Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Rancho Santa Fe - Max Behr

-broad view of nine green and comfortable clubhouse

A classic Course I hadn't played before that was way better than I was led to believe it might be and impressed me a great deal. SoCal has sadly been very unkind to its Classical Architects.

A quick Tour, research being done for the story. It appears I have much research to do.

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highlighted contours of fabulous green

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Routing: Following a little valley, the routing is very simple - up the hill, down the hill, back up to start. Overall elevation changes are not great, but terrain is used well with inclusion of natural features wherever possible

Overall Quality of Individual Holes: Two par 5's are long, nearly 600 yards and the eighth is a very interesting mid-length hole allowing a fine drive to be rewarded with a very attractive uphill shot to a very interesting well sited green, a real top notch hole. The long holes are made interesting by the quality of the greensites and dictate strategies.

Par 4's range from driveable 10th to long uphill eleventh with all manners of interesting doglegs and hazard negotiations.

Par 3's are 8iron to rescue length to very clever demanding green complexes with available bail outs.

Course Cohesion: Near 100%

Green Complexes: World-class

Bunkering Schema: Highly strategic but not particularily penal.

Conditioning: Firm, fast greens appropriate for contours can be made impossible if desired. No stress seen.

Trees: Rarely in play

Rest of Club: Staff is not smothering, very laid back attitude for a spectacular neighborhood.

Where do I sign up?

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