Groundhog Day: If you have to play one course over and over

By T.J. Auclair, Interactive Producer
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If, like me, your NFL team is out of the mix then forget about this weekend and Super Bowl Sunday. Instead, let's focus on a potential bright spot that could come our way Sunday -- especially for those of us who have been experiencing these insanely low temperatures and polar vortexes (whatever those are!) -- Groundhog Day!

Groundhog Day takes place every February 2 and legend has it that if it's cloudy when a groundhog emerges from its burrow on this day, then spring will come early; if it's sunny, the groundhog will supposedly see its shadow and go back into its burrow, and the winter weather will continue for six more weeks. Clearly, that's not good for those of us eager to begin our respective golf seasons.

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We're all pulling for a cloudy Sunday now, right?

Along with Groundhog Day itself, there's also a movie by the same name that came out in 1993, starring Bill Murray. In the movie, "Groundhog Day," each day is like a broken record -- the same thing happens day after day, again and again and again. It's a continuous loop.

That's loosely the basis for this week's, "A Quick Nine."

We asked our 216,000+ friends in Facebook Nation (click here to join the masses) to tell us: If you had to play only one course, over and over, which would it be?

While reading, keep in mind that a few of the courses you see will certainly be recognizable because they're so famous, but there will also be several you may never have heard of before now. They couldn't be excluded because of the great answers.

You can see all the answers here. If you'd like to join the conversation, feel free to add your favorite course to the list.

Let's take a look at nine of the top answers we received from you:

9. "The Links at Ivy Ridge, Akron, N.Y. I couldn't get in to Augusta and can't afford Pebble Beach!" -- Tom Flynn

8. "I'd play the little nine hole course I grew up on -- Park Falls Country Club in Park Falls, Wis." -- Richard Rebne

7. "Black Mesa Golf Club in northern New Mexico. Shot by shot the best course I've ever played, and I've played many top 50 courses." -- Tony Korologos

Celebrities weigh in on their favorite courses:



6. "Oldham County Country Club, would always remind me of Dad, who taught me the game." -- Michael Adams

5. "Since I'll not be able to play Augusta, I'll more than settle for one of the best in Texas, the Rawls Course at Texas Tech. It's a great place with great people!" -- Bill Turner

4. "Dubsdread at Cog Hill. I live about 15 minutes away and breaking 90 on that course is my golf Everest!" -- Douglas Camacho

3. "Everyday: Cypress Point by far. It blows Augusta, Pine Valley and Pebble away. I've played them all so I can compare. You can't play Augusta National over and over -- they have a Tournament there every April and it's closed six months a year!" -- Rob Hill

2. "Old Course at St. Andrews. Think of the history there. Unreal." -- Danny Teague

1. "Augusta National. Been there, going back this year. It is the best course. The grass you walk on is better than any you will ever play on." -- Darin Wilson

Follow T.J. Auclair on Twitter, @tjauclair.


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