Tater topped KP and I again as we got the second of our three Syracuse Golf Show coupon rounds in last week, utilizing another sunny, warm blue-skied day to its maximum.
The 18 holes that golf legend Jack Nicklaus designed for Timber Banks in Radisson, on the western outskirts some 20 miles from Syracuse, surely are pretty, and a pretty thorough test of our golfing skills at this stage of the game. Tater took the most skins and best score. I had one par, again, but captured three skins, more than round one at Kanon Valley.
Maybe I’ll do better in our third and final coupon round, at Seven Oaks, the Colgate University-owned, Robert Trent Jones-designed track that I used to be a member of some 15 years ago.
With the swing pictured when I handed my iPhone 6 to either Tater or KP to take a shot of this Beels having his turn on the tee, I can’t see how that will happen.
My balance is way off. I told KP my swing thought has changed from tem-po to sloooow-po as I take the driver to the ball, but not even that conscious effort to slow my weight exchange from side to side way down seems to be working. The photographs make me look like I’m screwing myself down into the tee box, and with my weight going toward the fairway first and then back away from the ball. Yes, there’s an official name for this malady. The dreaded reverse pivot may have made its way back into my swing.
That’s not how you hit it straight, or long. No, my tee shots are short and to the right. But knowing you have it and curing it are two different matters entirely.
KP and Tater, meanwhile, had a more solid base at the tee. That left them free to work on other aspects of their game. Sure enough, Tater was not pulling his drives to the left. And KP was hitting the ball consistently on the screws and hard, despite fighting an ailment for which he’ll be undergoing a procedure to fix next week.
This Nicklaus course carries two personalities.
The first nine holes are cut through woodlands, with tree-lined fairways and nary a neighborhood in sight.
The second nine, then, winds its way through the housing developments, impressive single family dwellings and big buildings worth of condos that builders hope the Nicklaus name and course help sell.
Click on any photo in gallery for a description. Click and hold on photo at bottom right for an enlarged slide show.
Both nines featured big, hilly greens that were tough to putt. The greens were sided by low collection areas to catch errant shots. There were plenty of deep bunkers.
That Nicklaus is a sly guy.
Timber Banks is definitely a bargain to play for merely the $25 cart fee.
Would you prefer the holes cut through the woods or through the housing developments? Would you like to live in the free-standing houses or the condo apartment buildings, and why? Which photo do you like best, and why?