Grayhawk Golf Club (Talon)

Grayhawk Golf Club (Talon) – Played May 2018

  • Rankings: Golf Magazine Public #99
  • Location: 8620 East Thompson Peak Parkway, Scottsdale, Arizona
  • Year: 1994
  • Architect: David Graham & Gary Panks
  • Course Access: Public
  • Walking Rules: Carts Available

Score Card Information:

  • Talon: 6,973 yards, Par 72, 73.3 Rating/146 Slope
  • Palo Verde: 6,430 yards, Par 72, 70.8 Rating/134 Slope
  • Terra Cotta: 5,867 yards, Par 72, 68.3 Rating/122 Slope (Men’s), 73.3 Rating/136 Slope (Women’s)
  • Heather: 5,143 yards, Par 72, 69.3 Rating/118 Slope

The Talon course at Grayhawk Golf Club was my first foray into desert golf.  It was also my first course played in Arizona after arriving from our quick jaunt to San Francisco.

I had a 7:40 am tee time and was ready to go to beat the heat.  Once I checked in, the pro shop attendant told me I was the first player off.  This is always great news if I am playing by myself.  I told him I’d see him in a couple hours about which he didn’t seem confident. Continue reading “Grayhawk Golf Club (Talon)”

Lake Merced Golf Club

Lake Merced Golf Club – Played May 2018

  • Rankings: None of the four lists
  • Location: 2300 Junipero Serra Boulevard, Daly City, California
  • Year: 1922
  • Architect: Willie Lock
  • Course Access: Private
  • Walking Rules: Carts Available

Score Card Information:

  • Green: 6,925 yards, Par 72, 74.3 Rating/133 Slope
  • Black: 6,613 yards, Par 72, 73.0 Rating/129 Slope
  • Blue: 6,309 yards, Par 72, 72.0 Rating/128 Slope
  • Blue/White: 6,123 yards, Par 72, 71.2 Rating/126 Slope
  • White: 5,915 yards, Par 72, 70.2 Rating/124 Slope
  • White/Red: 5,498 yards, Par 72, 72.1 Rating/126 Slope
  • Red: 5,109 yards, Par 72, 69.8 Rating/121 Slope

After our lunch at SFGC it was off to our second round of the trip at Lake Merced Golf Club.

The club has a place in the history of golf in San Francisco for sure.  Founded in 1922, within a year of opening it hosted a match between Gene Sarazen and the reigning British Open champion, Arthur Havers.  Quite an event for a young club!

Later in the 1920’s Alister MacKenzie did some redesign work.  Moving into the 1930’s the club was a frquent host to the San Francisco Open.  The arrival of Interstate 280 in the 1960’s caused more change.  Subsequent work on the course has been done by Robert Muir Graves and Rees Jones.  A 2010 switch from poa annua to bent grass greens is a highlight of these changes. Continue reading “Lake Merced Golf Club”

San Francisco Golf Club

San Francisco Golf Club – Played May 2018

  • Rankings: Golf Digest #32, Golf Magazine #18
  • Location: Junipero Serra & Brotherhood Way, San Francisco, California
  • Year: 1918
  • Architect: A.W. Tillinghast
  • Course Access: Private
  • Walking Rules: Walking Only, Caddies Available

Score Card Information:

  • Championship: 6,836 yards, Par 71, 73.6 Rating/133 Slope
  • Regular: 6,415 yards, Par 71, 71.3 Rating/130 Slope
  • Legacy (Red): 6,022 yards, Par 71, 69.5 Rating/127 Slope
  • Forward (Green): 5,426 yards, Par 71, 67.0 Rating/122 Slope

Like a step back in time.  That is the feeling I got when entering San Francisco Golf Club.  But let’s take a step back and see how I got here. Continue reading “San Francisco Golf Club”

Southern Pines Golf Club

Southern Pines Golf Club – Played Sometime 2011-2013

  • Rankings: None of the four lists
  • Location: 290 Country Club Circle, Southern Pines, North Carolina
  • Year: 1906
  • Architect: Donald Ross
  • Course Access: Semi-Private
  • Walking Rules: Carts Available

Score Card Information:

  • Blue: 6,354 yards, Par 71, 70.2 Rating/129 Slope
  • White: 6,126 yards, Par 71, 68.9 Rating/126 Slope
  • Gold: 5,724 yards, Par 71, 67.4 Rating/121 Slope
  • Red: 5,318 yards, Par 74, 71.1 Rating/125 Slope
  • Baby Blue: 4,015 yards, Par 74, 60.5 Rating/105 Slope

This course is one of the hidden gems if you aren’t in the know.  It is old school Donald Ross having been established in 1906 as a nine-holer and expanded a few years later.  There is an extensive history on the course website that I invite you to look over.

The truly great thing about this course is the value.  It is probably the best value in the area as you get a classic Ross course for well under $100 and sometimes below $50.  You will see Ross’s fingerprints all over the photos. Continue reading “Southern Pines Golf Club”

Legacy Golf Links

Legacy Golf Links – Played December 2011

  • Rankings: None of the four lists
  • Location: 12615 US Hwy 15-501, Aberdeen, North Carolina
  • Year: 1991
  • Architect: Jack Nicklaus, Jr
  • Course Access: Public
  • Walking Rules: Carts Available

Score Card Information:

  • Black: 7,004 yards, Par 72, 73.9 Rating/133 Slope
  • Blue: 6,495 yards, Par 72, 71.4 Rating/127 Slope
  • White: 6,021 yards, Par 72, 68.9 Rating/123 Slope
  • Green: 4,946 yards, Par 72, 68.7 Rating/120 Slope

Legacy is another one of the courses the wife and I took in on one of our trips to the Pinehurst area.  For a good while, we would just look in the brochure and pick a new one.

I don’t know much about the course’s construction other than the information above.  We also didn’t spend much time in the clubhouse.  As such, this post will be strivtly about the golf.

Let’s get to it.  I played the blue tees.

Thanks again to Brian for the photos.  Check him out @virginiagolfguy on Instagram and vagolfguy.com. Continue reading “Legacy Golf Links”

Little River Golf & Resort

Little River Golf & Resort – Played May 2012

  • Rankings: None of the four lists
  • Location: 500 Little River Farm Road, Carthage, North Carolina
  • Year: 1996
  • Architect: Dan Maples
  • Course Access: Public
  • Walking Rules: Carts Available

Score Card Information:

  • Blue: 6,939 yards, Par 72, 73.4 Rating/135 Slope
  • White: 6,258 yards, Par 72, 70.0 Rating/128 Slope
  • Gold: 5,190 yards, Par 72, 64.8 Rating/111 Slope
  • Red: 4,998 yards, Par 72, 68.7 Rating/122 Slope

Yet again we are coming to you from the Pinehurst area.  I played Little River on one of the many trips up with my wife.  The course is a short drive from Pinehurst proper.

The setting is serene and the course is not overly difficult.  It is a great spot to try and make a score, but not get too beat up.

Thanks again to Brian for the photos.  Check him out on Instagram @virginiagolfguy and at his website vagolfguy.com.

Let’s get into the tour.  All yardages are from the white tees. Continue reading “Little River Golf & Resort”

Verdict Ridge Golf & Country Club

Verdict Ridge Golf & Country Club – Played April 2012

  • Rankings: None of the four lists
  • Location: 7332 Kidville Road, Denver, North Carolina
  • Year: 1999
  • Architect: Ed Schweitzer
  • Course Access: Public
  • Walking Rules: Carts Available

Score Card Information:

  • Black: 6,926 yards, Par 72, 74.4 Rating/144 Slope
  • Blue: 6,320 yards, Par 72, 71.2 Rating/141 Slope
  • White: 5,739 yards, Par 72, 68.6 Rating/128 Slope (Men’s), 74.3 Rating/139 Slope (Women’s)
  • Gold: 5,074 yards, Par 72, 65.8 Rating/114 Slope (Men’s), 70.3 Rating/133 Slope (Women’s)
  • Green: 4,771 yards, Par 72, 68.6 Rating/126 Slope

I remember the day I played here distinctly.  It was right after the end of tax season and I went up with a couple buddies to tee it up and catch the Celtics who were in town to play the then Charlotte Bobcats.  As an aside, the decision to go back to Hornets was obviously a great one. Continue reading “Verdict Ridge Golf & Country Club”