USA Top 81-90I Golf Course Reviews
Playing golf here is like visiting a museum, if youre an art aficionado obviously, and keep in mind this is a private golf course, available just for its members and their guests. The clubs policy is walking only, with caddies provided by default and also men only, being quite unique in this regard (only male golfers are allowed to play). The old school feeling is striking and its obvious and ubiquitous from the moment you step inside the club house. Just to get an idea about how strictly the clubs policies are enforced, the patrons of the Garden City Golf Club are required to wear a suit jacket at all times. The golf course itself feels like a links course, featuring an intimate layout, wide fairways, with the tees being very close to the greens and with fescue grass used for lining the rough. The terrain upon the golf course was built is almost perfectly flat, featuring swift moving greens, deep bunkering and its gently contoured. The routing and the overall intimate atmosphere will provide you with that unique-old school sensation I was talking about in the beginning, making for a fun and challenging golfing experience round after round.
The golf courses at Grandover are quite stunning. We had the privilege of playing both courses, and each has a multitude of offerings. The West Course is the more challenging layout, and you better come prepared for a battle when stepping on the first tee. During the round you will be faced with multiple dog legs, tight tee shots, and more creeks than you want to see throughout the day. My favorite hole on the course is the par 3 12th hole, which looks easy enough on paper. It is only 125 yards, but the green is a 3 tier monster that can penalize even the best of shots. If you are ever in Greensboro, do not pass up on this true test of golfing ability.
In all, if you are looking for a long-ball challenge, then I suggest you look elsewhere. Grove Inn is more of a resort style course, that is very golfer friendly and has little defense from low scores. If you are looking to enjoy the day and put up a strong number, then look no further. Grove Park Inn is a hidden gem in its own way, and I would suggest giving it a try if you are in the area.
The property also features (besides the three championship golf courses) a full service fitness area and a spa, an outdoor/indoor pool area, a tennis court, 6 lounges/restaurants and an excellent beach club, where you can relax and have fun with your friends and family after playing a few rounds of golf. Each golf course is different but all of them are in perfect condition, featuring extremely generous fairways and no so difficult roughs, excellent greens and an absolutely incredible staff, exceptionally friendly and well trained. The three golf courses were designed by Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player and they all feature a perfect design and routing, with The Bear being the must-play one if youre a guest at the Grand Traverse resort. The Wolverine is hugely popular due to its highly playable design, while the Spruce Run is the sportiest of the bunch.
The golf course was designed by architect Ellis Maples way back in 1967 and it features 7010 yards of golf from its longest tees for a 72 par. The Grandfather Golf and Country Club suffered a couple of restoration projects over its long existence, in the 80s and the 90s respectively. In the latest renovation job, the bunkering was rebuilt under the close supervision of David Graham and now it looks like a Donald Ross (in terms of design) golf course, according to Maples. Keep in mind that the Grandfather Golf and Country Club is a privately owned resort, its available for its members and their guests only and also and also its pretty expensive.
Needless to say, the Granite Bay Golf Club is Sacramentos best golfing facility, boasting its natural lakes, mature oaks and the epic granite outcroppings, being nothing short of a true (yet hidden) gem where culinary excellence meets country-club sophistication for delivering a once- in a life time opportunity to its intrepid visitors. Speaking of appraisals, the Granite Bay Golf Club was listed in Golf Week Magazines top 100 modern day golf courses in the United States, being a truly classic golf course because, guess what, it is as natural as they come. The design, the concept and the execution are nothing short of a major triumph and everything here is about golf in its purest form, i.e. theres neither a swimming pool nor a tennis court built on its premises. The Granite Bay Golf Club is all about golf and excellence, everything being designed and built to keep the traditional values alive. The layout is phenomenal and playing here, youll definitely have to use all the clubs in your bag. To tell you the truth, I dont think youll ever get tired of playing the Granite Bay Golf Club, as this golf course goes one step beyond regular golf architecture, being a work on art in this writers opinion.
Staying at the club, youll be delighted by the first-class amenities, both the lodging and the food and also by the golf courses generous fairways, the masterfully designed bunkers and overall routing which make for a challenging yet fun golfing experience, round after round. Playing here youll discover that the Hamilton Farm Golf Clubs golf course is not only challenging but stunningly beautiful, one of the nicest Ive ever played, being set in an epic scenery (farm country) with all facilities being top notch and offering terrific views during your game. The greens and fairways are always well groomed and in impeccable shape, making for a difficult yet friendly overall experience regardless of your golf-skills.
As you can judge from these stats, pedigree is the last thing you should worry about while playing the Harbour Town Golfs golf course. In the golfing community, the Harbour Town is regarded as one of the best golf courses in the PGA Tour, though its somewhat controversial, being one of the most popular of Pet Dyes designs, due to the fact that it offers the public the opportunity to play just like the pro-golfers do it. The golf course itself is really tight and fairly difficult to play, featuring huge oak trees together with Spanish moss which hang out over its fairways, deflecting mishits and making for one of the most demanding golf courses in terms of accuracy. To score high here, youll have to be a true master in your short game and when it comes to shaping the ball off the tee, but this golf course will definitely provide you with a memorable experience regardless of your skill level, being highly recommended for aspiring/better players.
When all is said and done, the Hawks Ridge Golf Club really makes for an unforgettable experience, due to its clever design and routing. Playing here youll encounter every situation imaginable: strategic holes, beautiful holes, engaging holes, all making for an overall impressive experience. And thats due to the fact that Bob Cupp, the architect in charge of designing the golf course was a protg of famous Jack Nicklaus, making the Hawks Ridge Golf Club to sit somewhere between Pumpkin Ridge, Muirfield Village and Augusta National in terms of design. I mean, the terrain, conditions, the bunkering, the risk vs reward design and the golf courses overall setting were very much inspired by the aforementioned designs as even Bob Cupp admitted. And thats maybe the best form of flattery, imitation that is, dont you think?
The fairways and greens feature bent grass, 7010 yards of golf from its longest tees and it was ranked 94th by the reputable magazine Golfs Digest in its 2013-2014 Top One Hundred Greatest Golf Courses in the United States, also 3rd in its home state. The Hazeltine National Golf Club was instantly recognized across the United States after it hosted the US Open only 8 years after its opening. And truth be told, the golf course was built and designed for hosting major championship events, its in its genes sort to speak. The layout is very demanding and it will put to the test absolutely every aspect of the game: accuracy, length and finesse. The rolling terrain upon which the golf course was built is very straight forward, boasting an interesting mlange of trees, prairie and water hazards, delivering the purest golfing experience imaginable due to its long and difficult layout. The terrain is relatively hilly, whilst the course has small greens and narrow fairways, with 9 of its holes featuring water hazards. The signature hole at Hazeltine National Golf Club is definitely the par four sixteen and the golf course comes with a slope rating of 155 and a course rating of 78.