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The Granddaddyt - Pine Lakes
On a coldish blustery day - Pine Lakes was in excellent condition. Off the path and dry - not much schmutz on the ball in the fairway.
The good - Nice layout in very good condition. A couple of very long par 4's and par 3's. Rolling hills, good bunkering and not a ton of water (though it's there). The greens at PL tend to be good but slow, today they were a little faster - probably a 9 to 9.5. Rolled true - overseeded. Fairways were really good and the cart paths are well above average. Great guys on the bag drop. They had the marshal at the first tee in a kilt - a little cold for that!
The bad - The first hole is an excellent hole - but not as the first hole as all shots on the left tend to keep rolling left into the water which is just left of the fairway - and if you hit it right you're blocked by the trees. It's a short hole which is good - it just would be better somewhere else on the course. There is no driving range.
I like PL - it can get a long for shorter hitters, but today they had the tees up a little which helped. It's a very solid if not outstanding layout. My favorite holes are 2, 4, 8, 14, and 17. You can't go wrong playing PL. I call it Tier 3 in tier 2 condition.
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The current PL #1 used to be #10 on the old course. The current #10 was a good first
hole, but is probably #10 now, so the course can finish on the current #18.
Hole #3 used to be a par 5. They added a lake by the green and made it a brutal par 4, a bit
shorter than it was before.
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"The bad - The first hole is an excellent hole - but not as the first hole as all shots on the left tend to keep rolling left into the water which is just left of the fairway - and if you hit it right you're blocked by the trees. It's a short hole which is good - it just would be better somewhere else on the course." (Undercovr Pro)
Totally agree with UGP, many balls goes in this lake, on the left side of the tee-off. If the fairway was wider, it would be a more easy hole. The fairway is very tight at a 150-160 yards to the hole.