By Ed Townsend
SULLIVAN COUNTY August 23, 2002 Director of Golf Todd Barker warned us about the layout of the 10th hole at The International Course at the Concord Resort & Golf Club.
As we approached the tee on the 340-yard 10th hole, we figured that we couldnt go wrong by watching the foursome on this tee to see what kind of club selections and shots they made. After all, two members of this foursome included the Honorable New York State Supreme Court Justice Anthony T. Kane and everybodys favorite, County Clerk George Cooke.
Following some brief golf talk and the county clerk explaining to Judge Kane about what we were doing in our golf column this year they hit their tee shots. We wont pass on a lot of comment about where the Judges and County Clerks tee shots went, but one went far right and another right down the center of the fairway. When you see them ask about those tee shots.
The back nine of The International Course is part of the classic layout of a golf course carved out of mountain terrain and majestic forest. The back nine measures 3,297 yards with a course rating from the blue tees of 72.2 and a slope rating of 127 and a par of 35. The tees, fairways, traps and greens are all in excellent condition, thanks to Course Superintendent Chris Hummel.
Course information and tee times may be obtained by calling 1-888-448-9686 or 794-4000.
The back nine looks like this.
Hole No. 10 is a 340-yard par 4 with a dogleg to the left. Take your tee shot to the right center of the fairway from the elevated tee. Stay away from the marsh and pond some 100- plus yards from the tee. There are traps to the left and right of the elevated green.
After hitting down onto the fairway the second half of the fairway runs uphill. A nice golf hole with opportunities for danger to the left and right but good scoring opportunities by keeping it down the middle with a green that is reachable in two.
Hole No. 11 is a 123-yard par 3 and indeed presents an interesting golf shot. There are two large gullies between the tee and the green, so better make sure your tee shot is going to get there. A trap waits for you on the left side of the green. Club selection plays an important role here for taking your tee shot to the center of the green and scoring a birdie or par.
Hole No. 12 is a 381-yard par 4 with a sharp dogleg to the left. Drive your tee shot left center for your best scoring opportunities. The green slopes back to front and there are trees to the left of the fairway.
Traps are on the left and right front sections of the green. Most should be able to score a par on this hole.
Hole No. 13 is a 575-yard par 5, the longest hole on The International Course. The tee shot is looking at a brook across the fairway some 247 yards out. There is a slight dogleg to the left on the second half of the fairway. A fairway sand trap is 43 yards from the green on the right and another fairway trap is some 30 yards from the green on the same side. There is a fairway trap 47 yards from the green on the left. Scoring here requires a good tee shot over the brook and a good fairway shot as a layup to the green.
Hole No. 14 is a 444-yard par 4 with a fairly straight fairway, your tee shot should go left center. The fairway slopes left to right with trees to the left side of the fairway. A trap is on the right side of the green.
Hole No. 15 is a 176-yard par 3 with an elevated green that appears to play longer than it is. Club selection will determine your par chances here. There are three traps around the green, with one of them being right center. A good score here means keeping the ball out of the traps and your tee shot landing on the green.
Hole No. 16 is a 313-yard par 4 with a straight fairway. There are two traps to the left front of the green some 53 yards and 20 yards from the green and traps to the left and right sides of the green.
Hole No. 17 is a 468-yard par 4 with somewhat of a long and narrow fairway. There are woods on the left and right, so the best tee shot here should go right center. There are no traps on this hole. Best scoring here is to keep it straight down the middle.
Hole No. 18 is a 502-yard par 5 and can become a difficult scoring hole if you allow the water to come into play. Off the tee the water is some 323 yards away and the best tee shot should go left center. The last 160 yards of the fairway presents a pond of the right before the green and a narrow fairway.
There is a ditch before the pond on the left and the green is a slight dogleg to the right. Youre going to have to take your ball over the pond for the best scoring possibility on this green. An outstanding finishing golf hole on this classic layout.
By Robert Menges
Weight Down To Stay Down.
Many golfers have a problem staying down during their swing. Too often they rise up during the swing.
I solve the problem by periodically playing a few non-competitive rounds and practicing with a pair of 2-pound ankle weights attatched to my feet. In sanctioned league or tournament play this is against Rule 14-3 (artificial devices and unusual equipment), so you can only do this in practice or non-competitive rounds.
With these weights it is amazing how much you will feel planted to the ground. The feeling will carry over to when you play without the weights.
Robert Menges is a golf pro at the Tennanah Lake Golf & Tennis Club, Roscoe Hankins Road, Roscoe. Hes available for private lessons and if you have a question or subject you would like covered, he can be reached at 1-888-561-3935 or 607-498-5502 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Sullivan County United Way Tournament is August 28 at the Villa Roma. Call 887-5097 for more information.
Callicoon Kiwanis Tournament, Sept. 8 at 1 p.m., (shotgun format) at the Tennanah Lake Golf & Tennis Club. Information on this tournament may be obtained from Club Pro Bob Menges at 1-888-561-3935.
The Highland Lions Club Annual Fall Golf Outing is scheduled for Monday, Sept. 16 at the Tarry Brae Golf Course. The fee is $60 per person and includes golf, cart, a buffet lunch, putting contests and a shotgun start at noon. Golfers should arrive at the golf course by 10:30 a.m. Information may be obtained from Jolene at 557-8532 or Bob at 557-3672 or e-mail at email@example.com
Sullivan County Democrats 3rd Annual Womens Democrat Two Woman/Better Ball Tournament Sept. 28 and 29 at the Villa Roma. Call 887-5097 for more information.
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