I can vouch for Hickory. That third/fourth? hole can be quite the doozy with that lazy river along the right side. I almost lost my favorite Eagle there the first time that I played.
You should come up and check out Richmond Hill (another hour and fifteen minutes from Hickory) too, VonDrehle. I believe that we've added a few new pin positions (#3, 5, 7, 11, 12, 13, 16 and 17) since you were last here and they've finally started adding pedestrian bridges, fences and there's an OB on Hole #1 now. Well, it's not officially an OB but I think it will become one.
Anyway, when's the next tournament/club play down there?
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