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Iím pleased to have been there but really not that wowed.Lovely to look at and amazingly huge PITS, that sit well on the generous frame. But interactions quickly become repetitive. Plus thereís been a lot of work done and all of it has been to take character out of what for me should be the main attractions. Vies with Hankley for the title of UK Dumb Blonde Miss. A long way to go when thereís more interesting options hanging out together all over these islands.
Sean - Thanks for posting. Can't get enough of Woodhall Spa, there is something magical about the place in my view. I put it up there with Sunningdale in terms of fabulous heathland courses. Agree with you completely, among the best set of par threes in the game. I didn't know that Colt was involved in the routing. John
Lets hope Doak can convince the club to push the fairways out, push back the rough, cut some trees and create more shape to the short grass.
One other note of historical interest ... Richard Latham was informed by an old RAF guy from the nearby air base that the cross bunker in the approach on #8 is actually the result of a bomb being unstuck from the bomb bay just before one of their planes landed back at home.
The main reason we were hired, though, is to rebuild the bunkers so they can be maintained more easily. Many of them were dug deeper 20-30 years ago without any consideration of maintenance, and the faces are so steep and sand-splashed that the grass struggles to survive. Re-combining some of the smaller bunkers into bigger ones will help that.
Quote from: Tom_Doak on June 04, 2016, 08:51:05 PMThe main reason we were hired, though, is to rebuild the bunkers so they can be maintained more easily. Many of them were dug deeper 20-30 years ago without any consideration of maintenance, and the faces are so steep and sand-splashed that the grass struggles to survive. Re-combining some of the smaller bunkers into bigger ones will help that.Tom,it will be interesting to see what you do with the course and if you are able to elevate the quality of the holes from the 13th inwards to match the holes preceding them. As to the bunkers, I cannot say if the bunkers have been made any deeper since I last played there some 25 years ago though I would be surprised as many were already very deep at that time. I would be surprised if the problem is the steepness as they were vertical and pristine when I played. I would imagine the fact that 2-stroke flymos are now not allowed might be more relevant coupled with the fact that few clubs have cottened onto the advantages of electric flymos over the 4-stroke variety. Having said that I am sure the HGK is best informed.Jon
Does the club think the bunkers walls will collapse?