By Mike DiFerdinando | 540-981-3103
Way back in 2008, The Roanoke Times sports staff compiled a list of the “Dream 18” golf holes in Southwest Virginia. But since then two courses closed and we’re down to 16. We’ve asked you to nominate your favorite holes in the Timesland area and help us fill out the 2013 edition of the “Dream 18.”
There has been a great response so far with nominations coming in for holes and courses from all over Southwest Virginia. The current front runners are:
1. Hole #5 at Olde Mill Golf Course, Laurel Fork, Va.
2. Hole #16 at Ole Monterey Golf Club, Roanoke, Va.
3. Hole #13 at Great Oaks Country Club, Little River, Va.
Don’t see your favorite in the top three? Don’t worry. Voting will remain open until June 21, so be sure to nominate your favorites. The results will be published in the June 30 edition of The Roanoke Times.
How was the original list put together, and what were the criteria?
Roanoke Times sports reporters Randy King and Doug Doughty enlisted the help of 15 panelists. They were asked to select and rank what they considered to be the “best” 18 holes in the Roanoke Times coverage area, which includes all or parts of 20 counties. What does best mean? Well, it doesn’t necessarily mean the longest or the toughest holes.
Original panelists: Miller Baber, David Brogan, Marilyn Bussey, Woody Deans, Keith Decker, Jerry English, Mike Flanary, Chris Gibson, Tim Hall, Jeff Lynch, Matt Mankin, Bobby Penn, Jason Perdue, Jack Tuttle, Wade Whitehead.
The holes were judged on the following:
How does the hole look visually? Does it appeal to the senses, both in location and appearance?
Is the hole so distinct in one element or another that it’s guaranteed to be one that you will remember long after you play the course?
Would the hole be a great hole on any course? Is the hole great because of where it falls in the course rotation? Does the hole reward a golfer for good shots? Does the hole make the golfer pay for bad shots?
Does the hole have unique features that challenge the golfer? Does the hole offer risk-reward options that require the golfer to think twice about how he or she might want to play the hole?
How are the two new holes being found?
We’ve asked you, our readers, to nominate your favorite holes from around Timesland and tell us why they deserve to make our list.
Thanks to everyone who has submitted a nomination or commented about our list. We love hearing from you.
For more information about the Dream 18 and all of our local golf coverage, visit our golf page.