Our first stop on the trip was Kiva Dunes in Gulf Shores, Alabama. Kiva Dunes is a Jerry Pate design and was the original high-end destination public course in Alabama. I was very impressed by how Pate managed to build a course that plays big yet is on a very small piece of property. Several holes are tightly routed right next to each other but you don't notice it as much because of the use of trees and angles. There is more than enough room off the tee and that is also impressive because of the small site.
The second hole is a 414 yard dogleg left but as you can see from the picture below they have put a large tree on the right side that blocks out the entire right side of the fairway. As somebody that plays a large pull-draw I was a little flabbergasted by this. I certainly understand that it's always okay to ask somebody to hit a fade off the tee, especially when they are playing the back tees, but something about not allowing somebody to play a draw on a dogleg left just bothered me, especially when you see what happens if you hit a straight shot down the left side.
|Tee shot on 2nd Hole with tree blocking the right side of the fairway|
|View from the left side of the fairway on the 2nd Hole|
|Cafe Du Monde|
|WWII Planes at the World War II Museum|
|My favorite picture my father took while walking around New Orleans|
|Up close with an Alligator|
|Really up close with an Alligator|
|Holding a baby Alligator|
|"Short" 17th Hole|