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Readers of The First Call offer opinions on the best golf courses within 10 miles of their front doorstep — and there are quite a few gems

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Keller Golf Course, located in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Question of the week [Dec. 5-11]: Inspired by a list created by Open Links Golf, what are the top three courses (either private or public) within a 10-mile radius of where you live?

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Starting Point: Hamden, Connecticut
Three courses within a 10-mile radius of my location: 

1. The Golf Course at Yale, New Haven, Connecticut
2. Great River Golf Club, Milford, Connecticut
3. New Haven Country Club, Hamden, Connecticut

Jeff Nowak
Hamden, Connecticut

Starting Point: Wesley Chapel, Florida
Within that 10-mile radius would be Hunters Green (private), Tampa Palms (private) and Saddlebrook Resort.

Dennis Morgan
Wesley Chapel, Florida

Starting Point: Houston, Texas
Ten mile radius? Seems awfully tight, wouldn’t be surprised if some of your readers don’t have any golf courses within 10 miles of their domicile. But here goes:
— Memorial (public): Recently renovated by Tom Doak. The favorite Houston municipal, the green complexes were vastly improved, trees removed, enough water/bunker/tree hazards to keep your interest on the tee box while its the short grass around the greens that present the primary challenge.
— Wortham (public): Recently renovated by te Houston Golf Association. Originally the Houston Country Club. Along the Brays Bayou, offers some elevation changes and has been drastically opened up. Kept in excellent shape for city championships by HGA.
— WildCat (public): Created in 2001 on a landfill. Two 18-hole linksy courses that present elevation challenges in a city that is 60 miles from the Gulf of Mexico and has 60 feet in elevation. Fantastic greens and views of the city.

Mark Chatfield
Houston, Texas

Starting Point: Blaine, Washington
The best courses within 10 miles of my house on the U.S. side of the border would be Loomis Trails (public), Semiahmoo Golf Course (private) and Wellington Country Club ( private).

Robert Oram
Blaine, Washington

Starting Point: White Bear Lake, Minnesota
The three best courses from where I live:

1. White Bear Yacht Club
2. Keller Golf Course
3. The Royal Golf Course

Betsy Larey
St. Paul, Minnesota

Starting Point: Alamo, Texas
The three courses within 10 miles of me. 

McAllen Country Club, McAllen, Texas.
Tierra Santa Golf Course, Weslaco, Texas.
Los Lagos Golf Course, Edinberg, Texas.

Rick Wright
Alamo, Texas

Starting Point: Oak Lawn, Illinois
While Chicago failed to meet the 10-mile test from downtown, we have plenty of great courses to choose from throughout the metropolitan area. Abiding strictly to the 10-mile radius from my home, the top three for me are, in reverse order:

3, Silver Lake South, Orland Park (Public). A beautiful course, and a great course value, especially for Juniors and seniors. Owned by the Coghill family (the family that owned Cog Hill prior to the well-known Jemsek family).
2, Beverly Country Club, Chicago (Private). A championship course, designed by Donald Ross, with a long and wonderful history. 
1, Ridge Country Club, Chicago (Private). Well manicured and an underrated Chicagoland gem. Can be played by all ages, yet, it will still humble low handicappers. My home course and everyone should rate their own course at the top of any favorite list. Best of all, a collegial membership that is unmatched.

Steve Rosenbaum Sr.
Oak Lawn, Illinois

Starting Point: Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio.
I live 8 miles from Firestone Country Club, where the Senior PGA Championship has been played on the South Course, but I feel the North Course is more of a challenge. 

Ed Ruper
Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio

Starting Point: Toronto, Canada
1, St. Georges Golf and Country Club.
2, Mississaugua Golf and Country Club.
3, Toronto Golf Club.

Reid Farrill
Toronto, Ontario

Starting Point: Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
1, Dunes Golf and Beach Club.
2, Grand Dunes Resort Course.
3, Arcadian Shores Golf Club. 

Ron Estok
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Starting Point: Cary, North Carolina
From closest to farthest, as the crow flies, top three golf courses — MacGregor Downs Country Club (private), Lonnie Poole Golf Course (public) and Old Chatham Golf Club (private).

Jim Pomeranz
Cary, North Carolina

Starting Point: Huntsville, Alabama
The Ledges Country Club. Nothing remotely comparable. One of the finest courses in Alabama.
A distant second and third are the two Robert Trent Jones courses.

Terry Fraser
Huntsville, Alabama

Starting Point: Toronto, Canada
My top three are Scarboro Golf and Country Club — an A.W. Tillinghast redesign in 1924 — St. George’s Golf and Country Club, and Beacon Hall Golf Club. These courses you could play every day for the rest of your life and never be tired of any one of them.

Bob Gillespie 
Toronto, Canada

Starting Point: The Villages, Florida
With 765 holes of golf, including 14 championship layouts, you would think that all three selections would come from here. Not the case. For the most part, these courses were built to accommodate the masses and are not overly challenging. Condition is always questionable. Here are my top three:

1, Cabot Citrus Farms (formerly World Woods Golf Club), Brooksville.
2, Golden Ocala Golf and Equestrian Club, Ocala.
3, Palmer Legends Country Club (Laurel and Reilly nines), The Villages.

Paul Vicary
The Villages, Florida 

Pro-ams and and sponsor events are vital to the LPGA and PGA Tour (The LPGA's case of not biting the hand that feeds?). My experience in the past has they have been a great way to help a brand grow. The players need to figure it out. It is entertainment. Show up, press the flesh and be grateful that people want to meet you. 

Scott McDonald
Duxbury, Massachusetts

I'm surprised not a single golf writer has looked into the possible connection with the Tour's gambling "commissions", the Performance Impact Program and the Tour's not-for-profit Mission Statement. It doesn't appear to be a coincidence that the PIP was born at the time of the Tour's entry into gambling arena.

If this is correct, doesn't using the PIP to reduce a tax liability — and government tax revenue — mean that we are contributing to the PIP bonuses to these already wealthy elites?

Charlie Jurgonis
Fairfax, Virginia

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