P.B. Dye Golf Club
The Course: Located in the heart of downtown nowhere, the P.B. Dye Course is truly worth the effort to find it. The best I could tell, Ijamsville is sort of near Frederick, MD but by the time you wind through the countryside it’s just you, the golf course, and lots of nature. Many tee shots are downhillers and that always gives you a feeling of being “John Daly-lite” so go for it. Before teeing off the starter informed us that the course was rated as the 29th toughest you can play. I’m not sure of that but it is a challenging test of your abilities. There are more than a few blind shots so don’t expect to lower your handicap the first time you play P.B. Dye. And, if you choose to play from the tips you had better bring your A Game.
Greens: The greens were very true and quick, but not unfair. Reading the basic break was simple enough and we 2-putted most holes; but subtle breaks that none of us were able to read correctly doomed everything over 10 feet. As best as I can remember, only 2 putts of over 5 feet were made. Personally I burned about a dozen right edges regardless of whether it was high-side or low.
Great Good Fun Stuff: The 10th hole is a 90 degree dogleg right but going right at it is only 274 from the white tees. A blind drive over a pair of “guard trees” can reach the green and one of our group went for it. He ended up in a bunker and made par. A shorter hitter (me) placed his tee shot about 230 uphill and made birdie from 110 yards. Options make for a fun round. As you might expect, plenty of railroad ties were used in its construction and quite frequently we found ourselves just taking in the panoramic views of the countryside and enjoying the views.
The Grill: If you are hungry after the round The Grill had particularly good clubhouse grub. A few tall Yueglings, some wings and cheese steak subs make the “what-might-have-been’s” all the more palatable at this nineteenth hole.
Overall Rating: Cannot wait to play this track again. A little more experience with landing areas and blind shots should improve my scoring but the real improvement will come if I can stop burning the edges and sink a few putts.