Wow: Stoatin Brae on Same List With Pebble Beach, Bethpage Black
There's an old saying about the measure of a man is the company he keeps. If the same goes for golf courses, then Augusta's Stoatin Brae is keeping some pretty heady company. The course is on Golf Magazine's list of 100 Courses you can play in 2021; in other words, public courses. For a course only five years old, this is quite an accomplishment.
In a year where about the only things you can do safely are outdoor things, you might think this will be a popular list, plus unlike a similar list from Golf Digest, these are public courses (so the riffraff can come here and leave the hoi polloi to their private courses, like Augusta National)
But this is like a bucket list/fantasy list for a duffer like me.
Number one on the list is Pebble Beach. I'll give you that Augusta National, the host of the Masters, is the most iconic golf course on the planet. But then, you have to agree that Pebble Beach is maybe the most scenic. I've played scenic courses before, and I have to admit, the scenery sometimes does become a distraction, like a beautiful woman, or a mosquito. At Pebble Beach, Jim "Hello, friends" Nantz lives off one of the holes. Maybe he'll give you a bottle of his wine.
As you scroll down the list, this is like a who's who of courses you've seen on TV. Pinehurst is second. Then it's Bethpage Black in New York at number five. I love that course. It hosted a U.S.Open, where only one player (Tiger Woods, of course) finished under par. Do you know how cool it was to watch pro golfers with + signs next to their scores all weekend long? And if you bring a fake driver's license, you play for only $80, as a resident.
One more, because you can read this list for yourself. Number 10 is TPC Sawgrass. This is the the course that has the famous "Island Green," the par-3, 132-yard 17th. I'd love to play it. Yes, it's a public course, but fill out your mortgage papers now. It'll set you back over $700 to play a round.
Keep your head down, your elbow straight and hit 'em long and far.