Spring golf trip - 4 days
Sunday: Oak Hollow GC, High Point NC, 87
Monday: Little River, Carthage NC, 83
Monday: Southern Pines GC, Southern Pines NC, 88
Tuesday: Talamore, Southern Pines NC, 90
Tuesday: Foxfire (West), Foxfire Village NC, 86
Wednesday: Tobacco Road, Sanford NC, 81
Had great weather on Sunday. Oak Hollow is a Pete Dye course on a fairly small piece of land. Lots of small, elevated greens. Prepare to chip ... a lot.
Monday was windy. Little River is a decent course, played well. Southern Pines is an old Donald Ross design and was in much better shape than when I played it 3-4 years ago. Definitely recommended.
Tuesday was cold (high of about 50) and very windy, making for brutal conditions. Talamore has about a million sand traps and very soft sand which made for a long day. It was nice to have the course to ourselves in the afternoon - we saw one other group total.
Wednesday's course, Tobacco Road
, is - for lack of a better word - unique. If tried to pay it without the yardage book you'd go crazy. Blind shots. Waste areas. Strategic options. It's nuts. Even though I generally prefer traditional layouts, I liked it. It probably didn't hurt that I was sharp, making 8 pars on the front nine. The wind came up on the back, making it that much harder.
I hit one of the most ridiculous shots I've ever pulled off on #11:
I didn't quite flush my third shot and got a terrible break as well - the ball kicked hard right down into this gigantic waste bunker. That diagram doesn't come close to doing it justice, but the 30 feet deep thing is legit. I'm a couple yards from the front wall and it just goes up and up and up. Opened up the sand wedge as far as it could go, swung hard, popped it up and it not only got out, the ball hit about two inches from the pin.
If you're in the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill - Pinehurst - Fayetteville - Sanford area, you owe it to yourself to play this course at least once.