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Thanks much, Matt. A question - all the photos seem to be taken from the white tees. Did you get a chance to see where the back markers are? I was just trying to imagine what the pros who played the Open there were faced with, i.e. if it was the same 'line' you had on most holes, just longer; or whether the championship tees tended to be angled off to one side or another, adding a demand to work the ball more. ThanksPeter
They were Colt bunkers - I have a few opening year photos - I'll find them and post them.The bunkers were all redone over the years. There are a few of the originals hidden in the trees. The grassing lines were much better before the Canadian Open where they narrowed up the fairways.Great course to play - really tough set of threes.My favourite is not even a hole by Colt!
If that's a snack bar benched into the hillside on #10 that's the coolest f-ing thing ever! Just perfect.
Mike,It's a pretty timely comment you make, especially considering I've been just given some new information that may shed some light on the bunkering issues at Hamilton.This excerpt comes from 'The Illustrated History of HGCC' as written by L. King, E. McGhie and A. Thompson -- From Chapter Four "Some early changes" In August 1919, after the club had successfully hosted both an international match between Canada and the United States and the Canadian Open, Morrison wrote to Colt in England, noting that the American captain had praised the course but had suggested that more bunkers were needed. Morrison commented that, "I think it is quite likely some trapping may be required, but we are not going to have any amateur work and probably be let in for one change and another which we should like to undo. The course will stand as it is until you can come out here." Colt never revisited Ancaster but Alison, who by then was handling most of the partnership's work in North America, did visit in 1920 and gave the Club's directors a report on the course. He paid particular attention to the bunkering and concluded that the majority of the bunkers had not "been constructed in such a way as to form real, live hazards, capable of retaining the shots which they are intended to trap." Some of his proposals were adopted but abandoned years later, for example a new fairway bunker on the left, at 200 yards from the tee on the 2nd hole. Others, for example a new bunker across the face of the bank in front of the 5th green, were never implemented.Comments?