SouthShore Golf Club

Written by The Itinerant Golfer

What to Expect:  Laid out on the bluffs above Lake Las Vegas, SouthShore is a dramatic Jack Nicklaus layout located in the city of Henderson. The rugged desert terrain features thrilling elevation changes that result is exciting shots and stunning views. Over 3 million cubic yards or dirt were moved which Jack utilized to create more downhill holes than uphill ones. While the front nine is great, the back nine is flat out sensational! Golfers are given a full dose of eye candy with breathtaking views of Lake Las Vegas on a par five, a waterfall tumbling through the palm trees on a par four, and a beautiful Augusta-like par three. Since the change in ownership to Pacific Links, course More >


Royal Links Golf Club

Written by Bill Satterfield

What to Expect:  In Las Vegas anything can happen, including playing links golf through the desert. That's right, Pete Dye was hired to recreate some of the most famous holes from the other side of the Atlantic Ocean in an effort to give patrons a chance at playing these storied holes. While you won't have the coastal winds, you'll still have plenty of sand and the design elements that have made these holes so impressive. Golfers are given the opportunity to hit the "Postage Stamp" green replicated from Royal Troon, attack the long dogleg left 15th from Carnoustie, and challenge the "Road Hole" from St. Andrews. It's a unique experience and a chance to play a course in Las Vegas More >


Farmington Country Club

Written by The Itinerant Golfer

Having lived in Virginia for almost 30 years one would think that I surely would have played all the the architecturally significant golf courses in the state, but unfortunately that is not a safe assumption. Despite the fact that Farmington Country Club has been sitting a just a short 75 minute drive from my door step I had yet to visit the club. Many of my friends had been there and I had heard great things about the course, but for one reason or another, I just never had the opportunity to visit. Luckily, late in the summer last year I met a member and he very kindly invited me to come pay his club a visit. After a couple More >


Kapalua (Plantation)

Written by The Itinerant Golfer

A big part of the challenge of playing the Top 100 is having a good logistics plan. I’m not sure I can pinpoint exactly what a good logistics plan looks like, but it definitely involves planning your travel in such a way that you make the most efficient use of time and financial resources. When I started this adventure I knew that Hawaii was going to be a tricky one. To start with, the trip from Richmond to Hawaii requires about 5,000 miles of air travel each direction . . . ouch. Secondly, if there are multiple courses on the list and those courses are on multiple islands, you can really find yourself with a very expensive and travel intensive More >


Sherwood Country Club

Written by Bill Satterfield

What to Expect: The Sherwood Country Club is nothing short of a spectacular course and experience. From the time you are greeted by the staff in front of the 54,000 square foot clubhouse to the moment you walk off of Nicklaus' finest finishing hole ever, your experience at Sherwood is complete first class. The annual host of the PGA Tour's Target World Challenge, Sherwood Country Club is a comfortable walk where you can request either a forecaddie or enjoy the full experience of having a club-carrying caddy accompany you for the round. While at the course you can count on enjoying immaculate conditioning and fast greens, stunning water features, and wonderfully designed holes. Signature Hole: 6th - 186 Yard Par More >


Trump National Golf Club Los Angeles

Written by Bill Satterfield

What to Expect: Trump National Los Angeles sports a 45,000 square foot clubhouse and a lush service experience. The front nine is quite tight while the back nine opens up more. Ocean views are found from every hole on the course and in classic Trump style you'll find a few waterfalls on the course. It is very clear what Mr. Trump and Fazio have tinkered with on the design and what features were apart of Pete Dye's original design. At over 7300 yards and a par 71 at sea level, the course plays very long and difficult. Trump National Los Angeles was the host site of Big Break VI. Signature Hole: 17th - 238 Yard Par 3 - A towering More >


Tobacco Road Golf Club

Written by Bill Satterfield

What to Expect:  Wow, what to expect at Tobacco Road. Where do I start? Tobacco Road is the most extreme course you’ve ever played . . . but on steroids. There is more “wow” factor at that course then the rest of North Carolina’s offerings combined. It literally is one signature hole after another. Quirky at times? Yes. Difficult at times? You bet. Engaging the whole time? ABSOLUTELY! The only course that I can draw a comparison with Tobacco Road is Wolf Creek in Mesquite, NV. The layouts aren’t similar, the settings aren’t similar, but the “wow” factor is off the charts and they are the only two courses I’ve played where I felt like I left reality and entered More >


Wente Vineyards, The Course at

Written by Bill Satterfield

What to Expect:  The Course at Wente Vineyards is an excellent golf facility that features some of Greg Norman's best work to date and pays tribute to Dr. Alister MacKenzie by emulating his unique jagged style bunkers. The course features loads of elevation changes throughout the track which leads to some towering drives and some difficult approaches. The course is cut through the California vineyards which offers a unique and beautiful setting that few public courses enjoy. An excellent mix of holes exists with several long difficult par fours as well as a pair of driveable par fours and a variety of approach angles. Expect to have a wonderful day at a challenging top notch facility. Signature Hole:  2nd - More >


Las Vegas Country Club

Written by Bill Satterfield

What to Expect: When I think of golf in Las Vegas, I think of playing in the desert with island style tee boxes and fairways. My cleats generally take a pounding whenever I hit a wayward tee shot as I go walking through the rocky surrounds, but at Las Vegas Country Club, it feels like the furthest thing from desert golf. The parkland style golf club features pristine, posh conditions and grass rather than desert outside the fairways. Trees line the fairways (along with some houses) and a handful of water hazards come into play at this club located in between the airport and downtown Vegas. The club features a 44,000 square foot clubhouse and a small practice range that More >


TPC Las Vegas (Canyons)

Written by Bill Satterfield

What to Expect: No matter how large or small, golfing at a PGA Tour stop gives golfers a special feeling and a chance to see how they stack up to the big boys. At TPC Las Vegas (The Canyons) you are offered an opportunity to play a public access course that combines traditional holes with desert holes. The canyons come into play on a majority of the holes on the back nine and create some natural hazards that are both attractive and entertaining. Conditions are always excellent and the facilities are excellent for hosting events. Signature Hole: 2nd - 196 Yard Par 3 - The 2nd hole is your first introduction to desert/canyon golf and it hits you with a More >