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You can see from the pictures why I found it surprising that Gary (i think??) said earlier that he didnt find 11 and 12 memorable. I think it must have been the bad weather at the Renaissance Cup.There are so many cool shots here. Lots of people say the green is a bit too funky for a long par 4 and perhaps unfair. I think quite the opposite. If you are going to miss a green it is likely a short par 5 or long par 4 where you are hitting a shot possibly just outside the limits of ones accuracy given the length. So- you miss the green. Do you want a boring flat green to chip onto or a fun green with lots of undulation allowing creativity and imagination? I am firmly in the camp with the latter. Great tee shot, awesome green site, cool bunkering, totally memorable with the broken wall and tree. One of the best holes on the East coast of the ones I have played.
Great pics all the way around Scott. I love the finish stretch. I think 13 and 14 are two of the weakest holes on the golf courses (though I did enjoy the green at 14). However, 15 through 18 are just solid gold. The green at 17 is one of the wildest and very best on the golf course. I feel like par threes can get a little one-dimensional, especially near the end of the round, but this one is highly original and tons of fun. Looking at 18 again, I just noticed that the centerline bunkers line up perfectly with the gap in the stone wall crossing the fairway. That hole was a great way to finish an awesome golf course.Overall, Renaissance is just a phenomenal layout from beginning to end. Much of the greatness and challenge at RC is very subtle, although the in-your-face stuff is very successful as well. I cannot wait to see what happens with the new three holes. I think they will make a great new layout into an even better one.An aside on the American atmosphere of the club: yes, Renaissance is more sophisticated and expensive than most UK clubs due to its high level of service. However, I recall that I really liked this aspect of the club, and I missed the great service of an American club after four months in the UK. If not overdone, the Renaissance model is ideal and makes the club as relaxing as humanly possible.