$16 (cart included), played on Wednesday, November 2010 at 10am
Played here 11-3-10 for the first time. Course is very unique, in that it was designed and built in increments by one man. Superb vistas, too! Short, but enough of a challenge to satisfy most tastes. Pretty tight and LOTS of trees. This is a good course to leave the driver in the trunk...3 wood is plenty off most tees. Lots of verticality. Not too many bunkers, and only a few holes have water. View from the first tee to a downhill green is spectacular! Fairways were in decent shape for November, but greens were not quite fully recovered from aeration. One interesting feature: a bulldozer sits alongside one fairway as part of the on-course ambiance. Staff (all one of whom we saw) was very cordial. Clubhouse is not much, and there is no snack bar, but for the price, who cares. Course is too hilly to be walkable, at least for us seniors. Course is out in the boondocks, so make sure you have directions before setting off. I highly recommend Piney Apple as a nice change of pace.
$10 (cart included), played on Tuesday, October 2011 at 10am
Our group of travelling seniors played here 10-3-11, for $15 (with cart) with the Tee Time book, which is a pretty darn good price for golf anywhere. However, the course is not worth more than about $25, at best.
I reviewed this course for myself last year, so today's comments reflect the input from the rest of our group. We played the Blue Tees, which are only 5,700 yards, slope/rating 66.6/111, and we got beat up pretty badly. The course is VERY difficult from the Blues, and should be sloped more like 124 or so.
Landing areas are very small, and fairways are very tight off several tees (like a 15 yard-wide chute off the #11 tee), and there are some tricky hole alignments that will bite the unwary. No distance markings anywhere on many holes, so bring your GPS.
Layout is a little goofy in spots: #14 is a downhill par 4, only 275 yards, BUT, there are TWO full-width ponds directly in the line of the shot, with no bail-out area anywhere, and the landing area 210 yards away is only 15 paces wide. This hole needs to be redone.
Today there was no drinking water anywhere on the course. Clubhouse/trailer is primitive, but the saving grace is the warm and welcoming staff.
Overall, this is a course that everyone should play once...then the really brave souls can come back for more. NOT recommended for beginners, way too tight and unforgiving.