Gone Golfin'

Golfing is my favorite hobby, actually in the past an obsession. Now, many courses are just too expensive or unavailable. Fortunately, I have had the opportunity to play some of the great courses along with courses all over the U.S and Bermuda.

Had my first and only hole-in-one, after many near misses, on Father's Day, 1996, during the Toftrees Cup tournament, on the Toftrees Resort course No. 6. It was playing at 138 yards, I hit a pitching wedge.

I'm also a member of the USGA (United States Golf Association) which is an organization golfers should try to support. Among other links the USGA has information about rules, USGA Championships, and membership.

Here are a few related golf links:

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Home Course -- Toftrees, State College, PA

"Best Score [78]" and "Ringer Score [48]" (Best score ever on each hole)

Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18
Yards 384 507 168 356 399 144 336 576 293 165 375 406 342 587 186 342 490 371 6427
Par 4 5 3 4 4 3 4 5 4 36 3 4 4 4 5 3 4 5 4 36 72
Best 4 4 3 4 5 3 4 7 4 38 3 4 4 4 6 4 5 6 4 40 78
Ringer 3 3 2 3 3 1 2 4 2 23 2 3 3 2 4 2 3 3 3 25 48

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Best Round(s)

Penn State White Course, State College, PA: (with Ed Bissell, James Minsker, Merrill Noble)
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18
Par 4 4 3 4 4 3 5 4 4 35 3 5 3 4 4 4 3 5 4 35 70
Score 5 3 4 4 6 3 5 3 5 38 3 4 4 3 6 5 4 4 4 37 75

Centre Hills, State College, PA: (with Tom Aiken, Bill Martin, Fred ???)
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18
Par 4 4 4 3 4 4 3 5 4 35 4 4 5 4 4 3 4 5 3 36 71
Score 4 3 4 3 5 4 4 5 5 37 4 4 6 4 5 4 3 5 3 38 75

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Tournaments of Interest

  1. 198? Penn State Open Blue Course (1st Net) -- with Ed Bissell
  2. 199? Big Brother/Big Sister Toftrees (1st Net) -- with Don Richards
  3. 199? Nittany Open (1st Net)-- with Tim Glunt
  4. 1997 Nittany Member Guest (1st Scratch) -- with Don Richards
  5. 1998 Toftrees Member Guest (2nd Scratch) -- with Don Richards

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Courses Played by location:

Courses By State, Total=164

Pennsylvania: 60
California: 18
Delaware: 03
Florida: 12
Georgia: 03

Maine: 02
Maryland: 01
Massachussetts: 02
New Hampshire: 03
New Jersey: 06

North Carolina: 10
South Carolina: 31
Virginia: 05
West Virginia: 03
Bermuda: 05


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Well-Known Courses Played [Ranking in 2001, C=Classic (-1961), M=Modern (1961+)]

Courses almost played:
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Courses Played by State

-- Pennsylvania--
  1. Armitage Golf Club, Harrisburg, PA
  2. Bala Country Club, Philadelphia Area, PA
  3. Belle Springs, Belle Springs, PA {1999}
  4. Blue Mountain, Harrisburg, PA {1998}
  5. Blue Ridge, Harrisburg, PA {1998}
  6. Briarwood, York, PA {2001}
  7. Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA {1998}
  8. Center Hills, State College, PA {1999}
  9. Chester Valley Golf Club, Great Valley, PA {1991}
  10. Cobbs Creek Municipal, Philadelphia, PA
  11. Eaglesmere, Eaglesmere, PA
  12. Elks Club, State College, PA {1999}
  13. Hartefeld National, Avondale, PA {1999}
  14. Hershey Country Club (East), Hershey, PA {1998}
  15. Hershey Country Club (West), Hershey, PA {1998}
  16. Hersheys Mill, Paoli, PA
  17. Hershey Parkview, Hershey, PA
  18. Highland Park, Pittsburg area, PA
  19. Iron Masters, Roaring Springs, PA {1999}
  20. Kimberton Country Club, Kimberton, PA
  21. Lewistown Country Club, Lewistown, PA {1995}
  22. Lost Creek, Oakland Mills, PA {1999}
  23. Manayunk Municipal, Philadelphia, PA
  24. Meadowville, Meadowville, PA
  25. Merion Golf Club (East), Ardmore, PA [5] {2000}
  26. Mount Union American Legion G.C., Mount Union, PA {1998}
  27. Nemacolin -- The Links, Farmington, PA {2000}
  28. Nemacolin -- Mystic Rock, Farmington, PA {2000}
  29. Nittany Country Club, Mingoville, PA {2000}
  30. Overbrook Country Club, Rosemont, PA {1997}
  31. Park Hills, Altoona, PA {2000}
  32. Paxon Hollow, Philadelphia Area, PA
  33. Penn State Univerity (Blue), State College, PA
  34. Penn State Univerity (White), State College, PA
  35. Penn National, Gettysburg area, PA
  36. Philadelphia Country Club, Philadelphia Area, PA
  37. Philadelphia Cricket Club, Philadelphia Area, PA {1996}
  38. Saucon Valley (Grace course), Saucon Valley, PA [83]
  39. Scotch Valley Country Club, Scotch Valley, PA
  40. Shawnee on the Delaware(Red/White/Blue), Shawnee, PA {1997}
  41. Sinking Valley Country Club, Altoona Area, PA {2000}
  42. Sportsman Club, Harrisburg, PA
  43. St Davids Golf Club, St. Davids, PA
  44. Standing Stone, Huntington, PA {2000}
  45. Tam O' Shanty, Western, PA
  46. Tom's Run, Blairsville, PA
  47. Treasure Lake (Gold), Dubois, PA {1998}
  48. Treasure Lake (Silver), Dubois, PA {1998}
  49. Toftrees, State College, PA {2000}
  50. Walnut Lane Municipal, Philadelphia Area, PA
  51. Waynesboro, Paoli, PA
  52. West Shore Country Club, Harrisburg, PA
  53. White Deer (Vintage), Central Pa, PA {1995}
  54. Whitemarsh Country Club, Plymouth Whitemarsh, PA {1994}
  55. Woods Par 3 Course, Germantown, PA
  56. Wyncote Golf Club, Oxford, PA {1996}
  57. Valley Forge, Valley Forge, PA
  58. Unknown Name(Laurie)?, York, PA
  59. Unknown Name(Ernie)?, Valley Forge, PA
  60. Unknown Name(Pat), Poconos, PA....[Back to Courses Index]
--California--
  1. Apple Valley, Los Angeles area, CA
  2. Balboa (North), Los Angeles, CA
  3. Balboa (South), Los Angeles, CA
  4. Camarillo Springs, Camarillo, CA
  5. Diamond Bar, Los Angeles, CA
  6. Industry Hills (Eisenhower), Industry, CA
  7. Industry Hills (Saharias), Industry, CA
  8. Montalvo, Ventura, CA
  9. The Olympic Club, San Francisco, CA [11] {1987}
  10. Pebble Beach, Monterey, CA [3] {1987}
  11. Poppy Hills, Monterey, CA
  12. Los Robles, Thousand Oaks, CA
  13. Sandpiper, Santa Barbara CA
  14. Silverado (North), Napa Valley, CA
  15. Silverado (South), Napa Valley, CA
  16. Spyglass Hill, Monterey, CA [34]
  17. Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA
  18. Woodland Hills Country Club, Los Angeles, CA.... [Back to Courses Index]
-- Delaware--
  1. Dupont Country Club (1), Wilmington, DE
  2. Dupont Country Club (2), Wilmington, DE
  3. Dupont Country Club (3), Wilmington, DE....[Back to Courses Index]
-- Florida--
  1. Black Bear, Orlando, FL {2001, nice Pete Dye course}
  2. Crooked Cat, Orlando, FL {2001}
  3. Doral (Blue Monster), Miami, FL {1984}
  4. Falcons Fire, Orlando, FL {2001, well maintained, GPS yardage}
  5. Hawk's Landing, Marriott World Center, Orlando, FL {2000}
  6. Hunter's Creek, Orlando, FL {1999}
  7. International Golf Club, Orlando, FL {2000}
  8. Legends at Orange Lake, The, Orlando, FL {1999}
  9. Keene's Pointe, Orlando, FL {2001, nice Nicklaus course}
  10. Panther Lake, Orange County National, Orlando, FL {2000}
  11. Ridgewood Lakes, Orlando, FL {2000}
  12. Rock Springs Ridge, Orlando, FL {2000}....[Back to Courses Index]
--Georgia--
  1. Sea Island(1), Sea Island, GA {1992}
  2. Sea Island(2), Sea Island, GA {1992}
  3. Sea Island(3), Sea Island, GA {1992}....[Back to Courses Index]
--Maine--
  1. Unknown Name(Jenny)?, Silver Lakes, ME
  2. Unknown Name(Indian Name)?, East-Central, ME....[Back to Courses Index]
-- Maryland --
  1. Pine Ridge, Baltimore Area, MD....[Back to Courses Index]
--Massachussetts--
  1. Unknown Name?, Cape Code, MA
  2. Unknown Name?, Cape Code, MA....[Back to Courses Index]
--New Hampshire--
  1. Bretton Woods, White Mountains, NH
  2. Unknown Name?, Jackson, NH
  3. Unknown Name?, White Mountains, NH....[Back to Courses Index]
--New Jersey--
  1. Buena Vista, Buena, NJ
  2. Egg Harbor, Egg Harbor, NJ
  3. Marriot Seaview (Bay), ???, NJ
  4. Marriot Seaview (Pines), ???, NJ
  5. Pine Valley, Pine Valley, NJ [1] {1992}
  6. The Sands, Somers Point, NJ {1991}....[Back to Courses Index]
--North Carolina--
  1. Duke University, Durham, NC
  2. Mid Pines Hotel, Pinehurst, NC {1992}
  3. Pinehurst (#1), Pinehurst, NC
  4. Pinehurst (#2), Pinehurst, NC [9]
  5. Pinehurst (#4), Pinehurst, NC
  6. Pinehurst (#5), Pinehurst, NC
  7. Pinehurst (#6), Pinehurst, NC
  8. The Pit, Pinehurst, NC {1992}
  9. Tallymore, Pinehurst, NC {1992}
  10. Unknown Name (ACC playoffs), ???, NC....[Back to Courses Index]
--South Carolina--

(Hilton Head)

  1. George Fazio Course, Palmetto Dunes, Hilton Head, SC
  2. Harbour Town Golf Links, Hilton Head, SC [57] {1995}
  3. Hilton Head National (Player/Weed), Hilton Head, SC {1999}
  4. Long Cove, Hilton Head, SC [46] {1984}
  5. Old Carolina Golf Club, Hilton Head, SC {1999}
  6. Old South Golf Links, Hilton Head, SC {1999}
  7. Robbers Row, Port Royal, Hilton Head, SC {1999}
  8. Robert Trent Jones Course, Palmetto Dunes, Hilton Head, SC
  9. Shipyard Golf Club (Brigantine/Galleon/???), Hilton Head, SC {1999}

(Myrtle Beach)

  1. Arcadian Shores, Myrtle Beach, SC
  2. Baytree (Gold), Myrtle Beach, SC {2000}
  3. Baytree (Silver), Myrtle Beach, SC
  4. Baytree (Blue), Myrtle Beach, SC
  5. Brick Landing, Myrtle Beach, NC
  6. Burning Ridge, Myrtle Beach, SC {2000}
  7. Carolina Shores, Myrtle Beach, SC
  8. Deer Track, Myrtle Beach, SC
  9. The Dunes, Myrtle Beach, SC
  10. Heather Glen, Myrtle Beach, SC
  11. Heritage, Myrtle Beach, SC
  12. Island Green, Myrtle Beach, SC
  13. Litchfield Country Club, Myrtle Beach, SC
  14. Marsh Harbor, Myrtle Beach, NC
  15. Myrtle Beach National (South), Myrtle Beach, SC {2000}
  16. Oyster Bay, Myrtle Beach, NC
  17. The Pearls (East), Myrtle Beach, NC
  18. The Pearls (West), Myrtle Beach, NC
  19. Wedgefield Plantation, Myrtle Beach, SC

(SC Other)

  1. Furman University, Greenville, SC
  2. Ocean Pointe, Fripp Island, SC {1999}
  3. Wild Dunes Golf Links, Isle of Palms, SC [91] {1984}....[Back to Courses Index]
--Virginia--
  1. Brandermill, Richmond, VA {1992}
  2. The Crossings, Glen Allen, VA {1993}
  3. Golden Horseshoe, Williamsburg, VA
  4. The Homestead (Cascades), Hot Springs, VA [39]
  5. Sheraton, North of Richmond, VA....[Back to Courses Index]
--West Virginia--
  1. Lakeview Resort, Lakeview, Morgantown, WV {2000}
  2. Lakeview Resort, Mountainview, Morgantown, WV {2000}
  3. Unknown Name CC?, ?, WV....[Back to Courses Index]

Courses Played Outside U.S.

--Bermuda--
  1. Castle Harbour {1995}
  2. Holiday Inn
  3. Mid Ocean Golf Club {1995}
  4. Port Royal {1995}
  5. Southhampton Princess Par 3 Course {1995}....[Back to Courses Index]


Maintained and last updated by Thomas Minsker on April 7, 2000. Email: txm@psu.edu.