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TPC Louisiana

TPC Louisiana in Avondale, LA

TPC Louisiana
Jordan, me and Greg

The Stats

Tee Time: September 6, 2015, 10:20, 88 F, partly cloudy

Designer: Pete Dye, 2006

Playing Partners: Jordan Ritenour and Greg Ryan

Tees: Tournament/Players, Par 72 (71.0 rating/133 slope/6,374 yards)

Course Handicap: 8 (7.0 index)

Stats: 85 (45-43); 34 putts; 8/14 fairways; 6/18 greens; 2 penalty strokes

The Course

Home to PGA Tour’s Zurich Classic every year, the TPC Louisiana is one of the few premier courses in the New Orleans area, about twenty minutes south of the sights and smells of Bourbon Street. At first appearances, it’s obvious that this course was designed to be spectator friendly. Wide expanses allow of easily moving among the holes routed in a good way to see your favorite golfer or park at one hole and watch players come through. No elevation change whatsoever. On a hot, muggy, post-thunderstorm day with a sparsely populated tee sheet, TPC Louisiana comes across as a benign, pleasant place to play a round. Located in what was a swamp just a few years ago, you’ll still see remnants of that. The bald cypress and their “knees” dot the fairways. The water birds wade along the shores of the ponds and turtles enjoy their pool days. A serene setting even in the oppressive late-summer heat. Continue reading TPC Louisiana

Royal Hawaiian Golf Club

Royal Hawaiian Golf Club in Kailua, HI

royal hawaiian golf club
Manny and I

The Stats

Tee Time: February 9, 2014, 9:30, 82 F, overcast

Designer: Pete Dye (1994)

Playing Partners: Manny Nova

Tees: Blue, Par 72 (70.9 rating/136 slope/6,595 yards)

Course Handicap: 10 (8.0 index)

Stats: N/A (we only played the back 9, front was too wet, but I did par 6 straight)

The Course

Royal Hawaiian Golf Club is not a golf course. It’s a paradise. One of those fantasy locations you see on the Travel Channel. Or like the impossibly beautiful and difficult dream courses in Tiger Woods. Granted, part of this ambiance is helped by the fact that the course was completely empty during the round. A week’s worth of steady rain turned the turf into slush and my clothes caked in mud after only nine holes. The front nine was too saturated to play and the backside, at a slightly higher elevation, only slightly less so. But man it’s an awesome place to bring the golf clubs. It somehow feels like you left Hawaii and entered somewhere even more remote in the rain forest. Exotic birds sing, the ridges of the volcanic crater tower into the clouds and every inch not shaped by man is covered in dense foliage and trees. After snaking through the long, one-lane road inland to the facilities I half expected that we would drive through a giant gate with the Jurassic Park logo on top. Continue reading Royal Hawaiian Golf Club

Paiute Golf Resort

Paiute Golf Resort – Wolf Course in Las Vegas, NV

paiute
Pat, CJ, Mike, Greg, Brendan and Me

The Stats

Tee Time: October 27, 1:57, 75 F, Calm

Designer: Pete Dye, 2001

Playing Partners: Mike Harvey, Brendan Noonan, CJ Phelan, Greg Ryan, Pat Spomer

Tees: Yellow, Par 72 (70.7 rating/126 slope/6,483 yards)

Course Handicap: 13 (11.7 index)

Stats: 88 (44-44); 37 putts; 8/14 fairways; 8/18 greens; 0 penalty strokes

The Course

A thirty minute drive north from the glitz and glamour, the neon lights and ringing slot machines, and the fishnet stockings and sleeve tattoos of Las Vegas places you at Paiute Golf Resort. Close enough to be a stop on any Vegas trip and a welcome change from the atmosphere of the Strip. After pulling up to the bag drop (where some may be later than others if they got caught speeding…), just stand up and take a deep breath of fresh air to let your lungs filter out all the Marlboros you inhaled walking out of the casino. Wander around the massive pro shop and enjoy the sheer luxury Paiute has to offer. From then on it’s all business. Get the clubs on the cart and head off to whichever range is closest (they have 2). I suggest dialing in the short irons before getting a feel for the speed of the greens, because those are the areas that will be taxed most. Continue reading Paiute Golf Resort

TPC Stadium Course at PGA West

TPC Stadium Course in La Quinta, CA

The prettiest hole I’ve played to date, #17 at PGA West

The Stats

Tee Time: September 23, 2012, 10:48, 106 F, Calm

Designer: Pete Dye (1986)

Playing Partners: Matt, Thwan (approximate spelling)

Tees: Championship, Par 72 (73.3 rating/141 slope/6,739 yards)

Course Handicap: 15 (11.6 index)

Stats: 94 (44-50); 27 putts; 7/14 fairways; 2/18 greens; 4 penalty strokes

The Course

The TPC Stadium Course at PGA West in La Quinta, California is a constant member on lists of both the finest and the toughest courses, and deserving of those rankings as well. Spectacular mountain views, pristine lakes and bunkers with sand as perfect and soft as a Park City powder day are present on all 18 holes. Punishing mounds, long carries over water and teeny-tiny greens also characterize every hole at PGA West. It’s a perfect marriage of the two most important aspects to making an excellent golf course: possessing breathtaking scenery while simultaneously providing a challenge of a golfer’s skills with all his clubs. Pete Dye set this track up in a way that tries to hide most of the dangerous spots on the course. Obviously the water is hard to miss, but the undulation of the earth from tee to green plays tricks on you. It masks the bad spots, crosses up your eyes into incorrectly judging distances (which is no fun when you could have sworn that fairway bunker was at least twenty yards shorter than it ended up), and stubbornly refuses to kick rolling golf balls anywhere but off the fairway. I get the feeling that in the days before GPS carts this course really was a bitch. The starter even warned me to pay special attention to the little flatscreen in the cart, as many hidden traps were revealed. Mix in some greens that were half the size of a reasonable putting surface, surround that with bunkers deeper than the Mariana Trench and narrow fringes and now the course has put strain on your iron and short game play. Continue reading TPC Stadium Course at PGA West