Played my 28th new course on Saturday. Atlantic Country Club in Plymouth was a pleasant surprise. It was in outstanding shape and had some solid holes.
The course rolls and meanders and then hits you with a tough shot over ditches or up to raised greens... The stars of the front nine were the 3rd, 5th, and 8th hole. The 8th is one of the best holes I’ve played this summer. The tee shot is framed nicely and the reveal when you turn the dogleg shocks you into the realization that you’ve got some work to do. The third hole requires two good shots into a green tucked in a little cove. The fifth is a short four with a fun downhill second shot after a long iron off the tee. Big hitters could take on the tree line and bang it down in the hill if they wanted.
The back nine is a little quirkier, some funky tee shots that confused us first timers. The 12th and 15th in particular challenged our tee shot selections. Even with all our GPS and laser gadgets. The tenth is a great looking hole. False fronts abound on 12, 14, and 17. Both par 5s are solid.
I typically spend 15 minutes on the drive home recalling my round and on this particular drive, I did struggle to recall holes quickly. A lot of tee shots felt the same, but the second shots and the greens helped me find my bearings. The greens were excellent. They rolled true and none of us could gauge the speed because they felt like they should have been faster. Alas, it’s fall and they weren’t and we didn’t adjust.
Plymouth is packed with golf, and Atlantic CC holds its own among its public competition in the area. Give it a try next time Pine Hills is booked up.
Date: November 7, 2020
Playing Partners: Dan, Matt, and Eliot
Game: No Game
Birdie Count: 0 (33 total)