A Quick Nine: Best golf courses for college football fans

The Scarlet Course at Ohio State
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The Scarlet Course at Ohio State received several votes as a great stop for golf before taking in a Buckeyes football game.
By T.J. Auclair, Senior Interactive Producer
PGA.com
Series: A Quick Nine

In this week's edition of, 'A Quick Nine,' we tackle a very delicate topic for many of our readers -- college football.

Don't worry -- we're not going to turn into Kirk Herbstreit and Coach Lee Corso or anything. Instead, we're interested in golf and college football. More specifically: If you could complete a doubleheader of golf and football in one day, which locale would you choose?

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We posed that question to our nearly 191,000 strong friends in PGA.com Facebook Nation over the weekend and they fired back with some great answers.

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Based on the answers we received, here are the top 9 locales for a golf/college football doubleheader. Feel free to click on the course names to visit the respective course pages on PGA.com to leave a review.

9. University of Tennessee Volunteers. Before heading over to Rocky Top, we're told you might want to check out Willow Creek Golf Club in Knoxville. The course re-opened on August 1 with brand, spanking new Champion Ultra Dwarf Bermuda Grass greens.

Facebook fan quote:

"Willow Creek Golf Club then downtown for a little VOL FOOTBALL ON ROCKY TOP." -- Phillip Werner

8. University of Miami Hurricanes. There's plenty of great golf to be had in south Florida, but arguably no more famous a resort than Doral. Renovations are underway at the Blue Monster since Mr. Donald Trump acquired the resort, but you can still enjoy great golf on the Great White, Jim McLean Signature, Red and Gold courses.

Facebook fan quote:

"Doral and Sun Life? All bout da U!" -- Steve Medema

7. University of Michigan Wolverines. Headed to the Big House in Ann Arbor to see the Wolverines? For a little golf beforehand, we're told you can't miss at the University of Michigan Golf Course, or the Classic at Otsego Club and Resort.

Facebook fan quotes:

"University of Michigan -- The Classic Golf Course and Da Big House! Much better combination than that school down south!" -- Darrell Hovinen

"University of Michigan Golf Club right across the street from The Big House." -- Tom Czerwinski

"University of Michigan Golf Course is next to the football stadium!" -- Greg Hermance

6. Clemson University Tigers. You'll get no argument from Clemson grads Lucas Glover, Jonathan Byrd, D.J. Trahan or Kyle Stanley about a 1-2 combo of Clemson's Walker Course followed by a trip to Death Valley.

Facebook:

"Clemson... The Walker Course and Death Valley." -- Scott Standridge

"Walker Course Clemson University!" -- Cindy Hastedt Williams

"Walker Course, Clemson, S.C.; then off to Death Valley!" -- Alan Larson

5. University of Louisville Cardinals. OK, you're going to have to know someone to pull this one off, but -- if you can get on Valhalla (site of the first U.S. Ryder Cup win -- 2008 -- since 1999) you must. And then, of course, it's off to see the Cardinals at Papa John Stadium.

Facebook fan quotes:

"University of Louisville Cardinals at Papa John Stadium and a round of golf at Valhalla. You can't beat that combo for a doubleheader." -- Troy Pugh

"Valhalla Golf Club and Papa John Stadium." -- Todd Ratliff

"Valhalla then Cardinal Stadium to watch Louisville kill it." -- David Stinson

"Valhalla and University of Louisville." -- Rob Gentry

4. University of Alabama Crimson Tide. It looks like there are a number of courses to choose from on the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail if you're looking for an early round before taking in some football at Bama.

Facebook fan quotes:

"Morning Round at Ross Bridge or Oxmoor Valley both on the Robert Trent Jones golf trail public courses. Then finish the day at Bryant-Denny stadium yelling Roll Tide!" -- Jason Strickland

"University of Alabama. No. 1 in collegiate golf and football. Robert Trent Jones courses all around." -- Kathy Stephens

"NorthRiver Yacht Club then to Bryant-Denny Stadium! Roll Tide!" -- Aaron J Dement

3. University of Georgia Bulldogs. Before you keep up with the action between the hedges, check out the University of Georgia Golf Course, which Golf Digest rated as one of the top 50 public courses in the nation.

Facebook fan quotes:

"UGA golf course and Sanford Stadium." -- Brian Caulfield

"Sugarloaf Country Club and Sanford Stadium for the Bulldogs in Athens." -- Dan Burnett

"Atlanta Athletic Club, then UGA, then a Falcons game the next day?" -- Greyson Flowers

"UGA Golf Course -- University of Georgia." -- Rob Saye

2. Ohio State University Buckeyes. You've got to check out the Scarlet Course. Here's how it's described on the OSU website: "In 2005 and 2006 the Scarlet Course underwent a major restoration project overseen by former Buckeye legend Jack Nicklaus. Jack concentrated on restoring the course to the way Alister MacKenzie originally intended it to play. The bunkers were redesigned to appear more like the classic MacKenzie designs at his numerous other courses. The course was also lengthened to play more than 7,400 yards and the par was changed to 71."

Facebook fan quotes:

"Ohio State Scarlet and Grey Course and the Horseshoe." -- Allen Winemiller

"Columbus #OHIOSTATEBUCKEYES The Scarlet and Grey Courses but plenty of great golf in and around the city." -- Taj Grills

"Scarlet Course. Ohio Stadium." -- Mitch Harden

"Scarlet then the Horseshoe! Go Bucks!" -- Jason Bucci

"The Scarlet Course then to Ohio Stadium." -- Kyle James Gebhart

"Scarlet Golf Course in the morning then a mile down the street tailgating for the Ohio State Buckeyes at the HorseShoe!" -- Samson Blainstick Gladieux

"Scarlet, then The Shoe!" -- Ryan Norder

1. Oklahoma State University Cowboys. Hunter Mahan and Rickie Fowler are among the many Pokes on the PGA Tour who honed their skills at Karsten Creek, which opened in 1994 and was immediately named "Best New Course" in the country by Golf Digest.

Facebook fan quote:

"Stillwater, Okla.: OSU Cowboys and Karsten Creek Golf Club." -- Joe Descher

"Karsten Creek followed by the Okie State high-scoring offense." -- Kathy McKean

"Stillwater, Okla. Karsten Creek -- T. Boone Pickens Stadium. Oklahoma State." -- Shay Varnell

"Karsten Creek then Oklahoma State football at #boonepickensstadium!" -- Nikki Gatch

"Karsten/OSU Cowboys." -- Robert Lambright

"Karsten Creek, Okla. Oklahoma State Cowboys! Go Pokes!" -- Jake Bradley

"Karsten Creek, Stillwater -- Oklahoma State Univesity!" -- Jariel Barnes

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Comments

dwilkins

Don't forget Boise and the Treasure Valley. We've got 15 public courses within 45 minutes of the Boise State Campus and Bronco Stadium. Boise State is the alma mater of Graham Delaet.

jaym

Unfortunately Valhalla and The OSU courses are private only, for the public golfer, you can use Forelinksters.com to find the best public golf courses in any area.