These courses are everywhere, a mile away or a state away from your home, off the beaten path, overlooked or taken for granted. They may not be famous or celebrated courses but there is something special about them, a unique hole, a breath-taking vista, a wonderful walk or, in the case of an otherwise inaccessible country club, a design finally revealed for the rest of us to appreciate. We find these gems, polished them up a bit and give you the option to play if you get the chance.
Archive for 'Hidden Gems'
(Editor’s note: During a recent Cleveland-to-Seattle road trip roughly following along I-90, I took the time to sight-see and play some golf. Here is a travel log of that five-day sojourn with suggestions on what to [...]
By Allen Schauffler STEWART ISLAND, New Zealand — My final putt is dead-center, right in the heart of the cup; a firm, four-inch, no-doubter for bogey. It’s the last stroke in my best single scoring round [...]
GEARHART, Or. – Some bunch of golf experts we are. Northwest golf writers recently got together to play a coastal course near Seaside called Gearhart Golf Links. Most of the group had never played the course [...]
MARCO ISLAND, Fla. – Golf is played outdoors, among the trees, meadows, waterways and things that can kill you. More than a few courses around the world are habitats for big mouths with big teeth. Depending [...]
KINGSTON, Wa. – Costs, access or the exposure to golf all seem to be conspiring to deter the young from taking up the game like their parents once did. Rounds are down as the game is trying [...]
KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — My first golf swing occured sometime in 1968, either in late February (if the weather was good) or July (when the weather was a lot better) at Reames Golf & Country Club. [...]
PARKER, Az. – It never ceases to amaze me how terrain that seemingly has no chance of becoming a golf course turns into one of the most awesome 18-hole layouts you’ll ever get to play. Such [...]
GOODYEAR, Az. — The nine-mile drive on Estrella Parkway from I-10 to the scenic Golf Club of Estrella takes you up a little hill, through some desert terrain, past some businesses and finally to one terrific golf course. This [...]
BOULDER CITY, Nev. – There’s nothing quite like playing golf with a sibling, so anytime I can tee it up with my golf-nut brother is a pleasure, regardless of the scores we shoot. Such was the [...]
VERSAILLES, Mo. — Rolling Hills Country Club, I’ll always love you. But I just don’t know you anymore. Your trees are so big now, squeezing fairways into narrow funnels and guarding greens in ways I never [...]