Jeff Kissel

I’ve played golf my whole life, but in recent years have gained a new appreciation for playing interesting golf courses which led me to this site. I grew up near St. Louis, MO, USA playing daily-fee courses and cut my teeth in college at Purdue’s Birck Boilermaker Kampen Course, a brutal Pete Dye creation, and Ackerman Hills Course, a Bill Diddel parkland gem (sadly no longer existing), before spending time living in the Maryland/DC area. My appreciation for great classical architecture was kindled by a chance encounter and 2-year love affair with Annapolis Golf Club, a 9-hole Charles Banks layout that had fallen into some disrepair and also sadly no longer exists, and was cemented after experiencing the spectacular Lawsonia Links. I now play wherever I can on daily fee courses around the St. Louis area. While not a magical unicorn as the picture shows, I do like loud golf outfits and can frequently be seen in very bright colors.

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Homestead (Cascades) 15/07/2020

3rd Virginia - Best in Area
Controversy! I understand the Cascades course has been renovated multiple times since I played it to remove some trees and redo some greens, but even back then it was ran...

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Jackson Hole 08/07/2020

5th Wyoming - Best in Area
Jackson Hole is a hard course to review because a good portion of the joy in playing it is because of the simply spectacular views of the Tetons. I can’t even begin to de...

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Harbour Town 19/06/2020

3rd South Carolina - Best in Area
In a non-COVID world, Harbour Town is a traditional stop on the PGA Tour that takes place the week after the pressure of the Masters and generally has a relaxed feel. Guy...

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Rustic Canyon 06/06/2020

16th California - Best in Area
I don’t think any golf course has ever touched my soul quite like Rustic Canyon did. Playing this beautiful and supremely well-designed course on a calm, cloudless mornin...

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Ojai Valley Inn 14/05/2020

86th California - Best in Area
Ojai Valley Inn gets a bad rap. The Fried Egg posted a scathing review of the course by writer Garrett Morrison in the fall of 2019, mainly revolving around the fact that...

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Links at Spanish Bay 13/05/2020

46th California - Best in Area
It’s been a while since I played Spanish Bay, but my greatest memory is that of disappointment. Too many quirks from tee to green – forced layups, split fairways, centerl...

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Golden Horseshoe (Gold) 23/04/2020

8th Virginia - Best in Area
For my “Golden Jubilee” course review on this great site – you know, the one that gets you the big red ribbon – I’m not sure there is a more appropriate course to write a...

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Fox Run 20/04/2020

14th Missouri - Best in Area
Many in the St. Louis area consider Fox Run to be Gary Kern’s best design. It certainly has the pedigree, having hosted a number of top events from the LPGA’s Michelob Li...

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TPC Sawgrass (Dye's Valley) 18/04/2020

53rd Florida - Best in Area
This review is mostly for comedic purposes because it comes with a major caveat. I’ve played the Valley course only once: the very first “real” eighteen-hole round of my...

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Firestone (South) 18/04/2020

16th Ohio - Best in Area
Robert Trent Jones Sr.’s work hasn’t aged well into our current era of Coore/Hanse/Doak, but in my formative years, Firestone’s South Course was a well-regarded layout th...

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Queenstown Harbor (River) 16/04/2020

26th Maryland - Best in Area
For almost four years of my life, Queenstown Harbor’s 36 holes were the closest daily-fee facility to my residence in remote Chestertown, Maryland, a good 35 minutes away...

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Annbriar 14/04/2020

46th Illinois - Best in Area
To be blunt, public golf in the St. Louis area isn’t great. Especially when compared to other cities in the region, we in the Gateway to the West fall woefully short. We...

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Pacific Grove 14/04/2020

67th California - Best in Area
It’s been quite a long time since I visited the Pacific Grove municipal course, but playing it on a surprisingly beautiful and calm December day definitely struck a chord...

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French Lick (Pete Dye) 07/02/2020

5th Indiana - Best in Area
Impressive is the first word that comes to mind when describing the Dye Course at French Lick. It’s a monumental engineering achievement to even build a golf course on th...

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French Lick (Donald Ross) 07/02/2020

3rd Indiana - Best in Area
When heading to French Lick, I wanted to understand how raters on this site consistently gave the Donald Ross Course better ratings than the Pete Dye Course. After all, t...

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Rock Hollow 30/01/2020

19th Indiana - Best in Area
This review is based on a single round almost two decades ago followed by years of regret about not visiting Rock Hollow since. Having spent nearly seven years of my life...

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PGA West (Palmer Private) 28/01/2020

77th California - Best in Area
As far as the PGA West complex courses are concerned, Palmer Private is a leisurely walk in the park compared to Stadium. The houses are set back a bit farther off the ho...

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