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Firewheel - The Bridges

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Firewheel

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Pros: Good condition, good design

Cons: Carts only

Firewheel has three courses, the newest of which is The Bridges. Within The Bridges, there are three sets of 9 holes, two of which are active at a time. These sets of 9 are named "The Champion", "The Tradition", and "The Masters". I played The Champion and The Masters.

The Champion is a slightly easier course. The par-3s are on the shorter side and the gap between the fairway and real trouble is fairly large, so fairway misses aren't punished too badly. The rough is grown a couple inches long though, so I had to club down on most fairway misses. The fairways did tend to be a bit tighter, so even though greens looked get-able from the teebox, a poor drive would change that. The greens played on the slower side for me. The memorable hole here was the closing par-5 9th, where the fairway is choked down in between two large bunkers, and either you need to aim between them (they're maybe 25 yards apart), carry them, or aim across the rough on the side.

The Masters had slightly wider fairways, more trees, and faster greens. It required more shot making decisions and used doglegs and fairway bunkers more aggressively. When I played it also had a few tightly tucked pin locations. The closing 9th hole has a teebox that overlooks a down-sloping fairway. The green has a couple of large bunkers on both flanks, and the fairway also has a couple of large bunkers that are trouble for aggressive drives. The decision is between fighting the urge to smash the ball down the fairway between the bunkers or to to lay up. As an aside, the Masters course's greens were not very conveniently reachable from the cart path.

Both courses have a lot of bunkers, both green-side and in the fairway. I don't think any of the holes didn't have green-side bunkers, and probably a third of the fairways have one or more bunkers. The bunkers everywhere were in great condition - the sand was clean and soft - and they were reasonably large.

The greens were in good condition, with the exception of a lot of ball marks. They had been fixed, but there were a lot of them and they weren't always properly fixed. I think there were so many noticeable ball marks because the greens are kind of soft, I had a couple of wedge approaches that must have created 1/4 inch deep ball marks. While not a big deal, I did have a couple of putts effected by old marks.

Carts are mandatory, but have built-in GPS with distances to fairway boundaries, bunkers, water, the green, and the flag. It also has a course map to guide you between holes, not that it was confusing.

For practice, it had a large putting green and a grass driving range.

Overall, it's a very nice course and is fun to play.

2 Comments:

Thanks for this B-Con! I've got Firewheel on my unplayed list and want to get to it by the end of the year. What were the fees if you don't mind sharing?
I got to play free because it was my birthday week and I used a birthday coupon from their site, so I'm not terribly well-acquainted with them. But on their website it looks like the twilight rates are pretty decent.
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