Course Review and Comments
No one seems to be sure how many of the Donald Ross designed holes remain. It underwent a serious update several years ago. Personally, I really like the course although I've never walked it - few do. There's a par 5 on the back 9 that I just love. It's a classic risk reward hole: doglog left divided into 3 distinct segments by ponds. Longer hitters have to use less than a driver off the tee to avoid the first pond. If you can carry the ball more than 260, you might try driving over the first pond but the landing area is tricky. If you lay up, you have a choice of whether to skip the middle segment by hitting your second shot over both ponds. It's only about a 200 yard carry assuming your drive is close to the first pond. But there are lots of bullrushes you have to clear which makes it a blind shot to add to the challenge. If you elect to land in the middle segment, you have at least 180 yards into the green. I just love the hole. The first 3 holes are good tests and then there is only an intermittent difficult hole. The practice green is the best green on the course. The rest are OK. Make no mistake. This is a public course. But it does not get that much play so it's in reasonable shape and usually very easy to get a tee time. The city of New Bedford deserves enormous credit for preserving this classic course through very difficult economic times. I hope you patronize Whaling City and enjoy the experience.
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August 24th, 2012 14:55
I HAVE BEEN PLAYING THE WHALE AS WE CALL IT
ON AND OFF FOR 47 YEARS. AT TIMES WHEN IT WAS CALLED ELM WOOD IT WAS WELL MAINTAINED
FOR THAT ERA. RIGHT NOW THE CONDITION OD THE COURSE IS IN VERY GOO
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