Professional golfer and commentator Peter Jacobsen shares his favorite and most challenging courses to play in this edition of “My Courses” from our Fall 2020 issue of LINKS.
MY FAVORITE COURSE: Pebble Beach. It was a favorite of our family growing up in Portland, Ore. I so much enjoy the feel of golf in the air on the Monterey Peninsula.
FIRST COURSE I EVER PLAYED: Gearhart (Ore.) Golf Links. My family would vacation in Gearhart and we would play this incredible hidden gem on the Oregon coast.
THE COURSE I’VE PLAYED MOST OFTEN: Waverley Country Club in Portland. My family joined there as my two brothers, sister, and I were getting into the game. We would spend all day, every day, there in the summers.
COURSE THAT PRODUCED THE SWEETEST MEMORY: Bellerive Country Club in St. Louis. I won the U.S. Senior Open at Bellerive in 2004 after competing in USGA events—the U.S. Junior, U.S. Amateur, U.S. Open—my whole life. I finally became a USGA champion at Bellerive.
HARDEST COURSE I EVER PLAYED: Oakmont. Easily the most difficult greens I’ve been on. Fast, undulating, and hard to read.
BEST COURSE I EVER PLAYED: Winged Foot. It’s fun while at the same time challenging and punishing. It requires so many different shots and strategies. Better be at your best there!
A COURSE NOT IN THE TOP 100 THAT SHOULD BE: Tokatee Golf Club in McKenzie Bridge, Ore.—a personal favorite about an hour outside of Eugene where I went to the University of Oregon. Just up the McKenzie River is the most enchanting, relaxing, and fun course you’ll ever play.
A COURSE IN THE TOP 100 THAT HAS MY NUMBER: Augusta National. I could never figure it out, especially during the Masters where although I missed only one cut, I finished T-11 as my best showing. But such a wonderful course to play at any time.
THE #1 COURSE ON MY BUCKET LIST: Royal County Down. I’ve never had the opportunity or the pleasure to play there. Definitely have to make those plans.
THE COURSE I’D PLAY IF I HAD JUST ONE MORE ROUND: Pebble Beach. Because it meant so much to me and my family. And it’s my favorite course in the world. Easy decision.
THE COURSE I’D PLAY IF I COULD PLAY ONLY ONE COURSE FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE: Cypress Point. Because of the views of the Pacific Ocean, the back-to-back par threes at 15 and 16, the wind, the weather, and the feel of the entire club. It says “Golf!”