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Sean,When you look at the photos again after you played the course, what is your opinion of the bunkering?Cheers,Brian
I played it on the opening day of the last RSG Open and it felt really new. Since then the rough seems to have been managed, it was two foot high hay then, and the fairways were not particularly fast draining.I enjoyed it a lot, but was not convinced that the lack of 'charm', so evident in the Heathland classics, was solely down to a lack of the patina that age brings. The Clubhouse was massive and souless and that walk up from the lower lake stuck in my mind.Good course but hard to see why any overseas visitor would seek it out?Thanks Sean
Sean,11 looks an interesting hole, but its the bunkers that caught my eye. There appears to be heather on the face of the bunkers? I dont have a problem with this in principle as most of the heathland courses in this country have similar features, only I dont see any heather anywhere else on the course? Therefore it looks a bit strange, what do you think? Where they trying to evoke the feel of the likes of Swinley and Sunningdale down the road but this was the only way they could manage it?That green woodpecker looks a bit scruffy, suppose it might have been a juvenile... Cheers for the pictures!James
The clubhouse is quite large and may appear soulless, but a club is about people rather than a building, surely?
Welcome Gareth, small world!
I thought I would push this profile back up as a comparison to The Warwickshire. I am sure most would agree that as an example of modern architecture, Bearwood looks far more more interesting than The Warwks.Ciao
SeanThere's still something off about the shaping of this course. It screams 1980s/1990s UK shaping much like other courses of that time: Woburn Marquess, East Sussex, Celtic Manor, Brocket Hall, Wisley...