shane wrote:Yeah Jon Latch helped with a design there. It's actually at Roberts Creek. i believe in upper part of the camping ground. Scott was it up on a hill. Roberts creek is to Red Rock like Big Creek is to Saylorville.
I actually wasn't involved with this design, it was a group of guys from Pella that handled it on their own. I had heard that it is kind of short, but in talking with the proj. mgr it sounds like the back 9 is going to be much longer. Here is a quote from their project lead:
"I will admit that the front nine holes ended up rather short, as a whole. To make up for this, most of the holes are fairly technical.....doglegs, indirect bending fairways, elevation changes, etc. There were a couple of holes that we tried to get permission to lengthen but the park ranger didn't want to see the tee pads moved any closer to the camping areas. Hopefully, once they see how much it is utilized, they will allow us to put in a secondary tee pad or two and create that variety on the front nine holes.
The other thing that is hopeful is that the back nine holes promise to be considerably longer. That should make for a nice change-up from the front nine to the back nine. I know that is one thing I enjoy about the golf course (ball golf) in Newton. When you play that course, you swear you got in the car after the front nine holes and drove to a different location for the back nine."
I did recently design a new 18 hole course at Pella Central College. The course starts at the big parking lot just east of the main soccer field. It co-exists with several practice fields and parts of the cross-country course, using the wooded buffer zones that follow the creek. It has a nice mix of short and technical shots, mid length and a few long holes.
I believe that it is mostly in the ground now, but will let you all know for sure so you can give it a try. Oh and don't forget to pick up some Dutch Letters at the Jaarsma Bakery when you're in town!