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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Canyata 15/10/2020

19th Illinois - Best in Area
Since 2009, Canyata has been ranked no lower than #63 on Golf Digest’s Top 100 Courses in the United States. That’s a hell of a pedigree! But due to its intense privacy t...

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The Legends (RTJ) 06/10/2020

24th Missouri - Best in Area
When the Country Club at the Legends opened in the late 1980s, there was talk of it hosting a men’s professional major someday. That sort of wishful thinking is a bit lau...

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Persimmon Woods 06/10/2020

16th Missouri - Best in Area
As the golf course boom in the St. Louis area waned in the late 1990s, many new developments in rapidly growing St. Charles County northwest of the city evolved away from...

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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

4th 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

17th 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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