Let The Madness Continue
As sports enthusiasts, March is one of our very favorite months of the year. Golf courses are opening back up, MLB spring training begins, NBA basketball is in full swing, but perhaps most exciting of all is the “Big Dance,” AKA March Madness.
Upsets, buzzer-beaters, Cinderella stories – the NCAA men’s division I basketball championship tournament has it all, including some pretty good host locations this year to get in a round before or after taking in the games.
Here are a few great GolfNow courses to hit on the road to the Final Four.
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Silver Lake Golf Club (Perry, N.Y.) – Located in Staten Island, New York, Silver Lake Golf Course is plays at 6,238 yards and is a par-70 from the longest tees. Opened in 1929, Silver Lake Golf Course was designed by John Van Kleek and features lush fairways and stellar greens.
Patriot Hills Golf Club (Stony Point, N.Y.) – Beautiful views abound on the 18-hole “Stony Point” course at the Patriot Hills Golf Club facility in Stony Point, New York. The par-71 course plays 6,485 yards of golf from the longest tees. Designed by Richard Jacobson, ASGCA, Stony Point opened in 2003.
The Architects Golf Club (Phillipsburg, N.J.) – The Architects Golf Club is a 6863-yard par 71 course that honors golf greats at each hole, including A.W. Tillinghast, Donald Ross and Alister MacKenzie. The Architects Golf Club is highly-regarded by many industry publications, such as Golf Magazine, Golf Digest and Sports Illustrated, and is a must-see for any golf enthusiast visiting the area.
Quail Ridge Golf Course (Bartlett, Tenn.) – Quail Ridge Golf Course is a semi-private, 18-hole golf course facility located in Bartlett, Tennessee. David Pfaff, a former Pete Dye assistant for 15 years, combined his talents with a beautiful piece of property unlike the typically subdued Memphis terrain to create Quail Ridge. The course features rolling hills and elevation changes, tree lined fairways, seven lakes and a winding creek. Keep an eye out too because it is not uncommon to see wildlife at Quail Ridge, including deer, foxes, hawks, ducks and quail.
Cordova Country Club (Cordova, Tenn.) – Amid dramatic pine, oak and maple trees in an elegant suburban area outside Memphis, you’ll find Cordova Country Club and its challenging par-72 course. Cordova golf course is a favorite among local golfers because of its unique layout, its pastoral setting and our expertly groomed fairways and bentgrass greens.
Stonebridge Golf Club (Arlington, Tenn.) – Rated by Golf Digest as the “most enjoyable” course to play in Memphis, Stonebridge Golf Club is conveniently located from all parts of the Memphis metro area and is only 25 minutes from downtown Memphis off I-40 east.
Designed by George Cobb, who is known for the “Amen Corner” at Augusta National, this beautiful tree-lined course presents a challenge for golfers of all playing levels. With strategically placed bunkers and challenging water hazards, the track is a 6,768 yard, par-71 layout.
The Fort Golf Club of Indiana (Indianapolis, Ind.) – Located just minutes from downtown Indianapolis, famed golf course architect Pete Dye took this 238-acre natural setting and created an 18-hole championship layout that is both beautiful and challenging. The 7,148 yard, par-72 design features tree-lined fairways, rolling hills, and the Dye trademark undulating greens. With multiple tees beginning at 5,045 yards, golfers of all skill levels will face the a worthy challenge.
Fox Prairie Golf Club (Noblesville, Ind.) – Opened in 1970, The Fox has a beautiful layout on rolling land and is considered one of the top public facilities in central Indiana. Given a 3.5 star rating by Golf Digest, this course features mature trees and interesting sand bunkers on each hole, four sets of tees, very large greens and a great clubhouse.
Links at Terranea (Rancho Palos Verde, Calif.) – The Links at Terranea is a dramatic 9-hole, par-3 oceanfront golf course, with stunning views of the Pacific and Catalina Island. But, this is no ordinary 9-hole par 3 course; rather, it is a collection of nine championship-caliber par-3 holes, integrated with each other and the natural surroundings. Artful bunkering, unobstructed sightlines and a wide range of classic strategic elements combine for a stunning visual and playing experience.
Navy Golf Course (Cypress, Calif.) – Originally opened as an 18-hole venue in 1966, the Navy Golf Course is now a 27-hole complex occupying 220 acres in Orange County, Calif. The 18-hole championship Destroyer Course is a 6,780 yard challenge for even the most experienced golfer, while the 9-hole executive Cruiser Course offers an ideal setting for a more leisurely round.
Tierra Verde (Arlington, Texas) – Opened in 1998, Tierra Verde is the first golf course in Texas and the first municipal course in the world to be certified as an Audubon Signature Sanctuary. The course was carved on 250 acres of secluded land and each hole has five sets of tees, sculpted fairways, strategically placed sand bunkers and water hazards.
Texas Star Golf Course (Euless, Texas) – The par-71 Texas Star Golf Course is a 275-acre walking friendly course can play at nearly 7,000 yards and guarantees to challenge golfers of every level. Texas Star is a strategic course and golfers will probably hit every club in their bag as they make their way through the doglegs and elevation changes. You will also need a sharp short game as the Star requires player to hit a number of types of pitches and chip shots.
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