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The views from the starter's gate to the nineteenth hole at Algonquin Golf Club in St. Andrews by the Sea, New Brunswick simply can't be beat. If you're going to play a golf course with views, look for one with as much service and care as Algonquin Golf Club, you will be happy. We were helped with our golf bags, offered water, provided course directions, then we were off.
The American Bald Eagle sitting in the tree beside their signature hole show in the golf photograph to the left just added to our enjoyments, as did the Black-backed Gull. To find flowers on the edge of the green just makes for more pleasure during your game. This hole did play a lot more difficult than it looks. A drive down from above had to be spot on or you'd chip from someplace not so bad or worse.
Other nice things about the Algonquin Golf Club included the fact that they took full advantage of their hillside golf course to offer a huge variety of holes, some with downhill lies, some with uphill lies, some with side hill lies. Sand traps were beautifully placed but luckily they didn't come into play often. Despite being fairly well booked, the golf course layout allowed you to believe you were on the golf course by yourself. It was a real treat.
Bay Point Resort Golf Club Pro Shop
When my husband and I visited Panama City, Florida, we found it quite warm and beautiful and of course had to play golf. Our first game was played at the Bay Point Resort Golf Club (seen in the photograph to the left), the only time available was in the afternoon. Since we moved to Florida, we try to play in the morning because it is cooler. Luckily, Bay Point Resort Golf Club had two advantages that made it wonderful to play.
The pro shop is a small place, but very welcoming and they have pretty nice items for sale. On one hole during our golf game, they offered us a golf deal, bet you'll land on the green and if you win, you get double your money at the pro shop, if you lose, keep 1/2. So my husband and I each bet $5 and we both lost, but we managed to pick up a nice palm tree pineapple marker clip for me and then my husband found a Nike Golf shirt with a pocket so he picked that up.
Shaded Tees on Bay Point Resort Golf Course
But the two advantages I mentioned Bay Point Golf Club had, what are they?
The first is they managed to keep old large live oaks near the tee, so even if you do wait to tee off, you do so in the comfort of considerable shade.
The second advantage that Bay Point Golf Club has is the cool refreshing breeze coming from the ocean. The golf course is along the coast, but except for the parking lot beside the marina, golfers rarely see the ocean.
Favorite Water Hazard Hole at Bay Point Golf Course
This golf photograph shows my favorite hole--it has this lovely lake and bridge (only to leave). The Bay Point Golf course has many water hazards, but most don't interfere with your game as long as you hit the ball straight. Many of the holes are quite narrow.
Luckily, most of the golf carts have a GPS device that explains how far from the hole you are and show a map of the hole so you have advance warning. The Best Golf Courses with the Most Water Hazards may have you traveling all around the US in order to try them out.
Sheri Fresonke Harper
Sheri loves to golf, travel and to write.
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