Bill Satterfield

Hi, my name is Billy Satterfield I'm a golfaholic. "Hi Billy!" should have been your knee-jerk response to that intro if you've attended Golfaholics Anonymous classes too. If you haven't attended any classes, but need to, my wife hosts them every other Wednesday night after PTA meeting. In Alcoholics Anonymous' 12 steps to recovery program, the first step reads; "We admitted we were powerless over alcohol--that our lives had become unmanageable." Substitute golf in for alcohol, and that pretty much epitomizes my life eight months out of the year.

As the self professed golfaholic it's should not be a surprise that I love everything about golf; the challenge, the comradery, and the flat out beauty. Golf courses represent some of the most beautiful, well manicured places on earth. Renowned golf course architect Jim Engh once said, "Golf is the only art form whereby the viewers of the art can not only move within the artwork but also 'compete' against it." We concur. We love the individuality, the challenge, the architecture, the sanctuary, and the beauty - both natural and created.

I didn't pick up golf until my 20s but was able to develop a single digit handicap after playing for a few seasons. Lately I've been purchasing clubs with shafts that will help lower my ball flight since I traditionally hit the ball very high. During the non-golf season I stay active by playing basketball, running on the treadmill, and playing video games. Playing video games to stay active? Sounds odd, but I actually play Madden NFL Football or NCAA Football while logging a few miles in on the treadmill to try and stay in shape. I also enjoy doing P90X workouts with my wife, Stacy. Beyond those things my life stays plenty busy while Stacy and I try to keep up with our four beautiful daughters and two sons.
I also run a golf website called Golf Course Gurus.

Kohanaiki Golf Club

Written by Bill Satterfield
What to Expect:  Located on the lava rock covered western coastline of Kona on the Big Island, Kohanaiki enjoys one of the most spectacular settings in the Hawaiian islands. Views of the Pacific Ocean are plentiful throughout the course with the mighty waters providing a stunning backdrop to some of the most memorable holes, including much of the back nine. The saltwater tolerant paspalum grass is ideal for the course's proximity to the ocean and is immaculately maintained by the grounds crew. In fact, no herbicides or pesticides are used More >

Mauna Kea Resort

Written by Bill Satterfield
What to Expect:  Mauna Kea was the first course to tackle the black lava rock prevalent on the Kona side of Hawaii's Big Island and the result was an expensive project on a spectacular setting. Jones had the lava rock crushed so that the terrain could be prepped for grass to be planted and a course unveiled across a most unlikely location. The result was nothing short of brilliant with the course boasting expansive ocean views, undulated terrain, and creative green sites and contours. While the course features housing on More >

Hualalai (Nicklaus course)

Written by Bill Satterfield
What to Expect:  Hualalai sports 36 holes of golf for patrons to enjoy with the Nicklaus 18 available to resort guests and the Weiskopf course reserved for members. The front nine of the Nicklaus course enjoys impressive mountain views and plays through a variety of lava rock features as well as over a pond on one of the par threes. As you grab your complimentary homemade cookie at the turn, you'll find that the back nine enjoys some unique design features, including a bunker in the middle of a green More >

Mauna Lani Bay Resort (South course)

Written by Bill Satterfield
What to Expect:  Mauna Lani Resort is host to both the visually impressive South course and the more challenging North course. The South course is carved through the lava fields that are so prevalent on the Kona side of Hawaii's Big Island with a couple of trips to the coastline highlighted by the signature 15th hole. The fairways throughout the course are generous in width which is a welcome feature considering shots that leave the fairway will either be praying for a lucky kick out of the lava rock or More >

Hokuli’a Golf Club

Written by Bill Satterfield
What to Expect:  Located on the central coastline of the Big Island's leeward side, Hokuli'a is a Jack Nickluas design that boasts ocean views throughout the round and is built on terrain that slopes from 400 feet elevation down to nearly sea level. The unique sheltered location allows Hokuli'a to enjoy gentle breezes and sunny skies devoid of the strong winds that commonly punish golfers further north up the coast. The opening tee features a dramatic downhill shot that provides significant hang time which will allow you to soak in More >

Forest Creek Golf Club (North)

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What to Expect:  Forest Creek is a 36 hole residential development complex that features Tom Fazio’s work. The courses were installed six years apart, one named North and the other South. The newer North course has enjoyed more accolades and the I concur with the North’s superiority. Conditioning at Forest Creek is top notch with the North track displaying exceptional turf conditions and beautifully rolling greens. Gently moving ground provides ideal golf course terrain while the lake on the back nine of the North course provides a beautiful feature in More >

Red Sky Golf Club (Norman)

Written by Bill Satterfield
What to Expect:  The Norman course at Red Sky is one of the best mountain golf experiences available. Located in the Rockies, the elevation changes throughout the course are spectacular and the panoramic views throughout the round are first class. The conditioning is top notch and the greens are slick as they break towards the valley below. The course is long but the high elevation allows for extra carry on every shot. The Fazio course and Norman course at Red Sky alternate being private every other day, so if you More >

Ironbridge Golf Club

Written by Bill Satterfield
What to Expect:  Ironbridge feels like three different totally different courses all wrapped up into one. The front nine plays like a meadow course featuring flatter terrain and several water hazards while the final five holes play along the mountain edge and out along the river. But the highlight of the course is the dramatic 10th - 13th stretch of mountain/canyon holes. After a 2-3 minute cart ride from the front nine to the back, you climb up the mountain to play some holes that provide the same spectacular feel More >

Crosswater Golf Club

Written by Bill Satterfield
What to Expect:  Over the past 15 years the Pacific Northwest has gathered its fair share of attention and accolades in the golf world. With the additions of the courses at Bandon Oregon, Chambers Bay near Tacoma, and the gems in Northern Idaho, some of the country's finest tracks are right in our own backyard. But there is always an original before the frenzy, and Crosswater was that course. Opened in 1995, Crosswater is a brilliant combination of meadows, trees, and stunning mountain views. From the tips, there are few More >

Tetherow Golf Club

Written by Bill Satterfield
What to Expect:  Tetherow is a controversial links style course found southwest of Bend in Central Oregon. The controversy at Tetherow that has existed since opening day and continues to be addressed is the penal nature and number of bunkers, the shapes and undulations in the greens, and the overall playability of the course. The course employs firm fast conditions with bunkers peppered throughout the fairway, some visible and others not, resulting in some tee shots that appear to be great off the club but can sometimes be pushed by More >