Lawsonia’s historic Scottish-links-inspired course is a marvel even before you consider it was built with 1920’s-era steam shovel technology. Spectacular elevation changes water features and punishing pot-bunker sand-traps make the course much tougher than it is long. Every green is elevated, undulating and wickedly fast, especially the “boxcar” hole at #7, whose green was reputedly built around a train car filled with tar shipped to the resort for roadbuilding. Miss right and you’ll face a steep 20-foot vertical chip up to the apron. Manage to hang on, or go up and over into a menacing sand bunker on the left.
Newly restored under Oliphant Golf course management and its greens whisperer, Mike Lyons, the course today is truly thrilling. Its greens are as reachable, if no more readable, to newcomers and low-handicappers alike. The removal of some later-planted pines (and their grass-killing shade and sap) in 2010 has restored the course to its original windswept and challenging glory.
Aerial View of Back Nine
Aerial View of the Course