As anyone who really knows me will tell you, if you want to catch my interest, just start talking about golf. (All the computers in my lab are named for famous golf courses.) I learned the game from my father who was a club pro, greenskeeper, and an excellent player in his own right. In the 1970's he was head pro at Reading C.C. in Pennsylvania. I played in high school and in college on the Bucknell Bison golf team. In graduate school I was a member for 5 years at the Metacomet CC in East Providence, RI. Upon moving to Atlanta, I joined East Lake Golf Club and was a member for 17 years. My highlight there was winning the Bobby Jones Memorial (match play) Championship in 1996. Currently, I'm a member at Indian Hills CC in Marietta.

It's never an easy thing, but I decided to generate a list of my 50 favorite courses that I have played. I'm making this ranking with the premise that if someone was to ask me to play one round tomorrow, where would I want to go. Of course, this is influenced by timing and frequency -- Courses that I've played more recently but maybe not so frequently seem to be more highly ranked. For some of these courses, past personal circumstances (and how I played there) lead to my feelings as well. Anyhow, here goes.

  1. Chambers Bay - Tacoma, WA
  2. Tobacco Road - Sanford, NC
  3. Arcadia Bluffs (North) - Arcadia, MI
  4. The Old Course - St. Andrews, Scotland
  5. The Ocean Course - Kiawah Island, SC
  6. Hershey (West) - Hershey, PA
  7. Harbour Town - Hilton Head, SC
  8. Lancaster - Lancaster, PA
  9. Kingsbarns - St. Andrews, Scotland
  10. Kauai Lagoons (Kiele) - Lihue, HI
  11. Wannamoisett - Pawtucket, RI
  12. East Lake - Atlanta, GA
  13. Princeville (Prince) - Princeville, HI
  14. Mauna Kea - Waimea, HI
  15. Kapalua (Planatation) - Kapalua, HI
  16. Pinehurst #2 - Pinehurst, NC
  17. Newport - Newport, RI
  18. Pasatiempo - Santa Cruz, CA
  19. Black Mesa - Espanola, NM
  20. Saucon Valley (Grace) - Bethlehem, PA
  21. Rhode Island - Barrington, RI
  22. Caledonia - Pawley's Island, SC
  23. True Blue - Pawley's Island, SC
  24. Metacomet - East Providence, RI
  25. Royal Porthcawl - Porthcawl, Wales
  26. Dunes Golf & Beach Club - N. Myrtle Beach, SC
  27. Pumpkin Ridge (Ghost Creek) - Cornelius, OR
  28. Reynolds Plantation (Great Waters) - Greensboro, GA
  29. Kittansett - Marion, MA
  30. The Cliffs at Keowee Vineyards - Sunset, SC
  31. Gold Mountain (Olympic) - Bremerton, WA
  32. TPC at Snoqualmie - Snoqualmie, WA
  33. Forest Dunes - Roscommon, MI
  34. Atlanta CC - Marietta, GA
  35. Golden Horseshoe (Gold) - Williamsburg, VA
  36. Spyglass Hill - Pebble Beach, CA
  37. Mauna Lani (South) - Waimea, HI
  38. Pennard - Pennard, Wales
  39. Paa-Ko Ridge - Sandia Park, NM
  40. Tot Hill Farm - Asheboro, NC
  41. Charlotte CC - Charlotte, NC
  42. Tidewater - N. Myrtle Beach, SC
  43. Links at Lighthouse Sound - Ocean City, MD
  44. Dafuskie Island (Melrose) - Hilton Head Island, SC
  45. Bucknell GC - Lewisburg, PA
  46. Coatesville CC - Coatesville, PA
  47. Sahalee - Sammamish, WA
  48. Kingsmill (River) - Williamsburg, VA
  49. Pine Needles - Southern Pines, NC
  50. Mid Pines - Southern Pines, NC
Tee shot on the 3rd hole at Chambers Bay. Actually, this is a
photo-op re-swing moments after I made an ace there in August 2008.

And of course that has to be accompanied by the top 10 that I haven't yet played, but would love to play sometime. So if anyone wants to invite me...

  1. Augusta National - Augusta, GA
  2. Pebble Beach - Pebble Beach, CA
  3. The Old Course - St. Andrews, Scotland
  4. Pine Valley - Pine Valley, NJ
  5. Cypress Point - Pebble Beach, CA
  6. Shinnecock Hills - Southampton, NY
  7. Royal County Down - Newcastle, N. Ireland
  8. Ballybunion - Ballybunion, Ireland
  9. Whistling Straits - Haven, WS
  10. Bandon Dunes - Bandon, OR
My friend from the Bucknell golf team, Bill Francis, and I
on the Swilcan Bridge at the Old Course in St. Andrews in July 2013.