I haven’t “grown up” playing Renny Gold, or Nevin, or Eastway as I have Delaveaga. I have played Renny, and I have to say, it is going to be tough. My sister and her family live in Atlanta, and while visiting last Thanksgiving, they kindly let me borrow their pick up truck so I could go up to Charlotte and check out some of Stan McDaniel’s sorcery of course design. I went straight to Renny, and within 5 minutes of finding the first tee, my leg was sliced by a trimmed bamboo shoot, I had lost a disc, and I was flat on my back in the mud. A rude awakening for sure. A slap in the face that said, “WAKE UP!” A storm had just cleared and it was windy and muddy. Fortunately a local was very kind and helped me look for my disc, which I gave up on until after the round, and then showed me around the front nine.
The course is diabolical. Risk reward is the theme. Birdies are there, but you will most likely have to be very confident and accurate with your putt, as many of the greens have extreme slopes, as do some of the fairways. If they aren’t sloped, they are lined with dense trees that penalize venturing off the fairway by even 5 feet. You might have to give up a stroke just to get back to the fairway, forget about advancing down it at all. A underpar score here will move you up for sure. I’ve heard and read that Nevin is tighter and just as challenging. Eastway seems to be our breather course, where we will be able to air out some open drives. I’m looking forward to it. I’ll bet my friend Phil Arthur is too. His huge power will be valuable there.
I feel this is going to be a great Worlds, a true test of shotmaking skills and perhaps even more a test of quality decision-making. I can’t wait, and it is only a couple of weeks away! Whoohoo!