Blackthorn is a solid Hurdzan and Fry design that can be played for as little as $30 on Mondays and Tuesdays. Probably the best value quality course in the South Bend area. It’s a fun layout with a sound routing and a great set of par threes. A bit too much length for me from the black back tees (called Blackthorn) but the reds (called Overhead Door) are a great test for most handicap golfers at a little more than 6,500 yards. An interesting and tough settle the bet 19th hole called the Blarney hole is a gem at 250 yards or so and is well worth playing. The 18th is a 500 yard risk and reward par five with the green protected by a lake to the left and bunkers to the right. If you’re in the area then it’s worth a look. There’s a lot to like about Blackthorn.
Date: July 10, 2018