On a trip to Pensacola for a wedding last year, I played at Lost Key Golf Club in Perdido Key, FL, on Halloween, which proved to be a bit scary but a whole lot of treat. Located about a half hour along the Gulf Coast from downtown Pensacola, and less than that to the Alabama state line, this Arnold Palmer Signature course, with the design credited to the Great One and his long-time collaborator, Ed Seay, opened in 1997.  It underwent a major renovation in 2006 that included the addition ...

On a trip to Pensacola for a wedding last year, I played at Lost Key Golf Club in Perdido Key, FL, on Halloween, which proved to be a bit scary but a whole lot of treat. Located about a half hour along the Gulf Coast from downtown Pensacola, and less than that to the Alabama state line, this Arnold Palmer Signature course, with the design credited to the Great One and his long-time collaborator, Ed Seay, opened in 1997.  It underwent a major renovation in 2006 that included the addition ...

Sometimes you stumble upon a golf experience that stuns you, whether it is the views, the incredible friendliness of the staff or the layout itself.  When you find all those qualities, especially in a course you had not previously known about, you can feel like Columbus discovering the New World. On a drive between Rutland and Manchester, VT, about a decade ago, when I was considering starting a publication about New England golf courses, I stumbled upon one such golf course, a hidden ...

It is a cold and windy February day in Connecticut as I write this, the kind of day when any self-respecting golfer turns to thoughts of the best Florida or Hawaii or California golf courses he has played on warm and sunny days.  Call me weird, but my thoughts today are squarely on a windy, often rainy stretch of linksland about nine miles from St. Andrews in Scotland.  The Crail Golfing Society was formed in 1786 at the Golf Hotel, a place you can stay at today.  At 334 years ...

Lost in the media’s fascination with the alleged death of golf are the stories of long-established golf courses that have undergone significant restoration and renovations. You might read about these in LINKS magazine, or Golf Digest or at GolfAdvisor.com, where golf architecture buffs care about such things; but the mainstream and business media tend to prefer the negative stories about golf’s future status. Keney Park, a municipal golf course on the extreme north end of Hartford, CT, ...

I wound up on The Plantation Course on Edisto Island thanks to my wife of 37 years, Anna, who allowed me to accompany her to a beach house that was built about 50 years ago by the father of one of her friends from the University of South Carolina. Anna and her friend Pam, along with four other USC girlfriends, met annually at the Edisto house for decades to remember old times and catch up on one another's lives and families. Anna travelled from our home on Richmond, VA while the others enjoyed ...

Off The Beaten Cart Path is more than 10 years in the making; that is how long ago I bought the name of the web site and a collection of reviews and photos from a golfer who had big plans but not the free hours to match. Having played many out of the way golf courses both for pleasure and as part of my work at GolfCommunityReviews.com, I figured it would be a simple matter to maintain both sites at the same time. It wasn’t, but Golf Community Reviews has become a little easier to manage ...

Hyde Park Golf Course is a link to America's golfing past that needs to be preserved. This is an older course, built just after World War I by Donald Ross, that was just outside of the city proper at the time. Over time, modest housing (by modern standards) was built surrounding the course but not ON the course so it retains that walk-in-the-park feel when you play there.  The clubhouse is an impressive brick and tile structure that with a little TLC could really ...
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The cart paths to golf courses we all know well, even if we have never set foot on the first tee there, are well worn. They are Pebble Beach, the Ocean Course at Kiawah Island, some of the Pinehurst Resort courses and other heralded and well-trafficked layouts (where green fees can be as much as 10 times the price of a lesser known but highly playable muni). Think of Off The Beaten Cart Path courses as those that will surprise and delight you, no matter where they are. You just may have never heard of them. 

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