Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Canyons Golf Corse Review

We went on a bike ride through Canyons the other day.  The new golf course, although controversial and probably unnecessary, looked amazing.  It appeared like someone photo-shopped Pebble Beach onto Park West.  What was a pile of rocks two months ago has been transformed into sweeping fairways, vertical tee boxes and expansive greens.  The 360 degree views were expansive and highlighted all the beauty of this area.

Most of the holes fit the landscape but some of them looked forced and contrived.  I rode up ten switchbacks to the tee for # 10 and it was steeper than Mojo - Puke Hill.  The hillside had been decimated for this signature hole when reasonable tea boxes would have fit the terrain much better and minimized the disturbance.   It looks tricky and quirky and hopefully not goofy. We do get a flush of red water in Silver Springs when it rains and Willow Creek flows but hopefully that will clear up as their re-vegetation takes hold.  Unfortunately the activity on #10 above the Silver Spring water source has possibly disturbed the flow quantities and water quality of the natural spring we depend upon.  For everything that we gain, there is something that we sacrifice.  You don’t get something for nothing.

Several holes encroach upon the highway and adjacent condos.  Unfortunately the holes were not designed to steer golfers away from these unnatural hazards.  Sand traps are erroneously placed that will consciously and sub consciously steer golfers towards the highways and condos and make the preferable landing zones small an unobtainable.  The solution may be some huge fences along 224.  This may make for a good golf course but not for a good neighbor.  Good sand traps make good neighbors.

They dumped enough water on it this summer for a small city and were helped by copious and timely rain, so the place looks like a phosphorescent Ireland.  Willow Creek has been re-plumbed, rebuilt and revegetated nicely to compliment the golf layout (anything would have been an improvement).

We do get a flush of red water in Silver Springs when it rains and Willow Creek flows but hopefully that will clear up as their re-vegetation takes hold.  Unfortunately the activity on #10 above the Silver Spring water source has possibly disturbed the flow quantities and water quality of the natural spring we depend upon.  For everything that we gain, there is something that we sacrifice.  You don’t get something for nothing.