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Sorry to disagree, but I think 7 is more difficult than 8 at Reserve Run. At least I can see and hit the green on 8. 7 is a blind tee shot you must hit at least 200 yards (so you can see the green) onto a narrow fairway with the lake bordering the left side of the hole. If you are not accurate (I'm not!), good luck!
I just wish we would have seen a local person play the hole instead of someone from Pittsburgh playing the course for the first time. I volunteer myself to do this in the future so everyone can see my ugly swing and the resulting pars. This is one of the most difficult par threes in the area with number eight at Yankee Run and number eight at Avalon Lakes being more difficult.
I agree with Watch Dog.
When was that filmed? The green looked pretty beat up, plus the trees in the background were not in bloom.
Andy, Watchdog —
Don't whack us too hard with your wedge. We're celebrating Valley golf. To do that took some creativity and scheduling.
• Because we're not a full-time production crew with this, we've been filming 2-3 holes per week since late April.
And remember, Mother Nature confused May with March a few weeks ago. Wait till you see next week's video: We're wearing parkas.
• You will see a variety of people showcasing the holes -- from club owners and pros to regulars to guests to pudgy newspaper editors. Maybe we'll see about Kelly Pavlik and junior stud Brian Terlesky even showing up. Specifically for Reserve, owner Scott was eager to have the visiting pros on camera. It was fluke timing, but it worked out.
• The conditions have been varied. We've had aerated greens, thunderstorms, etc. So -- we're dealing with it all.
But it's been fun showcasing valley golf.
I have not played Countryside aka Knoll Run in a while, but the 11th par 3 there, being more difficult. It is slightly uphill, and part of the green was concealed by trees on the right.
Number 8 at Reserve Run is an easy hole to make par on, especially if the pin is on the right side of the green. You need to play it smart.
Instead of aiming for the flag, play to just the right of the green, anything thing that hits just right will bounce left and on the putting surface. You can just about avoid hitting over the water.
And if we are including Lawrence County in PA, then number 15 at Tanglewood, 239 yards from the Men's tees has to rank up there in toughness.
Would put the Par 3 12th at Beaver Creek in Lisbon up there as well.
I play Knoll Run a bit and #11 would not be considered because it's too small of a green. The surface is very slick when putting though.
#16 @ Salem Hills is a par 3 - 235 yds with a bunker on right and left. Small window in the middle to get it through and a very slick large putting surface.
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