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

52nd 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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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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Firestone (South) 18/04/2020

15th 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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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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Blackwolf Run (River) 17/12/2018

8th Wisconsin - Best in Area
Beautiful conditions, lovely scenery, weird routing. Blackwolf Run is at the American Club, a high-end resort with all the trimmings. The River course sits mostly in a va...

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Norwood Hills (West) 14/10/2018

7th Missouri - Best in Area
Digging deep into the past for this review. I’ve played the West course at Norwood Hills on a few occasions, but not in fifteen years since missing the cut in the 2003 Mi...

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Spyglass Hill 20/03/2019

14th California - Best in Area
It’s a good course, but not great. The first five holes are unique, majestic, and supremely enjoyable. The next thirteen are somehow both extremely challenging and extrem...

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Jefferson City 25/11/2020

26th Missouri - Best in Area
It’s always cool to play a course you know absolutely nothing about and come away floored by how much fun it was. That, in a nutshell, was my experience at Jeff City CC....

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Bulle Rock 15/11/2018

7th Maryland - Best in Area
As it’s consistently been ranked as the best public course in Maryland, I had to take my shot at Bulle Rock while I lived in the area. The terrain is gently rolling and p...

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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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Lake Forest 20/11/2018

15th Missouri - Best in Area
Disclaimer: this is my home club! I became a member earlier in 2018. Gary Kern designed the golf course at Lake Forest; he had a prolific design career in the Midwest Uni...

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Whiskey Creek 20/11/2018

15th Maryland - Best in Area
Given that I unfortunately played this course on one of the windiest days I can ever remember playing golf, affecting my game to the point that it was almost not fun, my...

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Bellerive 07/08/2019

5th Missouri - Best in Area
When the 2018 PGA Championship was awarded to Bellerive in my hometown, I had to go see the event. After all, I attended the 1992 PGA there as a kid, and played the cours...

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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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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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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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Glen Echo 25/11/2020

37th Missouri - Best in Area
Olympic golf! Many scholars of golf history are well aware that such a competition existed before the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro, but for the less-well versed, there 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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