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The drive into the Legends takes one on a hilly, winding road through a series of beautiful residential neighborhoods. As I got deeper into the property, the hum of the highway faded and a sense of tranquility took over.   Upon arrival, I felt as though I was walking onto the grounds of a classic course— but with the amenities of a new and modern clubhouse.

For a golfer who takes pride in their game, the practice facilities are key. The range, like the course, is tucked away and hidden. After a short cart ride you find the spacious range and hitting stations. This is a range that features target greens and a bunker to hone your short game. If practice facilities are important to you, then you will enjoy what The Legends has to offer.

The overall facility has 27 holes, and this is important because the third nine enables the Club to accommodate tournaments and large groups but still keep play open for its members. The original 18 holes are designed by Robert Trent Jones—one of our country’s most prolific and “important” designers.  “The Ridge” nine was added in 1996 and is a picturesque challenge designed by Gary Kern.

There may be a misconception that The Legends membership is somehow restricted or “special” for residents in the surrounding neighborhoods.  The Club welcomes new members of all classes, from singles to families. And there are a number of membership options and levels to choose from. That said, many members live nearby and enjoy a short drive or cart ride to the facility. (Some members own their own carts)  For those who are concerned about  course conditions due to the closure early in 2013… there is no need to worry. The course was in great shape. I recently had the pleasure to play the RTJ course at and would like to take you through that journey.

 

Hole 1: Par 5

Right out of the gate Mr. Jones requires you to work the ball. A dog leg right requires a fade or a cut from the tee. A conservative club is recommended off the tee and with a well- placed tee shot the player can attack the hole in 2. But beware, as danger lurks. A miss short lands the player in a bunker; a miss long could cause the ball to roll into a red-staked lateral hazard.

Hole 2: Par 4

The second hole features another dogleg right. Players can hit driver off the tee , but don’t need to. There is native grass in a valley around the corner of the fairway so a conservative tee shot can be rewarded. The green on this hole is the first multi-complex green one encounters. Just getting on the green in regulation does not always guarantee a par. An accurate approach to the correct section of the green will help avoid an easy 3-putt…

 

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