And to Feldberg for taking it this time..I knew it was going to happen and soon.
Geoff Bennett..nice finish!
I finally played Toney's Mountain Golf (in 2006 I missed it but was in town).
Last time I got up there to camp and play it in the morning. The drive in is insane..9 miles down a road that's more suited to an ATV..straddling deep ruts with big rocks and deep dust on a winding skinny road along cliffs in the middle of nowhere on top of a mountain! I do not recommend coming in the long way for anyone not in an SUV, 4x4 pickup or dirtbike. You could seriously damage your vehicle if not careful, or get stuck. Follow directions in the guide even though it can add 30 miles. My Subaru did just fine but it does need higher clearance, I bottomed out on ruts a few times even. Doesn't help that I need new brakes and soon, that will set me back. When I got there, my car had 1/4" layer of dust on it, literally. It's now all over the inside of my car and stuff and I'm about to go clean. 3 other guys were staying there, we played 7 holes before dark and then played the rest together in the morning. They hadn't been there either.
Grass Valley, CA- Toney's Mountain Golf:Some holes are actually tighter than any hole at Paw Paw. Begins with a 586' open fairway lined with forest about 100' wide, then the basket tucked behind a few trees with OB road on left. #2 throws down a tighter yet mostly open tunnel, with an insane steep drop down the side of a mountain in the woods on the right. The basket is right in front of a large pool and shed. Then it dives right into the woods, with the 3rd hole requiring extreme precision or luck to a basket on the edge of a steep hill through tight woods. Poison oak is abundant on these woods holes. #4 is the signature hole, of the region. It drops 200' and is about that long. Tight tunnel to make, too. There's a road to walk down to the side if you even make it down on the drive. I missed the ace by a foot and took a 2. Lots of really really tight holes to weave shots in and out of, with a few open ones in the back. Cement tees, not too well marked but the owner and the 3 dogs will help you out. 3 nice, lazy big dogs might follow you for the whole round, they don't bark, bite or chase discs. One carries a giant rock in it's mouth up and down hill for hours. Camping, shower (very primitive and not too private), porta-john, pool, water make it a destination. #10 alt. tee off a balcony by the pro shop and over the pool.
Tahoe Vista, CA- Lake of the Sky:
Features some of the tightest holes around Lake Tahoe, but has many more open holes as well. Signature huge downhill tunnel, and a 700' hole in a valley. Cement tees, well marked, multiple pins, maps. 3$ to park. Manzanitas can get out of hand..very easy to lose a disc in one or get all caught up in them and scratch your legs. Very hilly, with long walks between holes and it starts with a long walk uphill, will wear you out. Amazing view of the lake from #17. Incredibly lefty friendly in this layout, but has other layouts. Hard to get anything at all to even turnover at 6,600' so it played tough for me.