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An ethical dilemma on the course

HAL LENOBEL
Contributing Columnist
golf@lbknews.com

Here is a golf ethics question for you…

What if you were playing in the club championship tournament finals and the match was halved at the end of 17 holes. You had the honor and hit your ball a modest 250 yards to the middle of the fairway, leaving a simple six iron to the pin. Your opponent then hits his ball, lofting it deep into the woods to the right of the fairway. Being the golfing gentleman that you are, you help your opponent. Before the permitted five-minute search period ends, your opponent says: “Go ahead and hit your second shot and if I don’t find it in time, I’ll concede the match.”

You hit your ball, landing it on the green, stopping about 10 feet from the pin. About the time your ball comes to rest, you hear your opponent exclaim from deep in the woods: “I found it!” The second sound you hear is a click, the sound of a club striking a ball and the ball comes sailing out of the woods and lands on the green, stopping no more than six inches from the hole. Now here is the ethical dilemma:

Do you pull the cheating bastard’s ball out of your pocket and confront him with it or do you keep your mouth shut?

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This is a reprint of Golf Week’s list of the most highly rated golf courses in the United States, divided into two sections. The first 50 are classic courses built before 1960. The second 50 are modern courses built after 1960.

Classic courses build before 1960

1. Pine Valley Golf Club 9.56
(No. 1 in 2011, p) Pine Valley, N.J.
1919, Harry S. Colt, George Crump

2. Cypress Point Club 9.48
(2, p) Pebble Beach, Calif.
1928, Alister MacKenzie

3. Shinnecock Hills Golf Club 9.36
(3, p) Southampton, N.Y.
1931, William S. Flynn, Howard C. Toomey

4. National Golf Links of America 9.29
(4, p) Southampton, N.Y.
1911, Charles Blair Macdonald

5. Oakmont Country Club 9.10
(6, p) Oakmont, Pa.
1903, Henry Fownes

6. Augusta National Golf Club 9.08
(10, p) Augusta, Ga.
1932, Bobby Jones, Alister MacKenzie

7. Merion Golf Club (East) 9.00
(5, p) Ardmore, Pa.
1912, Hugh Wilson

8. Fishers Island Golf Club 8.92
(7, p) Fishers Island, N.Y.
1927, Seth Raynor

9. Pebble Beach Golf Links 8.88
(9, p) Pebble Beach, Calif.
1919, Douglas Grant, Jack Neville

10. Crystal Downs 8.78
(8, p) Frankfort, Mich.
1931, Alister MacKenzie, Perry Maxwell

11. Pinehurst Resort (No. 2) 8.70
(17, r) Pinehurst, N.C.
1903-1946, Donald Ross

12. Chicago Golf Club 8.67
(13, p) Wheaton, Ill.
1923, Seth Raynor; Charles Blair Macdonald (1894)

13. Prairie Dunes Country Club 8.62
(12, p) Hutchinson, Kan.
1937, Perry Maxwell, Press Maxwell (1957)

14. Seminole Golf Club 8.55
(14, p) North Palm Beach, Fla.
1929, Donald Ross

15. San Francisco Golf Club 8.54
(11, p) San Francisco
1915, A.W. Tillinghast

16. Los Angeles CC (North) 8.48
(15, p) Los Angeles
1927, William P. Bell, George C. Thomas Jr., Herbert Fowler (1921)

17. Winged Foot Golf Club (West) 8.41
(16, p) Mamaroneck, N.Y.
1923, A.W. Tillinghast

18. Riviera Country Club 8.14
(20, p) Pacific Palisades, Calif.
1927, William P. Bell, George C. Thomas Jr.

19. Garden City Golf Club 8.04
(18, p) Garden City, N.Y.
1899, Devereux Emmet, Walter J. Travis (1909)

20. Oakland Hills CC (South) 8.00
(19, p) Bloomfield Hills, Mich.
1918, Donald Ross, Robert Trent Jones Sr. (1950)

21. Bethpage State Park (Black) 8.00
(21, d) Farmingdale, N.Y.
1935, A.W. Tillinghast

22. Camargo Club 7.99
(24, p) Indian Hill, Ohio
1921, Seth Raynor

23. Olympic Club (Lake) 7.98
(23, p) San Francisco
1929, Willie Watson, Sam Whiting

24. The Country Club (Composite) 7.93
(22, p) Brookline, Mass.
1895, Willie Campbell; William S. Flynn, Howard C. Toomey (1931)

25. Shoreacres 7.86
(26, p) Lake Bluff, Ill.
1921, Seth Raynor

26. Southern Hills Country Club 7.85
(25, p) Tulsa, Okla.
1936, Perry Maxwell

27. Plainfield Country Club 7.82
(28, p) Plainfield, N.J.
1921, Donald Ross

28. Somerset Hills Country Club 7.78
(31, p) Bernardsville, N.J.
1918, A.W. Tillinghast

29. Wannamoisett Country Club 7.74
(27, p) Rumford, R.I.
1916, Donald Ross

30. Pasatiempo 7.73
(29, d) Santa Cruz, Calif.
1929, Alister MacKenzie

31. Myopia Hunt Club 7.66
(32, p) Hamilton, Mass.
1896, Herbert Leeds

32. Winged Foot Golf Club (East) 7.66
(30, p) Mamaroneck, N.Y.
1923, A.W. Tillinghast

33. Peachtree Golf Club 7.63
(34, p) Atlanta
1948, Bobby Jones,
Robert Trent Jones Sr.

34. California Golf Club 7.58
(35, p) South San Francisco, Calif.
1926, A. Vernon Macan, Alister MacKenzie (1928), Kyle Phillips (2007)

35. Valley Club of Montecito 7.56
(36, p) Santa Barbara, Calif.
1928, Robert Hunter, Alister MacKenzie

36. Baltusrol Golf Club (Lower) 7.56
(33, p) Springfield, N.J.
1922, A.W. Tillinghast

37. Milwaukee Country Club 7.51
(48, p) Milwaukee
1929, Charles H. Alison, Harry S. Colt

38. Yeamans Hall Club 7.49
(39, p) Charleston, S.C.
1925, Seth Raynor

39. Maidstone Club 7.49
(40, p) East Hampton, N.Y.
1899, William H. Tucker, Willie Park Jr. (1925)

40. Newport Country Club 7.49
(38, p) Newport, R.I.
1915, Donald Ross, A.W. Tillinghast (1924)

41. Inverness Club 7.47
(45, p) Toledo, Ohio
1919, Donald Ross; Tom Fazio, George Fazio (1978)

42. Quaker Ridge 7.46
(43, p) Scarsdale, N.Y.
1926, A.W. Tillinghast

43. Baltimore Country Club (East) 7.46
(42, p) Timonium, Md.
1926, A.W. Tillinghast

44. Scioto Country Club 7.45
(49, p) Columbus, Ohio
1916, Donald Ross

45. Oak Hill Country Club (East) 7.45
(37, p) Pittsford, N.Y.
1924, Donald Ross; Tom Fazio,
George Fazio (1979)

46. Olympia Fields CC (North) 7.41
(46, p) Olympia Fields, Ill.
1922, Willie Park Jr.

47. The Course at Yale 7.41
(41, p) New Haven, Conn.
1926, Charles Blair Macdonald, Seth Raynor

48. Piping Rock 7.39
(44, p) Locust Valley, N.Y.
1913, Charles Blair Macdonald, Seth Raynor

49. Salem Country Club 7.37
(51, p) Peabody, Mass.
1925, Donald Ross

50. Canterbury Golf Club 7.37
(60, p) Beachwood, Ohio
1922, Herbert Strong

Best Modern Courses 1960 – present

1. Sand Hills Golf Club 9.27
(1, p) Mullen, Neb.
1995, Bill Coore, Ben Crenshaw

2. Pacific Dunes 9.10
(2, r) Bandon, Ore.
2001, Tom Doak

3. Old Macdonald 8.66
(3, r) Bandon, Ore.
2010, Tom Doak, Jim Urbina

4. Whistling Straits (Straits) 8.61
(4, r) Kohler, Wis.
1997, Pete Dye

5. Friar’s Head 8.47
(5, p) Baiting Hollow, N.Y.
2003, Bill Coore, Ben Crenshaw

6. Ballyneal 8.39
(6, p) Holyoke, Colo.
2006, Tom Doak

7. Bandon Dunes 8.31
(7, r) Bandon, Ore.
1999, David McLay Kidd

8. Sebonack Golf Club 8.26
(8, p) Southampton, N.Y.
2006, Tom Doak, Jack Nicklaus

9. Pete Dye Golf Club 8.21
(10, p) Bridgeport, W.V.
1994, Pete Dye

10. Shadow Creek Golf Club 8.12
(11, r) North Las Vegas, Nev.
1990, Tom Fazio

11. The Golf Club 8.10
(9, p) New Albany, Ohio
1967, Pete Dye

12. Muirfield Village Golf Club 8.07
(12, p) Dublin, Ohio
1974, Jack Nicklaus

13. Old Sandwich Golf Club 8.03
(13, p) Plymouth, Mass.
2004, Bill Coore, Ben Crenshaw

14. Rock Creek Cattle Company 8.00
(15, p) Deer Lodge, Mont.
2008, Tom Doak

15. Kinloch Golf Club 7.96
(14, p) Richmond, Va.
2000, Lester George

16. Wade Hampton Club 7.92
(19, p) Cashiers, N.C.
1988, Tom Fazio

17. Spyglass Hill Golf Club 7.86
(16, r) Pebble Beach, Calif.
1966, Robert Trent Jones Sr.

18. Honors Course 7.84
(17, p) Ooltewah, Tenn.
1983, Pete Dye

19. Ocean Course at Kiawah Island 7.84
(20, r) Kiawah Island, S.C.
1991, Pete Dye

20. Boston Golf Club 7.79
(21, p) Hingham, Mass.
2005, Gil Hanse

21. TPC Sawgrass (Players Stadium) 7.78
(18, r) Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
1981, Pete Dye

22. Chambers Bay Golf Club 7.76
(25, d) University Place, Wash.
2007, Robert Trent Jones Jr., Bruce Charlton

23. Kingsley Club 7.67
(26, p) Kingsley, Mich.
2001, Mike Devries

24. Galloway National Golf Club 7.63
(27, p) Galloway Township, N.J.
1995, Tom Fazio

25. Calusa Pines Golf Club 7.61
(31, p) Naples, Fla.
2001, Dana Fry, Michael Hurdzan

26. Bandon Trails 7.61
(29, r) Bandon, Ore.
2005, Bill Coore, Ben Crenshaw

27. Shooting Star Golf Club 7.59
(24, p) Teton Village, Wyo.
2009, Tom Fazio

28. Gozzer Ranch Golf Club 7.57
(22, p) Harrison, Idaho
2007, Tom Fazio

29. Arcadia Bluffs 7.57
(28, d) Arcadia, Mich.
1999, Rick Smith

30. Huntsman Springs 7.57
(30, p) Driggs, Idaho
2009, David McLay Kidd

31. Dunes Club 7.56
(35, p) New Buffalo, Mich.
1995, Dick Nugent

32. Mountaintop Golf & Lake Club 7.56
(23, p) Cashiers, N.C.
2007, Tom Fazio

33. Whispering Pines Golf Club 7.55
(32, p) Trinity, Texas
2000, Chet Williams

34. Dallas National Golf Club 7.54
(34, p) Dallas
2003, Tom Fazio

35. Colorado Golf Club 7.48
(37, p) Parker, Colo.
2007, Bill Coore, Ben Crenshaw

36. Castle Pines Golf Club 7.47
(38, p) Castle Rock, Colo.
1981, Jack Nicklaus

37. Desert Forest Golf Club 7.46
(39, p) Carefree, Ariz.
1962, Red Lawrence

38. Monterey Peninsula CC (Shore) 7.45
(41, p) Pebble Beach, Calif.
2005, Michael Strantz; Robert Baldock,
Jack Neville (1961)

39. Double Eagle Golf Club 7.43
(33, p) Galena, Ohio
1991, Jay Morrish, Tom Weiskopf

40. Bayonne Golf Club 7.42
(36, p) Bayonne, N.J.
2006, Eric Bergstol

41. Harbour Town Golf Links 7.39
(42, r) Hilton Head Island, S.C.
1970, Pete Dye

42. Patriot Golf Club 7.34
(48, p) Owasso, Okla.
2010, Robert Trent Jones Jr.

43. Pronghorn (Fazio) 7.32
(51, p) Bend, Ore.
2006, Tom Fazio

44. Oak Tree National Golf Club 7.32
(47, p) Edmond, Okla.
1975, Pete Dye

45. Martis Camp Club 7.31
(50, p) Truckee, Calif.
2007, Tom Fazio

46. Mayacama Golf Club 7.31
(40, p) Santa Rosa, Calif.
2001, Jack Nicklaus

47. Blackwolf Run (River) 7.30
(46, r) Kohler, Wis.
1988, Pete Dye

48. Fallen Oak Golf Club 7.30
(45, r) Saucier, Miss.
2006, Tom Fazio

49. Diamond Creek Golf Club 7.26
(44, p) Banner Elk, N.C.
2003, Tom Fazio

50. Karsten Creek Golf Club 7.25
(53, d) Stillwater, Okla.
1994, Tom Fazio

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