What To Play – May 2016

It’s dawned on me during the creation of the Top 100 list, as well as the Top Real Courses list, that difficulty is an important factor in the enjoyability of a course for a lot of players. Ever since the Golf Club debuted, we’ve had an inkling, if not an outright understanding, that difficulty plays a very large part in the ultimate course rating given to a course. In fact, I’ve received an occasional bit of criticism here and there for my ratings, which tend (by appearances at least) to favor more difficult courses.


What I have not revealed in any of my lists so far, though, is that I keep a general evaluation of course difficulty with each course that I have reviewed. Therefore, it’s time for me to introduce the What to Play list. Here I’ll reveal a number of courses at various difficulties to keep an eye on. Rather than strictly following the Top 100 list, I’ll try to mix things up a bit and keep a fresh rotation of courses each month. Keep in mind, despite my best efforts to be objective, evaluating difficulty remains a very personal and subjective appearance.


I have no idea how this is going to go, so feedback is much appreciated!


Easy Courses


Yuchi Valley by Wes Hartman


Oceanic Athletic ClubAdam BenjaminHighlands
TPC at Sawgrass (blacks)Brandon PughTropical
Tobacco DunesSteve PopeBoreal
Killarney Golf and Country ClubNick WeisgerberHighlands
Loch Lorne Golf Club, Perthshire, ScotlandChris BigginsBoreal
The Red October G&CCMick PitcherHarvest
Chudleigh Golf ClubLez MarwickBoreal
Cohutta Country ClubTodd DriverBoreal
New South FlowerOla EricssonHarvest
Yuchi Valley TST Pin AWes HartmanBoreal


Easy-Medium Courses


Spyglass Hill by Yeltzman


Idanha Ridge Golf ClubHenrik SundqvistRustic
The Course at Hiwassee HillsTodd DriverRustic
Harbor Island PlatinumJeremy BlaylockHighlands
Spyglass Hill 2015yeltzmanDelta
Pittsburgh Field Club (thurs)Pete KohelisRustic
Mai Phu Kyn Golf Club, Mekong Delta, VietnamDavid JensenDelta
The Capilano ClubAndre QuennevilleBoreal
Olde ScarpacciAntonio ScarpacciHighlands
Mistwood Golf CourseWilliam BradfordHighlands
Hocking Hills Country Club (Thursday)Tim JaquithCountryside


Hard Courses


The Tarantula Club by Keith Callahan


Royal Birkdale 2016 (Thursday Dry)YeltzmanHighlands
Dr. Yeti’s 9 Hole Haven at Crater LakeBryan CowlesAutumn
Riviera Country Club – ThursdayBryan BoomerRustic
TGC Players’ Club – Stadium CourseDario LoganCountryside
Whonnock Lake Golf Club (Black Diamond)Andre QuennevilleSwiss
The Tarantula Golf ClubKeith CallahanDesert
Chicago Golf ClubJELindholmCountryside
Elmview – Open Day 1Brian JeffordsCountryside
Blue Oak Country ClubBrett CarrCountryside
Potomac Country ClubBrandon PughBoreal


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