Thompson: I’ve never played a course like this
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By |  June 11, 2014
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Chris Thompson hits a drive on No. 2 at the 2014 U.S. Open. Photo by: Seth Jones

I spoke with professional golfer Chris Thompson yesterday, a member of the Tour and a veteran of the mini tours. I asked him if he had ever seen a course like this, and he had an interesting answer:

“I don’t think I’ve ever played (a course) quite like this. Even, for instance, at Prairie Dunes, that have the native areas, there’s rough between the native areas and the fairway. Here it’s either fairway or the bad stuff.

It is unique. It has the single-line irrigation right down the middle of the fairways. So the further away from the middle you get, the less green it is. For the most part you’re going to get a good lie in the fairway no matter what. You get over there in the native stuff? Bad things are going to happen.

It’s a true test of golf. The biggest challenge is driving the ball. You have to hit the ball in the fairway. You can get away with a couple errant shots, into the native areas, but you can’t make a living over there. If you can get the ball on the fairway, you at least have a chance to get the ball on the green.”


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About the Author: Seth Jones

Seth Jones, a 25-year veteran of the golf industry media, is Editor-in-Chief of Golfdom magazine and Athletic Turf. A graduate of the University of Kansas School of Journalism and Mass Communications, Jones began working for Golf Course Management in 1999 as an intern. In his professional career he has won numerous awards, including a Turf and Ornamental Communicators Association (TOCA) first place general feature writing award for his profile of World Golf Hall of Famer Greg Norman and a TOCA first place photography award for his work covering the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. In his career, Jones has accumulated an impressive list of interviews, including such names as George H.W. Bush, Samuel L. Jackson, Lance Armstrong and Charles Barkley. Jones has also done in-depth interviews with such golfing luminaries as Norman, Gary Player, Nick Price and Lorena Ochoa, to name only a few. Jones is a member of both the Golf Writers Association of America and the Turf and Ornamental Communicators Association. Jones can be reached at

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