Steven Kennedy

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Bandon Dunes (Sheep Ranch) 03/01/2022

Gem USA - Best in Area
I played Sheep Ranch the 2nd day it was open, so this review is delayed by a little over a year. The grass on the course was still settling a bit, but the course still p...

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Tobacco Road 28/12/2021

8th North Carolina - Best in Area
For some, Tobacco Road is a polarizing course design, especially when juxtaposed to its neighbors in the Carolina sandhills that offer a more minimalist display. While I...

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Westchester (West) 28/12/2021

21st New York - Best in Area
The West Course opens with a short, strategic par 4 over a rolling fairway that entices you to go for it but can punish a wayward drive. I love an opener that actually m...

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Hidden Creek 28/12/2021

12th New Jersey - Best in Area
Hidden Creek, at times, feels like courses you would see down in the Pinehurst area as well as heathland courses you might see in Surrey. Perhaps this is not surprising,...

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Mid Ocean Club 23/12/2021

1st Bermuda Ranking 2nd Caribbean Ranking
Have you ever played a Macdonald/Raynor course that you didn't love? Neither have I. Part of the reason is it's fun to play template holes, and there is a reason those...

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East Lake 23/12/2021

4th Georgia - Best in Area
You start to feel the history of the place when you pull up, and while the first few holes feel a bit normal in terms of quality of design, I think the course from the 5t...

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Montauk Downs 23/12/2021

80th New York - Best in Area
Montauk Downs is a solid golf course to play if you are in the area, though you have some similar bureaucratic hoops to jump through as with Bethpage in terms of getting...

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Maidstone 23/12/2021

8th New York - Best in Area 32nd USA Ranking 36th North America Ranking 71st World Ranking
Not shocking to realize that playing a Willie Park design, which was touched up by Coore & Crenshaw, in the dunes of the Hamptons is an incredible experience. The course...

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Essex County Country Club 21/12/2021

9th New Jersey - Best in Area
I am a current member at Essex County Country Club, but the below is my honest opinion after recently looking at a myriad of clubs to join not far from NYC where I live.T...

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The Creek 21/12/2021

15th New York - Best in Area 88th USA Ranking
Worth a trip to play here if invited. A bit of a "Jekyll and Hyde" course in terms of the inland first 5 holes versus the rest of the course.The first 5 holes are just f...

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Stanwich 21/12/2021

4th Connecticut - Best in Area
Stanwich is an interesting course to play in the sense that it is hard to really categorize it within an architecture sense... The course is relatively young, by Tri-Stat...

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Round Hill 21/12/2021

6th Connecticut - Best in Area
A short Walter Travis course where green complexes need to defend par in the modern game, which they sometimes (but not always) do. A leisurely walk on a nice parkland c...

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Sleepy Hollow (Upper) 21/12/2021

16th New York - Best in Area 92nd USA Ranking
Take the trip if you get the invite. When you look at before and after pictures of the course prior to the fine work of Gil Hanse and George Bahto, you realize how smart...

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Lawsonia (Links) 23/11/2021

4th Wisconsin - Best in Area 79th USA Ranking 92nd North America Ranking
Quite frankly, the best value for golf in the United States (unless someone knows of another top 100 course in the country that you can play any time of day during peak s...

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Blue Mound 13/06/2021

7th Wisconsin - Best in Area
Cosistent with other Raynor courses, Blue Mound is both a fair test and also just flat out enjoyable to play. The Punchbowl, Biarritz, and Redan, in particular, are all...

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