Thanks for joining me at Huntercombe and for showing me round. I canít believe that this course isnít better known, or better studied by golf course architects. I found the course very enjoyable, and it was the constant challenge and interest of the greens that means though the course isnít really difficult it certainly keeps you honest!
It was a shame that Philip couldnít join us. But I agree with you that Huntercombe would be a great course to be a member at, so I would only have been jealous!
Is it a top tier course? Iím not sure I can answer that at the moment as Iím still trying to decide the best way to judge courses, especially as Huntercombe seemed such a great course but doesnít show on many top lists of courses in this country when it certainly should feature somewhere? However, its certainly now jumped in as one of my favourites.
Anyway, thanks for updating your thread with the new photos. We have quite a few photos the same, but here are a few more photos that may be of interestÖ
Here is the ridge running down the second hole, with the stunning view as a backdrop. Pity I didnít get any pictures of the red kite that was overhead at the time!
Here is a view of the uphill drive on the third. A great hole this, and along with the previous, probably the main level change across the whole course?
View from behind the fifth hole. The tree in the middle of the fairway that comes into play on the approach shot can be seen.
Here are some detail pictures of the hollows along this hole.
Another hollow in play with your tee shot.
Hereís another view from the left of the eighth green showing the level change. The tier on the fourth hole must be about 4 ft high while this one is probably 5 ft high?
This is one of the hollows to the left of the fairway, with a hollow more in play on the twelfth just behind it.
A closer view of the green and its various tiers.
They donít show up great, but this is a series of hollows that run perpendicular to the hole, about 3 in a row, with a larger one just behind that. A bit like Oakmontís Church Pews but without the sand?
A view of this green from the left, showing the various hollows and contours of the green.
Following these a few observations.
You can see that Iíve taken plenty of photos of hollows, though there are only a few bunkers on the course.
Have any of these hollows ever been bunkers? Many look to me as though they could have been? Others like the larger ones on the eighth shown above, or in the thirteenth fairway, seem so large and deep itís as though they are craters left behind after bombs being dropped in the area during the second world war? Does anyone know the history of these?
On aesthetic grounds, the one thing I canít stand is all these topiary style bushes, be it gorse or hawthorn or whatever. If its in view between the tee and the green, as there are a few on the first and tenth and you want people to see the hole, cut them all out, otherwise just let them grow and trim them back a bit occasionally, but the topiary style trimming is just a distraction!
Also, the eighteenth green is much flatter than many of the others? Another case of a large flat green on the last to give anyone a chance of holing a long putt at the death?
Thanks again Sean!