Golf course names should inspire and entice, shouldn’t they? Jeremy Ellwood unearths 11 American courses that struggle to really deliver on that front
11 Weird And Wonderful Golf Course Names
Yes, all these weird and wonderful golf course names really do exist across The Pond…
In a world where branding is deemed so important, it’s hard to fathom how some of these American golf course names got through the board room vote. Some are down to the vagaries of local geography, but even so…
Okay, this Nebraska course is a Jack Nicklaus design and is situated by the Dismal River. But even so, synonyms of dismal include dingy, dim, dark, gloomy, sombre, dreary, drab, dull, desolate, bleak, cheerless, comfortless, depressing, grim, funereal, inhospitable, uninviting and unwelcoming.
Due Process Stable
This ultra-exclusive 1990s New Jersey club takes its name from the former horse farm it was built on apparently.
Dead Horse Lake
East Tennessee’s public course of the year in 2004. Legend has it that an explorer travelling through the area on horseback got his horse stuck in quicksand in the swampy area by today’s 3rd hole, with the dead horse filling the sinkhole and allowing what is now known as Dead Horse Lake to gradually form over the years.
This Golf and Country Club lies on Whidbey Island, Washington. The bay got its name because it was too shallow for the tall ships of the early explorers.
According to its website, ‘players leave Devils Knob, Virginia remembering narrow fairways, consistently excellent turf conditions and unsurpassed vistas’… and that name too, of course
Located in Death Valley, in the summer temperatures can reach 130 degrees! The name makes sense then...
Three Little Bakers
This tweely named course in Wilmington, Delaware has an excellent reputation locally. No knead to book; just roll up (sorry)…
One of a vast swathe of virtually side-by-side golf courses in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, this quaintly name golf facility is apparently knows as, ‘The Friendliest Course on the Grand Strand’.
This 27-hole complex is just one of scores of courses in the spectacular Colorado Springs.
This relatively flat, senior-friendly course in Somerset County, New Jersey is named after a stream running through the Hutcheson Memorial Forest.
Not quite sure where the name comes from as the website photos suggest an almost pancake-flat layout in Pueblo, Colorado.
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Jeremy Ellwood has worked in the golf industry since 1993 and for Golf Monthly since 2002 when he started out as equipment editor. He is now a freelance journalist writing mainly for Golf Monthly. He is an expert on the Rules of Golf having qualified through an R&A course to become a golf referee. He is a senior panelist for Golf Monthly's Top 100 UK & Ireland Course Rankings and has played all of the Top 100 plus 91 of the Next 100, making him well-qualified when it comes to assessing and comparing our premier golf courses. He has now played 1,000 golf courses worldwide in 35 countries, from the humblest of nine-holers in the Scottish Highlands to the very grandest of international golf resorts. He reached the 1,000 mark on his 60th birthday in October 2023 on Vale do Lobo's Ocean course. Put him on a links course anywhere and he will be blissfully content.
Jezz can be contacted via Twitter - @JezzEllwoodGolf
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