Yes, I saw the pot beyond 11 green. Generally, I didn't think the bunkers were terribly severe...just run of the mill deep pots
The ditch in front of 13 does look odd and it is very easy to hop it. Perhaps it really is a useful ditch, but the water seemed to be flowing quite hard considering the small amount. DUNDONALD LINKS CONT
The 15th is a hole I don't quite get. The green is incredibly small for such a demanding uphill shot. There is space to kick one in from the right, but miss it out there and its a good chance of a lost ball. Perhaps an easy "solution" is to keep the right rough down to accommodate a miss.
Now then, #16, what a hole which makes the long walk from 15 worth it. Beside the centreline fairway bunker a humpback runs down the centre of the fairway feeding balls either right or left. Right is the better angle in, but a bunker awaits at around 260 yards out (in the shadow). The green is a straight-forward two tier affair with OOB hard right and a bunker eating midway into the left edge of the green.
The only issue really is the shadows masking the trouble down the right. Perhaps some strategic tree removal is in order.
Philips is back to his old tricks on the sharply doglegging 17th. I quite like the deception of this hole and the idea of hitting toward the far end of the dogleg for the better angle of approach.
The three-shot 18th brings us home in style. The last 50 yards or so the hole crooks right over water to a long green. Not terribly long, but because of the trouble around the green and the angle of the dogleg the green is troublesome to reach in two.
I admit to not being terribly impressed with Dundonald until the 13th. Much like The Grove, the holes are good and proper, but other than #6 there is little to distinguish the design. While not groundbreaking, the 13th signals a welcome change of pace. The architect over-played his hand by heavily featuring many burns, multiple severe doglegs and an over-abundance of faux dunes. However, the greens do have interest, there are stand-out holes in 6 & 16 and the routing utilizes the wind well. The course serves very well as a weekend venue for touring parties and one shouldn't be dispappointed if invited for a game or playing during the attractively priced twilight periods. 2015