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My "to play" list
LyinLewis
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My good friend and I are putting together our future road trips list to play the best courses in the USA and trying to use our contact list to get on some or all of these venues.

Here is the starting list and why they are listed.

Massachusetts
1. Myopia Hunt Club MA (4 US Opens)
2. The Country Club MA (3 US Opens) (6 US Amateurs) #17 US Rank

Rhode Island
3. Newport CC RI (Hosted the 1st US Open and 1st US Am)

New York
4. National Golf Links NY #9
5. Winged Foot NY (5 US Opens) #11 US Rank
6. Shinnecock NY (4 US Opens) #4 US Rank
7. St Andrews Golf Club NY (first golf club in US 1888)
8. Fishers Island NY #12 US Rank
9. Bethpage Black NY (2 US Opens) #38 US Rank
10. Garden City Golf Club NY (1 US Open) (4 US Amateurs) #45 US Rank
11. Maidstone NY Top 100 US Rank
12. Friars Head NY #20 US Rank
13. Oak Hill NY #21 US Rank
14. Sebonack NY #40 US Rank

Pennsylvania
15. Merion PA (5 US Opens) (6 US Amateurs) #6 US Rank (Tee Time Set)
16. Oakmont PA (9 US Opens) (5 US Amateurs) #5 US Rank
17. Philadelphia Cricket Club PA (2 US Opens)

New Jersey
18. Pine Valley NJ #1 US Rank (Two Tee Times Set)
19. Baltusrol NJ (7 US Opens) (4 US Amateurs) #39 US Rank

Maryland
20. Congressional MD (3 US Opens)
21. Baltimore CC MD (1 US Open)

Georgia
22. Augusta National GA #2 US Rank
23. Eastlake CG GA
24. Atlanta Athletic Club GA (1 US Open)
25. Peachtree GA #33 US Rank

Texas
26. Colonial CC TX (1 US Open)

Illinois
27. Medinah CC IL (3 US Opens)#47 US Rank
28. Chicago Golf Club IL (3 US Opens) (4 US Amateurs) #15 US Rank
29. Olympia Fields IL (2 US Opens)
30. Midlothian CC IL (1 US Open)
31. Butler National IL #44 US Rank
32. Cog Hill IL #53 You Can Play List

Ohio
33. Inverness OH (4 US Opens)
34. Muirfield Village OH #16 US Rank
35. The Golf Club OH #34 US Rank

Michigan
36. Oakland Hills MI (6 US Opens) #18 US Rank
37. Crystal Downs MI #13 US Rank

Minnesota
38. Hazeltine GC MN (2 US Opens)
39. Interlachen MN (1 US Open)
40. Minikahda MN (1 US Open)

Colorado
41. Cherry Hills CO (3 US Opens)
42. Castle Pines CO #41 US Rank
43. Ballyneal CO #49 US Rank

California
44. Cypress Point CA #3 US Rank
45. Pasatiempo CA
46. Olympic Club CA (5 US Opens) #31 US Rank
47. Pebble Beach CA (5 US Opens) (4 US Amateurs) #8 US Rank
48. Riviera CC CA (1 US Open) #25 US Rank
49. LA CC #24 US Rank
50. San Fran GC CA #37 US Rank
51. Spyglass CA #48 US Rank
52. Tory Pines CA (1 US Open)

Nebraska
53. Sand Hills NE #10 US Rank

Florida
54. Seminole FL #14 US Rank

Oregon
56. Pacific Dunes OR #19 US Rank
57. Bandon Dunes OR #36 US Rank
58. Old MacDonald OR #46 US Rank

South Carolina
59. Ocean Course SC #22 US Rank

Wisconsin
60. Whistling Straights WI #23 US Rank
61. Erin Hills WI #43 US Rank

Nevada
62. Shadow Creek NV #26 US Rank

Arkansas
63. Altonian Club AK #27 US Rank

Kansas
64. Prarie Dunes KS #29 US Rank

North Carolina
65. Pinehurst #2 NC (3 US Opens) #30 US Rank
66. Dormie Club NC #43 You Can Play List

Oklahoma
67. Southern Hills OK (3 US Opens) #35 US Rank

Indiana
68. Victoria National IN #42 US Rank
LyinLewis
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# 1    6/18/2017 2:13:38 PM   
We are playing Pine Valley and Merion in a couple of weeks and a golfing buddy says he can get us on Muirfield Village and Seminole this fall.


cogolfer1
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# 2    6/18/2017 2:57:38 PM   
I think the better way to tackle this is are there any courses in the Top 100 you do NOT want to play (excluding the ones you already have played)? Because the 68 courses here are on most people's short list. Only one on here I've played is Olympia which has the coolest bunkering for a parkland course. I'm set to play Valhalla in just over a week and should get on either Muirfield Village or Scioto in July (more than likely it'll be Scioto).


JayPet
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# 3    6/18/2017 3:17:29 PM   
My goal is to get a picture at the Rolex clock on those courses.


LyinLewis
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# 4    6/18/2017 3:28:22 PM   

I think the better way to tackle this is are there any courses in the Top 100 you do NOT want to play (excluding the ones you already have played)? Because the 68 courses here are on most people's short list. Only one on here I've played is Olympia which has the coolest bunkering for a parkland course. I'm set to play Valhalla in just over a week and should get on either Muirfield Village or Scioto in July (more than likely it'll be Scioto).


Sorry Cog- what I meant to say is that we plan on knocking off 3-6 of these courses every year in a series of 3 day weekends. My buddy is a SVP of a major bank and his bank has a ton of these memberships. It's through those banking relations we are playing Pine Valley, Merion, Eastlake, Seminole and hopefully Atlanta Athletic or Peachtree.

My company has memberships at most of the IL and MN CCs and the ones we don't have my father-in-law was President of one of the divisions of the largest steel company in the USA so we will hopefully use his connections.


LyinLewis
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# 5    6/18/2017 3:38:26 PM   
Also we made the list so that we could make plans a year in advance. We need a long list so that we can both work our connections and plan out the trips accordingly. We also have a third who is the head professional at Innisbrook who has joined our traveling group of three.


PhilippeR
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# 6    6/18/2017 5:08:34 PM   
The public can easily (with $$$ or a savvy tee time reservation) play at 4 of those listed in CA, so just get your checkbook out and plan a trip this way. The same is true with all 3 in OR, and they are all in one spot too. Plenty of folks make a golf buddy trip to Bandon Dunes.


LyinLewis
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# 7    6/18/2017 6:20:32 PM   

The public can easily (with $$$ or a savvy tee time reservation) play at 4 of those listed in CA, so just get your checkbook out and plan a trip this way. The same is true with all 3 in OR, and they are all in one spot too. Plenty of folks make a golf buddy trip to Bandon Dunes.


I have played Pebble Beach and Spyglass as well as Bandon Dunes and Pacific Dunes. They made the lair because my golf buddy hasn't played them.

Oddly enough I am ok with never playing Pebble again. I will only play it if we can get on Cypress Point which is the one course I HAVE to play someday even over Augusta.


Mongo68
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# 8    6/18/2017 6:56:24 PM   
I've played 2 on your list (Merion and Torrey Pines) and plan to play 2 more this year (Pinehurst 2, Philly Cricket Club-Wissahickon course). If I play just 3 of them each year I'll have your list complete by age 71.


cogolfer1
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# 9    6/18/2017 8:18:28 PM   


I think the better way to tackle this is are there any courses in the Top 100 you do NOT want to play (excluding the ones you already have played)? Because the 68 courses here are on most people's short list. Only one on here I've played is Olympia which has the coolest bunkering for a parkland course. I'm set to play Valhalla in just over a week and should get on either Muirfield Village or Scioto in July (more than likely it'll be Scioto).


Sorry Cog- what I meant to say is that we plan on knocking off 3-6 of these courses every year in a series of 3 day weekends. My buddy is a SVP of a major bank and his bank has a ton of these memberships. It's through those banking relations we are playing Pine Valley, Merion, Eastlake, Seminole and hopefully Atlanta Athletic or Peachtree.

My company has memberships at most of the IL and MN CCs and the ones we don't have my father-in-law was President of one of the divisions of the largest steel company in the USA so we will hopefully use his connections.





Oh, I gotcha now. And Don reminded me since I'm just used to not attending the NGT out of habit, but I'll trek #2 at Pinehurst this year as well. I've played a certain percentage of Augusta as well after I got to hit putts on the 7th, 14th, and 16th a couple months ago.

My plan for my internship after I finish my senior year in 11 months is to A) Stay with PGA Magazine if I get the assurance I'll get a full-time job. B) Go wherever one of the golf professionals at Augusta is when ANGC is closed in the summer (sounded like it was going to be San Francisco Golf Club but didn't happen for some reason). C) Try and get a job at a very exclusive club at a course out west like Cypress or Castle Pines. So, basically, I plan on my consolation prize on things not working out with PGA Mag being a job at a top course.


PhilippeR
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# 10    6/18/2017 9:08:56 PM   

C) Try and get a job at a very exclusive club at a course out west like Cypress or Castle Pines. So, basically, I plan on my consolation prize on things not working out with PGA Mag being a job at a top course.


Be aware that Cypress has the least amount of play of any course around (maybe a few dozens rounds per week), so you'll be bored to death enjoying one of the best tracks!


LyinLewis
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# 11    6/18/2017 9:35:53 PM   


C) Try and get a job at a very exclusive club at a course out west like Cypress or Castle Pines. So, basically, I plan on my consolation prize on things not working out with PGA Mag being a job at a top course.


Be aware that Cypress has the least amount of play of any course around (maybe a few dozens rounds per week), so you'll be bored to death enjoying one of the best tracks!


Yah but you would likely play it a bunch!!!


JayPet
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# 12    6/19/2017 6:17:34 AM   
Back in my travel days, I took the Golf Digest list of 100 Courses you can Play and started knocking them off my list. I got about 40 scratched off and realized that it was more expensive bringing a souvenir from each one as opposed to playing it.

That's when I started collecting poker chips from each one. Trust me when I say, that you need a plan for the souvenirs because you will spend a lot more $ on that side. It could get to be an expensive proposition, besides the fact that guest fees at those clubs are not cheap, and many are only offeringt Stay and Play deals like Pebble and Bandon. Just saying...

Ps. VERY surprised you didn't have Worcester Country club on your MA list. Site of the 1st Ryder Cup, Walter Hagens only hole in one, and the Bobby Jones' most famous US Open loss. I got chills when I read the plaque on the hole he gave himself a penalty stroke.


LyinLewis
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# 13    6/19/2017 6:53:44 AM   

Back in my travel days, I took the Golf Digest list of 100 Courses you can Play and started knocking them off my list. I got about 40 scratched off and realized that it was more expensive bringing a souvenir from each one as opposed to playing it.

That's when I started collecting poker chips from each one. Trust me when I say, that you need a plan for the souvenirs because you will spend a lot more $ on that side. It could get to be an expensive proposition, besides the fact that guest fees at those clubs are not cheap, and many are only offeringt Stay and Play deals like Pebble and Bandon. Just saying...

Ps. VERY surprised you didn't have Worcester Country club on your MA list. Site of the 1st Ryder Cup, Walter Hagens only hole in one, and the Bobby Jones' most famous US Open loss. I got chills when I read the plaque on the hole he gave himself a penalty stroke.


Nice...just added it.


Paul Morin
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# 14    7/29/2017 6:10:49 PM   
Skip Oakland Hills in Michigan and while you are up north at Crystal Downs play Arcadia Bluffs. Caddy it up and enjoy an awesome day. Ask for Ben as a caddy.


Mongo68
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# 15    7/29/2017 6:36:19 PM   

Skip Oakland Hills in Michigan and while you are up north at Crystal Downs play Arcadia Bluffs. Caddy it up and enjoy an awesome day. Ask for Ben as a caddy.


I know a certain someone who might disagree with you.


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