National Golf Links of America

Written by The Itinerant Golfer

National Golf Links is the low key next door neighbor to Shinnecock Hills in Southampton, NY. It has historically been the domain of Wall Street financiers and was founded by the heads of several large financial institutions. Our caddy did tell us that mixed in among the well heeled Wall Streeters was Roger Waters, founding member of Pink Floyd. He said that Waters likes to come out late in the afternoon once the caddies finish their loops for the day and play with them. I'm sure that would make for a fun round. A good friend was able to make arrangements for me and two others to play at National. Unfortunately my friend moved to New Orleans for awhile and More >


Kinloch Golf Club

Written by The Itinerant Golfer

Just outside of Richmond, Virginia is a little known golf club called Kinloch. Though the club only opened in 2001 it has had acclaim lavished upon it since the day it opened its gates. Along with a few other key players, Kinloch was the brainchild of Marvin "Vinny" Giles who is widely considered the second best amateur golfer to ever play the game . . . second only to Mr. Robert Tyre Jones Jr. The membership is small, so it was great fortune for me to get to know a couple of members who very generously invited me, along with my brother, out for a round of golf. We arrived early and changed shoes in the locker room housed inside More >


Arcadia Bluffs Golf Club

Written by The Itinerant Golfer

In many ways Northern Michigan is still a rugged and rustic place. I was surprised on my first trip to the area to see roads that were not paved. This is all part of the regions charm . . . as is Arcadia Bluffs. This doozy of a course sits right on Lake Michigan as you can see in the photo below taken from the clubhouse.     I've been lucky the two times I've played this course and the wind has not really been a factor. I hear that it can it can reach levels where you are hitting three or four extra clubs to compensate. Of course holes that are meant to be played with wind behind you, More >


Tullymore Golf Club

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This course is a newer addition to Golf Digest’s Top 100 list that was described to me by a local as the best course no one had ever heard of. I flew into Grand Rapids and stopped off here for a round on my way to play Arcadia Bluffs. This is a Jim Engh design that opened in 2002 and it is certainly in the middle of nowhere which explains why no one has heard of it. After warming up a bit on the driving range we headed for the 1st tee. I hit a nice drive down the left side of the fairway. Even though I was hitting a fade I had no complaints with my driver on this More >


Shinnecock Hills Golf Club

Written by The Itinerant Golfer

The view of the clubhouse below is what we saw after we parked our car and started walking towards the holy grail of golf. Shinnecock Hills in Southampton, NY is on just about every golfers dream list. Few places in golf evoke the respectful reverence as when one says they are playing at Shinnecock Hills. The club is rich with history being one of the founding clubs of the USGA and playing host to numerous U.S. Opens. Although the current course design was done in 1931 the club itself was established in 1891. Shinnecock Hills had the very first clubhouse in America. This club’s hallowed grounds have no doubt been the site of great drama among its members as well More >


Rockaway Hunting Club

Written by The Itinerant Golfer

Friday the 13th is not the luckiest of days for some people, but for me I couldn't have been happier on this one. I was at America's oldest country club located on Long Island in Lawrence, NY. Rockaway Hunting Club was founded in 1878 and was mainly for fox hunting and steeplechase horse racing. At some point around the turn of the century they added a golf course that was later redesigned in 1933 by the famed course architect A.W. Tillinghast. Several other architects have done work on the course since Tillinghast, but the overall design is still considered Tillie's. The entire facility was top notch with grass tennis courts and a fantastic porch for dining. I loved the driving More >