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Pinehurst area increasing in golfing allure This year's spring golf trip pro- vided a valuable retirement plan- ning lesson. It is definitely possible to play too much golf all at once. Kevin Conlon invited Nick Del- Cahapo and me to travel to Pine- hurst, N.C. and sample the golf in the popular Sandhills resort area, along with nine other friends and relatives. In five days we played just over six and a-hal_f rounds, at times during torrential down- pours. Considering that most of this group is AARP-eligible, this level of intensity led to some less-than- stellar golfing performances, es- pecially during the last round. We had a good time just the same. Our first round began last Fri- day in Vass, N.C., at the Woodlake Resort & Golf Club (wood- lakecc.com). We played The Maples Course, one of two lay- outs surrounding a huge lake and resort/residential complex. Scott Medlin, a former PGA Tour player and currently an assis- tant golf professional at the resort, said Maples is more popular with members and golfing tourists than the companion Palmer Course, al- though. Palmer drains better in wet conditions. We experienced the limitations of the drainage system shortly af- ter our early afternoon round be- gan, when the rains came on the third hole. As our foursome slogged through the 11 th hole, the two prior foursomes drove back to our location and told us they were quitting for the day. The resort staff readily agreed to give us a rain check for a ninehole round, which we used in a mini-scramble on Monday afternoon. Despite the rain, the Maples Course was challenging yet fair to our group. The elevation changes from tee to green were sometimes startling for us flatlanders, and the lake and other water hazards gath- ered up a few errant drives, but this course is well worth playing again, although preferably on a sunny day. Saturday's round was at Tobac co Road, a dramatic Mike Strantz design in Sanford, north of Pine- hurst (tobaccoroadgolf.com). The unique elements of this course begin on the par-5 first hole, with a pair of high hills slop- ing down to a tiny bit of fairway opening through which the drives must travel about 165 yards from the main tee. A course staffer stood on top of the fight side slope and radioed back the results of the attempts that landed beyond (or on) the mounds. I used a five- iron/six-iron/eight-iron combina- tion to reach the green in regula- tion, and it was all I could do to make the two-putt for par. Similarly daunting but reason- able tests await intrepid golfers elsewhere. The blind approach to GOLF Fritz Schranck the green at the thirteenth hole would be hard on a sunny day, for example, but in a downpour it was really tough. Our group was suit- ably impressed. Sunday morning's round took place 30 miles south of Pinehurst Village, at the Bayonet at Puppy Creek course near Raeford (bayo- netgolf.com). This Willard Byrd design was far milder than our first two expe- riences, but by then we were fine with that. Bayonet reminded me of Cripple Creek Country Club, only with significant elevation changes. Replay privileges were very reasonable, and we played a 9-hole scramble round after our first 18. We played The Legacy course on Monday morning, in Aberdeen (legacypinehurst.com). This is the third time our group played this Jack, Nicklaus II design, and there's a good reason. The course presents a fair and fun challenge for a wide range of skills. Our getaway round Tuesday was at Little River Golf Club, in Carthage (littleriver.com). By then all the golf from the prior four days seemed to catch up to most of us, with some very high scores as a result. It also didn't help that the course was what I call member-friendly, with the best way to play several holes on- ly discernibIe after a few rounds. After suitable commiserations, however, the group agreed to an- other five-day experience next year. I doubt we'll play more than 18 holes per day next time, though. Some old dogs can learn new tricks. OPENING DAY - The Kings Creek Country Club's Ladies Golf Association held its opening day tournament April 27 with 10 teams competing in a four-person scramble format. The winning teams included Diane Herndon, Ruth Bender, Toni Mears and P. Karapurkar (low gross); Debbie Ward, Joan Harrison, Linda Mor- ris and Sandy Mintz (low net). Closest to the pin honors on the 17th hole went to Mardee Corbett. LADY GOLFERS - The 18- Hole Lady Golfers at Sussex Pines Country Club played a low putts tournament April 29 with the following winners listed in order of finish: Janet Jones, Delthia Hickman, Ruth Hudson, Anne Continued on page 120 CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, May 2 - May 8, 2003 - 119 Fritz Schranck photo Reaching the green on the par-5 second hole at The Maples Course at Woodlake Resort & Golf Club near Pinehurst, N.C .requires some careful carries over water. CH EgA TE WI Ttt feature many outstanding - 50% OFF representatives their products using our - "state of the Art"Simulator) Closet-to-Pin contests Gift with each purchase Come in and register to win a cruise for two --   compliments of Clubhouse Goff and (No purchase required) on Men's and Ladies" Apparel, Shoes, Golf Equipment and Accessories r Ladies & Lefties always welcome WE RTYOUR EVERY GOLFING NEED! 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