Golf Digest's Best 19th Holes
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FLINT HILLS NATL. G.C.
The smell of freshly popped corn is constant; two antique M&M dispensers (plain and peanut) are popular with members; "great service"; stocked cigar humidor.
GARDEN CITY G.C.
GARDEN CITY, N.Y.
Jackets are required here (though one member once stepped out of the shower and put only his jacket on before grabbing a drink); lively members; classic, country-club look with great memorabilia; "it's like a fraternity house"; traditional bar with brass foot-rails; "there's a great feel to the whole place."
GRANITE LINKS G.C.*
Picture the hit TV show "Cheers" (only Cliff and Norm play golf); "devoted Boston sports fans" drink next to local sports legends Bill Russell, Luis Tiant and Ray Bourque; impressive view of the city; be prepared to defend any statement you make about golf, sports or life in general to a complete stranger.
"Phil's Grill" is half sports bar, half shrine to Mickelson; known throughout the area as "a place to go for a good poker game"; hardwood bar surrounded by TVs; comfy leather couches.
"This is what a 15-year-old boy would design if he had $20 million"; there's a basketball court and an arcade next to the bar, and "often more TVs than patrons"; rub elbows with Tiger Woods and friends.
LA JOLLA (CALIF.) C.C.
"If there's a better view anywhere, show it to me"; the Traditions Room overlooks the town, the Pacific Ocean and the nearby cliffs at Torrey Pines; a classic dark-wood bar with tartan carpet and memorabilia, mostly dedicated to U.S. Open/U.S. Amateur winner Gene Littler, a former member.
The 19th hole for John Wayne, Dean Martin and Ronald Reagan now serves Joe Pesci, Jack Nicholson and Sylvester Stallone; says member/comedian Tom Dreesen: "The best way to decide if you want to join a club is, after the round are you excited about going inside? Lakeside is a good club to go inside."
LATROBE (PA.) C.C.
Only here can you get the full Arnold Palmer experience. Feels like walking downstairs in a split-level house to a sunken living room; "like Arnie's basement"; Palmer memorabilia everywhere; with luck, you might even sip an "Arnold Palmer" next to the King himself.
THE LINKS CLUB
NEW YORK CITY
"Unique"; a golf club in Midtown Manhattan founded by C.B. Macdonald and friends; the long, narrow, oak-paneled bar is known as Moore's Bowling Alley, after the brothers who paid for it; more than 100 liquor lockers are secreted in the walls from its Prohibition past; boxing prints, a backgammon board and the smell of old scotch.
SANTA ROSA, CALIF.
You have to visit the "wine grotto," which connects with a patio overlooking the 18th green; has temperature-controlled storage lockers for members; "name a bottle of wine, and chances are someone has it there."
HOBE SOUND, FLA.
Nearly the entire clubhouse is the bar, and founder Greg Norman "pops in every now and then"; mounted in the room is a 1,083-pound shark Norman caught.
Drink at the patio bar, "but it's so close to the first tee, don't hiccup" after a sip from one of the chilled ceramic mugs; the liter-size mugs are kept at 32 degrees until your favorite beer is poured.
RIVER HILLS, WIS.
"What a 19th hole is supposed to look like"; high ceiling, great wooden tables, leather chairs, fireplace; "you're in Milwaukee -- you'd better have a beer after the round."
THE MIRABEL C.
Soak away your rough round in one of the enormous bathtubs, where you can sip a martini while watching golf on a big screen; "you literally can take a bubble bath"; indoor tubs have a collection of soaps and sponges on a polished rack, with full bar service.
THE G.C. AT NEWCASTLE*
A "real surprise -- not sure which is better, the actual bar or the incredible view of downtown Seattle"; "classic" three-sided bar; wood floor, fireplace; feels like a private club.
NEWPORT (R.I.) C.C.
The new rectangular bar is "outstanding"; the room has leather sofas, chairs and a fireplace; Adirondack chairs on the porch with "a stunning view of the course and a bit of the Atlantic" complete "the perfect lounge area"; only question is, "Where's the Great Gatsby?"
OAKMONT (PA.) C.C.
Frosted mugs of beer and baskets of popcorn on the patio are "the order of the day"; inside is a genuine Brunswick oakwood bar, rescued from a Pittsburgh landmark called Froggy's when that lounge closed; "try the transfusion" (vodka, grape juice and ginger ale); "too much history to detail -- I could spend all day just looking at the walls."