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Old 05-20-2018, 08:46 PM   #76
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Re: recommend six great courses you have played

1. Royal Dornoch, Scotland
2. Kings Barnes, Scotland
3. Royal Portrush, N Ireland
4. Gleneagles Kings, Scotland
5 Gullane no1, Scotland
6. LongNiddrie, Scotland
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Old 05-21-2018, 05:10 PM   #77
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back to the original topic.
the courses i've played are limited to the PNW, but there are some great ones here (and i'll expand past just 6).

1. Pacific
2. Bandon
3. Old Mac
4. Crosswater
5. Pronghorn Nicklaus
6. Tetherow
7. Salish Cliffs
8. Pumpkin Ridge Ghost Creek
below is an updated ranking. the added courses aren't new to me, they've just grown in my appreciation of them.

1. Pacific
2. Bandon
3. Old Mac
4. Crosswater
5. Pronghorn Nicklaus
6. Bandon Trails
7. Tokatee
8. Tetherow

looking forward to updating the list after the fall of 2019...taking a trip with the guys to Scotland and this is the current route (subject to change)

Prestwick
Shiskine
Western Gailes
Prestwick again
Cruden Bay
Fraserburgh
Royal Aberdeen
Cruden Bay again
Dunbar
North Berwick
Dunbar again
North Berwick again
Kilspindie
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Old 05-21-2018, 06:49 PM   #78
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Re: recommend six great courses you have played

That's quite an agenda. Lots of golf and lots of travel.
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Old 05-22-2018, 07:46 PM   #79
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Re: recommend six great courses you have played

actually the travel was intentionally reduced to a minimum.

the first home base is Prestwick for 6 nights. the Prestwick course is literally right across the street. Western Gailes is about 10 miles away (with Royal Troon inbetween...that's another discussion). Shiskine is on the Isle of Aran and is probably 2 hours each way from Prestwick including a ferry. i have a hunch that will drop off the list and be replaced by a round at Troon.

the second home base is in Cruden Bay for 4 nights on the edge of the course of the same name (4 hours drive north from Prestwick). Fraserburgh is around a 40 minute drive to the north, and Royal Aberdeen is about a 30 minute drive to the south. the guys in the group that know say Cruden Bay is worth playing at least twice, which is why we are staying there.

the third home base is in North Berwick (3.5 hours south of Cruden Bay) for 3 nights. Dunbar and Kilspindie are each about a 15 minute drive. North Berwick is another course that they say is worth playing at least twice.
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Old 05-22-2018, 09:19 PM   #80
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If that's over two full weeks then it's not so bad. If you were playing a compressed schedule with some 36 hole days the drives between hubs would suck.
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Old 05-23-2018, 09:50 AM   #81
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Re: recommend six great courses you have played

Wow I love golf but I wouldn't even take this on.
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Old 05-24-2018, 11:14 AM   #82
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Re: recommend six great courses you have played

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below is an updated ranking. the added courses aren't new to me, they've just grown in my appreciation of them.

1. Pacific
2. Bandon
3. Old Mac
4. Crosswater
5. Pronghorn Nicklaus
6. Bandon Trails
7. Tokatee
8. Tetherow

looking forward to updating the list after the fall of 2019...taking a trip with the guys to Scotland and this is the current route (subject to change)

Prestwick
Shiskine
Western Gailes
Prestwick again
Cruden Bay
Fraserburgh
Royal Aberdeen
Cruden Bay again
Dunbar
North Berwick
Dunbar again
North Berwick again
Kilspindie
Just booked june 30 - july 4 @ Bandon Dunes. Four days, likely eight rounds. May extend our stay as we don't fly home until the 9th.

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Old 05-24-2018, 02:12 PM   #83
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I need to go to Bandon in the Summer some time. Would be interesting how different it plays that time of year compared to my freezing ass in February and March.
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Old 05-24-2018, 08:12 PM   #84
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Wow I love golf but I wouldn't even take this on.
walking a single round a day for two weeks shouldn't be that much of a stretch for you, right?

the main organizer in my group first went on a golf trip to Scotland when he was 50, and if he makes this trip it will be his 8th time in 17 years. his typical trip (when he's the one organizing...this time he's not), is something along the lines of 28 rounds in 30 days. granted, several of those rounds are playing the same course multiple times without travel, but to me that overall experience seems more like a death march than a golf vacation.
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Old 05-24-2018, 08:17 PM   #85
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Just booked june 30 - july 4 @ Bandon Dunes. Four days, likely eight rounds. May extend our stay as we don't fly home until the 9th.

pumped
congrats on Bandon. if you haven't read through the Bandon thread that King James started, i suggest giving it a go.
https://forumserver.twoplustwo.com/9...eport-1575505/
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congrats on Bandon. if you haven't read through the Bandon thread that King James started, i suggest giving it a go.
https://forumserver.twoplustwo.com/9...eport-1575505/
"more to follow" lol

thinking about booking a caddie for our first trip. suggestions?
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Re: recommend six great courses you have played

I don't think you need a caddy there. All of the courses are easily to walk IMO and there is nothing really tricky about the courses. I always take a push cart.

I'm a huge nit though and perfer to save the $. I have only taken a caddy once in my life and that was at Pebble. Playing Pinehurst #2 in 2 weeks and not taking one there either.
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