Sage Valley Golf Club will host the Junior Invitational Friday-Sunday, and the course is already a hit with the competitors.
Here’s what some of the players had to say about the layout after their junior-am rounds on Wednesday:
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Thomas Lim arrived at Sage Valley late Tuesday night.
“So I didn’t really get to see a lot of he course,” Lim said. “I only went to the dormie holes, which were pretty cool. I woke up in the morning and I was just like, ‘Oh my gosh this is ridiculous.’
“I was blown away.”
Lim played his first round at Sage Valley in Wednesday’s junior-am. He said his favorite hole was the par-5 15th because “it kind of curves around and it’s reachable in two if you hit a good shot,” but he was impressed by the entire layout.
“The course is beautiful,” Lim said. “It’s in great shape. Everything is manicured perfectly. It’s deep, a long course that will be difficult. The conditions are perfect: you get good lies in the fairways, the greens roll true, the bunkers are good and it’s in good shape.”
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Gordon Neale wasn’t hesitant to call Sage Valley “the best (course) I’ve ever played.”
He had trouble staying focused during his junior-am round, though.
“Seeing how pristine the course is and the trees make it really beautiful, it’s just a bit hard to focus because you’re so busy looking at all the surroundings,” said Neale, who eagled the par-5 eighth in his first time around the course.
“I like that hole (No. 8) the best so far,” Neale said.
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He’s played this course a couple times now, but the reaction is the same every time for Davis Riley.
“It’s great,” Riley said. “Everything is perfect.”
Like most competitors, Riley likes the par 5s, especially No. 15.
“It’s a nice par 5, sets up good for a little cut,” Riley said. “You can definitely make eagle or at least birdie there.”
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Like Neale, Corey Pereira holds Sage Valley in high regard.
“It’s awesome, one of the best courses I’ve ever played if not the best,” Pereira said.
“I like all the areas around the greens where it rolls off. The fairways are in perfect shape, too.”
Pereira is also a big fan of the newly redesigned par-4 17th hole, as well as No. 16.
“I like the azaleas in the back on No. 16,” Pereira said. “No. 17, the entire hole is awesome. I like the water around the green.”
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Alejandro Tosti is playing this event for the second straight year.
“It’s a great course,” Tosti said. “This place is amazing. I’ve never played a course like this. (This tournament) is a highlight of my year.”
Tosti couldn’t narrow down a favorite hole, though.
“I don’t have a favorite,” Tosti said. “All of them are my favorites.”