Be advised that in spite of the fact that this
is a John Daly signature course it is not particularly
long unless you play from the 'Daly tees' in which
case it is still only 7,001 yds.
This course does a lot of marketing and the logo
is really cool but that's where the love affair
ends. The course was a complete disappointment.
Advertised as a 'links style course', unfortunately
somebody forgot to tell the architect. The fairways
are not nearly rolling enough to qualify and there
are precious few mounds. The sand traps often
have stairs to get into them but they are totally
unnecessary 95% of the time. Somebody must have
told the greens keepers that links style courses
have stairs in and out of the bunkers so they
went and added them afterwards. The architect
was successful in delivering a 'links style' insofar
as there are very few trees. Unfortunately, because
the rest of the course is not links style the
lack of trees makes the course seem young or incomplete.
One benefit to the courses failure to deliver
on the links style is the fact that most of the
fairways are side by side and as such you can
almost always find your ball. Not a lot of fun
to play but at least you won't lose many balls.
Two days prior to playing Wicked Stick it rained
very hard. The course I played the day
immediately after it rained was dryer than this
one. The drainage was horrendous!
For all the negatives, the course was in pretty
good shape. Especially in light of the time of
year, taking into account the very cold and icy
winter and in comparison with other courses in
The pro shop was very nice and there is a significant
amount of John Daly memorabilia on display. The
merchandise is for the most part very nice although
there is a noticeable lack of equipment. Wicked
Stick logos on anything you could possibly want
to buy. Be prepared to pay for it.
The food, merchandise and the round of golf itself
were all overpriced - but who can play a signature
course without buying something to take home?
Unfortunately they know it too and take full advantage.
Best Hole: #18
Why: Great par five finishing
hole. Easily the best hole on the course. A dog
leg left where too far left will find you all
wet. A very long hitter will have a low percentage
shot to the monstrous green which is well protected
by a pond directly in front. Do not be short!
Even a regulation approach shot is difficult when
the pin is far left as the water continues around
that side of the green as well. Even those golfers
with the steeliest nerves will aim at the heart
of the green.
Overall rating : Weak
Overall value: Way