A couple simple, quick and dirty questions for the golfing faithful of Redszone.
1. What is the most prestigious course you've played on, both public and private?
2. What is the most difficult course you've played on, both public and private?
3. What was your best golfing experience, both public and private?
1. Public = Bethpage Black Private = (Tie) Congressional Gold, Merion East
2. Public = Bethpage Black Private = Merion East (don't miss the fairways, good luck figuring out the greens)
3. Public = (Tie) Pine Hill Golf Club, NJ ; TPC Sawgrass, FL ; Torrey Pines South, San Diego, CA Private = Congressional Gold
After reading some answers, it seems most people are looking at #3 as best golfing memory, so I thought I'd toss in my 2 cents to that...
Very first time I ever played the famous 17th Island Hole @ TPC Sawgrass I birdied it. That hole is maybe only 140 yards, but looks extra long and you never know what the wind is doing. I kinda hit my PW a lil heavy, and I thought my ball was wet but it barely made the front edge and I had probably 7 feet below the hole. Sank the putt.
What I meant by best golfing experience was just the overall package, the entire day, condition of the course, scenery, etc....
Pine Hill is ranked something like #31 best public course in the nation, and is just over the Ben Franklin in NJ. You can actually see the Philly skyline on a couple holes, so that was an added bonus for me. I thought the course was in perfect shape, which at the time I played Pine Hill was a public, it's now changed to semi-private. TPC Sawgrass is just beautiful all the way around, offers a great challenge, but won't kill your wallet or your golf pride. Playing #15 thru #18 at Sawgrass, I don't know if it gets any prettier for a 4 hole stretch. Torrey Pines south is the poor man's Pebble Beach. Oceanside views, but won't hit ya for $350 a round since TP is a San Diego city/county muni. Beautiful scenery, fairly challenging set up. Should prove to be interesting what they do to trick up that course for the 2008 US Open.
As for Congressional, anyone who's ever been there, it's like taking a step back into time. Its Clubhouse is out of this world, with not only the history, but the architecture as well. While the Blue Course is every bit as beautiful, I just think the Gold Course really sets itself apart as a true "Championship" golf course. When I was at Congressional, I just knew that I was at a special place.
Hopefully in 2007 I'll get the chance to finally make the trip to St. Andrews, the birthplace of golf. I'm sure I'll be just as moved, if not moreso on the Old Course.