CK4 and I played Hickory Valley on Saturday afternoon. I went to Dick’s on Friday and bought a new set of irons and a new Driver so this was my first time using the new set. The Pro at Dicks’s was really helpful and got me hooked up for what I considered a good value. Anyway, the course is out in Gilbertsville which was about a 45 minutes drive. There are 36 holes and for a course which is in pretty good condition, it was unbelievably priced at 26 dollars with a cart. We were on the “ambassador” course which is the lower end of the two. The course is pretty tight and the holes were pretty average. We played from the tips which was still on 6300 yards. This being the first time I played with my driver, I couldn’t get off the tee at all and it proved difficult to score. Ck4 hit the ball well for a 90, I was 97.
The real fun began after the first 18. It was 4 o’clock and drizzling and we jumped on the Presidential course. This course is usually $36 after 3 but free worked for us. After 18 holes, Ck4 and I were pretty warmed up and ready to go. I would recommend this Presidential course. The holes are way more open and very well laid out. Through the first 18 I was hooking driver after driver but I got it together and started hitting some bombs on this 3rd nine. We played 1, then 11, 12, 13, then played 2-10 playing 2-3 twice because the group ahead of us was slow. At one stretch CK4 and I put on 7 pars, 2 bogeys and a birdie in 5 holes. We didn’t have to wait at all and it was a lot of fun. I’d really like to see what 14-18 looked like but I really thought it was a fun time. The ambassador course is probably a 6.5 and the Presidential an 8.5. If you look at if from a value standpoint it’s easily a 10 out 10. Even the time wasn’t terrible as it took us about 4 hours 15 minutes and we had to wait almost every hole.