Rough and technical
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Pros: Decided to go play the Bob today and here's what I thought. The course is set aside from most everything else in the park except for a few roads that shape some OB. There's a little bit of a warm up area with a practice basket and a make-shift driving range up and down the road with grassy landing spots on the sides. Adjacent to the practice basket is an information kiosk with course maps and score cards. I'd recommend utilizing both of these. Each hole forces a distinct shot shape with very few allowing for some 'outside the box' creative shots. Executing the shot shapes is paramount to having a birdie opportunity. Not pulling off the shot will leave you needing some luck or a bit of skill to maneuver for a par save. The rough is very thick and will cost anyone at least a stroke by going in more than about 6 feet. Each hole has a different feel to it so you don't get the repetitive feeling of throwing the same shot over and over. Visual they are also ever changing. The baskets are brand spanking new looking discatchers and catch well they do. From the base of the basket hangs a "Next Tee" sign with an arrow to point you in the correction direction. The tee pads are grass and are in excellent shape as of today. They are mostly intrusion free from weeds, roots, and divets. As of today there were several benches located near the tees with more scheduled for installation. Several of the holes have multiple pin placements as well so the course can have an ever changing feel. With multiple sleeves and three tees per hole, you can go several rounds without playing the same set up twice.
Cons: Several of the cons are time-dependent in my opinion. Since the course is fresh and carved out of heavy woods, there were numerous occasions where errant sticks, branches and logs were all over the fairways. I tried moving what I could without spending more time cleaning up than golf, but this is something that will get better as the course ages. On that same note, watch your steps as there are plenty of 'toe-busters', little stumps or pultruded roots that stick out of the ground just enough to attack your toes as you are walking. Again, its a matter of time before these are negated. There is one long walk on the course between holes 6 and 7 and this not immediately apparent. This is where the course map comes in handy for knowing the correct direction to go but the path into the woods was not clearly defined after walking up the road for several hundred feet. The tee markers now are only orange flags labeling the blue tees (longs) with the hole number/tee designation, stones in the ground (whites and reds) with the hole number and distances on them. These stones are flush with the ground and are not immediately apparent when walking up, though there is a typically a worn spot behind them as the tee pad. With there being several holes with multiple sleeves, the distance are incorrect and sometimes its better to walk ahead to locate the basket before throwing. I usually don't like to nit-pick holes but number 17 in the longer pin placement is the worst hole out there by far. Once you get half way down the fairway there is then no defined opening or gap to then get to the green, only a wall of trees/shrubs/branches/leaves. I hope that this hole gets a serious face lift. It was dry when I played it but could see where water would pond up after a rain and unfortunately quite a few spots were on the course or the walks between holes. Perhaps in time, little bridges will be built to combat this in spots.
Other Thoughts: Overall I was happy about how the Bob played. It was straight forward at times but had a little something to every hole that made them enjoyable and challenging at the same time. It seemed like the course receives a far amount of play and there is a bi-weekly league there on Sundays. This course will only get better as time goes on. One last note, since this course is still rough be watchful for snakes and other critters out there. My group today came across three snakes that were in the middle of the fairway.
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