What an excellent course, I played it in the opposite order(East/ West). Since the Northern Trust is fast approaching, many grandstands were up, the greens were firm and fast, and the rough was challenging. Course isn’t overly long but the smaller greens and perfectly placed bunkers make this course challenging. The par 3’s are beautiful, downhill beasts. The shorter par 4’s are the holes you need to score on. The longer par 4’s in the 430’s and more are the toughest. Take 5 west, uphill, long par 4 with a 3 tiered green and bunkers guarding most of the front. It is not easy to navigate the ball onto this green and 2 putting from 30 feet is far from a guarantee here. The signature hole of these 9’s would have to be 8 west. It is a long uphil par 5 that doglegs to the left. The green slopes right to left and if you miss the green right you are dead. There are 3 bunkers some 20 ft below the putting surface that you absolutely cannot afford to go into. Overall, Gil Hanse’s recent renovation of the bunkers and removal of trees has made this course a fantastic challenge as well a beauty.
Date: July 22, 2018