Rough Golf Links
Have you ever played on a rough golf course? Most of us prefer to play well conditioned courses with nice fairways, manicured greens, pretty flowers everywhere, but some heartier golfers prefer what I would call tough golf, you take it as it is, rough around the edges.
The greens are sometimes on the verge of being dead, but strangely you can still putt on them, the speed can vary a bit from green to green, but I find this is just another challenge presented to the golfer.
I like playing this one particular course nearby although the course is pretty rough sometimes, but for just practice hitting the ball around its okay. The course was built by a family that bought the land in the country several years ago. They cleared the trees by horses and chainsaws, it took them 10 years to build it.
The course is plain but the scenery is great, large stands of pines, small creeks running through the course, a quiet on place to be early in the morning in the summer, wildlife like deer and fox are always around.
The pro shop is a trailer, one of those large construction types, large enough to put in a small kitchen and a couple of tables in. Hot coffee, donuts, hot dogs are the menu, and of course cold drinks.
There is a box for donations, golf balls and tees, the sign says thank you for your kindness, enjoy you're round, come play again.
The first hole is a par 5, 525 yards, it is like a roller coaster. You see the fairway goes uphill for the first half, then dips down into a valley then starts to go up another hill and over that one you go downhill again towards the green.
The key on this hole is to get the drive to climb up the second hill and either roll down the other side a bit, or stay on top of the hill. What I like about this course is that you have to hit shots from uphill and downhill lies, that is good practice, although you normally won't find that many extremes on most golf courses.Continued on the next page