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Sean:Thanks, as always, for the photo tour. What is the big building off in the distance in your picture of the 16th green?
Looks great, just wish the fairway lines weren't so defined....... and so straight.... just a minor visual gripe.... is it noticeable or distracting in person...... ? Also not a big fan of the up and back mowing patter here, or seeing mowing patterns at all on links courses.Shouldn't the rabbits being mowing the fairways?I'm sorry, just jealous.
I really enjoyed the two rounds but at the time there seemed to be something lacking and I couldn't put my finger on it. Looking back at these pictures and thinking back over the holes, its a damn fine collection: I love the drive on 1, the new green on 2, 4 is a great par 3, love the uphill approach to 5, actually liked the dinky little 7th even if the mounds around the green where a touch OTT, 9 is probably my favourite hole of the lot, 11 is another great par 3, the new green on 12 is also excellent, 13 a great downhill approach shot, 14 another great par 3, 15 probably the toughest hole but also a great one, etc etc.
Sean,When I was thinking "Sense of Place" and Porthcawls lack of it, I was thinking that the sense of the holes all having a "been there played that" feel and this meant it didn't have its own clear character or sense of place. Probably best not to go into a deep discussion about Genius Loci and phoneomenology this early in the mroning, but we might actually be thinking along similar lines...So yes, after playing Portcawl and Pennard both twice, I still feel I'd rather play Pennard again as its a one off where as if I want to go and play a course with yet another excellent set of Colt par 3s the choice is endless.Ben,So they built an alternate green for the 2nd hole and then discarded it?Cheers,James