Tuesday, December 15, 2009

The Hardest Course to Get On

My learned readers have spoken and agree that Augusta National is the hardest course in the United States to get on because you have to play with member and only fifteen or so live locally. Also, a member can only have three guests on the property at one time. For added difficulty, take a look at the list of members, half are CEOs or ex-CEOs and it's not particularly easy to wiggle an invite from the likes of Warren Buffett, Bill Gates or Lou Gerstner, Jr. 61% voted Augusta National as the most difficult course to get on.

I'm still trying to get on Augusta and have two leads I am pursuing. A friend recently played and send me a long email about the experience, which sounds better everytime I hear a new story. "My bed in the Berckman's Cabin was merely a place to lay down, the ability to sleep was impossible," pretty much sums up the experience.

Cypress Point came in as the second most difficult at 15%. Again, a small membership of 250 members, only 75 of whom live locally. Chicago Golf Club came in third at 8%, because there are only 125 total members. Fishers Island came in 4th at 7%, Seminole at 4% and Shinnecock at 1%. Let's keep the list in perspective, though, all six courses are exceedingly difficult to get access to.

Thank you for all those that took the time to vote. A new poll question regarding the best architect of all time has just been launched.


My next post is my ever popular year and review with reader comments, followed by Camargo.

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

The World's Top 100 Photo Montage

The winter months always present a challenge to post new write-ups. Over the next couple of months we will present our year end review and some other interesting posts that will no doubt dazzle my readers. The year end review is always one of my favorites because I recount reader comments from throughout the year. I have a trip planned to Australia in March so the spring and summer should be filled with a rich line-up of new course postings.

At great sacrifice to my family and work I have been traveling the world in the service of my faithful readers to report back my view of the top golf courses in the world. I've been toting my digital camera for the last four and have accumulated a nice collection of photos from the far corners of the earth. Here for your viewing pleasure, I have assembled my own favorites together in one place. Alfred Hitchcock has also inspired me to insert a cameo appearance in one of the photos.

Like the lovely lass in Seinfeld, there have been no touch-ups. All my pictures are real and they're spectacular. Enjoy!

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Cypress Point's par three 15th hole

Cypress 3rd Green

Cypress Point's par three 3rd green

CP 17th hole

Cypress Point's 17th along Monterey Bay

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The approach to Valderrama's second with the ubiquitous cork trees

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The beauty of Loch Lomond's par three fifth hole

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Rossdhu House, Loch Lomond's world beating clubhouse

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The par three 14th at Crystal Downs in Michigan

Maidstone

Maidstone's par three fourteenth along the Atlantic Ocean

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The 9th hole at Myopia Hunt Club, Massachusetts on a fall day

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Sweeping the dew at Somerset Hills 6th hole, site of a former race track

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The view from the elevated tee on the 15th at Friar's Head, New York


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Inside the clubhouse at The National Golf Links of America, New York

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Sebonack's 11th hole at dusk, Southampton, New York

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The exciting Entry drive at Yeamans Halls, Charleston, South Carolina

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Seminole's pink clubhouse, Juno Beach, Florida

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Sunrise at Cabo del Sol, Mexico

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The desert meets the ocean at the 6th, Cabo del Sol, Mexico

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The "horseshoe" third green at Yeamans Hall, South Carolina

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The 11th, "Short" hole at Camargo Club, Cincinatti

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The mystical approach to Morfontaine, north of Paris


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The wild par three 4th hole at Morfontaine's Valliere Course, France

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The dining room at Chantilly, north of Paris

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The magical par three 17th hole at Chantilly, France

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Durban's 3rd hole routed through the bush, South Africa

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Durban's 17th hole with wild-undulating fairway, South Africa

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The narrow first tee shot at Naruo, near Kobe, Japan

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The automatic traction system that shuttles clubs around Naruo, Japan

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The massively sloping 14th fairway at Japan's Hirono Golf Club

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The mist lifting on the 17th hole at Kawana Golf Club, Japan

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The world-class par five 15th hole at Kawana, Japan

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The uphill dog-leg, wavy fairway on the 8th hole, Prairie Dunes, Kansas



A man-size bunker at Woodhall Spa, England



The captains on display in the dining room at Royal Liverpool Golf Club, England



A tee marker from Congressional Country Club



The 9th green, Pine Valley, New Jersey




The 15th hole at Casa de Campo, Dominican Republic, set in the water



"Infinity" staircase leading to the 15th hole at Friar's Head



The old clubhouse at Friar's Head, Long Island




Merion's 18th green seen from the locker room



The approach to Merion's 7th green



The view from the 3rd green, Mid Ocean Club, Bermuda



Details from inside the Medinah Country Club clubhouse, Chicago



The wooden guard keeping watch of The Country Club, Brookline, MA



Tabletop mountain, Cape Town, South Africa



The Clubhouse at Sebonack, Long Island, New York



Sand Hills Golf Club. Mullen, Nebraska. Any golfer who loves the game should hope to see this sign in person one day.



The happy golf snob at the Mid Ocean Club, Bermuda