My New Toy

I've got most of the course at Sandy Creek done, at least a first draft. I spent 3 hours out there today and marked tees and pins for 9 of the holes. Another 4 of them are woods holes (really there are 7 because 2 play out of the woods and one plays into them) and I can't do those until I know what they'll let me clear, and the others I have a good idea of what I want to do but I just haven't settled for sure.

So I measured the ones I laid out, I marked the Pro tees for all of them and the Am tees for 7 of them (and Novice tees on 2 par 5's). I actually like the course quite a bit, which surprises the hell out of me. Last fall when we were looking I loved the land but not the holes we were talking about, but I like these quite a bit. Even hole 17, which is really just a hole to get me from point A to point B (well, I guess from point P to point R), I sorta like (it's 440 feet up hill from the pro pad, I didn't mark am Am pad but it will be about 100 feet shorter) with a nice wall of trees on the left and a good little green area...

The Am pads average about 170 feet shorter per hole than the pro pads, and on the 2 holes with Novice pads they're about 150 feet shorter than the Am pads (although on one of those holes, #3, that's 445 feet shorter than the pro pad...).

Anyway, right now it looks like a par 68, but that will get 2 shots harder when I can move the tees on #9 and #17 back into the woods (although the more I think about it the more I think I'll leave 17's out in the open), so make that a par 69... I estimated all my woods holes at 250 feet, but if they don't let me take out what I want they may have to be shorter, and the total course length comes in at 8780 feet right now. But I really don't think it's a power course, although there are certainly throws where you can throw as hard as you want... I think if you come out and spray around 450 foot drives you'll get chewed up and spit out.

Also, right now, I show a light lefty advantage (I count 7 left-to-right drives/long second shots and 5 right-to-left, and 11 straight). but I can even that out in the woods easily enough.

Doug's thoughts on nothing in particular