What makes a 19th gap memorable?
Golfweek put that query to 40 members of our course-ratings panel. Is it the setting? The foods and drinks? A pleasant workers? An historic venue?
The reply our raters gave to all of these questions was: Sure. And extra. Rather more.
One of many themes that ran by means of the raters’ feedback was their favourite 19th holes aren’t only a place to get pleasure from a post-round pop. They’re a part of their golf experiences.
“It’s a method to lengthen the day by sitting with strangers with a typical thread – the love of the sport,” stated Doc Nocella, a rater from Farmington, Mich.
“After I consider an amazing 19th gap, you need it to be a particular place that actually encapsulates the entire expertise,” added rater Nick Martin of Florence, Ala.
What separates golf from just about each different sport is the taking part in area. In contrast to a basketball courtroom or soccer pitch, for instance, every golf course is distinctive and worthy of debate and no less than a modest quantity of contemplation. The 19th gap is a spot to do this whereas watching how others deal with the challenges you’ve simply confronted.
“It’s particular to have a closing have a look at the course, views and wonder – and in addition bear in mind (or overlook in some circumstances) the way you dealt with the identical,” stated Nashville-based rater Jason Hancock. “It will increase the enjoyable and strain realizing others are watching and ready.”
Jeff Catlett, a rater from Sevierville, Tenn., echoed different raters when he stated that “the setting is much and away a very powerful consideration and I prefer to be located the place I can see the course I simply completed taking part in. It appears to lengthen the golf expertise, which … I don’t actually need to see finish.”
That setting doesn’t must be elegant. The clubhouse at The Kingsley Membership in Kingsley, Mich., is little greater than a double-wide trailer with a deck out again. However Catlett recalled how a lot enjoyable it was “to sit down and watch gamers check their expertise on the mind-bendingly tough quick par-Three ninth gap.”
That certainly is likely one of the most treacherous 100-yard holes in golf.
Equally, the clubhouse at Sand Valley Golf Resort in Nekoosa, Wis., is a straightforward, prefabricated constructing – purposeful, not flashy. However Stuart Duhl of Evanston, Ailing., stated one in every of his greatest 19th-hole reminiscences was sitting on Sand Valley’s porch with a drink, chatting with the younger workers and watching gamers end their rounds on Mammoth Dunes.
“My favorites have extra to do with setting than the rest,” Duhl stated.
In that regard, some 19th holes get pleasure from an unfair benefit.
Pebble Seaside acquired a number of mentions from raters, and why not? Raters waxed poetic about The Bench and The Faucet Room at Pebble – the firepits, the view down 18, the temperate local weather, the ocean.
“Despite the fact that the drinks are outrageously costly, you possibly can’t beat the view and the environment across the firepits,” stated Invoice Baer of Marietta, Ga.
Like a number of fellow raters, Dave Edwards of Lengthy Meadow, Mass., ranked The Faucet Room on the prime of his checklist, however for a special motive.
“No one is in a foul temper! Everyone seems to be glad to be there and the camaraderie is nice,” Edwards stated. “(The Faucet Room) and McKee’s (Pub at Bandon Dunes, pictured atop this story) are the 2 bars I believe are the best to begin conversations in. They nearly have a neighborhood bar really feel even the primary time visiting.”
That’s an essential consideration – what you would possibly name the “Cheers” issue. As Jim Martin of Cell, Ala., stated of a few of his favourite clubhouse grills, “You had been by no means a stranger, simply one of many guys! (The workers is) at all times there to serve, in no hurry to depart.”
Arcadia Bluffs, Golfweek’s No. 1 public course in Michigan, drew some comparisons to Pebble Seaside, thanks largely to its setting, which maybe is greatest loved from the Adirondack chairs that line the hillside behind the 18th inexperienced.
“Spectacular view of the course and Lake Michigan,” stated Kent Cooper of Houston.
The raters we surveyed tended to take an expansive view on this matter.
The Outdated Course in St. Andrews, Scotland, for instance, technically doesn’t have a 19th gap. In the event you suppose it’s tough getting a tee time on the Outdated Course, you need to strive getting contained in the R&A Clubhouse for a post-round cocktail or sandwich. (Dallas-based rater Kevin Corridor had that privilege a number of years in the past. He remembers a bulletin board itemizing that week’s company. He and a pal had been the one two names on the board.)
The close by Dunvegan Lodge and Jigger Inn certainly rank as two of essentially the most well-known 19th holes in golf. They’re a ceremony of passage for the 1000’s of golfers who go to St. Andrews to play the Outdated Course.
“The Jigger Inn (is) a superb different, because the caddies who grasp on the market add an extra component to the setting,” stated Greg Ohlendorf, a rater from Beecher, Ailing.
The most effective view of the world’s most well-known course would possibly, appropriately, come on the Street Gap Bar within the Outdated Course Lodge.
“I don’t suppose they perceive the which means of a very good pour throughout the pond – a wee nip received’t even moist your whistle,” Martin stated. “However what a spot to have a cocktail, trying up the 18th fairway and the historic setting of the R&A on the Residence of Golf!”