JP wrote:Aesthetics - 5 Spectacular
Ambience - 5 Wow, wow , wow! The design makes it so it feels like your group is the only one on the course.
Conditioning - 4 Two trips and excellent shape both times a few very minor blemishes make it a 4 but I couldn't argue with someone calling it a 5.
Use of property - 5. The imagination it took to place a course in this setting and then to pull it off the way that they did. Unbelievable.
Risk/Reward - 5 Really begins with the first tee shot and then...of course...there is #13.
Test of the full game - 5 Can't think of a play you don't have to make. Distance control, accuracy, thinking your way around the course, club choice, short game it's all there. And then some.
Design Variation - 5. I suppose 6 and 16 are similar but there are subtle differences. Otherwise I don't remember any repetition.
Memorability - 5 The only course I've ever played that is as memorable is Tobacco Road which is a course of considerable renown. There is nothing else like it in the state.
Wow! Almost a perfect score and I had no intention of ranking it so highly. I rated each category independent of the others. Well I guess it really is pretty awesome
I obviously could not hardly agree more with you and Foreleft here. Steve Forrest was revealed as an insighted architect with his effort in this unlikely setting. I call this my 'Home Course' though I live 3.5hrs away. No other course is close.
Their problems with the drought a few years ago makes me count a little off, BUT, they actually were straightforward about it even then and advised me NOT to come.
About risk/reward here: Know the bailouts! #4 has two, right in the woods off the tee is about 85-90% a fairway hit, and if you are back a ways on top, so you need a longer club for your layup below, remember that 70% of shots hit on the inside of the hill left, even in the rough, will also reappear. #6 you should be happy with a little extra, as it has a nice backstop, or just not too bad a pitch from there. #7 if you hit your second right of the tree, if will run quickly left and leave you a very nice angle of approach without crossing those hell bunkers below. #2 land as far left as possible and you will again have a nice backstop for your second. You definitely never want to risk long/dead there. #13 I wish I could reach it, but must just hit the fairway, so right again bounced mostly down into there. I do know those who hit over and above this green are in trouble; hard to hold the green at all from there. I also do not try too hard to avoid right and below #14, as the uphill lie allows me to hit it a little hard and very high. I have stiffed a few from down there.
You know I am a terrible golfer, as far as skills go. But I alway play my best at Eagle Ridge. Inspiring to me, period. Easily #1 in Kentucky.
125yd hole out for Eagle at #7, Stonelick Hills, with a 9-iron. 6/13/06. 115yd Hole out for Eagle on #9, Stonelick Hills. 10/22/08.