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9/6 Update to: More on Big Portage Lake Unit - Waterloo State Recreation Area - Grass Lake (MI)

We spent Saturday morning marking the fairway perimeters for clearing and putting two flags at tees and one at pin locations. None of our Sharpies worked so they are not numbered. Pin and tee locations will change once we see what the fairways look like when rough-cleared. We took to hear the feedback that the first nine were not lefty-friendly enough and after marking the fairway perimeters, I think the back nine will reverse that.

These holes will all be in - the first nine already are - yet this year. The park has gotten some pre-cast tee pads that are insanely long. Not sure if they are going to cut them down or not. A couple are sitting near the tee for Hole 1 right now.

This image is really NOT TO SCALE!


Rough hole descriptions:

10: Leaves from the course beginning near the pin for 9 and the tee for 1 and parallels Hole 9, but going back slightly uphill. If it looks, cleared, like we think it will, it will be mostly straight with some advantage for a lefty.

11: Follows the already somewhat cleared lane for power poles that bisects the woods, going right at the end, slightly into the woods. Should favor leftys a bit and will be the longest hole, possibly over 600 feet in length.

12: Parallels 11 back for a ways, but in the woods and will be a very narrow and tight hole.

13: Goes up toward the service road and is a right-turning hole with a pin placement that should be beautifully visible from the service road. Definitely a lefty hole.

14: Parallels the service road, turning slightly right along a tunnel in the woods.

15: A big right turn with large, mature trees creating a tunnel.

16: A short, right turn Ace run.

17: Long, narrow tunnel, slightly uphill. Tee and pin placement at the end will determine who it's friendly to.

18: Follows service road into the boat ramp parking lot, ending up just short of the tee areas for Holes 1 and 10. Like several of the other holes, it will offer the opportunity to go either right or left around a mature tree partway down the fairway. Goes a little right and then a little left.


----- Earlier Post -----

Gunars and I met out there this morning, shortly after 8, and spent a couple of hours roughing the final nine holes into better shape. If you go out there, note that the long orange ribbons hanging in that area of the woods represent, very roughly, the middle of fairways of likely holes 10-18.

Our next job, maybe next weekend, will be to go out there and use orange ribbons to mark the edges of fairways so that everything inside the two rows of orange (not marked, that it, by green ribbons) will get cleared out.

We took Mark Ellis' comments to heart and these holes will have more lefty-friendly holes. Hole 11 will use that big stretch of cleared woods that have the power lines down the middle to create a broad fairway for a 600-foot+ hole that will end to the right, near the roadway into the main concession and beach area parking lot.

It was nice to see people out playing the first nine holes as we left the park!

Note, also, that we have asked the park to clear out more of the left-side fairway for Hole 4 (making it more lefty-friendly) and to move the tee area for Hole 9 about 6 feet left + clear out a right-hand fairway to match the current left-hand fairway for that hole.

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Tags: Grass Lake, Portage Lake, Waterloo

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Comment by glane on September 7, 2008 at 10:17am
i'm excited to get over there and that the bugs have moved out. people will know what you meant, but on the pdga board you wrote "waterless" state recreation area in the content portion of the message. thought it was a pretty funny typo. thanks for all the hard work, terry. no go plant m.b.d.w.p.

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