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North Texas Hill Country

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Pros: Price, views, layout, enjoyable

Cons: remote location, conditions

The true Hill Country in Texas starts just west of Waco, but the topography north and west of Dallas has rolling, hilly terrain. Turtle Hill Golf Club plays around and up some of the tallest hills in this area. The 197yd par 3 eleventh hole is the signature. It's a sixty foot drop to a medium sized green. From the tee box, you can see for miles into Oklahoma. The course starts with a straight, slightly downhill easy par 4, but it gets interesting on the second hole-a down hill, then uphill short par 4 dogleg right. Then there's some holes with huge wind farm wind mills in close proximity. The back nine has dramatic elevation changes, especially the eleventh. The course is...
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Pine Valley in Michigan

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Pros: price, design, course conditions, walkable, friendly staff

Cons: popular/busy

18 Holes Architect: Arthur Hills Michigan has lots of trees, but the dominant features at Hawks Head are the sand dunes and the sandy waste areas. Hawks head has a links feel--rolling terrain, long grasses, dunes, windy, shrubs, and large greens (it's Michigan, so there are a few trees). Generous fairways promote confidence, and in no wind, you could go really low here. The clubhouse has great food and accommodations are available. The course is in great condition, but with the very sandy soil and course traffic, the greens had some pockmarks.

Heavenly golf course

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Pros: price, secluded, interesting holes

Cons: maybe a little too forgiving--nah, it's perfect

18 holes Architects: Kris Schumacker and Mike DeVries The course is in Pierson, a small township a little trek north of Grand Rapids. For the price, this might be the best course I've ever played. Perfect for a golf trip, you're in beautiful peaceful surroundings far away from any residential developments--generous fairways, interesting and challenging hole designs. Well manicured, lush golf course. Golfers of all skill levels will enjoy the course. I really liked the course layout--challenging, but fair--there's plenty of trouble, but you can see it--very few blind tee shots/forced lay ups or force carries. Here's a picture from an el cheapo phone

Pucker factor 11

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Pros: location, weekday price

Cons: need to play this course several times to score well

27 Holes Architect Arthur Hills Beautiful course on hilly up and down terrain. Lush green grass, lots of trees, severely undulating/sloping fairways. Many blind landing areas to dramatically sloping fairways; hence the added difficulty to playing the course the first time. The greens are multi tiered with subtle slopes all over. The day I played it, the greens were very slow making putting very difficult. There is no flat surface on this course; it's all bumps, slopes, and hollows. Very demanding course, not quite target golf, but close. Every shot demands concentration and good execution--very few tee shots or approaches allow for a bail out. This course definitely tests your...
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Holes 3-16 are amazing

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Pros: Price, location

Cons: busy, impossible to walk

27 Holes Architect Jerry Mathews I played holes 1-18. The first two and last two holes are straight forward, wide open, smash it with the driver. The architect was limited with the topography on the beginning and final holes, but the middle 14 holes are so great in comparison. The middle 14 holes traverse hilly, winding marsh land around a heavily wooded lake. Lots of elevated tees and greens, beautiful vistas, and wild life on the middle 14.

Soft Spinny Distance

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Pros: High launch, long, stops quickly, soft feel, price

Cons: graphics, soft cover abrasions

When analyzing the ball, I focused on 150yards and in. I don't have access to a launch monitor, so I can't accurately analyze the ball's performance with full driver to long iron swings. However, I'll add to my review after I play a couple of full length courses. I tested the Kick X vs the 2010 ProV1 (the gold standard) under the following conditions and test parameters: sunny 90 degrees Fahrenheit, wind 12mph with gusts up to 25, firm, fuzzy (stimp of 8) dry greens Test #1 Mid trajectory 40 yard pitch over a bunker to a back pin into the wind. Green sloped back to front. Test #2 20 foot downhill right to left putt Test #3 18 holes of par 3 course. Holes ranging in length from 55 to...
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Reinventing the golf towel

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Pros: Strong, thick, Cleans well, Made in the USA, absorbant

Cons: The white is very white-shows dirt immediately, does not replace the groove cleaner

Model tested: Bag Model 16"X28" white Price listed on website $25 Design: The two sides of the towel have different fabric construction. The "inside" of the towel feels like a soft velcro type substance (they refer to this as the scrubber backing) The "outside" of the towel feels like a kitchen towel. According to the machine wash label the towel is 90% polyester/10% acrylic Wash with like colors, no bleach or softeners, tumble dry medium. Pros: Strong--here's a picture of me pulling down on the towel with about 50lbs of force (attached to a pneumatic door arm with the carabiner) This is a high quality, thick towel that should last a long time with ordinary use. The towel...
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Reopened after one year's worth of renovations

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Pros: great conditions, good price, not terribly busy

Cons: greens very firm--won't hold

Until this past weekend, hadn't played this course in six years. Pecan Hollow was closed all of last year for a complete renovation. The holes and layout are completely different and much improved--only about four holes retained the same general design. The course's original architect was Don January and now overhauled by Weibring-Wolfard. You can definitely go low here with the wide fairways and few forced carries. The course's main defenses include the wind and firm greens. The greens roll true, but are very hard--need some more time to soften. The current course conditions are outstanding, plush fairways and well manicured greens. The course is very walk-able, and recommend...
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Old, beat up antique gets refurbished into a sparkling beauty

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Pros: historic course, recently renovated, elevation changes, lots of trees provide shade in the summer

Cons: no driving range

The second oldest municipal course in Dallas--opened 1924 in one of Dallas' most beautiful neighborhoods- rolling hills, lots of trees,1920s mansions. Originally designed by Jackie Burke Sr. (father of Jack Burke Jr 1956 Master's and PGA champion) Stevens Park was a short, quirky course with several severe, almost 90 degree dog legs--forcing mid irons off par 4 tee boxes. The course was closed for 10 months last year for a complete renovation by the Colligan Golf Design Company. The renovated course is now 600 yards longer and much better irrigated. With the improved conditions, better sight lines, and a more challenging layout Stevens Park is the most improved course in Dallas for...
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The 3W that replaced my 17* hybrid

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Pros: price, quality club head, shaft options, shaft length

Cons: stock grip, shaft color scheme

Specifications loft lie length swing weight 3+ 13º 57º 43” D3 3 15º 57º 43” D3 5 18º 57.5º 42.5” D3 A couple years ago, I replaced my long hitting 15 degree Sonartec ss01 with the more forgiving Nickent 3dx rc 17 degree hybrid. As my swing improved, I couldn't resist purchasing the Speedline Fast 10 for under $70. RBG offered both the draw and standard version, choosing the standard neutral version in stiff flex. The shaft options included Aldila Voodoo, Aldila Wasabi, Matrix HDA, Matrix Ozik, and Pro Axis Blue. After some research, I chose the Wasabi for it's reported higher ball flight. The Matrix shafts are reportedly...
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