One day, a client of mine asked me; “Matt, I see you were a golf professional at one time. How did that happen and what are your favorite golf courses?”
Well, I grew up playing golf. Started at the age of 6 and spent every summer of my childhood playing golf. I love to play. Eventually, I attended Ferris State University and received a degree is Professional Golf Management.
For 15 plus years I worked in the golf business. I’ve had the destinct pleasure to play some of the most amazing golf courses in our country. The list below are my favorites of those I’ve played. In no particular order.
Shore Acres Golf Course, Lake Forest, IL – A short course on the bluff overlooking Lake Michigan. Old, regal and no one around.
Shinnecock Hills Golf Club – Actually this is one of my top three. I’ve had the opportunity to play here 3 or 4 times. One of my funniest stories about golf and caddies occurred on this course.
Crystal Downs – Played this on a cold October Thursday, carried my own bag and there was no one else on the course. If there’s golf in heaven, Crystal Downs is the home course.
Pine Valley Golf Club – Played this on a hot summer day. Didn’t play that well out of the shoot, but enjoyed the day. Played with my college buddies; Gunnar and Colin.
Desert Mountain – Renegade – Played with my college room mate, Sean Ferris. Shot 74 on blue to gold. Might be one of my best played rounds in my life.
Medinah Country Club #3 – Shot 75 in the rain from the tips. I’ll take it.
The Country Club Of Fairfield – A gorgeous setting on the water. The course is good, in great condition and fun to play. It was a regular stop when hanging with Colin in CT.
Arcadia Bluffs – Run by my college buddy Bill Shriver. Another amazing Michigan golf course.
Somerset Hills – Another amazing NE golf course. Played in a horrific day of heat.
For the record, I spent two summers at Pinehurst as a kid going to golf school. However, the courses at that time were really run down. Nothing like it’s condition today. I’ve played most of the major courses at Pinehurst, but didn’t list because they’ve gone through so many renovations.
One of my favorite Pinehurst course is: Forest Creek This is/was owned by Barton Tuck, who owned the golf company I worked for in a number of locations. I’ve played about 10 times.