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Arcadia South almost seems like an endless blend of one hole spread out over a few hundred acres. Part if the problem is the fairway bunkering. It strikes me as overly technical. It leans too far toward plotting around the property.
3. Lawsonia 6 Green
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For only $300 per couple ($150 per person plus tax) - this package includes: 4 -18 HOLE PASSES - for either the Links or Woodlands courses - includes cart. (2 passes each player) 1 NIGHTS LODGING FOR 2 - at the Acorn Ridge Motel $40 DINNER CREDIT for 2 - at Langford's Pub, Norton's or Harbor Lights Use of the Lawsonia Driving Range and Practice Facility
Quote from: Sean_A on May 01, 2023, 05:11:05 AMArcadia South almost seems like an endless blend of one hole spread out over a few hundred acres. Part if the problem is the fairway bunkering. It strikes me as overly technical. It leans too far toward plotting around the property. My formulation of this when people have asked me what I thought of Arcadia South was that 'it feels like it was designed by a computer.' Now maybe I'll start saying that it feels like it was designed by ChatGPT.It's the repetitiveness of the fairway bunkering. Most holes have staggered fairway bunkers, often with another one somewhere in the middle of the fairway. The scheme certainly isn't the same every time, but it always feels like variations on one idea. And usually, you're driving between the bunkers rather than diagonally over them. The 9th stands out because it's one of the only holes where the bunkers clearly are on a diagonal. It would be nice if there were greater variety in the placement and the type of hazards. A few English-style odd mounds and depressions would help Arcadia a lot.I don't think that the terrain is helping Arcadia too much either. It's very tame, which is another element making the holes feel similar to each other. It's also probably part of the reason why they used so many bunkers in the first place. I agree with most everyone else that the greens are excellent, but in a few visits, the place has always left me feeling a bit cold.Which is emphatically not the case for Lawsonia. It's helped greatly by much better terrain. And the course uses it to create such great variety, from blindness on the second, to the hill you have to carry to sling your ball forward on the fifth, to the tough carry with the second on 13. Same thing with the bunkers; sometimes there are diagonal carries (6, 13), sometimes they're off to one side or the other (11, 18), sometimes you have to run the gauntlet between them (9, 17). It just feels to me like there's a lot more variety from tee to green. And as Tom mentioned, some of those greens belong in a museum.Arcadia South is very good, maybe one of the five best public courses in Michigan. But Lawsonia is outstanding; it'd easily be the best public course in Michigan. And I think it's the best in Wisconsin, which is even stronger.