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The Golf Club at Ravenna

The Golf Club at Ravenna in Littleton, CO

golf club at ravenna hole 17
The tee at the short, possibly drivable 17th

The Stats

Tee Time: July 24, 2013, 10:55, 81 F, light wind, overcast

Designer: Jay Morrish (2007)

Playing Partners: None

Tees: Gold, Par 71 (71.5 rating/140 slope/6,689 yards)

Course Handicap: 12 (9.5 index)

Stats: 94 (48-46); 43 putts; 9/13 fairways; 8/18 greens; 3 penalty strokes

The Course

A few miles south of Littleton, Colorado is The Golf Club at Ravenna in a private country club that wanders through the foothills of the Rockies. A new course that opened in 2007 and a Jay Morrish design, there is a lot to like about Ravenna. It presents a tough challenge but offers a set of tees for every skill set. The fairways are pretty hittable but sand traps are well positioned to take in any errant shots. The greens will be what you remember most about playing this course. They’re as well-maintained as any, smooth and consistent while also soft and receptive to well struck irons. But there are swales aplenty and the surfaces are as quick as Augusta’s on an Easter Sunday. And even though it’s understandable that everything will break towards Denver, which can be seen way off in the distance to the north, it’s still hard to watch a putt you swear should break off the ridge away from the valley and stubbornly refuse to. Continue reading The Golf Club at Ravenna

TPC Scottsdale

TPC Scottsdale (Stadium) in Scottsdale, AZ

TPC Scottsdale Stadium Course
Steve, me and Mike

The Stats

Tee Time: June 23, 2013, 8:34, 102 F, Breezy

Designer: Tom Weiskopf/Jay Morrish (1986)

Playing Partners: Steve Walker, Mike

Tees: Blue, Par 71 (71.1 rating/129 slope/6,525 yards)

Course Handicap: 12 (10.9 index)

Stats: 95 (42-53); 32 putts; 7/14 fairways; 3/18 greens; 4 penalty strokes

The Course

The 16th during the Waste Management Open (see below for the look during every other weekend). Courtesy of theaposition.com/
The 16th during the Waste Management Open (see below for the look during every other weekend). Courtesy of theaposition.com.

The Stadium Course at TPC Scottsdale in Arizona is famous namely for one hole. You may have seen it before. It’s like the rodent on Groundhog Day. It comes out every February to a huge celebration, signaling the coming of spring. Only instead of hundreds of townspeople decked out in mittens and windbreakers gathering around a stage at Gobbler’s Knob to watch for Punxsutawney Phil to see his shadow, there are 20,000 sunbathing partygoers donning Rickie Fowler outfits and sun dresses, cheering for Phil Mickelson and booing Boo Weekley. It’s the 16th at the Stadium Course, and for four days each year during the Waste Management Open, this 162-yard chip shot is the most exciting shot in golf. A temporary arena with 172 skyboxes is erected for the crowd to pack in and boo every missed green, cheer for colors during the caddy races and down pints of beer during downtime. There is no other hole like it in all of golf. By mid-June things change dramatically. Patches of brown matted grass mark where the supports for the grandstands once stood and the stoic McDowell Mountains replace the shouting frat boys as the backdrop of the green. Stepping up to the tee and seeing no resemblance to this glamorous rockstar hole is striking, like seeing a porn star without makeup. Continue reading TPC Scottsdale

The Boulders

The Boulders – South Course in Carefree, AZ

I forgot a group picture again, so here’s Steve putting one on the green

The Stats

Tee Time: September 9, 2012, 10:10, 91 F, Gusty

Designer: Jay Morrish (1991)

Playing Partners: Steve Walker

Tees: Blue/White, Par 71 (70.8 rating/136 slope/6,421 yards)

Course Handicap: 14 (11.7 index)

Stats: 89 (45-44); 26 putts; 6/13 fairways; 4/18 greens; 4 penalty strokes

The Course

The Boulders, a top 100 public golf course according to Golf Magazine, presents everything great about Arizona golf. Desert scenery (the version with soaring saguaros, wind-rounded rocks and colorful mesas, not the barren expanses of badlands only Les Stroud would enjoy), exciting target golf and numerous complimentary amenities. Set in the upper elevation of Carefree, about 45 minutes north of the Phoenix of airport, the whole course is secluded among the hills and winds throughout the villas and homes at The Boulders Resort, a Waldorf Astoria property. While nothing has yet matched the awesomeness of Troon North, The Boulders is very similar, like a Troon North for higher handicappers. Misses are not as devastating, the greens are easier to read and the fairways don’t roll balls into desert rock. That being said, the Boulders is a course that needs to be played smart, as I discovered after a great tee shot on the par-5 5th hole that left 240 yards to the green. It turned out ignoring the way the landing area to the green narrowed like the center of an hourglass brings ol’ #7 back onto the scorecard. This is one of several examples where the risks do not outweigh the potential glory of eagles. Continue reading The Boulders