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Trophy Lake Golf and Casting Club

Trophy Lake Golf & Casting Club in Port Orchard, WA

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The lodge

The Stats

Tee Time: September 24, 2013, 12:30, 61 F, intermittent rain

Designer: John Fought (1999)

Playing Partners: None

Tees: Blue, Par 72 (72.8 rating/131 slope/6,756 yards)

Course Handicap: 10 (9.0 index)

Stats: 84 (40-44); 32 putts; 10/14 fairways; 7/18 greens; 2 penalty strokes

The Course

That makes four awesome courses I’ve played in Washington this year. I’m starting to think there might not be any duds in The Evergreen State. Trophy Lake Golf & Casting Club in Port Orchard, about an hour’s drive from Seattle, is a nice, quiet spot to get in a challenging round of golf. Each hole feels different. The bunkers and rough are fait yet punishing, an honest test without any annoying gimmicks. Gorgeous forest surround the course, but luckily the trees are merely spectators. It takes a really wild shot to get trapped amongst the pines. Continue reading Trophy Lake Golf and Casting Club

Breckenridge Golf Club

Breckenridge Golf Club in Breckenridge, CO

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Me, CJ, Greg and Brendan

The Stats

Tee Time: July 27, 2013, 12:20, 69 F, overcast

Designer: Jack Nicklaus (1987)

Playing Partners: Brendan Noonan, CJ Phelan, Greg Ryan

Tees: Beaver/Bear tournament, Par 72 (71.6 rating/139 slope/6,605 yards)

Course Handicap: 12 (9.5 index)

Stats: 85 (43-42); 33 putts; 5/14 fairways; 7/18 greens; 4 penalty strokes

The Course

High up in the Rocky Mountains, surrounded by thousands of evergreens and snow-covered peaks, sits Breckenridge Golf Club. And I do mean high. At the 8th tee of the Beaver 9, you are 9,426 feet above sea level. Which means if you really pop up a driver up in the air, you can almost launch a ball to an altitude where it would be safe to turn on portable electronics and cell phones, as long as they remain in “Airplane Mode”. The tricky thing is, though, that never on the golf course does it really seem like you’re at nearly 10,000 feet. There are some slight elevation changes, but none of the hundred-foot drops that you might expect playing atop a mountain range. It makes it even more fun, because the layout is similar to many others around the country, meaning you get to experience what it’s like to play golf like a tour pro and their drives topping 300 or 320 yards. The setting is amazing. Despite being only fifteen minutes from Main Street, it feels isolated. There is one road that has a bit of traffic on the Bear 9 and some holes are bordered by million-dollar cabins, but for the most part it is the golf course that takes center stage. There are 27 holes at the club, the Bear, Beaver and Elk. We played the Beaver/Bear circuit, and hopefully I’ll come back for the Elk. Looks are deceiving here. The golf may look simple and easy at times, but this is one tough course. Don’t even think about playing the Nicklaus tees and their 147 slope from nearly 7,600 yards. Altitude or not, that’s a lot of turf. Continue reading Breckenridge Golf Club

Eagle Vail Golf Club

Eagle Vail Golf Club in Avon, CO

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Landon N., CJ, Brendan, me, Greg and Landon W.

The Stats

Tee Time: July 26, 2013, 1:20, 87 F, light wind

Designer: Bruce Devlin/Robert von Hagge (1975)

Playing Partners: Brendan Noonan, CJ Phelan, Greg Ryan, Landon Weight, Landon Norton

Tees: Blue, Par 71 (70.7 rating/133 slope/6,538 yards)

Course Handicap: 11 (9.5 index)

Stats: 87 (41-46); 33 putts; 2/13 fairways; 5/18 greens; 2 penalty strokes

The Course

Eagle Vail Golf Club served as the opening round at the 2nd Annual Hacktus Open Invitational, which is now represented by an ugly cowboy gecko statue instead of that majestic crystal cactus. And I know I picked a good course when five contestants, of five wildly different skill levels, all agreed on how beautiful and fun it is. Eagle Vail is the perfect example of mountain golf, and peaking at 7,805 feet on the 18th tee box, it is most definitely in the mountains. There are majestic Douglas firs, flowing streams and leafy aspen trees. While they are captivating, those elements can also mess up a hole pretty badly. My last hole finished with a punch out that went into a group of four aspens, pinballing off each trunk before being spit back into the rough ten yards away. But of all the mountain courses I’ve been to, which unfortunately isn’t too many, I can tell this is one of the fairer ones. The course won’t beat good shots, although whoever places the pins will. An absurd number of flags were on some treacherous slopes where three-putts would be considered a good finish. The only real drawback at Eagle Vail is the one hole where you get a view of the Wal-Mart and Home Depot across the I-70. Continue reading Eagle Vail Golf Club

The Golf Club at Ravenna

The Golf Club at Ravenna in Littleton, CO

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The tee at the short, possibly drivable 17th

The Stats

Tee Time: July 24, 2013, 10:55, 81 F, light wind, overcast

Designer: Jay Morrish (2007)

Playing Partners: None

Tees: Gold, Par 71 (71.5 rating/140 slope/6,689 yards)

Course Handicap: 12 (9.5 index)

Stats: 94 (48-46); 43 putts; 9/13 fairways; 8/18 greens; 3 penalty strokes

The Course

A few miles south of Littleton, Colorado is The Golf Club at Ravenna in a private country club that wanders through the foothills of the Rockies. A new course that opened in 2007 and a Jay Morrish design, there is a lot to like about Ravenna. It presents a tough challenge but offers a set of tees for every skill set. The fairways are pretty hittable but sand traps are well positioned to take in any errant shots. The greens will be what you remember most about playing this course. They’re as well-maintained as any, smooth and consistent while also soft and receptive to well struck irons. But there are swales aplenty and the surfaces are as quick as Augusta’s on an Easter Sunday. And even though it’s understandable that everything will break towards Denver, which can be seen way off in the distance to the north, it’s still hard to watch a putt you swear should break off the ridge away from the valley and stubbornly refuse to. Continue reading The Golf Club at Ravenna