Augusta National Number 1

Golf Digest has ranked Augusta National the number one course in it’s biennial ranking of “America’s 100 Greatest Golf Course.”  It beat out Pine Valley Golf Club by a fraction of a point.

This year’s list actually has 101 courses on it.  Harbour Town and Ocean Forest Resorts in South Carolina are tied for 100th place on the list.

Inside The Bay Hill Club

The Bay Hill Club is no stranger to the PGA Tour.  The club has hosted 27 PGA Tour events and the 1991 US Junior Amateur Championship.  The course is ranked in the top 100 courses in America and is always a favorite to the players.

Located on 270 acres in Orlando, Florida, Bay Hill underwent a big renovation in 2009 that repositioned every sand trap.  The greens were regressed with Bermudagrass and the corners were squared off creating over 40 new pin positions.  Tee boxes were stretched making the course 7,381 yards with a par of 72.  Holes four and 16 are now par fives.

Happy 15th Anniversary Stonehouse!

If you speak with the folks of Traditional Golf Properties, they’ll tell you that it’s hard to believe that they are already celebrating their 15th Anniversary at Stonehouse.  A unique Mike Stranz design which opened just outside Williamsburg, VA in 1996, the Golf Club at Stonehouse features nearly 7,000 yards of intimidating aesthetics set amongst steep forested hills and abrupt ravines.  It’s very easy to lose your mental edge here, but try to keep in mind that your fears are only visual!

Try not to be entirely demoralized by its scorecard, although the Rating (75.0) and Slope (140) require you to preemptively prepare to bring your “A” game to the course.  Stonehouse necessitates long carries off the tee and in many cases from the fairway, and the abundant amount of deep bunkers force each approach shot to be extremely strategic.  Of course, all these elements that make Stonehouse a bear of a course are also balanced by safe, broad fairways and mammoth putting surfaces.

In its decade and a half of existence, Stonehouse has received a wide variety of accolades from the top Golf Media around the world — 4 ½ Stars (Golf Digest); #14 of the “Top 100 Courses You Can Play” (Golf Magazine); #31 of “Top 100 Best Modern Course” (Golf & Travel).  For the golf enthusiast, Stonehouse truly is a must-play course, and The Local Golfer is providing the opportunity to play FOR FREE!

The Local Golfer is still offering the “Traditional Golf Stay-and-Play Sweepstakes”, an incredible opportunity to win a FREE two-person golf getaway in Williamsburg, VA.  This package includes a two night Hotel stay and three rounds at the Traditional Club of your choosing.  All you have to do to enter the sweepstakes is visit The Local Golfer (FREE TO JOIN!) and post a new course review or a comment on the TLG Blog, Forum or Twitter account.  We will select at random a Stay-and-Play winner on March 31st.  It’s that easy!

Learn more about Traditional Golf Properties or the incredible golf packages they offer, and stay tuned to The Local Golfer for more Course Spotlights on many of the great public courses throughout the country!