Archive for March, 2015

Hole 2: “Stains of the Inferno” Par 4; plays 462 to 295 yards

By: Brian Rhodes on March 31st, 2015

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Number 2 is where the course really starts it is a classic “cape hole” design.  The definition of a “cape hole” is a hole on a golf course that plays around a large, lateral hazard, and presents a risk-reward tee shot. That hazard is often water, and such water might extend the entire length of the hole. The fact that the fairway on a cape hole gently curves around the hazard means that golfers on the tee face a risk-reward decision: Carrying more of the hazard means placing your drive farther down the fairway, but also creates greater risk of losing your ball in the hazard.  The key point is that a cape hole forces you to think about how much of the hazard you want to cut off in order to carry your ball closer to the green.

 

The hole has a series of bunkers on the opposite side of the fairways that frame the hole and add even more visual intimidation.  I have heard from many players that their first thought is where I drive it, which is the thought process the architect wanted the player to determine before teeing off.  At this point our touchscreen GPS units come in extremely handy in assisting with you decision.  Just a quick reminder that depending on the line you choose to pursue it could be all carry, so remember to subtract the roll from your normal tee shot.  The hole can be played without ever having a forced carry, playing it this way usually will leave the player with a short iron left on their 3rd shot trying to get-up and down for your par the advantage to this route is that it usually eliminates a score higher than bogey.  Your better player is going to get in more trouble than your average player.

 

The staff encourages members and frequent players to play from one of the closest tee markers and the hole becomes a drivable par 4 that can really be a turning point in the match.  By utilizing different tee markers you can play a different course out here every time you play.

How are Golf Courses Rated?

By: Brian Rhodes on March 24th, 2015

Purgatory Golf Club has won numerous awards throughout the years for having an outstanding golf course.  Quite frequently we are asked how these awards are determined. Many believe their favorite course is ranked behind other courses they may have experienced. They believe the rankings are skewed to a raters personal opinions and not very objective. Below is the criteria that Golf Digest raters use to determine these rankings. As you will notice, there is a formula to how they evaluate the courses. We thought this may be interesting and informative. You may enjoy this formula for evaluation the next time you play.

 

Golf Digest Criteria – each criteria is rated using a 10 point scale

  1. Shot Values How well does the course pose risks and rewards and equally test length, accuracy and finesse?
  2. Resistance to Scoring How difficult, while still being fair, is the course for a scratch player from the back tees?
  3. Design Variety How varied are the golf course’s holes in differing lengths, configurations, hazard placements, green shapes and green contours?
  4. Memorability How well do the design features (tees, fairways, greens, hazards, vegetation and terrain) provide individuality to each hole, yet a collective continuity to the entire 18?
  5. Aesthetics How well do the scenic values of the course (including landscaping, vegetation, water features and backdrops) add to the pleasure of a round?
  6. Conditioning How firm, fast and rolling were the fairways, and how firm yet receptive were the greens on the day you played the course?
  7. Ambience How well does the overall feel and atmosphere of the course reflect or uphold the traditional values of the game?

 

The average of each category is then totaled, double-weighting the Shot Values category with the result being the courses total point value.  A course needs 45 evaluations over the past eight years to be eligible for America’s 100 Greatest. The minimum ballots for 100 Greatest Public is 25, for Best in State 10.

 

While we enjoy the recognition and the awards, what we really find special is the enjoyment and interaction we have with our customers detailing their favorite aspects of our facility.  In the upcoming weeks we will blog about our favorite holes and the most interesting characteristics of Purgatory for you to observe as you experience the course.

Announcing our New Twilight Practice and Play Program

By: Brian Rhodes on March 4th, 2015

 

DP_PUR44963 Twilight Practice and Play Flyer

 

Whether you are a Hogan disciple “The secret is in the dirt” or a Lombardi disciple “practice does not make perfect.  Only perfect practice makes perfect.”

 

They both agree to get your best results you need to practice along with playing.  With that in mind we are happy to introduce our player development program, called the Twilight Practice and Play Program.

 

The benefits of the 2015 Twilight Practice and Play Program are:

  • Access to the driving range daily after 4:00 p.m.
  • Access to Twilight Golf after 5:00 p.m. for a $15 access fee
  • Bring a friend or three – Guests fees are available for $25 each
  • Monthly supervised range sessions

 

All this for $299.00

 

Now the fine print:

  • Access times change based on daylight and seasonality – only earlier not later
    • Range access will be at least 3.5 hours before sunset
    • Course access will be at least 2.5 hours before sunset
    • Range is only available March 15 – October 31st
      • Range and course are dependent on weather conditions
    • Golf is available until December 31st
    • Program is only for individuals and range balls are not permitted to be shared

 

The highlights of our Practice Facilities

 

Our bent grass driving range tee has been professional leveled to ensure level lies, perfect conditions to promote perfect practice.  The range has strategically placed target greens and bunkers so you may replicate drives and approaches.  As we know hitting it in the fairway is important for your score.  Our 4 acres short game area is built so you can practice almost any shot that you will face out on the course up to 70 yards.  The 7000 square foot putting green is undulated very similar to our greens on the course.  Many have boasted that we may have the best practice facility in Central Indiana.

 

If you have any questions about the Twilight Practice and Play program please call the golf shop at 317.776.4653 or email me at brhodes@purgatorygc.com