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Rivers Edge 3/13/19  

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lamarzipan
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March 14, 2019 10:31 pm  

First Impressions: Driving up.to clubhouse you can see the comparative difference from TPC to here (not in a bad way) with predominant dormant Bermuda contrasting with the green fairways. You can catch a glimpse of the breathtaking marshes in the distance. Bunkers looked rough from a distance.

 

Bag Drop and Range: Extremely busy day as we were waiting on a cart for 40 minutes due. Bag drop area had roughly 25 bags jammed into it. Cut our range warmup time a lot. Range itself was nice, just a little softer than our other day of golfing.

1st Tee and Onward: The view of the first hole gave us a nice preview for the rest of the course. Nice green fairways, dormant rough, and honestly not very good looking bunkers. Hole designs are fun though. Not demanding, but tough when needed.

Tee Boxes: Most tee boxes were fine. Few of them had some excessive bare patches. Nothing was soggy though( nothing worse than trying to crush a drive and sinking 1 inch into the ground). Only one I really disliked was the par 3 15th. AstroTurf with slots to place a tee, but ground was way to hard to pierce.

Fairways: Were nice and green, but a little soft. Not much roll. There were definite mud pits and extremely soft areas around the course which ruined a good drive or two. Lots of mudballs. But the spots that weren't wet took nice divots and allowed for nice approaches.

Rough: don't have an honest assessment as it is my first time playing on dormant grass. Found it hard to judge pitch shots. Balls tended to run farther off line with a bad shot but that's more of a user error, not the courses fault.

Greens: Greens were decent overall with the marsh holes running faster than inland due to more sand and better drainage. Ball marks did veer a few putts offline. Receptive to approach shots which was nice.

Bunkers: Weak conditions of bunkers throughout. Most needed fresh sand and edges cleaned up. Lot of them were bare dirt from which looked like they got washed out. Hard to judge shots out of them.

Overall: 6/10 fun course with some breathtaking views and interesting holes and designs, but conditions did affect good shots off the tee. Might just need more tlc as the season starts.

 


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jbshepherds
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March 15, 2019 12:24 pm  

thanks for the detailed report on a nice course. 

Let the Big Dawg Bite!!!


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ArtMBGolf
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March 15, 2019 12:56 pm  

RE is one course most like, but most are also concerned about the conditions, so
it's great to read an excellent detailed report.      Thanks!  

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lamarzipan
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March 15, 2019 1:43 pm  

It was definitely a fun and good day there. Layout is quite fun, especially the last 3 holes. The conditions didn't really substract from the day, just something you noticed as you were playing. Only landed in 2 bunkers. And the landing area on 9 even with a short approach is scary. Would play again, but more into the late spring/early summer.

Will post pics.


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lamarzipan
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March 15, 2019 1:48 pm  

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TasteTheBird
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March 15, 2019 4:51 pm  

Thanks for the report! I'll be there on 3/28.  Assuming you birdied 9?  😉 


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Undercover Golf Pro
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March 16, 2019 4:21 am  

The tee boxes on #15 are one of the worst golf course designs ever for an upscale course. Don't understand why they didn't build the boxes bigger. They're using the astro turf since there is never any grass on the boxes due to their small size.

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tadpole
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March 16, 2019 8:51 am  

Over the years the greens on this course have been more problematic than almost any other course in the MB area.  Nice layout, great views but conditioning problems seem to devalue the golfing experience.  I agree with UGP - the teeing area of #15 sucks!  

Thanks for the report.


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Undercover Golf Pro
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March 16, 2019 10:21 am  

They have replaced their greens several times. Been good the last two years I’ve played there 

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lamarzipan
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March 16, 2019 1:33 pm  

I wish I got par on it. It's a b***h to even land somewhere decent on your second shot on to the second fairway.


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lamarzipan
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March 16, 2019 1:35 pm  

To play off of turf, into wind, with a forced carry of 160 from the whites really detracts from the hole. Couldn't imagine hitting from the tips.


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Undercover Golf Pro
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March 16, 2019 5:43 pm  

Lamarzipan - it's scary back there!

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ArtMBGolf
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March 16, 2019 8:47 pm  

The environmentalists wouldn't allow RE more room for #9 green or #15 tees. 
 
Meanwhile that means more golf balls end up in their precious swamp.    

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DenisGilbert
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March 17, 2019 5:35 pm  

An excellent topo! Many thanks for taking the time to write it!

Denis Gilbert
Quebec City, Canada


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