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It appears only a handful of us have played Ganton? I knew Mark P, Mark B and Brent would chime in but surely it's not just the 6 of us that have played it? It's a shame that threads on great British courses such as these get such scant commentary on this board as it is not a straightforward course to figure out from one play and would love to see it get the real detailed treatment...
I can't fault any of the holes on the course and have been surprised that some here do not appreciate 14 for being an outstanding example of a short hole which in my opinion is better than any to be found at Sunningdale's two courses though I know many will disagree.
Quote from: Jon Wiggett on October 03, 2013, 05:37:52 PMI can't fault any of the holes on the course and have been surprised that some here do not appreciate 14 for being an outstanding example of a short hole which in my opinion is better than any to be found at Sunningdale's two courses though I know many will disagree.I am on the record in the archives as calling the 14th maybe the best short 4 I've ever played. I feel this hole is worthy of its own thread. So there's that.
Do any greens convey a better sense of 'architectural repose' than Ganton's? The way they rest upon the terrain -- really, in the terrain -- is quiet yet miles from boring. And those bunkers, though fearsome, when viewed from a distance at eye level do anything but shout. Two holes in and the aesthetic charms of Ganton already are on full display: refined harmony.
The 7th and 8th swing to and fro. Not surprisingly, the 7th has a nest of bunkers guarding the inside line down the right with horrible rough through the fairway left. The angles once again are perfection with the safer line creating added difficulty with the approach. The photo below depicts a fairly wide corridor, but the dogleg right is sharp enough to considerably reduce that width. Because the bunkering is often visually discreet and the land can quietly shift toward trouble, invariably, Ganton's fairways are narrower than they first appear. Often times, the heart of the driving zones are 35 yards wide or considerably less. Throw in the added element of wind and Ganton could not be accused of excess width.