“Dream Golf Courses”
They help you to love the game of Golf that much more. One that I not only dreamed about but, it became a reality was The Bay Course at Kapulua in Maui, Hawaii. it is a beautiful dream course and with ideal weather conditions all year around. Approximately 82 to 85 degrees, What a Way to rough it! This is Hole No. 6
The Kapulua Resort has two golf courses: The Bay Course and The Plantation Course. The Bay Course meanders around historic buildings and tropical gardens to the coastline. It was the host course to the Kapalua LPGA Classic, a full-field tournament on the LPGA Tour in 2008. Make your dream course come true!
The Plantation Course is a traditional links style course with panoramic mountain and ocean views. It is home to the season-opening event on the PGA Tour, the winners-only Hyundai Tournament of Champions, each January. Formerly sponsored by Mercedes-Benz, in 2010 it was sponsored by the Seoul Broadcasting System, and starting in 2011 sponsored by Hyundai Motor Company.
The Plantation Course is unique among PGA Tour courses in several ways. It is the only course on the tour that plays to par 73; all others play to pars between 70 and 72. It is also the only course with seven holes of more than 500 yards, but at the same time is one of only two courses (Pebble Beach being the other) with six par-4s of less than 400 yards.
The elevation changes on the course are starkly illustrated by looking at the 17th, 18th, and 1st holes as a set. The 17th starts atop a mountain, and the course slopes downward through the 18th, with the 1st completing the descent. These three holes play to a combined 1,691 yards for the tour professionals, with only the 18th (at 663 yards) being par-5.
This Dream Course can become a nightmare if you aren’t careful.
The Plantation Course and The Bay Course are owned by TY Management. On April 1, 2011, Troon Golf was selected to oversee the golf operations at both courses.
What is it that makes a course a Dream Course?
When you stop and think about it golf courses don’t just come out of no where. They take a lot of pain and suffering, planning, money, hard work, planting and grooming for years.
I worked at a golf club for a few years and came to appreciate the management and the owners as well as the groundskeepers and landscaping crew. Also, where would golf courses be without architects?
Here are a few more classics!
Pebble Beach Hole No. 7 is another one of these show pieces. Pebble Beach has eight public and private 18-hole golf courses. Pebble Beach Golf Links, The Links at Spanish Bay, Spyglass Hill and Peter Hay Golf Course are owned by Pebble Beach Company and are all public courses.
Poppy Hills is also a public course. Private courses located at Pebble Beach are Cypress Point Club and the private Monterey Peninsula Country Club’s two courses, the Dunes Course and the Shore Course. Pebble Beach Company also owns Del Monte Golf Course a few miles away in Monterey, which is the oldest continuously operating course in the Western United States.
Several of these courses are widely celebrated, especially Pebble Beach Golf Links. Designed by Jack Neville and Douglas Grant, it is the most famous course in the Western United States, and the only course which has ever beaten Pine Valley Golf Club to top spot in Golf Digest’s biennial list of America’s 100 greatest courses.
Pebble Beach Golf Links was the site of the US Open in 1972, 1982, 1992, 2000, and 2010. The course is set to host the tournament again in 2019.
The AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am (formerly known as the Crosby Clambake) is held on three of the courses here annually in February.
The tournament began in 1937 at Rancho Santa Fe near San Diego, where it was last played in 1942. After World War II, it moved to Pebble Beach in 1947, and has continued annually since.
Pebble Beach Golf Links is a golf course on the west coast of the United States, located in Pebble Beach, California. Widely regarded as one of the most beautiful courses in the world, it hugs the rugged coastline and has wide open views of Carmel Bay, opening to the Pacific Ocean on the south side of the Monterey Peninsula.
In 2001 it became the first public course (i.e., open to the general public for play) to be selected as the No.1 Golf Course in America by Golf Digest. Greens fees are among the highest in the world, at $495 (plus $35 cart fee for non-resort guests) per round in 2008.
Four of the courses in the coastal community of Pebble Beach, including Pebble Beach Golf Links, belong to the Pebble Beach Company, which also operates three hotels and a spa at the resort.
The other courses are The Links at Spanish Bay, Spyglass Hill Golf Course, and Del Monte Golf Course.
The PGA Tour and Champions Tour play annual events at Pebble Beach, AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am and the First Tee Open. It has hosted six men’s major championships: five U.S. Opens and a PGA Championship. The course is included in many golf video games, such as the Links series and the Tiger Woods PGA Tour series.
Where would we be without dreaming about the “Old Course at St. Andrews in Scotland.”
The Old Course at St Andrews is considered by many to be the “home of golf” because the sport was first played on the Links at St Andrews in the early 15th century. Golf was becoming increasingly popular in Scotland until in 1457, when James II of Scotland banned golf because he felt that young men were playing too much golf instead of practicing their archery.
The ban was upheld by the following kings of Scotland until 1502, when King James IV became a golfer himself and removed the ban.
The Old Course was pivotal to the development of how the game is played today. For instance, in 1764, the course had 22 holes. The members would play the same hole going out and in with the exception of the 11th and 22nd holes.
The members decided that the first four and last four holes on the course were too short and should be combined into four total holes (two in and two out). St Andrews then had 18 holes and that was how the standard of 18 holes was created.
Around 1863, Old Tom Morris had the 1st green separated from the 17th green, producing the current 18-hole layout with seven double greens. The Old Course is home of The Open Championship, the oldest of golf’s major championships.
The Old Course has hosted this major 29 times since 1873, most recently in 2015. The 29 Open Championships that the Old Course has hosted is more than any other course, and The Open is currently played there every five years.
Old Course and Bobby Jones
Bobby Jones (who later founded Augusta National) first played St Andrews in the 1921 Open Championship. During the third round, he infamously hit his ball into a bunker on the 11th hole. After he took four swings at the ball and still could not get out, he walked off the course.
Six years later, when the Open Championship returned to St Andrews, Jones also returned. Not only did he win, he also became the first amateur to win back-to-back Open Championships. He won wire-to-wire, shooting a 285 (7-under-par), which was the lowest score at either a U.S. Open or Open Championship at the time. He ended up winning the tournament by a decisive six strokes.
In 1930, Jones returned to St Andrews for the British Amateur. He won, beating Roger Wethered by a score of 7 and 6 in the final match. He subsequently won the other three majors, making him the only man in the history of the sport to win the Grand Slam.
Jones went on to fall in love with the Old Course for the rest of his life. Years later, he said “If I had to select one course upon which to play the match of my life, I should have selected the Old Course.”
In 1958 the town of St Andrews gave Jones the key to the city; he was only the second American to receive the honour (after Benjamin Franklin in 1759). After he received the key, he said, “I could take out of my life everything but my experiences here in St. Andrews and I would still have had a rich and full life.”
After retiring from competitive golf in 1930, Jones founded and helped design the Augusta National Golf Club soon afterwards in 1933. He also co-founded the Masters Tournament, which has been annually staged by the club since 1934 (except for 1943–45, when it was canceled due to World War II).
The Masters evolved into one of golf’s four major championships. Jones came out of retirement in 1934 to play in the Masters on an exhibition basis through 1948. Jones played his last round of golf at East Lake Golf Club, his home course in Atlanta, on August 18, 1948. A picture commemorating the event now sits in the clubhouse at East Lake. Citing health reasons, he quit golf permanently thereafter.
Maybe you have had the wonderful privilege of not only dreaming about these masterpiece golf courses but, in addition being able to play on some them. There are Dream Courses all over the world. I would love to know what “Dream Golf Courses” you played because it would interest me and as well as our visitors.