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Another tune up; flexibility required

Played a round this morning at the charming Churchville Park Golf Course, which is located about half an hour west of Rochester, NY, and accordingly, a solid 75 minutes away from my humble abode. Churchville is one of Monroe County’s three municipal courses (Durand Eastman, reviewed here, is another), and is a delightful 27 hole layout.

Early AM golf is the preference for all dedicated golfers, and I had hoped to get out very early; I would have left at 5 if I was able.  However, golf as a social activity requires tact; it requires all sides making concessions.  As in all good deals, the best are the ones where each side feels as if they gave up just a bit too much.  So then, while I was willing to depart at 5, my buddies certainly were not, and 8:32 it was.  By this time, the day would be half over, and the golfing day should easily be half over.  Nevertheless, I agreed to the time, as an 8:32 tee time meant a return to Buffalo by around 2 o’clock.  I could still do something this afternoon.

Waiting upon my porch in the still of the quiet city morning grew tiresome, and eventually a series of text messages confirmed that we would certainly never make it by 8:32 – my buddy had overslept and we needed a backup plan.  Things were kicked around, but eventually the fact that our transplanted buddy now living in Rochester would be joining us sort of locked us in to getting over that way.  It was our luck that a 9:36 tee time was available, and we took it. 

Having all the time in the world to get there, we took local roads rather than the interstate.  Our journey included jaunts through a few small towns, and past many greasy spoon diners and rickety old burger joints.  These are small towns and divey restaurants that I have at least some familiarity with and the charm of these particular towns and eateries has long since worn off.  I would love to get off the interstate and see my country during my trip – the possibilities for experiences and people to meet on the old state and national highways far outweigh the opportunities presented by the Interstate, and I will certainly make it a point to get off the interstate for at least portions of my trip.  It’s just a shame that you can’t go 65 on 2 lane highways.

The round at Churchville was mundane – I shot another 84.  Far tighter ball striking wise, this round featured 8 pars, 8 bogeys, and 2 doubles.  Both doubles were simply careless idiocy around the green.  My putting was atrocious – 38 putts was my worst effort of the season.  Of course, the number of putts is also reflective of long the putts are, and the amount of greens I hit in regulation (9) was far higher than my usual.  There were some longer putts.  However, I couldn’t make anything over 10 feet, and missed a few 4 footers as well.  Dreadful day on the greens. 

The course itself is one that deserves to be in at least the “light” portion of any WNY or CNY golfer’s rotation – it offers 3 nines, the South and West 9’s certainly feeling like the original 18, while the East 9 features some very well designed holes. 

The 14-15 (5 and 6 on East) turn is the most brutal.  14 is a 532 yard par 5, which doglegs severely to the right.  There is a lake which runs the entirety of the right side, preventing all but the most massive hitters from going at it in two.  There is also OB left.  The lake is sneakily invasive into landing areas as well, as my buddy Marty found out.  A crisply struck 3 iron for his second shot was tailing nicely towards a yardage marker, only for a splash to emanate from the seeming center of the fairway.  The shore of the lake is not a straight path, but rather juts in and out, and around the moguls which line the right side of the fairway.  I was green high in 3, but duffed a chip and ended up making one of my two doubles.  Terrible.

15 is a 370 yard par 4, with a pond to the left of the landing area.  The pond runs from the tee towards the green, and requires a carry of 270 on the drive.  If you are deciding to play towards the right side of the fairway, and are a big hitter, you need to watch out for the same lake on 14, as it sits within reach at about 300 yards from the tee, and angling sharply to the right.  I played a safe tee shot to about 115 in the middle of the fairway.  My reward?  A shot over water, then over a pot bunker, to a pin in the middle of the very wide, shallow and kidney shaped green.  I stuck it to about 15 feet, and of course, missed the putt. 

While these 2 holes stick out, most of the holes are nicely designed, with trees acting as the most prominent defense.  There are several short par 4’s with trees IN the fairway, requiring a very precise tee shot to be successful.  There are also some long par 4’s at the course, and all told it measures up to just over 6600 yards from the blues.

At $22 to ride on a weekend morning, it should come as no surprise that Churchville is in only decent shape and lacks most modern amenities.  The greens and fairways were in playable condition, and while far from perfect, there were no spots that were under repair or otherwise so damaged as to present a problem.  It had rained the night before, and the course was wet, but the drainage was fairly impressive – there was little to no standing water.  However, the ground was very receptive, as I spun the driver back on several occasions.  The clubhouse is cash only, and the equipment offered is limited to gloves, tees and golf balls.

For all that it is lacking, Churchville is clearly a course which caters to a wide audience, and will continue to do so for decades to come.  Adorning the walls of the clubhouse are the various club championship plaques, which dated back to the 1930’s.  Simple and elegant, it appears pretty certain that they will remain there ad infinitum.  The players at Churchville varied widely.  The group in front of us teed it up from the blues on 1, and proceeded to show off 3 pretty heinous swings before quickly moving up to the whites by 3 or 4.  There were several groups of younger players learning the game, but there was also a player chasing us down in the latter stretches of the front 9.  The kid had a swing, pounded his drive, and while it was just one hole we observed him on, appeared to have a pretty well developed short game.  There is something for everybody at Churchville.

In the end, our delayed tee time caught up to us with the result being a 4 hour and 45 minute round.  The group in front of us wasn’t very fast, but we didn’t push them too hard, and, barring the single player behind us mentioned above, we were not pushed at all.  There were, of course, no rangers to speed things up even if we had wanted to.  While the pace was dreadful, it was befitting of the course – the course hasn’t changed in 50 years – and that slow pace of both change and play, is okay in the right spots, of which Churchville is one.

The drive home was perfect – my buddy is an Orioles fan, I’m a huge Phillies fan, and both of our clubs were playing Sunday afternoon games.  Flipped back and forth on the radio – and they both ended up winning.  Nothing better than baseball on the radio, and I certainly look forward to plenty of that on the trip. 

The delay in tee time was great – it’s naive to think I will be able to get on at my preferred time every day, and plans will need to be altered.  Delays like this one will give me the chance to hop off the interstate, find a local road, and get some eggs and toast at a greasy spoon.  Can’t wait.

At this time next week – I will be in Vermont!

Happy golfing.

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The charming Green Tree Golf Course; municipal golf in the charming southern New Jersey

I am back from my time off the grid in New Jersey, which was spent largely on the cape, that tiny strip of land on the farthest southern edge of the Garden State.  I was able to sneak in a round of golf, accompanied by the old man to boot.

The cape and areas just slightly to the north are not the friendliest to the budget minded golfer, as the limited useable real estate coupled with the resort nature of the area has limited the extant golf courses to very nice, and accordingly pricey, tracks.  Nevertheless, for someone on vacation in this seeming enclave of Philadelphia, there is plenty of golf to be played.

With a more reasonably priced round of golf on our agenda, my father and I targeted Green Tree Golf Course, about 40 miles north of Wildwood and 20 west of Atlantic City, as the perfect place to play.  The course is a municipal one, owned and operated by Atlantic County.  Being in a coastal area of the northeast, the greens fees were a slight bit higher than some other regions of the country, but were still very reasonable.

In eager anticipation of the round, we decided that Monday would be the best bet, as the locals would be back to work and the rates would be a little bit cheaper.  The weekend in Wildwood was absolutely gorgeous.  Both days were sunny and warm, other than a brief afternoon shower on Saturday, and would have been excellent for golf.

Instead, we enjoyed the boardwalk, took in a parade, rented a surrey (a double wide bicycle with a roof and steering wheel, available with 1, 2 or 3 rows) and did all of those things you do down at the southern Jersey Shore.  It had been several years since I made my way to southern Jersey, and I was made comfortably aware that the area has retained it’s very Philadelphian feel.  The dialect of the locals mirrors that of the massive wave of Philadelphians and others of the Delaware Valley making their annual trek “down the shore” for a vacation.  Scrapple is widely available; the man who rented us our surrey was delighted when he saw that the license I gave him as a deposit was from New York but that I was also wearing a Phillies hat; and several “how ya doing?” greetings upon entering businesses and restaurants were returned with “better than the Phils.”  Southern New Jersey is still as charming as it’s ever been.

Monday morning had arrived, and our fears of the approaching rain were not yet confirmed on the ground.  The day was dreary, and while the forecast called for an amazing 1 to 2 inches of rain for most of southern New Jersey, it was not yet raining in Wildwood.  After analysis after amateur analysis of the radar, we agreed that the first system would be passing just north of the golf course, about 3.5 hours ahead of the second system, which would certainly find it’s way to the links.

So, on a day when the forecast was positively terrible for golf, we hopped in my car and headed north to Egg Harbor Township, in a quest to sneak in 18 holes during those 3.5 hours.  Half an hour up the Parkway and fifteen minutes to the west through the very rural forested marshlands that dominate inland southern New Jersey, and we had arrived at the course, one of just four vehicles in the lot.

It was not yet raining, but to claim that the skies looked anything other than ominous would be greatly dishonest.  We made our way to the clubhouse, discussed the weather one last time, and finally decided to check in and pay our weekday riding, non-resident rate of $36.

After riding up to the first tee, we had a nice short talk with the starter, an elderly gentleman with that distinct heavy Philadelphian accent.  We got a few tips on nearby holes, and also learned that the course was privately owned for a long, long time before finally being purchased by the county within somewhat recent memory.  According to the starter, the condition of the course had improved mightily under direction of the county.

The first hole is a short dogleg right par 5, measuring approximately 210 to 220 yards to the dogleg from the white tees, per the starter.  I teed it up from the blues, the starter notifying me that I was now about 240 to the turn, and hit a big high fade that didn’t fade quite enough and I found myself through the fairway in the woods and our round was underway.

In addition to the price, a significant reason we had chosen Green Tree was due to the length of the course.  My old man is nearing 60, and has had bad knees for years.  He doesn’t get out to golf as much as I think he should, and this was his first time out this year.  At 5574 yards from the blue tees and a very reasonable 5347 from the whites, this course was a perfect length for him.

Diminutive in length, Green Tree does manage to present some obstacles to scoring well.  An incredible sixteen out of eighteen holes have water, and a majority of the holes are pretty tight.  The course was built in a wooded, marshy area typical of the region, and the amount of water on the course and the tightness of the holes is accordingly not surprising.  To reach it’s par of 72, the course has 4 par 3 holes, 11 par 4’s, just 2 par 5’s and a very rare par 6 hole.

In the 676 yard, par 6 3rd hole, Green Tree has a signature hole worthy of any golf course.  As is typical of the course, the fairway on 3 is lined with trees on both sides, but is wide enough to allow a slight draw or fade to play just fine.  There is a meandering creek which protrudes about halfway into the fairway from the left about 320 yards from the blue tees.  From here, the massive hole moves ever so slightly up a hill, and dog legs to the left after about 520 yards.  A large green sloping from left to right awaits.  A three shot hole for even massive hitters, it took me a driver, 5 iron and 7 iron to get home, but I was left with an 8 foot downhill twister for eagle, which I disappointingly missed, having never given it a chance.  The shame of not even trying to make the eagle was quickly dissipated with a tap in birdie.  My old man, meanwhile, had matriculated his ball down the fairway and did end up having a long par putt.  Unfortunately, he 3 putted, and after 3 holes, we stood at 1 and 5 over respectively.

The 4th is a short par 3, but has a small pond just in front of the green.  Interestingly, all 4 par 3’s on the course have water just in front of the green.  While the par 3’s measure just 105, 147, 152 and 175 yards from the blue tees, there is no duffing your way onto the green on any of them – you gotta hit a nice high and soft shot to get on any of the 4.  I didn’t lose a ball on any of the par 3’s, hitting 2 of them, and narrowly missing the other 2.  If your ball ends up dry, the only of the par 3’s which will challenge you if you miss the green is the 175 yard 15th – there are trees to all sides and the apron to the rear of the green, which itself slopes heavily from back to front, features heavy rough.  I bombed a 6 iron over the green here and had to pitch my ball down to the front of the green.  It was the only par 3 I bogied.

If the well protected par 3’s and massive par 6 aren’t distinctive enough for Green Tree, the course could stand as a model for short yet challenging par 4’s.  There are an incredible 6 par 4’s under 300 yards.  Of them, only 1 doesn’t have water, however, and several of the holes are doglegs.  The 12th and 13th feature both obstacles, but can easily be tamed with well placed tee shots.

By the time we had reached the 17th tee, luck was still on our side as it had not yet begun raining, but the skies were darkening, and we didn’t have much time left.  17 is a 90 degree dogleg left which purportedly measures 215 yards to the bend, and other 120 in from there.  As the rain slowly began falling, I teed up a 5 wood with the intent of drawing one slightly around the bend.  Instead, I hit a towering high hook into the heavy woods guarding the dogleg, and as the ball soared amongst the leaves, I abandoned my hopes of finishing strong.

The rain continued to intensify as we drove past the dogleg.  Then, all of a sudden, we saw my ball, resting just 30 yards shy of the green!  The golf gods had blessed the sphere, guiding it with caring hands either over, through or around the woods!  However, the gods proved themselves vengeful as well, as the skies opened up and the deluge began as we made our approach to the par 5 18th green.  In a massive downpour, we finished our round, myself having shot a 78, my father having shot a 102.  Not too bad for an old guy with bad knees on his first round of the year.

With a course rating of just 67.2 and a slope rating of 112 from the blue tees, Green Tree is not the most challenging course in the world.  Were it not for the water on nearly every hole and the general tightness of the course, I suspect that these ratings would be significantly lower, as these are the only defenses many of the holes have.

Despite the relative ease of the course, it was a solid municipal experience.  The course was well maintained and the staff was very friendly.  Green Tree is great for beginners looking for a little more of a challenge, or for older players who don’t hit it quite as far as they used to.  For better players, there is still some shot making to be done here, and you aren’t making a good score if you don’t manage the course well, thanks in large part to the ponds which dot the entire course.

http://greentree.aclink.org/

This was my second very positive municipal experience in the last week, and I left the course very encouraged at the prospect of playing a majority municipal courses on the approaching trip.  It was also possibly my last round with my old man before the trip, and I was glad to get out on the links with him before I leave.  My father will always be my favorite playing partner, and the times when it’s just us two on the course are always special.

This is likely the last course review I will be writing before I leave as well, as I will begin shifting to information more pertinent to the trip itself.  Look for the itinerary to be updated either later this evening or Saturday morning.

Finally, don’t expect entries about courses or rounds during my trip to be this extensive, as I will most assuredly not have the time to get into this level of detail.  Speaking to the length of this entry, it was largely the result of a poorly cobbled together blend of describing both the area and the course and round.  As someone who has been vacationing in New Jersey my entire life, I felt that I had the responsibility to do more than simply say I golfed in southern New Jersey; I had to take a few extra turns to do my best to endear the region to you.  Southern New Jersey really is a great place, and I would highly recommend visiting it to anyone.

While on the trip, I am going to do my best to keep entries about the courses and rounds to golf, while entries related to travel will be related to, well, travel; about the area, the drives and vistas I will surely encounter; about the people I meet and the experiences I will have.  Of course, there will be some blurring of the lines.

As usual, please leave any feedback you may have, and please spread this blog far and wide.

Details on itinerary will be posted next, followed by details on the involvement of charities.  Stay tuned.

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Durand Eastman Golf Course – A Shining Standard of Public Golf

Nestled in the woods and on the hills just south of Lake Ontario in what amounts to an enclave of Rochester about 20 minutes north-northeast of downtown, within Irondequoit, New York (See this map: http://www.mapworksinc.com/online_map.php?map_id=4&zoom_level=level_1&grid=AC-10#map), lies the phenomenal Durand Eastman Golf Course.  Durand Eastman is one of three 18 hole courses which are run and maintained by Golf The Parks, which appears to be either a department of the Monroe County Parks System, or a private company charged with running and maintaining the courses, which are all located within Monroe County public parks.  While the websites for both the Monroe County Parks and Golf The Parks do little to clarify the exact relationship between the two, the pricing of the courses is extremely reasonable, and the feel of both Durand and Churchville, which I played several times last season, is decidedly Municipal.

The Durand Eastman Golf Club, which is not directly affiliated with the course, but does maintain a detailed and passionate website devoted to the club’s home course, traces the lineage of the course to the late 1910’s, claiming that the first 9 holes were built in 1917.  The club also claims the legendary Donald J. Ross as the potential architect of the original 9, but remains non-committed to his involvement.  Golf The Parks’ website states that the course was built in 1934, and was designed by the also legendary Robert Trent Jones.  The DEGC confirms Jones’ involvement in the architecture of the course as currently laid out, and provides a reader with all the detail they will undoubtedly desire regarding the evolution of the course after having played a few rounds.

Ross and Trent Jones are legends of golf course design, and Durand Eastman stands as a glowing example of early twentieth century American public golf.  While there have certainly been alterations to the course over the years, and some of the original design elements may have eroded during the passage of time, the course that remains is both very challenging yet eminently playable, offering breathtaking views of the park and course.

Measuring just 6029 yards from the farthest set of tees, for a par of 70, what Durand Eastman lacks in length it more than makes up for in requiring accuracy, ball placement, and shot-making if a player is going to score well.  In addition to the traditional blue tees for the back markers, there is a set of white tee markers measuring 5785 yards for the less aspiring player, as well as a set of red tees, measuring 5159 yards, for the ladies and juniors.  At first glance of the scorecard, it is easy to become very excited about the prospect of scoring well at a course featuring no hole longer than 469 yards, two par 4’s under 270 yards, three more under 360 yards, and two par 3’s under 140 yards.

Stepping up to the first tee should allay any concerns you may have about having a walk in the park ahead of you.  The view from the blue tees on 1 alone will convince you to play from the blues the rest of the way, if you were not convinced by the length before you began.  That being said, even if you are a big hitter, there is no shame in teeing it up from the whites at this course, as it is plenty challenging regardless of where you’re starting from.  I chose to play the blue tees, and was rewarded with a breathtaking view to start my round.  Hole 1 is a 436 yard, dogleg left par 4.  From the blues, you hit your drive from a very elevated tee offering you a majestic view of your long, straight drive towards the creek that will rear it’s head on nearly half the par 4’s on the front nine.  In my case, however, the only view I had was of a terribly duck hooked low liner into the woods on the left.  My round was under way, in a far less than spectacular manner.  I tripled 1, and moved on to the second hole in awe of both the beauty and challenge of the course.

I parred hole 2, a 388 yard slight dogleg right par 4, a beautiful hole in it’s own right, protected along the right and in front of the green by the same creek on hole 1, and featuring an approach to a small green well protected by moguls.  I moved on to hole 3 – one of the more intimidating par 3’s I’ve played in a while.

3 tee

Hole 3 measures 178 yards from the blue tees – and is very narrow.  As you can see, there is no room to miss to the left, to the right or long.  The green is small and slopes moderately from back to front.  My buddy and I were playing behind a threesome, two of whom were riding, one walking, who were playing behind two naive beginners (I only say naive because any beginner who plays here has no idea what they are in for) who were walking.  Not surprisingly, we had several minutes to stand on this tee in fear of the inevitable results.  Playing for my standard high draw, I laced a 6 iron over the left edge of the trees on the right, and just missed the green short and to the right.  A chip and a putt later, and I walked away with a very satisfying par.

The next several holes are are short to medium length par 4’s, each either zigging to the left or zagging to the right.  Precise tee shots and calculated approaches are required to approach par.  Both 4 and 5 are rarities at Durand in that they do allow you to miss, even if only slightly, to the right, while 6 requires a demanding downhill tee shot to a narrow fairway lined thickly with trees to both sides.

Having fumbled my way through these holes, I was struck with both intrigue and opportunity standing on the 7th tee.  Hole 7 measures just 263 yards, yet is wrought with challenge.  Both the tee and green are elevated, ensuring that the only way to drive the green is to fly it the entire way there.  Making matters worse for the masher are the marshlands and woods to the right the entire way, and the OB to the left.  The green is nestled in a grove of trees, and only the left side of the green is visible from the tee.  Feeling aggressive, I gripped and ripped on the tee, and shouted fore as my shot was blasted, and fading nicely towards the green.  After my buddy had reached the green, he exclaimed “I hate you” as he saw my ball resting comfortably 25 feet below the hole, leaving me an uphill eagle putt.  A nice lag and tap in later, and I was rewarded for my aggressiveness with a birdie in my first round at Durand.

Hole 8 is a short, downhill par 3 played to a small green, a brief respite before the storm of hole 9.  At just 434 yards, the par 5 9th is reachable in two only by the most precise players.  The tee shot is not playable with a driver for any but the shortest hitters, as the fairway turns sharply to the left, narrowing between thick forest along the way.  The fairway is cut out of a valley, and failing to land the ball in the 5 yards of flat land in the center of the fairway will leave you with a side-hill lie.  I took my triple, complete with an approach shot which sailed out of bounds to the right and a three putt on this hot-dog shaped green, and moved to the back 9 questioning my motivation in coming to play Durand.

As much as such a spectacularly designed course such as Durand can have a straight forward typical hole, Durand does have the 10th, a straight 393 yard par 4.  11 is simply brutal, with a creek and trees running down the left side of the fairway, requiring a tee shot of at least 250 yards to give you an angle at the small, highly sloping green.

The great challenge of Durand Eastman is in it’s fierce insistence that you not only select the right shot, but actually make the right shot on each and every shot if you’re looking to score well.  Hole 12 is a fine example of this.  Despite measuring just 266 yards, the green is essentially unreachable by all other than those able to impart a severe hook (righties) or slice (lefties).  Another elevated, sloping green backed by an amphitheater awaits.

I’m going to take this opportunity to use a few photos to illustrate some of the design elements of Durant Eastman.

12 green

This is the 12th green, as viewed from the 13th tee.  The approach on 12 would be coming from 9:30ish on a clock on this picture.  Take note of both the elevation change from previous green to next tee, as well as the proximity from previous green to next tee.  As is more typical of older classic American golf courses, there is not a lot of distance between green and tee.  If you do feel like walking a hilly course, Durand is nice in that you will not be hiking very far between holes, even if you are certainly hiking along the way.

13 from tee

Moving to 13, you’re faced with yet another elevated tee to a narrow fairway.  I want to point out the other tee markers on this hole are to the right, not the left, effectively taking a shot to the right side of the fairway out of play.  A mid length drive down the left side left me with about 230 yards into the par 5, albeit around those trees jutting out from the left which appear to be just in front of the green.

I made my par, and moved to 14, a short par 3 which interestingly has two greens, the use of which alternates.  We were playing the far shorter hole, and I made my 12 foot downhill putt for my 2nd birdie, and moved on to 15.  15 is another narrow, tree lined par 4, playing to a severely undulating green.  The green features plateaus in the front left and right, with a valley between them running down to the latter half of the green.  In my estimation the toughest green on the course, today’s pin spot was right in the middle, at the most forgiving spot on the green.  I made another par, and found myself in a nice stretch at 1 under par the last 3 holes.

The course ends with two medium length par 4s sandwiching a long downhill par 3.  16 requires either an iron or hybrid off the tee as the dog leg is severe and protected by heavy wooding.   A long, narrow, three tiered green awaits.  17 measures 201 yards, and is likely the most simply designed hole on the course.  18 is a beautiful finishing hole, a slight dogleg right 428 yard par 4.  Of course, a creek meanders across the target area from short and left to long and right, while a large oak tree is lying in wait to suck up any stray drives sent to the left.

If you were merely browsing the hole by hole, all you really need to know about Durand is that it is narrow, features many elevated tees and greens, and forces you to plan your hole out tightly from tee to green.  The course lacks bunkers, and doesn’t really need them as the difficulty level is high enough already.

I ended up shooting an 88, a very up and down round featuring both 2 birdies and 2 triple bogeys.  While I was hoping to shoot closer to my average of 85, I didn’t leave upset given the difficulty of the course, and the fact that it was my first time playing there.  However, the classic American charm of the course, coupled with it’s challenge, beautiful views and great condition would have had me singing the praises of Durand Eastman even if I had shot a 98.

I got all of this for just $30, including my silky smooth and opened up electric power cart.  No detail is overlooked at Durand Eastman – the carts are quiet, powerful and smooth, the staff was friendly and accommodating for some out of towners, there is nice snack bar at the turn, and there is also a small but exquisite banquet hall called “Jack’s Place,” located in the clubhouse.  The clubhouse has a small pro-shop with a small selection of both equipment and clothing, and features hardwood floors.

Incredibly, all of this is pulled off without the slightest hint of pretension.  Indeed, this is what had me most impressed with my experience at Durand Eastman.  The course gives you literally everything you would want in a golf experience, excepting a driving range, and lacks everything you don’t want.

Durand Eastman is a fantastic public golf experience.  Short enough to entice beginners, yet challenging enough to feature a course rating (70.7) higher than par (70), a feat rarely reserved for municipal courses, Durand Eastman is a spectacle to behold.  You’ll immediately feel welcome, and the price can not be beaten.  This is a great model for any municipal course, and any municipality ought to be very proud of a course even half as endearing as Durant Eastman is.  In one of the must play courses of Central and Western New York, Monroe County has an awful lot to be proud of.

http://www.durandeastmangolfclub.org

http://www.golftheparks.com

Please note that this is NOT one of the 49 rounds in 49 days.  Rather, I’m experimenting with course and round descriptions.  Did you like the integration of the two, or would you prefer more on my round or the course?  Leave a comment, let me know!

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