It's sad that when we elect Obama as the next president tomorrow, he won't be able to be as happy as the rest of us. This blog dedicated to his grandmother.
Do not play any of these courses after or during a rain, as today was all about casual water hazards and gore-tex socks. I didn't even know it had rained last night.
Fort Pierce, FL- Gordy Road:Isolated down a dead end road, between empty fields and a highway/lake. Must be a nice course, when actually playable. I'd come back if in the area. It was so flooded out, I could not play all of it. For example, #1 had 2 casual water ponds across the fairway, forcing me to walk down #9 to get to the basket, but then there was no way to get to #2's tee. I landed in casual water on #3, having to use my golden retriever to get it out without water getting over my boot tops. #4 is sort of an island hole, shooting over a pond most of the way and water behind, but today it was literally an island, and I was not about to wade through gator water to play it. Well marked, maps, 9 holes but dual dirt and rubber tees. Looks well maintained. Unique for Florida- more like midwest holes, tall grass and some trees lining long fairways. Do not bother if it rained.
Fort Pierce, FL- St. Lucie:This was the only course playable, as it didn't have pools of water everywhere. But it is just 9 short (120' or less) holes, mostly open with a few scattered trees, to targets not baskets. Well marked. Putter ace-run fest, or for teaching kids. Nothing else.
Malabar, FL- Malabar:A work in progress that again I'd go back to, if dry and worked on a lot more. Has signs, maps were in box and online so the very odd layout was navigable. You WILL lose a disc here, I can almost assure you of that. Plays through semi-open area by road then back and forth into thick jungle fairways carved from palmettos and pines. One shot deep off fairway and it's goodbye on a few holes. Tough, tight and sometimes long. Fair- just tough and punishing. Bad tees are dirt, so when wet it was like slip n' slide. One 30' long sand box on hill used for two tees that was cool. Water puddled everywhere today, making it take LONG to play, finding ways to walk around it and getting discs out of it- even right under the baskets sometimes. I did lose a disc, but went back and found it and practically had to crawl over palmettos to get to it.
Melbourne, FL- Wickham:The most water-logged course of the day, but playable. I was the only one there at tee-off, but a dozen cars were there when I finished and the sun was out slowllllly drying water. Without gore tex shoes and socks, I'd have been soaked. Had to slush though up to 6" of water on most holes just to play, with several tees under water. One tee partially submerged in an actual pond that rose too high. Rollers, skip shots out of the question but much needed. Nice course though. Long, mostly semi-open, with stands of trees and thin clumps of palmettos- no thick forest edges or anything like that. Well maintained, well marked* (other than no pin position indicator).
Cocoa, FL- F. Burton Smith:Front and back 9 different. Front open and with a few long holes, park road and water OB. One 350' shot over water (pond so high it added a good 20' to clear, which I easily did and landed in casual water in the woods behind the basket)! A lizard let me get my camera within an inch of it on a number plate- check that pic out. Cement tees and well marked, well mowed. Soggy fairways on front 9, but back was OK. Back 9 along grassy trails lined by thick palm forest. Some blind shots. A few very short but tight shots.
I just feel the need to re-state as many times before, that when a course has multiple pin placements and nothing indicates which one it's in, it gets a LOWER rating instead of a higher rating due to having more options, simply because as a traveling man I cannot find the basket to begin with, and when there are 3+ different places it might be, it's just so much harder to find.