Ok so I played Idlewild for the 2nd time ever today, and it is still my favorite course. I have been worrying about my front right tire since the week I was home, literally right after I left Discount Tire from getting a rotation, I noticed my car was driving funny. I got out to wash it a few minutes later and saw that it looked extremely low, and was at 20 psi (supposed to be in the 40's). I went straight back and they said it was a trainee who used the air hose wrong, didn't actually check it. But all week, I have been losing 10-15psi per day in that tire, and worried about it. No discount tires nearby to look at it for free. So today I called them and asked what to do, and ended up going to a Big-O Tire. They found HALF a NAIL in that tire, and fixed it, for free. That's just messed up..I drove 1,000 miles with a nail in my tire because Discount Tire didn't check it thoroughly, I could have been killed. Thanks, Discount Tire ****** *******'s.
Then, I went to Iroquois in Lousiville, only to find that I have ALREADY played it, back in 2006. It sounded familiar, and once I got there I knew I had and remember it well, for some reason I didn't record that I had played it. I decided not to again, because it wasn't very great just an average city park with lots of ivy and rough. Good thing too, because a HUGE storm just hit, with lightning everywhere, torrential downpour and wind that knocked a branch off a tree in the parking lot of my hotel.
Burlington, KY- Idlewild:This continues to be my favorite course, it could be the best course in existence. It has everything-lush grass, hills, creeks, manicured greens, pond, cement tees, signs, well maintained. It's tough- from the longest layout you really are trying to get a 4 on every hole, and thankful when you do. I shot about +11/12 to longs. It starts with a 640' hole playing slightly downhill, with thick woods on left and open woods on right (was thick in 2006 but they've done an amazing job of cleaning them up and it totally changes the hole). Both sides off the fairway slope away, so hard to land on and stay put if not right on top. Several large trees dot the middle, with 3 in particular arranged nearer to the basket to craft an upshot. The next few holes blow that hole away. There's even a 1,001 foot hole with the basket tucked into woods downhill at the end, on a green almost circles by a manicure creek bed. Not much chance to get in deep rough or lose a disc for such a tough long course. Very little ivy, thorns. Just a masterpiece, should be on everyone's list. It took 2 hours to play playing fast by myself. A few changes since 2006-#8 is longer, by about 90', and I think it should have been left shorter to reward a drive with a deuce, one basket moved slightly on the back 9 as well. Check out pics of this course. It will affect my reviews for awhile because nothing compares.
Alexandria, KY- AJ Jolly:Very open, providing no challenge or technical shots. Plays near a murky lake on several holes. Big grassy hills with mature trees, 1-4 per hole though. Not much to it, fun overall though. Tests hill and wind play. A few holes go into woods, but there's an absurd amount of ivy so they aren't worth it. Good tees, signs.
Louisville, KY- Iroquois:Apparently, I played this course in 2006 and forgot to record it, so I skipped it to rest today. I remember it being fairly short and flat, with some holes up in the woods and most near a creek in a flat plain on both sides of some woods. Has plenty or trees and variety and gets pretty nasty off the fairway sometimes. It is well-used but not as well maintained.