Inside the course: Kinderlou Forest Golf Club

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Kinderlou Forest is the longest course on the Nationwide Tour schedule.
April 20, 2009
PGA TOUR staff
Fast facts
Course Superintendent Steven Singley
Original architect Davis Love III (2003)
Par value 72
Number of TOUR events as host venue 3 (including 2009)
Course ranking Ranked 8 (out of 33) in difficulty on the Nationwide Tour in 2008
Yardage history 7,781 (2007-present)
Grass Bermudagrass, perennial ryegrass (Tees); Bermudagrass (Greens, rough, fairways)
Tournament Stimpmeter 11.5-12.5 ft
Sand bunkers 73
Water hazards 1
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Course record
Player
Paul Dickinson
Year
2007
Round
1st
Finish
T13
Holes-in-one
There have been three aces recorded at Kinderlou Forest Golf Club
Player Hole Year
Ronnie Black 8 2008
Bob May 15 2008
Brendon de Jonge 17 2007
2008 Rankings
Most Difficult Hole
The par-4 490-yard 3rd As one of the toughest par 4s on the course, playing strategy for this hole must be well thought out. While this is a flat hole, it turns left to right, with a wetland left of the green. Unlike No. 2, you're now at the bottom of a hill, and you'll find yourself in a forested atmosphere. Once again, deciduous hardwoods are the rule of the day.
2008: 0 eagles, 45 birdies, 265 pars, 112 bogeys, 17 double bogeys, 4 others.
Easiest hole
The par-5 566-yard 11th A classic par 5 that should be reachable in two by the longer hitters and provide multiple options of play for the shorter hitter. The tee shot is slightly downhill with a fairly flat lay-up and an uphill second shot. A pine forest is to the left of the elevated tees. Bear lake and a large sand trap make up the right side of the fairway and a hardwood forest is to the right of the green.
2008: 15 eagles, 220 birdies, 180 pars, 24 bogeys, 2 double bogeys and 2 others.
Kinderlou Forest Golf Club2008 rankings Last 2 years
Hole Par Yards Avg. Score Rank Avg. Score Rank
1 4 417 4.099 T10 4.079 13
2 5 601 4.777 17 4.840 17
3 4 490 4.26 1 4.292 1
4 5 657 5.183 4 5.113 8
5 3 195 3.176 5 3.174 4
6 4 435 4.018 14 4.109 9
7 4 364 3.928 15 3.916 15
8 3 191 3.081 12 3.104 12
9 4 484 4.126 8 4.165 6
10 4 445 4.099 T10 4.063 14
11 5 566 4.512 18 4.622 18
12 4 469 4.23 2 4.226 2
13 4 466 4.038 13 4.116 7
14 5 580 4.81 16 4.866 16
15 3 240 3.117 9 3.168 5
16 4 464 4.167 6 4.106 11
17 3 216 3.142 7 3.106 10
18 4 501 4.228 3 4.208 3
Course origins
From 1863 until 1924, the McRee family developed one of the largest, most progressive farming businesses in Georgia on 20,000 acres at Kinderlou. The farm's robust activities attracted people from miles away to live, visit, shop and work. Kinderlou was considered an industrialized complex for its time. Farming operations included the production of cotton, sugar cane, tobacco, pecans, peaches, mulberries, and an array of vegetables. Livestock operations included swine, dairy and beef cattle, and industrial operations included a cigar factory with skilled Cuban labor, a sawmill, a basket and crafting factory and a molasses press.
Kinderlou was the first place to have a home with indoor plumbing in the Valdosta area and the place where truck farming was introduced. Kinderlou is named after Louisa McRee, George McRee's sister, who raised four sons after the death of their mother. "Kinder" is German for children and "Lou" is a reference to Louisa McRee. The widow of the four sons of George Randolph McRee began divesting the Kinderlou land in the 1920s. The Langdale Company purchased William Spain's 600-acre home site in the 1950s, where Kinderlou Forest Golf Club is currently located. --Source: Golf Course Superintendents Assocation of America
Tournament course history
Course Location Years
Kinderlou Forest Golf Club Valdosta, Ga. 2007-present

The Nationwide Tour remains in Georgia this week for the second of two weeks in the Peach State -- the South Georgia Classic presented by First State Bank and Trust Company -- at Kinderlou Forest Golf Club. Learn more about this venue.

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