This was my second day at RTJ GrandNational. The Lakes course was easier to play than the Links Course but still a very good challenge. Again, the fairways are generous and the greens are easier to approach as only a few are elevated unlike the Links. I didn't like starting off the 1st hole with a 5 wood as anything over 185 would be in water. But the course makes up for that short hole with 2 very long par 4s on 11 and 13. The card has them at 387 and 388 from the Orange tees but today's set up had them at 400+ each. Then there is the par 3 15th at 182 with all carry over water. In between is the par 5, 14th with a generous fairway but bunkers on the left half strategically placed to catch your drive, second, and approach if not handled well.
Once on the greens, putting is fast. Like the Links there are some challenging greens with multiple tiers. The par 4 9th hole has a wide green with 3 tiers. Most others have slopes you navigate but nothing penal.
A nice course and a nice layout. If you want a serious challenge, pick the Links. If you want a more comfortable round, pick the Lakes.
Date: October 09, 2021