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Mike and Bob,One year from now is the next Buda Cup, which will be played in Kent at Royal St George and Deal, with weekend golf in the London suburbs - New Zealand and possibly Huntercome - followed by a Monday match vs some Littlestone members.It's not too soon to work on making this happen!
Quote from: Bill_McBride on September 14, 2008, 08:37:52 PMMike and Bob,One year from now is the next Buda Cup, which will be played in Kent at Royal St George and Deal, with weekend golf in the London suburbs - New Zealand and possibly Huntercome - followed by a Monday match vs some Littlestone members.It's not too soon to work on making this happen! Bill - Please count me in. I gotta see more Simpson. Bob
Wonderful tour. Your commentary makes the pictures. It's one of the things that makes GCA special. The downside is that I have added another must-play to an already very long list.Simpson might be more under appreciated than Colt in the US. Thanks. Bob
Bill each year seems to produce thicker and thicker heather; it is generally far more dangerous stuff than it was only 5 years ago on all the courses I've played recently. Ball swallowing stuff. So it’s either the weather or Greenkeepers sharing knowledge of how to encourage it. Every course you go to is working on it.New Zealand's importance is often underplayed. Darwin was only 19 when it opened but Horace Hutchinson was 36 and he put it at the centre of developments. In a chapter of his memoirs called "Inland golf" he focuses on this course as the first important one in the Heathlands. He points out that it had to be cleared of trees some 25 years before the famous pictures of ST Georges Hill.Credit for the course is shared. Mure Ferguson was apparently assisted by Douglas Rolland (fresh from Rye). However Ferguson had the reigns at the club for the next thirty years eventually dying there. He was also influential and was an adviser to PM Lucas on the creation of Prince's Sandwich which at the time was in tended to be the most modern links.Immediately following Ferguson’s death Simpson was called in. The par 3 third was new and the original 10th and 11th holes were combined. New greens were constructed at the tenth, seventeenth and eighteenth. And then as Sean has so beautifully pointed out there’s the bunkering to consider.
I can't stop looking at these photos. Thanks for posting them, Sean. New Zealand appears to be as close to my "ideal" as any course not occupying links-land.
Incidentally how did New Zealand come by its name?