I played this course during the last US Masters Week and although I have heard/read how good it was, I have to say my impression was even better than expected. It is located not long from Augusta, maybe a 30-40mins car drive which is not bad and while at The Tournament week this is one of the best golf courses you can play in the area together with Sage Valley but really different in what to expect. While Sage is perfection, this is pure golf history and one of the best set of 18 greens I have ever played: fast, sloped, tough to read, tougher to play and really fun, birdies will not come easily!
Club House is a small one, but pretty much the original since it was opened in 1892 y with a charming board of winners with some really big names from the game's history.
As all courses in the area, crew and staff know how special that week is and everybody is set to make your day really special.
And not as many of the proshops of the courses visited, this one is really good with a big variety of stuff and design which will for sure spend some money on it.
Course plays really tough, I tried playing concetrated and focused to post a good score but both approach shots and putting made it extremely tough. Every small mistake was punished with at least a bogey, short game is as demanding as you can expect and this is one of the best features of the course, you HAVE to get all your wedges working and even the bump & run chip will be necessary.
A great test, the touch from Mackenzie in every green and mantained at the highest level even when a small tornado hit the course 2 days before I played it.
Par 3 6th with that small tough green was one of the best ones, very similar to 14th at Los Leones in Santiago de Chile. Par 3 11th downhill was one of the greats as well, were tries hide the wind (as in Amen Corner at Augusta National) and it is tough to get the correct club.
Dog leg 12th over the water is the other great, where the more brave you are with the line of the tee shot, the easier and shorter the approach shot uphill will be.
I've read final 3 holes are "weak" and cannot share that: 16th is a very tough long par 3 where holding ball on green is maybe the toughest hole on the course, 17th is a nice downhill par 4 where again approach shot needs to be extremely precise.
And finally 18th might not be nice from the tee, but you need to be sharp. I went for the green and missed, had a really tough job to get the final par.
If you travel to Augusta and want to play a really good golf course, this is the one. You have everything a golfer will appreciate from an old golf club.
Date: August 09, 2017