Montauk vs. Indian Island

There is nothing better than a public course with a great view.  Indian Island Country Club Golf Course, Riverhead, NY is one of my favorites.  Only 20 minutes from my sister’s house in Westhampton, NY.  Don’t let Country Club in the name fool you, this is a public course.  Suffolk County residents get a great rate with a Green Key Card, $26 resident and $44 non-resident.  The front 9 runs along Peconic River offering beautiful water views of boats and swans.  Indian Island is a great course to walk.  Forward tees are 5445, slope71.3, and rating 118.  The Outer Banks Restaurant has some of the very best bar food in the area, including a great hamburger.  On Tuesdays you get a free draft beer with purchase of a burger.  Yum!

Montauk Downs State Park Golf Course is certainly more famous as Long Island public courses go, but the price isn’t worth the drive.  $91 plus $20 for cart, I just don’t think it is worth the price.  The course is not exceptional, and certainly not worth the money.  It is a long course for woman 5797 yardage, slope 132 and rating 74.2.  The Regulation yardage is 6289, slope 130, rating 71.2.

I’ll stick with playing Indian Island.  I love the walk spoiled.

Sideways

I love Paul Giamatti, he was wonderful as John Adams, and has been in some really bad movies.  Sideways is one of my favorite movies, it is a guy ‘chick flick’, (Mom, this movie is not for you).  Two buddies on a bachelor weekend for wine tasting and golf.  Two of my favorite things. 

My birdie on a par 3.

My favorite scene in Sideways is on the golf course, and I have always wanted to play the course.  The River Course at Alisal is in Solvang, CA.  Solvang is a Danish replica a real tourist trap, lots of bakeries and Danish Tchotchkes.  My family drove to Solvang every October to pick pumpkins and eat split pea soup at Anderson’s.

I am thinking I may add playing courses featured in movies to my bucket list.

Nestled in the valley surrounded by vineyards and farms.

The River Course is beautiful, in great condition and long from the forward tees (5710).  The club house and restaurant are very nice, and the course was empty on the Tuesday afternoon I played.  I hope they have a loyal following and membership, because it certainly didn’t seem to be very busy.  I got a great deal on Group Golfer $45 for 18 with a cart.   

I hope I can play it again someday.

Mission Lakes Golf Course

Golfers visiting Palm Springs, CA should plan on playing Mission Lakes Country Club (MLCC).  The course is in amazing condition and the greens are FAST!  The course features a shot-gun start weekdays at 12:30 p.m. and the pace allows you to finish 18.  Look for a coupon in the local paper.

The green is 200 ft below.

I plan to play this course one more time before I leave, because it is in such great shape, pace of play and beautiful views.  Especially from holes 10-12 which are across the road and winds up into the foothills  to really fun par 3 where the tees are 200 feet above the green, and a spectacular view of the valley. Watch out for rattle snakes in the summer.  The other 15 holes are surrounded by the community but are open and straight forward.  The fairways are lush, and did I mention the greens are “FAST”.

Cathy, Carol and Sheila.

We had perfect playing conditions a cool breeze and sunshine.  I played with my new-found Canadian friends and we had a great round.

The 18-hole course is located in Desert Hot Springs, California nestled up against the foothills.  It is long for woman 5,473 yards and a par 72; 6,358 from the whites and 6,710 from tips for a par of 71. Opened in 1971 the course is designed by Ted Robinson, ASGCA. 

 

PGA Florida over rated and priced

Florida golf is super cheap in the summer and goes through the roof as soon as the snow birds return.  I played the Fazio Course at PGA National, in Palm Beach in August with a nice group from Meet Up, paid $45.  But, in October the group corporate rate was $175.  Yikes! 

fullsizeoutput_331The Fazio course was in good shape and pace of play was terrific, but it wasn’t worth $175.  I figure I could have played 3-5 rounds at other comparable courses for the price of that round at PGA.

The weather was hot and rained a bit in August, and in October it was overcast. 

The course is remarkably straight forward and not overly difficult. Water comes into play on a number of holes, and of course I found the water on several.  I was in the bunkers more than the water, thankfully. 

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Velveeta Cheese at PGA.

Finishing 18, we headed for the club house to be greeted by an over-priced menu, served with plastic cups and tableware.  Really, a resort can’t afford to use silverware and glasses.  But adding insult to injury ($$$), the Nachos are made with Velveeta Cheese – unbelievable!

The PGA Fazio Course at Palm Beach, FL get a triple bogey rating!