Where else can you watch the greens crew cleaning slime from rocks in water hazards? Kinloch Golf Club features a number of artificial streams. Water is pumped from the large lake that separates the two nines to the beginning of the stream and it then flows naturally back to the lake. When it’s time to remove the algae buildup, the water is turned off and the rocks are cleaned.
Earthmoving was not limited to the creation of artificial streams. The lake around which the back nine plays was enlarged to its current size. But the rest of the property has plenty of variety and architect Lester George took full advantage in his routing. He’s built multiple split fairways and caused plenty of thinking on one’s tee shot on most of the other holes.
The course has a reputation for fine conditioning and in June 2017, superintendent Trevor Hedgepeth’s work was on fine display. I did find the green complexes a bit dull, with too many greens that could have used more contouring……but that’s a small complaint for an overall fine golf experience.
Date: July 10, 2017