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Jeff-I managed to play both Ravisloe and Flossmoor in the same day. Ravisloe has some of the most dynamic bunkering I have seen on a Ross course. The property is fairly flat and the bunkering and the greens really give the course its character and challenge. The greensites were marvelous with most of them being pushed up with numerous runoffs and collection areas (I remember the one on the right of #1 green well because I was there). Flossmoor certainly has the better piece of property. There are a number of elevation changes on the back nine. The sequence of 16, 17 and 18 brings a fairly pronounced ridge line into play on the approaches to 16...over Eleanor's teeth and 18...with a marvelous large shaved area over the green. #17 tees off on top of that ridge with an approach over a creek to an elevated green. The creek that runs through the back nine is also well utilized. My impression was that the greensites were a little more low profile at Flossmoor, blending into the land they are situated on more than the push-ups at Ravisloe. The movement in the greens was more subtle at Flossmoor.From my recollection, the goal of the club in dealing with the greens in the renovation was to reclaim some areas that had been lost over the years to maintenance practices. However, I believe some expansion (on a limited basis did take place).On the whole, I thought the par fours at Flossmoor were very strong as a group and that Ray Hearn did a very nice job in tweaking a very fine golf course.
The only issue with 4 is that the green is designed to accept short shots and the creek takes driver out of play so most guys are hitting six irons in. Great hole great green. But it is compromised by shortening the hole because of the second shot into that green. IMHO.