Top 100 Golf Quest E-Newsletter Vol. 18


Happy New Year!!!

I hope everyone had a fun end to 2012 and your 2013 is off to a great start as well. The holidays flew by this year and I didn’t get to spend my usual couple of weeks tinkering with my website as I usually do. Rest assured, there is yet another redesign on the way which I hope will make the site more informative and enjoyable for everyone.

2012 ended up being a great year for golf. Despite the fact that I visited only 10 new Top 100 courses (the least since I started my quest) I still managed to make a ton of golf trips. Between March and December I did 17 golf related trips and ended the year having played over 115 rounds. By my calculations 2012 was a pretty solid year!

The big news right now is that the Golf Digest 2013-2014 Top 100 list was released at the end of December. I’m always interested in these list changes (they put them out every other year) as it requires a bit of a recalibration on my part. To see the full updated list you can scroll through the sidebar on this page. As usual the courses profiled on this site are in blue.

This time around the list change brought 8 new arrivals to the Top 100. The good news is that I had already played three of them (Old Macdonald, Quaker Ridge and Grandfather Golf & C.C.). The bad news is that 6 of the courses I had already played dropped off the list (East Lake, Eugene C.C., Shoreacres, Galloway National, Sage Valley, and Forest Dunes). This was a net loss of 3 courses which set me back from 81 to 78. Considering that I had a net loss of 7 courses when the list changed back in 2011 I’m pretty pleased with the changes. I’ve already been busy planning a schedule for 2013 and I’ll continue to chip away at the 22 remaining courses I need to visit to reach my goal.

I managed to stay pretty true to my plan I made back in April of 2012 to post every Monday and every Wednesday so there are a number of new posts on the site since my last update in early October. Below are some links to a few selected posts. The Bandon Dunes Travel Planner was fun to research and put together and I’m planning to do more of these type of travel planner posts in the future.

As always, thank you to everyone who helped make 2012 a banner year and heres to hoping that we all have a great 2013!!!

Steve

Top 100 Courses
Plainfield Country Club / Plainfield, NJ

Other Courses
Sage Valley Golf Club / Graniteville, SC
Rolling Green Golf Club / Springfield, PA
Princess Anne Country Club / Virginia Beach, VA
Robert Trent Jones Golf Club / Gainsville, VA
The Greenbrier Sporting Club (Snead Course) / White Sulphur Springs, WV

Features
The Ultimate Bandon Dunes Golf Resort Travel Planner

Journal
Some of My Favorite One Shot Holes

Books
The Match: the Day The Game of Golf Changed Forever
The Immortal Bobby: Bobby Jones and the Golden Age of Golf
Golf Heaven: Insiders Remember Their First Trip to Augusta National Golf Club
This Golfing Life

  • Welcome back. Now you have to go back to Balusrol and play the Upper Course. http://shutfacegolf.com/2013/01/06/lets-talk-courses/

    • The Itinerant Golfer

      Balty Upper has been on my radar for a number of years but I haven’t had a chance to make it back there. Glad its going to finally become a priority!!!

  • Ryan

    Any particular reason you chose Golf Digest’s list over Golf Magazine?

    Looking forward to your 2013 travels

    • The Itinerant Golfer

      Yes Ryan there is a funny story as to why I chose Golf Digest over Golf Magazine. At the time I started this quest (2007) Kinloch Golf Club was on the Golf Digest list and not on the Golf Magazine list. Since Kinloch was literally the ONLY club on either list where I knew a member I selected Golf Digest over Golf Magazine.

      • Ryan

        That is funny! It gives me hope to accomplish th Top 100 since my connections are similarly meager right now.

        I tend to agree more with Golf’s rankings than Digest’s.

  • Steve

    Happy New Year! Just read all the updates – enjoyed it! I still have the silver trophy jewelry box (Bessie Anthony/Robert Lincoln.) Didn’t send it to the auction you recommended but did speak with them about maybe in the future.

  • Jim Goodson

    No. 75 and new on the Golf Digest list is Whispering
    Pines in Trinity, Texas.

    This course used to be a shabby, blue-collar, barely open kind of place until Houston money recognized its potential and made into a great course.

    Same thing happened in nearby Frankston, Texas where Coore and Crenshaw transformed a goat track into Golf Digest’s Best New Resort Course of 2003 or so.

    I used to play these courses for $10. Now they are world-class.

    If you come to Horseshoe Bay or Barton Springs let me know!