Golfing supplementary from MB
Trip Start Aug 18, 2008
16Trip End Feb 01, 2009
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What has happened here is that the number of golf courses (wellover 100 at this time) has diminshed over the last 15 years. There are probably 15-20 fewer courses now. Although they are still building courses, they are taking two older coures and making one upscale course complete with condos and townhomes. The other courses they have lost have been lost to housing development. As well, 2-3 years ago all the courses upped their rates by 30%- so it's not the great bargain it was.
We played one "D" course and were quite disappointed. 5 hour round and that's in a cart. We played John Daly's course here (Wicked Stick)( that makes 3 for us) and it was definitely a "C"- cart path only as they were overseeding the course. Three "B" courses (Panthers Run, Burning Bridge and Lions Paw)- really enjoyed them although they were all very similiar in layout and difficulty. Played one "A"- Prestwick- - great course- goes at $150/round- we were lucky as where we were staying the guy owned the course and we got on for $72US each. Worth it. It is a Pete Dye course and you really knew it.
All in all- it was a little disappointing as we thought we'd get in some really great golf at a really reasonable price- not any more. On top of that- most rounds were 4 3/4 to 5 hours. You can't walk any course here, many were cart path only because of overseeding and there is always a large group (12-48 golfers on tour) of cigar smoking, drinking, money games ahead of you. Keeps it slow.
We'd come back--- but with a group of chocolate cigar, drunken, give us your money friends.
We're off to Jerkyll Island in Georgia for some more golf tomorrow. Looking forward to it.
Swing slow and release- talk to you soon