$21 (cart included), played on Monday, September 2009 at 6am
Played here 9-21-09 while visiting a friend in the area. Excellent golf course by any measure. Well designed, taking full advantage of the terrain variation: no two holes look remotely alike.
I played the Gold tees, 6102 yards, 69.0/120, which seemed very fair. A fair amount of water, well integrated into the design. Design is by Richard Osborne, who I had never heard of before, but he did a really great job here. Too many good holes to mention them all, but I will cite #15, a 482 yard par 5; water down the entire right side and a sizable bunker on the right, paralleling the water, from about 150 to 225 off the tee. The hole finishes with a little dogleg to the right. The risk/reward: a good drive will put you into the tempting position of crossing the water to the green, which seems reachable...but that green is awfully close to the water, with a very steep bank...come up even a few yards short, and the bounce is backwards...think it over! (I admit it, I wussed out and played safe into the fairway and wedged into the green on my third shot...but I was really tempted!) Conditions were excellent, and the medium sized greens putted moderately fast and true: several of the greens have significant contour, but are not unfair, as we see on some courses.
Price was only $25 for seniors, including cart, which is excellent. Course is NOT walkable for most of us, especially seniors; just too much up and down. A big plus: NO houses anywhere on the course. Pro shop is small, but well stocked, there is a snack bar with friendly staff, and a very nice "learning center," which includes an indoor putting green and three driving stations (into nets), and a video simulator. Pretty good set up. There is also a steakhouse in the same building, which has a good reputation locally. Unfortunately, it is closed on Mondays, so we did not get to check it out.
I liked this course, and would play it regularly if I lived anywhere near. Call before you go there, as they do a lot of outings and leagues. Well worth the visit!