OK, what are your favorite three courses you have played and why? Here's mine:
1. Rockledge DGC, Rockledge, FL - The original, not the replacement. Imagine a mangrove swamp in sunny, sticky Florida. Then take a bulldozer and carve fairways criss-crossing the property. Add ample wind and Midnight Flyers and y9u have yourself a masterpiece. This course is now long gone, but it was a great one. Probably at the top of my list partly for sentimental reasons, since it's the first course I ever played, back in 1978. I seem to remember beating Hos there once or twice too. ;)
2. Pickard Park, Indianola, Iowa - This may also be somewhat the result of sentiment, but it's a great course. Rolling hills, ample grass with fairways mowed between the weeds and a few nasty water hazards. A great mix of long and short, open and tight, left and right. Add great tee pads and signage and you have a winner. When AJ and I played this course last summer there was a hot-air balloon rally going on nearby, so the balloons were flying overhead as we played. Magical.
3. Sipapu Ski Resort, Sipapu, NM - I've only played a few ski resort courses, but this one was great. Grinding up, up, up the hills, weaving in and out of the dense pines and then finally...finally getting a chance to uncork big booming putter-drives downhill for 700 or a thousand feet. That, and homemade fudge at the lodge!