Seminole GC, January 2011 Trip Report

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Eugene, Arch, Greg, Woody, Brad, Blanton

The Arnolds arrive at Seminole GC and are met by our first ever bag-drop valet parker. We head for locker room to change shoes. Lots of tall wooden lockers run around the walls of an enormous double-height room featuring a generous bar and plenty of seating area with tables covered with vintage golf books. Competition winning team plaques adorn the walls with the names of the titans of industry, politics, and golf. They are, however, afflicted with the bane of private club locker rooms…. where do you store all those golf shoes?

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Seminole Club House

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Seminole Locker Room

The driving range measures just 275yds — forced Greg Arnold to holster his driver after his first effort easily flew the net— much to the surprise of our caddies who were both professionals caddying to earn winter money to subsidize summer mini-tour competition. One of our caddies was Eugene Smith a Canadian Tour pro who survived 7 episodes on the Big Break Prince Edward Island.

Zipline take on the Track: The best course we’ve ever played in Florida. Course conditioning excellent—fast, firm greens – with plenty of room off the tee. A course of angles— requires exceptional amount of golf intelligence to assess the strategic options. Seminole is built on sand dunes hard on the Atlantic Ocean and trees are few and far between. It features a lot more elevation change than one expects in Florida. The Donald Ross crowned greens are slightly elevated and the ball runs eagerly off into magnetic bunkers. Teeing off the back nine feels like an instant replay of Seminole holes #1 and #2 — very unusual in our golf experience. This is a subtle, challenging track that grows on you.

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Love the unpretentious scorecard — no bragging about #10 ranking in USA or Donald Ross 1929 design.
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Despite playing at 6593 yards off the blue tees, only Greg Arnold played close to his handicap— even par thru 15, he folded like a cheap suit under the gun finishing 4 over par. Woody shot a fat 85, sandwiching 2 snowmen between his 4some leading 2 birdies. Brad & Arch took home the bacon.

IF you ever get the opportunity to play Seminole, drop everything and do it!