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Course review: Eagle Nest a layout on the upswing

Eagle Nest Golf Club has plenty of admirable qualities.

The course is cut through mature trees – some hardwoods but mostly tall pines – and has a fair amount of elevation change and a number of curling holes or mild doglegs.

“The pine trees give it a Pinehurst, N.C., or New England feel, and the golf holes are well-shaped,” Scott said. “You want to have a good mixture of right to left and left to right and length, and this course has all that. The ability to shape the ball off the tee is beneficial.

The course has a ballyhooed tough three-hole finish including an attractive par-3 18th, has very little out of bounds with homes on just a few holes, provides seclusion without adjacent fairways, and is balanced with a fair amount of holes that move left or right or are straight.

Those qualities of the 6,900-yard 1972 Gene Hamm design are now more evident with the improved condition of the course and property in recent years.

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