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I have been throwing a few shots left handed every round, trying to practice so someday I can throw with both. Using it on short holes I'd normally sidearm, I got about 5 out of 10 deuce opportunities with it this week. Today though, I aced hole #9 at Wilton Woods (about 130') with my Star Firebird. It looked like a left hand hole, and I was actually thinking ace time, and when it hit I was just in shock. Hard to believe my own eyes as it hit and stayed in (thankfully new baskets not the original Mach 1's this course would have had back in 1981). I am pumped up now.

Played 5 courses today too, it was nice in the morning then got pretty hot and oppressively humid, but I played 72 holes in and around Cincinnati between 8:30 and 2:00. Although it's still very early, I am definitely done. Planning to hit Idlewild again in the morning.

Fairfield, OH- William Harbin:It starts out almost wide open, does not look like it would be a good course. Then just a few holes in it gets pretty cool. More and more trees as you go, with the back 9 having twice as many as the front. No actual 'woods' but some medium sized trees and bushes covered by grapevines in the fairways. Very well designed, a bit lefty friendly especially at the start. Great tees/signs. Well maintained, they mow a thin fairway and the rest is high grass but not even 1' high. It looks and plays a lot like Ewing in Des Moines, but easier. Some big hills, it is a workout and there's not much shade. I shot -6 on both the front and the back. There is a 725' hole, wide open. Good view of the city, watertower and cell phone tower. One of the best courses of that type.

Cincinnati, OH- Heritage:Probably the flattest course I've ever played, more so than Shelly Sharpe Memorial in Pheonix, AZ. It is in the floodplain of a large river, which flooded big-time recently, as there is debris and mud up in trees 10' off the ground, which is 25'-30' above the water level of the river now, and hundreds of feet from the banks. Hate to be there that day. For the most part, you CANNOT hit a TREE. You could try to throw at the nearest one off the tee, and not be able to reach it. It uses planted bushes and high grass as OB islands, often throwing blindly over or around them trying to land in-bounds. Great tees and signs. Well maintained. It really needs more trees, there's just not much here except the OB to keep you accurate.

Cincinnati, OH- Winton Woods:A very old and very active course. There must have been 25 people on it, on a Wednesday at lunchtime. 2$/day pass also good at Embshoff Woods so plan for that. It is very short, one hole under 100', several under 150'. Longest is 300'. I aced #9, left handed. You really do not need a midrange, just a putter and maybe a driver for overhand shots or sidearm. There is a cement ring under the basket, which can skip you far away. The tees are old and worn. Signs are in the ground and lacking, but easy to figure out. Good for kids and family, or for practice with upshots. No challenges.

Cincinnati, OH- Embshoff Woods:Another really old course, the baskets are installed extremely low to the ground and beaten up badly. The tees can be uneven and crumbling. Plays in a valley of medium sized mature shade trees. Nicely mowed. Short, but one or two long holes. Nothing challenging, every hole is a shot at 2. No rough. Mostly straight and low ceiling, one big uphill dog leg right.

Cincinnati, OH- Burnet Woods:Park next to hole #5-follow directions in guide, then turn left at bottom of hill past hole #1, left again into 2hr. lot. #5 is right there. For #7-walk to green swingset past bathrooms, uphill to right of #6. Can be hard to navigate, especially starting on the wrong hole and with some signs missing. One basket stolen, one loose from dirt will soon be stolen. Fairly open and easy, a few nice holes. Basic design but very hilly. No rough in play.

All photos tagged or titled "Wilton Woods" should read "WiNton Woods", too late now..

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Comment by Terry "the Pirate" Calhoun on June 25, 2008 at 7:17pm
Hey, he is doing a great job, isn't he. I love those descriptions.

I think he'll like Idlewild, it is currently his favorite of all courses - I wonder if it will survive another visit now that Ben has so many other courses under his belt?

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