Monday, August 17, 2009

Nags Head Links

The name is dead on. Links style for sure.

The highlight of playing Nags Head Links today definitely was the back 9. With the bulk of the holes passing along the Roanoke Sound, the vistas are much better than the houses that you have to navigate on the front 9.

Nags Head Links is a shot-makers' course. With fairways that often narrow in the middle, plenty of forced carries and tall grass that reminds me of the heather in the U.K., accuracy is more of a premium than the long ball.

And the 360-yard par 4 No. 8, with its extreme broken dogleg, has several blind shots. In fact, in lieu of fore caddies, I think playing the course at least two or three more times would be the way to go.

I played the course with three new friends, Louie, Dave and Rick. And it's a good thing, too. If not for them, I wouldn't have heard such jewels as "That shot was either good or bad" and "If you hit it in the middle, then the fairway is wide enough." Thank goodness for new friends.

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