CMCSGolf, on 26 April 2018 - 08:55 PM, said:
jerebear21, on 26 April 2018 - 06:52 AM, said:
CMCSGolf, on 25 April 2018 - 11:53 PM, said:
Just because a course is wide open doesn't mean there isn't strategy. I haven't played the Black, so can't comment specifically, but I would be a lot that the greens are much more approachable from certain angles. As wide as the course sounds and as wild as the greens are, I bet the pin placement can completely change the optimal way to play a hole for the day.
I know this is true of Hanse's Olympic course in Rio.
It's wide open. Play it first then try to make an argument. I like the Black course. No one here is crapping on it. The stretch on the back 9, 12-15 is just super quirky. I've played a lot of golden age punchbowl greens. This is more like a giant moon crater. Your ball can be stuck on a tier inside the crater and you wouldn't even know it. How is that fair Golf considering the blind shot aspect. Most of all punchbowls funnel to the middle. There's literally mountains inside this crater to keep the ball from funneling to the center. The first time I played the flag was on a tier. And if your ball does funnel to the center then you're essentially 3 putts.
It was only playable after they slowed the greens down. I live an hour away and play streamsong probavly 4-5 times a year since it opened. What's that 20+ time already? Heck I already been there threeX since the new year. Great facility. The black doesn't have a tee to green strategy. Maybe a couple holes but for the most part, wide open.
I wouldn't play the resort that much if I didn't like it. I love it. Doesn't mean it's not stupid. Haha
I agree and appreciate the response. This hole might very well be too far and I don't know. I was trying to make the more general point that just because a hole is wide, does not mean there isn't strategy.
I know what you're saying; I wasn't disputing the fact that there are golf courses which architecturally looks wide open and forces you to pick the correct side. There are certain lines to take off the tee to make the approach easier but you're really at the mercy of the bounce onto the green at streamsong black. Even if you're on the right side and you get a bad bounce you would still be 3 putting, which defeats the purpose of a correct tee shot in the first place.
18th on the black is the only memorable hole for me where picking the correct side actually does make a difference; Playing towards the right side of the edge and keeping it under 280 yards or so off the tee gives you 200 yards left to the par5. Going pass that yardage and you're in a hidden sand bunker. Taking the left side with a longer drive would give you a longer approach shot than a shorter tee shot on the right side. The 18th at streamsong black is WORLD class and I always look forward to playing it.
My issue with the quirky stretch on the back 9(13-15) is the limited landing spot on the greens.
Edited by jerebear21, 27 April 2018 - 07:39 AM.