Augusta National is going to be lengthened…..again. I guess the “One ball, that’s all” idea is not going to fly (pun intended). The new length of 7,445 yards will make it the 2nd longest course that has hosted a major to Whistling Straits (7,514). Back in 2001 Augusta measured only 6,985 yards.
I have a scorecard from the 2005 Masters. I guess that will be out of date now….and worth even more!
LA Times article, courtesy of BogeyMan
USA Today’s version
Played some golf in Park City, Utah this weekend. Park City is Utah’s version of Aspen, complete with the millionaires and overpriced tourist shops and restaurants. Tiger and Mark O’Meara even have homes there. Park City is most well known as a ski town and for the Sundance Film Festival. Park City also hosted many events in the 2002 Winter Olympic Games. I attended the long jump and the bobsled events.
But when the snow melts Park City is quite a nice place to visit as well. There are tons of mountains and trails for hiking and mountain biking. There are also a couple of golf courses right in town.
The top picture is of the 17th green at the Park City Municipal course. You can see the bottom of the chair lifts and ski runs which are part of the Park City Mountain Resort. The lighter colored line down the mountain is a slide you can ride called the “Alpine Slide.”
The Park City Municipal is a fairly short, traditional tree lined course. Tee accuracy is crucial. You could shoot a low number if you keep it in the fairway. Their range is terrible though. They have rubber mats and only allow shots of 215 yards or less.
The pic below is a shot from Park Meadows.
Park Meadows was once public but is now a private country club. PM was designed be the man himself, Jack Nicklaus. PM is a typical Jack design with lots of long holes, sand and fades off the tee. PM also hosted the then called Senior Tour and had the likes of Jack, Arnie, Gary, Lee, Chi Chi and more play there.
You can still see some snow atop the mountain in the background at the top of the ski resort.
Oh, I almost forgot….IT’S US OPEN WEEK!
Much of the talk this week will be about the famous Donald Ross creation: Pinehurst #2 (pic below)
While I haven’t played Pinehurst #2, I have played another Donal Ross course in Pennsylvania called Aronomink. Players in the know call it “The Mink.” The Mink is an amazing course (pic below). Near the first tee there is a bust of Donald Ross with the quote “This is my masterpiece.”
The Mink has beautiful tree lined fairways that undulate greatly. The undulation and design of the course causes many tee and approach shots to be quite deceptive. You think you’re striping one down the middle of the fairway, only to find out the fairway was 20 yards right of your line.
When you get to the greens they are huge with massive undulation and tiers. Most of the greens have specific quadrants you must hit or it is 3-putt city, just like Augusta.
When I was just getting started with my golf sites I did a little review on The Mink. It is located at my sister site Web Country Club. CLICK HERE for that review. I was fairly green when I did that review so it’s not quite up to par with the reviews I do these days. (sorry for all the puns in that last sentence) I’ll port it over here some time under courses-reviews.
My 2nd round of 18 today was at Hidden Valley Country Club here in my town. This course is amazing. It has 27 beautiful tree lined holes with immaculate fairways and greens. I often tell my friends that the tee boxes at HVCC putt better than the public courses’ greens around here…
Up until a fancy Tom Fazio course opened down the road, this was Golf Digest’s #1 course in the state. (It is my favorite and I still think it is #1 in the state).
The shot here is of the 18th hole. This is a par 5, straight up hill. I’ve only reached it in two once (driver driver). Mike Weir played here and reached it easily with driver 3 iron and he’s a “short hitter.”
This time of year here is great because the grass and trees are lush, the sky is blue, and the mountains are still snow capped.
I have more photos of HVCC and many other golf photos in my forum’s photo gallery. CLICK HERE TO GO THERE!
Mesquite Nevada is turning into a golf mecca. Let me rephrase that. Mesquite Nevada IS a golf mecca. Mesquite is about an hour NE of Vegas on I15. Why someone would drop $200-300 on a round in Vegas when they can go to Mesquite or even St. George Utah to golf is beyond me.
Here are a couple of snaps of a new course that just opened there called Falcon Ridge that my dad snapped when he was there last week.
I had to make these two pics small so they don’t screw up the format of the blog here. If you want to see bigger versions of these pics and a bunch of other cool golf course pics (including Augusta National) CLICK HERE to go to the golf photo album on my other site: Web Country Club