In early August 2018 I had the opportunity to play both Erin Hills and Whistling Straits. Before reading this analysis, understand that I am a 9 handicap that hits his driver about 230-240 yards. So, which one is better? Erin Hills or Whistling Straits?
Hole 1 – Fort Sumter
Hole 2 – Bull Run
Hole 3 – Port Royal
Hole 4 – Shiloh
Hole 5 – Seven Days’ Retreat
Hole 6 – Harper’s Ferry
Hole 7 – Antietam
Hole 8 – Fredicksburg
Hole 9 – Chancellorsville
Hole 10 – Vicksburg
Hole 11 – Gettysburg
Hole 12 – Chickamauga
Hole 13 – Missionary Ridge
Hole 14 – Wilderness
Hole 15 – Cold Harbour
Hole 16 – Hatcher’s Run
Hole 17 – Mobile Bay
Hole 18 – Appomattox
Grant – 143 – 74.2
Lee – 140 – 72.7
Stuart – 134 – 71.0
Sherman – 129 – 70.3
Sherman Ladies’ – 143 – 75.2
Jackson – 130 – 71.7
If you are want a very exclusive private golf club experience near Hilton Head or Charleston, South Carolina you may start your research on Chechessee Creek Club in Okatie, South Carolina. Chechessee Creek is about 30 minutes north of Hilton Head so it is a great way to play golf off the island. If you don’t want to deal with “tourism golf” I strongly suggest playing Chechessee Creek or Secession.
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.
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:
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.
This resource will provide the links to all the articles related to the Myrtle Beach January 2015 trip. I will try to do my best to keep all the blog posts PG but no promises. Here are the courses we will be playing:
Friday, January 16th, 2015 – Barefoot Dye Course
Saturday, January 17th, 2015 – The River Club
Sunday, January 18th, 2015 – The Reserve
Monday, January 19th, 2015 – The Surf Club
Tuesday, January 20th, 2015 – Barefoot Fazio Course
Wednesday, January 21st, 2015 – Caledonia
Thursday, January 22nd, 2015 – The Dunes Club