- August 29, 2020 at 10:52 am #48430Harry (The Hack) RadleyParticipant
I have played all of the big cat courses several times over the last 10 years every single occasion that I have been here the entire course was hideous I hate the big cat I will not play there if I can avoid it their course conditions never seen to improve and they just offer you false apologiesAugust 29, 2020 at 6:27 pm #48436
It is an embarrassment for this tournament that I have played in for 20 years that we have to play on that goat track and it’s disappointing that after several people agreeing that no one from the tournament would at the very least go out and have a look at that atrocity and maybe, just maybe do the right thing and make a change!August 29, 2020 at 6:31 pm #48437
Chris Sterner for the win!!!! That post couldn’t be any more on point!!! And call Lions Paw a goat track is doing disservices to goat tracks around the world!!!!!August 29, 2020 at 6:34 pm #48438
Mike, over the past 20 years I’ve heard the same argument about the Myrtle Beach Holiday Group and the money course pay and while I understand it, it’s an unacceptable answer to a tournament that hosts usually 3300 players!!! The tournament reps should strive to provide the best courses not just the ones that pay money!August 30, 2020 at 7:21 am #48445Bob NewmanParticipant
I’m sorry to hear that about Lions Paw. I have panthers run on Monday and elected not to play a practice round there as I figured it would not be to my liking. Every year I seam to get one course that is not very good. I have complained on numerous occasions. The staff can not get to every course and inspect them and rely on the clubs to be honest. I do not think the clubs are being honest in portraying there condition to them. They (host course) want the revenue for hosting and $$$ us what they care about. I guess the courses do not understand golf it’s built on Honestly.August 30, 2020 at 3:26 pm #48455Kevin WilsonParticipant
I played there today as it is my first course this week. I do not like to complain about the courses I get and always try to find something positive. I lost 3 balls today that were less than 5 yards off the fairway. There are clumps of grass everywhere, bunkers do not look like they have been touched in weeks. I will show up, try hard but will not let the conditions get to me (hopefully). I will suggest as a courtesy to your playing partners, keep an eye on every single shot or there will be lost balls everywhere.August 31, 2020 at 3:15 pm #48477Bob NewmanParticipant
Panthers Run was an actual disgrace today. Fairways had not been cut. Rough not cut in at least 2 weeks. Greens had grass on them but were running about a 2. You had to step on the bail to find it in the area’s around the green. Best lie I had all day around the greens was on a cart path. As much as I like playing in this event, it is not fair to us to play courses in this bad shape.August 31, 2020 at 3:36 pm #48478Danny McDanielParticipant
You should talk to the other players on here that had to play really bad courses today ” Goat Ranches” and all complain to the tournament committee.. Players come from many locations all over the U.S. and other countries. It’s very expensive for most of us to go to the “World Am” and you shouldn’t be subject to such terrible conditions-” course conditions “.
#1. With all the courses in Myrtle Beach this
” is not acceptable”
#2. It cost to much for airlines, hotel, rent car, entry fees and just daily expenses to have to suffer through such “NONSENSE”.August 31, 2020 at 3:44 pm #48479Phil GrundyParticipant
Just played it. It’s absolutely the worst course I’ve ever played in this tournament. Bunkers unkept for months. Grass growing in them, clippings ankle deep in the fairway and good luck finding a ball two feet off the fairway. Had seriously terrible experience and was disappointed. Didn’t hear one positive comment about anything. Did I mention the greens were rolling about 5 or 6 and fringes are just crabgrass. Not much funAugust 31, 2020 at 3:51 pm #48482Aaron EllisParticipant
Phil, what happened if someone didn’t find a ball in the rough?August 31, 2020 at 3:57 pm #48483Phil GrundyParticipant
Went back as a lost ball. Rehit from original spot. Entire course was bad.August 31, 2020 at 4:26 pm #48488Matthew MacKinneyParticipant
For the price that we pay we should never have to play a dog track like Lion’a Paw. Especially this year with not as many players or courses. It’s unacceptable that any course in such condition is used for this event. Last year we got stuck with Sea Trail which was a joke! Why does this keep happening? This is supposed to be fun… nothing about this course is fun… Will someone from the World Am please answer our complaints and do something about this nonsense?September 1, 2020 at 3:54 pm #48504Aaron EllisParticipant
Lions Paw….hmmm let me say it like this, I wouldn’t let my cattle and goats out to eat on the junk they have, the pro made an excuse about the abundance of rain in the last few weeks….why do you have weeds that are over ankle high in the bunkers, bunkers didn’t look like they’d been touched in weeks, weeds in places that were knee deep, how about some roundup, if you can survive playing at Lions Paw you can definitely survive Covid!!! I’ve never in my 7 years ever encountered a course this bad, Lions Paw makes places like Crown Park, Colonial Charters, Azalea Sands, Beachwood, Hackler (which is nice now), look like gems! A lady in the parking lot said she lived there and we’re members and was ashamed of the place! We had casual water on the greens like they’d watered them haha! Long Story Short…..The Big Cats Have Used Up Their 9 Lives!!!September 1, 2020 at 4:40 pm #48505
So I started this thread and played there today, and after reflecting on my initial comments I have to say dog track was inappropriate as it’s really unfair to dogs! The pro assured us that they had been mowing 24/7. Not really sure what he meant by that seeing as there were huge patches of uncut grass in the fairway! But on the plus side it was lift clean and place and the plethora of crabgrass in the fairway made for nice tees for the ball. And when he said they had mowed he must have meant everywhere but the greens because they were so long you could comb them! Next year I’m hoping to draw Robbers Roost in the tournament because it couldn’t possibly be any worse then this garbage landfill passing itself off as a golf course!!September 4, 2020 at 9:02 am #48571Chris SternerParticipant
As someone who completed their 2020 World Am by shuffling around Lion’s Paw on Thursday, I know the staff tried their best during this week to combat the course and make it presentable. That being said, the course is an abysmal catastrophe, that should have probably never been selected for World Am play.
The untouched bunkers filled with weeds, rough that was more thick crabgrass than Bermuda, and fairways so fluffy you could sleep on them made for the least enjoyable round of golf this week, and probably my World Am career. In fact, upon completion of the round, I asked one of my fellow golfers “this or Crown’s Park?” as we recently played CP in the last 4 years.
I must say, in discussion with one of the cart wranglers, he confessed to us that the course is in the shape it is in due to the Big Cat courses currently sharing 8 maintenance workers between the courses. Most people know you need 8-10 per course to keep a course in playable shape, so this explains a great deal how the courses got into the condition they are currently. It also paints a grim picture for the future of the big cats courses, so perhaps this might be the last time we get to complain about them. Hopefully they take the advice suggested earlier by Mike Sterner and consolidate their operations into playable courses.
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