Scott LaPlant

Growing up in Green Bay my home had a flood plain in the back yard where some of the guys would hit golf balls during family gatherings. I took part in this once in a while, but didn’t truly begin to enjoy golf until I was 13 years old and my Grandma took me to an executive course in the Green Bay area. I am a very competitive person and got a huge kick out of her complaining about getting beat by someone who just started playing.

I began to enjoy the game more as I became a better player - who doesn’t enjoy stuff more when you get good at it - so I joined the high school team and also played four years of college golf. Like most competitive players I didn’t pay much attention to the architectural aspect of courses and tended to focus more on my score. I did however notice that I enjoyed the courses more that the golf publications ranked higher.

A few years ago I moved to Scottsdale to escape the Wisconsin winters. About a week prior to the move I played in a U.S. Open local qualifier at Blue Mound in Milwaukee and I instantly fell in love with Seth Raynor’s work. While in Arizona, I found that working in the golf business granted a little access to playing some of the better private clubs. The course I worked at had connections to Forest Highlands, The Rim, Chaparral Pines, Golf Club of Scottsdale among others. I also had a friend who worked at Desert Mountain (six Nicklaus courses) and my roommate worked at We-Ko-Pa (Coore/Crenshaw). It was during my time in Arizona that I really began to focus on what architects did at each course to separate it from other courses. I have since moved to Jacksonville, Florida and have grown my love for course design even more and have been very lucky to have the opportunity to play some of the best golf courses in the country.

TPC Sawgrass (Players Stadium)

Written by Scott LaPlant
There's not much new that anyone can write about TPC Sawgrass. It is, without question, one of the most recognizable courses to the general public along with Pebble Beach. The course was initially built to be played by PGA Tour professionals, a small number of members, and guests of the Sawgrass Marriott. Golfers wishing to play TPC Sawgrass are no longer required to stay at the Sawgrass Marriott, but there are not many hotels in the Ponte Vedra Beach area to choose from. This, as well as the discounted rates More >

The Golf Courses of Lawsonia (Links)

Written by Scott LaPlant
The Golf Courses of Lawsonia is a 36-hole daily fee resort facility located in Green Lake, Wisconsin. While the courses are favorites amongst Wisconsinites they are very much under the radar to others, except for the golf nerd types who have made a hobby of traveling to visit great courses. Having grown up in Green Bay, about 80 miles to the northeast of Lawsonia, I had the good fortune of visiting these courses on many occasions. The Woodlands is the newer of the two and is a fun golf course More >