Reading this again, now a year after Jack re-read it...yep. A lot has changed, and it's stil the one course I drive by just to look at when I get back up there. The closest thing to it in StL is Sioux Passage, which is a perfectly fine course if you don't mind driving 1/2 mile between 9 and 10. I've been there twice this week, and at Creve Coeur, just to get the feel of throwing long again. Not throwing for 2 years hasn't hurt my distance, but it sure hasn't helped much.
Being a rag arm, overall, I love BV. Totally unique. Totally fair. Yes, to contradict His Parkerness, it can certainly be a placement course. I can save a throw on 1 by going left off the tee. that takes me down to averaging 6...9 is totally about placement. I remember Arturo and someone else--Schweb??--getting a 3 on #9 at the first KCWO there, was that '06? '08? Totally because they placed their massive drives in the right place. Others threw longer, but went straight up next to 8's tee. 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 10, 11...all about where you land your tee throw. The wrong place and you've added at least 1 to your score. I do miss original, original 1 & 2, but that's fine...I like the replacements at least as much.