I was requested (or at least I’d like to think they wanted me to play) at a special Holly Hills (Frederick, MD) event last weekend with some members and many other guests.
Being mainly a public course player, I always look forward to playing “Country Club” golf and Holly Hills is definitely that! From an opening lunch sandwich this place oozes class yet provides a friendly atmosphere that makes all feel welcome. Of course, there are the club members greeting each other and talking shop and the talking trash both within the groups during the day and as we were passing on the cart paths between holes but all in all, it was a really nice atmosphere.
On this day, a shotgun start sent 27 groups out at once and unfortunately the congestion led to a 5+ hour round. Nonetheless, I thoroughly enjoyed this event on such a beautiful early fall day at a very nice upscale golf course. A rough front 9 with several double bogeys had me talking to myself at the turn which did some good as a closing 40 righted the ship somewhat.
Of note, this course features the “hardest hole in the world” and if you get the chance to play it, you’ll see what I mean. I’m talking about #6 which is a long (440 from the whites) par 4 with a large tree right in the middle of the fairway about 150 yards from the tee. You need to either hit a big drive power fade or slight draw around this tree to leave yourself a long iron in to a narrow well bunkered green which slopes severely (although it doesn’t really look like it) from right to left. Usually the greens are rolling to a 11 or so which further makes things tough. The members play this hole as a par 5 and treat a “4” like a birdie. Let me know how you make out if you play it. Today – I was on the green in 3, only to 3 putt for one of the aforementioned double bogeys! Alas, maybe next time.
The rest of the course has several tough holes but some scoring ones too. I’ll leave it up to you to figure out which is which but I think the back nine is a lot easier than the front. Lots of hills and several hilly lies may leave you with that “mountain golf” feeling and the views will certainly add to that effect.
I always enjoy this course and this time was no different! Lefty/86