Give Tom Fazio credit for creating a very attractive layout at Red Sky Ranch. The beauty of the terrain masks a layout that is fairly pedestrian in the shot values it requires players to make. The layout is anything but dull -- but it's also anything but strategic in its calculations. The topography is rolling without being excessive but the genius of a top tier layout is the wherewithal to test all the clubs and force players to execute a wide array of shots. That's not found here.
There's plenty of eye-candy bunkers to dot the landscape but many of them are simply added "lipstick" with little beyond the high gloss provided.
For those wishing to see the real deal -- it's best to head and play the companion course at Red Sky Ranch -- the Greg Norman design. The Fazio course is akin to a breezy summer fiction novel -- its fills the time but is quickly forgotten when other pursuits / courses come calling.
by M. James Ward
Date: April 23, 2018