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Looking forward to this, Sean.I agree that the best of the course is bookended by lesser holes, but still enjoyed those. The first is reachable, but a layup is complicated by the diagonal hazard and the lack of definition.
I like the course however the current state of the bunkers let it down. The majority of the course is rustic however the bunkering is far too artificial for my liking on this particular strip of land. Here is another version (quick rough outline) of the cape which is more eye-catching/natural than the slippered version
Quote from: Ben Stephens on October 26, 2018, 11:30:57 AMI like the course however the current state of the bunkers let it down. The majority of the course is rustic however the bunkering is far too artificial for my liking on this particular strip of land. Here is another version (quick rough outline) of the cape which is more eye-catching/natural than the slippered version It is better looking, but given where it is, it would be a nightmare to keep up after a wind/rain event.
There are several sorts of bunker faces at WHo!: sleepered, riveted, grassed, and indeed astro. There are also a few native sandy areas/pits.As was explained to the GCA'ers present on this trip, the use of astro is to limit/alleviate the damage to the bunker faces caused by the hoofs of the horses and sheep that graze the course (as is also the case at some other grazed courses where it's used, like Southerndown and Pennard). As mentioned above, the tie-in between the astro and the grass is a problem area but the club are experimenting with different methods to try to improve the tie-ins. Time and experience will tell I imagine. As to the faces themselves, once they've become a little discoloured they become a bit less obvious to the eye. Overall whilst I'm not a massive fan I am prepared to give them a chance to prove/disprove themselves where the grazing animal issue is a factor.atb
Perhaps I'm unusual in this respect but I rather like the generally flatter holes that play over and through the sea rushes. A different sort of golf to the norm, thus maybe needing a different mind-set, but still plenty of merit imo, especially when the holes have challenging green sites like the 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th do. As to the 13th, it may be a dead flat fairway, take care with the crossing bunkers into the wind though, but the green and the deception before and around it are wonderfully cunning and rascally.As to the 4th hole, here's the Cape bunker as it once was - Not sure of the date but it sure isn't that recent!atb
The 13th should be called plains...was there ever a flatter hole built? However, as is the case a few times when playing lengthy holes over the flat, the green is beautiful surprise. Perhaps more incredible is how the design hides the raised green until quite close. I won't say this is the best hole, but it may win the prize for most clever.