The Front 9

April 29, 2007 -

I thought it would be fun to come up with a list of 18 favorite courses. To do so, I am going to get things started with a front 9, and you will bring us home on the back 9! Again, this is just my list, but would like for you to join in and tell us, why your favorite course should be included.

  1. Spyglass G.C. Although the lesser know sister course of Pebble Beach, it is my favorite course in the world. The first 5 holes play around the ocean and then you are enveloped in the towering tress that frame each of the last 13 holes. As an interesting footnote, Robert Louis Stevenson, lived on the land that is now Spyglass and it is where he received his inspiration for his all-time classics, Shipwrecked and Treasure Island.
  2. Pebble Beach. Visually, the most majestic, of all American courses.
  3. Royal Melbourne. Tom Watson’s favorite golf course in the world. A true links course, designed by the legendary Alistair MacKenzie, their greens may be the fastest in the world.
  4. St. Andrews. The home of golf.
  5. Castle Pines G.C.. The best in the Rocky Mountains
  6. Pasatiempo G.C. Where the aforementioned, MacKenzie, it was also where he lived. He called the back 9 there, the best 9 he ever designed.
  7. New South Wales G.C. On the cliffs of Sydney, La Perouse, is another brilliant links course.
  8. Pacific Harbor G.C. I have a bias here because it is where I was based in my playing days (is in the Fiji Islands). A Robert Trent Jones Sr. signature design, it was rated consistently rated as a Top 50 golf course in the world in the 80’s. the front 9 there has a rating of 39.5 and may be the hardest 9 holes of golf you will ever play.Robert Trent Jones SR. the Fiji Islands). e it is where I was ou will brinbg us hoime on the back 9!ou are ev
  9. Augusta National. The one and only.

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