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Saturday, February 25, 2006


Mountain Shadows

3081 Yds. Par 56, Slope 96, By Jack Snyder


From our Executive Course Correspondent, Mr. Science:

Nestled in the heart of Paradise Valley, amidst a neighborhood of million and multi-million dollar homes, and between Camelback and Mummy Mountains, this is a scenic and challenging short course.

Conditions are excellent, although they need to train some of the golfers on how to fix ball marks on greens. There are large eucalyptus trees, 10 foot high oleander hedges, water hazards, and OB on several holes, sometimes on both sides. It's incredible how you can stand on a tee, expecting to hit a shot onto the green, and feel afraid of the trouble should your shot stray a few yards to either side. Plenty of well-placed bunkers make for interesting shots on every hole.

I give this one a 1. Not the same meaning as a 1 for Troon North, but definitely best in class in my experience so far.

Mrs. Science had 39 on the back. Two missed birdie putts of less than 10 feet, and a 200+ yard drive on the par 4. I was knocking the flags down, literally hit a pin with a 5-iron from 178 yards. Last time I played I hit one with a gap wedge from 100. Didn't have a makeable putt either time, but the noise is satisfying.

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