How does one interpret the legacy of the Dutch when playing the preeminent course at Cragun’s Resort? It doesn’t quite feature the golf style of The Netherlands as made famous by Harry Colt, or does it pack a windmill to give a run to the National Golf Links of America. What it does have, however, is a manageable-length course for resort guests (over 6,700 yards) with plenty of heroic considerations for those who are here on vacation (and not for a handicap-builder).
The resort takes its Audubon Certification seriously, and that means the player must grapple with natural wetland throughout the round, including at No. 16, a par five with a long way around the marsh (safe) and a shorter way (dangerous) for those with golf balls to spare.
That’s one way Robert Trent Jones II gives you options. Another is during No. 14, a par four with two very diverse greens to choose from. If you’ve already lost a few sleeves, stay with the landlocked green on the left. But if you’re feeling adventurous, the rightward green requires a lengthy carry to an island green in the marsh.