Saratoga National Golf Club

October 14, 2016

Saratoga, New York is probably best-known for two things: the Battle of Saratoga and The Saratoga Race Course in nearby Saratoga Springs. The Battle of Saratoga is often cited as the turning point for the United States during the American Revolutionary War. The Saratoga Race Course, which opened in 1863, is the 3rd oldest racetrack in the U.S. The late-summer paradise for horse-racing enthusiasts is also considered to be the oldest…

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Kapalua Golf: The Bay Course

September 18, 2016

More than 15 years before The Plantation Course was ever a glint in anyone’s eye, Arnold Palmer and Francis Duane designed and built The Bay Course at Kapalua. The year was 1975. By 1983, the course was already hosting the first-ever live primetime televised golf event, the Kapalua International, and has since hosted more than 20 major professional tournaments. That’s the most of any neighboring island course in the state…

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Kapalua Golf: The Plantation Course

September 10, 2016

If you’re a fan of iconic golf courses, one of the courses that has to be on your bucket list of courses to play is The Plantation Course at Kapalua on the Hawaiian island of Maui. There are two courses at the Kapalua (pronounced COP-uh-lou-ah) Resort: The Plantation Course and The Bay Course, but The Plantation Course is the much more famous of the two because for the last 17…

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Sewailo Golf Club

August 18, 2016

Sewailo Golf Club opened in December of 2013, the 3rd Signature Design Course by Notah Begay III with the help of Ty Butler and Landscapes Unlimited. Since completing Sewailo, Begay’s company, NB3 Consulting, has added three more courses to its portfolio: Twin Warriors Golf Course in Bernalillo, New Mexico, Indian Canyons Golf Course in Palm Springs, California, and Turning Stone Resort & Casino in Verona, New York. Sewailo, meaning “flower world,” is…

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Papago Golf Course

June 24, 2016

William Francis “Billy” Bell was a very busy man back in the late 1950s and early 60s. After having a hand in designing what would become America’s two most popular public golf facilities, San Diego’s Torrey Pines in 1957 and Tucson’s Randolph Golf Complex in 1961, Bell ventured up to Phoenix and started working on Papago Golf Course. If you’ve read any of my course reviews over the past several months, you know I’ve…

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Coal Creek Golf Course

June 4, 2016

Coal Creek Golf Course in Louisville, Colorado bills itself as “Colorado’s newest 25-year-old golf course.” There’s a good reason why. The course was originally designed and built by Richard M. Phelps (who also designed Alta Mesa Country Club in Mesa, Arizona) back in 1990, but in September of 2013, massive flooding ravaged several cities located along the state’s Front Range. According to Wikipedia, The Front Range is a “colloquial term…

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La Paloma Country Club

May 19, 2016

La Paloma Country Club is a 27-hole private facility, open only to members and Westin Hotel guests, that meanders along ridges and through desert canyons at the base of the Catalina Mountains in northwest Tucson. Eighteen of the 27 holes (Ridge and Canyon) opened in 1984 in what was then the middle of Tucson’s high-end course boom. Known simply as La Paloma, it was one of Jack Nicklaus’ earliest designs…

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Wickenburg Ranch Golf & Social Club

May 2, 2016

Shea Homes and BlueStar Resort & Golf are at it again, this time with Wickenburg Ranch Golf & Social Club. BlueStar is the specialty division within (or subsidiary of) Shea Homes. BlueStar “provides services to a portfolio of golf experiences… from Orlando to Oahu.” In Arizona alone, BlueStar manages Trilogy Golf Club at Vistancia in Peoria, Verde River Golf & Social Club in Rio Verde, Encanterra Country Club in San Tan…

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Grand Canyon University Golf Course

April 27, 2016

The Grand Canyon University Golf Course, which is home to the Antelopes men’s and women’s golf teams, already has a rich and storied history under a different name: Maryvale Municipal Golf Course. Maryvale Municipal was designed and built in 1961 by William F. “Billy” Bell, who most famously designed both courses at Torrey Pines in San Diego. Bell’s fingerprints can be found on courses throughout the West and Southwest. Bell did the…

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The Golf Club at Johnson Ranch

April 16, 2016

The Golf Club at Johnson Ranch in San Tan Valley was designed by Kenny Watkins and built in 1997. Watkins is a little-known golf course architect who also designed Golf Club at Oasis in Florence (AZ) in 1999. As you might imagine, San Tan Valley is about the last place I ever expected to be teeing up my golf ball, but there’s a backstory here. My Financial Management instructor at the Golf Academy, Michael…

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