People's Top 18: Mineral Mound

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People's Top 18: Mineral Mound

Postby thurman » Tue Jan 03, 2012 11:12 am

Group 6 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, Mineral Mound Golf Course in Eddyville, 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: Mineral Mound

Postby cobra » Tue Jan 03, 2012 11:18 am

Aesthetics – 5
Ambience – 5
Conditioning – 4
Use of property – 5
Risk/reward – 5
Test of the full game – 5
Design variation – 5
Memorability – 5
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Re: People's Top 18: Mineral Mound

Postby wilma » Tue Jan 03, 2012 11:45 am

5,4,4,3,4,3,3,3 = 29

Again I loved what others did not, that funny zig zag par-5. Good fun.

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Re: People's Top 18: Mineral Mound

Postby LordofthePings » Wed Jan 04, 2012 10:45 am

DNP.
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Re: People's Top 18: Mineral Mound

Postby cesmal » Wed Jan 04, 2012 11:21 am

4,3,4,4,4,2,3,3 - 27

Course is OK, but I don't think they had enough land to work with. Too many tight, tricked up landing areas. Not a fan and i don't intend to go back.
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Re: People's Top 18: Mineral Mound

Postby A-Dub » Wed Jan 04, 2012 2:01 pm

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Re: People's Top 18: Mineral Mound

Postby moe » Wed Jan 04, 2012 6:10 pm

4, 4, 3, 4, 3, 3, 4, 3 = 28

I think this is another 4th hole I hate.
I also think Cobra is trying to make his vote stick out. :shock:

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Re: People's Top 18: Mineral Mound

Postby thurman » Thu Jan 05, 2012 10:56 am

It's like Bizarro-Doug, and Mineral Mound is his Eagle Ridge. I guess that makes Lassing Pointe his Cherry Blossom? All I know is that my head hurts.
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Re: People's Top 18: Mineral Mound

Postby JP » Thu Jan 05, 2012 3:27 pm

:lol:
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Re: People's Top 18: Mineral Mound

Postby Docugs » Thu Jan 05, 2012 3:48 pm

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Re: People's Top 18: Mineral Mound

Postby smashdn » Tue May 28, 2013 1:48 pm

I think I got to do this this weekend. Got to get it done before the greens get heat stressed.

Anyone want to try for a round Saturday some time with me?
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Re: People's Top 18: Mineral Mound

Postby golfingluke » Thu May 30, 2013 11:16 pm

4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,=32 Course was in great shape when we played. Was a fun track and would like to return. Shot horrible and still had fun. that means something to me.
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Re: People's Top 18: Mineral Mound

Postby smashdn » Mon Jul 01, 2013 2:40 pm

Got out on Mineral Mound yesterday. Wow. Interesting course.

It seemed to me the hard holes were really hard and the easy holes were really easy. I either blew up or parred the hole.

Lots of interesting drives. Tons of dog legs and blind shots that made for a long day having never been on the course and not knowing where to hit the ball.

Hole that sticks out as the hardest in my mind was #4. A 557 yard par 5 uphill the whole way. The drive was not all that terrible as the landing area was fairly generous. The second shot was a beast. The next 150 or so yards of the hole were along the spine of a ridge not more than 15 yards wide (of fairway) at any point and the rough leaving not much margin of error either. I was intending to lay up as I had no idea what kind of trouble was up around the green. Just a bit of a pull and I am deep in the woods after the ball hit once in the rough.

The holes that played across the lake were neat but they were too much alike IMO. Both capes to the left. Lots of dog leg lefts.

The par three by the old house I stiffed one. It was a super lucky shot as I have a natural draw and the hole was cut front right. I had to start it right on line with the old house and bring it back, wind in my face 183 yards from the #1 tees.

Most blaise hole was #5. I played it 3 iron wedge and had a great birdie look that burnt the edge.

Overall the challenge of the course was off the tee. The greens were not all that difficult to read or putt on but did seem to be on the small side.

Conditions were good. Fairways were nice and full and cut tight. Bermuda rough wouldn't completely cover a ball but one would sink in about 3/4 buried. Looked like some green surrounds and bunker lips were zoysia. I'm not a fan of zoysia if you let it get long. It will grab the heck out of a club if you let it get 1.5" or so tall. Greens were not very speedy but rolled true. Some ridges right in the middle were a little thin and burnt. Lots of greens with fans. Lots of old stumps were trees have been removed. Could use some more thinning if they are having air movement problems.
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Re: People's Top 18: Mineral Mound

Postby smashdn » Mon May 05, 2014 10:37 am

Apparently I am the only one who gets over that way to play.

Got out yesterday with wife's cousin to play.

Course was in very, very fun and playable condition. Bermuda was still quite dormant in much of the fairways. I would guess only 10-15% greened up at most. The zoysia around the bunkers and green surrounds was up and green however. Tee boxes for the most part were in good shape. But because the fairways weren't greened up much at all I don't think they have been mowing them, so if you happened into a patch that was greened up it was pretty shaggy. Some tee boxes were a touch shaggy as well. Greens were in excellent condition. Much better than when I played it last year. I fear they are losing green area however. You can tell on several green pads were the old mowing line used to be. Some as severe as a full yard lost.

We played from the far back tees, the number ones.

#4 ate my lunch again. I wasn't having a good driving day at all. I think I parred all the par threes with exception of the drop shot one on the back side. Had several pars on the fours but also my fair share of blow-ups resulting from bad drives for the most part.

I really like this course but stand by what I said in a previous post that several of the holes are near identical.
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Re: People's Top 18: Mineral Mound

Postby A-Dub » Tue May 06, 2014 10:53 am

I really think this winter took a toll on the bermuda and zoysia in some places. It doesn't seem like either are coming out like they have in the past. I guess the next couple weeks of these higher temps without something low overnight will tell the tale on the dormant grasses, but I am worried about places with bermuda.
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