My favorite golf courses and why

TPC Sawgrass-One of the few modern courses that gives you options.
Bayonet-Before they remodeled it, there was no OB and no water and still one of the toughest on the west coast. Maybe even better now after the remodel.
Southern Hills-Great old traditional course where you always have a direction to bring it in from. It didn’t hurt my love for the course that I shot really low :-).
The Monster at the Concord-Fun, extremely long traditional course. Was 7900 from the tips when I played it in the early 90’s
Torrey Pines South-Tree lined and ocean views. What more can you ask for?
Oakland Hills-See Southern Hills
Firestone North and South-South is a monster. Tight driving holes, with lots of options if you miss the fairway. North more forgiving, but just as fun.
Cypress Point-The best short course you will ever play. Greens are just plain fun to putt and the views are awesome.
I know it’s blasphemy not to include Pebble Beach, so I will. 6-10, 17 and 18 might be 7 of the 10 best holes in golf.

PS-If there is a subject you would like to her my opinion or a rant about, please leave a comment under this post.

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  1. geoff duncan

    I played Bayonet last month and it was great. Not as hard as it used to be but more playable and thus more enjoyable. As for topics, I need to get some new clubs and am going to be in Scottsdale in October. I want to get fitted , and as I’ve never done it before I’d like your opinion on fitting in general and places to go. A friend recommended Hotsticks.

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    • Monte Scheinblum

      I agree on two points. The bayonet went from a course that was great, but a little rough around the edges, to a course where they could hold the US Open, but still be playable for ams under regular conditions.

      You will love Hotsticks. Great place.

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  2. Smitty

    Any guidelines a 6 handicap should use to manage the round to try & get the lowest round possible?

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    • Monte Scheinblum

      Email me about your game and I’ll give you some ideas.

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  3. Dale

    You’ve written about Tiger’s swing getting under plane and you’ve said you’ve suffered from the same in the past. Can you define what you mean? There are so many differing definitions of “plane” in various golf instructional material, that what plane means to you may be something totally different for someone else. Thanks.

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    • Monte Scheinblum

      There are different planes you can look at and that is what differences you can see when reading about planes. Shaft plane, arm plane, shoulder plane, etc.

      The one I am talking about is the shaft plane coming into the ball. If you are on the shaft plan coming into the ball, the club head will ride where the shaft was at address right into impact. If you are underneath, one slow-mo frame before the ball the club head is still inside where the shaft was at address. The club will also be open and this is a really bad position to recover from at 120 MPH of club head speed.

      Because Tiger dives at it with his head, it is hard not to get underneath the shaft plane. Right now I am still fighting it with my longer clubs, but have it under control with the shorter ones.

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  4. Mike Z

    I’d be interested to read your thoughts on proper leg action in the swing. I think you’ve mentioned it once or twice in previous posts but didn’t go into detail.

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    • Monte Scheinblum

      Sounds good, I will put a post up tomorrow on just that subject.

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  5. Big Ben

    Solid list – a couple of comments. I think Torrey South is way overrated. In fact, if I am in that region, I play Aviara before Torrey all day long. Second, Perry Maxwell’s gem is actually Dornick Hills in Ardmore, Oklahoma, not Southern Hills. He’s buried there (adjacent to 17th tee and 7th fairway) and he considered it his finest, I believe. I’ve played it probably 15 times and although it’s only 6,600 yards, it is fricking pure (and no one is out there because, well, it’s Ardmore, Oklahoma……). That’s all. Of course, all this stuff is matter of opinion. I do agree 100% that TPC Sawgrass is awesome. It is unquestionably in my Top 5 (although I love target, Dye-like courses). Toodles.

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  6. Alooooha!

    Your current favorite and/or most respected instructors. You have been critical of a number of instructors such as Haney and Pelz. I would be most interested in knowing current instructors that you believe do it right.

    Mahalo from Hawaii

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    • Monte Scheinblum

      I don’t like very many of them. I don’t know enough of the lesser known guys to make an educated analysis, but the famous guys have been sucked into creating a cookie cutter system to sell books and DVD’s. Apparently, Jim McLean has backed off his original X-factor system and decided hip turn isn’t so bad. I don’t know that this has happened, as I try not to pay attention to what the big names have to say anymore.

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  7. Hackinator

    A piece on strength and flexibility drills and exercises would be interesting .

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  8. hackgolfer

    How about a piece on the mental game? Tips? Books? How a tour level player grinds out 18 when he’s playing bad or how he stays calm when he’s playing good? Thanks,
    ps. great blog!

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    • Monte Scheinblum

      If I knew anything on those subjects, I would be on the PGA Tour…LOL. I will make a post on what thoughts I have learned from being poor on this subject in my career.

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  9. Kirk

    What is your opinion of Riviera Country Club, before they messed with it by filling in the “baranca” (spelling? I think that is what they called it when I played it as a teen in the 70’s)

    Kind regards./kirk

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    • Monte Scheinblum

      I like Riveira. It’s my favorite in the LA/OC area. I just think the LA/OC area is the armpit of golf courses if the US was a body.

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