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Ok, so today I got to Morraine State Park, in Portersville, PA. (finally, the directions sucked and sent me 4 miles off because of bad park signage, I will try to update them!)
It was about noon, cloudy with a chance of rain. On hole #1 right after I drove, Zach Zimmel (Zimnuts on here, I got him to sign up) showed up to play a round and catch up with his friends, so I joined them as my guide. This course is SICK, one of new favorites. Every hole is unique, full of par 4's and 5's. It is a true Par 66 for 18 holes, with the record being 58 I was told. Considering I began 2,3,3,4,2...I had a goal to beat 66.
I got to bomb huge drives down tunnels and over tree lines all day, it's a blast.
I finished at 65, 3'ing the 550' or so hole 18, which is downhill, 10' wide, has OB creek roped off before and behind the basket. My drive was superb, flipped up straight and flew down the gut all the way to about 80' short, middle fairway with my Champ. Orc, which now goes back in the bag.
Check out the pics, they might ALL be online tonight, one for every shot on the course, walk your way through it.
Oh and Zach ACED #13 short, about 230' 5' wide tunnel, sidearm. He was stoked like no other. He joined the site right after the round, so look him up and congratulate him on the ace. "Zimnuts"
Next, I went to Old Economy Park, in Baden, PA.
The course maintenance guy approched me and asked me about tee pads and stuff, I gave him some input.
This is a great little course, 9 holes. Mostly open with no shade, but on steep rolling grassy hills, and some with lines of trees on each side that a Pro will avoid easily. Several world class caliber holes round it out nicely, go check it out. It is literally over a half mile walk back after hole #9, and with no shade and such, bring some water always!
Next on to Deer Park in Tarentum, PA. Another sick Par 64 type world class course. Neither this or Morraine have concrete yet, but both had great signs. Morraine is getting concrete and another 18 holes soon btw.
Deer park has 3-5 weird, too tight, no fairway holes over 500', but other than that it is top notch. Extremely long, winding tunnel shots mixed with hilly grassy field bombs through a park setting. I can't believe the caliber of these courses around here.
I played 7-18 with a newbie from out of town also, who came up to ask how to find #7 (ha). I showed his some things, and watched as his putting improved and he began throwing farther in just one round. He Parred a Par 4 long tee, then a par 3 long tee to finish!

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Comment by Rizbee on May 2, 2008 at 4:42pm
My guess is that Ben will get back down to Cincy at some point in the future. Methinks he is headed towards New England, based on the direction he has travelled so far. Here's a Google Map of where ben has been so far: Ben's Travels
Comment by Sheppard1972 on May 2, 2008 at 12:58am
You are my hero Ben... HA HA... Great Pics man and keep them coming.... Have a great time and talk to you later.....

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