People's Top 18: Eagle Trace

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People's Top 18: Eagle Trace

Postby thurman » Wed Nov 30, 2011 11:04 am

Group 3 of the GKL People's Top 18 goes off today. Here's your chance to determine the best courses in the state! Next up...

Fore please, Eagle Trace golf course in Morehead, KY.

If you've played it, you can rate it. Please use the following categories and rate on a scale of 1-5, as below (it's a tough scale, 3 is a pretty good score):

1 - Poor
2 - Okay
3 - Solid
4 - Very good
5 - Superb

Aesthetics – Is it scenic? Does the course “fit” its natural surroundings? Are the views unobstructed? Points off here for homes or buildings or power lines encroaching on the course, or other eyesores.

Ambience – Does the course feel “special”? Is it quiet? Is it a friendly, pleasant, or unique place to play in terms of atmosphere? Does it have intangibles that make you want to return? Points off here for loud highways, crappy customer service, pissy locals, and other things that negatively impact a course’s atmosphere.

Conditioning – Are the greens smooth? Do they run at the right speed? Are the fairways full? Does it play fast? Are the bunkers maintained? Points off here for slow or bumpy greens, dead spots in fairways, neglect, and unplayable bunkers.

Use of property – Does the course use its land well? Do natural slopes provide interest on shots? Are the course’s natural features used (water, trees, terrain, etc)? Does it drain well? Points off here for holes that ran out of room, constant drainage issues, unplayable slopes, wasted or misplaced features.

Risk/reward – Does the course give you opportunities to take a risk for some potential gain over the player who doesn’t take the same risk? Does the course extract a penalty if you fail? Does it make you want to hit dangerous shots? Points off here for forced conservative plays, cakewalk short par 4s and 5s with little danger.

Test of the full game – Can different types of players be successful? Does the course reward accuracy as much as it rewards distance? Is touch around greens as important as hitting strong full shots? Is putting as important as driving? Points off here for courses over-reliant on length, holes that don’t give short hitters a chance to put the ball in play, courses with interest tee to green but flat dull greens, etc.

Design variation – Is there a good mixture of short, medium, and long par 4s? Are the par 5s unique? Do you hit different clubs on the par 3s? Are there uphill and downhill holes? Are there doglegs left and right? Are different challenges present from one hole to the next? Points off here for repetitive shots, a ton of 380 yard par 4s, etc (note: It’s okay for a course to be cohesive. It’s ok if a course is “old school,” “wooded,” or “links style.” It just needs to present unique challenges throughout).

Memorability – Pretty simple: Do you remember it after you play it? Are there shots you replay in your head and think about before your next round? Do holes stand out for the right reasons? Points off here for forgettable holes or memorably bad holes.
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Re: People's Top 18: Eagle Trace

Postby A-Dub » Wed Nov 30, 2011 1:43 pm

DNP. One of my many regrets considering how many trips I've made to Morehead.
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Re: People's Top 18: Eagle Trace

Postby wilma » Wed Nov 30, 2011 4:45 pm

4,4,2,4,2,2,4,4 = 26

Gotta have this in any Top 18. Just too good a design. Sometimes some conditioning problems, but when it's right it's really worth the trip.

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.
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Re: People's Top 18: Eagle Trace

Postby LordofthePings » Thu Dec 01, 2011 10:23 am

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Re: People's Top 18: Eagle Trace

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Re: People's Top 18: Eagle Trace

Postby DVgolfa » Mon Jan 16, 2012 11:01 pm

Aesthetics – 4 - Love tree-lined classics.

Ambience – 4

Conditioning – 2 - not good on my visit.

Use of property – 3

Risk/reward – 4

Test of the full game – 4

Design variation – 3

Memorability –3

Total - 27
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Re: People's Top 18: Eagle Trace

Postby moe » Wed Feb 15, 2012 2:54 pm

I did rate this, but must have failed to properly submit it.

4, 3, 3, 4, 3. 4. 3. 3 = 27

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