Played there yesterday, probably my 4th round this season. It keeps getting better. New/more staff in the Pro Shop, Grill is open, Locker Room was available. Much progress. Course conditioning was a million miles better than the start of the season, which suffered from the neglect of the course over the winter, and all the rain in the beginning of the season. Would love to play Rock Spring firm and fast!
Yes, the bunkers need some love. They are grassing over that bunker on the left of #5 fairway. Bummer, but they said they can’t keep the water out of it. But, the strategic value of greenside bunkers, and the huge dropoffs from green to bunker like on 7, 9, 10, 11, right of 12, left of 15, are great Raynor/Banks features not readily available to the public golfer.
Also, the greens are very interesting. Of the rounds I’ve played, they had the most challenging pin placements yesterday. For example, pin was far left and front on #3, which brought the huge sloping redan into reality for a very tough 2 put. The green on #4 is unlike any other public track. It’s great. I did notice a bigger collar on #6, but willing to live with that if that helps them. I would just hate to see them all shrink to ovals a la Francis Byrne, where you can barely tell how great they were.
If it stays as is, as of yesterday, it’s a great option. I’m sure budget and amount of play will hold back conditioning, but I think I heard they have hired an experienced superintendent and have lofty goals of top conditioning.
Hope the development plans drag their feet, and kick the can down the road for years. Would hate to see holes 4 and 5 go, across the road, but they’re really cool par 4s.
I like the tee shot on 2. I think it’s a cool hole. Favorites: 3, 4, 7, 10, 11, 15, 17 (green, Biarittz esque?)…Forgettable? : 14. That’s about it, something fun about all the holes. 1 is an old school gentle warm up hole, good thing for lack of any range.
Wish them best of luck! I’ll be there often.