Courses: A look at the par 3’s at the historic Royal Dornoch

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Here at the GP Golf Report, I always love to talk about the shorter courses and holes. In this particular story, I wanted to highlight the par-3’s at what is arguably one of the 10 greatest golf courses on earth; Royal Dornoch.

It is one of the oldest courses in the world, being designed in 1616. It is also the home course the great Donald Ross, who doesn’t need an introduction. The mind behind Pinehurst.

Tom Watson, who is arguably the greatest links course player we’ll ever see, famously said the Dornoch was “the most fun he had ever had playing golf”. Not bad hearing that from a five-time Open Championship winner.

One of the great things about links golf is that there is so much history beneath your feet. Dornoch’s grounds are so historic that you’d think you traveled through a time machine.

Par-3’s are always looked at as the most challenging and picturesque holes, and Dornoch has some of the best in the world. One of the cool aspects of Dornoch is its routing, with a long par 3 as the second hole. For this story, we’ll take a look at each of Dornoch’s amazing shorties as we celebrate the world of small golf.

Hole 2, 184 yards:

The second has a beautifully shaped green with two bunkers on the front of it. To avoid the sand, it’s best to aim for the backside of the green, but since Dornoch is a links course, it’s easy for the ball to bounce passed the green.

In this case, it’s better to be in the rough than in the bunker. At the worst, you can hit your chip from the thick stuff and save par. All in all, it’s a terrific par-3 to start your round with.

Hole 6, 161 yards:

The second par-3 at Royal Dornoch is easily one of the best on the entire course. Three bunkers guard the left side of the bean-shaped green, while another blocks the front.

The goal here is to aim to the right side of the green, as there are no bunkers, and there’s no room on the green. However, if you missed too far to the right, you can kiss your ball goodbye, as it will end up down the slope. This will leave you with a tricky second shot.

Don’t be afraid to take aim at the flag. Just make sure you club enough to get past that pesky frontside bunker. The strategy of this hole is why it’s so great.

As the yardage book states: “Choose your club carefully and think of the choices you’ve made in life! You have to live with the consequences!!“. Well said.

Hole 10, 174 yards:

The string of amazing par-3’s continues on Royal Dornoch’s back nine. Club choice and power is critical on this hole that features a smaller green than the previous short holes.

You have an army of bunkers guarding the front of the green. This is why it’s important to choose the proper club, so you can hit over the bunkers without overshooting the green.

Aiming more towards the right may be the best bet here, as you avoid the three bunkers that are slightly on the left side. Although you still have two bunkers guarding the front right side, it still may be a safer bet. Another great par-3 at Royal Dornoch.

Hole 13, 180 yards:

This may arguably be the toughest par-3 on the golf course. With bunkers in practically every direction, this hole is all about pure accuracy. It’s a great representation of what the par-3 is all about. Accuracy.

Since this is one of the many Dornoch holes that wants to flex its muscles, you may have to flex yours. Your best bet is aiming towards the back of the green, so clubbing up or put a little extra juice on your current club may be the best option.

Otherwise, all of those front side bunkers will be making dinner out of your golf ball. There are a couple of bunkers on the back right side, but they aren’t as troubling as the front beaches.

Grab your sword and get ready to go to war. This is the most deadly boss battle you’ll face at Royal Dornoch when it comes to par-3s.

So there you have it! A close look at all of the par-3s at one of the world’s truly elite and historic tracks.

Par-3s continue to be the best holes in the world. They’re simple, while also challenging, they’re beautiful, and they have amazing design qualities. Royal Dornoch has 18 terrific holes, but the par-3s are definitely a treat and it’s awesome that we can talk about these little beauties to celebrate the joys of the short hole.

Have you played Royal Dornoch? Tell me about it! What are some of your favorite par-3 holes in the world? Hit me up on Twitter @ChiGolfRadio and be sure to follow the GP Golf Report on Twitter as well, @GPGolfReport!


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Courses: A look into The Glen Club, one of America’s best layouts

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The state of Illinois is one of the greatest golfing destinations in the world. Sure, that might be me being slightly biased since I live here, but it’s true. A perfect blend of great private and public courses, Illinois isn’t short of greatness, and The Glen Club is an example of that greatness.

The Glen Club is a track in Glenview, Illinois and is always highly ranked as one of the best public courses in America. With an interesting layout designed by Tom Fazio, and glimpses of the Chicago skyline in the background, it makes for an epic round.

At over 7,000 yards, The Glen Club is a course that will test every club in the bag. What will strike you immediately about the design, is that there are enough bunkers to catch errant tee and approach shots but it’s not overdone.

This helps eliminate the intimidation factor while also presenting a fun challenge for club-wielding warriors. The routing is interesting as you start with a nice blend of holes. Your round starts with a par-5 followed by two par-4s, a par-3 and another par-5.

The par-3 fourth hole is the beginning of the one of the best collection of par-3s in the state of Illinois. One of the many pretty holes on the course, the fourth has medium sized green and two bunkers waiting to catch your tee shot if you arent’ careful. Enjoy the view as you place your ball on the elevated tee.

Snap a pic. One of the most picturesque holes on the course, the par-3 fourth.

 

The most fun courses present unique challenges and changes throughout a round. The Glen Club’s front nine does a great job of keeping things exciting.

Speaking of fun, the ninth, tenth and eleventh holes are about as good as you can get and it’s all about accuracy. The ninth hole is a par-3 with a large green to aim for but you have to watch out for the pesky bunker that’s relaxing in front of it.

The tenth is the shortest par-4 on the course at 333 yards from the back tees. Short par-4’s are among the most exciting holes in golf, as they make you think heavily about your tee shot.

Are you going to try and hit a mammoth tee shot that’ll leave you with a short iron to the green? Or will you go with a 3-wood off the tee and leave yourself with a mid-iron second shot? That’s the fun that short par-4s present at the tenth at The Glen Club is plenty fun, with a bunker hiding on the fairway and two small ones around the green.

Arguably the toughest hole on the course, the par-3 11th is an epic way to continue your back nine adventure. You are forced to hit over some water if you want a good crack at birdie.

However, you can aim for the short fairway, and pitch yourself onto the green as well, but you’d have to hope that the pitch ends up near the pin. Otherwise, you’ll end up with a bogey. But, aiming for the flag from the jump is much more rewarding if you execute well.

 

The beautiful but challenging par-3 11th

 

One of the most fascinating holes is the par-3 17th, which rounds out The Glen Club’s rich collection of short holes. The 17th is almost a clone of the 11th, so in a way, it’s like getting a second date with destiny.

It’s shorter than the 11th and also only has one bunker so it’s less intimidating. However, you have no room to the right off the tee, so you can’t play it safe so it’s “spray and pray” in hopes that your ball finds green and not blue.

The 18th hole, a par-5, is one of the best finishing holes in the state, and being designed by a legend like Fazio, it shouldn’t come as a surprise. The most exciting hole on the course, you’ll have an opportunity to flex your muscles off the tee, and if executed to perfection, you’ll have a shot to reach the green in two.

However, you’ll have to be cautious of the pond on the right and the bunkers that are near and around the green on the left. If you’re accurate, you’ll have an excellent chance at birdie, and you’ll finish your round at one of the country’s best public courses with a smile on your face.

So there you have it! A little look at The Glen Club, a Chicago golfing gem that continues to be appreciated by many golf enthusiasts who live here, and those who visit. The fact that’s a public track makes it that much sweeter of a golfing destination.

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LOOK: This may be the most beautiful golf hole in the world

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What makes golf so awesome is where it takes us. It takes us to places we’d otherwise wouldn’t even dream of. I’d like to present to you, the “Cliffhanger” sixth hole at Greywolf Golf Course in Canada, the most beautiful hole in the world.

 

There’s a ton of gorgeous holes in golf from the 12th at Augusta and the seventh at Pebble, to the ninth at Turnberry and the 14th at Pine Valley, there is an insane level of gorgeous in this sport. But, the par-3 sixth at Greywolf designed by Doug Carrick may take the cake as the most magical place to hit a tee shot.

 

It’s unique in that, you must carry your shot over the forest to land on the green. This is while the tee box and green are perched high above giving you incredible views of the mountains and forest.

 

 

 

This hole incorporates the wilderness into your game so much, that it feels like you’re either, playing a round of golf in a dream, or you’re on a golfing adventure of a lifetime. This may sound like I’m going over the top, but in terms of pure beauty, it’s hard to top this hole.

 

On top of that, it’s an excellent, dramatic hole design. You feel like you’re about to duel with the designer, Carrick who easily created one of the greatest par-3’s in the world.

 

It’s more than just a hole that’s easy on the eyes, it’s a design that requires the right strategy. Not only do you have to carry the small portion of the forest, but you have to make sure the ball doesn’t balloon over the medium-sized green. Oh, and there are two sneaky bunkers chilling out in front the green so take care.

 

All in all, golf course design is a form of art, which is why it’s so easy for us to cling to it. The Greywolf Golf Club is one of the most breathtaking and well-designed courses in the world, and it may just feature the world’s most beautiful golf hole at number six. Oh, one last thing; Greywolf is a public golf course, so anyone can tackle this amazing track and its awesome par-3 sixth.

 

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Horse Course at The Prairie Club is one of golf’s best short tracks

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The Prairie Club has become one of the very best public golf courses in the country. Located in Nebraska, it has joined legendary courses such as Sand Hills and Wild Horse as tops in the state.

One of coolest things about TPC is that it features an awesome short course called “The Horse Course”. The 10-hole par-3 track was designed by Gil Hanse and Geoff Shackelford and has been an instant hit since it opened.

The fascinating thing about the course is that there are no tee boxes. This is because you can play the game of “H-O-R-S-E” hence the name of the course. Without any tee boxes, you and a friend can flip a coin, play rock, paper, scissors, etc to decide where to tee off.

This implements fun into golf in a whole new way. Not only that, being a par-3 course, you get to experience an exciting layout that affordable and less time-consuming.

Even if you’re playing solo, having no tee boxes gives you the chance to tackle each hole from numerous spots. It’s golf without limits so you can tee it up from anywhere and aim for any hole.

 

 

The contouring of the greens are outstanding and the bunkers beautifully placed. On top of that, the course can be enjoyed while taking in the lovely classic Nebraska scenery.

What makes The Horse Course a game changer in golf is that it takes the simple principles that make a sport like basketball so beloved, and they are implemented in the course. Basketball and soccer are so wildly popular because they are extremely accessible and affordable to play.




The Horse Course scratches off all of the boxes like most par-3 courses, except you can get ridiculously creative with how you play. It’s a testament to golf’s incredible versatility, and Hanse and Shackelford nailed it with this design.

The Horse Course is not only one of the best short courses in the United States, but one of the best in the world. It’s a course that can have a lasting impact on the sport forever. Grab your irons and wedges, it’s time to play.

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WATCH: This golf course in the Amazon is insane

So, this is pretty awesome, even if it is a little dangerous. Mike “Mad Mick” Collis and a couple of friends, designed a 9-hole golf course in the Peruvian Amazon rainforest.

The course, also known as “Augusta of the Amazon” was featured on CNN’s “Living Golf” which details the stories of playing golf in unusual places (Sounds like my kind of show!). Collis, who has a home in Iquitos, Peru, decided he wanted to design a course near his crib.

The 9-hole design is a par-35 track and features “natural” putting greens, fresh from the jungle. I always enjoy when golf is brought to different locations that aren’t near golf courses.

Not everyone has access to golf.

Who needs real golf courses all the time anyway? Just grab your clubs, balls and play wherever the world takes you.

Oh, and is the “Amazon Masters” going to be starting soon? That would be cool.

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These pictures of nature attacking golf courses are insane

OK. We know Mother Nature can be absolutely gorgeous and she loves widening our eyes in amazement. She can also be a “female dog” too which is what’s happening in the pictures you’ll see below.

We know she can bring on storms and such but c’mon girl! Not our golf courses!

On a course in Utah, lightning strikes a flagstick and leaves a mark on the green that looks like a tree is growing. On a course in Missouri, there was a freakin’ sinkhole!

Check out these pictures below and see for yourself:

Wha-WHa-WHAAA?!

I tell you what. That course in Missouri definitely has the easiest hole-in-one opportunity in the history of ever!

Either that or God decided to tee it up that day!

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Review: Nomo Poster Creates Artsy Pine Valley Layout

 

Armchair Course Architects, rejoice!

Armchair Golf Course Architects, Rejoice!

 

Nomo Design is a company that creates different styles of art, whether it’s graphics on a shirt or poster prints. Well, they came out with golf course poster prints and they are beautiful.

 

The golf course prints started out as just a Kickstarter campaign and proved successful as they surpassed their goal in funds to release these beauties. Right now, there are eight course posters to choose from.

 

Those being, Augusta National, Pine Valley, Merion, TPC Sawgrass, Interlachen, Oak Hill, Muirfield and Pebble Beach. I decided to go with Pine Valley because who doesn’t want the layout of the world’s number one golf course?

 

My first impression when I saw the print is that I felt like I was stepping into the brilliant mind of George Crump. George was the course’s designer who put practically his whole life into Pine Valley.

 

Laying the poster out and looking down at it, I felt like I was about to redesign the world’s number one course. That’s how terrific the poster is.

 

We all love golf courses. It’s the heart and soul of the game we love so dearly. These posters show you each hole, all laid out for you to study its strategic design.

 

The poster is fairly large at 24 X 24 and is the perfect size for hanging up on your wall at home. All you need to do is get it framed or laminated and you’re all set.

 

It has a rich, blueprint kind of look to it to bring you that much closer to the courses you love. They give you a great perspective of what the designers thought would make golfers make interesting decisions on the course.

 

The way the routing of the holes look on the poster look sick and the color of it makes it very unique. What makes the color so unique is that you can see that the fairways are in a whitish color while the rest of the land is in a darker, shady color.

 

This is one of the most unique course layout pictures I’ve seen based on the style and color. It also just pops out at you as well so it’ll definitely stand out in your living room, bedroom or sports den.

 

It has the look of something you would see in an art gallery. It reminds us that some of the finest art in the world are golf courses and the artists are the course designers.

 

Overall, I just love this poster. The style, the color, the excellent layout is what makes these posters from Nomo Design so special. It’s also a great chance to own a piece of a historic course as well because it’s pretty rare to get a hold of a great Pine Valley or Augusta item and these posters are perfect for any golf fan.

 

So, if you’re a fan of golf course architecture and design, then I highly recommend these posters. Maybe you want to use the poster as inspiration to draw out your own course designs?

 

Well, you probably already been there and done that I’m sure, haven’t we all? That’s why we’re “armchair architects” and yes, you should probably see if they have anymore posters before there’s “Nomo”.

 

Check out Nomo’s other beautiful golf course layout posters at NomoDesign.com 

 

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Golf Course Offers Unlimited Rounds for $89 Per Year

Wait wh- wh- whaaa?!! Unlimited golf for a year for only $89?
Yup, it’s real! The Meadows Golf Club in Massachusetts is offering Unlimited golf for $89.

It’s a 9-hole design and is going to be renovated after it was damaged by Hurricane Irene. Below is the newspaper ad courtesy of Golf News Net.

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However, you actually pay a total of $198 up front two years ahead of time. Basically, for that price, you get two years of unlimited golf.

As for the 9-holes, I personally love it. I think there should be more 9-hole courses in the world. Want to grow the game? Design more 9-hole courses. They’re quick and fun to play.

Good job The Meadows GC!

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This is the longest golf hole in the world

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OK, now this is golf course design at it’s wildest yet funnest! A golf course in South Korea called Gunsan Country Club features a hole that is 1,100 yards. Yup! You heard me right! 1,100 yards.

What’s the par you ask? Try a par 7! This is definitely like something you’d see in a video game! Oh, and guess what? There’s a par 6 on the course as well.

A par 7 AND a par 6 on the same course? That sounds like something I’d design just to be an evil genius!

It’s only a 9 hole course however (Am I allowed to say “only” in this instance?) so it’s not as long as you think. But with a par 6 and par 7, I’m sure there was no way to build a full 18 holes.

Not only are there two long holes on the course but there’s also water hazards all over the course so if you were to play this track, make sure your mind is on its A game or else you won’t have a very good time! I believe accuracy is major on this course. May have to lay up a few times too.

Oh, and there are two nice little bunkers for you on the right and left side of your possible second shot. Have fun!

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The Legend of Long Drivers Island

It’s that time of year where candy, haunted houses and costumes come together for one day. That’s right, it’s Halloween yet again and you can bet the kids will be having a blast and filling up on candy.

It’s also fall where it’s that last opportunity (Depending on what state you live in) to get your golf fix in before the winter hits. So why not combine golf and Halloween for a crazy, creepy and silly story about a golf writer/course designer and his insane golf course.

This story is based off of a course I created in the video game, The Golf Club. What originally was just meant to simply be a course description, turned into a story. I definitely wrote more than I thought!

So I thought it was only right to share it with you today. Please enjoy the story and don’t get frightened off the golf course during your next outing because well….your friends will think you’re nuts!

 

KEEP IN MIND: This story is completely fictional from the island, to the characters, to the architecture and the media outlets.

 

Here it is: The Legend of Long Drivers Island

 

Beth's Lighthouse

 

Back in the 1890’s, golf author and golf course designer James Dicken McBootycheeks was a very successful writer who wrote the notable golf books “The Long Iron” and “This little Hole of Mine” as well as his all-time best seller “Narrow Fairways” which chronicled his life. He was known to help popularize the game in those years despite not playing.

His writing reached millions. He was always fascinated about how golfers drove the ball down the fairway with power and accuracy (Back in those days, a 250 yard drive was relativity far). Ever since he was a wee little lad, James always loved watching the likes of Young Tom Morris and Old Tom Morris play golf.

It was a thing of beauty when they teed off. He also became a big fan of the bright star at the time who was none other than the great Harry Vardon. As a golf course designer, he was known for his slightly elevated tees, to help golfers get more distance and he was also known for his challenging, yet forgiving narrow fairways.

Although people played and enjoyed his courses, his work was never really recognized as it was overshadowed by his writing career which made him a ton of money. Due to his passion of driving off the tee, he wanted to design something that was out of this world.

Something that would turn heads for years to come…… He was in his office drawing several different designs but none of them satisfied him. While at a coffee shop, a young man, no older than 8 or 9 years old, came up to him and asked if he was Mr. McBootycheeks.

James with a smile told the young man who it was him and the young man asked for his autograph. 

The young man then asked “Do you ever wish a golf course could be made anywhere in the world?”. James responded “Why yes son, of course”. The young man then asked “Do you think it’s ever possible?…” James responded with a “Not sure” as the boy walked away. James was left thinking….thinking very hard….

back in his office still thinking about what the boy said, he began coming up with more course designs. James was getting swamped with all the work as he was already in the middle of writing a highly anticipated novel.

He didn’t want to design a traditional course, he wanted something that was completely out of the ordinary. To get away from all of the stress, he decided to go on fishing trip with a couple of friends, John and Phillip who had helped with James’ other course designs.

The men rarely talked about course designing but just talked about golf and fished. James’ wife Beth, who is an avid a very good golfer told her husband that a course will come together in his head soon.

He remembered what she said which helped him enjoy the time with his friends. The boat they were in seemed to sail out more into the ocean than expected to the point where they started to realize that they weren’t nowhere near home.

Fortunately, they packed a ton of food and water to help them get by. With all the money James had, he also was one of the few people in the world to have a radio (This, years before radios reached homes) with him.

While at sail, not sure where they are, within all the mist, they see an eerie yet beautiful looking island with an unusually shaped mountain. They approach the island with both fascination and fear as they do not know what to expect.

They get off the boat and explore the mysterious island. As they do, John and Phillip were still in awe and fear looking around the entire island but James on the other hand, just kept staring at the top of the flat-topped mountain. As they left the island, James’ decided to take note of where the island was. His golf course design idea started to take shape….

Eventually finding their way home, James kept on thinking about how he would be able to reach the top of the mountain (Since there weren’t aircrafts powerful enough to fly long distances yet). He then decided to design his course idea.

It was one of the most insane designs known to man. Beth saw his drawn out design and her eyes widened with shock. It wasn’t just the crazy looking design, it was the island…..

Many years prior, a young Beth and her father Christopher went on a boat trip, similar to that of James’. They came across the same exact island that James’ and his friends saw.

They approached the island, and ironically it was just as dark and misty that day as it was with James’. They began hearing strange noises and voices but there was nobody around.

Despite their fear, they continued to explore the island. Beth’s father Christopher would soon have the scare of his life…..

As they approached the flat-topped mountain, they decided to walk behind it. Christopher went ahead of Beth and what he saw next would send shivers down his spine….

He saw an odd, creepy looking man whose head looked unusually tilted. He just stared at Christopher from a short distance away with wide eyes and almost no expression. Beth was terrified.

Christopher looked like he was frozen. He turned around for a few seconds while Beth closed her eyes. Christopher turned his head back again and Beth opened her eyes, then the creepy looking man was standing right in front of Christopher’s face.

This left the two running in absolute terror as Beth was screaming to the top of her lungs. Chris turned around and noticed the creepy man was close behind him and he wasn’t even running (Sorta like Slender). Chris and Beth went on the boat and escaped.

Chris took one last look around at the island and the man vanished. Making their way back home, Chris started to have horrible nightmares about the island and this caused him deep depression.

Remarkably, he overcame it all and was still alive yet his mind will never forget the island and what was on it…..

Beth still in shock by James’ design walked away and thought about it for a while. As James returned home, Beth brought up the design and said that it looked interesting.

She never told him about her story of the island and kept it a secret but she wanted to scream at him that it was cursed although she couldn’t clarify that was indeed the island since it was only a drawing but the similarities are remarkable.

So James’ told Beth that he’s trying to figure out a way to get a hold of an aircraft or some climbing tools to get to the top of the mountain. He considered a hot air balloon, but most of the work on his design would be from the ground so there’s really no need for one.

So he grabbed some tools for climbing, grabbed John and Phillip and decided to go back to the island. Beth was quite fearful. As the men were on the island in the middle of designing their course, the men started to hear noises, the same ones Beth and her father Chris heard several years prior.

They didn’t pay no mind and kept sculpting, digging and building. James’ then decided that it was a good idea to have some built-in stairs within the mountain.

So they looked for a certain part of the mountain to start chipping away at the rock and next thing they knew, after just a couple of weeks of being on the island and designing, the course, along with the helpful stares that lead to the top of the mountain were completed. Each tee box was lined up on top of the mountain with each fairway and green on the ground.

On a day where the sun was setting, James went to the top of the mountain, looked out to the ocean’s horizon and hit the very first tee shot on the course he dubbed “Long Drivers Island”.

The clubhouse was built and used as a house as well for guests or his family if they wanted to stay for a week or so. There’s also two lighthouses with one right behind the clubhouse and another one stationed on top of one of the other mountains which is arguably the most iconic part of the course in which he named “Beth’s Lighthouse” (Pictured above).

Word of mouth got out about this very strange and incredible golf course and people from all over visited the island to play a round. Instead of going up and down the mountain to finish out a hole, most people just teed off on each hole first and then went down to hit each of their second shots at the same time instead of “tee, green, tee, green”, it was “tee, tee, tee, tee, green/fairway, green/fairway”.

People had a blast with the course as they were able to have a true feel of hitting the golf ball a long long way. Some also had fear of heights too but still took some swings.

Boats were surrounding the island and golf balls were flying. James’ was very proud of what was accomplished. Some people even staid over night. They either slept on their boats or booked a room in the clubhouse.

One night, Beth, who was there at the time although she didn’t like being there but was happy for her husband’s success, decided to take a dip in the ocean to relax. When she came back out, she noticed the noises again….

She looked to her left and there he was…

The creepy head tilted man and then she let out a loud scream waking up almost everyone. James’ came down and ran to Beth but didn’t know what she was screaming at since there was nothing there. She stopped screaming and started crying.

They went back up to the clubhouse. James’ tried to ask her what she saw but she was too hysterical to control. Eventually, she calmed down and went to sleep. James’ couldn’t sleep that night.

The next day, a few golfers decided to have a long driving contest, one man hit the ball so far that it was near the edge of the island. The people watching went nuts. As James looked on, he decided to set up a tournament.

James himself and Beth would take part and almost everyone on the island signed up. It was an amazing battle throughout the whole tournament as the same man who hit the ball a very long way and Beth went down to the wire.

Beth sunk an unbelievable putt on the 9th hole to win it in stunning fashion but little did the men know before then how great a golfer Beth was. That night there was a big party at the clubhouse in celebration of the completion of the course’s first tournament.

Little did they know that it would be their last tourney as the infamous mist came in, the terrifying noises erupted, next thing they know, on the mountain with them was the tilted head man and a ton of people went scrambling while some men tried to shoot it but no dice which sent them scrambling as well. James took Beth and ran also.

They all went to their boats as the eerie noises started getting louder. The tilted man with no expression was at the end of the island looking on as everyone escaped. Nobody would return to the island.

James would go on to write about the terrifying events in his latest novel “Golf on the Island” and his nightmares he was having, just like Beth’s father experienced. Beth eventually told James what happened when she was a young girl on that night with her father.

Beth would go on to do the foreword of the book thanks to both, her knowledge of golf, and the events she experienced on the island. The book would receive high praise among both the sports and paranormal communities and is still read to this day.

After being abandoned for decades, a man by the name of Mike Snottsman found the island again after hearing stories about it. He decided to open the course back up and create a new clubhouse while the old one was still there, surrounded by plants, grass and spider web.

Paranormal investigators visited the island frequently and sometimes got a quick round of golf in themselves while a lot of people came just for the golf. Some people just visit the island by helicopter although the stairs are still there.

For some strange reason, out of the thousands of people who played the course, there has not been any reported sightings of the tilted man. There have been reports of hauntings, but not him specifically who sent shock waves throughout the world around the turn of the century, thanks to James McBootycheeks’ writing.

Most of the reported hauntings seem to occur in the old clubhouse that James and his partners built. There have been reported sounds, voices and laughter coming from inside the house.

Supposedly it’s the spirits of James, Beth and the several golfers who hung out there. Even one paranormal writer made an astonishing discovery in the house. In the upstairs area of the house, there was a door that was oddly cracked open (Note: all doors were closed and sealed).

The young writer/investigator, 24, went into the room and saw a man sitting at a desk with his back turned and it looked like he was writing. The investigator was trying to take a picture but as soon as he put his camera up, the man at the desk vanished (Note: The investigator was out of sight of the man for at least a second because he was trying to put his camera up).

Amazed, excited and a little scared, the investigator ran out of the clubhouse and ran to the other house where Mike Snottsman was and told him what he saw. Supposedly, it was James’ writing another golf book. It was odd however that his spirit was on the island as he lived his life away from the island after “The Events” occurred.

Some may even wonder if it’s the tilted man, manipulating himself to look kinda like James’. After curious research, the young investigator found out who the infamous tilted man was….

It was an explorer by the name of Carolina Jones who was on top of the mountain on the same island back in the early 1800’s (Between 1800 and 1810 possibly) he placed a flag by the edge of the mountain marking his territory and then he slipped….

He landed hard and ended up breaking his neck. Astonishingly, Carolina, who’s had accidents before (Not quite like this however) was alive until he and his fellow explorers reached civilization to give him some help but sadly, just minutes after getting treated, Carolina passed away.

He was beloved by many people and was considered a great man. However, the terrifying nightmares he gives people when they see him, is his way of showing what he went through.

In the end, Long Drivers Island is still going strong with many people visiting each day for vacation and it remains a fun place for people to tee it high and let it fly. The island was voted by Photojournalism magazine as the 5th most mysterious place in the world and the old clubhouse was voted as the 9th most haunted place in the world by the ParanormalStories.com.

Beth’s Lighthouse was selected as a National Historic Landmark although it isn’t American but Beth was a born American and moved the Scotland when she was 12.

The lighthouse is the most photographed part of the course and one of the most photographed architectures in the world and some may even ignore the actual course just to see the lighthouse. 

 

If you would like to play Long Drivers Island in The Golf Club then simply search “Long Drivers Island” when selecting a course and experience one of the most insane course designs ever.

WARNING: This course could make you uneasy if you get sick easily as there are long drops from the tees.

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

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