Played: June 30, 2010
Greens Fee: $25 with cart after 5:00 p.m., $15 to walk
Cost/Stroke: $0.28, an exceptional value
Pace of Play: Leisurely, two groups let us play through and we got in 18 holes starting at 5:18 p.m.
Overall Rating: Would play again in a heartbeat.
This course is part of a four seasons resort in the Shenandoah Valley. Known primarily for its ski facilities and private air strip, Bryce also has a very nice resort-style golf course. In the interest of full disclosure, Mr. & Mrs. Commish have a timeshare at this resort and have played here a few times in the last ten years.
When we vacation in the area, Mrs. Commish likes to “caddie” for me. She doesn’t play but she likes driving the cart, giving me advice on my putting, and looking at the beauty that surrounds this course. Her putting instructions aren’t all that helpful (“just putt it straight” — she is constantly amazed when a putt breaks), but I admit that her take on the mountain scenery more than makes up for the times she drives off in the cart and forgets The Commish is riding with her. The course is very pretty and if left to my own devices I would not even notice it because of focusing on the holes themselves. And that would be a pity. This is a resort course, you are here to relax, so take in the view every now and then.
Happily, the course itself is a finely crafted layout. The conditioning of the fairways was immaculate and the greens were superb. I don’t carry a “stimp” with me but the greens were fast and rolled true. I would guess that they were rolling about 10 to 11 on the stimp and on the front side I had 4 lip outs before I backed off a little bit and started dropping putts in on the back nine. For the record I shot 48-42 for a total of 90.
Hole 16 is peculiar. Par 5, 517 yards. Unknown distance to a stream. Uphill second shot towards a downhill green that can’t be seen. Can’t see the flag or the green until the third shot. Made a bogey but only because I had played this hole before. Tough hole for first time players and a place to gain some strokes on your opponent if they are newbies to the course.
Everything about this course was positive but there are a few simple things that would make it even better.
- A beverage cart with a cute cart girl (okay, I guess we can do without this one
- Yardage signs with distance to hazards from the tee
That’s about it. I like this course and look forward to playing again.