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Machine Day at Sapelo Hammock Golf Club – Savannah, Georgia

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Back in early July, I was within an hour’s drive of Savannah, Georgia and I thought it would be cool to get a few Golfwrx stalwarts together for a round of golf at Sapelo Hammock Golf Course. Unfortunately, “Littlepingman” and “Hoganapex” could not make it this time around. Anyway, “Choeppner” and I (Bend of the River GC) met up at Sapelo Hammock for an early morning round. It is always cool to finally play with some of the people that you have been speaking with for a few years online in the Golfwrx message forums.Sapelo Hammock Golf Club is a very nice low country golf course that unfortunately just never really took off all the way. It is meant to be a gated golf course community with a housing community. There are some homes along the course here, but really more empty lots than anything else.In fact, I like it that way better. More peaceful and unobtrusive.

 

The 18th green at Sapelo Hammock. Notice the unkept trap.

Since Chris is a Machine putter rep, I asked him to load up a M1A Fixer putter for me to try out during my round. I have had my eye on a Machine putter for a while now, and would like to add one to my ever growing stable for thoroughbred flat sticks. Let me tell you, Chris is a long monster off the tee, and then some. I can tell you that these putters look even better in person, and they sure do perform.

 

This is the Machine Fixer putter that I gamed at Sapelo Hammock.

How did the Machine Fixer fare in my bag and on the greens? Well, I alternated back and forth with my Scotty Cameron Inspired by David Duval putter (I kept the C&L oil can in the trunk as it looked like rain…) and although the Machine was about 1.5 inches too short for me, I made it work just fine and did not have any 3 putts the entire round. The Fixer had a very soft and stable feel going through the ball. I could easily game the Machine Fixer, that is a 34.5 inch model. In fact, I most likely will in the very near future. The options that you can have on a Machine are endless, and they really are works of art. Actually, I am worried that I won’t game it, and it will be resigned to carpet queen duty like a few of my other putters. Machine also has some of the coolest putter names on the market. I think Chris’ putter was called the Machine Double Fat Back Nibble Back. I love it.

 

The face milling was top notch and very pleasing to the eye.

How was Sapelo Hammock? It was great. It is a very nicely designed golf course with fairly open fairways. It also had some of the absolute toughest par three holes that I have ever faced. A few of them had forced carries of over 185 yards; you either hit the green or you were crabbing in the marsh for your lost ball.

If you stare long enough at this 200 plus par 3 (#8), you MIGHT see the pin!

I am sure Chris can attest to this as well. The greens were in pretty nice shape and rolled nicely. Many of the greens had some testy contours to them and really made you think before putting the flat stick on the ball. About the only thing one could complain about was that the sand traps WERE NOT maintained here at all. According to a local guy, the owner only spends a strict/set amount on maintenance and fertilizing and that’s it.

Another tough par 3 on the back with nowhere to land except for the green. Hit it straight and long here!

The lack of paved cart paths actually brought the course more in line with low country charm and feel.

Visit Sapelo Hammock Golf Club if you have the chance. Try and look past the traps, and definitely play a round here though. For $29 with a cart on a weekday morning, it really can’t be beat! Who knows, maybe Chris will show up and let you try out some cool Machine toys for your round!

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Hidden Gem of the Day: The University of Georgia Golf Course in Athens, Georgia

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These aren’t the traditional “top-100” golf courses in America, or the ultra-private golf clubs you can’t get onto. These are the hidden gems; they’re accessible to the public, they cost less than $50, but they’re unique, beautiful and fun to play in their own right. We recently asked our GolfWRX Members to help us find these “hidden gems.” We’re treating this as a bucket list of golf courses to play across the country, and the world. If you have a personal favorite hidden gem, submit it here!

Today’s Hidden Gem of the Day was submitted by GolfWRX member thejuice, who takes us to The University of Georgia Golf Course in Athens, Georgia. Robert Trent Jones, Sr designed the course, and in thejuice’s detailed description of the track, he highlights the excellent challenge provided, as well as the facilities on hand for you to have a great experience.

“This is a RTJ, Sr course design at its best.  It’s LONG and tough with what seems like 18 elevated greens (I exaggerate, but there are quite a few), and the greens all have their own personality.  It’s always maintained VERY well, and the staff is super friendly.  They have coupon deals regularly that allow golf with a cart for under $35, which makes it a complete steal. 

 To top all of that off, you’re right next to campus and near downtown Athens, which is the perfect spot for some good eats and drinks post-round.  My group made it a weekend trip where we paired it with rounds at the Georgia Club and Hamilton Mill on the way back into Atlanta.  It was an awesome weekend!!!!”

According to The University of Georgia Golf Course’s website, 18 holes can be played midweek for $42.50, while the rate rises to $49 if you want to play on the weekend.

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Hidden Gem of the Day: Roseland Golf and Curling Club in Windsor, Ontario

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Today’s Hidden Gem of the Day was submitted by GolfWRX member tommg, who takes us to Roseland Golf and Curling Club in Windsor, Ontario. The course has previously featured on the Mackenzie Tour, and in tommg’s description of the track, he praises the fact that it is a course full of the characteristics that you would expect from a Donald Ross designed course.

“Classic Donald Ross built in 1928. Very flat besides the elevated greens, but all holes surround by mature trees. Always in very good condition. Extensive renovations in the last couple of years to bring it back to the original Ross design.

Hosted MacKenzie tour a few years ago. Being a muni it can get a tad slow on weekends. When you get to the huge oak on #11 look to your left and wave, I may wave back.”

According to Roseland Golf and Curling Club’s website, 18 holes can be played for $44 on both weekdays and weekends.

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Hidden Gem of the Day: The Bluffs Golf Course in Vermillion, South Dakota

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These aren’t the traditional “top-100” golf courses in America, or the ultra-private golf clubs you can’t get onto. These are the hidden gems; they’re accessible to the public, they cost less than $50, but they’re unique, beautiful and fun to play in their own right. We recently asked our GolfWRX Members to help us find these “hidden gems.” We’re treating this as a bucket list of golf courses to play across the country, and the world. If you have a personal favorite hidden gem, submit it here!

Today’s Hidden Gem of the Day was submitted by GolfWRX member ihatecats18, who takes us to The Bluffs Golf Course in Vermillion, South Dakota. The course sits along the Missouri River, and in his description of the track, I hatecats18 praises the fairness of the challenge provided.

“It has been a few years since I golfed here, but after playing it for one full summer it is a course I truly do miss.  It is home to the University of South Dakota golf and isn’t necessarily the toughest course out there, but it is fair. Holes 13-16 are amazing holes that make you make big choices on how to attack the green.”

According to The Bluffs Golf Course’s website, 18 holes during the week will cost you $24, with the rate rising to $32 on the weekend.

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