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2-4    8/8/2009   8/8/2009
Review By: CwAlbino
Played: 68  Reviewed: 19  Exp: 17.4 Years
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This course has a nice layout with quite a few fun holes. There is a decent mix of righty and lefty holes, some shorties and long holes as well. The signature hole I would have to say is hole 4 with "the guardians". This hole is a short one, but has 4-5 trees all leaning to the right to make a wall on a right hooking shot. The other memorable hole is the 500+ foot shot over water.
Cons: When I played this course, it was very wet, overgrown, and due to rain the pond extended at places over 50 feet larger than what I've been told it usually sits at.

-The tee pads are aweful. The smallest teepad I think is on the longest driving hole. They are cracked, narrow, and when I played them slick from caked mud and sand.

-Overgrown. Tight shots are fun, and present a challenge, but not shots that are luck of getting through because the trees and shrubbery have grown out so large that stray branches catch about everything.

-Poor signage. Or rather lack of any signs. If you go to North Valley, be sure to hook up with a local player that knows the course. Some holes are pretty straight forward, but others are just ridiculous to find. One starts on a sidewalk and you have to go backwards on the fairway you just finished to find it.

-Hazardous fairways. Some of the holes are especially bad for tournament play, cause hold ups, and can be dangerous. Make sure you have a voice when you go because you will have to yell "fore!" to any group that's behind you. This doesn't occur a whole lot, but enough to make me put it in the review
Other Thoughts: Regardless of all the negatives, I still believe it deserves a 3. If it wasn't so wet and flooded I might have been able to give it a 3.5. The holes themselves were fun, and my biggest pet peeve was the teepads. Having a sliver of concrete to throw off of, when wet, and having to run up to the pad in mud is just horrible for drives.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.


1    11/17/2008   12/18/2008
Review By: D.W.G.
Played: 11  Reviewed: 5  Exp: 9.3 Years
0 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: Many different styles of holes... Nice layout...
Cons: Not marked very well... If you have never played it before, you could have a hard time playing the course in the right order...
Other Thoughts: Would like to play the longs in the winter... 15 has to be a monster, going over the pond...

0 of 3 people found this review helpful.

 Well Balanced Challenge

2-4    10/29/2008   11/4/2008
Review By: cpaquette
Played: 42  Reviewed: 41  Exp: 10.2 Years
1 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Nice elevation changes, excellent range of length on holes.
Cons: If you've never played this course before, you may find your way around the first few holes, but good luck after that...

No concrete tee pads or markers for next tee or distance to targets are non-existent.
Other Thoughts: This course needs to have concrete tee pads on all holes and have a better means for those who have not played there before to know where the next tee is and how far the hole is from the tee pad.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

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