A Private Golf Society for the Game’s Most Passionate Followers.
Welcome, and thank you for your interest in The Eighty Club.
I still remember the first architecturally significant golf course I ever played, it was the Nicklaus Course at Pronghorn.
Sure it lacks the history and pedigree of courses from The Golden Age or designers like Macdonald, McKenzie or Raynor - but when I played it shortly after beginning this website, something clicked.
Holes on the course flowed together in a way that made the round of golf feel like a cohesive experience, rather than 18 cobbled together holes.
Strategy became paramount, and I found myself getting excited about the decisions I had to make on the course.
And the setting was unparalleled compared to the local muni courses I’d played in the past.
It made me want to study golf course design, dig into the history of it, and most importantly, it made me want to experience more golf courses.
Since that time I’ve traveled all over the world and played some of the very best golf courses in the world.
My experiences with golf and the courses I’ve played has been nothing short of life changing - but amidst the journey and the travels there has been one aspect that’s been entirely unexpected, and even more important than the golf itself.
What is it?
In the last four years of traveling for golf and writing on this site, I’ve learned that people in the golf community are some of the most generous in the world.
I’ve had dozens of people reach out to invite this random dude from the internet to experience their home clubs and courses.
A golf club is a sacred place.
It’s a home away from home, and something that members take extraordinary pride in.
And seeing how many people have been willing to share that with me, has been truly humbling.
This generosity is only overshadowed by the passion that I’ve seen shared by so many other golfers.
Whether through emails, Instagram, comments, or meeting in person - I’ve learned I’m not the only one who has taken this game and become both passionate and borderline obsessed.
Some of the best moments of my life have been being able to host people at my course, and play with other members across the world to learn more about golf through their unique lens.