This course never fails to leave a favourable impression on me. Especially when its -2.5 degrees, all other courses are closed due to snow and frost and yet FP was still open and playable with 13 greens on.
Playable in that given the frozen fairways the ball could bounce a long way, although it could take some serious detours!
This is a busy resort course and was even on the cold morning this week when I olayed it. But the routing of the Forest/Pines layout is excellent without any weak holes.
The standout holes on the Forest loop are the 2nd (tough tee shot on this long dog leg left par 4), 4th (short dog leg left par 4 where position off the tee is crucial ) 5th (a wonderful long and narrow par 5 played to a green in a dell) and the 6th (a delightful mid iron par 3 played over a pond)
The Pines loop standouts are the 11th (tight from the tee, dog leg right par 4, to a banked and well bunkered raised green), 13th (a sweeping left to right long par 4) 15th (par 5 played over a pond to a narrow and long green with clever bunkers and banking framing the green) and the 18th, a giod standard finishing hole to a green which is protected by a pond to the front left)
The greens have many undulations and alot are narrow and long, meaning accurate approach play required or you find yoirself just off the green with a tricky chip or putting from a long way away.
The course condition is always excellent, especially given the traffic on it, and the routing through pine trees a delight.
The 18 holes on its own would justify a 4 ball ratung but add in the Beeches loop and an overnight stay and enjoyment of the various loop combinations is recommended. Even when it is freezing.
Date: January 02, 2021