As a golf blogger myself, I read a lot of golf blog sites! Some are terrific, others are downright terrible. This week, I’ve rounded up my favorite golf blogs and what makes each of these bloggers unique. They all have something valuable to share for the amateur golfer, so check them out!…
“If I lose another ball, I’m going to lose my mind!” – Me, while looking for my 4th lost ball on hole #5. Not a good start!
I played Silver Rock while visiting my parents in La Quinta, California in late February 2016. I loved the course! It was the perfect mix of challenging, memorable, and fun! Read on for my full review…
OVERALL RATING: A
HIGHS: Scenery, Course Conditions, Goats
LOWS: Bunkers & Waste Areas, Inconvenient Layout
On Sunday afternoon at the 2013 Masters, I witnessed Adam Scott sink a putt on the 18th green. He threw his hands in the air and shouted “Come On Aussie” as he high-fived his caddy, Steve Williams. He thought he had just won.
Angel Cabrera, standing in the fairway on #18 in the final group, needed to birdie 18 to send the tournament into a playoff. He pulled it off and the crowd went wild again! It was the most exhilarating 5 minutes of golf I have ever witnessed. I watched all of this standing just off the left side of the green, three rows back, mere feet from the edge of the green.
Actually being there, jumping up and down as the crowd roared was one of the greatest moments of my life. If you’ve always dreamed of going to the Masters or if you are on your way there next week, you won’t want to waste your precious moments at the most legendary tournament in golf. This week’s post is all about helping you experience moments like this…moments you will remember for the rest of your life.
The Players course at Indian Wells Golf Resort is a fun, challenging golf course located in Indian Wells, CA just outside Palm Springs. The course opened in 2007 and was designed by John Fought. In 2011, The Golf Channel’s Big Break Indian Wells was contested here, and in 2015 Golfweek ranked the Players course #19 on their list of “Top 25 Best Courses You Can Play” in California.
The resort is owned by Troon Golf, which owns golf clubs all over the U.S., including a few other popular Palm Springs golf resorts – namely PGA West and Westin Mission Hills. Troon also owns Kapalua in Maui.
OVERALL RATING: B+
HIGHS: Scenery, Greens, Pace of Play, Clubhouse
LOWS: Bunker Conditions, Cart Service, Funky Course Layout
Note: I have not played the Celebrity course at Indian Wells. This review is only for the Players course.
Overall Rating: A-
Highs: Value, Location, & Course Conditions
Lows: Difficulty & Real Estate Development
Tetherow Golf Club is nicknamed Deathrow for a good reason. This course is really, really difficult. Tetherow is a David McLay Kidd design – the same guy who designed Bandon Dunes. The course has breathtaking views of the mountains (or so I’m told…smoke and haze from wildfires in the area blocked our views), and Kidd did an excellent job of blending the course into the high desert landscape. Rolling hills and bunkers make for some interesting shots.
Have you been on a GolfBoard yet? I love snowboarding and I love golf, so a GolfBoard seems like the perfect marriage of these two passions! I had my first GolfBoard experience in August 2015 while vacationing in Bend, Oregon with my family. One of my “must play” courses while we were in Bend was Tetherow.
I’ve played many courses in Central Oregon, but had not yet played Tetherow Golf Club. The course is gorgeous and it’s been on my short list for years, but the prospect of golfboarding quickly sent this course to the #1 spot on my list. …
In August 2015 my husband, my dad, my bro-in-law, and I played Brasada Ranch, located near Bend, Oregon. The course was co-designed by Oregon’s most well-known golfer, Peter Jacobsen, and it lends itself well to resort golf – beautiful scenery, excellent course conditions, and lots of scoring opportunities.
We made the day a little more interesting with a friendly skins game we dubbed the Battle at Brasada! We were all first timers and it was a great day!…
Overall Rating: C-
Highs: Scenery & hellacious bunkers
Lows: Practice facility & pace of play
According to the PGA West website, the Stadium Course has been “rated one of the ‘Top 100 Courses in the World’ by GOLF Magazine and 4th toughest course in America in Golf Digest’s ‘Top 50 Toughest Courses in America’ (2007). There may be no greater challenge or excitement in the game of golf.”
Really?!? For the average golfer playing out here this course is overhyped and overrated. If you can stay out of the deep bunkers and avoid the water, the course is no different than your average course. Obviously, that’s easier said than done, but the greens are pretty flat and the accurate hitter should play well out here….
There is a reason why Bandon Dunes is always near the top of everyone’s list of golf resorts. Everything about this place is just perfect. Golf as it was meant to be…that’s their slogan and it truly is the kind of experience every golfer is meant to have.
The resort itself is understated, yet impressive. The golf is fun, unique, and breathtaking. The food is simple and delicious. The accommodations are top notch. You probably don’t need me to convince you, so if you’re planning a trip to Bandon, I’ve included some tips that should help you make the most of your experience here….
It’s fall y’all! The days are much shorter now, which means it’s harder to squeeze in a round of golf, but I have some compelling reasons why you summer-only-fair-weather-golfers might want to stick around for a couple more months and give it a shot. So turn off the football game, and get your butt back out onto the golf course!…