Top 100 Golf Quest E-Newsletter Vol. 14

Happy New Year!

I hope 2011 ended with a fun and safe holiday season for everyone. 2011 was a great year for the the Top 100 Golf Odyssey with visits to 15 new courses from the list as well as quite a few non-list courses and a couple of revisits to some favorites. The current tally is 71 courses played and 29 remaining. Hard to believe I’ve made it this far. Of course, Golf Digest will release a new list next year, so I’m expecting to fall backwards a little bit, but I’ll worry about that next year.

The big news here is that I’ve redesigned the website. I wanted to display the photos at a larger size as well as add some other features. It took a lot of time to move everything over to the new site, but now that its all done, I’m pleased with the end result. You may need to update your bookmarks and RSS feeds if you are using Google Reader or something similar to be notified of updates.

I’ve set the site up so that it is optimized for modern 16:9 aspect ratio monitors as well as tablets and other mobile devices. Over the last couple of weeks I’ve looked at the site on as many different computers/devices and using as many different browsers as possible, but there may still be some bugs. Please feel free to shoot me an email if something doesn’t look right on your computer/device or the site has trouble loading for you. I’m sure there are still some minor tweaks to be done.

Also new is that I’ve created a page on Twitter. If you are on Twitter and want to follow me please click here and then click the “Follow” button. I’ll be posting new course updates on Twitter as well as some other golf oriented content. I also will continue to maintain the Facebook page for the Itinerant Golfer so if you haven’t already liked that page you can do that by clicking here.

You may notice a number of other new features here as well. Every post has social media links for Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and a variety of other social media outlets that allows sharing with a simple mouse click. Feel free to “Like” or “Tweet” your favorite courses.

The biggest new addition is the gallery feature for all photos. By clicking on a photo in a golf course post you will not only open an enlarged photo, but it will be in a gallery tool that will allow you to scroll through all the photos for that golf course without having to read my often overly verbose comments.

Below are the posts that have been added to the site since my last newsletter.

Myopia Hunt Club / South Hamilton, MA (1896)
Boston Golf Club / Hingham, MA (2005)
Old Sandwich Golf Club / Plymouth, MA (2004)
Fishers Island Club / Fishers Island, NY (1926)
Pinehurst #2 / Pinehurst, NC (1935)
Shadow Creek / North Las Vegas, NV (1990)

Wishing everyone a great 2012 and I hope to see you in my travels this year. As always thank you all for your support and assistance and please let me know if you are coming to Richmond in 2012.

Steve

  • Steve… graet job with your blog it is one that I will follow. I have just re-published my blog http://www.bizgolfguru.com and would look forward to some collaboration. Keep up the good work.

    Dave

  • Sandy

    Steve:

    Just discovered the site and love it. What a terrific view into the country’s most significant golf courses and clubs.

    One question for you. Have you considered developing your own ranking for the courses you played? It would be interesting to see which criteria you consider most important and how your list might differ from Golf Digest’s. Also would be cool to see how you slot new courses you play into your expanding list. Of course, this might be an exercise in splitting hairs because the sense I get is that you are rarely disappointed after playing each of these wonderful tracks.

    Another benefit to doing this is that it would lead to increased discussion on your website.

    Thanks again for sharing your odyssey with us. I will enjoy the journey with you.

  • The Itinerant Golfer

    Thanks for the nice comment Sandy. I’m glad you found my site. What took you so long!!! haha.

    I have thought about ranking the courses I have played, but have decided it’s not something that I’m comfortable with. Despite the fact that my website is based on a ranking list, I’m not entirely on board with the idea of ranking courses. Tom Watson once said “golf courses should be enjoyed rather than rated” and I tend to agree with him. At some point in my journey I will certainly publish a list of favorites on this website, but I’m really more interested in playing golf at my local muni than quibbling over which great course is better than another great course.

    I’m glad you found my site and I hope you enjoy it. 2012 is shaping up to be a pretty good year so I hope to have lots more to add this year!

  • Sandy

    Fair enough. As I think about, I agree that rankings are probably not the best idea for you while going through the journey. But I would look forward to the day when you present your “unranked” favorites. As you amass so much experience and data, there is so much interesting analysis you can do. Favorites by State. Favorites within a designer’s portfolio. Most difficult. Most enjoyable. Favorite club houses. Favorite locker rooms. Best food. Best drink. Best caddies. So many cool ways to slice the data. You are becoming a repository for valuable and significant information.

    I am very interested to read your review on Camargo.

    Any plans to play Erin Hills in Wisconsin in 2012? Was awarded the U.S. Open in 2017 and I assume will begin cracking those amorphous Top 100 lists soon.

  • The Itinerant Golfer

    Yes, the possibilities are endless for “Best of” lists. I keep notes on several superlatives categories that I’ll post at the end of the journey. I don’t think I’ll be making it to Erin Hills this year. I will one of these days as I have family in Wisconsin and visit there with some regularity. I think Golf Digest intentionally keeps Erin Hills off their Top 100 list because of the involvement their Rankings Editor Ron Whitten had in designing the course.