Category: Golf Course

PGA Tour is back!

A view from the green at the Colonial Country Club

While the Woods/Manning v Mickelson/Brady match delivered far beyond our expectations, and quelled a bit of our PGA Tour withdrawal,I think we all still long for a return of regular tournament play. That is why I’m pleased to remind all golf fans out there that the tour is finally returning with the Charles Schwab Challenge next week (June 11-14) at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas.

A Fitting Start

It seems fitting for the tour to return at Colonial, since the first tour event hosted at the legendary course was played in 1946, making it the longest running tour event continuously played at the same venue. Colonial is a tough track with a USGA course rating of 75.1 and slope rating of 138. Tight fairways and quick, undulated greens, make precision a requirement for success on this classic layout. Ranked nationally and among the top five courses in Texas by Golf Digest, Colonial has seen all the games greatest players battle it out to have their name etched on the Wall of Champions next to the first tee. Colonial will be forever associated with the legendary Ben Hogan, who resided in Fort Worth and won five times there. While the Colonial puts a premium on accuracy, short game, and putting, winners at Colonial also include some of the longest hitters in the game—including Sam Snead, Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Tom Watson, and Phil Mickelson. What makes Colonial unique in an era of power golf, is the opportunity it gives for players like Corey Pavin and Zach Johnson (both past champions) to display their immense skills at shaping shots and controlling ball flight without needing to hit it 340 yards off the tee.

Colonial Country Club History

Colonial was founded in in 1936 and originally designed by John Bredemus, with later renovations by Perry Maxwell and updates by Robert Trent Jones, Sr. and Dick Wilson. The members at Colonial have maintained their commitment to improving the course over the years with contributions coming from accomplished modern-day architects including Jay Morrish, Bob Cupp, and Keith Foster. Bredemus is relatively obscure, but he designed a great many excellent courses in Texas, as well as quite a few in Mexico, including Guadalajara Country Club, one of the top ranked courses in the country. Maxwell is known for his contributions to Augusta National, Pine Valley, Merion, and Westchester, all of which emphasize the necessity for accurate driving and strong putting.

Major Championships Held at the Colonial

Colonial has hosted three major championships over the years, including the 1941 U.S. Open as well as the 1975 Players Championship and the 1991 U.S. Women’s Open.

2020 Charles Schwab Invitational

With the re-opening of tournament play after such a long lay-off, this year’s event will have a packed field of stars. Brooks Koepka, Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson, Phil Mickelson, Justin Thomas, Rickie Fowler, John Rahm, Patrick Reed, Justin Rose, Jordan Spieth, Bubba Watson, and Jim Furyk are all expected to tee it up. With a field like this, golf fans can expect fireworks and thrills right down to the back nine on Sunday. And don’t count out the defending champ Kevin Na, who had a top ten earlier in the year at the World Golf Championship in Mexico, or Tony Finau who finished second last year and can attack pins from short range if he’s finding fairways.

And away we go.

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Florida Top 3 Private Golf Clubs

Florida is home to more golf courses than any other state in the country with over 1,200. But even with all of those courses to choose from, selecting the one that is right for you may not be as easy as it seems.

Not only does Florida have perfect golf weather year-round, there are the beaches, restaurants and family-oriented activities that make it a wonderful place to live for people wanting to maintain an active lifestyle.

If you’re a captain of industry, travel in the circles of the rich and famous, or just an avid golfer with enough money and connections, here are three private clubs in Florida that should go to the top of your bucket-list.

Seminole Golf Club

Perennially ranked as one of the top 100 courses in the U.S. by Golf Digest and currently at number 12, this Donald Ross classic is home to a who’s who of the business elite and golf royalty. Founded by E. F. Hutton and built in 1926, the links style layout at Seminole is arguably the crowning achievement of Ross’ distinguished career. Don’t bother looking for the website—they don’t have one. The members at Seminole guard their privacy and you won’t catch a glimpse of the clubhouse or golf course through the hedges along Route 1 in Juno Beach, but you will have a chance to see it on May 17 when Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy, Rickey Fowler and Mathew Wolff tee it up in a televised skins game match for COVID-19 relief. As with all pure links golf courses, the wind will be a determining factor in how these great players attack the course—and we are all in for a special treat with this rare opportunity for a look at this historic club.

Seminole will also host the Walker Cup in 2021, so if you miss this match, you’ll have another chance next year—but the opportunity to see Seminole is something you never want to pass up. We rank Seminole at the top of the list as the best private club in Florida.

Jupiter Hills Club

Jupiter Hills Club in Tequesta, FL is the vision and legacy of George Fazio, and also launched the spectacular architectural career of his nephew, Tom Fazio. The club boasts two great courses, the Hills and the Villages, laid down on a unique piece of property just north of Palm Beach that offers elevation change and contour provided by Seminole Ridge—a pretty rare feature in a state that’s known for being extremely flat. The Hills course is ranked among the best in Florida and the crowning achievement of George Fazio’s architectural career. With a course rating of 77.1 and slope of 150, the many top flight golfers who call Jupiter Hills home can test their skill to the max every time they tee it up. And the Village course, designed by Tom Fazio, is no slouch either with a USGA rating of 73.9 and a slope of 147. Known as a player’s club, Jupiter Hills is the place to be if you’ve got game and live in south-east Florida.

Mountain Lake Country Club

Number 3 on our list is Mountain Lake Country Club in Lake Wales. A Seth Raynor masterpiece that often flies under the radar, Golf Digest currently ranks Mountain Lake number ten among all of the courses that Florida has to offer. The club engaged Ron Prichard and Tyler Rae on a recently completed restoration to bring back many of the subtle Raynor features that were lost over the more than 100 years since the course was built in 1917. As always, Prichard and Rae were meticulous with their effort and the result was perfection. In addition to the wonderful course, Mountain Lake is a full service, family-oriented club with pure class, grounded in tradition, and a membership that is committed to maintaining values of the highest standard.

A few others to consider

In addition to these great clubs, The Concession Golf Club is a spectacular Jack Nicklaus design in Bradenton and Belleair Country Club on the gulf coast near Tampa-St. Petersburg offers 36 holes designed by Donald Ross in a stunningly scenic setting.

For more information on the best golf courses in your state, visit GolfDay for everything you need to know.

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The World Woods Golf Club

A Brooksville Florida Golf Course

World Woods - A Brooksville Florida Golf Course

If you are planning a Florida golf trip, World Woods in Brooksville has just about everything you could ask for with two great Tom Fazio courses (Pine Barrens and Rolling Oaks), a nine hole executive course, and perhaps the finest practice facility in the country. Pine Barrens is currently ranked among the top 100 public courses in the country by Golf Digest, and Rolling Oaks is ranked as one of the top 30 public courses in Florida.

Course Review

At just under 7,300 yards from the tips, the Pine Barrens course is a stiff test for scratch golfers with wide fairways and five sets of tee boxes to make the course enjoyable for golfers of every level. Fazio uses the natural terrain and native pines to frame each hole in a magnificent layout that is reminiscent of Pine Valley in New Jersey. The Rolling Oaks course is a very different layout, with towering oak trees covered in Spanish moss and azaleas that bring to mind Augusta National. A bit longer than Pine Barrens, Rolling Oaks also offers multiple tee boxes that make the course challenging, yet fun for expert and novice golfers alike. Take a video tour and see what awaits you at World Woods.

And the practice facilities are second to none. The World Woods Practice Park is a twenty-acre facility with target greens, target fairways, bunkers, and multiple grass teeing stations on four sides. In addition, there are 3 practice holes including a par 5.  

Accommodations

World Woods is just under an hour north of Tampa International Airport, and there is a Holiday Inn Express located just 15 minutes from the course.

GolfDay Rating

The GolfDay rating for World Woods is 98.7, the highest of any non-resort facility in the state of Florida.

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Pawleys Plantation Golf & Country Club

Jack Nicklaus designed Golf Course

If you are planning a trip to Myrtle Beach this spring, give some thought to the Course Jack Nicklaus designed at Pawleys Plantation Golf & Country Club on the coast in Georgetown county. At just over 7,000 yards from the tips, the course will give scratch golfers all the challenge they can ask for while multiple tee boxes provide golfers at every level the opportunity to test their skills to the maximum and enjoy the course without requiring a 300 plus yard tee shot. As with all Nicklaus designs, the Pawleys Plantation course offers a variety of options for playing just about every hole, so you have to give some thought to strategy. There are plenty of bunkers placed strategically throughout the course with a fair amount of water, but rarely will you find a forced carry without being offered an alternative play that can be equally effective. You will also enjoy the beautiful views, immaculate conditions, and the natural setting on which Jack has laid down this gem. To get a better idea of what awaits you at Pawleys Plantation, take a quick tour of the course—you’ll see it’s something very special. Or listen to what the Golden Bear himself has to say.

The practice facilities at Pawleys Plantation are top notch as well, including a grass driving range with targets, putting green and short game area with bunker.

Mel Sole Golf School

And If you would like to tune up your game, register for a one, two or three day program at the acclaimed Mel Sole golf school located on site.

Accommodations

With regard to accommodations and amenities, Pawleys Plantation offers everything you could want. One, two, three, and four-bedroom villas are available through Litchfield Vacations with access to beautiful beaches, wonderful seafood and all of the attractions offered along the Grand Strand.    

GolfDay Rating

GolfDay gives Pawleys Plantation Golf & Country Club a rating of 95, among the top 5 courses in the Myrtle Beach area.

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