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Tara Iti x 3.5North Shore ( Auckland ) many timesOcean DunesCape Wickham x 3
Fun start to the year. Here's hoping for more of the same!PrestwickTOCLuffnessMontrose GCHarding ParkCal ClubOlympic Cliffs Olympic LakePBRivieraLACC NorthWilshire
One slightly heretical footnote: I have now played four times at Pennard, in visits spanning nearly thirty years, and I still don't quite get the profound love shared by many friends on this site. It's partly that on recent visits conditioning seems to have crossed the line from 'pleasingly shaggy and natural' to 'frankly, a bit of a mess', but it's not just that. Within Wales, Pennard does have a bit of a marmite reputation as a course about which people seem to have strong views, one way or the other, and I guess that for once I find myself on the wrong side of a GCA enthusiasm. I would equate it, on my personal principality chart, with Southerndown, another elevated course of natural charm where the greens last month were not good after a tough winter, and need to come on greatly over the next few weeks in readiness for the Welsh Amateur Championship later this summer. I continue to think that both Porthcawl and Harlech are in a quite different league and not just because (on the evidence of the past few weeks) the greens at both are currently terrific. But I am not a remotely neutral observer.
I have not played as much so far this year as I did last year. I've seen quite a few courses, but also a lot of rain and cold weather and wind, so I've walked more than I've hit it around. Still, it's a diverse list [from most recent]:Mt. BrunoRoyal Montreal (Blue)Laval Sur-Le-Lac (Blue)Forest Dunes (The Loop - front nine of Black course, then backwards on the same holes)Idle HourOld SiloInvernessBarton HillsHarvesterPacific DunesTwo weeks from tomorrow, Forest Dunes is going to be on here a lot : we're playing three rounds in each direction for the Hundred Hole Hike!
One of the above needs some work, glad I don't have a horse in that race.
Quote from: John Kavanaugh on June 11, 2016, 10:12:33 AMOne of the above needs some work, glad I don't have a horse in that race.Yes, Old Silo really appears to be struggling. It didn't look like they had maintained the bunkers in a year, the floors were mostly dirt or gravel. And, unfortunately for them, there are a LOT of bunkers, as they were supposed to be a primary feature of the course.