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19 hours ago, mauiman said:

We can only do the one day. Thanks for the offer. Shepherd’s Crook might be good for us.

Personally, I'd recommend Thunderhawk before Shepherd's Crook. I've played both a handful of times and I enjoy the rounds at Thunderhawk much more. Granted, these came during tournaments, so getting your teeth kicked in at Shepherd's Crook for 5+ hours with a landfill stinking up a corner of the course leaves me hesitant to recommend. 

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4 hours ago, OGrads13 said:

Personally, I'd recommend Thunderhawk before Shepherd's Crook. I've played both a handful of times and I enjoy the rounds at Thunderhawk much more. Granted, these came during tournaments, so getting your teeth kicked in at Shepherd's Crook for 5+ hours with a landfill stinking up a corner of the course leaves me hesitant to recommend. 

Thanks for the tip! 

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Shepherd's is in amazing shape.  I played 2 weeks ago and it was fantastic.  I like Thunderhawk as well, but not as much as Shepherd's Crook.

 

Thunderhawk's greens can be a little hit or miss.

 

Some may not agree, but I think Shepherd's is more walkable than Thunderhawk.

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Shepherd's is also less expensive than Thunderhawk.


Only knock on Shepherd's is that they don't have a range, while Thunderhawk has an excellent range.

 

If you really want to hit balls before playing at Shepherd's you could stop by the range at the adjacent course, Big Oaks (or something like that).

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Good point with Stonewall, same price tier as Thunderhawk.

Generally better greens than Thunderhawk in my mind.

 

Nice range.

 

I have played SO quite a bit, and it's up there.

Only negatives are the number of forced carries on the front nine from the back tees.

 

Always a good challenge though

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dump smell is really only an issue in the case of an easterly wind...

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On 8/25/2021 at 4:10 PM, OGrads13 said:

Personally, I'd recommend Thunderhawk before Shepherd's Crook. I've played both a handful of times and I enjoy the rounds at Thunderhawk much more. Granted, these came during tournaments, so getting your teeth kicked in at Shepherd's Crook for 5+ hours with a landfill stinking up a corner of the course leaves me hesitant to recommend. 

 

That's not a landfill.   We call that the Bluffs of Zion.

 

 

Both are great courses, but Thunderhawk is about twice as expensive as Crook and it definitely isn't twice as good.

 

If you're coming from Ryder Cup you might enjoy Crook more since it is more similar to a links style course than T-Hawk.

 

 

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Note for all peeps playing now or post-Ryder cup.

 

Inquire about timing of aeration.

 

Shepherd's has done some good work to their drainage and their greens are in fantastic conditions.  

 

Also, their new patio/firepits are really nice.

 

I like Thunderhawk, but conditions can be a bit hit or miss on the greens (slow or fast).

 

 

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