Things did not go well at the start of my round at The Falls. The opening hole ignores the old saw about not starting into the rising sun. My drive at 7:50 am headed directly into a bright sun and has not been seen since. The second fairway was being aerated and the green complex was a carbon copy of the first.
Things did get better from there and the 18th did practice one concept of public golf architecture: Make the last hole easy enough that players will do well and want to come back. Though there’s water to contend with, a wedge will get most players to the large green on the par 3 hole.
In general the subtle contouring of the greens was interesting and Rees Jones, as in a number of his more recent designs, has allowed players the option of a running or aerial approach on over half the holes. On the other hand there are only a few tee shots which provide a risk/reward opportunity.
On an irrelevant (at least to course rating) note, my round here marked the 50th state in which I’ve played golf.
Date: September 26, 2019