And while members and visiting players battle through – and maybe curse – the challenging setup at Gold Mountain’s Olympic Course, it’s all in the game plan as Gold Mountain and the United States Golf Association zero in on the U.S. Junior Amateur here July 18-23.
Good young amateur players will be in abundance for the Jr. Amateur’s six days of match-play competition, including current phenom Jordan Spieth and defending champion Jim Liu, the youngest ever (at 14) to win this tournament.
|The Olympic Course at Gold Mountain|
“The course exceeded my expectations. He really gave us exactly what we wanted.”
He was able to skirt the fine line between playable and fun and a course for shotmakers only.
What Alexander calls Harbottle’s “little bumps,” for instance around the No.3 green, don’t unduly penalize a slightly errant shot, but truly reward an outstanding shot.
Faulk and two crew members went back to Lebanon, Ohio, for the 2005 Publinx at Shaker Run Golf Club. They watched the tournament for several days and talked to the superintendent there.
Faulk said Gold Mountain pro shop employees keep the public forewarned about the dense roughs in the run-up to the Jr. Am. Playing the Olympic, he said, is simple.
Gold Mountain Golf Club: (360) 415-5432; www.goldmt.com.
U.S. Junior Amateur Championship: www.2011usjunioram.com.