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... The Fourth is one my all time favorite holes. It will be an interesting US Open for sure.
I joined this board for this.
This had better become an IMO or Best of Golf piece when Richard is done.
I'd be interested to hear your views on the likely style of play favoured by the victor. Jim Furyk/Zach Johnson or Bubba/Rory?
What are your thoughts on this for a US Open set-up? Is it your view that this rough will be cut/maintained so that the player is left with a wedge-out, or will players truly be left w/ an unplayable lie? I like the former; I'm not a big fan of the latter if there is no reasonable place to take an unplayable and the player is forced to drop in yet more unplayable stuff.
Can you summarize the changes that were made to the first hole?
And yet, it seems that the strategy is fairly straightforward when played as a par 4 - hit a big drive up to the plateau and keep it in the fairway so that you can control your approach enough to keep it from running away.
Is there enough meaningful width on that plateau to make the advantage of shading to the left off the tee worth the risk of getting into the fescue? What is your ideal line when you play the hole, and what will the ideal line for the pros be? It seems like you want to be as far left in the fairway as possible, as the dune would likely block your view from the right and using the ground contours to feed the ball from right to left on the approach seems more controllable from the left side. Is that impression accurate? Also, is the dune as imposing as it looks from the fairway bunker? It looks like if you get into the bunker, you're essentially doomed to a missed green as you'll have to come out to the left. Can you foresee the best in the world coming up with a green-hitting recovery from there?
Chamber's certainly does play like a true links, is fast and firm like one and has the fine grasses but I don't believe it fits the definition of a true links given that the sand was all trucked in and it used to be a rock quarry.
The land is also not the "link between the fertile ground and the sea" i.e. it's not dunes land. However, that won't matter for the players or anyone visiting it's a great playing experience even for people use to true links golf.
This is not true. This site was both sand and rock quarry. Almost every golf course (from 20ís to 80ís) in Seattle area has greens built with sand from this site.