Date Played: September 5, 2015
4.0 out of
My annual trek to Fayettsville (1 hr. 45 mins.) to play Iron Forge, which is one of my favorite courses. The tee boxes were like carpet--excellent shape. Fairways and bunkers in good shape, although some people not filling their divots in the fairway. The rough was thick and long, particularly around the greens. Tough to get it up and out of the grass. The native grass areas seemed to be closer to the fairways than I remember--they weren't cut back as far as in previous years, so much more in play for those slightly errant shots. The greens had been aerated about 10 days ago and were recovering nicely, but still had enough holes to make the ball wobble and throw it off line. Overall though, the course was in great shape...and the views are beautiful! We had the entire front nine to ourselves, after the pro shop put us out 30 minutes early. We ran into a wall around #13, but it was okay because we made such good time on the front and it was a beautiful day. Penn National is a really nice property with two very different courses. My favorite is Iron Forge with its links feel, but beware of the junk (native grasses) on the sides of the hole and surrounding the greens. You really need to be accurate.