Played 9 holes this afternoon. Carded a 39, which is my best 9 hole score for my 2018/2019 season. 6 pars, and 3 bogey 1s.
Got extremely lucky on a par 3, by banking a tee shot off a pine tree for a par. That hole could easily have been a 4, or a 5.
Also had 3, one putts for pars.
I have played a number of them. Whitnall was my "home course" for many years. Lots of mature trees and bit long for a muni. Oakwood was just designed when I was there, but after the first round I felt that when the trees matured, this would be a course where course planning would come into play. Have to decide either to go for it big time or accept laying up. Only played Dretzka once and, to be honest, I do not recall doing well.
Brown deer was the site of the Greater Milwaukee Open. The is closest to a true tournament course in the county. Long with some narrow fairways and some sand traps that I would rather forget. For a good player, this muni style course will have a lot of challenges.
The other regulation courses are not bad, but again, mainly played them in HS and college summers. The executive courses have some challenges, but not too many and the Par 3's are good short shot practice rounds but not all that hard, as I recall..
I have seen many other munis over my time golfing, but these are good challenges. They are usually quite rolling in terms if play. For unlimited golf, you could do worse. Great place to play as you get ready to play Kohler's lake front wonders and Erin Hills.
1 Brown Deer, 2 Whitnall 3 Oakwood in my playing experience. The courses do fill up rather quickly so reserving teatimes is a must, and it was so in the late 1960's when I started.
Erik....I agree with this myth....Golf Myth #203: Posture changes quite a bit from driver to wedge. You stand much taller for a driver, and bend over more for a wedge. Truth: The vast majority of PGA Tour players have about the same posture. Their hands move away from them for longer clubs, and that's about it.
2nd Truth: The length of the driver requires one to move their hands away.
I'm pretty sure he's right: amateurs aren't exactly great with their 3-woods, either. The heads are smaller, the ball is almost on the ground… etc. I think he's right.
Also, longer clubs don't "take longer to square up."
If your average approach shot requires a 7 iron or more lofted, then the differences between the two will be less relevant. But.....if there's even a 1% overall chance of a better shot with the GI, why wouldn't you play them? There's no trophy for "I played harder-to-hit irons and lost by 1 stroke". Doesn't matter, you lost by 1 stroke.