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GolfPass Grass Guru – Colonial Country Club

Charles Schwab Challenge • Hole 1 • Par 5 • 565 yds

If last week we were on a beautiful Caribbean island, drinking in the majestic bunkers and thicc rough of Bethpage Black, then this week at Colonial Country Club we are back in our bleak Iowa apartment complex, not a hint of originality or pizzaz.

Colonial CC is the quintessential parkland golf course. So quintessential in fact, that there isn’t a bunker on the property that stands out. Half the holes have the same exact 3 green side bunkers. Hard to stand out when every one is the same. I’m writing this looking at a course map having already picked out the bunker of the week, and it’s so unmemorable I can’t even envision it.

Hole 1, left side fairway bunker gets the call from this lack luster bunch of bunkers. It only gets the call because of its playability. The fact that a few drives might make their way into it, is its only redeemable quality. I hate to say this but Colonial CC has one of the all time worst bunker line ups on Tour. With that said, I’m only speaking on the bunkers here. While the bunkers are well below average, the greens and tree placement help make this course a little more interesting. I will note, the green side bunkers that butt up against the fringe is very nice. Unless you’re the fringe mower, woof.

And that’s it. Hard to write about bunkers following a course like Bethpage. It’s even harder to find a bunker worth writing about when they stink. Rough words I know, but I would be doing a disservice to all those sand trap lovers if I wrote about a bunker I didn’t back 100%.  Could be worse, we could be working instead of playing golf, am I right?

Cover Photo: Colonial Country Club

Eric MacPherson knows a lot about golf, but even more about grass. Having worked in golf for what seems like forever, and going on to graduate school in turfgrass, he’s able to walk mow a green, and change the shaft in your favorite driver. He’s worked on some of the east coast’s primer golf clubs doing everything from washing carts to building brand new putting greens. He’s also volunteered at several high profile Tour events including a major and the President’s Cup. The only thing he likes more than pushing a walk mower on a beautiful crisp morning, would be teeing it off instead. Shoot Eric a message at