4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Lemon Lake's White course plays largely along the park's tree line with occasional forays into the woods itself. The terrain skews mostly open with intermittent obstacles and dense rough boundaries, save for the handful of more wooded holes that add some increased technicality. Pin positions often make the most of the obstacles present, turning what would otherwise be an ace run or easy birdie into a bit more demanding of a shot. Threes are still easy to come by here; the challenge comes in pushing for twos through solid placement and above-average putting.
Parking is ample. The course is enhanced by the presence of other, better courses on site. Grooming seems solid.
Cons: The shot selection is pretty basic: there are lots of straight or straight-to-fade shots here, especially if you're forehand/backhand versatile. There's little challenge in the way of line shaping or mental game.
I felt the overall difficulty level sat in a weird gray area: the wooded holes, tougher pin placements, and occasional punishing rough suggest the course leans intermediate, while the shorter distances and numerous open holes make it feel too simple to be truly intermediate level. I came away uncertain of who the targeted player is for this course. It seems more ambiguous than the "White" label would suggest.
There is a significant amount of walking between holes, often with seemingly little payoff given the basic nature of the layout. This is all the more noticeable given there are other, better courses on site that are the reason one would come to play. So while the golf itself can serve as a warm up, the extra walking seems like wasted energy for what is going to be a full day of playing with lots more challenge to be found on the Blue and especially the Gold courses. Doubly so considering one is often in the sun on this course.
Navigation is not as easy as it could be due to a lack of signage and the larger-than-average distances between numerous holes.
Other Thoughts: Lemon Lake's White course is in my eyes a below-average one, but seeing as the Gold is itself very much worth a visit, the White is worth bagging while you're here, too. While spread out, it's a quicker play than the Blue, so if you're crunched for time but want to bag two, the Gold and White would be my recommended plays.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: The white course is one of four at Lemon Lake, that in itself is something to say.
The white baskets were easy to spot, very unique. The bathtub hole is something I'd never seen before on a course.
Cons: Compared to the other courses at LL this one just doesn't cut it. The tee pads are varied in type, such as cement, rubber, blocks or dirt. Some of the tight fairways just are not very fair. #16 is a joke, simply a bad hole.
The long walk between 1 and 2 and then 2 to 3. Print a map or you'll be lost, the rest of the course did have next tee signs.
Hole 2 was rather wet even though it was in a grassy field.
Other Thoughts: A few holes have severe elevation changes yet are too crammed close together...4 thru 8. Several baskets can't be seen from the tee, surprsing considering this is a beginner course.
I can't envision the pro's playing this course in the 2010 Worlds.With much better courses in the same park, go play red, blue or silver/gold if you are not a beginner golfer.
6 of 9 people found this review helpful.
8 Helpful / 6 Not
C+ = Too much of too little
Pros: What I personally like and how this course stacks up in my list of 18 hole courses:
1) Holes with good risk/reward. Fair, but harsh punishment for bad decisions or execution. == C+
(There are many wooded holes that will knock your birdie/ace run down and turn a deuce into a par, but the holes are not long enough to turn anything into a bogey 4 by making recovery hard/impossible.)
2) Holes that have rewarding birdie opportunities for me. I throw 300' accurately, 360' max. == C-
(The course is too short to make birdies feel rewarding. Other than 2-3 holes I fully expect a deuce....not that I will get them all, but parking them holds no exhilaration.)
3) More wooded than open - lots of variety of shots required caused by hole shape and topography == B+
(Lots of shots required. Quite a technical course!)
4) Natural beauty (Appalachian beauty preferred) and seclusion. == B-
(Overall it is quite nice. It loses points since a lot of holes play around ball fields. Also, holes 1 & 18 are in the wide open with roads and parking lots all around. This course would be MUCH better if those 2 holes were near the rest of the course and you had to park in one of the more remote parking lots so you would start and finish there.)
5) Bonus points for multi-throw holes with defined landing zones, good risk/reward and multiple options to play them. == N/A
Other Thoughts: It's all about feeding the addiction, so I ranked this course subjectively based on my own "personal addiction factor". The grades above tell how well the course will draw me back to itself again and again and again. Since I have played a decent number of courses (149 18-hole, 91 9-hole as of late 2009), my hope is that players/explorers who have similar addiction tastes will find my ratings list helpful as they choose courses to play and explore.
I fully expect others with different tastes/philosophies to disagree with me....that's the fun of things here. See my profile for my rating philosophy.
8 of 14 people found this review helpful.
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