Ultimate Golf Road Trip

UGRT – Round 27: The Pete Dye Course at French Lick Resort

As the French Lick Resort trolley begins chugging up a steep hill, reminding me more of San Francisco than what I’d expect in Indiana, my curiosity kicks into high-gear. Anticipation builds as we make the climb and I silently wonder, what’s this Pete Dye Course all about? That question is quickly answered as the majestic golf course appears, and…

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UGRT – Round 26: The Donald Ross Course at French Lick Resort

There are few golf resorts that boast two truly different golf courses. Many provide multiple layouts, but rarely does a destination offer differing experiences at each.  However, at the French Lick Resort in southern Indiana, that’s exactly what you’ll find. The resort is home to two top 100 ranked public golf courses — the century old Donald…

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Episode 22: Primland

Passing through the iron gates, and winding your way up the steep mountain road, you quickly realize Primland is no ordinary golf destination.   The trip from the Primland gate to the lodge and clubhouse takes nearly 20-minutes, and offers some breathtaking views of the southern Virginia mountains. The first impression of the property is likely…

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Episode 21: Spring Creek Golf Club

Spring Creek Golf Club may not be as widely known as some other top 100 publics, but it’s one of the most playable golf courses you’ll find.   Located just 20 minutes east of Charlottesville, Virginia, Spring Creek Golf Club sits in the middle of a housing development. Not to worry though, the majority of the…

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Episode 20: Omni Homestead Resort (Cascades)

The Omni Homestead Cascades course was our first true mountain golf course of the Ultimate Golf Road Trip, and it did not disappoint.   Upon our arrival, we quickly learned from staff members that Sam Snead used to call this place home, honing his game here in his late teens before heading off to become…

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Episode 19: Dormie Club

Nestled in a natural, serene setting, uninterrupted by civilization, Dormie Club is as secluded a golf course you’ll find.   Coore & Crenshaw did what they do best at Dormie — create a fun golf course that fits the natural land, all while highlighting the property’s beauty. Fairways are generous, though wayward drives are likely to…

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Episode 18: Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club

A quick walk around the Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club, and you’re immediately struck by the old school charm.   The quaint clubhouse and lodge give a nod to the golden age, while the horse-stable themed driving range bays add a distinct look to the practice tee. The recently renovated golf course features those…

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Episode 17: Tobacco Road Golf Club

Tobacco Road Golf Club may be the most interesting golf course on the planet.   A few weeks ago, three friends from Charlotte, NC, Brittany and I experienced the unique Mike Strantz layout, located about 30 minutes north of Pinehurst, NC.  And what we discovered was arguably the most fun golf course we’ve ever played.…

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Episode 16: Pinehurst Resort (No. 2, 4 & 8)

If you’ve never made a trip to Pinehurst, it’s time to promptly change that.   The home of American golf offers one of the best all-around experiences a golf enthusiast could ask for. Aside from the nine (yes, nine) championship golf courses, Pinehurst Resort boasts a history-filled clubhouse, expansive practice facility, 18-hole putting course, first-class…

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The Masters: 10 Best Spectator Spots at Augusta National

So you’ve landed your first set of Master’s badges (aka tickets) and you’re headed to Augusta National. Congratulations! Excitement level is inevitably at an all time high (and it should be).  This is golf’s holy grail we’re talking about after all, and these are some of the toughest tickets to land in all of sports.…

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