$76 (cart included), played on Saturday, July 2020 at 7:30 AM
I know I've said that the Charlevoix CC was the best Jerry Matthew's designed course I have played.......I stand to be corrected. A-Ga-Ming's 2005 Sundance GC design is the center gem stone, in his crown of course design's.
The photo attached to this course is of #9 a 611yd Par 5 that is all uphill the last 250yds, with no lack of sand traps protecting its Hcp 2 rating. We all joking said afterwards, "Instead of Sundance, it should be Sand-Dance".
Starting from the hilltop view from the first tee, every hole offers good looks of what's in store for you. Conditions from tee box, fairways, rough,sand traps (fairway & greenside), smooth undulating greens were so consistence it was scary. With the five (5) tee boxes you can choose from Black 6,886yds / 73.6 / 140 down to Red 5,148yd / 69.9 / 123 on this very rolling, marsh and wooded mixed layout. The back three (3) tee boxes all have forced carries from 80 - 180yds so its not really too intimating other than which side of the fairway is more forgiving. Was surprised to find that there's no GPS on these carts so bring a range finder to find your target areas. We played a combination of Blue (3,172) on the Front 9 and White (3,164) on the Back 9 for 6,336yds on this Par 36/36 course.
The first two (2) holes, #1 a 388yd / #2 335yd straightaway Par 4's are great opening holes with generous landing areas to start with. The #3 is a 103-186yd Par 3 that has five (5) traps and a pond on the right to test your focus. The #4 385yd & #5 360yd Par 4's have slanted sand trap protected fairways with landing areas bigger than it looks from the tee box. The #6 Par 5 at 523yds guards it's Hcp 8 by having target landing areas with narrow necks connecting them. The #8 is a 135-200yd Par 3 that is all carry to a slightly downhill protected green that has steep side to reject non-green shots. (Our condo looks over this hole) The #9 at 408-611yds Par 5 is all uphill after your tee shot and sand everywhere on 2nd and 3rd shots. (See Photo) The Back 9 is seems to be longer forced carries to narrow fairways with the rough (10' - 20') being playable to mostly elevated (1-2 clubs)greens. The #12 at 369-442yds plays to its Hcp 4 very well for this Par 4 with trouble on RH side. The #15 is a 303-434yd Par 4 Hcp 3 that sweeps left with traps RH side and marsh LH side to mess with your head. The #16 is a 580yd Par 5 from the tips and requires a 210yd forced carry and not a very good view. The #18 is their Hcp 2 sweeping righthand hole that plays 408-611yds with every hazard lining the narrow fairway to the elevated green. (Bogey is OK)
A great layout with conditions to match anywhere I've played to date. Ended up shooting 40/40 w/36putts and REALLY want to play here again from the Blues 3,172/3,309yds and see what I really got.