Your Perfect Day of Golf

Everyone has what they consider to be a perfect day of golf. I’ve had the good fortune to have a few. A morning round at St. Andrews Old Course followed by and afternoon on the New Course under the bright sunshine. Two rounds at Pacific Dunes on a hazy grey, which included my low score. I’ve also had some stunningly good times playing Eagles Nest first off in the AM, and had a delightful day playing Cruden Bay and Montrose in Scotland with a buddy. And that was in 35 mile an hour wind.

Next week I’m off to California. The end of the week includes some golf. Specifically, I’m playing Cypress Point first off, and then Pebble Beach in the afternoon, respectively the second and fifth courses in the world on Golf Mag’s list.

I’m not sure it can get much better in terms of course quality, but I’d love to hear what G4G readers consider their best days of golf — and why. The comments section is open…

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A bestselling author and award-winning columnist, Robert Thompson has been writing about business and sports, and particularly golf, for almost two decades. His reporting and commentary on golf has appeared in Golf Magazine, the Globe and Mail, T&L Golf and many other media outlets. Currently Robert is a columnist with Global Golf Post, golf analyst for Global News and Shaw Communications, and Senior Writer to ScoreGolf. The Going for the Green blog was launched in 2004.

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  • Rob,

    I doubt anyone will be able to touch the Cypress/Pebble double bill, although if I ever in my life have the glorious chance to play CPC, I’d hope to play 36 and do PB the next day. And throw in Pasatiempo at some point too.

    The perfect day of golf for me would have to include a couple factors:

    – relative isolation…the feeling of having the course to yourself with your friends which allows you to…
    – play quickly enough to get in 36 holes for the day

    I haven’t been across the pond to Scotland, as you know, but I’ve been lucky enough to have a few great experiences that would qualify. The short boat ride into Bigwin Island, followed by a quick 36 holes on an almost empty course was quite good.

    Sleeping on the lake in Muskoka then taking the short trip to Oviinbyrd to play with my father and sister on a completely empty course was another highlight.

    Making the four hour drive to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, staying in a crappy hotel, then getting up at the crack of dawn to head out to play Oakmont CC during a US Open year. One of the great experiences of my life, just soaking up the history in the clubhouse and in the tremendous men’s locker room there.

    But I’d say the ‘perfect’ experience was a day I didn’t even play golf – first, my wife and I had dinner in Brentwood, CA at a great Italian place then made the short drive back to Pacific Palisades, as we were staying the night in the clubhouse at Riviera CC, overlooking the famous 18th green. The wife went up to the room and I took a wedge, a ball and a camera and walked Hogan’s Alley all by my lonesome. Not one person on the golf course. Just soaked it all in…one of the most surreal experiences in my life and only topped when I got the opportunity to play the next day.

    Enjoy your time in California. I look forward to reading all about it!


  • Warm and sunny makes a great day of golf for me. Question, how would Bandon Dunes rate up against Pebble Beach for your great day?

  • For me, a career low round on a gorgeous sunny windy day with 3 of my golfing buddies playing the historic, quirky, fascinating Crail golf course in Scotland.

    Of equal stature was another day playing the Pebble Beach course with a caddy and walking with my wife on a sunny calm 20C day. Views were spectacular, company was the best, and golf was unparalleled.

  • Hugh: I’ll let you know. Hard to top Pacific Dunes followed by Pacific Dunes. And I shot 68 to boot. We’ll see…

  • Matt has the idea of a perfect day, getting to really savour it all.
    I have been to Riviera a few times but not fortunate enough to have played it. I missed a perfect opportunity to play Pasatiempo a few yrs back in U.S ladies Srs but hope one day to accept the wonderful challenges the course has to offer.

    Anxiously waiting to hear about Cypress Point!

  • August 2000, roadtrip with friends to Cape Breton on their “honeymoon”, he & I brought the sticks just in case we could get on Highland Links (we didn’t book!)…not only did we get on, it was (as the pro shop said), about the ONLY SATURDAY that summer it was Sunny & Clear.

    What a treat.

    Lobster dinner in Baddeck was great too!

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