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Patrick,If by recessed you mean moved further back to the back side of the green in the picture, that would be difficult today, since the "cliff" on that side starts just beyond where I put the green. A century ago there was probably more plateau there that has eroded now. Both the stick diagram and George's sketch seem to indicate that. So, moving the green back to the left in the picture to create more of a landing area in front, as in George's sketch, makes sense to me.Bryan,That was one of my original points.It's a shame that such a marvelous hole has been lost forever.In what year was the hole lost ?
Here is a photo of the Chasm green from December 8, 1899, Golf Illustrated Article by Horace Hutchinson. Unfortunately, the Chasm Hole had already been seriously compromised. The green shown in the photo had previously been the approximate location of the tee with the hole playing over the chasm to the left of the photo. From the article:"The Chasm Hole is not quite as it used to be. It used to mean a drive off from a spot near where the putter in the second illustration is addressing his ball, and the hole lay at the other side of the yawning golf which may be understood to beyond the present green. As things are to-day that putter has approached the green with an iron shot over another and a shorter chasm. The penalties of a foozled shot are no less heavy that they used to be, but the iron will now reach the hole which the driver would seldom reach before."One cannot see all ground to the front of the green, but there does not appear to be a swale either on or before the green in this photo. And this was 1899, well before CBM and HJW toured the hole in 1906. (Query whether CBM had seen it before then.)
Bryan,Here's an earlier post I made where I suggested two things.That the green was further left than originally depicted in the red circle andthat the hole played over the second gorge.Your photo below seems to confirm bothBryan,One of the things that leads me to believe that the green was further left is the inherent danger associated with the green being right on the edge of the cliff. It would be far too easy for a golfer stepping back to line up a putt, to fall down that cliff, resulting in a fatality.What also leads me to believe that the green was further left is the position of the lighthouse in the painting of the golfers playing the Biarritz. The lighthouse is to the right of the green.In addition, if the painting is a correct representation of the hole, it would seem that the second gorge, the one behind the red circle you represented as the green, would be where the hole was played over, with the tee being behind the red circle and the green being on the other side of the gorge.[/color][/size]Take a look at the painting on page 148 in "The Evangelist of Golf" and let me know your thought.The angle you portray at 220 doesn't match up with the terrain.But, it does if play was over the second gorge/chasm.