Courses That Could Host Tour Events
By Todd Wolff
Pristine conditioning. A demanding layout. Holes that seep into the psyche and linger for weeks, months, and even years after golfers play them. Courses hosting PGA Tour events share many qualities. However, such qualities aren't limited to the hallowed grounds of Augusta or the iconic seaside holes of Pebble. A select number of daily-fee and resort courses in North America offer a Tour-quality experience. Below is a list of playing experiences so special, it wouldn't be a surprise if they showed up on the Tour's schedule.
Old American Golf Club (The Colony, Texas)
One of Texas' newest golf courses is a throwback to the "Golden Age" of golf course architecture (1911-1937). Old American Golf Club is the work of vaunted designer Tripp Davis and PGA Tour star Justin Leonard. Old American's natural contours, hazard styles, native grasses and green shapes were influenced by such masterpieces as Shinnecock Hills, National Golf Links, Prairie Dunes and Crystal Downs.
Since opening in 2010, the course has established itself as a favorite of Tour pros. K.J. Choi, Y.E. Yang, Rod Pampling, Nathan Green, John Senden, Steven Bowditch, Paul Stankowski, and, of course, Leonard have all teed it up at Old American Golf Club.
More Information: (972) 370-4653, www.theoldamericangolfclub.com
Pound Ridge Golf Club (Pound Ridge, New York)
In the shadows of New York City sits Pound Ridge Golf Club, Pete Dye's only Empire State design. Stretching to more than 7,100 yards from the back tees, Pound Ridge demands the coalescence of power and accuracy. Dramatic rock formations and boulders left on-site by Dye send errant shots caroming into Pound Ridge's innumerable water hazards and wetlands.
Nowhere is Dye's influence more noticeable than the par-5, 13th - home to "Pete's Rock," a giant boulder that rests in the middle of the fairway - and the par-3 15th - dubbed "Headstone" - which is flanked on the right by a large rock outcropping that protrudes into the elongated 9,000-square-foot putting surface.
More Information: (914) 764-5771, www.poundridgegolf.com
Cinnamon Hill Golf Course (Montego Bay, Jamaica)
A common thread in the tapestry that is the PGA Tour's schedule is beautiful settings. When it comes to aesthetics, one would be hard pressed to find a more enticing locale than Montego Bay, Jamaica's Cinnamon Hill Golf Course. Nestled between the turquoise Caribbean waters and the lush Blue Mountains, Cinnamon Hill's picturesque surrounds can lull golfers into a trance; strong ocean breezes, however, give it some serious teeth. The course was re-designed by celebrated architect Robert von Hagge in 2001 and is frequently cited as one of the Caribbean's premier tracks.
More Information: (876) 953-2984, http://rosehall.com/golf/cinnamon-hill/index.html
Camp Creek Golf Club (Panama City Beach, Florida)
Camp Creek Golf Club on Northwest Florida's Gulf Coast has the reputation as a true player's course; a place where even the best sticks will be tested. From the 7,159-yard back tees, Camp Creek plays to an eye-popping 152 slope, one of the highest in the entire country.
While designing Camp Creek, Fazio set it apart from its flat Gulf Coast contemporaries through the creation of elevated greens, large mounds and sloping fairways. Quintessential Fazio, the undulating and prodigious greens can leave golfers feeling like they're putting from Alabama.
More Information: 850.231.7600, www.campcreekgolfclub.com
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About: Todd Wolff
Todd Wolff is a well traveled freelance writer on golf, beer and travel. In 2005, Todd joined GolfTrips.com as the first contributor. When he is not on the links, Todd is brewing his legendary craft beers. In addition, to golf writing he is a world renowned graphic artist who has won numerous industry awards in logo design and product packaging.
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