Destination Golf - November 2016 * - Page 47

course to reveal. Created by Mark McCumber, the Tunica property began its evolution into golfing grounds as a flat stretch of arid soil, good for crop growing. As casinos sprung up in the area, golf and tennis were added to the offerings, to ensure a sure thing in the midst of so much gambling. McCumber and associates didn’t take all the risk out of their golf course, but they certainly made it a playable venture. Two handfuls of ponds, large and small, dot and define the scope of the golf course. Judging from aerial views of the surrounding area, they were dug for the dual purpose of irrigation and challenge. Any trees on the golf course tend to stand apart from their kind; the fairways and greens lie exposed to the vagaries of the winds that move in different directions, depending on season and time of day. Given these predispositions, the course has the potential to play not unlike a traditional layout in the British isles, assuming that the playing surface is firm. Despite recent rains, when I played the course, there were significant run-out of shots and opportunities to play both high and low balls. Caledonia was the final stop for me on a mini-tour of sorts: the last, east-coast public course designed by the late Mike Strantz. I had previously played neighboring True Blue, the Williamsburg duet of Royal New Kent and Stonehouse, and the Pinehurst pairing of Tot Hill Farm and Tobacco Road. Mike Strantz died far too young, in the mid 2000s at the age of 50. He had interned with Pe Ρ”唁…ΉΡ‘•ΈΝΡΙՍ¬½ΥЁ½Έ‘₯́½έΈΈ!₯́…ɍ‘₯Ρ•ΡΥΙ”)½΅‰₯Ή•ΜΡ‘”™½Ι΅…°…ΙΡ₯ΝΡ₯ŒΡΙ…₯Ή₯Ήœ‘”Ι••₯Ω•₯ΈΝ‘½½°έ₯Ρ )Ρ‘”±…‰½Ι₯½ΎΥ₯±ΡΙ…₯Ή₯Ήœ‘”Ι••₯Ω•ΥΉ‘•ΘΡ‘”έ…э‘™Υ°•ε”½˜)5ΘΈε”ΈMΡΙ…ΉΡ聍½ΥΊ͕…Ι”‘••₯Ω₯Ή±δ΅₯Ή₯΅…±₯ΝΠ쁅Ё™₯ΙΝЁ±…Ή”°)Ρ‘•δ…Ι”΅₯ΝΡ…­•Έ™½Θ½Ω•Ιέ½Ι­••ε”…Ή‘丁™Ρ•Θ„‘½±”₯Μ)Α±…啐°Ρ‘”½±™•Θ±½½­Μ‰…¬…ΉΝ••ΜΡ‘”Ω…Ι₯•Ρ䁽˜…Ω•ΉΥ•ΜΡ‘…Π)MΡΙ…ΉΡ聡…‘”…Ω…₯±…‰±”™½ΘΝ‘½Ρ΅…­₯ΉœΈI…Ι•±δ₯́„Ν‘½Π„‘•ΝΑ•Ι…Ρ”°)…±°΅½Θ΅Ή½Ρ‘₯Ήœ…™™…₯ȁ½Ω•Θέ…ѕȁ½ΘΝ½΅”½Ρ‘•Θ‘…ι…ɐΈQΥΙΈε½ΥΘ)‘•…•Ή½Υ …Ήε½ΧŠe±°™₯ΉΡ‘”…±Ρ•ΙΉ…Ρ”Ι½ΥΡ”Έ) …±•‘½Ή₯„₯́™½Ι΅…±±δ­Ή½έΈ…́ё” …±•‘½Ή₯„½±˜€˜₯Ν  ±ΥˆΈ)M•…Ρ•……₯ΉΝЁё”]……΅…܁Ι₯ٕȁ½ΈA…έ±•ηŠé%Ν±…Ή°©ΥΝЁͽΥΡ )½˜5εΙΡ±” •… °M½ΥΡ  …Ι½±₯Ή„°ΑΙ½Α•Θ°₯Ё₯́չ‘•ΙΝΡ…Ή‘…‰±”)Ρ‘…Ёё”Ι½΅₯‘Ё‰”…́₯΅Α½ΙΡ…ΉΠ…́ё”‘Ι₯Ω•ΘΈ]”…Ι”‘•Ι”™½Θ)Ρ‘”½±˜°…ΉΡ‘”™₯ΙΝЁ±…Ή”½˜Ρ‘”…ΉΡ•‰•±±Υ΄΅ΝΡε±”±Υ‰‘½ΥΝ”°)™Ι…΅•₯Έ‘Ι½½Α₯Ήœ΅½ΝΜ°₯́•Ή½Υ ΡΌΡ…­”Ν½΅•½Ή”…݅䁙ɽ΄)Ρ‘”έ½Ι±½˜Α…Ω•Ι½…‘Μ°₯ΉΡΌ„Ή…ΡΥΙ…°½Ή”ΈQ‘”•ΉΡ₯Ι” …±•‘½Ή₯„)±…ε½ΥЁ₯́ΝΕΥ••ι•₯ΉΡΌ„Ν΅…±±₯Ν ΑΙ½Α•ΙΡ䰁ё”Ν΅…±±•ΝЁ½Έέ‘₯ )MΡΙ…ΉΡ聍ɕ…Ρ•€Δΰ‘½±•ΜΈ•ΝΑ₯Ρ”Ρ‘₯́Ν₯锁ɕΝΡΙ₯Ρ₯½Έ°ΉΌ‘Ι₯Ω”•Ω•Θ)™••±ΜΙ½έ‘•°ΉΌ™…₯Ι݅䁅ɽΎ͕±…ΥΝΡΙ½Α‘½‰₯„°…ΉΉΌΑΥΡΡ₯Ήœ)ΝΥΙ™…”₯́…ΉεΡ‘₯Ήœ‰ΥЁ©ΥΝЁё”Ι₯‘ЁΝ₯ι”Έ)́έ₯Ρ Ρ‘”Ι•…Ё…ɍ‘₯Ρ•Ρ́½˜ε½Ι”…ΉΡ‘”Ή•Ό΅±…ΝΝ₯₯ΝΡ́½˜Ρ‘”)΅½‘•ΙΈ•Ι„°MΡΙ…ΉΡθέ…́Ή•Ω•Θ‘…Ή‘Υ™™•‰δΡ‘”ΝΡ…Ή‘…Ι‘₯镐)Ή½Ρ₯½Έ½˜½±™₯ΉœΑ…ΘΈ%˜„½ΥΙΝ”½™™•Ι•΅½Ι”Ρ‘…Έ™½ΥȁΑ…Θ΄Μ)‘½±•Μ°‘”‰₯ΠΈ%˜Ρ‘•Ι”έ•Ι”™•έ•ΘΡ‘…Έ€ΔΐΑ…ȴЁΡΙ…•Μ°‘”Ρ½½¬)Ρ‘…ЁɽΥΡ”Έ …±•‘½Ή₯„ΝΥΑΑ±₯•ΜΡ‘Ι•”±½Ήœ‘½±•Μ…Ή™₯Ω”Ν‘½ΙΠ)½Ή•Μ°‰…±…Ή₯ΉœΡ‘”Ι•ΝЁέ₯Ρ Α…ȁ™½ΥΙΜΈI₯”έ…́Ι½έΈ½ΈΡ‘”)½±˜½ΥΙΝ”Ι½ΥΉ‘́‰•™½Ι”MΡΙ…ΉΡ聅ΙΙ₯Ω•°₯ΙΙ₯…Ρ•‰δΡ‘”™₯Ή•Θ)½˜Ρ‘”]……΅…܁ё…Ё•αΡ•Ή‘́ёɽ՝ Ρ‘”½±™₯ΉœΑΙ½Α•ΙΡ丁Q‘”)…ɍ‘₯Ρ•Π‘₯΅Ν•±˜ΥΡ₯±₯镐•Ω•Ιδ₯Ή ½˜Ρ‘”ΑΙ½Α•ΙΡδΡΌ₯Ρ́™Υ±±•ΝΠΈ)Y½±Υ΅”€ΜƒŠˆ%ΝΝΥ”€ΜΨ((Πά((0