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Jay, you will like this...Royal New Kent was a blow away surprise...interestingly, Tobacco Road was a mild disappointment...but I blame that on Royal New Kent...
The Mackenzie Course at University of Michigan. I just fell in love with it. My favorite course I played for the first time in 2007. You know how some places you visit for the first time and they feel like home? That's how this felt.
Caladonia. Couldn't believe how much Stranz packed into the little piece of ground.
...(during my college year)
Lawsonia - Surprised no one messed it up - get untouched throw back course. I experienced it before the retro-redo era started.
Quote from: Dean Paolucci on March 18, 2008, 09:35:59 PMQuote from: Jay Flemma on March 18, 2008, 07:31:47 PM3. Ballyneal and BayonneJay,Of all the newly built courses I have played, I was most impressed with Bayonne!DEANWasn't that wonderful? I mean he pulled off the cross over! The terracing effect was inspired!I also would be remiss if I didn't mention Knoll Club, those greens swept me off my feet. Becca may have my keeping, those greens have my heart A couple others: Arcadia Bluffs, Crystal Downs, Baltimore CC (East), OAKMONT OAKMONT OAKMONT.
Quote from: Jay Flemma on March 18, 2008, 07:31:47 PM3. Ballyneal and BayonneJay,Of all the newly built courses I have played, I was most impressed with Bayonne!DEAN
3. Ballyneal and Bayonne
Dean, yes it is the Charles Banks Knoll...with an BIG assist from George Bahto.
Lloyd C,What is it about Sotogrande that made such an impression? Valderrama was in renovation for the Ryder Cup so I didn't get to play it. Aren't the two courses very similar, with the newer Valderrama maintained to a much higher standard? I liked Sotogrande better than Las Brisas, but I had expected more than an upgrade on the much too common RTJ Sr. model. Some nice ground movement through parts of the course and cool cork trees, but nothing real unique.