I have played quite a few golf courses over the years and including Bandon Dunes and Spyglass and find that Darkhorse is just several notches below these other courses. Darkhorse is under new ownership and it's very apparent that the new owners are going to bring the course back to a very positive playing experience. It was apparent that the previous owners had deferred golf course maintenance due to budget constraints, such as not maintaining the bunkers and not watering the grass on a regular basis. The new owners are making a concerted effort to bring the course back to it's original excellent playing conditions. There is a sticker on the golf carts reminding players to play from the tees that are best suited to their individual games in order to make the golf experience a positive one. Please follow that advise. The landing areas are wide enough for players of all abilities so no one has to struggle with placing their drives. Also, the average player is going to have difficulty hitting every drive in the most desirable location. This course is set up so MOST drives don't land in very bad lies. (Unless of course you happen to hit a banana slice or hook the ball into the next fairway). Each hole is unique and this course is definitely not a cookie cutter layout. We did find the fairways to be very wet and the lies in the fairways were very tight, so you will have to hit the ball precisely in order to get it onto or near the green in regulation in order to make birdie or par. The course will improve with the maintenance that it deserves.
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