Mark White

I have played over 750 different golf courses, of which I consider 475 of them worth playing if in the area. I don't chase "lists" but I look at them to see whether a course worth playing is nearby on my travels. I have my own rating system and have ranked every course I have played and recorded every score since 1993. My golf bucket list is to play in every state in the USA (44 so far) and 20 countries. I lived in England from 1993-1998 and am a member of a club in Scotland so I continue to go every year to the U.K or Ireland. I have played in Australia, Canada, Germany, Ireland, Mexico, New Zealand, Portugal, Singapore, Tunisia, but have yet to play in Japan. S. America, Asia, many countries in Europe or the Caribbean. So much golf.....so little time.

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Hyannisport 22/09/2020

14th Massachusetts - Best in Area
If there is a “perfect” club on the east coast, Hyannisport might be the one. Misquamicut in Rhode Island also comes to mind. It does not have a perfect golf course, no...

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Brae Burn 22/09/2020

22nd Massachusetts - Best in Area
Brae Burn is another historic club in the Boston area designed by Donald Ross. It was founded in 1897 in West Newtown, Massachusetts. Mr. Ross later redesigned the cour...

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Worcester Country Club 20/09/2020

18th Massachusetts - Best in Area
In 42 other states, Worcester would likely be among the top ten golf courses in that state. But because Worcester is in Massachusetts, a golf-rich state, other raters in...

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Blue Hill (Championship) 17/09/2020

47th Massachusetts - Best in Area
Blue Hill Championship designed by Skip Wogan with updates by Ron Prichard, is an under-rated golf course. It hosted the 1956 PGA championship, won by Jack Burke, Jr., a...

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Whitinsville 16/09/2020

15th Massachusetts - Best in Area
It is appropriate that Whitinsville is now included among the top 200 classic golf courses in the USA even though it has only nine holes. It certainly is one of Donald R...

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Taconic 15/09/2020

13th Massachusetts - Best in Area
Taconic Golf Club was originally designed in 1927 by Wayne Stiles of Stiles & Van Kleek. Gil Hanse completed a renovation in 2009. I admit to never hearing of Stiles an...

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Torrey Pines (South) 11/09/2020

26th California - Best in Area
Is the South course at Torrey Pines the worst course the U.S. Open has been held on in the “modern era?” (and hosting it again in 2021). Probably. Other than the views...

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Torrey Pines (North) 11/09/2020

62nd California - Best in Area
If one wants to play a course that typically has great weather, hosts the US Open, and three of the four rounds of a PGA tour stop, then play Torrey Pines South. If one...

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Kinloch Golf Club 10/09/2020

1st Virginia - Best in Area
Kinloch is a very good golf course and certainly deserving of being considered the best in the state of Virginia and among the top 100 modern courses in the USA. While I...

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Desert Highlands 07/09/2020

3rd Arizona - Best in Area
Jack Nicklaus’ first design in Arizona is a good one, although I do not rate it nearly as highly as some others do.It is a quirky course in its routing with two of the pa...

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Desert Forest 03/09/2020

8th Arizona - Best in Area
Desert Forest is considered THE course that raised the status of golf in the desert. It was conceived by Tom Darlington and K.T. Palmer as part of the planned community...

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Desert Mountain (Geronimo) 31/08/2020

11th Arizona - Best in Area
The Geronimo course at Desert Mountain, designed by Jack Nicklaus, is the only course I have played at Desert Mountain. I expect that all of the courses are fun to play...

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Bayonne 31/08/2020

10th New Jersey - Best in Area
I have had the privilege of playing Bayonne more than twenty times, beginning in the year that it opened (2006) through this year. I nearly considered joining having sev...

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Hershey (West) 30/08/2020

45th Pennsylvania - Best in Area
Designed by Maurice McCarthy in 1930, this course hosted the PGA Championship in 1940 where Byron Nelson defeated Sam Snead. It has held many other professional events o...

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Meadowbrook Country Club 29/08/2020

12th Michigan - Best in Area
Some of my golf friends who have played many of the world’s finest courses on multiple continents have been discussing what will be the next direction of golf course desi...

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Barton Hills 28/08/2020

16th Michigan - Best in Area
I had been visiting my wife’s aunt and uncle in Ann Arbor, Michigan for 30 years but nearly always played Radrick Farms, the University of Michigan course, or the Inverne...

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Essex County Country Club 28/08/2020

9th New Jersey - Best in Area
Essex Country Club is a very nice golf club, with a mixture of good and bad holes on the front nine, and a terrific back nine ending on one of the most difficult finishin...

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The Country Club 24/08/2020

7th Ohio - Best in Area 97th USA Ranking
The Country Club in Ohio, designed by William Flynn, is an absolute gem. On my first visit there we got rained out on the second hole, retreating into a home bordering t...

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Kirtland 22/08/2020

8th Ohio - Best in Area
The Kirtland Country Club is known for having the best back nine in Ohio, and one of the better back nines in the USA. Because of this recognition, Kirtland is one of th...

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