The Golf Club - New Albany, OH
Fresh off a tour of Scotland in 1963. Pete Dye would return to America to build Crooked Stick Golf Club in 1964 and The Golf Club in 1966. This Scottish influence was obvious in these early designs as the courses were created on a "lay of the land" concept with pot bunkers and bulkheads chosen for hazards. Pete Dye would even consult with a 27 year old Jack Nicklaus on building The Golf Club as he offered some intelligent suggestions on shot values for the course. Later on in his career he would move large amounts of land to achieve a much different result.
The Golf Club has not only stood the test of the time, but it remains one of the most enjoyable places to play golf in the country. The clubhouse is very simple and the club is so low key, that not all local golfers even know that it exists.
We arrived at the course amidst a fog for the first tee time of the morning. That fog would begin to lift as we hit our tee shots off of the putting green. Yes, that is correct, the putting green also serves as the back tee on the 1st hole. After a joyous four hours we would finish our round right where we started it as the putting green also serves as the 18th green. Yes, the 18th green is the putting green which is the first tee. A real Finkle is Einhorn type arrangement.