I have played some of the great course, including Pebble Beach and Spyglass Hill. I would guess that of the 100 top public courses in Golf Digest I have played maybe 50 of them.
MY two overall favorites are Port Ludlow on the Puget Sound in Washington and Tokatee on the Mackenzie River in Oregon. Both are out of the way course but well worth the effort to go to.
One time at Port Ludlow, I was playing with my usual golf buddy and these two scraggly guys that we did know joined us. I mean they looked like they got off a steamer ship or something.
After a few holes we hit a slow down at one of the high points on the course and got to chatting. I ask one of the guys what do like to do when you are not golfing.
He looks at me and points his finger towards the sound and says.
"You see that 3 master sitting there?"
I look and see this magnificant clipper ship in the bay like it was something from the days of Drake and Magellan.
"Well". he continues, "My mate and our wifes just finished sailing around the world in it"
I was awestruck, these were not the mere scrags I thought they were.
"Where are the wifes",, I ask?
"They are swabbing the decks because they lost a bet" .
"We all decided the first thing we would do when we finished our trip would be to go golfing".
"Of course traditions says you should swab down the deck, so the wifes are keeping the tradition alive, while we start another one"?
"What was the bet", I asked?
"Can,t tell you that", he laughs as he gets up to hit his tee shot.
Never did hit another good shot that day, wondering what that bet might have been.