Nicklaus' The Bear in northern Michigan ranked in Golf Digest's 50 toughest
A recent feature at Golf Digest ranks America’s Toughest 50 golf courses.
While this course definitely put a hurting on me with it’s tricky green complexes, I would rank newcomber Eagle Eye near East Lansing as the toughest I’ve played in Michigan. Greens are huge, there are hazards everywhere and a few blind shots. It also features a replica of the 17th at Sawgrass.
There’s another difficult course in Michigan that will never be the subject of any national lists since it’s not an elite facility, but is noteworthy nonetheless: Faulkwood Shores in Howell. This was the site of my worst round in high school competition (54 in a 9-hole match Sophomore year). It was embarrassing and to this day, I never stop for gas when I pass through the town as a result. The course is long, trees are in the middle of the fairway, and the 18th had me wishing men’s field hockey was a fall sport. I would call that the most hurt-for-your-buck course to play in Michigan I’ve seen.
The most difficult course in our fine country according to Golf Digest was the Ocean Course at Kiawah Island.
How was this list concocted? Well, even the editors admit their ranking isn’t holy:
“This is not a scientific or even definitive ranking. It’s our list of layouts that have battered and bruised us, ruined our scorecards and made us want to weep. You probably know some tough ones that we’ve missed.”
31. Wolf Creek
39. RTJ Golf Trail at Ross Bridge (8,191 yards?!?!)
Does anyone else have any “unsexy” picks for their most difficult courses?
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I agree, Tucker. I actually eagled one hole on The Bear (http://www.michigangolf.com/kiel39.htm) and just missed a second eagle putt. It's tough, but not unfair.
Faulkwood Shores (http://www.michigangolf.com/reviews/faulkwood1.htm) I found to be disappointing in lots of ways, and difficult partly because of poor, inconsistent conditioning. I call that sort of difficulty just plain unfair.
GD (great acronym, huh?) missed wide right when they selected Concord's Monster over Turning Stone's Atunyote.
I have no unsexy picks...Saratoga National in Saratoga Springs, NY, is the toughest one from 2007 for me. Actually, anything Roger Rulewich designs usually gets the best of me.