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People's Top 18: UK Club Wildcat

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People's Top 18: UK Club Wildcat

Postby thurman » Thu Feb 09, 2012 12:10 pm

Group 10 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, The Wildcat Course at University Club of Kentucky in Lexington, 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: UK Club Wildcat

Postby JP » Thu Feb 09, 2012 2:53 pm

Aesthetics – 3. The course is well maintained and features some of my favorite holes anywhere. Several holes are framed by stands of trees, ponds on several holes and the peaceful feel on those holes near the back of the property are really nice.

Ambience – 4. From the UK swag prominently placed throughout the clubhouse to the first class practice facilities and 36 hole property there is no doubting that this is a special place to play golf.

Conditioning – 4. I have never played here when the conditioning wasn't really good especially the greens.

Use of property – 4. This is a big sprawling property with subtle rolling terrain. It would have been easy to design one really good course moving a lot of earth or designed a boring course with little to draw your interest. Instead, you get two quality designs (based on what I hear about Big Blue).

Risk/reward – 3.

Test of the full game – 4. This is a tough course. On the front you need to be accurate and relatively long to score well. Length is not an issue on the back but you still have to be accurate.

Design variation – 4. I think the mix here is good. Number 1 is a very solid opening hole. 2 is probably the best par 5 I have played anywhere. 3 is a par 4.5 at best. 4 is a solid mid length par 3 set in the shade of numerous mature trees. 5 is a tough short par 4 featuring a dangerous approach. In fact that opening stretch may be the toughest opening holes around 1-5. Add 16 which along with 17 at Kearney are my favorite par 4s not located in a state park and I think you have enough really good holes to offset the less inspired ones such as #11.

Memorability – 5. From the first time I went, all I wanted to do was go back. Number 2 and number 16 are firmly planted in my brain and I also remember many of the other holes. First class facility and I look forward to my first visit of the season as well as my first turn around Big Blue.
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Re: People's Top 18: UK Club Wildcat

Postby moe » Thu Feb 09, 2012 3:03 pm

I played this course when it was an afterthought at Players Club.
Then my man Art Hills made some small improvements,
and now they have a course that some like more than Big Blue. :shock: :roll:

4, 5, 4, 3, 3, 4, 4, 3 = 30

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Re: People's Top 18: UK Club Wildcat

Postby kygolf99 » Thu Feb 09, 2012 4:56 pm

3,4,4,2,3,3,4,4=27

I know most will disagree but I am not a fan of this course, you start out with the feel that you are playing a 7300yd course with challenging holes then you hit a brick wall beginning on #11. To me just feels crammed and that they ran out of room and just threw in short hard dog legs.
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Re: People's Top 18: UK Club Wildcat

Postby Docugs » Thu Feb 09, 2012 6:05 pm

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Re: People's Top 18: UK Club Wildcat

Postby wilma » Thu Feb 09, 2012 6:22 pm

5,4,4,3,4,3,3,5 = 31

Great course, with lots of challenge even from the front. I am one who liked it better than Big Blue.

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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: UK Club Wildcat

Postby Docugs » Thu Feb 09, 2012 6:41 pm

Wilma what tees do you play on both courses.
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Re: People's Top 18: UK Club Wildcat

Postby kygolf99 » Thu Feb 09, 2012 11:05 pm

Docugs, I know the history of the course and played it back when it was only 27 and the Players Club.
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Re: People's Top 18: UK Club Wildcat

Postby A-Dub » Fri Feb 10, 2012 1:43 pm

Played it quite a while back in a scramble and while it was a nice course, I remember not being greatly impressed. Probably why I never went back to do it on my own. Been too long to remember much about it.
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Re: People's Top 18: UK Club Wildcat

Postby LordofthePings » Sat Feb 11, 2012 12:37 pm

I haven't played this one nearly as much as it's sister course. I like Big Blue more, but this course has some bite to it. If spraying the ball, lookout!.

4-4-4-3-3-4-3-3 = 28
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Re: People's Top 18: UK Club Wildcat

Postby wilma » Sat Feb 11, 2012 8:45 pm

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: UK Club Wildcat

Postby foreleft » Sun Feb 12, 2012 1:20 am

Played it twice and had two great days on it. It was in great shape both times. I liked it better than big blue but feel overall that big blue is the better course. Wildcat has less holes that I dislike.

3,4,4,3,3,4,4,3 =28
Not raking a bunker.
Littering is wrong too.
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Re: People's Top 18: UK Club Wildcat

Postby stammalammy » Sun Feb 12, 2012 12:34 pm

4, 4, 4, 3, 4, 3, 4, 4
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Re: People's Top 18: UK Club Wildcat

Postby cesmal » Mon Feb 13, 2012 9:03 am

4,4,4,4,3,4,4,4 - 31

Really like this course.
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Re: People's Top 18: UK Club Wildcat

Postby beebs4201 » Mon Feb 13, 2012 11:10 am

Aesthetics – 4. Beautiful course with nice rolling hills
Ambience – 4. Peaceful surroundings and I've never had any issues with the customer service
Conditioning – 5. This course has been in superb shape every time I have played it.
Use of property – 3. There are a couple of holes on the back 9 that I think they simply ran out of room and are just bad golf holes...especially 16.
Risk/reward – 4. Plenty of trouble to be had for taking risks on this course
Test of the full game – 4
Design variation – 4
Memorability –4

Total = 32
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