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Eastwood Golf Club is a walk in the park, but that doesn't mean it's easy. That also doesn't mean it's hard. Eastwood is a combination of all the elements a golfer loves and looks for in a course. If it has too much of anything, it's trees, in particular on the front nine.
If you can avoid hitting a tree on the front enter next year's US Open. Eastwood is one of Rochester's Big 3 municipal courses, but it's hard to believe that this course is related in any way to Soldier's Field or Northern Hills. Eastwood is definitely the cream of the city's crop. But be warned, this course is cart recommended. In particular the back nine.
Urban legend has it -- never mind --just get a cart. Theback nine here is less than a decade old. The staff here caters to you like you're on a private course. But enough banter... Eastwood's "rule of thumb" is -- aim your first shot at the 150 yard marker in the center of the fairway, and your second shot at the pin. Distance markers line the fairways at 25 yard intervals from 200 to 100 yards out. Awesome! The prudent golfer would opt for their longest most accurate club for tee shots on Holes 1-5. While you might sacrifice distance by neglecting your driver, accuracy should take precedence here. Hit your driver on six to warm up for 7. Seven is the hardest on the front nine. Ignore the scorecard's opinion.
The course was the tale of 2 different 9's. This course added 9 new holes just in the past few years and did away with some old ones to keep 18. The front 9 was a nice layout with great rolling terrain, but the tees were long, the traps were untouched and not much fun to try to hit out of. The cart paths were mostly non-existent on the front. It just seemed a bit run down. And then came the back 9.
Beautiful layout, challenging holes, nice cart paths and better kept bunkers made this a more fun experience for our group. Hole number 17 is an amazing uphill par 3 that is very intimidating and incredibly fun to hit. Hole number 14 is over 600 yards from the tips and will challenge any golfer. There are plenty of trees to get in your way, but wide enough fairways to hold most shots. I thought it was fair in that respect. The back 9 was more difficult than the front and made our trip all worthwhile. We played on a Sunday afternoon and had little waiting time. Our round was just under 4 hours. The beverage cart was plenty visible even though it was a slower day for the course.
The practice green was right next to hole #1, but the driving range was a bit far away. You can get a bucket of 60 balls for around $5, which is not bad. They use gas type carts which are adequate.
After our round, we looked through the pro-shop. They did have a great selection of items for sale with better than average prices, we thought. We saw plenty of women's golf items and apparel for sale and also noticed and women's tournament coming the next day. The course seemed to reach out to the women golfers nicely.
It was time for dinner and a drink. The restaurant had great food items from sandwiches like French Dip to burgers, wings and even breakfast items. The prices were very good. The seating area was plenty big for this course and has a wonderful deck area to sit and catch a drink after your round. The talk of the tables was all about the back 9. We can see why.