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I love it. It is good for the hole, and is more in keeping with the rest of the course. I thinki it is a great idea, and looks to be well-executed. There is interesting topography there that was wasted as deep woods.Now about #9...
Couples questions regarding the 17th for anyone who may be in the "know":- will there be any maintained rough around the outside of the centerline bunkers at the crest of the hill? If so, how much, and how closely will the fairway enclose the group?- will the fairway extend close up to the right side of the new left fairway bunkers? And how far left will the fairway extend left before the new left fairway bunker group?- will the ridge short/left of the green be maintained as long wild grass, rough, or as fairway? And along those same lines, will there be fairway left of the large bunker that fronts the green, making it a centerline sand trap?
Did somebodies grandmother do the shaping!
I am having the same thoughts as John about the changes. I don't think it adds any strategy to the hole. To me, a short hitter, the play off the tee is to the right of the bunkers to achieve a straight look into the green. I can't see a benefit when playing to the left fairway. I may be in the minority on this too, but I think the hole looked much better with the trees. I would have said thin out some of them for some sun, but keep the rest.