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Accuracy Is A Must Here!
Pros: The A.W.O.L. course is the third and most demanding of the tri-fecta here at Farragut. It's across the park road from it's sister courses. It is very similiar in nature to Northstar and the Wreckreator courses in the fact that they are all accuracy based courses played through the Northern Idaho Pine forests. What separates A.W.O.L. from the other two is it's 6746' in length which is about 2000' longer than Northstar and tops Wrecreator by just over 1000'. In difficulty alone, this is a 4.5 to 5.0 course. There are extremely tight fairways starting with # 1. Getting off the fairway can easily lead to double and triple bogies. The tee pads are roomy concrete ones. The signs are simple wooden posts with distance and pars on them. I played the first 9 holes alone and was able to navigate fairly easily.
#15 was a pretty hole with kind of a natural looking fairway leading to the basket.
#1 and #18 both standout as classicaly tight "stay on the fairway hope you can throw straight" holes. Both on long par 4's with extreme rough. I was in trouble on both of them.
Cons: There are 18 holes here. All 18 are level with little to no elevation. They are all played through thick pine forests. There is no water. There is not a signature hole. There is not a place for where the big arm player can crank out the 400' drive. There isn't that hole where you are standing on the edge of some ridge watching your drive sail for what seems like an eternity. This course doesn't have the natural "take your breath away beauty" of so many of our NW courses. Standing in the center of a forest and looking at more forest is cool but not my idea of beautiful. I really like breathtaking scenery on my courses.
Other Thoughts: This is a very nice course. It's a very nice design. My hats off to the course designers. You did a wonderful job here. but while A.W.O.L. is an extreme challenge, it's only an extreme challenge in ONE way. That is-You must be able to throw straight and accurately to score well here. Players with really big arms would be neutralized here. The # 1 rated player in the world would not be able to throw his gigantic hyser bombs.
To sum up, this is one nice course but it doesn't quite measure up to top Northwest courses like Whistlers Bend, Dexter, Milo McIver and Pier Park in Oregon or Cape Fear over in Spokane. They all have the whole package going; courses that challenge you in a variety of ways, beautiful scenery, water, epic downhill holes, scary risk/reward holes.
A.W.O.L. is a great challenge but it's a one-trick-pony.
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