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I was at Wine Valley on Memorial Day playing a tournament, foursomes in about five hours. A lot of time was spent watching the group in front putt and putt and putt as they had some uber-difficult pins and most of the field was neophytes to WVGC. SW (dead into you on #1) wind varying from 8-15 mph, which I guess was the opposite directon from the day before. Shirt sleeves by noon even for the less hardy. Stimping around 11 with some uber-difficult pins chosen. Scoring was high and I beat some players who can usually whip and outdrive me with ease. They now have a yardage book which is best used for determining how your tee shot measures up against the fairway bunkering. I guess this was my first time playing to the #3 pin settings as sor the first time I had to putt to the shelves on the left side of 2, 6 and 8.I had forgotton how much fun I have playing at this course, especially since it is cheaper and closer to my home than Bandon. Can hardly wait until the next time.
David,I've played the course 4 times in the past, and while it was never fast and firm like a Bandon, it certainly was never wet and slow either. My only guess is that given the super hot temps, its like many courses here in Salt Lake city where they put down a lot of water to make sure they don't lose the grass in the sustained dry heat, (especially like this summer where it didnt cool down much at night)I suspect if you went there in October when the cooler temps have set in, it would be a very different experience, just like many of the courses here that firm up being cooler and using a lot less water.