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Thanks SeanI can't believe what's happened to the bunkering at SGH it looks like someone upholstered them! And the 3rd does slide from right to left. There's right to left a tier in it, no?
Great review and pictures, Sean. 1. Why did you play the ladies tees on some holes: were you forced to? If you'd played further back, would that have made those holes better? 2. What are greens fees?3. Are the AA's initials PG?
Has the pond on 14 been changed, anyone know? That second bunker on the left for the 5th tee shot has been added recently too, it looks a bit busier.I agree the back nine is better, but really only because the 7th is the weakest hole on the course, I reckon the rest are about even in quality and the 1st is the best opener on the heath, a fitting spectacular start. Incidentally, the original green for the 1st was up on that knob to the right (by the sign) but was moved in the 1920s (deemed too severe). I'd like to know from others who play the 4th regularly on how they approach that hole.There is a super collection of old photos in the clubhouse. If only someone could do a proper bunker restoration (for 1913 centenary??) so they match the grand scale of the course.On the positive side, the clearing out of brush from under the pines, looks great, perhaps the heather will regrow?St George's Hill was one of the very first big construction jobs, you can see how much had to be cleared from the pics James posted. When did Crump travel over to the Uk? If it was 1912 he would have seen this course in that building stage, H Wilson too.It looks very green.
Sean,For your informtaion, the photo for hole #14 is not presented, because the bracketed image indicator is burdened with an extra 'g', as in [imgg]http://.I agree that the bunker presentation is inconsistent, especially in the middle of the front nine.Thanks for a lovely tour. Nice park.
3. Are the AA's initials PG?
SeanConsidering the 4th a bit more....there is quite a lot of room between the apex of the triangle of the bunker and the back of the green, it's about 50 yards, so you should be able to have a crack at that green with a 3wood or driver. The green is somewhat holding too, how bad is it behind the green, I can't recall. I think I prefer the 6th to 7th mainly because of the green and it's nice to have flattish hole and break up the pattern of down into a valley drive followed by a steep uphill approach. I think Colt wanted to have some holes with bump and run, low flighted options, rather than just aerial. I like the 5th when I was there but I think that cross bunker being in that state has spoiled it somewhat.