Nice weather today, getting too hot at one point, 85, then a cool rain for just a few minutes, then mixed clouds and a breeze.
Ft. Lauderdale, FL- Easterlin:#1 is really just straight past office, slightly to the left. Tough to find as written in the guide, but the road back to lot is one way to the right. Front 9 more open, in grassy area around a pond, back 9 in tight cypress and palm forest, little to no rough but many tree trunks. A few poke and pray, but mostly fair just tough and short shots. Well marked, carpet tees. Water not a major concern.
Ft. Lauderdale, FL- Tradewinds:Long and windy hence the name. Wind just whips at you non-stop, it's more of a factor then trees or water. Having a big arm is key from longs to long placements. 7 long tees. 4-5 holes play along a lakeside, unless you go 15+' offshore, you can get it back. One peninsula type shot, woods on left, water on right, skinny fairway and basket 450' ahead on land jetting out into water and with trees on it. Today's massive tailwind had me hitting the bank twice (had to try again, and with Golden Retriever no worries) because it takes 420' to get to land if you don't bail left and short. Nothing tight, but a few placement shots defined by walls of forest, very nasty to get in to, I lost one in there somewhere. Avoid woods more than water! Well maintained, fire ants abound, cement tees, VERY well marked mostly- with large solid signs, pin placement indicator, map in office. A few holes too close together side by side could cause tournament delays.
Palm Beach Gardens, FL- PGA National Park: There was no golfing, as you might expect to see at a park called PGA. But there was tennis, baseball, basketball and disc golf. Nicer than I thought, I think I heard about it in the past and was told it sucked, but it's rather decent. Partially under construction, bulldozers in the way on 2 holes, torn up ground, looks like it may be pulled or have to be re-designed at some point depending on what they are doing. Not very well marked- white dots mark tees, most hole #'s and lengths faded, but I figured it all out and without delay. Plays in reverse with another distinct tee, just like at home. Some water hazards but I never came close. Some tight and long shots, several beyond my best reach. No 'woods' just a park like setting. Well maintained besides construction.
Jupiter, FL- FAU (Florida Atlantic University): Helpful Hint: The large white university lettering by the lake out front is home to basket #12, right by the 'Y' at lake's edge- easier to park and start over there then search for #1 if you don't know campus. I began on #11, and the course map is at #3 not #1 which is hard to find. Weird. Otherwise easy to follow, some lengths WAY off on signs. Was 9 holes now 18, might explain everything. Cement tees. Gets close to buildings, windows in play, and might be tough to play in between classes, but not too interfering with campus. It is Sunday so who knows how it gets. Well maintained of course, several holes carved out of newly developed areas, not as clean. Some short and straight, some long wide open, some trick shots and mostly just basic holes. Windy. Signature hole: Throw between two low tree canopies, clearing a lake on the left and in front, to a basket with a small clearing around it on a bank by the university lettering. RHBH must throw low but hard turnover that rises, or flip-up roc shot, or sky-zer that goes exactly the right distance or gets wet or in thick rough near basket. A real course yet on campus.