Killer Course – Cuba

About 50 years ago Cuba’s Fidel Castro ordered golf courses closed, citing them as elitist. One other reason is because during a visit from Castro, president Dwight Eisenhower avoided meeting with him by going to play golf.

There are currently only two golf courses in Cuba, but there are now plans for further golf course development.

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The 18 hole Varadero Golf Club was built in 1927 by a French American millionaire. The course design is a mixture of several architectural styles including links golf, classic tree lined, and target golf. The target holes feature forced carries over natural land features. Salt water lakes come into play as natural water features.

From the longest tees Varadero plays to 6,229 meters or roughly 6,800 yards. Par for the course is 72.

Contact:
Varadero Golf Club
Varadero, Cuba
+53 45 668482
www.varaderogolfclub.com

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The nine hole Habana (Havana) Golf Club is the only golf course located in Havana, Cuba. The course opened in 1998. Habana Golf Club is conveniently located about a five minute drive from the Havana international airport and 10 minutes from downtown Havana.

This nine hole course plays to a par value of 35. Course design features tree lined fairways which feature “wavy” undulations as described by the course. Players wishing to play 18 full holes of golf take advantage of the two sets of tees that the course, playing one set for the front nine and the other for the back nine.

Contact:
Club de Golf de la Habana, Havana
Carretera de Vento Km 8, Capdevila, Havana 14200
+53 7 33 8820/+53 7 44 1836/+53 7 33 8918

Killer Course – Palmetto Hall Cupp Course

Hilton Head South Carolina is considered by many as the golf capital of the United States. I’m sure the folks in Monterey or Arizona or Bandon Dunes would argue the point.

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One of the less famous courses in Hilton Head was designed by Bob Cupp, Palmetto Hall’s “Cupp” course.

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Design

Cupp decided to throw out traditional course design and build a course which more geometric features and less smooth contours and shapes.

The Cupp Course at Palmetto Hall features some very interesting shaping of fairway, mounding, greens and bunkers. Whenever possible Cupp shaped bunkers and greens in squares, triangles and polynomials. He shaped mounding in the fairways in pyramid shapes and with squared lines.

In the photo above you can see a triangular sand trap and two photos above the triangular and pyramid shaped mounding.  Below some square bunkers surround a square green (right) while a triangle and polynomial bunker guard the green to the left.

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Stats

There are four sets of tees at the Cupp course, the longest just a little over 7,000 yards. The Gold tee is the longest set with a difficult rating of 75.2 with a slope of 149. Though it is not long by modern standards, it is a very tough course.

Contact

Palmetto Hall Plantation Club
108 Fort Howell Drive | Hilton Head Island, SC | 29926
(800) 2-FIND-18 | (843) 342-2582 | infoathh@heritagegolfgroup.com

http://www.palmettohallgolf.com/

Killer Course – Legend Golf & Safari Resort – Longest Par-3 In The World

19thEver wonder what the longest par-3 in the world is? In South Africa there’s a par-3 which drops some 1312 feet in elevation change as well as being about 395 yards in length! Check out this video of the “Extreme 19” at the Legend Golf & Safari Resort in the Entabeni Safari Conservatory, Limpopo Province, South Africa.

The tee box is perched atop of Hanglip Mountain and can only be accessed by helicopter. No aces have been scored but there have been a few birdies.

Now THAT is a killer course!

Notice that the green is shaped like Africa?

Killer Course – Meadows Farms, Locust Grove, VA

This featured killer course is one of the most interesting and unique golf courses in America. That uniqueness could come from one particular hole, but in the case of this course there are several.

Meadows Farms Overview

Meadows Farms is not just a golf course. The facility offers a garden center and landscape services. Go shopping for some plants for the garden, hire a landscaper to design and layout your yard, and play a few holes of golf.

The Nines

The golf offering from Meadows Farms comes in three nines, 27 holes. Each nine hole segment features one or more very unique holes.

The “Island Green” nine of course features an island green, their version of the 17th at TPC Sawgrass.

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The “Longest Hole” nine features the longest golf hole in the USA, a par-6 which measures at 841 yards.

The “Waterfall” nine features an elevated green with a waterfall on the edge, pictured below.

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The waterfall hole isn’t the most unique or shall we say, craziest hole on the Waterfall nine. The 8th hole of this nine is a 165 yard par-3, shaped like a baseball field. Yes you read that correctly.

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The hole is not only shaped like a baseball field, it has a dirt diamond and a home run wall.

Photo Credits

Baseball hole: WorldGolf.com
Waterfall hole & island green: VisitFred.com

Contact

Meadow Farms
4300 Flat Run Rd.
Locust Grove, VA
22506
540-854-9890
www.meadowsfarms.com

Killer Course – Golden Horseshoe Gold Course, Williamsburg, VA

GoldenHorseshoe-Gold-h16Colonial Williamsburg is a historical place, the heart of the American Revolution.  Set amongst the historic buildings and museums of the area is a gem of  a golf course, the Golden Horseshoe Gold Course.

Design

Colonial Williamsburg’s Gold Course opened in 1963, a design of the late and great golf course architect Robert Trent Jones, Sr.  As it is located in a historic and protected area, no homes or developments of any sort are on the course and no homes or buildings will ever line the course.

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The course style is a a tree-lined traditional design.  The course features extremely plush forest areas and deeply green fairways and putting surfaces.  Course routing is wonderful. Playing the course one feels like he/she is the only person out there.  There are no parallel fairways.

Stats

There are four sets of tees on the Gold course.  Maximum yardage of the course is 6,817 yards playing from, you guessed it, the Gold tees.  Course slope is 144 with a rating of 73.8.  In short, this is a very challenging course for even the best gofers in the world.

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Awards

The Gold Course has won so many awards we’d need to rent more web space to post them all.  The course is always listed in “Top 100″ lists, from Golf digest’s “100 Greatest Public Courses to Golf Magazine’s “Top 100 You Can Play.”

Amenities

Ample and comfortable lodging is located within walking distance of the golf course.  From the course, or the lodging, the historic town is also within walking distance.  In this area one can experience what it was like to live in Revolutionary era Williamsburg.

Other amenities include a spacious clubhouse with bar, pool, spa and numerous restaurants.

Contact

Website: http://www.colonialwilliamsburg.com
Phone: (757) 229-1000 or 1-800-447-8679

Killer Course – Red Hawk Ridge

26525_385995579449_7624959_nColorado is the home of many fantastic golf courses.  One special public course is Red Hawk Ridge, an affordable public offering with country club quality conditioning and amenities.  Red Hawk Ridge’s home town is Castle Rock, not far from Denver proper.

Design

Red Hawk Ridge is the creation of Colorado’s Jim Engh.  Engh has several completed projects in Colorado.

The course routes through some great, rolling mountainside terrain.  The vistas and views one finds at the course are awe inspiring.  Most of the golf holes feature some kind of elevation change.  Some of the holes feature dramatic elevation changes which challenge the player both in intimidation as well as distance calculation.

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The course carves its way through mountain scrub oak and native grasses, through the sloping terrain.

Stats

Red Hawk Ridge boasts five sets of tees so players of every ability level can find an appropriate challenge level for their game.

From the longest set of tees, the course plays to a yardage of 6,942 and a par of 72.  Slope from the tips is a challenging 130 with a rating of 71.8.

Amenities

A spacious clubhouse offers everything a golfer needs, from rental clubs to apparel to clubs.  Food and beverage facilities are excellent.  Outdoor seating by the Clubhouse Grill is very enjoyable, watching players finish the 9th and 18th holes.

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The practice range has 35 turf stations where players can hit to target greens with flags.  The practice green is a spacious 3,000 square feet.

Contact

2156 Red Hawk Ridge Drive
Castle Rock, CO  80108
Ph: 720-733-3500

http://www.crgov.com/index.aspx?NID=262

Killer Course – TPC Four Seasons, Irving, Texas

This is a great week on the PGA Tour, the week of the HP Byron Nelson Championship. The Byron Nelson has been a long time favorite of both players and fans in part because the course is so challenging for the players and a great viewing venue for the patrons.

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“TPC” stands for Tournament Players Championship. Typically TPC courses are designed for PGA Tour events and for stadium style grass seating for the fans (photo above).

TPC Four Seasons Overview

TPC Four Seasons is a par-70 track which plays very difficult during the Byron Nelson. When the winds kick up the course is very tough.

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Back in 2011 winds were high. The only tournament on the PGA Tour which had higher scores that year was the U.S. Open.

Design

The TPC Four Seasons was designed by Jay Morrish in 1983 and went through a large renovation and redesign in 2007-2008 by D.A. Weibring and Steve Wolford.

TPC Four Seasons winds through a very hilly area. Those hills produce some great elevation changes from tee to fairway to green. Players must calculate yardages precisely, accounting for rises or dips in altitude. Not only are the undulations of the fairways and greens a challenge, the course is lined with trees. 68 sand bunkers and eight water hazards round out the challenges to the players.

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Scorecard

  • Par: 72 (70 for PGA Tour)
  • Yards: 7,166
  • Rating: 76
  • Slope: 142
  • Tee sets: 4

Amenities

The Four Seasons resort is a large, multi-faceted resort which offers not only golf but luxury lodging, dining, tennis, extensive golf practice facilities and more.  The clubhouse is very large and capable of hosting major events.

Contact

4150 N MacArthur Blvd
Irving, Texas 75038
Dallas County
Phone: (972) 717-2525
Website: www.thesportsclubfourseasons.com

Future killer course features green inside giant bowl of noodles?

If you are looking for some good golf entertainment look no further.  There is a new fantasy golf course being built by the largest golf resort in China.

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The course is a fantasy course with some very crazy hole concepts:

Great Wall

400 yard par-4 with a replica of the Great Wall of China lining the left side.

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Bunkers shaped like pandas, surrounded by bamboo.

Mayan Ruins

Golf hole set amongst replicas of Mayan Ruins.

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(Pictured) this is no 17th island green at the TPC Sawgrass!  This par-3 features a green inside a giant, 80 meter wide bowl of noodles complete with chopsticks!

“China is not hung up on tradition and is open to what some may say is ‘wacky’ stuff.  We have been determined to ensure the course will be a challenge. We want elite players to feel as though they have to play a good shot. It is just that the surrounds will be visually unconventional.” ~course designer Brian Curley

The course will be open in 2014 at Mission Hills’ Haikou Resort on China’s southern island of Hainan.

Killer Course – Grand Cypress New Course

Orlando, Florida is the home of Disney, Golf Channel and considered by many as the golf capitol of the USA.  Orlando’s weather is almost always warm and suitable for playing golf year round.

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Overview

One of the best courses in the Orlando area is the “New Course” at Grand Cypress, which opened in 1988.  The New Course is a Jack Nicklaus signature design which is inspired by the links style rolling hills and terrain of the Old Course in St. Andrews, Scotland.  The course is located in a large meadow and employs course features similar to the Old Course in Scotland like deep bunkers, rock bridges and double greens.

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Holes #1 and #18 are replica holes of the 1st and 18th at the Old Course in St. Andrews, complete with the wide fairway, green shapes and the famous Swilken Burn (the creek short of #1 green and in front of #18 tee).

Though the course is designed to look like a links course it does not play like one.  The soft and moist Florida ground is not conducive to playing links style running golf shots  The soft ground calls for carrying the golf ball to the greens, rather than running or bouncing it up.

Stats

  • Par: 72
  • Length: 7,132 yards
  • Rating: 75.9
  • Slope: 142
  • Tee boxes: 4
  • Pot bunkers: 150

Amenities

Grand Cypress offers a vast array of amenities including complete practice facilities, one of the biggest golf academies in the USA, numerous food and beverage options, recreation activities, lodging and of course close access to all of the Orlando area entertainment like Disney, Sea World and Universal Studios.

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Contact

Grand Cypress
1 N Jacaranda St  Orlando, FL 32836
(407) 239-4700
www.grandcypress.com

Killer Course – Sand Hollow

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Championship Course – Hole 13

Golf in Las Vegas can run $300-$500 per round.  Most of the courses there are great, but really, that’s a bit steep don’t you think?  I find it hard to imagine paying that kind of money there, when I can drive about 1.5 hours northeast to Sand Hollow in southern Utah.  Sand Hollow is an amazing facility.  Lets take a look.

Location

Sand Hollow is a desert golf resort located in a small town called Hurricane in southern Utah.  WIth a name like that one can imagine that the area can be quite windy and that is very true.  Hurricane is about 10-15 minutes north of the famous golf area, the city of St. George.

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Championship Course – 10 Tee

Weather conditions in this area are very warm in the summer, often over 100 degrees.  Though it can get cold and snow occasionally in the winter, courses in this area are generally open all year.

Overview

Sand Hollow’s facility is top notch.  First there are two, soon to be three golf courses on site.

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Championship Course – Hole 12

Championship Course

The main course is the 18 hole Championship Course.  This course was designed by John Fought.  Fought did a fantastic job working with the red sand desert area that Sand Hollow occupies.  The par-72 track has two distinct nines and styles.  The course starts out relatively easy, with some wide fairways to find players’ drives.  The greens are very large, similar to those in Scotland.  Hitting greens in regulation isn’t super-tough.  Putting however, can be as the putts may be quite long.  In Scottish style, the front nine is very much a desert links course with dunes and a links flavor.   The back nine takes on a completely different flavor.  Holes wind through red rock canyons and plateaus, featuring massive elevation changes and highly dramatic red rock scenery.  Holes 12-15 comprise the signature holes, providing so many great shot opportunities, both with golf clubs and cameras.  The back nine is amazing.

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Links Course

The second course is the “Links” course.  The links course is a very fun nine hole track which obviously is built in the tradition of Scottish links courses.  The only difference is that the terrain is Mars-red and there’s no water nearby.  The links course is an easy walk and features large and welcoming fairways.  There’s even a shared green, just like in St. Andrews.

Stats

Championship Course

  • Par: 72
  • Yards: 7,300
  • Slope: 137
  • Rating: 73.7
  • Tee sets: 4

Links Course

  • Holes: 9
  • Par: 36
  • Yards: 3,600
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Links Course – shared green

Amenities

Sand Hollow just built a big shiny new clubhouse which is wrapped in windows.  Fantastic views of the amazing landscape all around.  Inside is the pro shop, cafe and large dining area which could also handle banquets.

The practice areas are great.  The range is giant and there are plenty of practice putting, chipping and sand areas.  Great place to work on the game.

Contact

Sand Hollow Resort
5662 W. Clubhouse Dr.
Hurricane, UT 84737.

Tel: (435) 656-4653

www.sandhollowresort.com