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Thanks again Sean.The underlying drainage is common to the sites selected for many courses where sandy loam wasn’t available. Walton Heath, Denham etc. In fact Gravel extraction is one of the reasons for heaths existing. It reminds us that Golf was originally a winter game.I’ve been spoilt of late and it’s hard to get excited by that suburban look, Trees and houses.Look at the spooky trees in the pictures below. A few years ago the club must have realised they were getting to big and so they Polarded them (stripped all branches back to the main trunk). This costly operation will have to be repeated every 5 years or so and the result here is the exact opposite of a “walk in the park”.The final short hole is a dandy!It’s a shame Dr Klein doesn’t post on here much now days but he put it best when he said if a tree is close enough to the course to need pruning its close enough to be removed.
Sean Robert, thou hast generously shared a fine script with wondrous stage production. Hail ! It looks to be a very pleasant arena for Hamlet and alas! poor Yorick. Below is the apporach to #5. I just finished reading a book about William Shakespeare by Bill Bryson. Highly entertaining and illuminating - partly because he's such a mystery and his life has been pieced together so much by well, fudgy, dodgy speculations by historians. Anyway, if Bryson wrote Installation Manuals, I'd buy 'em.