Originally Posted by JR Stengele
I would think Fairgrounds would be in better shape right now after the rains.
As for which course to play? Depends on what you are looking for. Fairgrounds is a much tighter course with accuracy over distance on many of the holes. It also has one of the best holes to date that I have played (on back nine, 16?). Bud Pell is much more wide open but equally as fun. Maybe better.
I was able to get a round plus a few holes in at the Fairgrounds. Great course! I really enjoyed it and will definitely be back. If I lived in the area I would play it often. Great use of the terrain, nice mix of left and right, up and down, and plenty of birdie bids. I like wooded courses a lot and you guys did a great job designing this one and keeping it up. I actually played okay, but missed a lot of long birdie bids by a few inches, and that combined with not knowing the holes at all resulted in a very uninspiring +2 on this course which should be pretty easy to get well under.
Hole 6 and Hole 16 were my favorites. After I finished my round I had time for a few more holes so I decided to play 1-8 again. My first shot on Hole 6 was a Roc that flew right over the basket, and I decided to see what a putter might look like on that line. This hole plays over a small but pretty steep little gully that has two big trees in the bottom of it. There's plenty of room and you can easily avoid these trees.
The bigger tree, the one on the right, has a large, mossy crotch. (Hey, it happens to be true) Anyway, I yanked my drive a bit and imagine my surprise as I watch my putter hit a big branch, tiddly-wink straight up a few feet and disappear in the crotch! I stared for a few seconds, waiting to see it come down. Nothing. I walked the rim of the gully to the basket and tried to spot it from all angles. Nothing. It's either lying there in the moss or actually went into the cavity. I would have tried to get it down if I could see it, but even then it's a pretty tall tree.
So, greenish-yellow JK Aviar X with my ink on it, Hole 6, Kitsap Fairgrounds, 80 feet up in a mossy crotch.
My in-laws live on Bainbridge so I'm usually in the area a couple times a year. Last year I played NAD, next time I'll probably hit up Bud Pell. I liked Fairgrounds a lot more than NAD, but NAD is a nice course too. Thanks and good job to the WSDGA and everyone else for these courses! And beware the mossy crotch!