The course in Chile this week is brand new on this tour. I found out yesterday that is is the only public course is the whole country of Chile. I personally rate the course about a C overall. To me it’s just a glorified municipal track hosting professionals.
It’s definitely a slightly longer golf course but overall condition wise it is not suitable for hosting a professional event in my opinion.
The rough is very spotty which means two guys can hit it in the same general area and have two completely different options. The greens are soft and bumpy because of poa annua and footprints that develop from foot traffic. The agronomist stated that they can’t make them firmer because it would actually make them worse in terms of smoothness.
So with all that in mind we started on the back 9 at 8:15 AM. Holes 10-12 can definitely have some teeth in the early morning because they are longer holes and there is a drastic temperature difference between morning and afternoon. The afternoon produces a bit more wind making them play shorter. We hit some nice opening shots and had a decent birdie look on the opening hole. It very well could have went in but when a ball hops it loses some speed. It was left a foot short right in the heart of the hole.
We missed the fairway left on the 11th and had a bad lie. Ryan tried to advance it as best he could which was about 150 yards, which still left us around 80 to the hole. He hit a great 3rd shot to about 5 feet but failed to knock it in for par.
Some decent looks on the next 3 yielded 3 pars. In Ryan’s opinion he hit an awful putt on the 15th hole to where as soon as he hit the putt he was walking after it. To his suprise and mine it found the bottom of the hole for a birdie to pull back to even. Golf is a crazy game and that’s some proof that it is. The following hole yielded about a 30 footer for birdie that was dead center getting the round to (-1). He made a great 6 foot par putt to keep some momentum going into the reachable 18th hole par 5.
Ryan hit a great drive leaving 240 yards to the green over water. We had a little wind in so he decided on trying to hit a cutting 3 wood. He over cut it but was plenty safe. It left him a ticklish down the hill putt from the fringe which he hit to a foot for a nice tap in birdie. Making the turn at (-2) after a slow start was definitely great in my book.
Holes 1&2 are longer par 5s. If they play downwind big hitters can get there in two a bit easier than most of the field. We had some looks on those two holes and on holes 3&4 but only managed pars.
The 5th hole plays about 340 yards but you are only hitting it about 250 off the tee for position. He hit 3 iron and a wedge to about 5 feet above the hole. The green has a huge slope behind it which is definitely a back board for golf shots. He used it perfectly and converted a ticklish down the hill putt.
Ryan had a long 2 putt par on 6 and had an awesome up and down for par from the hazard long on hole 7. Standing in the fairway on 7 we both guessed the wind wrong and almost put ourselves in a disaster situation. Needless to say Ryan’s short game was top notch and the par save was all world.
A par on the par 3 – 8th brought us to the 9th hole. From the middle of the fairway we had 188 yards to the front which was all we were looking to carry. We figured trying to hit a riding draw 5 iron would be perfect but the lie produced a bit of a hook in which he found the left greenside bunker.
The bunker shot was a medium percentage up and down because he had green to work with but it was down the hill a little. The bunker shot ended up about 6-7 feet away. I really felt he would make the putt but when it missed low it was a bit of a stinger. Finishing the round with bogey never makes ya feel good, especially when being in the middle of the fairway.
Most likely tomorrow will need to be around (-3) for the round to play the weekend. Scores look low as they always seem on this tour. We can definitely do it and more so think we can shoot a round in the mid 60’s.