Course Review and Comments
I rarely will comment on a golf course I've only played once. I've played the Old Course at St. Andrews three times and have little to say. I think I'd need to play it another 97 times before I could really understand it.
But Rainmakers was an extremely enjoyable experience, and I feel compelled to respond to the "too hard" comments.
I was once a 1.8, but have taken a ten year sabbatical from the game and am just getting back into the swing of things. I'm probably somewhere between 8-10 handicap at the moment. My son is 22 and an athletic beginner who if left to his own devices would spray the ball everywhere.
When a hole fell off a cliff, we played the tips. Mostly we played shorter tees (gold), but often just picked the tees that had the most captivating look. We played the tips on various long carries (#18) just for the giggles, and because RTJ gives you generous landing zones on such tests.
I found myself playing intelligently because I was focused on managing my son's game to ensure he enjoyed himself. Robert Trent Jones II gives you a simple route if you simply pay attention.
Bottom line, this is a breathtakingly beautiful course and if you simply park your ego at the door (select the proper tees) and study the shape of the holes and go with the flow, you will enjoy yourself.
By comparison, my rusty game saw a high 80's at Twin Warriors (Santa Ana/Bernalillo NM) last week. Loads of blind shots and mysterious sight lines. Here, I shot a 41/33-74 and my son posted 41/41-82. It's a simple game if you just follow the hints, and this course is loaded with navigational beacons if you just open your eyes.
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