In summary: We agreed that the back 9 at Hunter GC was more fun to play than the front. Didn’t take any persuading on anyone’s part. Same conditions, just more opportunities for things to go incredibly right after screwing up a shot, which we enjoyed. That said, it’s not enough to lift the GT rating from what it currently is, but it’s a great 9 to play.
Maybe the 19th at Hunter burned down between the time we reviewed the front 9 and the back 9 to provide a decent segue for the GT review of the back 9, but it’s highly unlikely.
“If you start your afternoon getting screwed at one course, then relocate to another, you may not be in a great mood.” The GoatTrackGolf.com review of the back 9 at Hunter GC, June, 2017.
The prelude: Rabbit Ears, 2Steps and Golfer Number Two got hosed out of a mid-afternoon tee time at a different course because they didn’t have one. Tee times weren’t accepted; arrangements were made over the phone; showed up when they were supposed to. Fair enough.
Time to adapt: Kudos to the Tracker known as 2Steps for redirecting us on the fly to Hunter GC, where we were assured to get off the box, as long as we showed up on time. Déjà vu? All clear with the pro shop guy who green-lighted us over the phone. The Senior/Troll in the starter shack was much more difficult to persuade. The pushback was annoying at a minimum. “Not sure I can send you out. I have other groups lined up.”
“Are any of them here?” What an a-hole. Rabbit Ears and Golfer Number Two were reminded of the customer service rep in the Minecraft episode of South Park as it related to stereotypical (I’m in charge) douchiness. Recognizing that, through some combination of wit, charm, and thinly-veiled pending anger, we got to enjoy the back 9 at Hunter GC for the first time ever, and we were really excited.
Sure, there was some decompression involved over the first few holes, while we sorted out how much we thought that the golfing gods were working against us on what was meant to be an exceptional afternoon of Tracking, but here’s what we like about the back 9 at Hunter:
In general, the back 9 at Hunter is a more inviting and more interesting layout than the front. After giving it some thought, remembering crappy shots that we hit on the front, we concurred that there are a lot more shot-making opportunities on the back 9, which we like.
Favorite driving hole on the course, bar none: #15. If you’ve played the front, you know that there’s a decision right out of the chute, “clear the brook or lay up” on #1. No such concerns on #15. By then, everyone’s loose enough to air it out, or at least loose enough to air out an opinion:
“How far out is that brook? Check your app. I think I can clear it.”
“No chance in hell you clear it”
“Care to make it interesting?”
The second favorite driving hole on the back 9 is #18. If you’re a fan of blasting off #9 at Copper Hill, this fits the “mind’s eye” in a similar way, even though it’s a par-5. Left to right sloping fairway from an elevated tee, with a slightly elevated green and similar front-right bunker placement, not to get too specific. Depending on how the tee markers are placed, it’s somewhere between 480 and 490…and who doesn’t want to hammer away at that?