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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Ojai Valley Inn 14/05/2020

96th 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

37th 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

57th 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

68th 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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PGA West (TPC Stadium) 07/11/2019

23rd California - Best in Area
Stadium is legendary for its difficulty, and I think it held up to that reputation. Every hole felt like it presented a new, different challenge than the last. Some green...

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Kapalua (Plantation) 07/11/2019

2nd Hawaii - Best in Area
Hawaii is an amazing place that everyone should experience. Having only ever been to the island of Maui I can’t speak for every place in the state, but for someone who gr...

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Capitol Hill (Judge) 01/10/2019

10th Alabama - Best in Area
Of the four courses on the Robert Trent Jones Trail in Alabama that I’ve played – only three of which are ranked on this site – Capitol Hill’s Judge course was my least f...

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Deerfield 29/08/2019

9th Delaware - Best in Area
For a course of its era, I rather liked Deerfield. It was playable and enjoyable, albeit somewhat unmemorable. The course sits in a particularly hilly area, even for nort...

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