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Pros: The blue course is the second longest course at Lemon Lake with only the Gold course being longer. It takes advantage of some nice elevation changes, the lake is in play of a few holes and a creek's in play on a few others. The front nine is mostly open with a light sprinkling of trees around to keep it interesting. The back nine is a lot more interesting with water in play quite a bit, the shot variety is much more balanced, and the hole length is more varied.
The tee signs list the distance and have a good hole diagram which is very helpful, especially your first time here. The tees are a mix of concrete and grippy brick so I didn't have a problem with them.
Hole 10 is definitely my favorite hole on this course. It's a big, long turnover shot that runs the edge of the lake which is on your right.
Cons: The front nine is rather long and bland with only 2 holes under 300ft. Holes 2 and 9 help to keep it interesting but otherwise it was rather unmemorable. There are some trees on these holes as I mentioned above, but they do little to make it more interesting. This means the front nine lacks risk/reward and is just a small step away from being wide open.
There are a number of healthy walks between some of the holes. I wouldn't say it was difficult to find the next tee, but signage could be a bit better in some places to help with this.
The ground was extremely wet with standing water when I played here. I know it rained recently so I'm not holding it against the course but this was an issue throughout almost the entire round.
Other Thoughts: The Lemon Lake complex is most definitely worth going out of your way to spend a day or two playing here. While all courses here have nice variety on their own, as a whole the courses also compliment each other well. It's very cool that the baskets, posts for the tee signs and benches are color coded to match the course you're playing.
The blue course is geared more towards big arm players, but the wooded holes and water hazards make it good for accurate players with less D. The back nine is tons of fun with a good variety and challenges, but unfortunately the front nine is the major factor stopping the blue course back from being rated higher IMHO. I'm a little surprised how highly rated the blue course is. I know being part of a complex like this can help the rating of all courses, but the front nine is so bad there's no way I can justify rating this over a 3.
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Avoid the Right
At the same location as four other courses. Extremely well-stocked pro shop
Disc-eating swamp wide-right on #9, along the right-side the entirety of #10, and had completely swallowed tee-13 the day we played. Flow a bit choppy as you hop back-n-forth across the road a few times.
With an average length just under 370', and three holes 550'+, long-throwers should enjoy this course. Over half the holes, mostly on the front nine, would be considered open. For the most part, any danger, i.e. ob-roads, treelines, tall grass, swamps, slopes, etc., on these holes is found along the right-side. Lest the technicians be bored silly, 11-14 (sloping) and 16-18 (flat) offer plenty of tight challenges, keeping the course from merely being one long bomb-fest.
Favourite holes: #9, a subtle downslope, scattered mid-sized trees to miss/stay under, nicely-presented green; #14, a ridge-to-ridge left-turner, open early but squeezing as, at the midpoint, you cross the creek near a covered bridge. Thick canopy and large limbs keep you from going up-n-over, so need to stay low, but not so much that you drop below the basket on the equal-elevated ridge.
With five courses located at a single site, supported by a fine pro shop, Lemon Lakes is a destination which should satisfy a wide spectrum of players for an entire day.
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