Every golfer has that one place. Maybe it wasn’t your first choice, or maybe it’s a course you’ve dreamt of playing since the very beginning… but this was it. The best place you’ve ever golfed. You threw your clubs in the trunk and left there, vowing to be back, no matter what it took.
We posed the question to our loyal Facebook followers, and they responded in astounding numbers… places in their own town, to courses clear around the world. We have sorted through them, have done our research, and are bringing them to you five at a time.
We hope you enjoy dreaming with us, and perhaps you’ll find a new best place of your own!
First up this month is Cypress Point, located in Pebble Beach, CA
Cypress Point Club was designed by Alister MacKenzie and opened in 1928. It was once a co-host for the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, formerly The Bing Crosby Tournament, last doing so in 1991. Cypress Point also hosted the only Walker Cup on California soil in 1981. Cypress is ranked #2 in Golf Magazine’s list of “Top 100 Golf Courses in the World,” behind Mackenzie’s other masterpiece, Augusta. Cypress Point will always have its place in the upper echelon of golf history.
Regarded as the most exclusive course in the world, it is virtually impossible to play a round unless you are invited by a member. The club decides the cost of yearly membership fees by equally dividing the total operating expenses amongst all members. Each member of the club is required to pay the same amount in dues, regardless of the amount of play or the number of visits to the club.
Torrey Pines, La Jolla, CA
Located in La Jolla (pronounced “la hoya”), California, Torrey Pines Golf Course sits on the coastal cliffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean and is recognized as the premier municipal golf course owned and operated by a city. It is named after the Torrey Pine, a rare tree that grows in the wild only along this local stretch of the coastline in San Diego County and on Santa Rosa Island.
It offers two picturesque and, due to its yearly hosting of the PGA TOUR’s Farmers Insurance Open event, widely recognizable championship 18-hole golf courses. It is surely the most accessible public facility for the die-hard enthusiast wishing to play at a world-renown facility that nearly all golfers know by name.
Torrey Pines was the site of perhaps the most memorable modern day U.S. Open Championship, when in 2008, under the typically brutal conditions of this major tournament, injured and hobbling Tiger Woods defeated Rocco Mediate during their sudden death playoff after 90 grueling holes of exciting golf.
Spyglass Hill, Pebble Beach, CA
Spyglass Hill Golf Course takes its theme from Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic novel, Treasure Island, published in 1883. Local legend maintains that Stevenson once wandered the Spyglass area gathering ideas for his novels. With this in mind, Robert Trent Jones Sr. set about creating a treasure of his own.
Opened in 1966, Spyglass Hill Golf Course features two distinctly different kinds of terrain that influence the way the holes look and play. The first five holes roll through sandy seaside dunes challenging you to carefully pick the safest path. The following 13 holes are cut through majestic pines with elevated greens and strategically placed bunkers and lakes to grab the errant shot. Hole names such as “Black Dog” and “Billy Bones” are hints for the unwary.
Spyglass Hill Golf Course is rated one of the toughest courses in the world from the Championship tees, boasting a course rating of 75.5 and a slope rating of 144. The PGA TOUR consistently lists Spyglass Hill holes 6, 8 and 16 among the toughest on the TOUR, and during the 1999 United States Amateur, the stroke average of the field during medal play was in excess of 79.
Westmoreland Golf Course, Barbados
Improve your golf game at Royal Westmoreland. Reduce your handicap as you test yourself on our par 72, 7,045-yard course designed by acclaimed course designer, Robert Trent Jones, Jr. Work on your stroke play on the superbly maintained, perfectly considered fairways and greens that surround the estate.
Enjoy the Caribbean sunshine and clear blue skies. Take in the breathtaking views, thriving greenery and flourishing tropical landscape. Line up your putt as the ocean washes up on the not-so-distant shoreline. Perfect.
The golf course is as enjoyable as it is demanding. You’ll find a mixture of short holes, with a challenging back nine preceded by tricky greens on the front.
Royal Westmoreland is a private estate with golfing access only available to villa owners or rental guests, unless special access is granted by appointment.
Pine Dunes Resort and Golf Club, Frankston, TX
Carved through majestic, century old pine trees with contoured fairways & rolling terrain, Pine Dunes provides the most peaceful setting you’ll find for a world-class round of golf. The Championship, Par 72 Layout is tucked away in the Piney Woods of East Texas, heralded as one of the best courses in America.
With the determination of Owners Jodi Lutz and Scott Miller, and World-Renowned Golf Course Architects Jay & Carter Morrish, Pine Dunes was crafted into a golfer’s dream getaway, inviting golfers to experience top quality golf & conditions for as little as $59/round.
Pine Dunes is a spectacular, 4.5 Star Rated Championship Golf Course open year-round, designed by legendary & world renowned architects Jay & Carter Morrish. You’ll quickly understand why respected golf magazines & critics have presented Pine Dunes with dozens of Awards, and we invite you to experience a golf getaway deep in the heart of Texas.
A variety of packages are available to each player including daily-fee play, stay-n-play weekend getaways and large group outings. Spacious, comfortable overnight accommodations in guest condominiums can be reserved for your foursome or a group as large as 40 players.
Where was the best place YOU’VE played? Stop by our Facebook page and let us know… you may find it here next month!
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