Course: Cossett Creek (Formerly Brunswick Hills)
Location: On Rt. 303, West of Rt. 42 - Brunswick - Medina County
Directions: Easy access from I-71, and I-271 about 4 miles west - 20 minutes from Akron/Cleveland
Dewsweeper Tee Time Was: 618 AM
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It has been a while since we played this golf course. So long, we didn't realize that it had a new full owner and a new name till we called for a tee time. Brunswick Hills, is now called Cossett Creek. This is a great example of a golf course that is the story of two amazingly different 9's. They could not be more different, and that is the draw for Cossett Creek. They are as different as the 9's are at Brandywine in Peninsula.
CC is in the state of transition, and you can tell that from the first hole. This is not a long course, and the front is not overly difficult. But the back is very tough and you better make your scoring hay on the front. This is a course that is making a ton of changes and you can see that the new full owner has a nice vision of this course elevating itself to the next level. There is some work going on there, but it is not in play at all. They have taken the first step that you should in reclaiming a golf course, they have their greens in great shape. The greens looked great, rolled well and held shots very well, and golfers appreciate all of the above.
Some of the old sand traps are being phased out, and many of the tee boxes are being worked on which is the next step to take. I would imagine some tree removal and thinning is on the way. The fairways were nice overall and well kept. The rough is still a work in progress, but you can tell better things are on the way. This has always been a modest facility, with a serviceable clubhouse, good food and good service. Plus, they understand the course is in transition, and the rate for Sunday morning with cart, mid-summer, was very fair.
Joe Red was off this week on vacation, so his son Bryan filled in. Bryan's game has really elevated over the past couple of years, and he's playing to a nice handicap these days. Bryan shot an 86 today, with 43/43. The back 43 is far more impressive. You have to score on the front to post a nice number here. It is more open, flat, and overall just easier. But a nice birdie on 18 is the one that brings you back, and he hung in there all morning long.
Tex is hitting the ball better these days, but that darn Cossett Creek got in his way a few times, and Tex uncharacteristically had a tough day with his short game and putting, usually his staple. Tex fired 46/48 for 94 on the day, but should have been better if not for short game woes.
Beef's 84 sounds that he played fairly well, but it wasn't the story of his round. Beef had 7, 1 putts and hit the ball very well. But a 9 on number 15, par 5 derailed his scoring. That hole can do that, as it is extremely difficult. Beef went 40 on the front and 44 on the back with that huge 9. He played better than the 84. Next time he will.
I got off to a nice start, and did what I wanted to, by posting a nice 39 on the front with a birdie on 9. Then a 42 on the back as tight driving holes gave me fits a few times, and a 3 putt on the brutal #12 hurt too. But I 1 putted 7 times, including the final four holes to shoot 81 on the day. I was happy with that.
Course highlights? On the front, # 3, a 330 yard par 4, to a heavily sloped green. Number 7, a nice par 4, with a great elevated approach shot up the hill over water. The back #12, BRUTAL par 4 that has no easy shot on it at all - 380 yard par 4, blind tee shot, down hill approach over Cossett Creek, to a sloped sausage shaped green with bunkers! # 14, tough driving par 4 uphill, over the creek. # 15, long, tight par 5, creek all the way right, forest to the left. Very hard. #16, tough, long par 4 sloped fairway, tough driving hole. The 5 holes in the middle of the back nine are all very tough and can destroy your round. So play patiently and smart. 12 through 16. What a stretch!
This is a course that you can feel is a couple years away from being very nice and refurbished. Reinventing a golf course is long process, but you can tell a plan is in order, and really nice days are on the way at Cossett Creek. Other courses have done it, Brookledge, Springvale, Hickory Nut and Copper Top At Cherokee Hills, have all made great comebacks. In the meantime, enjoy the nice greens, and the nice rates, at a course that winds you through the trees and creeks, and is enjoyable to play. New players play the front. Experienced, play all 18.
Wynn - 81
Beef - 84
Bryan - 86
Tex - 94
Next week, The Dewsweepers tee it up at the wonderful Maplecrest in Kent.
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