Friday, May 2, 2014

Top 5 Golf Courses in the United States

Top 5 Golf Courses in the United States
Zane West-Derby
5-2-2014  12:54 pm

1.  Augusta National
2.  Cypress Point Club
3.  Pine Valley Golf Course
4.  Oakmont Country Club
5.  Shinnecock Hills Golf Club

Augusta National over the years has changed a lot.  It has changed for the good though.  The course used to have no rough and little trees.  Now Augusta has long, thick rough and some of the holes have been reshaped to not make the course as easy as it was.  The changes have made the Masters Tournament more competitive.
Cypress Point Club is right on the beach in Pebble Beach, California.  Holes 15, 16, and 17 are all along the Pacific Ocean and could arguably be the best view that you could have on a golf course.  If you walk the course, you walk under a huge tree between the 15th green and the 16th tee box.
Pine Valley is arguably the mecca of golf courses.  Hole number 8, a 319-yard par 4, is breathtaking.  Gary Player famously told his caddy to give him a second so that he could “soak it all in.”  Bobby Jones says Hole number 13, a 448-yard par 4, is the greatest par 4 in the world.  A month after 9-11, the course opened their doors to the public for two days with a $1,000 grounds fee per player, per round.  They raised $500,000 to the Twin Towers fund!  That has to say something about how many people want to play this amazing course.
Oakmont Country Club is known for its lightning fast greens.  The USGA made the stimpmeter because of this course.  A stimpmeter measures how fast a ball rolls by applying a known force to a golf ball and measuring the distance traveled in feet.  A slow green would roll about 4.5 feet, a medium green would roll about 6.5 feet, and a fast green would roll about 8.5 feet.  Oakmont Country Club greens have been measured from 13 to 15 feet.  
` If you like a links style golf course, then you will love Shinnecock Hills Golf Club.  It is thought to be one of the first links golf courses in the United States.  William Flynn designed the course in Southampton, New York.  It was remodeled twice by C. B. McDonald.  When the Depression hit the U.S., William Flynn took control of the course and the course has not been messed with for over fifty years.
These courses that I have chosen are totally opinions.  If you would ask 10 people their top 5 courses, you would get 10 different answers.  Most definitely, though, these are some of the greatest courses, not only in the U.S. but also in the whole world.  That is why golf is so amazing!  If you play a lot of courses, you get to see the beautiful parts of the world.

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