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 on the property as Kohanaiki strives to meet the gold standard of the Audubon Society and conform to Hawaii's earth friendly culture. Providing an ideal experience and amenities is clearly 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 several of the holes, I was so impressed with the stunning views throughout the track that I didn't find the residences nearly as distracting as I would have on a 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 on a par three, before it works its way to the ocean where the final trio of holes brings the round to a climatic finish. The course is laid out 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 will find its way into a neighboring residence. Distances between greens and tees in certain spots makes walking the course an impractical option however the terrain is subtle enough that 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 the ocean views to the left while your ball descends to the fairway below. The front nine is the more demanding of the two sides while the back nine is More >

Canyata Golf Club

Written by The Itinerant Golfer

When Canyata popped onto the Top 100 list a few years ago I had never heard of it. The club is located in the middle of nowhere Illinois, so I started asking around about it with people I knew in the Illinois/Indiana/Kentucky corridor. Anyone I found who had heard of it did not know a member or even anyone who had played there before. I had a feeling this was going to be a tough ticket for me so I set it on the back burner and focused on playing courses where I had better contacts. Over the next year or so I slowly began develop a clear picture of Canyata Golf Club and what it was all about. Apparently More >

Hudson National Golf Club

Written by The Itinerant Golfer

I have been incredibly lucky in my Top 100 travels. It’s pretty hard to believe that I was more than 70% through my journey before I had my first rain out. A few years back I received a kind invitation to visit Hudson National Golf Club from a member and we made it through 9 1/2 holes before the skies opened up and began dumping rain on us. It was disappointing to have to go home without having seen the entire course, but I knew I would be back in the New York area and I would have other opportunities so I didn’t sweat it as much as I would have a rain out in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. After the More >

Baltusrol Golf Club (Upper)

Written by Rees Milikin

I first visited Baltusrol a few years ago to play the Lower Course which is the club’s best known course and one that is always highly ranked on all of the Top 100 lists. Normally, if a club has two courses I like to try to play them both, but in this case the Upper Course was in the midst of a renovation and not open for play. My host on that visit assured me that I would be back to play the Upper Course as it was likely to be included on the Top 100 once the renovation was complete. Well, he couldn’t have been more correct because once the course reopened and started getting some buzz it didn’t More >

Forest Creek Golf Club (North)

Written by Bill Satterfield

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 which three holes play around. Trees line all the fairways and provide a comfortable seclusion hole to hole. All in all, Forest Creek is a first class facility that features More >

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 available to those who stay at the Marriott, means that most golfers end up staying on property. There are a number of Tour players with ties to TPC Sawgrass who More >