The Prairie Club’s Pines Course might have been called the Line of Charm Course. Time and again, the player stands on the tee (or on the second shot on a par five) and has to decide how much risk to take on to get the reward of a better angle for the shot to the green. That doesn’t mean an aerial approach is the only possibility, just that there are generally advantageous sides to approach from. The course was in excellent condition in September of 2019—firm and fast.
I found these features, along with the challenge posed by the contoured greens, to be the strengths of the Pines. On the downside, I hit the same club on three of the four par 4s and the routing is not at all intuitive, requiring long walks from too many tees to the next green. In fact, I was the only walker I saw all day…..other than my playing companion, whose cart failed at the farthest point from the clubhouse.
Date: September 26, 2019