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. 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 there for 17 years. 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 favorite courses that I have played. I'm making this ranking now 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 and not frequently seem to be more highly ranked. For some of these courses, past personal circumstances lead to my feelings as well. Anyhow, here goes.
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...