Episode 10: Golf Club at Cuscowilla

Alright, let’s level set. I’ve got good news, and bad news. First the good. The Golf Club at Cuscowilla is every bit as good as you’d expect from a Coore & Crenshaw design.


Now, the bad. Recently, Cuscowilla went private! I know, I know – it’s quite the bummer. So while it ranked 56th on the most recent Golf Digest list of America’s Greatest 100 Public Courses (2015-2016), it won’t be eligible for the new list. At any rate, if you do happen to find a way onto the course, you’ll love what you see.

You get a little bit of everything at Cuscowilla from tree and fescue-lined fairways, to lakeside holes and plenty of red-colored bunkers unique to this golf course.

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The layout features two reachable par-4’s (confirming my belief that every new golf course should feature at least one.

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The 299 yard 5th hole is guarded by an absolutely massive fairway bunker, while the 308-yard 12th requires a tee shot over the corner of a dogleg to a thimble sized green.

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I’d recommend¬†cashing in on some of that goodwill you have with your local pro to see if he can make a call and get you out here. The Golf Club at Cuscowilla is certainly worth a play.

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  1. BrandonWebb on March 3, 2017 at 2:49 pm

    The hole in the pic with Brittany sitting on the bench behind the tee is still memorable even though it’s been five years since I played there. It is one of the longest par 5s I’ve ever seen and plays straight uphill. I can’t imagine playing it from the Griggs tees! What Coore-Crenshaw did visually to the player off this tee is some of their best work. Great shot of the short fifth as well. I hit it dead in the middle of that gaping bunker. Was nice to see your review. I had forgotten some of those holes.

    • Jordan Griggs on March 14, 2017 at 5:06 pm

      You’re so right Brandon, this hole is a beast! It lends for some pretty views though, both from behind the tee and in the fairway (tall pines and fescue to the right, lake to the left). The blind second over that large bunker makes for an intimidating one, too. Loved the 5th hole (and drivable 12th, too) — both are great risk/reward holes. C&C are some of the best at these.