With its tree-lined fairways and routinely exceptional conditioning, the first time visitor would be excused for thinking that Bowling Green resembles many of those traditional golf courses that often host U.S. Opens.
However, that same first-time visitor soon discovers that while the course looks like a U.S. Open course, Bowling Green is strategic and accomodating for players of all standards.
First and foremost, Bowling Green is a beautiful golf course offering wonderful views of the surrounding countryside. Our location is nearby but off the beaten path. The sounds of daily life fade into the background.
At Bowling Green, you are interacting with nature and the abundance of pines and oaks that define the course.
What makes Bowling Green a classic? It's course design has stood the test of time. Course architect Geoffrey Cornish was well known for his design concepts through the books he authored and the classes he taught. He liked to get a feel for the design of a course by walking the land first, taking off in a straight line through the underbrush leaving all those in his wake to follow! In this manner, he was inspired to lay the course out to match the contours of the land. This in an era when course design was characterized by extreme sculpting of the terrain. Design philosophies are now circling back to this classic principle.
Many area courses were built with long distances between green and tee for a variety of reasons.Not so at Bowling Green. Greens and tees flow from one to the other. This makes the course walking friendly and unique in the area.
The superintendent and his staff have two goals. One is to keep fairways, tees, greens, and bunkers in top condition at all times so that a shot from the fairway is played from a good lie and a well-struck and well-directed putt likely drops in the hole. The second, but no less important goal is to maintain the course with speed of play in mind: rough is never so penal that it’s impossible to find a ball; and the staff remove undergrowth so that epic recovery shots from the trees are very possible.
At most public-access courses in the area, if you want to walk, particularly on the weekend, the pro shop staff will look at you like you have three heads. Not so at Bowling Green. You can walk at any time in keeping with one of the most hallowed traditions of the game. You can ride if you like but the ownership at Bowling Green understands that there’s nothing quite like enjoying a beautiful golf course on foot.
The staff keep the greens at a sensible 8-10 on the stimpmeter-your ball will roll well but you will not be worrying that a four-foot downhill putt will roll 20 feet past the hole. Our greens and green speeds make the game more enjoyable and help to speed up play.
Finally, Bowling Green provides superb variety without being punishing. While many golf courses offer ‘unique challenges’ and ‘signature holes’ Bowling Green provides ample variety so that each hole is memorable without resorting to design features that make the course “U.S. Open difficult” for most golfers.