Three shots you'll want to keep hitting:
1. The very first one, the tee shot on No. 1, a 550-yard par 5. The hole has been moved more toward the middle of the course and you can no longer see the green from the tee box because the first few hundred yards go out, rather than downhill. There is a row of bunkers that come into play. When you get to your ball, hopefully it's on the short grass and you are looking down at the green, which is fronted by a creek.
2. The approach on No. 9 probably couldn't be any more picturesque to an Aggie. Likely with a mid- to short-iron in hand, a slightly uphill shot onto an elevated green is perfectly back-dropped by Kyle Field.
3. An approach on No. 11 that can be costly, but is more than fair. A mid-iron from somewhere near the highest point on the hole looks down at a green fronted with a small lake. A generous fairway should allow you to go at it from the short grass. Those who have played at A&M before will remember it as the par 3 11th over water. The green has been moved to the right, closer to the trees, and again, the campus is the backdrop.,
Three of the most dramatic changes:
1. No. 2 is a long par 3 guarded by bunkers, rather than a par 4 that skirted a creek that wasn't visible. That creek, now very visible, comes into play on the next hole, a 530-yard par 5.
2. Nos. 8 and 13 are both doglegs right and mirror each other, so if you don't get it right the first time, you have another opportunity. They are both about as close to the middle of the property as there is and have no resemblance whatsoever with the previous layout.
3. No. 10 is a par 4 that has two fairways and green with a ridge in the middle. Best to look and see what side the flag is on before picking a direction because you will have trouble holding the approach on the green if you pick the wrong route.
4. OK, I said three, but I can't skip No. 18. It runs up the hill to the clubhouse between New Main Drive and hole No. 1. It can play 490 yards, but will likely be put at about 450, which is more than enough. The green looks monstrous, but that is because more than half is the practice putting green.
Three things on the horizon
1. A new clubhouse and pro shop
2. Three practice holes. (Research holes for the agronomy department).
3. A state-of-the-art short game facility for the kinesiology golf classes, which will be ready in the fall.
Three things not many knew about the course:
1. One corner of the property was a dump back in the 1940s. After a big rain one year, one of the water crossings washed out a little bit and all the old broken plates from the old Corps dining hall came to the surface.
2. For the longest time, there was a trough from a hog farm that used to be on the property on the old No. 6.
3. Before the revamp there were only 20 bunkers.