The Senator Course
After a 90-minute drive down from the Ross Bridge Golf Course we arrived at The Marriott Hotel and Conference Center in Prattville the night before our first of two rounds at The Capitol, with its 3 separate courses, The Judge, The Legislator and The Links Course.
Although the hotel does not have the resort features of the Marriott Shoals Hotel and Spa our room is every bit as nice with an amazingly comfortable king size bed and 60-inch flat screen TV. Pam at the check-in counter was very helpful and friendly and we decided to go have a burger in The Grill before heading to our room for the night. The food was delicious and it was nice to see they have our favorite non- alcoholic beer, cold O’Doul‘s.
We awoke Sunday morning to clear blue sunny skies but that did not guarantee that heat would be warm. Even for a hardy Canadian guy like me it was bitterly cold because of a very brisk north wind.
We teed off and it was only about 44°F and in Canada we talk about the wind chill factor.
It felt like with that factor it was in the low 30s at best. Our starter Dennis originally from Ohio look like he was about to enter in the Iditarod sled dog race the way he was dressed. He actually said to us “I just want to go home” and we replied “well we just wanted to set off and get the heck out of here.” The three of us laughed at each other.
Whoever was in charge of the design of the course certainly did their homework when it came to replicating the style of mounds you would see on a true links course. Like a links course the greens were also quick with a very short nap to the grass.
Having lived in St. Andrews Scotland and also northern England for six years I consider myself somewhat of an expert when it comes to playing links golf and critiquing the experience of playing links golf. I would say the one the detraction from true links golf other than not be located next to the sea is there is no Bermuda grass in the UK and balls hit off the angled mounds would not be slowed down and caught up so much. They would have a tendency to roll down off the mounds and into play on to the fairways.
What they have achieved with this links course is introducing a reasonable facsimile of what one can expect travelling over to Great Britain as far as the look of a links course goes. Especially today with the windy conditions.
Links golf courses are often somewhat difficult to enhance through photography. Typically, an aerial view or flyover of a links course would give a person a better indication of how a given hole looks. I never enhance any of my photographs by altering the color. What I have done in the photos you see is just dial down the lighting slightly to give you a better indication of the undulations on a links course.
Once Myra grasped onto the concept of playing her ball along the contour of the fairway to the green she finished very well on the last three holes of the front nine.
From years of experience playing links golf and the severity of the wind I used my driver numerous times without teeing it up. It is a shot I have perfected and I must say it was very effective today.
As much as we wanted to play the full 18 the icicles forming on our ears was a good enough reason to finish after nine. It was also enough holes for me to effectively review the golf course accurately.
Tomorrow we are back with warmer weather forecast and play The Legislator a classically designed Parkland style course which we know we will both enjoy very much.
Tonight’s it baseball and football for Myra and I all cozied up in our room here at the very comfortable Prattville Marriott Hotel and Conference Center conveniently located with all 3 golf courses just two minutes away, situated right on site.