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The Greatest Moments in Pebble Beach History!

The Greatest Moments in Pebble Beach History!

The Greatest Moments in Pebble Beach History!

Golf Chats is a website to encourage discussions on various subjects relating to the game of golf. I am Mel Sole, Director of Instruction of the Mel Sole Golf School and SAPGA Master Professional.  I invite you to enter into a discussion on this or any article on the golfchats.com website.  The input is for the entire subscriber base to learn something new each time!  Please post your comments below.  Keep it clean and tasteful.  We are here to learn from one another!

This week is the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.  A tournament we all look forward to, like this week, all the golfing celebrities come out and mingle with the pros and the crowd.  A fun time is had by all in the midst of a 72 hole stroke play event that has been won by every great golfer that has ever set foot on a golf course.  Here are some great golfing moments presented by Swing by Swing

Pebble Beach Golf Links has seen its fair share of great golf over the years. From unbelievable performances to incredible hole-outs, to of course the celebrity pro-am, there’s been no shortage of excitement on the Monterey Peninsula. Here is a look at 10 of the best moments in Pebble Beach history.

Tiger Woods – 2000 U.S. Open

Tiger Woods at the 2000 U.S. Open put on one of the greatest golfing displays of all time. Shattering multiple records en route to lapping the field by 15 shots, he went on to claim his second major title. In fact, he was the only player under par the entire week.

Jack Nicklaus – 1972 U.S. Open

Jack Nicklaus hit one of the most famous shots of all time on the 71st hole of the 1972 U.S. Open. His one-iron hit the flag stick nearly dropping for an ace on the famed par-3 17th. He had to settle for a tap-in but it gave the Golden Bear the spark he needed to go on and win his third U.S. Open title.

Tom Watson – 1982 U.S. Open

Who can forget Tom Watson’s chip-in on the 17th hole during the 1982 U.S. Open? After leaving himself with an impossible shot in the deep rough, Watson managed to knock it in for the unlikeliest of twos. He went on to win his only U.S. Open title.

Tiger Woods – 2000 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am

Tiger Woods was seven shots off the lead with seven holes to play during the 2000 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, when lightning struck on the par-4 15th hole. Tiger jarred his approach from 97-yards for eagle fueling a comeback win for the ages.

Johnny Miller – 1994 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am

Johnny Miller’s win at the 1994 AT&T was remarkable considering he took a break from his broadcasting post on the 18th tower to compete in an event he won 7 years prior. “I play young at Pebble,” the 46-year-old said and did he ever.

To see the rest of the Top 10 Greatest Moments in Pebble Beach History, go here!

Source: Swing by Swing

Pictures: Getty Images    John Mabanglo    Phil Sheldon/Popperfoto    Andy Lyons    Gary Newkirk   Ted Durian Collection, courtesy Pebble Beach Company

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10 Par 3 Courses worth Playing!

Top Ten Par 3 Courses Worth Playing!

Top Ten Par 3 Courses Worth Playing!

Golf Chats is a website to encourage discussions on various subjects relating to the game of golf. I am Mel Sole, Director of Instruction of the Mel Sole Golf School and SAPGA Master Professional.  I invite you to enter into a discussion on this or any article on the golfchats.com website.  The input is for the entire subscriber base to learn something new each time!  Please post your comments below.  Keep it clean and tasteful.  We are here to learn from one another!

Here are 10 Par 3 courses worth playing!  They are fun and not as time-consuming as a regular course, particularly if you don’t have a lot of time on your hands.  You can get in 18 holes in about 2.5 hours on most Par 3 courses.  I teach at Tupelo Bay Golf Center, and their par 3 is another gem in this category.  Come and visit sometime!

Golf courses don’t necessarily need to be long to be difficult. While some par-3 courses pride themselves on toughness, all of them offer a chance for people to have fun. Whether they are scaled-down versions of famous par-3s around the world, or a totally original design, some of these tracks are the real deal. Here are 10 awesome par-3 courses around the U.S.

Par-3 Course – Augusta National Golf Club

10 Par 3 Courses worth Playing!

Par 3 Course #8. Augusta national.

via Pinterest

The “Par-3 Course” at Augusta National doesn’t need a fancy name. Every year the pros gather here for another traditional unlike any other on the Wednesday before the competition. It’s beautiful and pristene just like its much longer counterpart. In fact, Paul Azinger once called it “the best golf course in the world.”   Check it out.

Treetops – Treetops Sylvan Resort

10 Par 3 Courses worth Playing!

Jones Course.

via treetops.com

Threetops, located in Gaylord, Michigan, is one of the best known par-3 courses in the world because of it’s dramatic elevation changes and beautiful mountain views. In fact, the 7th hole plays three (!) clubs less due to elevation. Back in the day, it was the home to the ESPN Par 3 Shootout.  See it here.

Palm Beach Par 3 Golf Course

10 Par 3 Courses worth Playing!

Palm Beach Par 3 Golf Course

via Mike May.

The Palm Beach Par 3 Golf Course gorgeous little gem located right between the ocean and the Intracostal Waterway on some of the most expensive real estate on the southeast coast of Florida. It was redesigned by Raymond Floyd and is always in great shape. Check it out.

Challenge Course – Monarch Dunes 

10 Par 3 Courses worth Playing!

Challenge Course.

via ncga.org

This “links-style” 12-hole course located at Monarch Dunes in Nipomo, California is designed Damian Pascuzzo and Steve Pate. Multiple tees provide an opportunity to play a different course each time you go out. Some of the unique links features include dunes and fescue that line the holes. See it here.

Cloud Nine Short Course – Angel Park Golf Club 

10 Par 3 Courses worth Playing!

Angel Park Cloud 9 Course.

via golfvegas.com

Located at the Angel Park Golf Club in Las Vegas, the Cloud Nine Short Course is a tidy little 12-hole track inspired by some of the most iconic par-3s in the world, including TPC Sawgrass’ 17th island green. The best part is 9 of the 12 holes are lighted so you can play well into the evening. Don’t worry, whatever you shoot in Vegas, stays in Vegas. Check it out.

To see the rest of the Top 10 Par 3 Courses, go here!

Source: Swing by Swing

Pictures: golfcoursegurus.com    treetops.com   golfontheocean.com    ncga.org    golfvegas.com    scoopnest.com

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Who has played the top 10 longest courses in the world?

Who has played the top 10 longest courses in the world?

Golf Chats is a website to encourage discussions on various subjects relating to the game of golf. I am Mel Sole, Director of Instruction of the Mel Sole Golf School and SAPGA Master Professional.  I invite you to enter into a discussion on this or any article on the golfchats.com website.  The input is for the entire subscriber base to learn something new each time!  Please post your comments below.  Keep it clean and tasteful.  We are here to learn from one another!

The longest golf course I have personally played was just north of Myrtle Beach, at Eagles Nest Golf Club in Little River, SC.  At 7900 from the back tees, it is a monster even for local hero Dustin Johnson.  A close second is the Grande Dunes Resort Course, in Myrtle Beach, at 7617 from the tips.  But these pale compared to the top 10 longest golf courses in the world presented by Swing by Swing.

Comment below if you have had the privilege of playing any of these monsters!

10. The Prairie Club, Dunes Course – Valentine, Nebraska

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Looks a lot like a links course to me. It just needs the ocean!

 

Length: 8,058 yards

The par-72 Dunes Course at The Prairie Club, designed by Tom Lehman and Chris Brands, is laid out along the Sand Hills of Nebraska. It makes for a most picturesque setting with elevated tees, undulating fairways, and a rolling landscape of prairies grasses. It’s also the shortest course on this list. Strap in.

9. The Shoals Golf Club, Fighting Joe Course – Shoals, Alabama

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Looks very serene!

Length: 8,092 yards

The first of two Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail courses to make the list is the Fighting Joe at The Shoals. This par-72 super-long links-style course looks out over the Tennessee River and Lake Jackson and makes some spectacular scenery. It offers generous fairways and holes that follow natural topography along the river, making a pleasurable experience the whole way through.

8. Promontory Club, Painted Valley – Park City, Utah

Who has played the top 10 longest courses in the world?

Certainly looks like a painted valley.

Length: 8,098 yards

The Jack Nicklaus-designed par 72 is arguably one of the toughest in the state of Utah. Located smack dab in the middle of 3 major ski resorts, this lengthy course offers spectacular views while demanding your full attention. The front nine plays down and up a valley and starts with an eye-popping 718-yard par five, the longest hole on the course. The back is laid out more along meadows and features plenty more long holes, including the par-5 12th, which clocks in at 673 yards.

To see the rest of this prestigious list, go here!

Source: Swing by Swing   Mel Sole Golf School.

Pictures: golfcourseranking.com  Golf Pac Travel   Park City Utah Golf

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Here are some great courses at affordable prices!

Here are some great courses at affordable prices!

Here are some great courses at affordable prices!

Golf Chats is a website to encourage discussions on various subjects relating to the game of golf. I am Mel Sole, Director of Instruction of the Mel Sole Golf School and SAPGA Master Professional.  I invite you to enter into a discussion on this or any article on the golfchats.com website.  The input is for the entire subscriber base to learn something new each time!  Please post your comments below.  Keep it clean and tasteful.  We are here to learn from one another!

The best thing about articles highlighting great courses in the pictures.  Just looking at them makes your mouth drool at the thought of putting a tee in the ground on the first hole, getting ready to play an enjoyable round.  Sometimes these golf courses are outside our budget, so Travelling Joe Passov of Golf.com  has given you the Top 10 most affordable of the Top 100 courses you can play. So take a late fall trip or start planning for a spring buddy’s trip, so you have something to look forward to over the dreary winter!

Our latest ranking of America’s Top 100 Courses You Can Play has something for everybody. We’re well aware, however, that while every course is accessible, not all are affordable. To shine the spotlight on the top value courses, here are our picks for the 10 best bargains among the Top 100, based on where they rank overall and the price they charge for the market they’re in.

10. TPC Deere Run [No. 96], Silvis, Ill.; $79-$119. tpc.com/tpc-deere-run

Here are some great courses at affordable prices!

16th Hole Photo: Courtesy of TPC Deere Run

A little pricier, perhaps, than some on this list, it justifies its value status by being a fairly-priced layout that dishes out TPC-quality service, amenities and conditioning, together with a distinctive layout that was lavishly praised by 2003 John Deere winner Vijay Singh. No doubt past champions Jordan Spieth, Steve Stricker and Zach Johnson feel the same. Twilight play starts at $69.

9. Paa-Ko Ridge Golf Club [No. 34], Sandia Park, N.M.; $62-$117.paakoridge. com

Here are some great courses at affordable prices!

Photo: YouTube

Situated between 6,500 and 7,000 breathtaking feet on the eastern side of the Sandia Mountains, 25 minutes from Albuquerque, Paa-ko dishes out a series of option-laden desert jewels that tumble through junipers, cedars and pines, forming a surprisingly green backdrop to many holes. In prime time of April to October, rates will save you some green — $92 weekdays, $62 after 2 pm.

8. The Golf Courses of Lawsonia (Links) [No. 87], Green Lake, Wis.; $35-$95. lawsonia.com

Here are some great courses at affordable prices!

Photo: GolfWisconsin

It seems as if Wisconsin is vying for national supremacy as the state with the greatest public golf, but while many of the state’s top tracks are expense-account only, along comes sleepy old-timer Lawsonia Links, which blends prairie-style aesthetics with a Golden Age design that harkens back to Donald Ross and Seth Raynor, all at a Golden Age price. Find a nice day after October 3 and it’s $35 to walk.

7. The Virtues Golf Club [No. 70], Nashport, Ohio; $59-$99. thevirtuesgolfclub.com

Here are some great courses at affordable prices!

Photo: Courtesy of Ohio Golf

Situated 45 minutes east of Columbus, the course formerly known as Longaberger is a 1999 Arthur Hills design that mixes open and wooded holes, all flawlessly groomed. The downhill plunge at the par-5 5th and the long par-4 8th that’s backdropped by a lake are two of the Midwest’s best. For $129 during the week, you can play all day long.

6. The Quarry at Giants Ridge [No. 54], Biwabik, Minn; $62-$89. giantsridge.com

Photo Giants Ridge

Some question whether the Quarry is even the best value on property, given the popularity of its younger sibling, the Legend, but slight edge to the elder statesman, a Jeff Brauer creation hewn from the remnants of a rock and sand quarry in an old iron ore mine. Highlights include giant boulders, massive sand waste areas and a price tag that’s been chopped to bits by a sharp pickaxe. Through late spring (May 26 in 2016), 36 holes would set you back $100.

 

To see the other 5 of the Top 10 bargains in the top 100 courses, you can play by GOLF.com. Go here!

Source: Joe Passov   Golf.com

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And now for something completely different!

And now for something completely different!

And now for something completely different!

Golf Chats is a website to encourage discussions on various subjects relating to the game of golf. I am Mel Sole, Director of Instruction of the Mel Sole Golf School and SAPGA Master Professional.  I invite you to enter into a discussion on this or any article on the golfchats.com website.  The input is for the entire subscriber base to learn something new each time!  Please post your comments below.  Keep it clean and tasteful.  We are here to learn from one another!

I have always loved Scottish and Irish golf.  Why? Because it is completely different from anything, I have experienced before.  The look, feel, and ambiance makes you feel like you truly are on vacation.  Far away from “normality.”  Tim Gavrich of GolfVacationInsider.com brings us 4 golf courses in the USA that will give you that unique feeling.  Not the “same old, same old.”  Pack your bags and head off for a different kind of golf vacation!

It’s human nature to travel somewhere, experience a place, and come away with certain generalizations in mind. Oftentimes, those generalizations have at least a good amount of truth underpinning them.

But in the end, generalizations are there to be broken. So it is with golf courses. The world’s major golf destinations tend to have certain stereotypes that their respective golf courses tend to adhere to. But sometimes, the most exciting courses are the ones that break the mold. And when you encounter these courses, they can turn your latest golf vacation from merely enjoyable to utterly memorable.

Florida – Streamsong!

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Streamsong

The golf stereotype: Modern, flat courses, lots of water hazards and ever-present out-of-bounds stakes with houses and condos everywhere
Stereotype-breaking courses: It’s well-documented by now, but the most un-Florida spot for golf in Florida is Streamsong, with its Red and Blue (and Black coming next year) layouts. No housing as far as the eye can see (just the distinctive clubhouse and hotel), and wide hole corridors that bob and weave between massive sand dunes left by parent company Mosaic’s past mining activities.

Another un-Florida Florida golf spot is Lake Jovita, about 45 minutes northeast of Tampa. It is home to a hole – the par-5 11th on the South Course – that drops 90 feet from tee to green, more than any other hole in the Sunshine State. There are houses on the property, but they do not crowd play on Lake Jovita’s two lovely courses (stay tuned for more on this lesser-known spot in the coming weeks). Water comes into play a little bit, but it’s not everywhere.

Along similar lines as Lake Jovita is Mission Inn, whose two courses traverse the hills northwest of Orlando. Mission Inn’s first course was built almost a century ago, and provides a nice classic look for golfers who note that the vast majority of Florida’s public and resort golf is on the newer side.

Washington – Gamble Sands.

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Gamble Sands.

The golf stereotype: Tight, soft courses whose holes are walled in by massive trees.
Stereotype-breaking courses: Chambers Bay, the first course in Washington State to host the U.S. Open, is the ultimate stereotype-buster, especially relative to claustrophobic, tree-lined Sahalee, the former most famous course in the state before Chambers, by Robert Trent Jones II and Jay Blasi, came along.

About 4 1/2 hours south and east for Chambers Bay is another course that most golfers would never guess is in Washington: Wine Valley, in Walla Walla. This Dan Hixson design resembles something one would expect to see in the Great Plains, rather than the Pacific Northwest, but this part of the state is much drier and more open than the Seattle area.

Another un-Washington layout is David McLay Kidd’s Gamble Sands, in the town of Brewster, overlooking the Columbia River. Kidd designed Bandon Dunes’ original course, and Gamble Sands is very much in that mode: wide open, firm and fast and a whole lot of fun.

To see the other two courses that completely break the mold, go here!

Source: GolfVacationInsider

Pictures: Streamsong Resort   Gamble Sands  Talking Stick Resort

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7 Courses that deserve the USGA's Consideration for upcoming US Opens.

7 Courses that deserve the USGA’s Consideration for upcoming US Opens.

7 Courses that deserve the USGA’s Consideration for upcoming US Opens.

Golf Chats is a website to encourage discussions on various subjects relating to the game of golf. I am Mel Sole, Director of Instruction of the Mel Sole Golf School and SAPGA Master Professional.  I invite you to enter into a discussion on this or any article on the golfchats.com website.  The input is for the entire subscriber base to learn something new each time!  Please post your comments below.  Keep it clean and tasteful.  We are here to learn from one another!

The following courses currently not scheduled for use by the USGA for US Open venues read like a who’s who of the Golf Course Elite.  Even though some of these have hosted previous US Open Championships, they are still waiting for a re-invite.  Something like the younger sister waiting for an invite to the prom.  She deserves to go, but no one is asking. So which courses not on this list that you think to deserve mention?  I can think of a few.  National Golf Club (on Long Island), The Dunes Club (Myrtle Beach) and Secession Golf Club in Beaufort, SC. Please add your choices to the comments section below.

When Oakmont and Shinnecock Hills were awarded the 2025 and 2026 U.S. Opens earlier this month, that left the USGA in solid shape for the foreseeable future. With Erin Hills, Shinnecock, Pebble Beach, Winged Foot, Torrey Pines, The Country Club, Los Angeles Country Club and Pinehurst No. 2 on the upcoming list, we wanted to ponder other courses that should get the chance to host the Open.

7 Courses that deserve the USGA's Consideration for upcoming US Opens.

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1. Olympic Club, San Francisco

7 Courses that deserve the USGA's Consideration for upcoming US Opens.

The Red Baskets.

2. Merion Golf Club, Ardmore, Pa.

 
7 Courses that deserve the USGA's Consideration for upcoming US Opens.

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3. Oakland Hills C.C., Bloomfield Hills, Mich.

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Source:    Golf Digest

Pictures:  Golf Digest

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The 3 Important Reasons why greenkeepers Must Aerate their Greens!

The 3 Important Reasons why Greenkeepers Must Aerate their Greens!

The 3 Important Reasons why greenkeepers Must Aerate their Greens!

Golf Chats is a website to encourage discussions on various subjects relating to the game of golf. I am Mel Sole, Director of Instruction of the Mel Sole Golf School and SAPGA Master Professional.  I invite you to enter into a discussion on this or any article on the golfchats.com website.  The input is for the entire subscriber base to learn something new each time!  Please post your comments below.  Keep it clean and tasteful.  We are here to learn from one another!

Nobody likes to putt on greens that have been recently aerated.  

But greenkeepers throughout the nation do this about twice a year. Some golf courses close down completely to do their bi-annual treatment, while others give their customers a discount for having to putt on surfaces that are less than perfect.   of Golf Digest gives the 3 important reasons why greenkeepers must aerate to give us perfect greens!

Another lesson to be learned here – don’t forget to aerate your own lawn at home.  Use a pitchfork if you don’t have a machine to do it!

The 3 Important Reason why greenkeepers Must Aerate their Greens!

We can all agree that showing up to the course and seeing the aeration bing dome to the course isn’t a welcome sight. Before you start grumbling about the grounds crew, realize that it isn’t a thrill to have to do it, either. Removing hundreds of small cylinders of soil makes the course look worse, and temporarily makes sweet-rolling greens a whole lot less sweet. But they do it because they know it’s a necessary evil.

The USGA says, “Aeration primarily is performed to control organic matt – i.e, decaying roots and grass stems – relieve soil compaction, stimulate root growth and improve drainage.” So basically everything that makes greens good relies on aeration.

To read the 3 important reasons for aeration of the putting greens, go here!

Source:     Golf Digest

Pictures: Getty Images  Kirt Edblom

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Check out the Best 15 PGA Championship Venues Ever!

Check out the Best 15 PGA Championship Venues Ever!

Check out the Best 15 PGA Championship Venues Ever!

Golf Chats is a website to encourage discussions on various subjects relating to the game of golf. I am Mel Sole, Director of Instruction of the Mel Sole Golf School and SAPGA Master Professional.  I invite you to enter into a discussion on this or any article on the golfchats.com website.  The input is for the entire subscriber base to learn something new each time!  Please post your comments below.  Keep it clean and tasteful.  We are here to learn from one another!

The PGA Championship does not have a rota of courses where the Championship is played like the British Open or the US Open.  But some perennial favorites tend to host this tournament over and over again.   of Golf Digest has done a good job of choosing the Top 15 courses used for this prestigious Championship.

No. 15: Trump Bedminster

 

No. 14: Bellerive

 
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No. 13: Quail Hollow

 
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No. 12: TPC Harding Park

 
 

No. 11: Hazeltine National

 
 
 

Source:    Golf Digest

Pictures:  Trump Bedminster   Stephen Szurlej   Streeter Lecka/Getty Images   Keyur Khamar/PGA TOUR/Getty Images

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Scottish and Irish Courses off the beaten track!

Scottish and Irish Courses off the beaten track!

Scottish and Irish Courses off the beaten track!

Golf Chats is a website to encourage discussions on various subjects relating to the game of golf. I am Mel Sole, Director of Instruction of the Mel Sole Golf School and SAPGA Master Professional.  I invite you to enter into a discussion on this or any article on the golfchats.com website.  The input is for the entire subscriber base to learn something new each time!  Please post your comments below.  Keep it clean and tasteful.  We are here to learn from one another!

I love playing golf on both Scottish and Irish courses.  Links golf is something that appeals to my soul. Both of these countries have a rich history of golf and golf championships.  It is a dream of mine to one day visit both Scotland and Ireland, drive without planned destinations, and stop into golf courses unknown to me for a round.   Graham Hesketh of Golfwrx has done some of the legwork for me, but these are some gems in his list that I have already played.  

The European Club is one of the toughest golf courses you will find anywhere.

( and that is on a day when the wind does not blow.) I look forward to adding some of these courses to my journey one day in the future!

Everyone wants to play golf in Scotland and Ireland. Fact. Maybe this is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, or perhaps an annual pilgrimage. The bucket lists will be overflowing with your old courses, whether that’s at Portmarnock or St. Andrews! The Open Championship courses will roll off your tongue, including Portrush, back on the rota, and rightly so. There will even be the must-plays that very few can play, unless well connected, financially sound, or both.

I can understand why the usual suspects are always on the golf itinerary. And, by writing this, I don’t want to question their appeal, or their quality. But my argument lies in that in this day and age of travel and tourism, it is all about going off the beaten track, exploring, living a little, and not conforming. Some may argue my selections aren’t off the beaten track enough, but they’re there to debate!

It is with a great deal of smugness that I present to you 10 golf courses (11 if you include two at Moray) I have experienced — five in each country — where you can be assured of as Scottish and Irish golf experience as you richly deserve.

Carne Golf Links.

Scottish and Irish Courses off the beaten track!

Carne Golf Links was the last links course designed by architect Eddie Hackett.

Protruding deep into the Atlantic on the west of Ireland is Carne Golf Links. The village of Belmullet lies almost exactly 3,000 miles from New York City, and Carne idly inhabits an area that is low on population, but highly populated with dunes. Sand dunes of the highest order! Now offering 27 holes, you will think you are driving to New York, but just before tipping off the edge of Europe, the dunes come into view. They are something to behold.

Castlegregory.

Scottish and Irish Courses off the beaten track!
There is the possibility that Castlegregory will be expanded one day, but for now it remains a 9-hole gem.

Traveling farther down the West Coast and driving beyond the practice greens of Ballybunion, Lahinch and Tralee is Castlegregory on the Dingle Peninsula. Surely I am not recommending a 9-holer? I will grant you access to one of the usual suspects in the morning, but following a couple pints of Guinness while watching the boats bob up and down off the Inch Peninsula, it seems appealing to play nine more, doesn’t it? Castlegregory gifts dramatic views across to Tralee, the steep-sided Mount Brandon as a backdrop and a challenge that simply not enough people know about. But, that’s its charm.

The Wild Atlantic Way, the world’s longest defined coastal route, should send you in the direction of the Ring of Kerry. A beautiful stretch of road and home to Waterville and Dooks, but perhaps controversially we will head cross-country to County Wicklow on the Irish Sea.

The European Club.

Scottish and Irish Courses off the beaten track!

The European Club is one of the longest links at 7,377-yards from the tips.

Pat Ruddy designed The European Club. In fact, he is still designing the European Club. Heading out with his spray can, he will mark where bunkers need to be tweaked and changed before heading in again to talk to his golfers about Tiger’s course-record 67, how Padraig Harrington has his three majors thanks to the European and how Rory thinks it’s the best links he’s ever played. Oh yes, I forgot, you get 20 holes for your money and the world’s longest green.

Druids Glen.


Druids Glen hosted the Irish Open from 1996 to 1999.

Not too far away and inland is Druids Glen. Sometimes referred to by the over-used phrase of the “Augusta of Europe,” they may be right. This is as close as I have come to what I imagine Augusta to be like. Spectacularly manicured, fascinatingly interesting, wonderfully unexpected and a lot of fun. Monty has won twice at Druids, while Sergio won his first tour event here. It goes to show it’s not just about how pretty the golf course looks; it’s tricky, too.

To see the rest of these Scottish and Irish gems off the beaten path, go here!

Source: Graham Hesketh   Golfwrx

Pictures: Carne Golf Links   Castlegregory   The European Club  Druids Glen   North Berwick Glen

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The Best Half Way Houses in the USA. #3 Sounds Fantastic!

The Best Half Way Houses in the USA – #3 Sounds Fantastic!

The Best Half Way Houses in the USA – #3 Sounds Fantastic!

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If you are like me, you don’t particularly like to eat between 9 holes.  It is much more popular in South Africa, Mexico, England, and Europe to stop at the Half Way House for a snack or drink. For the most part, playing in the US, we go right from the 9th green to the 10th tee.  But reading through this list of top halfway houses in the USA put together by   of  Golf Digest,  I might just change my mind.  
The Best Half Way Houses in the USA.  #3 Sounds Fantastic!

The hot dog is the building block. It’s the default order when you’re playing an unfamiliar course.  Or when you get to the turn and don’t know what you want.

A base model costs around $3, can be ready in less than a minute.  And is a blank slate for toppings and condiments. You can hold it in one hand as you’re walking to the next tee and wolf it down in three or four bites without taking off your glove. And—let’s be honest—even a mediocre one on a grocery-store bun tastes pretty good with a cold beer or an iced tea.

The hot dog does its job.

But the best golf food aspires to do more than just deliver quick calories, carbs and protein between nines. It stands out. It’s almost as much a part of the playing experience as the tee shot on a signature hole or the view from the 18th tee.

You remember it.

We asked more than 2,000 players nationwide—from pros to average hackers—to name their favorite golf-food item. The rules were straightforward. It had to be something on the regular menu at a halfway house or clubhouse in the United States and something you could conceivably eat at the turn. (That means the lovely dry-aged steak dinner at your club doesn’t count.)

The response was overwhelming, with nominees from Hawaii to Maine and all points between. Our voters covered the staples in all shapes, sizes and accessories—from giant custom hot dogs to hand-ground boutique burgers. They also identified clever and unique dishes that are a fundamental part of the history of the course or club where they’re served.

The runaway winner, Olympic Club’s iconic burger dog, checks both boxes with authority.

The quarter-pound offspring of a marriage between a fresh-baked hot-dog bun and a premium, cigar-shape burger, the burger dog is both familiar and new. The ultimate testament to the burger dog’s status? Served for more than 60 years in the same form from the same nondescript stand, the $7.50 sandwich is probably more memorable for a first-time guest than any hole on Olympic Club’s Lake Course—where five U.S. Opens have been played.

You don’t need a membership at an exclusive golf club to enjoy what the best halfway houses have to offer, either. Municipal, daily-fee and resort courses are all represented on our list—from the “Best in L.A.” wings at Griffith Park to the homemade barbecue at Streamsong in Florida and Prairie Lakes in Texas.

And if you prefer your food ahead of your round instead of in the middle, we have a couple of go-to places for you. Coronado’s prime-rib machaca burrito sets the breakfast standard, along with Jefferson Park’s version of the BLT—which includes avocado and a fried egg.

It’s a great time to be a golfer with a few bucks in your pocket and a few minutes before you need to hit your next shot.

The Best Half Way Houses in the USA – #3 Sounds Fantastic!


The Best Half Way Houses in the USA.  #3 Sounds Fantastic!
Will Styer  Olympic Club’s burger dog has been served for 60 years from the same original stand.

1. BURGER DOG

Olympic Club, San Francisco

With Hollywood types, some hyperbole is to be expected. The hamburger shaped to fit a hot-dog bun has become a part of the 156-year-old club’s landscape—literally. Originally created by Bill Parrish for his Hot Dog Bills stand outside the club’s Lake Course, the sandwich became so popular with players stepping across the street for a food break that Olympic asked Parrish to move the stand inside the grounds to serve as the halfway house.

Bill’s daughter, Candy, took over the operation in the 1980s. Today, she, her husband, Jack, and her two sons, Max and Grahm, oversee three stands across Olympic’s 45 holes and practice range and cook up roughly 200 burger dogs each day for lucky members and guests. The star of the show hasn’t changed a lick since the beginning: a quarter pound of ground chuck (85 percent lean) formed into an oblong patty, cooked medium rare and topped with cheese, red relish, mustard, dill pickles and onions.

Parrish isn’t possessive of the burger dog’s secrets.  The recipe is on the Hot Dog Bills website.  And she’ll even sell you a plastic mold to get the torpedo shape just right. “It’s a good grind of meat, a really hot grill and some salt and pepper,” Parrish says. “And the bun? It has to be toasted.”

To see the other clubs that have great halfway houses, go here!

Source:    Golf Digest

Pictures:  Will Styer (Lobster BLT on a ciabatta roll, Belgrade Lakes (Maine) Golf Club.)

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