The Rogue Golf Club’s 18-hole course guides golfers along a bucolic path filled with dense foliage, reedy ponds, and crisply maintained fairways along the Rogue River. When you’re lining up your shot, keep in mind the course’s firm, fast greens. To counter the putting surface’s slippery nature, the smart play would be to give shots plenty of loft, impart spin, or sneak some chewed-up bubblegum onto the ball so that it hits the green and sticks. Afterwards, enjoy a post-round sandwich in the clubhouse, or browse the pro shop for new gear.
Whether you're looking to play a quick nine or a full eighteen holes, the courses at Alpine Golf Club in Comstock Park are waiting for you.
Parking is plentiful, so visitors can feel free to bring their vehicles.
When describing his approach to designing a golf course, renowned course architect Donald Ross said "a golf course should be subtly deceptive, rather than unduly penalizing," a philosophy he put to work in 1908, when he crafted the 18-hole course at The Highlands Golf Club. Measuring 6,519 yards from the tips, the course offers a fair test for golfers across the handicap spectrum while still supplying enough challenges to attract legendary golfers such as Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, and Ben Hogan, who played the course when it was a fixture on the Senior PGA Tour. Strategically placed bunkers and fairway-hugging tree lines that cast shadows resembling golfers' fears loom throughout the course, but its most memorable challenge awaits at the 14th hole—a long par 5 that doglegs left and ends with a forced carry over a pond and onto the green.
Course at a Glance:
18-hole course designed by Donald Ross
Length of 6,519 yards from the farthest tees
Course rating of 71.5 from back tees
Slope rating of 133 from back tees
Five tee options
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