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Pine Valley's first is one of the more difficult holes there...potential monster score on the opener.
In the Boston area...Essex #1 is 430 par 4 (may not be a Ross original hole)
I wonder, when they were first designed and built, if there was any relationship between the difficulty of the first hole and the lack of a practice facility.Some courses, like BFF and Wannomoisett have difficult openers, others are more benign.It would be interesting to hear the architect tell us why they designed the first hole the way they did.AWT seemed to favor par 5's as some of his starting holes.