Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Top 10- Favorite Courses Played 2015

It's the end of the year, time to look back and reflect and look forward to the year ahead. I am so thankful that I got to play amazing courses this year and am looking forward to all the amazing tracks next year. While 2015 is still a "thing", I thought I would share my favorite courses that I played this year:

10. Tierra Rejada:

Simi Valley, Moorpark. These areas do not roll off the tongue like Monterey Peninsula, St. Andrews or the Victoria Sandbelt but they are just as good. Along with my favorite Rustic Canyon, TR is an amazing course with a lot of blind shots and a lot of shots where you are on the top of the world, all worth your time. This is a great course.

9. Kayak Point:

Up until a few years ago, I never played outside the East Coast. After bashing it around SoCal, I set my sites on the Pacific Northwest and played a great course outside of Seattle called Kayak Point. This place is everything you think of the Northwest, big trees, friendly people and good golf. While it was a bit more target oriented than my spraying driver would allow I loved everything about KP.

8. Olivas Links:

Those who know me know I am a links hound. Anything that is green and the sea is great with me (poet/didn't know it). Olivas while not directly up against the Pacific gives you a great bump and run feeling of true links golf and I will never badmouth a course that gave me a chance for eagle on a par 5. That aside, pace of play is great and the course is in amazing shape. One of the best in Ventura County.

7. Westin Dye Course:

I stretched myself this year, playing a lot of different types of courses in different areas in the country. I had never played in Palm Springs and the Westin Dye-course was a great example of golfing the Bob Hope way. Dye, you either lvoe him or hate him. If you love him, then you will love this course and all its diabolical terraforming. This was a top notch Palm Springs experience against which all future trips will be measured.

6. TPC Valencia:

I never played a TPC before but they are definitely "big boy" courses, lot of shelf hitting and fast greens. The course is immaculate and thanks to Mastercard, it made the course accessible to me, an average joe. Playing this TPC makes me thankful for such a quality course here in SoCal and hungry to play more TPCs!

5. River Course at Alisal:

If I lived in Solvang California, I would play this course over and over again. Sure it was baked out because of the drought but it was still a top notch course with interesting shots, especially off the tee, it really makes you think. It was super windy the day I played so it really sharpens all facets of your game. A bit of a drive from LA but worth it!

4. Rustic Canyon: My first SoCal love. The best public course you can play (even with due respect to Torrey, Pelican and Sandpiper which I have not played). Every time I play here, I find something interesting and different. The course is in great shape and a true testament to Hanse and Shackelford.

3. Ojai Inn:

The history, the fun layout (especially of the "Lost Holes"), the chill vibe of Ojai. Its tough to beat Ojai in any of these categories but why would you try? You should go there and experience it for yourself.

2. Oak Quarry:

This is a gem, a big bright sparkly diamond out in the middle of nowheres Riverside California. The course has it all, interesting tee shots, second shots that make you think, great greens and amazing vistas. Not many people golf here and that is for the best, this is an amazing course.

1. Kapalua Plantation:

You didn't think anyone else would be number one on this list would you? PGA tour stop. Immaculate views of the Pacific. This course has it all and is THE course to play in Hawaii. Plus, what a kickoff to my Coore Crenshaw adventure!

Well that is it for my adventures this year. Next year looks just as interesting as I am headed off to Bandon, going to Arizona and perhaps some detours to Wisconsin and Nebraska? Tune in and see where I get out to next and I hope you get to play a lot of great tracks in 2016!

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