As soon as you arrive to the 1st tee at Redstone golf course, you understand that Redstone is a mountain golf course: your first tee shot plays downhill from an elevated tee box to a fairway with sand protecting the right side of the landing area. The approach is downhill to a generous green. Be sure to choose your tee boxes carefully at Redstone golf course, especially the first time. Yes, the ball flies further but the back tees (6,863 yards) on this par-72f layout are definitely for the scratch handicappers and professionals. Better players should opt for the blue tees (6,396 yards). Two other sets of tees, the whites (5,594 yards and the reds (5,015 yards) are also available.
There are three par-3s on the front nine, the 3rd, 5th, and 7th. All play downhill to generous greens and there were 28 holes-in-one during the golf course’s first season—so you can score here at Redstone golf course.
The most interesting of the par-3s on the front is the 238-yard 5th which requires a bold strike off the tee—even a good player will be happy with a par. The 8th is an excellent risk-reward par-5 at 538 yards from the blue tee and 502 from the white tees; big hitters, especially at altitude, will be tempted to go for the green in two but a pond flanks the putting surface.
The back nine begins with a difficult par-4, 456 yards from the back tees. It’s the number one handicap hole on the golf course and demands a difficult drive over a ravine. There’s not much of a let-up on the next, a gargantuan par-5 that’s 627 yards from the tips. It’s the most scenic hole on the Redstone golf course but a tough par and it’s the #2 handicap. Throughout Redstone golf, there are elevation changes, deep bunkers, chutes, woods, streams, ravines, and other hazards to navigate.
The run to the historic clubhouse ends with a tempting par-4, the 319 yard 16th. Most will be tempted to drive the green and try for a birdie or even eagle but if the gambit fails, a double-bogey or worse awaits; most golfers score well on this hole by laying up. The par-3 17th is all over water and looks relatively benign at 151 yards but, take the advice of the members and take an extra club, even at the altitude. Par on the 18th is difficult: it’s a 460 yard par-4 and you’ll deserve a beer at the bar if you card a four.
The greens at Redstone golf course are mostly large and are not overly contoured. However, due to the mountain aspect, it’s vital to take a look at each putt from both sides.
Redstone is a new course, just opened all 18 last year. Although finishing around the course and the pro shop is not necessarily "resort" quality yet, I love playing the course. I find it challenging and very interesting. Furber has done a good job of making you think about where you want to place shots. You usually use every club in your bag. The greens are challenging and undulating and always in fantastic shape, and there was almost no winter damage. It is pretty much out in the wilds and we see deer, elk, and bears. Many of the holes are framed beautifully and are very scenic. It is nice to have such an interesting course so close. It is a pretty tough walk, but we always walk as it's great exercise. The clubhouse is historic and interesting. I have played a lot of different places, and this is one of the most enjoyable mountain courses I've played.
Judith Lawrence - 2008-08-21
Length: 114 yards