Date Played: June 8, 2013
4.0 out of
The moment you step onto the #1 tee box you get the feeling this course is much more difficult than it looks. And you will soon find out that you were correct. The front nine slopes down the hillside and while most of the holes are relatively flat and wide open, there are two unique characteristics that catch your eye: Trees guarding the tee boxes creating narrow gauntlets that make accuracy a must. Then the fairways open up so that you have an opportunity for some precise approaches. The other characteristic about this course is the risk-reward factor, You will find relatively short [500-535 yard] Par 5s, but really long [400+ yard] Par 4s. And the front nine Par 3s are equally long [190 and 185]. So you can score well on the Par 5s and Par 3s, but better bring your A-game for the Par 4s. The back nine meanders up the hill and through the woods. The holes are tree lined with woods and great separation so you really get that mountain feeling. However, now you are dealing with much longer Par 5s, doglegs and ravines. You can be cruising right along (as I was at +5) when I got to #15. Then it hit me, this behemoth Par 4 [444 yards] was an uphill tee shot. Hitting it well, I thought I had a manageable 200 yard approach, but to my surprise I was 240 yards out. Then I saw the green [at the other side of a ravine] and there was a severe hill to get up to green. So what was down in the ravine? Well...a creek! So there you have it, after hitting a really good tee shot, I am stymied with the need to carry 240 yards to the green. Get your 3-wood out and let it rip. I made it over and up the hill....nope...It looked good...but it hit the hill and, you guessed it, rolled back down into the creek. One double bogey later, you have a monster tee shot on #16 to get over the same ravine on this tree lined Par 5. Then you need another monster to make the dog leg, leaving you about 150 to the flag on a right hand bender. The next hole, #17, the easiest a Par 3 of only 160 yards. So now the finishing hole, Par 4, 449 yards, dog leg right Par 4 to an elevated green. Needed another career tee shot which left me 205 yards to an uphill green. I more hit with the 3-wood and it was done. So a +5 with four to go turned into a +8. Bottom line, you will like the fast greens, well managed fairways and scenic beauty of this layout. But you will need straight tee shots that are long and accurate and you better know how to use you fairway woods...or you will be in for a long day. But it's well worth the experience for a challenging course in the middle of the mountain region of central Pennsylvania. Enjoy...but bring your A-game!