The AAC boasts two great courses. Many of the members favour the more traditional layout of the Riverside, but having played both of them several times, I would have to say the Highlands is the most exciting and definitely most appropriate to host the PGA Championship in 2011. There is a definite progression here, with many of the holes on the back nine making every shot challenging, from tee to green. My favourite hole by far is the beautiful par 4 11th. The fairway slopes down and round the right side of a mound, like a helter-skelter slide. There's plenty of room for the tee shot, but the approach is daunting from every angle: Severely downhill to a green flanked on its left edge by two large bunkers and on its right, by a pond. The regular pin position leaves around 5 yards to play with right of the flagstick before you get wet. Accuracy is key and there is no better feeling than nailing your approach on this hole. The 17th also stands out as a picturesque par 3 over water to a shallow green. Then prepare for one of the most nerve-jangling ends to any round, as the par 5 18th plays most of the way alongside a large lake, before demanding a hefty shot over the water to reach the green. Can't wait to see the pros play this one next year.
Date: May 24, 2010