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”

What I Want to Write About

I’ve been struggling a bit lately in determining what course I want to take with my writing.  You can read all over the internet about strategies to grow a blog.  Be very niche, don’t write about too many different avenues, etc.

I am sure that is all great advice and I will do my best to follow it.  That being said, I am going to try to stick to writing about only what moves me in golf.  That may change depending on the day :).

For the last two majors that has strategy has led to me not doing predictions like I’ve done in the past.  Predicting golf tournaments has always been a fool’s errand for me.  I’m rarely right and I spend the event concerned if my picks don’t do well.  Some of that is on me, but I much more enjoy an event when I just let it play out.

So what moves me in golf?  I think you all know that it is golf travel, first and foremost.  So you will continue to see course tours.  I’m not the best wordsmith obviously, but the pictures help.

My goal with course tours is to give you a relatively real-time evaluation of the course through photos.  I want you to see what I see and enjoy the tour.  Maybe they will help you with trip planning.  Maybe they are inspirational.  Maybe you just like to see some golf pictures.  Whatever it may be, I’m not here to give in-depth architecture takes or explain golf strategy.  I want to point out what the photos may not show clearly and provide some context.  Hopefully that shows through.

Other than that, my direction may change here and there, but golf is still my passion.  It will continue to give me good content in the future.

 

Nebraska/Colorado Trip Recap

I initially started some trip recaps/roundups earlier in this site’s life, but I want to get back to them.  I’m going to workshop these for a bit and play around with the format, so don’t expect uniformity for a while.

Let me know your thoughts on these.  What do you want to see more of?  Less of? Formatting?  Let your voice be heard in the comments.

WHY

The wife was on a girls trip with her mom and aunt in the summer of 2017 and I wasn’t invited.  So I decided I would drive, yes you heard me right, to Nebraska and Colorado to play some golf in places I’d never been.

FOOD

  • I am pretty simple when it comes to food if I’m flying solo.  I won’t seek out the best places because I want to enjoy those with my wife.
  • That being said the food at Ballyneal was spot on.  It was second only to the hospitality I felt from everyone on staff who couldn’t have been better.

SERVICE

  • I don’t remember his name, but had a great bartender at Fossil Trace who was just the right amount of talkative without being bothersome.  Really enjoyed my time there.

THIS AND THAT

  • Got to play Fossil Trace with two employees who were great guys.  The shepherded me around the course and gave me good spots to take pictures.
  • I won’t remember much of the non-golf portions of this trip because I didn’t do much, but it was very peaceful with all the golf I got to play and the the beautiful drives through the middle of the country.

The Prairie Club (Dunes Course)

The Prairie Club (Dunes Course) – Played June 2017

  • Rankings: Golf Magazine Public #78
  • Location: 88897 State Highway 97, Valentine, Nebraska
  • Year: 2010
  • Architect: Tom Lehman & Chris Brands
  • Course Access: Resort
  • Walking Rules: Carts Available

Score Card Information:

  • Black: 7,562 yards, Par 73, 75.5 Rating/133 Slope
  • White: 6,975 yards, Par 73, 72.8 Rating/127 Slope
  • Green: 6,428 yards, Par 73, 69.9 Rating/118 Slope
  • Red: 5,752 yards, Par 73, 72.0 Rating/124 Slope

The wife decided to go on a girl’s trip so I was left to my own devices.  I figured the best way to spend the time would be traipsing to Nebraska and Colorado to play some golf.  The first stop on this odyssey was The Prairie Club in northern Nebraska.

I ended up staying in North Platte, which was about a 2.5 hour drive.  It seems long, but that was nothing for this trip considering I drove from SC.  What driving did allow me to do was pass by the entrances to Dismal River and Sand Hills, so now I know where to go when I get back. Continue reading “The Prairie Club (Dunes Course)”

Why I Play The Courses I Play

I wanted to get something out there to explain some of my reasons for playing certain courses.  This is prompted because I get a lot of recommendations for courses to play when I travel.  I want those to keep coming, so please don’t misunderstand what is to follow. Continue reading “Why I Play The Courses I Play”

Thoughts on Northern Michigan

I wanted to take a quick minute to get my thoughts down about my most recent excursion.  We got back from Northern Michigan this past Saturday night after a long drive.  I like driving because it gives me time to think and spend time with the wife.

During that drive I contemplated just how good Northern Michigan golf really is.  It reminded me a lot of New Hampshire, which made it extra special to me due to my family connections.  The golf was super fun and different at each course.  From old school tracks like Boyne Highlands Resort (Heather) to newer courses like Forest Dunes and Arcadia Bluffs there is something for everyone.  The scenery was spectacular along the lake that due to it’s size looks more like an ocean.  Lakeside golf is awesome!

We stayed in the charming town of Petoskey and I can highly recommend it.  There is plenty to do and the surrounding food spots were great.  Michigan has a craft brewery culture and it was excellent.  I have plenty of food recommendations if you need them!

Another tip I will mention relates to when to visit.  Since we were there in May, you might have some cold temperatures.  You will be ok if you pack accordingly, which is easier if you’re driving.  Additionally, May is black fly season so you should probably bring some bug spray.  We only encountered them at certain spots, but they could be overwhelming at times.  Thank God they don’t bite!

All in all the trip was really fun.  We love to see places we have never been and Michigan fits the bill.  Their slogan of Pure Michigan rang true the entire time.

Wentworth By The Sea Country Club

Wentworth By The Sea Country Club – Played July 2016

  • Rankings: None of the four lists
  • Location: 60 Wentworth Road, Rye, New Hampshire
  • Year: 1897 (Original), 1921 (Update), 1964 (Expansion)
  • Architect: George Wright, Donald Ross, Geoffrey Cornish, Alex Findlay, & Brian Silva
  • Course Access: Private
  • Walking Rules: Carts Available

Score Card Information:

  • Blue: 6,306 yards, Par 70, 69.2 Rating/127 Slope
  • White: 6,006 yards, Par 70, 68.9 Rating/126 Slope
  • Gold: 5,440 yards, Par 70, 66.3 Rating/117 Slope
  • Red: 5,055 yards, Par 70, 67.1 Rating/116 Slope

The first course on the New England jaunt was Wentworth By The Sea Country Club.  The course website didn’t have a great deal of history on it, but I played this course back when I was 16 and I really wanted another go of it.  Luckily, we could get on through a network of private clubs our home course is apart of.

As you can see from the course details a lot of work has been done to this course by many architects.  You can’t really tell as it all fits together very well with the best holes being along the water.  Let’s get started!

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