Course Review and Comments
This course, while probably no Bethpage or Torrey Pines (I wouldn't know because I'll never get to play these reputed gems), is a flat dandy value and I suspect one of the best designs on a muni golf course in the world. The drawback is because such a high volume of golfers play it, the conditioning, especially that of the greens, sometimes lags (though it is never in what anybody would consider BAD shape). This course has it all-forced carries, opportunities to punch and run it, risk reward par fives, a par five that Tiger can't reach in two, picturesque par 3's, and so on and so on. The wind generally blows, as the course is built on higher ground than the surrounding land, and the sometimes gusty winds can wreak havoc on club selection. The greens, if beat up due to heavy traffic, roll truly and surprisingly enough, a little slower than I expected. Two par fives are the most glimmering jewels in this course's crown. The seventh is a shorter hole whose tee shot sets up like a poor man's version of Augusta's 13th. The first difference is that a sweeping fade will do well rather than the high hard draw preferred on Amen Corner. The second difference is that if one is too enthusiastic in cutting his tee shot, the 8th fairway provides a sanctuary, rather than the less forgiving one of Rae's Creek. Assuming one can place a tee shot in the proper position (down the right side of the fairway), a fairway wood or long iron play that sets up almost identically to that of the approach at Augusta's 13th comes next. The green is small and moderately undulating, with a creek running in front of and up the right side of it. The fourteenth, from the tips, measures an imposing 600 yards, with the brunt of the tee shot travelling straight away, UPHILL. Assuming one is long enough to reach the crest of the hill, bust your fairway wood as far as you can hit it if you like, as the terrain does at least begin to slope down...for the time being. The final 75 yards play DIRECTLY uphill to a wide, shallow, well guarded and undulating green. The seventh will almost certainly reward two well played shots with a birdie, whereas the 14th may "reward" three well executed shots with a bogey, or worse. Also enjoy two forced carries over water on par threes, another par five where 3 is a possibility, and a uniquely designed fifth hole that offers several levels of fairway from which to pick the best angle of attack depending on pin location. For the money, it is not only the best golfing value in the state, its not really even close.
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July 12th, 2009 07:58
I'm playing this course again today. Pristine condition. Fairways are like giant greens.
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