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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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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Belvedere 20/02/2019

23rd Michigan - Best in Area
Northern Michigan in the summertime is quite possibly the most pleasant place on Earth, with all sorts of activities geared towards the delightful climate: boating, hikin...

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Tobacco Road 19/03/2019

8th North Carolina - Best in Area
Mike Strantz was one of golf architecture’s greatest geniuses. Prior to my day at Tobacco Road I had never played one of his courses, but had been salivating at the thoug...

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Lawsonia (Links) 20/11/2018

4th Wisconsin - Best in Area 79th USA Ranking 92nd North America Ranking
There isn’t much that hasn’t already been said on the internet about Lawsonia’s utterly spectacular Links course. It’s the best daily fee value in the United States, and...

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Canyata 15/10/2020

18th 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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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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Golden Horseshoe (Gold) 23/04/2020

13th 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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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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Crooked Stick 24/08/2018

2nd Indiana - Best in Area
Crooked Stick is a delightful pilgrimage for any fan of Pete Dye’s designs. It’s not as visually intimidating as many of his other designs (Whistling Straits, Kampen, The...

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Whistling Straits (Irish) 17/12/2018

9th Wisconsin - Best in Area
It’s no Straits, that’s for sure. The Irish Course has bentgrass fairways and bluegrass rough, as opposed to the fescue found on the Straits Course. The fairways and gree...

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Ozaukee 13/12/2018

25th Wisconsin - Best in Area
A parkland style layout in the northern suburbs of Milwaukee, Ozaukee is a more subtle Langford & Moreau creation in terms of severity of the green complexes and surround...

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Erin Hills 05/12/2018

5th Wisconsin - Best in Area
The 2017 U.S. Open highlighted the roller coaster glacial landforms of this central Wisconsin layout, but as the course was soft and the wind was not blowing, the scores...

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TPC Louisiana 31/10/2018

3rd Louisiana - Best in Area
After scheduling a business trip which forced me to fly into New Orleans with an afternoon arrival in late May, my thoughts immediately turned to finding a golf course to...

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Wynstone 17/10/2018

25th Illinois - Best in Area
I was a little bit surprised by how much I enjoyed Wynstone. The course plays a mean 75.0/145 from the tips, which I mistakenly volunteered to play to impress my sister’s...

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TPC Deere Run 17/10/2018

23rd Illinois - Best in Area
I only have great things to say about Deere Run. In terms of routing, bunkering, conditioning, and scenery, it’s a world-class golf course. It’s more of a typical modern...

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PGA West (TPC Stadium) 07/11/2019

24th 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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Country Club of Charleston 27/08/2019

15th South Carolina - Best in Area
Seth Raynor built two classic golf courses in the Charleston, SC area in the 1920s; Country Club of Charleston may pale in exposure to its more famous neighbor, Yeamans H...

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