Coming Along Well
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Pros: This is a very nice piece of land, and whoever is working on the course has done a lot of work to carve a course out of the woods.
The terrain is similar to Borderland but with more elevation. Nearly every hole has at least a bit of elevation change. Hole 16 has a pretty big dropoff (something like 250 long and 30 feet down) and forces a forehand or turnover line to reach the basket. Two holes (5 and 6, I think) have baskets perched on rocky bluffs about 10 feet above the rest of the fairway, making for some nice risk/reward putts.
16 of the 18 holes are in the woods, but the two that aren't have awful rough that you'll want to avoid. A small creek comes into play on hole 1.
The wooded fairways here are pretty wide. It will take a pretty bad shot or a bad richochet to end up in the rough. You can occasionally get away with some bad tee shots, but there are plenty of trees and often multiple lines. I think the replayability here will be high as you discover optimal landing areas and lines. These are important because there are four or five legit par 4's or very difficult par 3's. Holes range from about 200-450 feet. The course starts off shorter and gets longer as you proceed, but there are a couple birdie runs late in the round to provide some variety.
Navigation is generally pretty good. They make great use of white "next tee" signs. You won't need a map here.
The blue tee pads are starting to be installed. Several are in, several are dug up to remove rocks and roots, and others are still natural. The red and yellow tees are marked with flags but are pretty rough.
Cons: Most of the "cons" are a reflection of where the course is in its installation, not oversights by the designers. The tee signs are hand-drawn and show the rough direction of the fairway, but only some shoe distance. Navigation between holes in the area around 3-7 and 17-18 needs a few more "next tee" signs.
I'm not sure that three tees on each hole are necessary. I played the blues and reds. The blues are longer and force somewhat tougher lines. The reds gave better looks at birdies but still had some challenge. I didn't play the yellow tees and probably never would. Hopefully the designers focus on completing the blue tees, as true beginners probably won't care about or need great tee pads.
There aren't many signature holes here. The holes with the elevated baskets are memorable, and the two open holes break things up, but many of the other fairways are pretty similar. That said, the holes are certainly not boring, and I think the designers are using the land well.
Other Thoughts: I'm impressed with the amount of work done here. I visited a month ago and when I came back this week, several tees were installed as well as sturdy walkways over the marshy areas. There were workers when I was there carting in rocks for the base of more tee pads.
This is a much-needed course within the 495 loop and is only slightly farther from Boston than Borderland. I will revise my review as more work is done here. This will easily be a 3.5 and maybe a 4.0 when all is said and done, and it is more than playable in its current state.
UPDATE: There are now two sets of tees: the blues and the whites. The whites are consolidated from the old red and yellow-flagged tee areas. I applaud this change. About half the tees have rubber pads, and two have wooden raised platforms with rubber pads. Keep it coming.
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