If you are a fan of golf you know all about Pinehurst. The first true golf village, where Payne Stewart won the US Open before passing away in a plane crash and the home to dozens of amazing golf courses. Every single year, millions of people book trips to Pinehurst with the intention of getting the best bang for their buck while eventually getting to play the crown jewel, Pinehurst #2.
This is a question I am going to answer time and again as I now know the importance of greens. Every time someone asks me if I want to play at a private country club my first question is always, “what type of greens do they have?” Today, I played the North Ridge Oaks course and can confirm they have bentgrass greens. I was told one of the courses, the Oaks or the Lakes, will go to Champion Bermuda next year but I cannot remember which course is converting.
If you ever travel to Houston, Texas to tee it up on the golf course you are likely going to play a course that has Champion Bermuda greens. Most southern courses are going to Champion Bermuda because it is more durable during the hot and humid summer months. There is a very strong root structure and you will not find ball marks on greens.
Augusta National has bentgrass greens and they are some of the best in the world. In fact, they are the best in the world.
The PGA Tour stop right before The Masters is the Shell Houston Open at the Golf Club of Houston. Some feel as if this a great way to prepare for Augusta but I totally disagree. I have played Houston, Texas bermudagrass greens and I can promise you they are nothing like the bentgrass we have have in North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia.
If you are ever in Kingwood, Texas and have the opportunity to play any of the courses, play the March Course. This is my favorite of all the courses and is much easier than the Island Course. Some feel as if the Lake Course is the easiest, but the Marsh play amazing today. Even after rain the previous day and in the morning the course played firm and fast.
If you get the chance to play Dataw Island you must play the Morgan River Course. The front nine eases you in with the first four or five holes being relatively easy. Hold on through the end though as the two par 3’s back to back are quite the challenge. Here are my favorite two holes on the course:
This hole is absolutely gorgeous. I think it is the 15th:
Does anyone know which hole is the waterfall hole? Here is an amazing picture of the course using HDR photography:
Feast your eyes upon this.
The view from the backyard makes it even better. If you ever play the Dataw Island Cotton Dike course take the time to enjoy the views, especially when on the Harbor River. It is the most beautiful course I have ever played.
The Dataw Island Cotton Dike course designed by Tom Fazio is unreal. Pictures do not do it justice. If you have the opportunity to play this course do it yesterday.
Check out some of the panoramic pictures I took during my round.
This is a picture of my dream home location to the right of the 17th green. The view from the backyard is simply unbelievable.
To get my January 2015 Myrtle Beach golf trip started we got up at 6:00 am to make certain we were at the Barefoot Dye course for our 11:00 am tee time. Driving down to Myrtle Beach I had no idea what to expect in terms of golf. I knew the courses were going to be great but just how great? Well, I got my clocked cleaned early and often by the Barefoot Dye course.