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The pics of the course looks lovely - What an amazing site. How much wind, especially variable wind, does SV get?Mammoth looks like it has a TON of grass and very little demand for any type of accuracy off the tee?Sure, there are preferred angles, but there is a training wheels element that makes me think about Gamble Sands, which trusted GCA'ers are pretty "meh" on, and Ogilvy's recent comments about the rub of the green influencing the enjoyment of a round. This may not be true, but having read comments about being able to hit the ball all over the place without significant consequence, I wonder how great the desire will be for repeat play? Especially for a decent stick? Maybe with course #3 they will introduce something more intimate and challenging to Mammoth with SV in the middle? Disclaimer: Haven't been there and hope to go one day. All observations based on the pics and commentary.
Thanks Jon - Appreciate the insight! Sounds a lot more challenging off the tee than Gamble - at least if you want to find the right angles / views into the green.
Regarding pace of play. In a couple dozen rounds, I've yet to take more than 4.5 hours to play and most of the time its closer to 4.I thought the temp greens last weekend were actually kinda fun-channeling the 19th century closely mown fescue fairway greens with divots to avoid. Looking forward to the grand opening of all 18 on Mammoth a week from today. Sandbox is just great fun. Greens should be fine in 2-3 weeks. Temps in 80's this weekend to get soil temps up and wake up the roots should really help. Just a brutal late winter up there. Twenty inches in mid-April that didn't melt to a week before opening. All things considered grounds staff has done a great job getting the courses in shape and dealing with the difficulties. And kudos to management for reducing prices and offering $1 Spotted Cows, burgers and brats at the turn on Mammoth while things sort out.