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Sean,You said, "Pit, Perfection, Redan and Gate is perhaps the most famous stretch of holes in golf and rightfully so. "I don't agree. The vast majority of golfers... VAST majority... have never heard of these holes. The vast majority have never heard of North Berwick.I had lunch this week with the head professional at one of our areas most highly regarded courses. He is originally from England, only 15 years removed from the greater Manchester area. He was not familiar with St Enodoc or Perranporth, our Buda courses, or Bernham & Berrow.We are truly part of a very small universe of golfers!
Sean,I think 12 and 17 are excellent holes, 10 and 11 are very good. I once admitted my disappointment with #18 to some locals when I was younger and their extremely polite response was, "but it's a greeaaat hole fur settlin bets."
The 18th is a wonderful hole to play in the dark at the end of the day [which I must have done a half-dozen times by now]. You have the lighted clock at the clubhouse to aim at, nothing but short grass so you can find your ball unless you've blocked it into the cars on the right, and you will always be close enough to the green to see what you are doing for your second shot.
18 is a great match-play hole, not much more to say. In stroke-play its a great chance to steal a shot back from the course. I liken it to a 3-ft putt; you know you should make it...and perhaps thats why people falter here. The OOB should not be an issue but it always is.
Sean,Now you have become more familiar with the course, what are your thoughts on the 3rd? I remember you once said in a thread that you thought it was a long slog with an uninteresting flat green at the end of it.Its not one of my favourite holes on the course but I was always surprised at your description of the green. I really like it and it has plenty of movement.12 is my favourite hole, albeit not the "best" hole out there. The whole back 9 is special as not one hole is anything like the holes that follow or precede them. Many holes are truly unique unless you are playing a template that has taken inspiration from them.With regard to 1 and 18: 18 is a great match-play hole, not much more to say. In stroke-play its a great chance to steal a shot back from the course. I liken it to a 3-ft putt; you know you should make it...and perhaps thats why people falter here. The OOB should not be an issue but it always is.1 has grown on me over the years but I'll never sit here and say its a world-beater. Its not far off the length of some of the great short 4s in the world and if you think about it, its a good risk-reward hole for the pros. Again, another good match-play hole, especially as a 19th.