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Ben and I just finished our first round on this new course. He beat me by 8 strokes, with a 65 to my 73 . . . and we played the Am pads! This course goes into my Top Ten - and it doesn't even have concrete tees yet.

Deis is a mix of open, semi-open, and woods, with tremendous elevation and very long holes. There are three tees for each hole, Rec, Am, and Pro, with Am and Pro combined on 2-3 holes. All of this is within a well-kept ,larger park, and with great-looking DGA signage.

We parked by the Am tee for Hole 1 and didn't even know there were Pro tees until after walking out to our drives and looking back. So we played Ams, and I am glad. Even the Ams (white) made up the toughest course I have ever played. Ben calls it "the best 6 holes at Cass Benton x3 and on steroids." Fantastic use of open hillsides and forest edges for pin placements with high roll-away risk.

Hole 17 (remember, from the Am pads) is something like 460-feet down a 15-foot wide tunnel between two rows of huge, old pines. If you go left outside the tunnel there is an OB road close by; if you go right, you can end up hundreds of feet downhill. This photo is looking back down the between-the-trees fairway, you can see the hill off to the right (left in the photo).
Words are failing me, but when we get back to my mother's house, Ben will be putting some pictures on line. Meanwhile, here is the course map (PDF).

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