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I never played Montrose.Are the best holes beside the sea?
Quote from: Ally Mcintosh on July 12, 2017, 05:52:48 AMI never played Montrose.Are the best holes beside the sea?There are plenty of good holes at Montrose-some on the sea, some not.The issue it would seem is that they can't get funding UNLESS the dunes are breached, rendering it a flood plain.By then it would be too late-the dunes are pretty much the hgh point on the property.It would seem there would be some money available from some sort of historical or preservation society to PRESERVE the course, rather than use far more emergency once it's destroyed.Really cool place-plays right out of the town and back into the town
Many is the golfer who has lamented that a links course occupies the flat ground in the lee of the dunes rather than take us on a dramatic roller coaster ride through the sandhills themselves.The assumption is generally made that the Victorian course designers missed a trick by ignoring the most spectacular ground.Perhaps we do them a disservice......is the genuine linksland away from the dunes not actually the best ground for golf? And far more likely to survive the vagaries of weather and tide?
There are dunes at St Andrews. The Old Course however, goes nowhere near the dunes. As a consequence it is very unlikely to suffer from erosion or flooding.Does TOC suffer from not venturing into the dunes?I think not...
The point I'm making is that the links land so prized for its suitability for golf is not in the dunes - it is in the lee of the dunes. Whenever a course ventures into the dunes themselves there is always the danger that erosion by wind and tide will eventually force a re-routing.