- Aug. 2 at Golf Club
of the Bluegrass
- Aug. 16 at Houston
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Raven Golf Club
Last week, I talked about the Baytowne Golf Club at Sandestin (Fla.) Golf and Beach Resort. Today, we'll take a look at Raven Golf Club.
The Raven Golf Club, home of an annual stop on the PGA Champions Tour, was our favorite course of the three we played.
The course, designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr., winds through the marshes, wetlands and pine trees of Sandestin. It offers four sets of tees ranging from 5,060 to 6,875 yards. We played the white tees totaling 5,891 yards. Raven features Bermuda fairways that lead to large, undulating greens. The course has a number of water hazards, but they didn't come into play much.
Our favorite hole was the par-3 sixth that required a tee shot to an island green. Though we both missed the green, we did hit the island. The view of the homes that surround the lake was magnificent. We happily settled for bogeys and took a long last look around before heading to the next hole. Raven normally costs $110 to play. We got a bargain at $55 each.
Final Round II
Last fall, my wife Lisa and I each wrote a column about our daughter Meredith's final college golf tournament. Or so we thought.
New Hanover College golf coach Wayne Perry decided to schedule three tournaments this spring. The first two were cancelled due to inclement weather, but the team finally got a change to play on April 8 in the Transy Spring Invitational at the University Club.
The day represented everything that is good and right about competitive golf. The weather was perfect, and the Wildcat Course was in great shape. Although Meredith didn't score particularly well, she struck the ball decently.
More importantly, she got one final opportunity to play with good friends Rhea Badgett and Brittany Daulton of Transylvania. Afterward, we got a chance to watch the University of Kentucky women's golf team practice and chat with head coach Myra Blackwelder. As I've said before, I'm really going to miss the college golf experience.
In last week's rule quiz, I cited the wrong rule. Rule 5-3 states: "If a ball breaks into pieces as a result of a stroke, the stroke is canceled and the player must play a ball, without penalty, as nearly as possible at the spot from which the original ball was played (see Rule 20-5).
Until next week, remember these words of Joey Adams: If you break 100, watch your golf. If you break 80, watch your business.
Graham Johns can be reached at 745-2265 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.