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My first instinct when seeing 14 was that the trees should go and bunkers replace them. If done right they would still make the longer guys think twice about taking them on and wouldn't penalise the shorter hitters who lay up left as they still have a route over the bunkers to the green rather than being blocked out by the trees. To take the green on in its current form is pretty brave....or just stupid.
SeanI sat next to a Liphook member at a golf tournament dinner in Spain a couple of months ago and he had a great anecdote about the treacherous B2070.Apparently at the beginning of WWII the Army Engineers had a training camp near Liphook and the Club granted playing membership at the Club (to only the officers, of course). The commander experienced the lethal crossing and offered to build a bridge or dig a tunnel for free, as a training excercise for the troops. The Club President, pondered quickly and declined the offer, for reasons unknown.
Sorry, it's taken me a while to get around so this!As Sean says there are some fairly big changes afoot at Liphook that are likely to take place over the next year or two, with the overall goal being to introduce tunnels under the road to avoid the awkward road crossings we presently have. The first tunnel will be between the 4th and 5th holes and won't affect the golf course but the second crossing will have to be moved from the present location between the current 14th and 15th holes as logistically a tunnel at that point is not possible due to the double issue of the road and railway bridge. Therefore the second tunnel will be from the current 9th green across the road to a car-park the club owns that is currently used by players teeing off the 10th tee at certain times. From that point there is already a pedestrian bridge under the railway line and out onto the land to the west of the current 15th fairway. For this to work the course needs a few tweaks to the routing so that the current 9th hole become the new 14th hole......Tom Mackenzie has been appointed and has come up with what seems like a good solution to the issues.So it's bit hard to explain in words but pictures paint a thousand of them so here is a plan showing the new proposed routing;White is the current routing with the dashed lines showing the holes/shots that will be lost. The purple lines show the new holes/routing. Please note the purple tee shot line on the current 9th/new 14th hole is only an option, I believe the existing tee will still be retained.My opinion is that the club will be losing what are probably the 'weakest' tee shots on the course in 10, 14 & 15 which is a positive but will also be losing the set piece one shot 11th although you will still play to that green albeit as a par 4 (this was found to have been proposed by Tom Simpson long ago after the clubhouse moved from the pub and the 10th tee had to be built at the present location) and what I see as the biggest loss, the 14th green. I not a fan of the 14th hole overall but the green is a beauty. I hope the essence of this green can be incorporated into the two new greens being built. I think the success of the changes rests on the character of the two new greens and whether the the 9th hole can be pulled off with enough interest in what is quite a tight area.Hopefully that makes sense, any questions just ask and I'll try to answer as best I can.Cheers