The strength of Atkinson lies in its par fives. All require strategic choices off the tee, deciding how close to a hazard to come to provide the best angle on the next shot. And three of them also ask the player to think on her/his second shot. There are challenges on the approaches as well, the best being the Redan green on the 6th. All four greens have enough contour for challenging putting.
The downside here is the numerous forced carries, particularly on the back nine where I counted five of them. Even where there’s no wetland to negotiate, the second nine fairways can be particularly constricting. My drive on 15 landed in the fairway but turned into a lost ball. My playing companions lost considerably more.
Date: September 28, 2020