GDL17921 wrote:It is apparent that much work went into the design, as well as the construction of this course. Nice stairs, great tees, message board is unprecedented.......The list goes on and on. I'm very impressed.
I agree, this course is impressive from the moment you pull into the parking lot (with exception to the misleading, unintimidating first hole). The huge basket-shaped message board is "unprecedented." The dog park is cool. The nice open area with a practice basket is perfect. And the message board actually has organized, useful information on it (like what pin placements the baskets are in).
I was lucky enough to play Peninsula for the first time today. Now I can't wait to play it again. Next time we'll probably do Peninsula, Washington, and Muscatine. Or even better play two rounds from different teepads. I loved how the A & B placements weren't sorted by short and long. On some holes, A is the difficult placement... on some holes B is the difficult placement. The red & blue teepads seemed to be that way on a few, too.
As for how the course played, its definitely up there as some of the best golf I've played. But what separates this course are the SUPERIOR teepads, signs, trails, and most specifically, the arrow markers
that keep you on track the whole time. We printed a map and never once needed it. For a twisty, wooded course like that, that's amazing. I would love to see similar arrow signs at West Lake.
GDL17921 wrote:And yeah, it blows Middle away, not even close.
I disagree. I think the open holes at Middle (first 11) are better, but the wooded holes at Peninsula blow Middle away. However, I don't think the prairie holes at Peninsula have to offer what the front part of Middle does. And when I say "Middle" I mean Middle in the longs, not the puny weak placements.