Jeff Kissel

Currently spinning golf course-related takes at my Instagram.

I live in St. Charles, MO and play golf as frequently as I am able on the mediocre daily-fee layouts of the St. Louis region while maintaining an index that generally stays between 2 and 4. I write my course reviews like an engineer because that's how I was taught; however, I currently work in the healthcare IT industry.

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Battle Ground 24/04/2022

29th Indiana - Best in Area
What a difference ten years makes. When I was a Purdue undergraduate in the late 1990s and early 2000s, the course at Battle Ground was part of Lafayette Country Club; th...

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Gateway National 22/04/2022

43rd Illinois - Best in Area
Keith Foster’s design career has gravitated towards the renovation side of the ledger in recent years, but there was a period of time when he built some fantastic new des...

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Algonquin 22/04/2022

33rd Missouri - Best in Area
When it comes to the quality of turf conditions, very few courses in the Gateway region stand up to Algonquin. Playing here, especially as the turf firms up in the fall,...

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Ozarks National 30/12/2021

2nd Missouri - Best in Area
A new era is dawning at Top100, but the wide panel of reviewers here would be remiss not to acknowledge the work of Keith Baxter, Jim McCann, and team, who shepherded the...

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Staley Farms 29/10/2021

22nd Missouri - Best in Area
What makes a golf course truly exciting? That’s obviously in the eye of the beholder. A routing with wide hole corridors allowing for strategic decisions, gently rolling...

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Missouri Bluffs 19/10/2021

39th Missouri - Best in Area
It was the early 1990s, at the height of the golf course construction boom, and a prominent developer sought to build a “country club for a day”-style high-end public lay...

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Westwood 01/08/2021

31st Missouri - Best in Area
Most of the best private clubs around St. Louis are clustered in a small circle inside the I-270 loop west of the city. There you’ll find St. Louis Country Club, Old Wars...

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St Clair Country Club 30/06/2021

40th Illinois - Best in Area
If I had one round to play anywhere in the St. Louis area, it would clearly be at the spectacular St. Louis CC. But what would be my second choice? Most people might expe...

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Eagle Springs Golf Resort 30/06/2021

39th Wisconsin - Best in Area
I love nine-hole courses. They're often an invaluable asset to communities that are not able to support a larger-scale and more land- or resource-intensive golf operation...

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Hattiesburg 08/05/2021

20th Mississippi - Best in Area
I hadn’t planned on venturing too far from the Gulf Coast to play golf during my time in Mississippi, as the immediate area has plenty of courses worthy of my time. Somet...

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Fallen Oak 08/05/2021

1st Mississippi - Best in Area
The majority of lists of the best courses in Mississippi list Fallen Oak as number one, and that pedigree is apparent in the logistics and cost it took to arrange the rou...

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The Preserve Golf Club 08/05/2021

7th Mississippi - Best in Area
Let me start this review by highlighting the numerous excellent restaurants in the Biloxi/Gulfport area… I kid, I kid. Golf takes precedence here, and as I stated in a co...

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Grand Bear 08/05/2021

8th Mississippi - Best in Area
Grand Bear is fine. It’s a perfectly enjoyable golf course in a lovely wooded setting a bit inland from the Gulf, allowing for there to be a bit more terrain movement tha...

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Shell Landing 08/05/2021

10th Mississippi - Best in Area
Shell Landing was easily the prettiest course I played in Mississippi. The layout weaves (albeit somewhat awkwardly) throughout the ridges above the lovely salt marshes o...

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The Oaks Golf Club 08/05/2021

15th Mississippi - Best in Area
I played The Oaks on a cold and dreary afternoon the day after some heavy rain; it was Valentine’s Day, and to treat my wife I opted to take our toddler with me for a lit...

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Harbor Links at Sagamore 07/01/2021

37th Indiana - Best in Area
HarborLinks is a P.B. Dye design located in eastern Indiana on the shores of the enormous Brookville Reservoir, the largest man-made lake by volume in the state. My exper...

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Bryan Park (Champions) 30/12/2020

78th North Carolina - Best in Area
While visiting family in rural southwestern Virginia one recent winter, I felt the need to drive south out of the snow and play golf on one of the warmer days on the trip...

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Kiawah Island (Cougar Point) 29/12/2020

80th South Carolina - Best in Area
Cougar Point is the best Gary Player-designed course I’ve played, which is a bit unfortunate. The Black Knight and his design firm have been prolific over the years, buil...

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Sunset Hills 25/11/2020

57th Illinois - Best in Area
I’m not sure quite how to feel about Sunset Hills. The golf course feels like a Frankenstein monster of sorts, with holes being stitched together from different eras of d...

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