White Bear Yacht

white bear yacht club
William Watson, 1915

William Watson deserves the credit for laying out the holes that are the backbone of today’s course, though the club historian notes that Donald Ross “gave freely of his advice in its development.” The two Scots were surely bewitched by the opportunity to work on this roly-poly landscape. The view from the 1st tee of the 18 foot-deep greenside bunker tells you this is going to be different, though nothing really prepares you for such a one-off hole as the elegant 12th with its long fallaway green. A course can measure 6,500 yards and still make the Top 100 but it needs both awesome land and architecture, which this course enjoys in spades. (Photo: Patrick Koenig)