2016 – A Year in Review

Another year is in the books. As always, I like to take this time to reflect on the year that was and look forward to what next year has in store.

2016 represented kind of a “slow down” for me in terms of golf. At least it sure seemed that way because I wasn’t playing quite as often and I was working with a more limited budget. I did not take any really big golf trips this year, but I did manage quite a few smaller road trips that took me as far as Arizona, Nevada, Oregon and various parts of my home state of California. I really made a big dent in my Las Vegas list, and you’ll see many of those courses represented on my “best of” lists at the end of this article.

Locally, I focused on playing private clubs when I could access them through SCGA outings, member invites, member-for-a-day offerings and other means. 

When out on the road, I took advantage of every opportunity to cram in as much golf as possible. I embraced chances to play short courses in addition to full-length courses, which helped maximize the amount of golf I could squeeze in on these road trips.

It didn’t seem like I played that much compared to years past, but I looked at my final numbers and realized I still played more than 100 new courses in 2016, surpassing both the 750 and 800 course milestones in the process. In fact, the total number was 127 new courses played in 2016! Some of the best pictures from my travels are found in my 2017 Bogeys Across America calendar. I still have a few left, so get yours now!

I expect 2017 to be similar, though I really do anticipate the total new course count to go down until my income gets back up to where I want it to be and/or I move to a different region. Starting my own new business has been challenging in terms of time and money, but I see great potential. If I can get it where it needs to be, it will ultimately be good for golf. If so, I can get back on my 50 states quest and at least check a few more off the list with another big trip. We’ll see. 

I do know there will be fewer SCGA outings I’ll attend as there are only a handful of courses on the schedule so far that I haven’t played. Otherwise, I’ll always be looking for ways to access more private clubs in Southern California.

Last but not least, I always like to take the time to rank my favorite new courses played this year. 2016 definitely provided some great golf memories. Below you will find my list of the Top 50 New Courses played in 2016. Below that, you will find my list of the Top 10 New Short Courses played in 2016. I felt like some of those were worth highlighting here, too.

  1. The Canyons at Bighorn Golf Club • Palm Desert, CA
  2. Redlands Country Club • Redlands, CA
  3. Quintero Golf Club • Peoria, AZ
  4. Big Canyon Country Club • Newport Beach, CA
  5. Spanish Hills Country Club • Camarillo, CA
  6. The Crosby at Rancho Santa Fe • Rancho Santa Fe, CA
  7. Eagle Springs Golf & Country Club • Friant, CA
  8. Palos Verdes Golf Club • Palos Verdes Estates, CA
  9. Chardonnay Golf Club • Napa, CA
  10. Mission Hills Country Club (Dinah Shore Tournament Course) • Rancho Mirage, CA
  11. The Revere Golf Club (Concord) • Henderson, NV
  12. North Ranch Country Club • Westlake Village, CA
  13. Siena Golf Club • Las Vegas, NV
  14. The Reserve at Spanos Park • Stockton, CA
  15. Spanish Trail Country Club • Las Vegas, NV
  16. Mission Hills Country Club (Pete Dye Challenge Course) • Rancho Mirage, CA
  17. Bear Creek Golf Club • Murrieta, CA
  18. Trilogy Golf Club at Vistancia • Peoria, AZ
  19. TPC Scottsdale (Stadium Course) • Scottsdale, AZ
  20. Dragonfly Golf Club • Madera, CA
  21. Newport Beach Country Club • Newport Beach, CA
  22. Seven Oaks Country Club • Bakersfield, CA
  23. Bali Hai Golf Club • Las Vegas, NV
  24. The Country Club of Rancho Bernardo • San Diego, CA
  25. Del Mar Country Club • Rancho Santa Fe, CA
  26. Coyote Creek Golf Club (Tournament) • San Jose, CA
  27. Catta Verdera Country Club • Lincoln, CA
  28. El Niguel Country Club • Laguna Niguel, CA
  29. Royal Links Golf Club • Las Vegas, NV
  30. The Ranch Golf Club • San Jose, CA
  31. TPC Las Vegas • Las Vegas, NV
  32. Badlands Golf Club • Las Vegas, NV
  33. Rhodes Ranch Golf Club • Las Vegas, NV
  34. TPC Scottsdale (Champions Course) • Scottsdale, AZ
  35. Manteca Park Golf Course • Manteca, CA
  36. Rancho Solano Golf Club • Fairfield, CA
  37. Calabasas Country Club • Calabasas, CA
  38. Los Coyotes Country Club • Buena Park, CA
  39. Kings Country Club • Hanford, CA
  40. Fig Garden Golf Club • Fresno, CA
  41. The Palms Golf Club • La Quinta, CA
  42. Monterey Country Club • Palm Desert, CA
  43. Mission Hills Country Club (Arnold Palmer Course) • Rancho Mirage, CA
  44. La Quinta Country Club • La Quinta, CA
  45. Bakersfield Country Club • Bakersfield, CA
  46. Painted Desert Golf Club • Las Vegas, NV
  47. Paradise Valley Golf Course • Fairfield, CA
  48. Sun Lakes Country Club (Championship Course) • Banning, CA
  49. Alta Vista Country Club • Placentia, CA
  50. Oakmont Golf Club (West) • Santa Rosa, CA

I also want to give some love to the short courses I played in 2016. I played quite a few, but I will rank the Top 10 new ones played here:

  1. Chinook Winds Golf Resort • Lincoln City, OR
  2. Dublin Ranch Golf Course • Dublin, CA
  3. River Creek Golf Course • Ahwahnee, CA
  4. Desert Willow Golf Course • Henderson, NV
  5. Marrakesh Country Club • Palm Desert, CA
  6. Durango Hills Golf Club • Las Vegas, NV
  7. Forest Hills Country Club • Reedsport, OR
  8. Big Trees Golf Course (formerly Wawona) • Yosemite National Park, CA
  9. Chaparral Country Club • Palm Desert, CA
  10. Bigfoot Golf & Country Club (aka Willow Creek G&CC) • Willow Creek, CA

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