A few guys from the golf staff at UT Golf Club on the 18th tee. This hole, in my opinion, is the best closing hole in the Austin area. And all the times I’ve played bogeyed it, I always thought to peel a draw off that right fairway bunker. GM Steve Termeer (there in the white cap) says no. The correct line is at the left bunker. Who knew? I guess it pays to listen to a good player.
A peek into the bar at UT Golf Club.
Been out to see the new clubhouse at UT Golf Club? Very nice. Here’s a shot from the hall that connects the main lobby to the golf shop. Stay tuned for more.
I consider this one of the best golf landscapes I’ve ever shot. I took this one and some others for TMCP for inclusion in the 2009 Texas Bound for Golf guide that just hit the streets yesterday. What’s strange is that I sent this one and nine others to the developers and the pro at The Cascades over three months ago, and I never heard back. No “nice job” or “that’s interesting” or “that sucks.” Nothing. I also sent it to the people in charge of selling boxes in that condo back there. Again, no comment. As much as it sounds like I care, I really don’t. I’m really more confused than concerned. If you owned this golf course or were responsible for selling things around it, how would you feel about this photo? Maybe it’s just me. Maybe this shot falls into a crack of apathy, and it’s neither good nor bad. Just another golf picture. If that’s the case, I need to seriously consider doing something else.
So for those who don’t want to click through the whole blog and sit through my ramblings, click here to see a random sample of some images from the past year or so. Shots from assigments, directed shots, personal stuff. Chase Jarvis, at one point, asked readers to send in their opinions as to which ones in his portfolio they liked (and disliked) most. I’d sure appreciate some feedback from you. I like them all, so if you only want to tell me which ones suck, that’s okay, too. Thanks for any input.
Allow me to define “reachable” when referring to par-4s. According to the PGA Tour’s stats, only 55 yards spearates the longest driver (Bubba Watson, 315 yds.) from the guy sitting at 197th (Corey Pavin, 261) in driving distance. That means most tour players hit it about 290. Tour players. Not you. Some of you hit it longer, but unless you’re eight or eighty years old or have some physical setback that keeps you from making an efficient golf swing, you can hit it 290 if you really go after it. Hitting the ball past Corey Pavin is not magic or strength or the ball or the driver or the shaft. So, all you golf course architects: Please, please build more holes for me. 300 from the back tee, maybe 210 from the ladies’ tee. Then go to work on the green complex. Options, options. Make one bunker deep, another shallow enough to putt from. False fronts, false rears, whatever. Make me think about playing golf.
Here’s a list of some short par 4’s I like around the Austin area (golf course architect):
#10 at Lions Muny (Not sure…John Bredemus?)
#4 at Austin Country Club (Pete Dye)
#3 at Onion Creek Club (Jimmy Demaret)
#12 at Barton Creek Foothills (Tom Fazio)
#13 at UT Golf Club (Roy Bechtol/Randy Russell)
#15 at Grey Rock Golf Club (Jay Morrish)
#14 at Barton Creek Cliffside (Ben Crenshaw/Bill Coore)
#16 at Roy Kizer GC (Randy Russell)
Maybe you have some favorites?
I played Grey Rock this morning with a friend from Laredo, and I’ve got to say, it just keeps getting better. The greens were as good as they’ve ever been in the 16 years I’ve been playing there, and the service today was incredible. Especially good for people having to work on Christmas Eve. Great job out there, everyone. I look forward to playing more in 2009. At Grey Rock, for sure, but also to getting in a round or two at Laredo CC in the spring.
Last year while I was shooting around Cordillera Ranch, I felt like I couldn’t get the perfect shot of the 16th hole. I still haven’t. It’s an amazing par-3. Tough, beautiful, and unlike any other hole out there. I’ve only shot a few frames with something else in the picture, and this is one of them. Looking back, I think if I’m asked to shoot it again, I’m going to take a model. The golf cart and the guy about to hit his bunker shot really show how big this hole is. Without them, it’d be tough to tell how deep that canyon really is.
There’s no telling how much this one cost Corey Lundberg, assistant pro at UT Golf Club, when it slid by the left edge. But the one that didn’t get away was the 2008 Southern Texas PGA Assistant Professional of the Year award. Corey will give his acceptance speech at the President’s Dinner at Royal Oaks in Houston sometime next month. With no disrespect intended toward past recipients, they gave it to the right guy this year. A throwback pro, this guy is. I’m sure the members at UTGC know what a good man they’ve got there. Congrats, Corey.
Stumbled across this last night while out trolling for image thieves. First, congratulations to the Hill Family and everyone involved with Cordillera Ranch for this recognition. Well deserved. Seems a division of John Deere is doing something called the 18 Most Beautifully Brutal Golf Holes, and they sure got it right when they picked #16 at Cordillera. Beautifully brutal is the most appropriate description I’ve heard yet for that one.