Tobacco Road challenges all golfers

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SANFORD, N.C. – It’s that time of year, when every golfer in the frozen north is picking my brain for travel tips for warm weather golf. One of the big questions is where to play in the Pinehurst area. After all, Golftown, USA is almost as packed as Myrtle Beach when it comes to golf courses. Nevertheless, just as Bandon Dunes knocked Pebble Beach off its lofty perch as America’s greatest seaside golf venue, so too has mighty Pinehurst resort seen a serious challenge to it’s decades long rule over golf in the North Carolina sandhills region. Tobacco Road, designed by the late, great Mike Strantz, has become a must play, if not the first play when traveling to North Carolina for a golf vacation. The difficulty of the course is derived directly from the fact that – unless you’ve been to Ireland or Scotland – you’ve never seen anything like it. Nobody is better than Strantz at optical illusion and nowhere do his optical illusions invoke more trepidation, confusion or frustration in a player than at Tobacco Road. Holes look cloak-and-dagger claustrophobic from the tee. Since some tee shots are blind, players (particularly first-time visitors), are uncertain exactly where to place their shot. (Always remember – when teeing off on a Strantz hole, go over the mound in front of you, Strantz’ fairways are behind the mound.,,,alıntı,,,

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