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I recall a story form Ireland, whether it's a true story or not I don't know.A visitor went into the Pro-shop after finishing his round on a links course and complimented the courses condition but mentioned how there seemed to be too much sand in the bunkers. The Pro replied along the lines of "Well, the sand around here's only about 100ft deep, so how much of it exactly would you suggest we remove?"! atb
Reading a couple of other threads on bunkers convinces me even more that the modern bunker is a "cop-out". Does anyone think that a well manicured bunker where the ball rolls away from the edges and into a well raked lie is a hazard that intimidates a good player. Doesn't this type of "hazard" actually keep a ball from rolling further away in many situations. IMHO if a bunker with many variables, whether it be lie, grasses, slope, hairy etc, is much more intimidating and will make a good player think much more about missing into the same location than if it is a well maintained modern bunker. Of course I guess we could say the same thing about taking grain out of greens also , variables continue to be removed.
I don't care if a well maintained bunker doesn't provide enough challenge to a great player. They're one-percenters. They'll still bitch anyway.