It's hard for me to conceive how this marvelous layout is not spoken about more. Trent Jones, Sr., did courses around the globe, however, often many of them were formulaic and usually predictably redundant.
Point O'Woods has been kept to the style and manner from its creator. You have the signature runway teeing areas and the greens clearly are on the large size with massive bunkers flanking a number of the putting surfaces.
The terrain has a slight roll to it but nothing that prevents players from enjoying the stroll when playing.
The Western Amateur, one of golf's most celebrated events, returned this year and I, along with countless others, was glad to see that development. The course clearly has enough firepower to make the contestants play at the highest of levels.
The opening hole is a classic RTJ, Sr. effort. A long enough par-4 to stretch the muscles and having a green with enough movement to put pressure on the approach.
The par-5 2nd is a quality risk/reward hole -- those hitting a long enough tee shot had best think long and hard in going for the green because a frontal water hazard awaits those who don't execute smartly.
The outward side provide a good mixture of holes -- nothing that leaps to mind given the relative sameness of the terrain. But the 9th -- a par-3 of 190-yard -- is one to savor. The green is angled diagonally with a front water hazard hugging the green like two long time friends coming together at Christmas. The slightest miscalculation can find the hazard but even those who avoid it and play more to the right for safety will find a bedeviling green that requires a jeweler's touch to escape with par.
The inward side is a bit stronger in terms of hole demands and the best part of the layout is its utter honesty. Just a fun walk to conclude the round at the fine par-4 18th. There are no tricks -- no subterfuges. You get what you earn -- and you need to earn it. RTJ, Sr. was famous in saying his courses make bogey easy but par much harder. That's certainly the case. Just a quality layout -- no added frills -- just bring your best effort.
M. James Ward
Date: September 09, 2019