I had played this one a couple of times after the restoring and during a 4 days competition I was hosting last month I decided to go hit some shots to see how it was playing in order to set up the course for the following day.
Played the gold tees (7000yds) in windy conditions and with the greens as firm as you can ask with a good example being a 6 iron down wind on par 3 4th which just landed on the green and rolled over it to the back almost to the water.
Despite being in the same piece of land as the other 3 courses and being maintained with the same level, this one goes far away in challenge, toughness and difficulty to the limit that for 2 digit hcp golfers is almost not fun. You need to really play well and if not, you will miss many shots and golf balls as well.
Is this bad? Not at all, it is just a very tough course and you need to be warned before you tee off. And be wise, do not go to longer tee boxes than your golf game can handle, it will riun your day. Just select the proper set and try to enjoy the real challenge of a Tour Golf Course.
In Championship conditions this one can fight head to head with TPC Sawgrass in scoring difficulty, not only due to length but also to very well designed greens, tough to real and also hold approach shots from the incorrect spot. And if you put both 18th holes together, this one might be even tougher.
It would be great to have Pros back here for it not to lose the “PGA” status, it looks far away but hopefully it will happen. This quality of a Golf Course cannot afford to be away from The Tour much more time, it deserves the spot there.
Date: June 25, 2019