Happy New Year!

You may be thinking I am taking some time off.  You’d be partially right.  I’m always doing something with the site, but over the holidays wanted to give everyone a break to enjoy the time with friends and family.

That being said, I wanted to wish a Happy New Year to everyone.  Hopefully 2018 is a great one!

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Happy Holidays!

No real post today as TGT and family are celebrating Christmas.  I do want to wish everyone out there reading though a sincere wish for happy holidays.  No matter what you are celebrating, I hope you are able to take time to be with family and friends and enjoy some relaxation.  Be good to each other!

Robert Trent Jones at Grand National (Lake)

Robert Trent Jones at Grand National (Lake) – Played May 2013

  • Rankings: None of the four lists
  • Location: 3000 Robert Trent Jones Trail, Opelika, Alabama
  • Year: 1992
  • Architect: Robert Trent Jones, Sr & Robert Rulewich
  • Course Access: Public
  • Walking Rules: Carts Available

Score Card Information:

  • Purple: 7,289 yards, Par 72, 74.3 Rating/136 Slope
  • Orange: 6,488 yards, Par 72, 71.3 Rating/126 Slope
  • White: 5,948 yards, Par 72, 68.7 Rating/117 Slope (Men’s), 74.4 Rating/133 Slope (Women’s)
  • Teal: 4,910 yards, Par 72, 68.7 Rating/117 Slope (Men’s), 68.0 Rating/119 Slope (Women’s)

For our last RTJ tour on this go around, I want to give a final thanks to Brian for the pictures on this post.  Check out Brian’s other photos @virginiagolfguy on Instagram if you haven’t already.

According to the website for The Trail, Grand National was the single greatest site for a golf complex Robert Trent Jones, Sr. had ever seen.  The entire complex has 54 holes, which includes a Short Course.  It was built on 600-acre Lake Saugahatchee with 32 of the 54 holes along the shore.  The Lake Course hosts the Barbasol Championship on the PGA Tour as well.

Let’s get this tour started!

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Robert Trent Jones at Capitol Hill (Senator)

Robert Trent Jones at Capitol Hill (Senator) – Played May 2013

  • Rankings: None of the four lists
  • Location: 2600 Constitution Avenue, Prattville, Alabama
  • Year: 1999
  • Architect: Robert Trent Jones, Sr
  • Course Access: Public
  • Walking Rules: Carts Available

Score Card Information:

  • Black: 7,654 yards, Par 72, 77.4 Rating/132 Slope
  • Purple: 6,941 yards, Par 72, 74.1 Rating/125 Slope
  • Orange: 6,410 yards, Par 72, 70.9 Rating/126 Slope (Men’s), 76.4 Rating/134 Slope (Women’s)
  • White: 5,831 yards, Par 72, 68.1 Rating/121 Slope (Men’s), 73.6 Rating/123 Slope (Women’s)
  • Teal: 5,137 yards, Par 72, 64.7 Rating/110 Slope (Men’s), 69.6 Rating/116 Slope (Women’s)

I want to again thank Brian for the pictures on this post.  Check out Brian’s other photos @virginiagolfguy on Instagram.

The second course we will tour is the Senator Course at Capitol Hill.  It’s at the same complex as the Judge, but couldn’t be more different.  The links style course has much less elevation change and water hazards.  It’s a great 36 hole day due to the polar opposite courses.  Let’s get into it!

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Robert Trent Jones at Capitol Hill (Judge)

Robert Trent Jones at Capitol Hill (Judge) – Played May 2013

  • Rankings: None of the four lists
  • Location: 2600 Constitution Avenue, Prattville, Alabama
  • Year: 2000
  • Architect: Robert Trent Jones, Sr
  • Course Access: Public
  • Walking Rules: Carts Available

Score Card Information:

  • Black: 7,813 yards, Par 72, 78.5 Rating/147 Slope
  • Purple: 7,082 yards, Par 72, 75.1 Rating/142 Slope
  • Orange: 6,517 yards, Par 72, 71.7 Rating/131 Slope (Men’s), 76.4 Rating/134 Slope (Women’s)
  • White: 5,910 yards, Par 72, 68.7 Rating/128 Slope (Men’s), 74.4 Rating/137 Slope (Women’s)
  • Teal: 4,951 yards, Par 72, 64.7 Rating/115 Slope (Men’s), 68.4 Rating/123 Slope (Women’s)

Before I start I want to give a special thanks for the pictures on this post to Brian who runs @virginiagolfguy on Instagram.  I didn’t have photos from my trip, but he stepped in on this one and helped out.  Thanks again Brian!

I went to the Trail in May of 2013 with a bunch of golf buddies.  It’s still one of the only actual buddies trips I’ve ever taken.  That’s just a fact of life for me as a lot of my golf buddies love the game, but don’t travel near as much for it.  Most of them do a few trips a year, but I plan out a bunch and we usually can’t make the timing work.  I’m also more into playing new courses a lot, but that’s part of the quest baby!  Alright, mini-rant over.

We played 36 per day over a few days and the heat really got to us.  I would say May is not the best time to go as the summer heat gets going early in Alabama.  I think the Trail is best suited to a spring or late fall trip.

So the first course we will take a look at is The Judge which is part of the Capitol Hill stop on the Trail.  It is one of the most popular sites and has two other courses in The Senator and The Legislator.  We’ll look at The Senator in a following post.  Located in Prattville, the site has garnered a lot of praise.  Let’s get into the tour.  All yardages are from the orange tees.

 

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Roll Back The Ball?

The clamoring for some kind of roll back of the golf ball is becoming louder by the day.  So many big names have added their opinion from Jack Nicklaus to Tiger Woods.  After reading Jim’s post at The Grateful Golfer, I decided to add my take.

I think the first question is what is the problem with players hitting the ball so far?  In my view, the sustainability of golf is at stake.  Right now many classic courses cannot host pro events anymore without increasing length.  This usually changes the character of course.  Not to mention longer courses require more water, money, and work to maintain.  In the current environmental state of the globe I don’t think we should be using more of our resources.

As a golf fan I enjoy some long drives, but I don’t enjoy courses being pitch and putt.  That is just my opinion, but I think golf fans would enjoy it if we could hold big events at some of the world’s classic courses without relying on weather or absurd rough to mount a challenge to the players.

So that is the issue I see, but what is the solution?  I’ll give you a few options and my thoughts.  I’ll be the first to say that I am not going to cite hard data, but it is out there.  Do the research and come to your own conclusions.

Roll back the ball

I think this will open opportunities to return to classic courses, increase sustainability, and reduce the need to have super long courses.  The problem is that amateurs may feel like they don’t relate to pros, but do they really anyway?  I don’t relate to 350 yard drives.  If they feel this way it may hurt participation in the game.

Smaller wood sizes and increased iron lofts

In theory the ball would spin more and have shorter flight.  Also we would have irons that are closer to what they say they should be instead of a 9 iron with 7 iron loft.  Now I think it would be naive to say that the OEM’s wouldn’t fight this hard.  Everyone loves lawsuits!

Conditioning

It always baffles me how pros get so much roll at courses they play.  I never get that at my home course and I don’t feel like we over water.  Somethings can surely be down to slow down the fairways.  If this results in more water usage though it may not be worth it.

I think the best fit is some type limited flight ball.  The other options are fine, but less clear cut.  We can standardize the limits on the ball so all the manufacturers can still compete.

This ball still gives the advantage to longer hitters, but they won’t hit it 350.  The problem I see is where to stop using it.  Do we go to just pro events or down to college?  I certainly don’t want to be limited since I may hit it 260.  So the answers are not easy, but I think we have to start having the discussion.  Let me know what you think.

Wyre Titan Golf Ball Review

A little while ago I got an email from Hani at a golf ball company called Wyre.  I had never heard of Wyre so I was certainly intrigued.  After a bit of correspondence with them I had the ball you see in the picture below in my possession. Continue reading “Wyre Titan Golf Ball Review”