Flat out, I love golf. It is hands down the hardest sport I’ve ever played. The fact that it doesn’t come naturally to me, irritates me to no end. I have to practice, a lot to get better, and I am still nowhere near where I want to be.
I’ve made it a personal goal of mine to qualify for the Colorado open by the time I’m forty. That gives me six years to get down to a 2.4 handicap, right now I am a 9. Can I do it? That’s a question only time will tell.
Let me get to the real topic at hand: My top ten list of golf courses I hope to play before I die. These are in no particular order, more so just ten that stick out in my mind.
- St. Andrew’s Old Course: There is no doubt that St. Andrew’s is on this list. I beg my wife at least once a month to let me take a golf vacation to Scotland. Not only is it the birthplace of golf, but the beauty Scotland offers is not easily matched, and I have always had a fascination with castles.
- Pebble Beach: Any course that is set on the edge of ocean and brings as much prestige as this course does, has to make my list. I love California, and the coast near Monterey is beautiful. One time on this course is all I am asking for.
- The Greenbrier: This is an easy choice for me because there would be a possibility of getting me my ideal day: fly fishing in the morning and golf in the afternoon. Plus, I’ve never been to West Virginia, I’ve only seen pictures, and they are extraordinary.
- Torrey Pines: San Diego is one of my favorite places in the world, and La Jolla is where I like to spend most of my time while I am in the area. Torrey Pines is rich in history; with Tiger’s eight wins I would love to witness first-hand what the course is all about.
- Whistling Straits: There is a reason why this gem of a course is home to many PGA tournaments. The fact that is on a two-mile stretch of Lake Michigan brings the golfer a plenty. I love the fact that it is a links style course much like you would find in Ireland or Scotland.
- Pinehurst No.2: I love playing on old style courses with tree lined fairways. It adds a certain element to the game, and for me making it more difficult. Just what I need, golf to be more difficult.
- TPC Sawgrass: With only one hole in mind, the famed 17th, I would make the trip to Pointe Vedra Beach. I can imagine staring out at the island green with only one swing thought: Don’t chunk it in the water.
- The Quarry at Giants Ridge: I’ve got to give some love to my home state of Minnesota. The Quarry is set in Biwabik, north of Duluth, on your way up to Voyager’s national park. The course is hidden in the northern part of the state, where wildlife is a plenty. I love northern Minnesota, it doesn’t get much publicity, but you won’t find a better course than this.
- The Broadmoor: This is a beautiful resort course in Colorado Springs, where my wife and I actually attended the women’s U.S. Open in 2011. The course itself is beautiful, and I cannot wait to get down there and play a round.
- Coeur d’Alane: Many people may not know about this hidden treasure in Northern Idaho, but it’s no doubt a great golf experience. The 14th with the floating green is one of the main attractions, but the rest of the course is no easy test either. This Par 71, is 6,803 yards of winding terrain filled with Petunias, Juniper’s, and Geranium’s.
There is plenty of golf to be played in this man’s life, I just hope I can get to each one of these dream destinations before I die.
If you have played any or all of these courses, I would love to get your opinion on how you enjoyed your experience.