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Here's what I can add to 4-6:Hole # 5Due to my miscommunication, sadly, Mark got the location of the hidden tee wrong. If you look at the first photo of number five, imagine going up the slope of rough to the left...it is in those trees where the hidden tee resides. The shot is 130 downhill yards ACROSS the pond...it is no more than a pitching wedge and shows a wide green (versus a deep one) as your target. I'll try to grab a shot and put it up.
Wish I had seen this thread a bit earlier, as I've played Crag Burn three times and definitely enjoy the place. 3 is an absolutely dynamite short par four. That green is very nifty, and it is not something you see often from RTJ. 5 is a decent long par three with some Redan characteristics. I think it offers more than the average water par three (unlike 7, which I see as a tough, one-dimensional short hole). 9 is a fantastic par four, doglegging hard left around an old silo (or watchtower? I can't remember which). The split fairway is well done here, with the shorter approach from the left offering an advantage over the right with the risk of a narrower fairway. I thought the options were balanced well at the 9th, and it challenges 3 for my favorite hole on the front nine.Mark, the bunkering layout you describe in your opening post qualifies as PENAL architecture. In many cases, the holes at Crag Burn are penal in the typical Trent Jones way. Bunkers penalize shots rather than challenging the good angles into greens and setting up strategic options. However, what I see at Crag Burn a lot is a certain "line of charm" to be avoided. On holes like 1, 2, 4, and 8, the golfer is goaded, either by the appearance of the flag on the horizon or the shape of the golf hole, into challenging hazards (varying between water, trees, and bunkers) and taking a direct line to the green. In some cases, this challenge might pay off, but more often than not it can result it a high number.Crag Burn is a penal golf course in many respects, but the course relies on deception and subtlety rather than straight brutality. This elevates to a higher level than the average golf course and makes it worth playing and studying.