Arrowhead (Denver area)
Blackwolf Run
Pinehurst #8
Muirfield Village
Bandon Dunes

My favorite course in Myrtle in Man O War.

Any good links style course recommendations in Myrtle?

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Arkansas blew a 24-0 lead in the Belk Bowl.

Check out the Heathland at Legends, or Thistle.

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One of the legends courses... Heathland maybe? Is a "links" style. You can do a legends package for less than $400.00 per person in Oct. - packed usually but they know how to handle it. Not a bad inexpensive trip, really. The witch and wizard are "meh".. not really links - more like Ocean City style golf. The Plantation Club down in Pawley's Island is a really good course with some links type holes too.

What you know about OC style golf?????
You're in my back yard there.
Playing Bayside Friday and either Lighthouse or Rum Pointe Saturday.

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Rum Pointe is a good track!! I live in Columbia, MD. I hit OC once a year or so to golf - just for the day.

We play at the beach all the time. And Play int he OC Member-guest every year.
Gotten a chance to play UMD, Hobbits, and Whiskey Creek up there recently. Argyle many many moons ago.

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Whiskey Creek is fantastic. Great course- could be 30 dollars cheaper though for what it is, IMO. I am a "member" at Hobbits - through CA, so not really a country club deal...but I can get preferred tee times. At any rate, decent course, the staff is awful, so I don't play it much. I played a company tourney at Argile once- don't remember much about it. UMD is fun with a few IPAs... you can blast driver there, no problem. My favorite around here is Waverley Woods- in terms of public courses.

Played Whiskey Creek for the first time a few weeks ago. Fantastic course. Has a couple difficult holes on it. Some beautiful scenery as well. 18 is a treat.

We are leaning toward a round on Heathland. Also looked at Glen Dornoch. Will check out Plantation club. We played River Club last year down that way and enjoyed it a lot.

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Arkansas blew a 24-0 lead in the Belk Bowl.

You will like Plantation Club. Good staff, etc. The big cat courses right over the border in NC are pretty good too. I think they are better courses than the Legends ones.

Are you talking about Pawley's Plantation? Jack Nickaus' Signature course. That's a fantastic course I agree. As DC said the Big Cats are good courses as well. Tidewater Golf Club on North Myrtle is a good one as well. I would stay away from Glen Dornoch. It was okay, but there are much better courses around. Just my .02 cents.

I know this isn't going to be a popular opinion, but I hate Jack Nicklaus designed courses. They just don't fit my eye. Too much visual noise or lack of a defined target in the fairway. There are a few near me; The Peninsula, Bay Creek, Bayside (I mean, who in their right mind designs a course, AT seas level, at 7,600 yards?!!!)

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I thought that Rocky Gap in Cumberland Maryland was a bit "meh"... Front 9 is classic Jack- Blind tee shots to uphill approaches and tough landing areas all around. Back 9 was nothing special- 2 good holes really. Greens rolled pretty good. Creighton Farms is pretty damn awesome though- great course, well maintained, can score if you hit it well off the tee.

East Tennessee checking in here. We have the "Bear Trace" Nicklaus courses here, the one near Chattanooga, Harrison Bay, is nice and we like it, but the one in Crossville, yikes, hate it (Nearby is Stonehenge, a spectacular course). And the Nicklaus course in Myrtle, Long Bay or whatever, no, if I am travelling that far I ain't playing that thing.
Play six days a week on my three community courses (Tellico Village https://tellicovillage.org/ there is some stay and play package but I know little about it except for groaning about outsiders slowing up play on our courses), next best course in the area for me is River Islands, with Holston Hills a close second.
Used to live in NoVa and played all over that area, courses I' d like to get back and play are Rock Harbor, Renditions, Washington Manor, and Shadow Ridge, but jeez, those cost a lot compared to the cheapo golf down here.
We make a yearly trip to play two days at the Cliffs courses in NC (I could go with another group to Myrtle, but the Cliffs is way way nicer and I have overdone Myrtle in the past), and if you ever get a chance to play there, the best is the Vineyard - love that course.
Tee it high and let it fly..........

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I've heard bad things about Renditions condition lately. Fwiw.
And Glendale just closed its gates for good a few weeks ago.

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Concur on Renditions... cool to play once... not worth the price at all.

My parents (RIP) re-retired from the Orlando area to Tellico and lived there from 1994-2010 or so, but my Dad really couldn't play golf much after 2002. Their house was on Toqua. I played Tanasi and Toqua in the late 90's, but I really wasn't much of a golfer back then.

How are you from East Tennessee and not mention Sewanee and Sweetens Cove?

To answer your question, lived here 11 years and had to google those two.....First, while they look to have some great holes, they are each half a golf course - nine holes. Sewanee is a two and a half hour drive and Sweetens is two hours from me while the fifth hole of the 18 hole course I live on is just past my front yard.
And since I get the unlimited golf package each year here, when I go somewhere it better be special since I view each round as essentially free as opposed to paying greens fees elsewhere. First year I moved here (Free from work at LAST!) I set the record for most rounds played in a year and the average cost per round including cart came out to a few cents under $10.50........a tad less than the average cost up in the NoVa area that I was used to.

........If I'm driving down that far, I'm probably playing the Honors course (when I can get on it) or Bear Trace. But Sweetens starts with a golf buddy pic of Payton Manning so it can't be too bad.........

Guess I could play them twice to get a real round in someday, so thanks for the info maybe some year when they are aerating our three courses...........

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Was working in Grand Junction, CO this past summer. Had the opportunity to play Redlands Mesa, #1 course in Colorado, twice. Great experience. Each hole is tough and beautiful. Here's a couple views:
1. From above the 5th green a 90 degree dogleg right par 5 with the approach shot uphill to the green.

2. This is the 13th green with the 14th fairway in the background.

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something just seems wrong about those photos.. verdant green grass in the middle of rocky desert.

It was just like that. Very nice. The mesas around me had massive snow on top and the Colorado River was raging through town from snow melt. Very picturesque.

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Home course is Hanging Rock in Salem (playing today). SERIOUS turf issues this past year seem to have been rectified. They've adjusted some tees to improve pace of play... its Hokie owned so they are maroon and orange (orange being the whites) but if you play the tips its challenging. Spectacular views especially from the range/ clubhouse.

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but the man worthwhile, is the man who can smile, when his shorts are too tight in the seat'

Been wanting to play this course and was wondering in its condition. Sounds OK, but seems there has been some effect from the drought. Can you give me a bit more info?

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My favorite course I've ever played is Bethpage Black. Definitely worth the trip if you can get a tee time. Congressional was really cool too. Without all the trees its easier now than it has been. I am not a huge fan of many of the second shots playing way uphill, but the course is always in amazing shape.

Recently I played a little 9 hole course in Tennessee which is in my top 5 as well. If you ever find yourself in Chattanooga try to fit in Sweetens Cove. Part owned by Peyton Manning and Andy Roddick, it is the definition of a golf gem. 9 holes, 2 sets of pins. The clubhouse is literally a shed, and the course is phenomenal. Probably the most unique place I've ever played.

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Jelly of the Sweetens trip.
Schoolhouse Nine in Sperryville is supposed to be a JV version of it, but I know it's not even close.

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Ballyhack is an insanely tough course, played it with my high school golf team when I was a freshman and still trying to get my golf game going, highest total I've ever shot in my life. I truly believe if they had spots to put up grandstands that it's tough enough to be a pro course, seems like a pipe dream though

Go for it

For a buddy's trip, eight of us went to the Wigwam outside of Phoenix about ten times in the 2004-2015 timeframe, each time for a week. It has three 18-hole courses, two by Robert Trent Jones and the other an older course, all very different in layout and design. We would play 36/day all week long, rotating among the courses. They have packages which include unlimited golf, free breakfast, etc. The Gold Course, nicknamed "Arizona's Monster", is over 7,300 yards from the tips (but we normally played the blues).

I've played three different TPC courses (Boston, Twin Cities, and Phoenix), but generally find them to be a bit "tricked up" for my taste. I played TPC Phoenix the week after the PGA tournament, and it was pretty beat up with a lot of unhealed divots all over the place. I actually liked playing the Phoenician better. At TPC Twin Cities, I was hitting some balls at the driving range next to Jesse Ventura, just a couple of years after he left office in MN. Yes, he was loud.

My favorite courses that I have played, not in order:

Hazeltine
Chaska Town Course
Ponte Vedra
Tapatio in San Antonio
Torrey Pines
Wigwam Gold Course
The International in Bolton, MA from the "Tiger Tees" @ 8,300 yards in a charity tournament, just for the experience of hitting 250 yard drives that don't reach the fairway.
The Ridge Club (plug for my home course that I live on), on of the top courses on Cape Cod

I played the Phoenician this past Christmas with my son, who lives in Scottsdale. It was nice. Its a smaller course in great shape and the views from the 13th through 15th are phenomenal.
This is the 13th.

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Your taste goes along with what they say, at least here in Scottsdale. Living here I still haven't played the "Stadium Course". The cart guys say its not a good track. I've played their other course, Champions a few times and its pretty good. Phoenician just re did their whole course. They had three 9's and made it one 18 now to make room for on site shopping and amenities. I wanted to get out there over the summer, but they are trying to get their money back so a round in 120 degrees was still going for 170. Can't justify it when I can play better courses for at least half the price.

Outside the Phoenix/Scottsdale area my favorite course I've played was The Ocean Course at Kiawah.

Pelican Hill North isn't a bad track for a resort course.

I did not know they had redesigned the Phoenician. I had played all 27 in one afternoon in 2010 or so for a $50 flat rate after 3:00.

We played the Stadium course when I went two years ago and it was my least favorite of the three courses we played, partly because there were 30mph winds all afternoon. Troon North (pinnacle course) was my favorite course we played out there. We also played We-Ko-Pa which was really fun too.

Troon North is a fantastic course. I am kicking myself to this day for not putting an offer in on a house there. Love that course and neighborhood.

Related note: Does anyone else here listen to Shotgun Start with Brendan Porath and Andy Johnson?

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Arkansas blew a 24-0 lead in the Belk Bowl.

My bucket list:

Bandon Dunes
Pinehurst #2, 4, and the par 3 course
Sweetens Cove & Sewanee
Sand Valley
Winter Park

Also, have a trip planned to scottsdale, anyone have any recommendations that won't break the bank?

In Scottsdale, play Verrado out in buckeye... you won't be disappointed. 20 min drive down the 101 to I 10...

I have heard this course is great.

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I've played a lot of golf in Phoenix, and Verrado is up there. the views are as good as any course out there. The staff is exceptional as well. Great restaurant too.

I second the opinion on Verrado. Quintero is a good course to check out (club house/range/starting hole is a little funky in regards to layout), Dinosaur Mountain is a course all my buddies rave about, but I haven't played it, yet. Whirlwind at wild horse pass is a good one with the casino right there as well. Ak Chin southern dunes (they just held a Q school qualifier there a week ago). Don't buy into the hype of the Talking Stick Course pretty boring. Then you can go through this thread a bunch of people have mentioned some other courses in Phoenix/Scottsdale that are good.

Sweetens is only a seven hour drive from where I am. I think we're going to try to get out there early next year maybe. Buddies tried to get on pinehurst 2 last year and a last minute tee time was $395 I think?

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Me and some friends do an early spring trip every year. Last year was Pinehurst. Played Tobacco Road (windiest conditions I've ever played in), 7 Lakes (I think) and Great Oaks (I think...not good at remembering course names). This year we did Olde Mill and Primland. Stay at Olde Mill in the "Birdie Lane" houses, played Friday/Saturday at OM then stopped and played Primland on the way home. Primland is probably the nicest course I've ever played (only gotten to play it twice), but OM is just about the most fun. That being said, I play the shit out of Olde Mill. Got in with another group thru a friend and we go up there twice a year with them (this weekend being one of them).

Still in planning stages for next year's spring trip. Some wanna still go back to Olde Mill (I love it, but already wear it out as it is), one wants to go to Cherokee (he's a wild man), Pinehurst (everyone is ok with that for sure), and I kinda wanna go back to Myrtle (sooo many courses, restaurants, bars...just that drive back sucks and we basically have to add another night due to the distance).

And that's my run-on sentences for the day.

Oh! Also played in Calgary back over the summer as well at River Spirit. I thought it was great, but a Canadian I talked to said it was kind of the "affordable course" for the area. Said I needed to play the nicer places. Thanks, guy.

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Olde Mill brings back memories - cold memories. I played in a HS regional golf tourney there my Junior year in HS. It was about 40 degrees and the wind was blowing 40 miles an hour in our face on the 10th tee (the hole where you are about 100 feet above the fairway and have to hit over water to reach it.) Needless to say I rinsed my ball (I think everyone in our group did.) Very enjoyable course. Would love to play it again if I get back that way.

I haaaaate #10. I can probably count on one hand the times I've hit the fairway on that hole. And yeah the weather can be tricky. We always seem to have one miserably cold and rainy day and one gorgeous. This weekend is supposed to be perfect though, little chilly in the AM but low 60s after.

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Played the Olde Mill course last year. The course was wet do to lots of rain before we went - that day was nice. #10, hit a perfect drive onto the fairway and it thwocked into the ground - ball was 4 inches deep, almost didn't find it.

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You have to hit a bomb on #10 when it rains to have a chance. #1 is a waterbed in droughts. You have to go towards the cartpath as much as you can to really know you can find your drive, even then you might struggle.

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46 comments and not one mention of The Hill yet?! Come on Hokies! We're better than this!

But for real, Lanto Griffin, a Blacksburg native who cut his teeth on The Hill is on the PGA tour now. I'm sure this article has been posted before but it's worth the read. Fascinating story and he's very easy to root for. https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.golfdigest.com/story/lanto-griffin-from...

Big props to Lanto for his win this past weekend in Houston!

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My favorite course in the NRV is Draper Valley, super fun course and beautiful too. The River course is also good but a little pricey for my budget. I usually play Blue Hills or Ole Monterey in Roanoke.

I'm hoping over the next few years I can build my budget up and go play some bigger more prestigious courses. Ballyhack is on my list for sure.

My favorite tour players are Lefty, Ricky, Rory (that swing is 🀀), Bubba, and Schauffele. I cannot stand Kuchar or Reed. I can't wait to go to another event, my buddy and I went to the Greenbrier last year and had a ball. I'm on the Masters lottery, but who knows.

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Its a shame they don't know how to maintain the river course. It needs to be dry and firm, but the course is always soaking wet with long fairways and soft greens. It could be a lot more worth it.

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True. It's a lot better than Ashley Plantation in Botetrout though. Those greens are always so hard you have to lay up. No joke, I've hit a high spinning lob shot from 90 yards and had it bounce 20 feet in the air and fly off the back of the green, any other course it would stick. My buddy and I had a miserable day.

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Draper Valley is really nice. Played a captains choice tournament there last fall and we shot 17 under. Winning team shot 22 under - friggin ridiculous.

River course can be had on weekdays at low prices if you check the tee time tool and select the discount times. I love the green speeds there, very consistent. But, Peter Dye is a D*!k! - the green designs will punish you for a decent shot. If your not perfect with your approach, your dead.

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Always wanted to set up a trip coming south from 66/81 and hit the Greenbrier, Homestead, Ballyhack, and the River Course. maybe some day.

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I'm a member at a old school Ross course here in Richmond. I love it. Tips out at barely over 6,000 yards but the greens are absolutely nuts. Mark Lawerence played in an event up here this summer and shot even or one over I believe. I played Kiskiack in Williamsburg this spring and loved it. Just played The Ocean Course at Kiawah in August. It was amazing!!

We have an annual buddies trip where we've gone to Myrtle and Williamsburg. If you are in VA, don't sleep on Williamsburg for a golf trip. Obviously you have Kingsmill and Golden Horseshoe. But the value options there are really good too. We usually play our 36 holes on Saturday at Williamsburg National (2 - 18 hole courses). It's great because you can play your morning round, grab lunch and beer in the clubhouse in between and then take some more beer out for the second 18, all while never leaving the property. Ford's Colony has some decent courses, Kiskiack is awesome, and you can also hit up Royal New Kent or Viniterra on your way in our out of town to round out the trip.

I try to avoid the online coaching stuff. But I do enjoy Mark Crossfield and Peter Finch a lot. Was also a fan of Rick Shiels but I haven't enjoyed his content the last year or so. I also just started watching a lot of GM_Golf's stuff on Youtube. He's a younger dude and perhaps their stuff is a bit silly but I enjoy it.

I forgot about Royal New Kent. Played a club golf tournament there like 5 years ago. A great course.

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Jefferson lakeside by chance? If so, I go on an annual pinehurst trip with a bunch of those guys and they like to point out the similarities between some of the pinehurst area greens and lakesides. Great group.

Yeah, actually. I know that group. JLCC definitely is no Pinehurst, but the greens are as tricky as any. Love it!

I cant remember which green it is on the back 9 but you would swear its a back to front green but it's the opposite. Very cool track.

14! I always make a point to tell newbies to land their approach shots about 5-15 yards short of the flag depending on where the pin is. 18 is similar.

YouTube golfers and AFTV make up most of my morning listening while doing paperwork. I like watching the Rick Shiels and Peter Finch course vlogs, but I do think Shiels' stuff has gotten a little stale. The one they did with Dude Perfect was pretty awesome. Between that and now working in an industry where the primary fundraiser tends to be captains choice outings, I've been trying to get back into the swing of it. Draper Valley was a pretty fun course. Played Forest Park down in Martinsville, but it rained hard for a couple holes so, don't think I really got a good feel for the course. Had some of my best putting ever at Ashley Plantation a couple weeks ago. Hoping to play this weekend with some coworkers.

Whatever course I can find with the most doglegs right. My slice just cannot be contained.

lol

Sitting at the bar at Olde Mill. Let's go boys.

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Lanto Griffin from Blacksburg is off to a good start

Got the email this afternoon: I can order Ryder Cup Tix.

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Congrats! You'll have to do another blog entry.

Maybe. Week long packages are $1350 apiece, and the hotels nearly an hour away are in the $300 a night range. That's a lot of cabbage.

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Yeah we saw ticket prices and decided to opt out. May do a trip up to winged foot.

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Arkansas blew a 24-0 lead in the Belk Bowl.

Richmond area golfer here. Playing the last 6 years or so and have been totally hooked. I usually bounce around the local public tracks and dont mind venturing out to the new kent/Williamsburg courses. I do an annual pinehurst area trip which has become my favorite week of the year by far.

Courses I've enjoyed lately that I havent seen mentioned - I played Spring Creek (between Charlottesville and Richmond off 64) last month for the first time and really enjoyed it. I can see why its ranked top 3 public in the state.

The Highlands in Chesterfield has also been fun. Cool layout and relatively inexpensive. A buddy and I try to do a power day once a summer where we play an early tee time at dogwood trace (totally worth the drive to Petersburg <- things you never think you'd say) and then an afternoon at the highlands on the way back to Richmond.

Bucket list type courses- Played #2 last year for an early Father's Day gift. Played the wrong tees (whites) and it ate my lunch. If I play it again ill actually go back a tee or two to avoid running great tee shots through the fairway and into the waste areas. Great experience otherwise.

I highly recommend the No Laying Up YouTube channel. I really enjoy their travel series and their strapped series. I like the Golfholics for course vlogs. Erik Anders Lang also puts out quality content. Instruction by me and my golf is hard to beat. I've lost touch with Rick, Pete and crossfield lately.

Liked Na getting another win last weekend. I remember the first tee shakes when I first started playing so its impressive to see him overcome the mental challenges of the game.

Glad to see so much activity on this topic
/post. We should organize a little golf outing for us friends of TKP. Maybe next bye week Saturday?

Going on my annual Pinehurst the first weekend of Nov. I've played all but #4 and #2. I want to save #2 for last.

We played Matoaca in high school once and their home course was The Highlands. I only got to walk it but I remember it being the first nice course I'd ever been on.

I found myself rooting for Na in the playoff. Home crowd, his wife and daughter waiting, 0-3 record in playoffs, it was great to see a guy live up to that moment.

I think a TKP golf outing is a great idea. I live in bburg but will travel for golf.

Doing some work in Suffolk next week (3 days) and the following week (5 days). Depending on how the work goes I might be able to play a round next Wednesday on my way back to Christiansburg from Suffolk. Looked at Spring Creek - gorgeous. The tee time app looks like very limited public tee times available (and they only have online tee times for out to three days). Is the course busy or do they just limit public access?

For the following week, I might be able to get a nine hole round in one evening in Suffolk (I'll be near the I-664 and College Ave exit) and then a full round again on the way back home (Thursday or Friday). I could use some ideas. I've looked at the courses close to that area (Riverfront, Nansemond River, Cypress Creek, Woodlands). Some of these seem pretty basic. Opinions and recos appreciated.

Pain is Temporary, Chicks Dig Scars
Glory is Forever, Let's Go Hokies!!

I can't help ya much with the Suffolk area courses, but if you can get on Spring Creek on your way to or from I would highly recommend it. They are currently semi private and only offer public tee times like 3 days a week through their app. If you were trying to get on in the afternoon during the week and don't see times available I would give them a call and see if they can get you out. Everyone I've encountered there was very pleasant and helpful. If that doesn't work out for you I would recommend Viniterra, Brickshire or Royal New Kent. Spring creek will likely run you 100 bucks (with cart - walking would be tough there) regardless of tee time, but Viniterra will be under 40 on a weekday afternoon, which, in my opinion, is hard to beat in terms of return on $.

Royal New Kent looks really nice. Mike Strantz was a heck of a golf course architect.

Pain is Temporary, Chicks Dig Scars
Glory is Forever, Let's Go Hokies!!

Drove to suffolk for work today. On way stopped and hit some balls at Royal New Kent range. Man that place looks beaut! Likely gonna be raining when i can play wed on way home, so im gonna probly opt for next week. Maybe spring creek or somewhere closer to roanoke. Needs to be close to 81..... recos?
Hit it straight!

Pain is Temporary, Chicks Dig Scars
Glory is Forever, Let's Go Hokies!!

Decent track... a couple of blind/tricked up holes, but overall pretty good. Better than Stonehouse.

Played Royal New Kent last week on my way back from biz travel. Beauty and the Beast! Course is beautiful, Thank god for the Yamatracks app! Will do it again, but that course will kick your butt. The greens were 13 on the stimpmeter, ridiculous roll! The visuals that Mike Strantz created are insane!

Pain is Temporary, Chicks Dig Scars
Glory is Forever, Let's Go Hokies!!

Holy shit 13?!

I have no idea why my username is VT_Warthog.

Arkansas blew a 24-0 lead in the Belk Bowl.

Yea, the roll was true, but insanely tough to figure out the distance. It cost me a bunch of strokes. Downhill putts had to hit the pin or you were screwed.

Edit: I asked them what it was after I hit the practice green and that was their answer.

Pain is Temporary, Chicks Dig Scars
Glory is Forever, Let's Go Hokies!!

Trips? I need a Bandon Dunes hokie crew. That would be a TIME!

So who tried to get Ryder Cup tickets? I heard it was a trainwreck.

I have no idea why my username is VT_Warthog.

Arkansas blew a 24-0 lead in the Belk Bowl.

Made the decision I wasn't going to go but if I could snag a few tickets for single days, I was going to try to use them as good will for friends at cost...or close to. (I had "permission" to go, but am saving that for a Scotland trip in 2021!) I had a pre-con meeting at 10 this morning. Get there, shake hands, the meeting starts, and I hopped into my email to copy the code and go tot he virtual lobby for the ticket line. This was at 10:03. And the lobby opened at 10. Supposedly, you were randomly placed in the queue for when tix opened up at 11. Welp, it rolls around to 11, the screen updates, and there's a little stick figure running in place in a bar. The bar slowly moves to the right to indicate where you are in line...SLOWLY. I finally got to the "front" of the line at 11:53, at which time all individual competition days (and Thursday) were sold out. Wasn't going to flip practice days, and wasn't going to buy entire week packages, so I didn't even check them, so who knows where they stood.

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The torch; be yours to hold it high.
@BuryHokie #ThanksFrank

I think single day tickets sold out in less than 15 minutes. So by 11:15 they were gone. I'm not sure what the point of the lottery was. I think everyone won. Sounded like it was a disaster based on what I read on r/golf and while texting some buddies that were trying. Shameful.

I have no idea why my username is VT_Warthog.

Arkansas blew a 24-0 lead in the Belk Bowl.

Yeah, might as well just open up ticket sales instead of requiring a code. Similar to a concert. They tried to make it similar to the Masters, but if everyone got a code, then it's useless.

To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
@BuryHokie #ThanksFrank

Just got an email from the Ryder cup directing folks to their official ticket exchange. I'm sure the fact that they partner with the ticket exchange has nothing to do with the fact that things sold out so quick. /tinfoil

I have no idea why my username is VT_Warthog.

Arkansas blew a 24-0 lead in the Belk Bowl.

Who's going to organize TKP Annual Golf Tournament?