Date Played: March 1, 2013
3.0 out of
Course was very wet and soggy after recent rain and a very wet month or so. Greens had not recovered from the previous aeration (date unknown), thus, they were extremely bumpy. The fairways were previously aerated but have not recovered, resulting in thin lies. I would guess aeration occurred late November/December. Traps were ragged. They had not been tended in some time; the sand, such as it was, was marked by un-raked footprints. The sand was very packed and thin, with weeds present. Note the date of this report - it is still WINTER and, as such, less than perfect conditions can be expected and should not reflect on what the course would be like during the golf season.
In much better news, the course has changed management and the new folks intend to do what is required to bring it back. This extends to a new marketing approach for the course and the restaurant. The grille was comfy, had a half-dozen TVs on, and good food. I thought the pro shop was well stocked for March 1.
The course is not overly challenging but it has some features that demand your attention. Select your tee wisely. The white tees play 6145 at 70.123. Move up to the gold and play each hole some 10-15 yards shorter for a friendlier 67.3/113. Low handicappers might like the 6608 yard blue tees at 72.1/126. I played the gold locations due to the no roll soggy conditions.
Frog Hollow has some 60 bunkers, many located just off the fairway. Know your yardage.to avoid bunkers on 2nd shots on par 5 holes. Fairways are a decent width. Water is not a major concern - no forced carries and only an ill-aimed hot will result in trouble. Wayward shots into the green that are long, left or right will be punished, depending on what hole you are on. Look twice and decide wisely. Yardage markers are spotty; poke around the club's website and you can get yardage. Write it down, you will need it if you do not carry a rangefinder.
The greens are very undulating and can be a challenge to read break and pace. They are the true defense of this course. You might consider each green being made of 3 smaller greens, depending on the pin position.
I want to play this course once the weather has improved and course maintenance begins. Again, the harsh words in the first paragraph must be taken in context.