Played at a golfers journal event at llanerch this week. If anyone has the chance to play in one of their events I recommend it, a lot of fun!
Northwood vibes, thanks for sharing.
Got to play Lofoten Links in Norway this week. The course is incredible. Very rugged and extremely difficult. The rental clubs and I didn’t seem to get along, but it was so fun. It’s such a hard place to get to, but very worth it.
That’s so sick! It’s definitely a bucket list course for me.
Moraine CC was in great shape this morning. Place is deserving of all the accolades after their reno a few years back
Twilight, place to myself for the first 12 holes
Shot my personal best for this course
Forgive my ignorance. Where is this?
New South Wales GC in Sydney, Australia.
Was seriously impressed with Beacon Hall yesterday.
NCR South was a solid track this morning. Greens were moving well and they’re getting everything in shape for the Senior Women’s Open there in a couple months. The Dayton area has some very solid golf
Stuck in the Reno airport (tough scene for United tonight) so I thought I’d give a rundown of my Plumas County, CA trip:
Grizzly Ranch Golf Club - Beckwourth, CA
This Bob Cupp-designed course, which opened in 2005, has previously been featured on an NLU video. The course winds through a luxury housing community that hasn’t fully developed (likely from '08 Recession). I really enjoyed this course with it’s mountain views, strategic use of elevation changes, and mix of holes. Only the par-5 12th was a little too quirky for me. Didn’t play amazing, but finished strong with the tap-in birdie effort shown below.
Dragon @, Nakoma Resort - Clio, CA
The late Robin Nelson designed this course, which opened in 2000. The site is similar to Grizzly Ranch in that it’s a luxury housing and resort community which hasn’t fully developed due to '08. It’s also similar in it’s topography along the side of a mountain valley. However, The Dragon is a more divisive experience. The course has far more “target golf” elements, blind shots, narrower corridors, forced carries, and penal green complexes with some mean-spirited pin positions. As a golf masochist myself, I thoroughly enjoyed the challenge of The Dragon, except for the #1 handicap par-4 6th hole, which was asking me to hit 4W-4Hy uphill over a ravine. Course absolutely requires more than one loop to understand some of the questions being presented.
Whitehawk Ranch Golf Club - Clio, CA
Designed by Dick Bailey and opened in 1996, Whitehawk Ranch occupies a site that rolls through the woods, meadow, and creeks within the Mohawk Valley in Plumas County. The holes feel more California Foothills golf than mountain golf, as the course occupies a flatter piece of property within the valley. The architect also chose to work around certain elevation changes, rather than incorporate them into the design. The surrounding housing and resort are more mature because of it’s slightly older age, and the course seems to have a loyal membership. There was also a giant charter bus full of golfers who showed up for an afternoon shotgun start as I was leaving. Nearly had an ace as shown below.
Overall, if you find yourself in the Reno/Tahoe/Truckee area, are looking for good golfing experiences, and willing to drive about an hour, any of these three should do nicely.
When the Dragon first opened, it’s tagline was “Bring Me Your Heroes.” 08 definitely demolished what it opened as.
6 and 10 out there are two of the more fun par 5s I’ve ever played.
Welcome and I hope you enjoy your stay in our wonderful little city.
Went to Wilmington, NC for the First Flight Major, the Big Wright Miss (more aptly named than we expected).
On Friday we had a few tee times at (Not that) Pine Valley. Had the good fortune to play with @JNorwoodFive @Harper and @grizzly224. Played poorly, but was a gorgeous day out there. Pine Valley has a good bit of elevation change on the front nine for being so close to the ocean. It also has some absolutely wild greens, some of them have no easy pin positions (looking at you hole 4).
Saturday morning we headed to the Wilmington Muni for the main event, only to find they had pushed us off for some other groups and didn’t bother to let us know. Fortunately a phone call to Pine Valley saved us and we were able to get off with only an hour delay from our original start times. Weather was perfect, mid 80s with no humidity and a light breeze. Was paired with my longtime partner in crime @Are_you_double_D along with @medium-compound-fade and 2 PV members Barry and Jackson. I played a lot better, starting with a birdie on 1 and breaking 40 on the front, could have been a solid back if I hadn’t shit the bed on 16 and 17 (a few flared irons and flubbed chips). Finished with a par on 18 to shoot and 83 and go plus 4 on quota.
Best hole at PV is the 9th hole, a 265 yard par 4 that has an epic tree and enough bunkers that can punish those who go for it if their shot is off line at all
Does the guy in that first pic have his cigar backwards in his mouth??
That’s @Harper, and yes that is correct.
Played Talking Stick O’Odham today. Classic Coore Crenshaw with #widthsandangles. One of the windiest rounds I’ve experienced and only got 14 in due to the incoming thunderstorm. It was a great time with @nschumerth though despite it getting cut short. It was fun to try to get creative to deal with the wind. A couple videos to show the conditties as well as a hole that runs next to a horse ranch.