Old Memorial Golf Club
As good of an overall atmosphere as you'll find in Florida...
I had the great thrill of playing alongside the architect, Steve Smyers, and it was on a picture perfect day. To play a beautiful place with the man who knows every inch of the property is an informative, eye-opening experience. And Steve is one of the nicest men you'll ever meet in this great game.
Old Memorial was a treat. The bunkering was fantastic (a Smyers trait) and each hole plays with a different wind direction than the hole before it. The course is very difficult and the greens were lightning quick, which is exactly how the members (most of them single-digit handicappers) prefer to see it.
The clubhouse and the men's grill topped off the day and made the whole experience one of the better ones you'll find anywhere in the country.
Nothing but great things to say about Old Memorial.
November 4, 2014
When invited to play here, there's not a valid reason to pass it up
For the last couple years, I've played at Old Memorial in a fundraising tournament for Lowry Park Zoo. The people at the zoo run excellent special events and this one is very well done. Old Memorial is a nice host for this and other similar events (such as the Derrick Brooks Golf Tournament) and makes all the participants feel like members for a day. Forecaddies/caddies are solid guys while the course itself plays difficult but rewards accurate shotmaking. While I will never be a member at Old Memorial, I respect the property and take advantage of any opportunity to go out there and play either in a charity event or simply as a guest.
May 16, 2013