The majestic redwoods at the 1st Perfect solitude at the par 3 3rdTunnel vision, looking back at 9
I have always believed that you can get bogged down in the techniques of the game and lose sight of how lucky we are to play this wonderful sport. But Northwood really helps put an even bigger smile on my face (not that I need anymore to smile about). When people talk about hidden gems, well, this really is one. And not until recently was it discovered that this was a Dr Alistair Mackenzie diamond of a gem.
How he was ever allowed to carve this little nine-hole beauty through the tall redwoods is anyone’s guess, but when the presidents of the United States say they need a course to play on while they hold their annual meeting, I suppose you can get away with that sort of thing. All I know is I’m sure glad he did.
Once you’ve grabbed your driver from your bag and stood on the tee, took a look down the fairway and walked back to your bag to grab a long iron, you realise this is going to be a whole new experience. Because when people talk about a strategic course, this is the ultimate example. If I was going to build a nine-hole course this is exactly how I’d want it to be.
You have to make sure you’re in the right areas to give yourself a shot at the green – and what beautiful greens they are. The tees may need some work on them but the greens were in fantastic condition, and with the dampness from the fog that lay above those majestic reds, making the greens so bright and lush, it’s hard to find the words to describe the scene as the colour is so vibrant. I’m sure the good doctor must certainly smile down on them.
When I tell people I’ve just played at Northwood, the first words out of everyone’s mouths are: “That’s a fun course isn’t it? And yes, it really is. Plus its one that I would recommend you take the time to play because it’s tough but fun. There is a restaurant by the clubhouse and after a bite to eat you’ll be raring to go at it again, this time with the knowledge of where to place the ball to score – good luck with that! But one thing that you’ll certainly walk away with is a smile and salute to the good doctor.