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The GrunkleGuru

Grunkle is a slang term for the thick rough on a golf course that I have been using for many years. Given my penchant for inaccurate tee balls, I have become a bit of a guru out of the thick stuff, hence the name. This is a site for my random thoughts about sports (espeically golf) and life in general. While nothing special, it will hopefully offer a break from the daily drudgery for both you and me.

June 28, 2005

Golf Course Review - Ironplay Par 3

I want to take a moment to tell you all about a diamond in the rough here in Greensboro, NC. Actually, it is in Summerfield, but close enough for consideration. Ironplay Par-3 is open for business and I implore you all to give it a try.

Owned by Steve and Rick Carter, this par-3 golf course is one of the best par-3 courses I have ever played. The typical generalizations about par-3 courses such as artificial turf tees, poor maintenance, little creativity and others can all be thrown out the window. This course was designed to be a real golf course, just on a smaller scale.

The course has a routing just like you would see at a traditional style golf course. There are elevation changes, bunkers, water hazards, sloping greens, collection areas, and hole designs that allow for the beginner to play straight away, while still allowing the more advanced golfer to think through the proper shot selection. Some holes might require a high, soft shot to hit it close, while other might require aiming away from the hole and letting the slop of the green bring the shot closer to the pin. Just a fun experience that will provide entertainment for all.

The course has two sets of tees (white and blue), and there is actually a noticeable yardage difference. From the white tees, the holes will range in distance from 65 – 125 yards while the blue tees range from 85 – 150 yards creating the opportunity to play many different shots from varying differences. One of the hidden benefits to Ironplay is that the yardages are actually quite accurate. Each tee marker has a concrete slab that represents where the yardage is measured from, and when I walked off the distance from where the tee boxes were set, I found them to be quite accurate. This is not always the case at other par 3 courses, and even some ‘regulation’ courses.

My favorite hole on the course is the 4th hole. Playing through a scenic part of the land, the course has a very natural feel to it with rock outcroppings and a creek running in front of the green, the tee shot from 105 yards away sets up very well to the eye. There is a slope in the back that if a player misses long forces a difficult chip from a downhill lie to a green that runs away from the golfer and towards the creek.

The greens are very well designed and have multiple landing areas where if you hit the wrong side of the green you will be faced with a tricky putt. Bunkers are well placed and have the unique trait of long grass surrounding them leading to intimidating shots from the sand.

As for practice facilities, Ironplay is well equipped with a tremendous practice green as well as a driving range (irons only please).

So if you are looking for a golfing challenge, and are squeezed for time, or just want to work on your short game please give Ironplay a chance. I’m confident that you will add this course to your regular rotation.

Ironplay Golf Course
6261 Lake Brandt Rd.
Summerfield, NC 27358
(336) 644-7991


Note: In the spirit of full disclosure, Ironplay has been nice enough to support my company Short Game Central by funneling club repair business my way and allowing me to use their facility for club fitting sessions.


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