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18 Days of Adams County Dunes

12/01/2017 0 comments
I started a Instagram tour of Adams County Dunes, my vision for a third course at Sand Valley. Follow along here...

18 Days of Adams County Dunes (my vision for the third course @sandvalleygolf) takes us to the par 5 2nd hole, which I affectionately just call “The Hill”. A large hill simply needs to be dealt with on the tee shot. Staying short and on the far right side of the fairway provides an open view to the landing area if you’re playing it as a three shot hole. Attacking the hill on the drive but coming up short will leave an awkward blind shot. And drives that land into the side of the hill will bound left and leave a worse angle for the second shot. The approach rides the top of a small ridge and will require a confident stroke to reach in two. The elevated green is inspired a bit by the 4th green at Ballyneal. Looking forward to having friends try and tackle The Hill this afternoon. #ValleyNizzle #Crump2.0 #WinterGolf
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18 Days of Adams County Dunes takes us to the 3rd hole, an elegant 406-437 yard par 4. Hitting from an elevated tee just a few steps from the 2nd green into an open prairie, the first 250 yards or so is relatively tame. It’s get pretty wild from there though. This is one hole where you definitely want to play backwards from the green. The left half of the green is well protected by two fronting bunkers. Therefore you’ll want to hit your drive down the right side of the fairway, lengthening the hole but opening up the angle. However there’s a right-centerline bunker that needs to be negotiated. Blasting over it brings the wilder fairway contours and a natural depression into play, potentially masking the view of the approach. The green is one of my favorites on the course, with a natural ridge that runs lengthwise and sits right against one of the natural open sandy areas on the site. There’s plenty of room to bail out right and still make par without challenging the bunkers. #SandValley3 #ValleyNizzle #Crump2.0 #JimCantDunkButCanHeBuildGolfCourses

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18 Days of Adams County Dunes, my vision for a third course @sandvalleygolf, continues with the 12th, a long par 4 that plays back out into the open prairie shared by the 3rd. A natural sand scrape eats into the left side of the fairway and dictates the strategy on the hole. I like this hole because it offers different options with no obvious winner. Blasting down the left brings the sandy area into play. Staying short provides the best angle into the green but it’s a blind shot. Hitting a long drive into neck introduces some wild fairway contours. Staying short and right offers a level lie but brings the cross bunker into play and leaves a longer approach. Blasting way down the right side leaves a poor angle into the shallow green. Oh yeah...the green has some wild and interesting contours, particularly in the back third. Hopefully this is one that vexes golfers for years. #SV3

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On the 14th day of 18 Days of Adams County Dunes, your true love gives to you this 560-Yard Par 5, which plays adjacent to the 13th and 14th holes of the original @sandvalleygolf course. An aggressive play with stay down the left side the entire way, navigating some centerline bunkers and shortening the hole. A large bunker masks the green and narrows the entrance to the only the left (when they cleared this land when building the Sand Valley course, they were nice enough to carve out the dramatic sand areas the sit in front of this greensite.) If you’re not playing through the neck in two, you can play safe down the right and hang back on the second leaving a flat lie with a full short iron into the green. Hitting close to the cross bunker leaves a half wedge from a downhill lie to a green the slopes away to the back. #GoodLuckWithThat #SV3

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18 Days of Adams County Dunes concludes with the long uphill par 4 18th. A centerline bunker provides some challenge to the tee shot. The preferred line will hug the corner of the dogleg to shorten the hole and provide a good angle into the green. There’s ton of room to blast over the bunkers but it lengthens the hole and leaves a worse angle on the approach. Plenty of room to bail out right of the green and still make par. Just don’t miss left, as the green is perched right along a ridgeline with a steep drop off. I hope you enjoyed the tour! While we’re here it’s probably worth noting my prerequisite and demands if I’m actually going to be considered for the job. 1) Minimum Salary: $0 (make a $100k donation to @wgaesf instead). 2) I get the course one day a year in June to do a @hundredholehike event. 3) a @sandvalleygolf founding membership would be nice, but optional 4) four @nyescream sandwiches per day during construction. Who’s with me? #SV3

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