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 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.

  1. Chambers Bay - Tacoma, WA
  2. Tobacco Road - Sanford, NC
  3. The Old Course - St. Andrews, Scotland
  4. The Ocean Course - Kiawah Island, SC
  5. Kingsbarns - St. Andrews, Scotland
  6. Hershey (West) - Hershey, PA
  7. Kauai Lagoons (Kiele) - Lihue, HI
  8. Harbour Town - Hilton Head, SC
  9. Lancaster - Lancaster, PA
  10. Wannamoisett - Pawtucket, RI
  11. East Lake - Atlanta, GA
  12. Princeville (Prince) - Princeville, HI
  13. Kapalua (Planatation) - Kapalua, HI
  14. Pinehurst #2 - Pinehurst, NC
  15. Newport - Newport, RI
  16. Pasatiempo - Santa Cruz, CA
  17. Black Mesa - Espanola, NM
  18. Pumpkin Ridge (Ghost Creek) - Cornelius, OR
  19. Saucon Valley (Grace) - Bethlehem, PA
  20. Rhode Island - Barrington, RI
  21. Reynolds Plantation (Great Waters) - Greensboro, GA
  22. Caledonia - Pawley's Island, SC
  23. True Blue - Pawley's Island, SC
  24. Metacomet - East Providence, RI
  25. Kittansett - Marion, MA
  26. Spyglass Hill - Pebble Beach, CA
  27. The Cliffs at Keowee Vineyards - Sunset, SC
  28. Gold Mountain (Olympic) - Bremerton, WA
  29. Dafuskie Island (Melrose) - Hilton Head Island, SC
  30. Atlanta CC - Marietta, GA
  31. TPC at Snoqualmie - Snoqualmie, WA
  32. Golden Horseshoe (Gold) - Williamsburg, VA
  33. Paa-Ko Ridge - Sandia Park, NM
                       
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.