9 Helpful / 3 Not
A steep walk on a confusing beach
Pros: - Good variety of shots, open at the beginning, wooded in the middle, up and down throughout.
- Course is at its best when it plays as a straight up woods course like Myles Kimmerly. Holes 5-8 were the best, in this regard.
- Benches are strategically placed after most of the uphill walks. Trash can at every hole. Port-a-potty on site. No brooms, though.
- Several chances to empty your bag trying for that perfect hilltop drive.
- Good pin placement makes the roll-away a definite possibility. It adds another dimension that you have to consider before attempting your long putt.
Cons: - Navigation, especially on the first three or four holes before you walk up the hill, is abysmal. When you walk up to the first tee box you see three tee pads and no baskets anywhere in sight. I understand that I should have printed a map, but to have a new course with no footage, no map of the hole at the teepad, and no numbers on the baskets is unforgivable.
- Teepads are too short. Piling up sand around them in an attempt to make them seem bigger doesn't improve the situation, it only makes the concrete sandy and slippery.
- Alternate teepads on some of the holes, but not all of them. On some holes, particularly hole #11, you can't see the alternate tee pad from the long pad. This is a big deal when you waste two throws throwing up a huge hill before getting to the top and seeing the teepad that you'd have preferred to throw from. Again, there's no reason that the alternate teepad can't be noted somehow at the long pad.
- Sand, Sand, Sand. There are some holes, like hole #9 and hole #17, where you won't step on any grass at all on your walk from the teepad to the basket. Makes for annoyingly treacherous footing.
- The downhill shots are mediocre at best when compared to hole #1 at Ludington Beast and hole #19 at Hickory Hills. Considering how much work is involved in climbing back up the hills after a downhill shot, I groaned every time I saw a downhill shot on the back 9 because I knew it meant I'd have another big hike in another hole or two.
- Hole #18/#19 was frustrating. #18 is a 600 foot gradual walk down the mountain on grass (!) which feels pretty good until you get to the basket and see where the little blue arrow is pointing. You guessed it, you get backtracked back to the top of the hill where there's no bench to greet you. Instead you're supposed to feel grateful to the course designer for one more downhill hike before you get to your car.
Other Thoughts: The fun factor here is pretty low. I've hiked my fair share of hilly courses, like Water Works in KC and Holler in the Hills in KY. Never at those other courses did I come this close to losing my lunch. I'll admit I'm not a stunning physical specimen, but the fact is I wouldn't be complaining if the elevation changes here were actually worth the effort. You can't just put four teepads on top of hills and expect them all to automatically be signature holes. There has to be thought put into it, or at least some sort of anticipation and payoff. More isn't necessarily better.
Combine the questionable design with poor footing, confusing navigation, and short teepads, and you've got the makings of a forgettable course that you won't be in a hurry to revisit.
I'm sure the navigation issues will be solved with time, heck, if they'd just invest in some decent signs that tell you how far and where you should be throwing it'd garner a half-disc increase in my rating. My other concerns, unfortunately, seem to be set in stone... or sand, in this case.
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