Tuscaloosa, AL- Bowers:Begins with 3 long (420'+) holes through tall pines at the edge of the forest, where the rest of the course is. Very tight and sometimes long, doglegs and straight tunnels up and down hills in thick, very rough unfinished woods. A few creek hazards, one basket on hill 10' from the intersection of two creeks. I wouldn't dare play here in spring/summer due to my 3 leafed friend, but it was tolerable in the fall. The woods are not clean, lots of thorns, saplings, low green cover to lose a disc in when you kick off. Mostly carpet tees and a few dirt. Needs a lot of work, the long tees look like they've never been used. Has multiple pin placements, a sign that says what they are in, but it was wrong on at least 2 holes so I urge people to PLEASE actually put the right placement listing if you're gonna do it at all, or better yet just have one placement. Will be nice someday if ever worked on a lot more, very tough and demanding.
Trussville, AL- Citivan:Frustrating, hit-a-tree off every tee because the holes are poorly designed. A few super tight holes easy to lose a disc on, the last hole is just too tight and not enough room to maneuver. Most of it is in tall pines on a grassy hillside, with a creek in play on maybe 2 holes. Some rocks in some fairways. Expect the only good line to be blocked by a tree, forcing an akward drive instead of a good one, and some luck required. A few long holes. Mostly cement tees, brooms provided sometimes, and it has signs, but it's inane layout would be impossibly to figure out without the few next tee signs, like #2 being 500' to the left, up a hill and tucked into the woods.
Birmingham, AL- George Ward:I met Tom Monroe (THE Tom Monroe) here, who showed me the last 15 holes! Thanks Tom. Also, a few other DGRUS members. The course was set-up for next week's ace-race, so it was short but still with a few driver holes. In longs, it'd be quite the tournament level course and more to my style. The course doesn't flow too well, playing over large, mature tree covered hills with some exposed rock and mostly grass. A few creek hazards, roads and new walking trail OB. The new trail winds throughout the course, and it's a major change to it, for the good or for the bad. Some tight and technical, most with options and a lot of putter tosses. An extra 6 holes after #14, these new and not well marked and with dirt tees. The old favorite of the town.
I am thinking of camping at the state park course in Wesson MS tomorrow after playing in Quitman and near Jackson. Then heading through Baton Rouge to Lafayette (just added this as an idea this afternoon), back east and then up to Hattiesburg, down to the coast and off to Florida. That'll be about another 4 days worth of golf.