Also designed by American architect Rick Jacobson, the Moonlight Course at the Lion Lake Country Club was first open for play in 2010 as a nine-hole course with the remaining holes to be added in the future once the residential sales start to increase.
Unlike the Moon Course and its dramatic red rock outcroppings, the Moonlight is a much flatter and more benign golf experience with broader playing areas, flatter surfaces, larger greens and enormous, rounded bunker shapes. About the only similarity between the two tracks is that the bunkering is a real talking point. At Moon it’s rugged and eye-catching but here the traps are completely artificial and unsightly. It’s really hard to excuse some of the bunkering on this nine, as there has been no attempt made to create any believable shape and the size and location of some of the hazards will simply leave you baffled. Whether it’s massive traps flashed way behind a green site, or to the inland side of a cart path, the use of sand here is poor and mostly unnecessary. Worse, the man-hours needed to keep these bunkers in decent condition is huge and, in our view, all but wasted.
This is clearly Jacobson’s attempt to prove that he can build two different courses side-by-side, and while Moonlight was never going to upstage it’s more dramatic older sibling it’s a shame there wasn’t a greater effort to at least build some decent golf holes here.