So in the middle of this dreary winter, I have been day dreaming about being out on the golf course. I saw an ESPN(liars) ad for The Masters, and it has only made things worse. So, for all my fellow golfers who are experiencing the same withdrawals as me, lets sit back for a minute and take in my top four favorite golf courses. The season is right around the corner.
1. The Ocean Club, Paradise Island, The Bahamas
I have only played here once a couple years back, but its freakin' sweet, to say the least. Some have said it is overrated (untrustworthy), but I think it is the most picturesque course I have ever played by a mile. Its very playable so even for our average hacker its not going to give you complete fits. Fairways are pretty wide-open and the overall layout is not too difficult. Some of the greens are surrounded by water so you have to be accurate on you're approach shot. Aside from the enjoyable layout, the views are what really make this place special. I hope to get back here very soon.
2. Troon North Golf Club, Scottsdale, AZ
I have played Troon North pretty regularly and I can honestly say it is one of my favorite courses for a variety of different reasons. The fairways are wide open so you really have the freedom to just crush the ball off the tee and not worry about it going out of bounds. There are also a lot of elevated tee boxes and elevated greens so that can present an interesting challenge, as well as make for some great views. What I also like about this course is there is a healthy mix of "target golf" in there too. Target Golf is a term used for desert courses where off the tee there will be desert right in front of the tee box before the fairway actually starts.
3. Shadow Ridge Golf Club, Palm Dessert, CA
I have only played here a couple times, but I have played a good amount of golf in Palm Springs and this is probably my favorite course. It is attached to the JW Mariott, Dessert Springs and the course is pretty awesome. Wide open fairways, great layout and its not a desert style course and instead has much more green even though Palm Springs, CA is in the desert. There is some water on this course, but nothing you would encounter directly off the tee and its more something you see on your approach shot. This course has spectacular views, especially of the mountains and the fact that they are able to maintain the green in a desert climate is pretty incredible.
4. The Boulders Golf Club, Scottsdale, AZ
The Boulders is really an incredible course. The course is attached to the Boulders Resort(a five star hotel) and features two 18-hole courses. I have played both, but it is difficult to distinguish each course so I will just give a general rundown. It is a similar style to Troon North, lots of elevated greens and tee boxes and hitting up hill and down hill. There are some wide open fairways, but also some tight fairways with a lot of desert creeping in on the sides of the fairways. There is also quite a bit of target golf on this course. What really makes this course special is the fact that there is a huge rock formation (the Boulder). I have never seen anything like it, but the view is pretty sweet.
By Spencer Roush