The 12th green at Royal St. George's; Photo By: Pet_r
It’s that time of year again…time to set the alarm for an obnoxiously early rise, pre-make the coffee the night before, and groggily enjoy the BBC’s bumbling video coverage of one of golf’s most important/prestigious tournaments…The Open Championship (or I supposed one could simply set their DVR and sleep in). This year, the Royal St. George’s Golf Club in southeastern England plays host to its’ 14th Open Championship (coverage begins Thursday morning at 4am EST on ESPN and on Direct TV’s channel’s 701-705). The course was the was the first to host the Open Championship outside of Scotland in 1894 and last hosted the tournament in 2003 when Ben Curtis, the 396th ranked player in the world at the time, came out of nowhere to win the Claret Jug.
The 2011 version of Royal St. George’s is largely recognizable as the same course players faced in 2003, but there are some notable changes. The 1st fairway, where only 30% of the players Continue reading
Rosewood Lakes is cut into the area's natural wetlands
The city of Reno’s Rosewood Lakes Golf Course is a 18 hole links style course located near the city’s airport. Abound with natural wetlands and water hazards, the course presents a quirky and unusual challenge. Constant winds, obscured landing areas , and narrow fairways make Rosewood one of the more confounding courses in the Reno area. Additionally, odd operating hours and a staff which mimics the course’s quirky design unfortunately contribute to making Rosewood Lakes an unpredictable and unfulfilling golf experience.
6800 Pembroke Drive
Reno, Nevada 89502 (Google Maps)
Rosewood Lakes Website
Men’s Tees Par 72 (rating/slope)
- Blue 6693 yards (70.7/125)
- White 6104 yards (68.0/115)
- Gold 5481 yards (65.2/105)
- Red 5073 yards (63.0/100)
Women’s Tees Par 72 (rating/slope)
- Gold 5481 yards (70.0/123)
- Red 5073 yards (67.8/118)
Scorecard: click here
Course Designer: Brad Benz
Course Record (Men): 62
Green Fees (18 holes)
- Regular- $12-29
- Senior- $9.50-24
- Junior- $7-19
Rosewood Lakes Putting Green and Driving Range
- Carts- $-10
- Rental Clubs- $8-16
- Pull Carts- $2-3
- Small Bucket- $3
- Medium Bucket- $6
- Large Bucket- $9
The all grass driving range at Rosewood Lakes faces a westerly direction and parallels the road adjoining the course. Lacking visual appeal, the range is deficient in grass growth, but does have good yardage markers. Aside from its appearance, the constant winds that blow from varying directions make Rosewood’s range ideal for wind practice, but not necessarily swing practice.
Located next to Pro Shop the putting green is large enough to accommodate multiple golfers. Although not necessarily representational of the slopes found on the course, the putting green offers a solid area to work on ones short game.
Being a water hazard laden links course in the middle of Reno’s high desert makes Rosewood Lakes one of Continue reading