Stan's little gems

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stan_solo

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« on: January 04, 2018, 02:17:12 PM »
                                                        I've been playing this game for a while now and in that time have unearthed some little gems.
                                         Most of us already know the highly rated courses/designers and they deserve all the credit bestowed upon them .. but ....
                                         What about the one's that have slipped through the net and may never see the light of day again.

                                         I want to take this opportunity to highlight them and share with the community,maybe include some into societies.
                                         I'm mainly choosing courses with very few plays but I will make odd exceptions if I feel they need more exposure.

                                         Comments are most welcome but I must stress that these are my recommendations only and not everyone will agree.
                                         So I will appreciate no negative posts, as this is a thread dedicated to the designers for their talents and endeavour ~ many thanks

                                         Below is a list I'm compiling,which will be updated regularly ... so use this as your source



                                                                                      Stan's little gems

                                                                 Cotswold                    Twelve Lakes Champions Resort               Swiss Valley 

                                                            Oakvale County                        PGA Eden Moors                             Watercrest 

                                                            Hassayampa Hills                    Alpha River Municipal                     Bazyawn Canyon 

                                                                 Tvismark                       Hector Lagata Privado Oasis               Shortbush Forest

                                                                  JoyPark                               Dormant Volcano                         Hopkins Creek

                                                              Cardigan Cove                           Red Rock Pines                          New Regal City

                                                               White Devil                      Bill Tracy's Autumn Harbor                    Santa Roca

                                                               Black Lake                                  Royal Albion                           Icelandic Reach

                                                          Baron Hills Complex                   Berwick Upon Tweed             The Legend at Bergamont

                                                           Cranberry Forest                           Millers Grove 27
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stan_solo

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« Reply #1 on: January 04, 2018, 02:41:45 PM »
First up is Cotswold .. well I'm a little bias here as the real Cotswolds are on my doorstep,
rolling countryside spread across the Oxfordshire/Gloucestershire borders

a nice gentle opener .... and in my opinion deserves more plays
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« Reply #2 on: January 04, 2018, 02:52:22 PM »
Next is a glorious course Twelve Lakes Champions Resort

Plays long if not using tour clubs and water around every corner
Only has 5 plays   :o  which is baffling  .... and in my opinion deserves more plays

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« Reply #3 on: January 04, 2018, 03:04:40 PM »
Played Swiss Valley the other day and this is a fab course with great elevations and views

Is that a hydro plant I can see across the lake,plays good ..... and in my opinion deserves more plays


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« Reply #4 on: January 07, 2018, 11:19:01 AM »
Next up is Oakvale County G.C ... looks really good and them slopes will catch you out so strategy is a must

Nice hole layouts with something a bit different   ... and in my opinion deserves more plays

* warning *

Hole 16 green is the size of postage stamp and not in keeping with the rest of the course
I found Pin #1 ok but Pin #2 was in the rough .. not sure about Pins 3/4.
An oversight by the designer I feel but don't let that spoil it.


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« Reply #5 on: January 07, 2018, 12:32:44 PM »
Friends and I played a couple of these this morning.

First up was Cotswold.Overall a nice course.Played fairly easy because of the length.We played the back tees and used Players clubs.Had some pretty short holes.One in particular #5.It played as a 216yd Par4.I don't know if that was a design mistake and it should be a par 3 but that is way too short for a par 4.
The other thing that came up was having to lay up on a Par 5 off the tee.That was the 2nd or 3rd,I forgot to write down which one.
I will say that even though you have to lay up off the tee you can reach in 2 even with Player Clubs.I layed up with a pushed 3 wood and went in the water and still made a Birdie,so the lay up off the tee was acceptable.Normally if you have to lay up on any hole and can't reach the green then that is a negative point to me.
All in all a very nice course with good looks.

Next was Swiss Valley.Hopefully we played the one you were talking about.
This course was kind of weird.There was a ton of elevation changes,which are ok,But.On the Back 9 only we felt it got out of control.A couple of really funky greens at the beginning and a couple of extreme fairways and we thought it got weird.Not that it wasn't playable,it most definitely was.It was one of those courses where if you didn't hit it pretty dang straight you were gonna find yourself in trouble.Even if you did hit it straight there were times you'd land in a bad spot and shoot off into the ether.
Again a well made and good looking course.If you like traditional then this may not be the course for you.

All in all I'd say you made some good choices.We like playing courses that not everyone may have played and you aren't gonna shoot -18 on.We choose 0 play courses all the time and have found many gems among them.

Good job and keep em coming.
R.I.P. Divotmaker. It was my pleasure to have known you.

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« Reply #6 on: January 07, 2018, 01:44:15 PM »
Good job and keep em coming.

Thanks ... yeah not all courses are traditional and not to everyone's liking but I found them fun to play nonetheless

Plenty more on the way    :)

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« Reply #7 on: January 07, 2018, 04:59:16 PM »
Talking of traditional this course PGA Eden Moors G.C looks very natural and feels like a realistic course

Enjoyed my round and felt it flowed very well , not too difficult either  ... and in my opinion deserves more plays

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« Reply #8 on: January 08, 2018, 03:55:57 PM »
This course Watercrest plays quite easy and wont provide a challenge for most but ..
 
It's a nice relaxing round for the casual and looks very nice with the course meandering through a large lake

No stress golf  ... and in my opinion deserves more plays

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« Reply #9 on: January 09, 2018, 05:13:33 PM »
Just dug up another gem Hassayampa Hills ... I'm astonished on how many good courses out there have so little plays.

These are the tip of the iceberg as I've got so many more.

This course is good example ... and in my opinion deserves more plays
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« Reply #10 on: January 09, 2018, 05:21:23 PM »
This course Alpha River Municipal looks and plays well in a natural environment
Has got quite a few split fairways so you will be laying up often

That may put a few off but not me .... and in opinion deserves more plays

* BTW this designer has just released a new course Hammocks and I have to say it's very good *
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« Reply #11 on: January 11, 2018, 01:05:43 PM »
Ok so this course Bazyawn Canyon G.C has 200+ plays but that's not nearly enough

It really had the 'wow' factor when playing it

Some will be familiar with this already but the newer players will need to see this  ... and in my opinion deserves more plays

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« Reply #12 on: January 11, 2018, 01:35:57 PM »
This is great.  May I suggest my new course. It only has 13 plays (as of yesterday) and it appears that I’m the only one who has ever broken par but I did it with a 60 and I’m only a +3 handicap.  I think the risk/reward nature of it will lead to leaderboard level players shooting near 50 but average players shooting near 80.  There are drivable par 4s but those are evened out by many holes forcing you into odd club combinations like a 3iron to start a Par 5.

Piney National of Southern NJ
Par 73, 6900+ yards
By THEDKEXPERIENCE

Enjoy and thanks for the informative thread.

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« Reply #13 on: January 11, 2018, 04:21:30 PM »
Thanks I will check it out

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« Reply #14 on: January 12, 2018, 04:56:22 AM »
Have a play of Clayton Wood Golf Club please Stan. It's a woodland course as the name suggests with a number of holes requiring some thought and a unique 14th hole with three separate routes to the green.

The TGC Tours guys said I had some great ideas but my sculpting needs work. That is true and I've improved that working on my second course and time permitting I will refine Clayton Wood in the future.
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