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I heard this course is okay.I hope you got Ashley as your caddie/bartender when you were there.In case anyone is wondering, they do serve Patron in the Turtle Bar (which is just steps from the first tee).
Kyle,He gives you credit in his first post.
To those who have a lot of rounds in at Ballyneal, would you say that the 1st green is the most often 3-putted green on the course? It's not a wild green by BN standards but there's a pretty good tilt down to front left. You see a lot more putts run out (or off) going that direction or putts left woefully short coming up and over the ridges back and right. Plus it's obviously early in the round and that usually is enough to claim a few victims.The only other green that comes to mind for lots of 3-putts might be #13. Any other contenders?
Mark,Did you get to play the course under a few different wind conditions?
Very similar to the first hole at Cuscowilla, which Ran correctly called one of the most strategic opening holes in golf. Bob
Mark, #9 is a good answer, that is a tough green to lag putt. #7 & #8 are pretty wild, but because the breaks are more obvious and you may have multiple options to get your putt to the hole, I think they are easier to two-putt. I think I three-jacked #1 at least 6 out of 9 times in the marathon, so maybe that is skewing my view.
First time I played this hole I hit driver wedge. Next time it was into the wind and I was hitting a long iron. It is a really cool hole when played from just right of the first green.