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1) short and long tees
2) multiple pin positions (eventually)
3) variety of wooded and more open holes w scattered trees
4) water hazards to make it interesting
1) Navigation from 7 to 8 and 14 to 15 was difficult
2) No concrete tee pads for long tees (yet)
3) No signs for long tees (yet)
4) turf tees blend in with grass
5) pedestrians and fishermen
Course design: 3.75/5
Average/Total: 2.95/5 rounded to 3/5
Stoked to be the first review for this course! First time I've had the opportunity.
This morning I decided to play the newly redesigned Roger Reynolds course. They turned it into a great 18 hole course with short and long tees as compared with its meager 9 hole beginnings. Note that I played from the long tees and so this review is reflective of the play experienced from these tees only.
The first thing I noticed upon arrival was the giant kiosk with huge color map of the course. Make sure you take a picture of this map or download the map from DGCR if you plan on playing the long tees, because they don't have signs yet for the longs and some are hard to spot because they have green turf tees that blend in with the grass. I didn't take a pic or download the map because I thought I could remember the map by studying it at the kiosk. That was not a good decision as it turns out.
Before I started playing, I took note of the fact that the short tees have generous sized concrete tees and nice color signs with a full color map of each hole along with distances and locations of both short and long tees. The baskets are my preferred Innova baskets with the signature yellow band, making them easier to spot.
Overall, I am very impressed with this course. There are some shorter holes and longer to way longer holes. There are tight, wooded holes and semi-open to open holes. There are even quite a few holes with water in play. The property is mostly flat. There are quite a few holes with OB in play.
I really liked the flow of the course and had no idea there was this much property here. It actually looked like there was even more property that could hold more holes.
Holes 1-7 are fairly easy to navigate and wind through semi-open to open areas. Holes 1 and 2 have water in play. Please note that hole 7's long tee is on the way from 6's basket to 7 short tee on the left side of the walking path. I missed it and, even after looking at the map on 7 short tee, couldn't find the tee for a bit. The shot from 7L is a fairly intense turn to the right to give you a perspective on where the tee is in relation to the basket.
After I finished 7, I had a hard time finding 8. Here's what to do...keep walking forward after 7's basket toward the paved road and follow the paved road as it curves slowly right, away from 7's basket. Once you've rounded the bend, look on your left at the wood line and you'll see a sign that points toward 8's long tee. It's just inside the wood line and you'll be shooting into a tight wooded hole.
Holes 8-10 play in the deep woods with tight lines. Hole 9 is fairly long with a narrow fairway. Don't go off line here or you probably won't get your par 4.
Hole 11's long tee.....Walk forward from 10's basket out of the woods and make a right. The tee is in between the road and the wood line and you'll be shooting toward the basket that's in front of water (not too close where it comes in play....just don't overshoot it too much).
Hole 12 plays tough! Water on the right the whole way with thick woods on the left of the fairway. The fairway isn't very wide either. I recommend throwing a controlled midrange to get you to around the small tee or a little after and then for the green thereafter.
To get to 13, turn right from 12's basket and hug the shoreline of the pond. The walk to 13 was muddy and uneven. Be careful not to turn your ankle here if it's muddy.
14's tee is in between 13's basket and 14's short tee. Follow the path to the left of 13's basket to get there. It winds around the outside of a fenced in field. 14L is a beast of a hole. Long and with a narrow fairway that funnels even tighter as you get within 150-200' or so.
I had a hard time finding 15's tee after 14. Once you finish 14, make a right and walk down toward the walking path that surround the fenced field. Once you get to that path, you'll be tempted to turn left because you'll see 15's short tee sign. Don't be a chump and fall for this....instead, you'll turn right and 15L will be to the right of the walking path.15 is a long ass hole. You'll need to play up somewhere around 15's short tee and then make a 90 degree turn to the left, shooting over some water to get to a beautiful green with a giant rock.
To get to 16, keep walking forward past 15's basket. You'll be playing another water hole. Beware....it is deceiving....there is very little ground to the right of 16's basket. I would play it a little shorter where it starts to get a little wider and take a longer putt; otherwise, you're risking losing one in the water for sure.
17 and 18's tees aren't too difficult to find. 17's is in between 16's basket and 17 short tee.
All in all, this is a great course and I would love to play it again. One thing to keep in mind as you play....this is a multi-use course. You need to keep your head on a swivel for runners, walkers, people walking their dogs and fishermen. I encountered all of these and I started at around 8am on a Saturday and only around 32 degrees. I can only imagine middle of the day and nicer weather!
Kudos to Dean and whoever helped....I'm assuming Columbus Flyers! Thanks for turning this course into a fun, challenging, great addition to the Columbus area!
I gave this course a 2.95 as averaged over all 5 critiqued areas. The long tees, navigation and signage took a ding bc they weren't up to "par" yet. I rounded my rating to a 3. In reality, once they get the tee signs and tees done on the longs, along with installing the alternate pin positions, this course will be a minimum of a 3.5 to 3.75 star course IMO.
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