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#1 SwooshLT

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Posted 14 April 2018 - 09:14 AM

I've recently played in a point quota/ skins game at this straightforward course north of me in Hobe Sound , Florida.  The golf is Heritage Ridge with a par of 70 playing to about 6100 from back tees.....my group tees from whites and the yardage is 5600 approx.

The greens have enough slope and undulations added to very quick surfaces that get quite defensive.  I carry a weak 6hdcp with ball striking not as it use to particularly with irons....the course has 6 par 3's with the shortest playing 115 uphill and into prevailing wind.....the other 5 are somewhere between 160-190 flag dependent.

So with that as a backdrop, this course eats my lunch! Only broken 80(10 over) once with a 79.....not expecting to beat the course down mind you but I drive and putt well enough along with fairly decent course management to at least sniff 73-75 I feel. For some reason, Heritage Ridge owns me but I won't back down(Tom Petty)

Anyone else on WRX have THAT course which just befuddles you and your game when it shouldn't?  

Vent to me guys, I need coddling......ugh


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Posted 14 April 2018 - 10:03 AM

Not a whole course, but #8 at Bay Hill. HATE isn't even appropriate. It's a dogleg right usually in the 420-440 range with all kinds of trouble at the corner. I'm plenty long enough to carry it, but a slight miss left is fairway bunker, right is a treeline with zero forgiveness. I was a member for 5 years, lived on the property and when I slid out for 9 in the afternoon, sometimes just skipped from 7 to 9.......LOL

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Posted 14 April 2018 - 10:11 AM

We have a very similar course here. 6,000 yards, par 70. Very small, elevated and undulating greens that are normally fairly quick. Five par threes, 110 yards to 240. Tight, tree lined. Number nine hole, a sharp, dogleg left par four. Tee off out of a chute of overhanging trees, OB tight right. If you hit anything more than an iron off the tee, the ideal shot shape is literally a duck hook!

Stupid course is only rated at 68. I’ve never shot the rating there. Numerous other courses in the area with much higher ratings, have shot lower at all of them than this one.  I think if I played there regularly I’d be a double digit handicap.
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Posted 14 April 2018 - 10:31 AM

My home course has 27 holes and i despise one of the 9's (our newest one)

The old course is a classic old fashioned 18, thick trees, doglegs, position golf. A fantastic risk-reward course that is highly regarded in our province. The new 9 is too penal and the greens have too many unusable spots because they are so tilted, which doesn't stop greenskeepers from putting flags there. You can lose a ball every hole, and i would say you can easily lose a ball on 7/9

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Posted 14 April 2018 - 11:38 AM

Yeah the rating is 66.8 slope of 122....please! But one day....hopefully soon , I will conquer this dastardly course with round more akin to my feeble abilities....hehe


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Posted 14 April 2018 - 01:35 PM

My home course has close to a 68 rating and our members hold up well there when we travel.

Only 2 par fives, water and OB all over with small tricky greens. I find it tougher than the other places in town although it is a very short course at under 6300 fully stretched... The problem with the 'short yardage' is that 2 of the par 3's are 235 plus from the back so even the total number can be deceiving.

Is the course rating system heavily weighted to yardage? This is what I always assumed.

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Posted 14 April 2018 - 02:19 PM

My home course from the back tees is only 6003 yards, but is 70.6/127. [The middle tees are 5476/67.8/124]

The course is littered with hazards, water on every hole, and not much rough to speak of. You really can't hit any wayward shots or you either end up OB or in a hazard. On a few holes you can hit the ball in the fairway and end up in a hazard. The greens are small too. It can be frustrating. lol

Why do I belong? Because for $205 a month I can play unlimited golf, we have a huge grass range, a bunker complex, a pitching range for shots up to 100 yards, two practice greens, a 9 hole short course...average hole about 73 yards, a gym, and no food or drink minimum. Great place...can't beat it.

Last year I had the occasion to play another private course in our area. The pro in the pro shop warned me how narrow the fairways were. I walked off the 18th green still wondering where those narrow fairways were.
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Posted 14 April 2018 - 02:34 PM

Any course with several double sided OB holes. I need at least two or three fairways to bail out on one side.

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Posted 14 April 2018 - 02:51 PM

View PostSean2, on 14 April 2018 - 02:19 PM, said:

My home course from the back tees is only 6003 yards, but is 70.6/127. [The middle tees are 5476/67.8/124]

The course is littered with hazards, water on every hole, and not much rough to speak of. You really can't hit any wayward shots or you either end up OB or in a hazard. On a few holes you can hit the ball in the fairway and end up in a hazard. The greens are small too. It can be frustrating. lol

Why do I belong? Because for $205 a month I can play unlimited golf, we have a huge grass range, a bunker complex, a pitching range for shots up to 100 yards, two practice greens, a 9 hole short course...average hole about 73 yards, a gym, and no food or drink minimum. Great place...can't beat it.

Last year I had the occasion to play another private course in our area. The pro in the pro shop warned me how narrow the fairways were. I walked off the 18th green still wondering where those narrow fairways were.


What do you normally shoot Sean?

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Posted 14 April 2018 - 03:06 PM

as of late Pasatiempo & and all time nut buster Bandon Trails

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Posted 14 April 2018 - 03:41 PM

Courses with soft fairways and firm greens.

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Posted 14 April 2018 - 03:43 PM

View Post2putttom, on 14 April 2018 - 03:06 PM, said:

as of late Pasatiempo & and all time nut buster Bandon Trails

Hahaha Bandon Trails!

I've played it twice and both times were in a hurricane rainstorm of doom. It brought me to my knees and kept me there for 4 hours.

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Posted 14 April 2018 - 03:49 PM

View PostSwooshLT, on 14 April 2018 - 02:51 PM, said:

View PostSean2, on 14 April 2018 - 02:19 PM, said:

My home course from the back tees is only 6003 yards, but is 70.6/127. [The middle tees are 5476/67.8/124]

The course is littered with hazards, water on every hole, and not much rough to speak of. You really can't hit any wayward shots or you either end up OB or in a hazard. On a few holes you can hit the ball in the fairway and end up in a hazard. The greens are small too. It can be frustrating. lol

Why do I belong? Because for $205 a month I can play unlimited golf, we have a huge grass range, a bunker complex, a pitching range for shots up to 100 yards, two practice greens, a 9 hole short course...average hole about 73 yards, a gym, and no food or drink minimum. Great place...can't beat it.

Last year I had the occasion to play another private course in our area. The pro in the pro shop warned me how narrow the fairways were. I walked off the 18th green still wondering where those narrow fairways were.


What do you normally shoot Sean?

On my home course? Usually in the high 70's, sometimes low 80s. Though I did shoot a 71 yesterday, which will wreak havoc on my HI. :-)
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Posted 14 April 2018 - 03:55 PM

Courses that "force" certain shots.  There is one by me where all of the par 5's make you hit an iron or hybrid from the tee.  If you hit driver (even if you hit it 300+) will put you in a hazard.  Zero chance of thinking to hit green in 2.

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Posted 14 April 2018 - 04:45 PM

Sandridge Lakes Course in Vero Beach.  Now it is in my head.  It is like a 66 or 68 course rating and the slope is average.  Normally, it is my first round of the year, but I struggle to break 90 most times.  I think I should shoot 75 all day every day there, but I don't


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Posted 15 April 2018 - 02:37 AM

The Legacy GC in Phoenix for some reason. Itís often recommended on this board for travelers as one to play first if coming to town after a long layoff due to its relatively friendly layout.

I shoot 80 every freaking time.

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Posted 15 April 2018 - 04:51 AM

Coyote Springs outside Las Vegas. As a local I can play it fairly cheap, but I've only been there three times. Every time I go, I'm playing my best beforehand. By the time I'm done, I'm swearing I'll never return. I play other "tough" courses, and do OK, but not here. There's barely a flat lie anywhere on the course, and even a slight miss will be severely punished. It's a beautiful course, but it's tough to have fun when you're OK shots are bad, and your bad shots are irredeemable.

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Posted 15 April 2018 - 07:13 AM

View PostNoCaution, on 15 April 2018 - 04:51 AM, said:

Coyote Springs outside Las Vegas. As a local I can play it fairly cheap, but I've only been there three times. Every time I go, I'm playing my best beforehand. By the time I'm done, I'm swearing I'll never return. I play other "tough" courses, and do OK, but not here. There's barely a flat lie anywhere on the course, and even a slight miss will be severely punished. It's a beautiful course, but it's tough to have fun when you're OK shots are bad, and your bad shots are irredeemable.

But at least when you finally get there the greens are easy!����. (Extreme, extreme sarcasm here, just in case anyone thought that was serious)

Every time we drive away from there one guy in my group says, "Jack effing Nicklaus can keep his effing greens".


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Posted 15 April 2018 - 07:20 AM

View PostMcgeeno, on 14 April 2018 - 01:35 PM, said:

My home course has close to a 68 rating and our members hold up well there when we travel.

Only 2 par fives, water and OB all over with small tricky greens. I find it tougher than the other places in town although it is a very short course at under 6300 fully stretched... The problem with the 'short yardage' is that 2 of the par 3's are 235 plus from the back so even the total number can be deceiving.

Is the course rating system heavily weighted to yardage? This is what I always assumed.

Sounds so similar to the one I mentioned, with the exception of only one par three of that distance. It does have one though with two huge cottonwood tress semimblocking the green. It's about 170 yards, somthe distance isn't too bad. But if try to go up and over it's extremely frustrating.  You watch your ball clear the first and think you have a good shot, then it hits the second one that you don't really see from the tee.

I really wonder sometimes if the raters actually play the courses or just look at a scorecard.
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Posted 15 April 2018 - 12:37 PM

Absolutely love the place but Cherokee Run in Atlanta metro area has given me nightmares for years. Such a great track but my God, the place can beat you down.


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Posted 15 April 2018 - 04:22 PM

Fremont Hills in Ozark, Missouri. First time I played there was state golf my senior year of high school. 4 putted multiple greens. Every single round I've played there has been horrible....
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Posted 22 April 2018 - 11:36 AM

Went back and ground out a 2 over 72 with 13 girs but 33 putts .....greens are fast n undulating making you a defensive lag putter

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