A truly spectacular golf routing takes the golfer 3 time up and down 150 feet of vertical change. There are two holes 12, 13 in the valley and two that cross it 4 and 7. Two holes play steeply uphill, the long par 4 8th and the short par 4 fourteenth. There is a sense of links quirkiness about several of the holes, most notably nine and ten but unfortunately, I have over 15 years experience playing this course and unfortunately it is rarely kept firm. The overall look is heavy parkland vegetation but the club must be given credit for some tree abatement in the past five years. Yet there is retention of trees near the tees of several holes which impact the turf.
Most of the green complexes are open in front with a relatively repetitive bunker placement left and right. Much of the drainage is off the green fronts since the 1928 course build date was a time in which there was neither planned irrigation nor worry about turf for run-up. This is not a prominent feature available today.
Two par fives as was typical for Flynn - the sixth is on a parcel of property across a local road from the river property while the rolling and dipping eleventh plays sharply downhill and over the river the last 200 yards. The 6th is universally acclaimed and has a links character with run up available at times but the eleventh is generally a polarising hole. For the big hitter it is an eagle opportunity.
Four par 3 holes are generally easy bogies, hard pars and vary from medium-short to rather long including the dropping shot 7th seen in one of the submitted photos. Architecturally notable holes are the collection (2, 4, 14, 15) of short Par 4 holes with tremendous variety and several challenging semi-blind longer holes.
A wonderful course to study a routing over difficult ground, it is a country club course, not geared to the serious golfer due to the soft conditions, but this only becomes apparent with familiarity. A single pass or a weekend member-guest invitation will have you wondering why this course is not more highly considered. Highly recommended.
Date: April 24, 2017