Archive for Wednesday, July 19, 2000

Alvamar: One tough golf course

July 19, 2000

Editor's note: This is the first in a series of reports on area golf courses.

It's safe to say Alvamar Golf Club in Lawrence might be as tough a course as there is in the Kansas City metro area.

It's long 7,092 yards from the tips.

Alvamar Golf Course in Lawrence is a beautiful setting for a walk
and a tough round of golf.

Alvamar Golf Course in Lawrence is a beautiful setting for a walk and a tough round of golf.

It's narrow. Plenty of trees along the fairways.

And the rough is thick.

That probably has a lot to do with why the golf course is so highly regarded throughout the state and the reason so many tournaments and corporate events are held there.

There is nothing easy about this course except that it's pretty easy to shoot a high score there. The Jayhawk nine is a little more forgiving than the back nine, which is known as the Quail Creek nine, but it's still no cakewalk.

Hole No. 2 is a 534-yard par-5 with a drastic dogleg to the left. Hit it straight and you're in good shape, but stray to the right and you're in someone's back yard. Hit to the left and your second shot will be a punch-out from a grove of trees.

If you can avoid the left side, this is a hole where a birdie is a definite possibility. However, it's one of the few birdie chances you might find because each hole is fraught with something be it a creek, a narrow landing area or a fairway bunker that forces a golfer to look at each shot with a great deal of trepidation.

Hole No. 6 is considered the toughest on the course. It is an uphill 444-yard par-4 with an extreme dogleg to the right. Getting into position for an unobstructed shot at the green is the main objective on the tee shot, but it is easier said than done.

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