Like getting some in the 1970s.
19 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Very good because, like any time you are getting some action, it is very good. But The Bear is like getting some in the mid-1970s.
The bear sortof slides across the disco in some high-waisted skin-tight bellbottoms looking fly as can be. You've been waiting all night for a look at something like The Bear. Something that is really going to make you work for it, but you know the payoff is going to be so worth the effort.
The Bear's got something so sexy and secret about it, and you can't wait to see what is going on in there. You build up your confidence and put yourself out there.
Cons: But once you get The Bear's jeans peeled off, the whole damned thing is thicket. There's a beautiful hole in there no doubt. More than one hole, you are certain. Somewhere. In. There.
And it would be so fun to get a good look in there and know how to attack it. Get all up in there and do what you do. But it is totally obscured by tangles and brambles and overgrowth and underbrush.
Sure, you might intuitively know that it is a 4.5, but you shouldn't have to use that much imagination.
Other Thoughts: Obviously, you have to hit it. I mean, you already put in the effort to get there. But you don't have to hit it twice.
Trim it up all nice and neat though, and you've got magic. You don't need to scalp it bare, but clean it up a little.
Also, (and this is where the metaphor fails), it was too wet when we were there.
19 of 21 people found this review helpful.
7 Helpful / 1 Not
Not finished, but it should be great
Pros: The course is not finished, a little less than half of it is in, but it is already a challenging and unique addition to the Highbridge complex. It is long and tightly wooded, with hilly fairways cut through thick brushy woods. There is awesome risk-reward on this course, with fair lanes but harsh punishment that makes you really think about how far you think you can get down the wooded tunnel without going off into the rough. If you do miss the fairway, it will almost certainly cost you at least a stroke.
Many of the holes have multiple lines carved through the woods that each offer their own challenges and different levels of risk and reward. This is a fantastic design feature you don't see too often, and makes it so you want to throw multiple drives to try out each of the possible shots. The elevation and trees are used well to create a good amount of variety so none of the holes that are currently in feel at all the same.
There are the standard Highbridge concrete tees on this course, and the usual basic hole signs with hole number, basic hole map, and distance. The orange baskets are pretty new and catch great.
Cons: The course isn't finished, and that's the biggest thing holding my rating down. A finished course with the same level of challenge and variety could easily be a 4+ course, I can't wait until it's finished and I can get back up here. As it is, you only get to play 7 holes then you're routed with a long walk onto the last 11 holes of Woodland which takes away from the flow of the round a little. There are stumps and brush still in many of the fairways, adding to the unfinished feeling of the course.
Other Thoughts: This is going to be an awesome course when it's finished, and already adds a unique flavor to the overall Highbridge experience. Right now it's definitely worth playing while you're at Highbridge, and my rating will certainly go way up when the rest of the course is done assuming the final 18 holes have the same challenge and variety of the current 7 holes. Beginners will hate this course, with long tough shots and unforgiving rough. Experienced players will be faced with a lot of thinking and some tough shots, and will definitely be tested here.
7 of 8 people found this review helpful.
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