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~ 9 mos ago   Sep 11 2019, 3:04pm 
Best Hole on Every Peoria Area Golf Course - according to me. (in no particular order)
 
Kellogg - #8 (formerly 17) - par five, creek on the right second shot shoots over the lake.
 
Kellogg Exec - #7 - par four, tee shot over a lake, OB left, strand of trees right.
 
Newman - #13 - par four, narrows down, woods to the right, drop off to the left and severely sloped back to front green.
 
Madison - #3 - par four, fairly straight forward, but I love it with woods to the left and deep.
 
Pine Lakes - #10 - no brainer, narrow par four with trouble everywhere to a narrow elevated green. One of the toughest holes around, imo.
 
Quail Meadows - #8 - par four, open tee shot with a second to an extremely skinny elevated green with a creek in front.
 
Fondulac - #3 - only because of the Peoria skyline view from the tee box.
 
Lick Creek - #'s 5, 6, 7 - best three hole stretch around, with #6 being the star.
 
Weaver - #4 (I think, been a while) - par four with a big dogleg left around a lake.
 
Coyote Creek - #2 (or is it 3?, again been a while) - par four down in a valley. Not sure why that one stands out to me, but that's always the first thing that comes to mind when I think of that course.
 
Kaufman Park, Eureka - #6 of course, the birdhouse hole. Pain in the ***.
 
I know I'm missing some, never played Mt Hawley or Metamora Fields, been too long since the Country Club or Arrowhead, but I'll give a shout-out to Gibson Woods in Monmouth and just say, all of them.
 
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~ 9 mos ago   Sep 11 2019, 3:14pm 
#6 being the star.
 
@PeoriaIllinoisan : I used to lose 3 balls there every time.
I think it was #13? or #16? at Donovan was a killer. My ball would roll back down EVERY hill.
I had some sort of mental block with #18 at Pine Lakes. In the water every time.
 
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~ 9 mos ago   Sep 11 2019, 3:27pm 
Is #6 at Kaufman the one with the the tee at the edge of a steep hill and the creek at the bottom?
I had to give up golf in the 90s because of my back. I don't miss it a whole lot. I was terrible.
 
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~ 9 mos ago   Sep 11 2019, 3:27pm 
I think it was #13? or #16? at Donovan was a killer. My ball would roll back down EVERY hill.
 
@skutfarcus : 16, the par 5; lived nearby and that was our sledding spot as a kid. If we're going with closed courses ... love(d) #17 there, tight little dogleg to the right and #7 at Detweiller, beautiful view of the river and when the level was high you had an island green! You couldn't actually recover your ball, but it was fun to hit some crappy ones to it! I went there once just as the river had receded enough and probably got 50 shag balls off the green.
 
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~ 9 mos ago   Sep 11 2019, 3:30pm 
@PeoriaIllinoisan : I worked in Mossville and some of us would stop at Detweiller after work. It was a nice quick course. And you're right about #7. That was the only course that I didn't stink up. (much)
 
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~ 9 mos ago   Sep 11 2019, 3:34pm 
Is #6 at Kaufman the one with the the tee at the edge of a steep hill and the creek at the bottom? I had to give up golf in the 90s because of my back. I don't miss it a whole lot. I was terrible.
 
@skutfarcus : #2 is up on the hill where you can blast it over the trees to a 90 degree dogleg, with a creek in front and following the fairway, #6, you're also up on a bluff, no creek, but OB left and if you go right of the Birdhouse, it's OB also because of the proximity of the 7th green. Probably my favorite golf course around here; not all my friends agree. I'm into fun goofy golf, and that place is definitely goofy, even has a cemetery on the property.
 
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~ 9 mos ago   Sep 11 2019, 3:45pm 
@PeoriaIllinoisan : We always had fun there too until we ran into a bunch of REALLY grumpy old men. We were putting out a hole and were going to let them play through. They started hitting balls at us. They said they were in a big hurry. Not a one of them was under 80 years old.
 
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~ 9 mos ago   Sep 11 2019, 3:58pm 
I had to give up golf in the 90s because of my back. I don't miss it a whole lot. I was terrible.
 
@skutfarcus : I only play a few rounds a year now for the same back reason, although I was pretty good and I do miss it. I'm still not bad but can barely crawl out of bed the next morning, sort-of like Tiger (without the three iron through the windshield)
 
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~ 9 mos ago   Sep 11 2019, 4:17pm 
@PeoriaIllinoisan : The very first round I ever played was at Northmoor. (Many Moons ago) Shot a 91 for 18 holes. Best round of golf I ever played. It made me think it was easy.
 
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~ 9 mos ago   Sep 11 2019, 5:00pm 
@PeoriaIllinoisan : Love your list and agree with almost all of them. I've never found a hole I like at Newman! I believe the Coyote Creek hole you are describing is 3. You hit across a valley/ditch on #2. You mentioned one of my favorite courses, Gibson Woods! I also can't think of a hole I don't like there! I've played Metamora a few times, but it still needs to mature in my opinion. There are no trees which I actually don't like!
 
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~ 9 mos ago   Sep 11 2019, 8:41pm 
My husband is an avid golfer and golfs 2-3 times per week. He was the Coordinator for the CAT Retiree Golf League. We live not too far from where the Donovan Golf Course was, so, he used to golf there every week when it was open. He was really upset when they closed that course.
 
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~ 9 mos ago   Sep 16 2019, 11:35am 
My husband is an avid golfer and golfs 2-3 times per week. He was the Coordinator for the CAT Retiree Golf League. We live not too far from where the Donovan Golf Course was, so, he used to golf there every week when it was open. He was really upset when they closed that course.
 
@pictureme1 : I don't want to rehash the politics of it, but he's not alone, I grew up on it. The choice was Northmoor or Newman, the problem with closing Newman was --- and then what do we do with it? So they settled on Northmoor and turning it into centrally located park. In the end I think they made the right decision, but I gotta say, the Detweiller closing took me off guard. Tough to see any course closures.
 
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~ 9 mos ago   Sep 16 2019, 12:29pm 
Most of the talk about Coyote Cr difficult holes centers around #3, the tight par 5 where a creek runs along left, and then crosses fairway...
100 yds out. It's tough but I have more trouble with #2. It's a beast. #10 is about as tough. Better fill the bag with ammo before playing that track
 
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~ 9 mos ago   Sep 16 2019, 3:37pm 
Back in the 70s, a few of us country boys would go to a place called "Blue Grass Creek" (I think) It was near Minier, out in the country. It was a work in progress. It was an old farm owned by a lawyer in Bloomington. The house was empty, and you put your green fees in a box on a fence post. It was basically pasture land with pretty good greens. I don't remember a lot about it. (It was 40 years ago). But I remember an old farmer in a straw hat and bib overalls that seemed to be there every time we went. He only carried 3 clubs without a bag. A driver, iron and putter. He nailed every shot and breezed through nine holes in no time at all.
 
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~ 9 mos ago   Sep 16 2019, 3:53pm 
@PeoriaIllinoisan :
Kellogg- #8 is my least favorite hole.
exec #7 is a par 5 or at least it should be and it's hole number 6 not 7.
 
my favorites: # 13 at kellogg. Love the shot over the lake.
exec #6... shot over the lake at the tee. Newman... I like 14 but 13 is nice too. Madison... I agree with #3. I don't really like Quail but the shot over the lake on 9 is nice.
Fondulac... my only hole in one ever was on number 7 so that's my favorite.
Weaver. 12 par 3 shot is way high and fun. Like the tee shot at 18 too but not my average score on that one.
Coyote. .. again I'll go with a par 3. Like number 11. 4 is nice too but you can get in big trouble if you use your driver on that one.
Pine Lakes... I like number 4. Donovan / Northmoor number 16.
Metamora Fields Number I like number 4.
 
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~ 9 mos ago   Sep 16 2019, 3:57pm 
@Skimo : 2 and 3 at Coyote are real tough. One thing I like about Coyote is that there are some shorter par 4's that make up for that (like number 4 and 7).
 
I like easier courses like Metamora Fields. The wind at Metamora Fields can get brutal though.
 
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