Saturday, September 01, 2012

Members Only


Well, conditionally welcome, if your name is on our list. This month we feature a sampling of the guard gates, warning signs and protective fences guarding the elite golf courses of the world from the unwashed masses.

Pine Valley Golf Club, Clementon, NJ

Yeamans Hall, Charleston, SC

Southern Hills Country Club, Tulsa, OK

Seminole Golf Club, June Beach, FL

Sand Hills Golf Club, Nebraska

Quaker Ridge Golf Club, Scarsdale, NY

Oakland Hills Country Club, Bloomfield Hills, MI

Cape Kidnappers, New Zealand

The Country Club, Brookline, MA

Morfontaine, Senlis, France

Los Angeles Country Club, Los Angeles, CA

The Honors Course, Ooltewah, TN

Sebonack, Southampton, Long Island, New York

Shinnecock Hills Golf Club, Southampton, Long Island, New York

Shinnecock's next door neighbor

Another private Hamptons gem!


Anonymous said...

You may have explained this before but what is the minimum a course needs to be played to be eligible for ranking?
Obviously all these courses are difficult to access but easy enough to meet the criteria.
What about the really tough one, Ellerston, which would comfortably make the top 100 if enough could play it?
It's harder to play than Augusta, does that mean it will never be ranked?

Anonymous said...

No answer?
Fair enough, your choice.
What about this one: do you think Ellerston is good enough to make the top 100?
Do you know of any course that would make he top 100 but is not in there due to lack of access?

Christian said...

That's a nice collection of private course front gates. It would be cool to just travel around and get photos of all these great private clubs across the country. Who knows, maybe you could talk your way onto a few of them if you said you were doing a photo documentary or something.


Unknown said...

As a lover of traditional golf, I find these photos something of an affront. Golf is a sport of and for the people, derived from everyman finding a diverting way of enlivening a walk around the natural terrain. Being British, we take open access to country side for granted. When I play the Links courses of Britain one of the enjoyable aspects is sharing conversation with ramblers or dog walkers who are enjoying the same wonderful terrain and views. It's a great shame that golf clubs like Little Aston stop keen golfers at least having a look at the course. If the Old Course is accessible to all who are willing to put in the time and effort, why not these parvenus? Tear down the gates !