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Old 04-10-2014, 12:46 AM
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Rugged golf vs Park golf

In my locale we have two main courses. One was built in a tamed area of a state park. The other was built in an ACoE rock quarry which had the federal minimum of land reclamation performed on it. It's definitely not land in its natural state but is very rugged and not at all tamed. Both are full 18 hole courses, both offer decent challenge and variety. The primary difference is the "tamed-ness" of the park land, with one exception the park course actually has more thorns.

The park course gets significantly more traffic and many more local golfers claim it as their home course.

I prefer the ruggedness of the quarry course and think overly tamed courses in general are a snooze.

To those who participate in course design or just wish they could; does tamed/park-like land or rugged and/or natural land appeal more?
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Old 04-10-2014, 12:49 AM
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Can you link to the rock quarry course on dgcr?

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Old 04-10-2014, 01:05 AM
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http://www.dgcoursereview.com/course.php?id=18&mode=ci

The effect the quarrying had on the land is much more dramatically seen in an aerial image.

https://www.google.com/maps/ms?msid=...010009,0.01929
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Old 04-10-2014, 01:32 AM
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Not quite what I was expecting a "rock quarry" course to look like, nice course bro.
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Old 04-10-2014, 08:02 AM
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We've spent 10 years trying to tame a rugged course. How successful we've been, I leave to the visitors. But no amount of taming will make it a snooze.

I don't think there's one answer. Certainly, rugged terrain and foliage provides ample opportunity to make a challenging course, because you can cut out what you want, and leave all the rest as obstacles. A manicured property may or may not give you the same opportunity, depending on what was left when it was tamed.
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Old 04-10-2014, 08:15 AM
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Several of the holes remind me of Dry Creek DGC in Monroe, NC.
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Old 04-10-2014, 08:44 AM
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Certainly want to say both. Each has their time. There are casual rounds with a group of friends, tossing back a couple cold ones, or even some noobs, the tame course suits those needs better. I like the rugged courses better, here in Michigan we have some great ski hill courses up north and outstanding kinder, gentler course closer to the city. Be thankful you have the choice. The quarry course looks great.
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Old 04-10-2014, 09:13 AM
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To me, rugged golf is > *.

With that said, not every round has to be a slugfest, and FEW, when wet and a hot day can be a brutal swamp flooded with ticks and other critters.
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Old 04-10-2014, 09:15 AM
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I prefer the rugged golf, but a nice park setting is handy too. When my 7 year old daughter tags along I don't want to be climbing cliffs and sliding down slopes.
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Old 04-10-2014, 09:17 AM
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Courses are like women - they can be beautiful in completely different ways. People may have preferences, and those preferences can change with your mood or over time. Part of the game's appeal to me is thefact that courses themselves are so varied. On one road trip alone I played rugged courses like Moraine and park style courses like Lake Shore and Sims.
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