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The bunker guarding the right side of the green lacks the Mackenzian flair and doesn't really cover much of the green, even from the farthest right portion of the fairway.TK
You often hear how the par fives at RMW are a let-down because they are too short. Pig's arse they're a let-down, all four of them are full of fun shots, choices, what more can you ask for from a golf hole?
a modest rabbit such as myself
I think you're missing the point Scott. I'm yet to hear anyone suggest that any of the four are poor holes, in fact most acknowledge that they're fantastic holes. The criticism is of the lack of variety in length as a group. Do you disagree that pointing out the lack of a three-shot hole (or at least a par-five where the good player has to hit a fairway wood into the green) is a legitimate criticism?
Mark P: You can talk! Taking that 12 handicap to the US this week will be like taking candy from babies!
ChrisOne maybe stretching "fantastic" when it comes to #15 though I concur with most of what you say.
Thanks for the tour, Kyle. Re the 15th, yes I believe Mac decided to leave the fairway landform as is/was as a "monument" to the past.Re 3 being "modest" and "unassuming," I would say "subtle" but to each his own. I feel it is one of the best short 4s I've ever played, certainly one of my favorite holes in the world.
Chris - RMW is a victim of technology, tees are pretty tight to the boundaries and there is very little opportunity to lengthen. IMO each of the par 5s are good holes and approaches to holes such as the 12th would have been very different 50 years ago, where as a modest rabbit such as myself managed to get home with driver, 6 iron in one round. Likewise 15 with the second shot carry.
When wind is a factor I'm not too fussed on variety in length as much as variety in challenge and in shot requirements.The four holes appeared to me to require different shots and pose different challenges - mental and physical.Does it matter that there is only one hole over 500 yards? Not to me. It didn't matter to me at West Sussex, Rye, Swinley, Royal Dornoch, North Berwick (almost qualifies) or Fishers Island either. 500 yards takes three shots for most golfers.Perhaps it's an issue for tournament golf and tournament players, but I'm not all that fussed about them.
Perhaps it's an issue for tournament golf and tournament players, but I'm not all that fussed about them.
All four are two-shot holes for a proficient single-figure golfer, and are designed as such. There isn't much strategic interest in the layup shot for the shorter hitter. RMW is the best course in Australia, but that doesn't mean its perfect.