USA Top 201-210U Golf Course Reviews
The golf course at Salish Cliffs Golf Club is consistently ranked high by prestigious golf magazines. For example, the Salish Cliffs is on a year-to-year basis ranked by GolfWeek Magazines Top 100 Resort Courses in 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016, also in its Top Ten Casino Courses, Best Courses You can Play in Washington (2013, 2014,2015) and, last but not least, Worlds First Salmon Safe Certified Golf Course by Stewardship Partners and Best New Courses (the same Golfweek Magazine). Bottom line, the Salish Cliffs Golf Club boasts an 18 hole championship grade course, with GPS enabled carts, a world class short game area/practice range area and golf instructions offered by PGA professionals.
What to expect playing here, you asked? Well, the San Francisco Golf Club is maybe the most historic resort in all the West and playing here youll be experiencing the game how it was supposed to be played back in the day, at the roots of golf: no carts, with caddies and no yardage makers. As per design, the San Francisco Golf Club is a parkland course, making for one thing only: a pure golf experience, boasting its majestic Pine and Monterey Cypress trees line the course, together with other lush foliage that both challenges the player and beautifies the course. The course is extremely fair layout wise, with generous fairways and fast/true rolling greens, being enjoyable at every skill level.
The terrain is rich in blow outs of sand and native washes while the sand dunes provide the ideal natural setting for building fairways, tees, greens and bunkers. Most of the holes at the Sand Hills are built using the classic, old fashioned way , as the area abounds in the three basic elements required in links golf: a firm turf, sand and wind. Its also worth mentioning that playing the Sand Hills sometimes feels like in a frontier outpost rather than a country club. Besides that, keep in mind that the golf course at Sand Hills is ranked 11th in the world (!) folks and it has the most impressive and biggest sand dunes Ive ever seen, making for an outstanding experience. Just get here and youll discover one of the few places left in the world where you can find true peace, whilst experiencing a range of emotions which will go from where am I? To this is surreal.
The golf course was designed by the famous architect Tom Fazio and it measures 7067 yards from its longest tees, providing a challenging yet fair test for its visitors of all abilities, as well as for the golf pros or ranked amateurs who are lucky enough to play it. The fairways are generous, yet all the gifts stop at the greens, which are strategically bunkered and multi tiered, featuring nasty breaks that have the capability of changing a birdie into a bogey instantly. Everything here depends upon the quality of your short game and on how one approaches the greens. The Santa Lucia Preserve Golf Club is a a world-class resort, with impeccable conditioning all year round, offering a pure golfing experience together with the unspoiled beauty of the Santa Lucia Preserve, making for a once in a life-time experience.
The golf club was founded way back in 1920 and the three 18 hole courses available today are the Grace, which was designed by architect Herbert Strong, the Old and the Weyhill. Remember that the Saucon Valley is a private golfing facility, available just for its members and their guests, but playing here is like youve just arrived in golfing-heaven. All of the three courses are outstanding, and theyve hosted several USGA events and US Senior opens during the clubs long and rich history. The Grace Course, the Old Course and the Weyhill Course have all been ranked consistently in the top one hundred best golf courses in the United States by prestigious golf magazines and also ranked in the top ten courses in their home state. Considering that Pennsylvania boasts famous courses, the likes of Oakmont and Merion, which were designed by William Flynn or Donald Ross, this is no small distinction.
Scioto Country Club is everything about golf first and foremost, making for one of Donald Rosss best designs ever, boasting its greens which are artfully and quietly tucked into the landscape, the gentle contours of the approaches and the masterfully designed routing. The philosophy behind this golf course is to place a premium on course management and strategy. Playing the Scioto Country Club makes for a great privilege and an unforgettable experience, but remember that this golf resort is a private facility, available just for its member and their guests. Also, despite sitting in the company of other world-class resorts like the Scarlet Course at Ohio University, designed by Alister McKenzie or Pete Dyes The Golf Club, the Scioto Country Club managed to preserve its prestige and thats pretty impressive in this writers opinion.
The course features 7561 yards of golf from its longest tees and the best thing about building a golf course in the desert is the fact that you dont have to worry about real-estate development. Basically, the architects were given a free hand while developing this beautiful course in a desert-secluded setting, surrounded by thousands and thousands of acres of pristine wilderness. Whilst the Scottsdale National was built unencumbered by real-estate issues, the design was made under the assumption that the clubs membership is composed from mostly low handicap players, i.e. the holes will demand both precise execution and good thinking and the course really offers a plethora of risk-reward choices. Even if there are no water hazards, the architects used masterfully the desert and washes for creating angles which promote hitting the ball to the proper side of the fairways for approaches into the multi tiered, firm and quite fast greens. There are also elevation changes which add to the flavor, making for the Scottsdale National golf course a real special place.
The Seaside is also Sea Island Golf Clubs most challenging layout and it hosted multiple PGA events since its inception, being designed originally in 1929 by Charles Alison and Harry S Colt and later re-designed in 1999 by the famous architect Tom Fazio, being regularly ranked high in Golf Digests Top 100 Courses in the US list. The Seaside plays fun, fast and firm, just like traditional Scottish link-courses from which it was inspired and its framed by dunes, tidal creeks and marshes. The Plantation was masterfully restored by Rees Jones and it unfolds majestically among an ancient forest of live cedar and oak, boasting its expansive fairways and its incredible views of the ocean. The Retreat was thoroughly renovated in 2000 and its greens are a complex mix of sand bunkers, slope and undulations, presenting golfers with a truly challenging experience and offering a variety of shots.
The golf course was designed by 2 of the worlds most famous architects, Jack Nicklaus and Tom Doak. According to Jack Nicklaus, the day the Sebonack Golf Club first opened, it played and looked very familiar, as it if was there for decades. Despite of Tom Doak and Jack Nicklauss very different philosophies in terms of golf design, the Sebonack Golf Club ended up as a fascinating golfing facility, as it was developed on a site with numerous bumps, humps and elevation changes. The layout of the golf course moves among open land and trees alike, being very similar to a links land. The land upon which the Sebonack Golf Club was built seems to have been the ideal location for a golf course if it ever was one, boasting its extraordinary visual impact of the water-vistas, the expensive bunkers, the rolling fairways and waste dunes. The undulating greens of the Sebonack Golf Club will present you with a real challenge, due to their tricky burrows and swales. The golf course uses masterfully the natural features and contours of the land for creating a unique look and it appears as it was spawned from the wild terrain itself.
Despite being located in Beaufort, a small town in South Carolina, where the secession articles were drafted, the Secession Golf Club is all about camaraderie and inclusion, where golf is more than just another game but a true passion. Also, this is a golf resort that attracts golf purists from all over the country, been a walking only golf course since its initial opening, back in 1992. Most of the Secession Golf Club members are low-handicappers, in the single digit, people who really appreciate the nuances and exceptional challenges offered by the golf courses 7068 yards layout. The Secession Golf Club plays best with old school shots, like bump and runs, knockdowns and long putts from off-the-green. Playing the Secession Golf Club makes for an unequaled golf experience, but also, this is not for everybody. The greens are fast and firm and the exposed nature of the golf course reminds of playing in the British Isles, especially due to the Secessions Scottish style bunkers and the scenic marsh views in almost any direction.