Because today we bring you a challenge called Full Cry, a gorgeous-yet-diabolical, Scotland-meets-America-type course now open just outside Charlottesville at Keswick Hall.
This is the course to tackle if you’re feeling more Rory McIlroy than Rodney Dangerfield. Because it’s designed by Pete Dye, the architect behind TPC Sawgrass, with its famous island green.
There’s an island here, too. It’s the green at the par-3 seventh hole, which is totally surrounded by sand. Get past that, and look forward to the 600-yard 17th, where an old flatbed railcar serves as a bridge to the tee, which demands a 200-yard carry, usually into the wind. In between: creeks and dozens of pot bunkers. (Check some of them out here.)
So yeah, you’ll shoot par. Maybe even one under. No doubt. But if you happen to get “unlucky,” you can at least console yourself at the rest of the circa-1912 resort, where you’ll find rooms with private balconies, and a bar that serves juleps laced with pear brandy, and an impressive collection of single malts.
Good for remembering that shot you hit “wee heavy.”