The first time I played Kinloch I was a little too excited and overwhelmed to break out my camera at all. The photos that had previously been on this site were ones I borrowed from the Kinloch website. Just before I headed out west for my Monterey trip I played Kinloch again and this time took some photos.
Spring has been a little slow to arrive in Richmond this year, so the course had not really began to bloom and fill out yet. It was still perfectly groomed and the fastest greens I’ve played on yet. My friend Mike took me out as well as my friend Jay from New York who I played Shinnecock Hills with last year and will be playing Winged Foot with later this summer. Below are a couple of photos from my round in April.
This photo below is of the 7th hole which is a great par 3 where you tee off from an elevated tee box. Its a pretty long hole and I hit a utility club here both times I’ve played the course.
Below is the 8th hole which has a blind drive and then an slightly downhill and left approach over the water. That front bank is shaved and this is the scene of my brother’s Augusta-like moment last fall where his ball landed a foot short of the green and rolled all the way down and into the water.
I don’t know why I didnt take a picture of the 14th hole which is another great one shot hole to a green mostly surrounded by water. Mike told us that there was talk of building a new tee box in the middle of the lake. That will make for an interesting tee shot on this par 3.
The 16th hole is a par 4 and the signature hole. It doesn’t play quite as long at it looks. I hit a poor tee shot last fall and hit a utility club in and this time I was in much better shape hitting a mid-iron in.
So Jay and I are all square after the 18th hole and thankfully the 19th hole is there to settle our match. Below is a photo of the 19th hole green just in front of the clubhouse taken from the 18th fairway. I parred the 19th last fall when we played it for fun and lost my match here this time after hitting my first tee shot in the water to set up my double bogey.