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    pistolpete
    etakmitI've played two of them in NY.

    Turning Stone Shenendoah (I hope to hit the other two there this summer) and Ravenwood.  Ravenwood is about 20 minutes from me and TS is about an hour away.

    Someday I'll hit Bethpage.  Probably Red.  Getting on to Black is most likely going to be more hassle than I care for!

    Actually, Bethpage Black isn't that much a hassle. As a resident of the state of NY, you may establish for freee an ID with the computerized reservation system at Bethpage. For the Black course, you dial in at, i believe, 7 PM one week before your anticipated day of play. Speed dialer is a great help here as the lines are typically jammed with a zillion callers. However, once you are into the system, you follow the promts and the system spits out a time foryour play. System will accept singles, 2, 3, or 4 players.You can use the same computerized reservation sysytem for the other courses and you call in at 7:30 PM as I recall. You are limited to one reservation a month on the Black with youtr system ID. All other courses are unlimited.

    The other way to play Black (and I used this strategy a lot when I lived in Brooklyn) is to show up as a single at the course the day you want to play. Get in liine for payment of greens fees and check the reservation boards, a computerized system showing all of the tee times that day. Especially in the shoulder seasons, you will typically find a threesome or twosome at a reasonable time. Add yourself to that group and off you go! I would arrive at 8 AM and typically be on the Black by 10 AM...

    And finally, there is the famed overnight wait. Line your vehicle up in one of the consecutively numbered spots. As a designatrd hour (typically sunrise), a course employee will hand out tickets to the # of golfers in your vehicle (foursome limit). You then go the window pay your fee and wait for your time to come up. Beofre the computerized reservation system, thiis was how you secured a tee time. And back then, you chose your course from tee time sheets and signed up. Those were the days...Thankfully, they are behind me!

    Good luck and if you ever need someone for your foursome...I've played the Black at few zillion times...I'll show you the putts..

     All of them are straight! They are some of the flattest greens I have seen! Aside from 15, 16, and 17.  You can really make up shots out there.  What makes the course hard is tee shots and deception on approach shots.

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    CT = 3

    FL = 1

    GA = 5, 11

    NY = 1

    RI = 1, 5

    For someone living in RI... I need to finish off that list and knock out more of the Cape Cod courses!

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    Having watched y'all put in where you have played on the list, I am compelled to add my list. (it amazed me how many I played)

    Alabama

    3. The Shoals (Fighting Joe), Muscle Shoals (m)

    4. Ross Bridge, Hoover (m)

    5. Grand National (Links), Opelika (m)

    6. Grand National (Lake), Opelika (m)

    7. Limestone Springs, Oneonta (m)

    8. Oxmoor Valley (Ridge), Birmingham (m)

    9. Timberline, Calera (m)

    10. Capitol Hill (Judge), Prattville (m)*

    Arizona:

    Laughlin Ranch, Bullhead City (m)

    Arkansas:

    Hot Springs CC - Arlington

    Hot Springs CC - Park

    California:

    Pebble Beach GL

    Spyglass Hill

    PGA West

    Torrey Pines

    Bayonet GC

    Spanish Bay

    18. Indian Wells Golf Resort (Players), Indian Wells (m)

    22. Shadow Ridge

    23. Harding Park

    25. Journey at Pechanga

    Mississippi:

    3. Grand Bear, Saucier (m)

    4. Dancing Rabbit (Azaleas), Philadelphia (m)

    5. Dancing Rabbit (Oaks), Philadelphia (m)

    Nevada:

    1. Shadow Creek GC, North Las Vegas (No. 10, m)

    2. Cascata, Boulder City (m)

    3. Wolf Creek, Mesquite (m)

    9. Paiute (Wolf), Las Vegas (m)

    10. Bear’s Best, Las Vegas (m)

    11. Rio Secco, Henderson (m)

    12. Boulder Creek, Boulder City (m)

    14. Royal Links

    15. TPC Las Vegas

    New Mexico:

    Paa-Ko Ridge

    8. University of New Mexico (South), Albuquerque (m)

    9. Inn of the Mountain Gods, Mescalero (m)

    New York:

    1. Bethpage State Park (Black), Farmingdale (No. 20, c)

    12. Bethpage State Park (Red), Farmingdale (c)

    North Carolina:

    1. Pinehurst No. 2, Pinehurst (No. 13, c)

    9. Pinehurst No. 8, Pinehurst (m)

    10. Pinehurst No. 4, Pinehurst (m)

    Rhode Island:

    2. Triggs Memorial GC, Providence (c)

    South Carolina:

    12. Aiken GC, Aiken (c)

    Texas:

    1. Pine Dunes Resort, GC, Frankston (m)

    2. The Rawls Course at Texas Tech, Lubbock (m)

    3. Butterfield Trail, El Paso (m)

    4. Barton Creek (Fazio Canyons), Austin (m)

    5. Black Jack’s Crossing, Lajitas (m)

    6. Old American GC, The Colony (m)

    7. Crown Colony, Lufkin (m)

    8. Palmilla Beach Golf Club, Port Aransas (m)

    9. Brackenridge Park, San Antonio (c)

    10. TPC San Antonio (ATT Oaks), San Antonio (m)

    11. Barton Creek (Fazio Foothills), Austin (m)

    12. La Cantera Resort (Palmer), San Antonio (m)

    13. Stevens Park, Dallas (m)

    14. Wolfdancer, Lost Pines (m) (Thank You Titleist!)

    15. Texas Star, Euless (m)

    16. Cowboys, Grapevine (m)

    17. Delaware Springs GC, Burney (m)*

    18. TPC San Antonio (ATT Canyons), San Antonio (m)

    19. TPC Four Seasons Las Colinas, Irving (m)

    20. The Tribute GC, The Colony (m)

    Utah:

    9. Entrada at Snow Canyon, St. George (m)

    Virginia:

    1. Homestead Resort (Cascades), Hot Springs (No. 70, c)

    5. Pete Dye River Course of Virginia Tech, Blacksburg (m)

    66, I think

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    ding ding ding we have a winner.

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    Freddy - What have you been doing in your spare time?  That's a lot of different courses!

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    Freddy, you forgot the course in Louisiana we played with Sammy last year, Carter Plantation.

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    fredcloss
    Having watched y'all put in where you have played on the list, I am compelled to add my list. (it amazed me how many I played)

    Alabama

    3. The Shoals (Fighting Joe), Muscle Shoals (m)

    4. Ross Bridge, Hoover (m)

    5. Grand National (Links), Opelika (m)

    6. Grand National (Lake), Opelika (m)

    7. Limestone Springs, Oneonta (m)

    8. Oxmoor Valley (Ridge), Birmingham (m)

    9. Timberline, Calera (m)

    10. Capitol Hill (Judge), Prattville (m)*

    Arizona:

    Laughlin Ranch, Bullhead City (m)

    Arkansas:

    Hot Springs CC - Arlington

    Hot Springs CC - Park

    California:

    Pebble Beach GL

    Spyglass Hill

    PGA West

    Torrey Pines

    Bayonet GC

    Spanish Bay

    18. Indian Wells Golf Resort (Players), Indian Wells (m)

    22. Shadow Ridge

    23. Harding Park

    25. Journey at Pechanga

    Mississippi:

    3. Grand Bear, Saucier (m)

    4. Dancing Rabbit (Azaleas), Philadelphia (m)

    5. Dancing Rabbit (Oaks), Philadelphia (m)

    Nevada:

    1. Shadow Creek GC, North Las Vegas (No. 10, m)

    2. Cascata, Boulder City (m)

    3. Wolf Creek, Mesquite (m)

    9. Paiute (Wolf), Las Vegas (m)

    10. Bear’s Best, Las Vegas (m)

    11. Rio Secco, Henderson (m)

    12. Boulder Creek, Boulder City (m)

    14. Royal Links

    15. TPC Las Vegas

    New Mexico:

    Paa-Ko Ridge

    8. University of New Mexico (South), Albuquerque (m)

    9. Inn of the Mountain Gods, Mescalero (m)

    New York:

    1. Bethpage State Park (Black), Farmingdale (No. 20, c)

    12. Bethpage State Park (Red), Farmingdale (c)

    North Carolina:

    1. Pinehurst No. 2, Pinehurst (No. 13, c)

    9. Pinehurst No. 8, Pinehurst (m)

    10. Pinehurst No. 4, Pinehurst (m)

    Rhode Island:

    2. Triggs Memorial GC, Providence (c)

    South Carolina:

    12. Aiken GC, Aiken (c)

    Texas:

    1. Pine Dunes Resort, GC, Frankston (m)

    2. The Rawls Course at Texas Tech, Lubbock (m)

    3. Butterfield Trail, El Paso (m)

    4. Barton Creek (Fazio Canyons), Austin (m)

    5. Black Jack’s Crossing, Lajitas (m)

    6. Old American GC, The Colony (m)

    7. Crown Colony, Lufkin (m)

    8. Palmilla Beach Golf Club, Port Aransas (m)

    9. Brackenridge Park, San Antonio (c)

    10. TPC San Antonio (ATT Oaks), San Antonio (m)

    11. Barton Creek (Fazio Foothills), Austin (m)

    12. La Cantera Resort (Palmer), San Antonio (m)

    13. Stevens Park, Dallas (m)

    14. Wolfdancer, Lost Pines (m) (Thank You Titleist!)

    15. Texas Star, Euless (m)

    16. Cowboys, Grapevine (m)

    17. Delaware Springs GC, Burney (m)*

    18. TPC San Antonio (ATT Canyons), San Antonio (m)

    19. TPC Four Seasons Las Colinas, Irving (m)

    20. The Tribute GC, The Colony (m)

    Utah:

    9. Entrada at Snow Canyon, St. George (m)

    Virginia:

    1. Homestead Resort (Cascades), Hot Springs (No. 70, c)

    5. Pete Dye River Course of Virginia Tech, Blacksburg (m)

    66, I think

    I am looking forward to retirement.

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    Tyler Higley
    shaun13Tyler Higleyshaun13Thanks for sharing the list,.I have played 7 of the top 10 in WI, so looks like I have my list of courses to play TY to hit all 10.

    Shaun,

    I am missing U Ridge, Lawsonia and Wildrock. Would be great to meet up and knock one off the list if you are missing any of the same. I am still trying to find an angle to get on Milwaukee Country Club.

    Tyler

    Lawsonia is probably in the middle'ish between you and I and I have not played that one either so lets do it!

    As soon as we are able to play let's start planning.

    Sounds like a plan, see you in July!! LOL

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    Now that is an impressive list.  well done.  

    fredcloss
    Having watched y'all put in where you have played on the list, I am compelled to add my list. (it amazed me how many I played)

    Alabama

    3. The Shoals (Fighting Joe), Muscle Shoals (m)

    4. Ross Bridge, Hoover (m)

    5. Grand National (Links), Opelika (m)

    6. Grand National (Lake), Opelika (m)

    7. Limestone Springs, Oneonta (m)

    8. Oxmoor Valley (Ridge), Birmingham (m)

    9. Timberline, Calera (m)

    10. Capitol Hill (Judge), Prattville (m)*

    Arizona:

    Laughlin Ranch, Bullhead City (m)

    Arkansas:

    Hot Springs CC - Arlington

    Hot Springs CC - Park

    California:

    Pebble Beach GL

    Spyglass Hill

    PGA West

    Torrey Pines

    Bayonet GC

    Spanish Bay

    18. Indian Wells Golf Resort (Players), Indian Wells (m)

    22. Shadow Ridge

    23. Harding Park

    25. Journey at Pechanga

    Mississippi:

    3. Grand Bear, Saucier (m)

    4. Dancing Rabbit (Azaleas), Philadelphia (m)

    5. Dancing Rabbit (Oaks), Philadelphia (m)

    Nevada:

    1. Shadow Creek GC, North Las Vegas (No. 10, m)

    2. Cascata, Boulder City (m)

    3. Wolf Creek, Mesquite (m)

    9. Paiute (Wolf), Las Vegas (m)

    10. Bear’s Best, Las Vegas (m)

    11. Rio Secco, Henderson (m)

    12. Boulder Creek, Boulder City (m)

    14. Royal Links

    15. TPC Las Vegas

    New Mexico:

    Paa-Ko Ridge

    8. University of New Mexico (South), Albuquerque (m)

    9. Inn of the Mountain Gods, Mescalero (m)

    New York:

    1. Bethpage State Park (Black), Farmingdale (No. 20, c)

    12. Bethpage State Park (Red), Farmingdale (c)

    North Carolina:

    1. Pinehurst No. 2, Pinehurst (No. 13, c)

    9. Pinehurst No. 8, Pinehurst (m)

    10. Pinehurst No. 4, Pinehurst (m)

    Rhode Island:

    2. Triggs Memorial GC, Providence (c)

    South Carolina:

    12. Aiken GC, Aiken (c)

    Texas:

    1. Pine Dunes Resort, GC, Frankston (m)

    2. The Rawls Course at Texas Tech, Lubbock (m)

    3. Butterfield Trail, El Paso (m)

    4. Barton Creek (Fazio Canyons), Austin (m)

    5. Black Jack’s Crossing, Lajitas (m)

    6. Old American GC, The Colony (m)

    7. Crown Colony, Lufkin (m)

    8. Palmilla Beach Golf Club, Port Aransas (m)

    9. Brackenridge Park, San Antonio (c)

    10. TPC San Antonio (ATT Oaks), San Antonio (m)

    11. Barton Creek (Fazio Foothills), Austin (m)

    12. La Cantera Resort (Palmer), San Antonio (m)

    13. Stevens Park, Dallas (m)

    14. Wolfdancer, Lost Pines (m) (Thank You Titleist!)

    15. Texas Star, Euless (m)

    16. Cowboys, Grapevine (m)

    17. Delaware Springs GC, Burney (m)*

    18. TPC San Antonio (ATT Canyons), San Antonio (m)

    19. TPC Four Seasons Las Colinas, Irving (m)

    20. The Tribute GC, The Colony (m)

    Utah:

    9. Entrada at Snow Canyon, St. George (m)

    Virginia:

    1. Homestead Resort (Cascades), Hot Springs (No. 70, c)

    5. Pete Dye River Course of Virginia Tech, Blacksburg (m)

    66, I think

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    Devin_Gmitter
    pistolpeteetakmitI've played two of them in NY.

    Turning Stone Shenendoah (I hope to hit the other two there this summer) and Ravenwood.  Ravenwood is about 20 minutes from me and TS is about an hour away.

    Someday I'll hit Bethpage.  Probably Red.  Getting on to Black is most likely going to be more hassle than I care for!

    Actually, Bethpage Black isn't that much a hassle. As a resident of the state of NY, you may establish for freee an ID with the computerized reservation system at Bethpage. For the Black course, you dial in at, i believe, 7 PM one week before your anticipated day of play. Speed dialer is a great help here as the lines are typically jammed with a zillion callers. However, once you are into the system, you follow the promts and the system spits out a time foryour play. System will accept singles, 2, 3, or 4 players.You can use the same computerized reservation sysytem for the other courses and you call in at 7:30 PM as I recall. You are limited to one reservation a month on the Black with youtr system ID. All other courses are unlimited.

    The other way to play Black (and I used this strategy a lot when I lived in Brooklyn) is to show up as a single at the course the day you want to play. Get in liine for payment of greens fees and check the reservation boards, a computerized system showing all of the tee times that day. Especially in the shoulder seasons, you will typically find a threesome or twosome at a reasonable time. Add yourself to that group and off you go! I would arrive at 8 AM and typically be on the Black by 10 AM...

    And finally, there is the famed overnight wait. Line your vehicle up in one of the consecutively numbered spots. As a designatrd hour (typically sunrise), a course employee will hand out tickets to the # of golfers in your vehicle (foursome limit). You then go the window pay your fee and wait for your time to come up. Beofre the computerized reservation system, thiis was how you secured a tee time. And back then, you chose your course from tee time sheets and signed up. Those were the days...Thankfully, they are behind me!

    Good luck and if you ever need someone for your foursome...I've played the Black at few zillion times...I'll show you the putts..  All of them are straight! They are some of the flattest greens I have seen! Aside from 15, 16, and 17.  You can really make up shots out there.  What makes the course hard is tee shots and deception on approach shots.

    Dev, When the greens are running fast on the Black. there are some oh so subtle breaks that are beyond maddening. That stated, the Bethpage adage is "don't put it outside the cup"...It is simply, one of the best courses I've played. And clearly one of the better in-state bargains, akin to Torrey Pines for Cali residents..A ton of golf for not a lot of money!

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    I may have to re-arrange my dream ticket for the next Presidential election - Holley for Prez  - But clearly Fred is the MAN for the VP slot..He's got the golfing cred (m0ove over VP Quayle) and with this geographic presence, you'd be a natural campaigner -  on course of course...

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    Appreciate the resource...thanks

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    Fred wins

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    MarkWDallasTx

    I am looking forward to retirement.

    Mark, don't forget that Freddy is not retired, just a self-employed company owner.