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Friday, March 7, 2008

Jones courses leave me breathless, literally

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The walk from some cart paths to the fairway at Oxmoor Valley's Ridge Course was an uphill struggle, but the the elevation changes made it all worth the effort.

    I may know what Mark Twain had in mind when he made his "good walk spoiled" comment about golf.  This week I played three of the courses on the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail in Alabama.  I was relegated to cartoxmoorsteephillsign.jpg path only all three days after heavy rains.  It is a good thing for Mr. Jones that he never was forced to walk his own courses.
    The three courses - Grand National near Auburn, Silver Lakes in Glencoe and Oxmoor Valley in Birmingham - feature all the requisite elements of a master designer, with elevations in abundance.  Tees are elevated, greens are elevated and fairways are almost all sloped, some severely.  As the vagaries of my game would have it, I pushed and pulled drives over the three days, almost always on the opposing side of the fairway from the cart path.  Sometimes the walk was uphill from the path just to get over and down to the fariway.  At other times I walked down a steep slope which I had to walk back up to get back to the cart.  I'm glad I didn't forget to take my blood pressure medicine.    

    The courses are all excellent and tough, largely because of the elevation changes, but call ahead of time if it rains the night before you are slated to play.  Golf is not supposed to be that much exercise.
    More on the Jones Golf Trail in coming days.

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As at the 14th, you have to guess at some of the pin positions at Oxmoor Valley. 

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Larry Gavrich

This blog was conceived and is published by me, Larry Gavrich, a former corporate communications executive who founded HomeOnTheCourse, LLC, in 2005.  Our firm advises baby boomers and others seeking a lifestyle in which golf is a major component.  My wife Connie and I own a home in Connecticut (not on a golf course) and a condo at Pawleys Plantation in Pawleys Island, SC, on a Jack Nicklaus layout.  We began our search for our home on the course more than 15 years ago, and the challenges of the search inspired me to research golf communities and write objective reviews of them.

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