Bali Hai Golf Club

Written by Bill Satterfield

What to Expect: In the fantasy world of Las Vegas the goal of Bali Hai is to deliver a course theme that takes the golfer to the South Pacific. Like most Vegas experiences, an exceptional job is done to create this fantasy world but there is always something that reminds you that you are still in the Nevada desert oasis, and in Bali Hai's case it is the airport. Bali Hai is the most convenient course to the famous strip and is pinned on the other side by the airport which sees flight coming in every few minutes. So while there are moments that the golfer is really soaking up the beautiful surroundings and fantasy setting, he is snapped back More >

Cascata Golf Course

Written by Bill Satterfield

What to Expect: Described by course architect Rees Jones as "The Eighth Wonder of the golf world", Cascata has to be experienced to believe and appreciate. After getting through the gates protecting the entrance to the property, you are greeted by staff members at the front door to the 37,000 square foot Tuscan-style clubhouse. On your walk back towards the locker room you actually walk on a bridge that goes over a river that begins 418 feet up the mountainside as a waterfall and cascades down through the clubhouse, an experience you certainly won't find many places. Your golf cart awaits for you in the lower level of the clubhouse where you drive it out through large wooden double doors More >

Entrada at Snow Canyon Country Club

Written by Bill Satterfield

What to Expect:  This Johnny Miller design rocked the Utah golf world when it opened in the mid-90s and was instantly vaulted to the top of everyone’s “must play” list. Now that the course has gone private, the access to the course is much more limited but the conditioning and amenities are much better. The majority of the course winds through a development of residences and features water hazards on several of the holes, but the signature feature of the course is the black lava flow. Known as “The Devil’s Triangle” 15th hole starts a three hole loop that is carved through the lava flow and leaves a lasting impression on the golfer, as well as his ball, when encountered. More >

Sand Hollow Resort

Written by Bill Satterfield

What to Expect:  The newest addition to the red rock landscape of the St. George area is the John Fought (BYU alum) designed Sand Hollow course. The front nine is a solid offering with some decent sized elevation changes as the course travels through the surrounding sage brush and orange colored bunkers that compliment the impressive the rock outcroppings found throughout. But the large greens and layout of the front nine isn't what you'll tell your friends about; it's the mind-blowing back nine that will put Sand Hollow on the map. Holes 11-15 represent the finest five hole stretch in the state and one of the most dramatic stretches in the country. It includes a driveable par four, mind blowing More >

Wolf Creek Golf Club

Written by Bill Satterfield

What to Expect:  Wow, wow, wow. If you looked up the definition of "Wow Factor" in a golf dictionary you are sure to find several photos of the Wolf Creek Golf Club in Mesquite, Nevada. This spectacular course looks like a fantasy course designed for a video game with huge forced carries, stunning arroyos, brilliant white bunkers, attractive water features, and some of the best views Nevada offers. EA Sports recognized how impressive Wolf Creek would look in the virtual world and started featuring the course on the world's best selling golf video game of all-time; Tiger Woods PGA Tour Golf. The course features gas powered carts and plenty of speed bumbs on the cart paths to handle the extreme More >

Pebble Beach Golf Links

Written by Bill Satterfield

What to Expect:  Is there a more famous golf course in the world than Pebble Beach? An argument can be made for historic St. Andrews or even Augusta National with all of its TV time, but the public access Pebble Beach course with its coastal holes and unsurpassed beauty may be the most coveted course in the world to play. No other course offers more time on the coast than Pebble Beach and few courses offer as much tournament history; most recently the 2000 U.S. Open. The pace of play is rarely less than five hours due to the resort nature of this course where player's are trying to get every dime worth of their $495 green fee. In the More >

Kinloch Golf Club

Written by The Itinerant Golfer

Shinnecock Hills was the first private Top 100 course I played after receiving I an unexpected invitation from a member named Kevin. After having a great afternoon on the course we sat down on the clubhouse porch for a drink and Kevin asked me about the new course that Vinny Giles had been involved with down in Richmond. He was referring to Kinloch Golf Club and after a brief conversation about the club I off-handedly said “If you ever get to Richmond let me know and I can probably line a game up for us”. Kevin then informed me that he spent a lot of time in South Carolina and that he often drove through Richmond on his way back More >

Pasadera Country Club

Written by Bill Satterfield

What to Expect: Pasadera is a residential development golf course that was laid out on top of the diverse terrain that includes canyons, groves of oak trees, and plenty of elevation changes that many California courses are known for. Fantastic views are afforded of the surrounding mountains, particularly on the back nine when the golfer climbs to the highest point on the golf course. One of the unique features at Pasadera is the mega-long par four 15th hole that stretches out to 562 yards - the longest I've ever played. The hole plays way downhill and over a canyon so the actual length is much less than the card indicates, but nonetheless it is one stout hole and unique feature. At More >

Carmel Valley Ranch

Written by Bill Satterfield

What to Expect:  Carmel Valley is located nearly 10 miles inland from the storied group of courses at Pebble Beach, one of earth's hotbeds for golf. The rather short design has water coming into play on the flatter front nine and dramatic elevation changes on the inward nine. As you would expect from Pete Dye, the course enjoys some creative features but isn't as gimmicky as some of his designs are known for. The course isn't in the same league as the Pebble Beach Resort courses, but the nice turf conditions and impressive resort features offer an enjoyable alternative for the Monterey area. Signature Hole:  11th - 426 Yard Par 4   Individual Hole Analysis Best Par 3:  13th - More >

The Preserve Golf Club

Written by Bill Satterfield

What to Expect: The grand Santa Lucia Preserve consists of 20,000 acres of gorgeous property near the golf mecca of Carmel and Monterey. The Preserve found itself on national television in 2002 when Mark Calcavecchia and Fred Couples squared off on the recently opened course that houses far more wildlife than it does golfers. The vast property gave Tom Fazio's team (J. Michael Poellot and Sandy Tatum) oodles of latitude on how to layout the course and best take advantage of property. Just to arrive at this remote location requires a 15 minute drive up one of the windiest and skiniest roads you'll ever encounter but upon arriving at the property it is all worth it. The views and remoteness of More >