okay, i went and played my first weekly yesterday out at GGP, and now I know just how tough the course can play.
i think my count was that 12 holes were set up in their 'C' positions, with 5 in their 'B' positions, and only one A. and man, you better believe that this configuration is brutal tough. I shot a 61 during the weekly, and was pretty happy with that. played a second round on the same pins before they changed them back to normal, and i was even par stepping on the tee for 14... then promptly went 5, 5, 3, 5, 4 to finish at 61 again. d'oh!
they'll post the weekly winning score shortly, and i would be very surprised if it's below 54. i heard of one guy shooting 57, and he was pretty stoked... i'm no expert at guesstimating SSA, but it felt like somewhere between 53-55 for this layout.
having played more of the Cs now, here's my take on the three hardest holes/positions on the course:
12C : Wow... I took a 5 the first round after putting my tee shot way up on the hill, but the second round I got a 3 and it truly felt like a birdie. Just a sick hole in this position, I think the path to success is to not try and throw 100% power on the first shot, just go for placement and try to put it near/past the big tree sticking up from the valley. even if you can do that successfully, you have to throw a ~170 ft s-curve upshot, uphill, and under the tree that's about 30 feet in front of the basket, to leave yourself a putt for 3.
14C : totally nasty how close this pin is to the OB road. i am still not sure where the ideal place to leave a first drive is, and with the cross/headwind that was blowing yesterday, i was all over the place. despite the difficulty, this is probably one of my favorite holes on the course, in this position.
17C: if you thought regular 17 was tough- if you somehow threw a shot that would have parked the regular pin, you'd still have another 80-100 feet of pinball trees to approach through to the long position. you wouldn't think that the OB road on the right would come into play, but i think the easiest way to set up a second shot is to try and place your drive on the right side of the fairway, near the road, which means OB becomes a factor.
now i want to play the course in all C's, just to see the true possibility for pain out there. some of the C locations really surprised me- holes 8C and 13C are in spots where i never could have imagined pin locations!
oh, and just to brag a little... i had a 30 ft putt for birdie on 18B in the first round, and a 45 foot putt for birdie on 5C in the second round. didn't make either, but those are two pretty impressive drives by my standards