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So please explainLovely views to be sure, and some nice ground movement. But I look at these pics and google earth and I see a bunch of straight holes, with straight mowing lines, playing into rather square greens flanked symmetrically by straight bunkers?On the surface then, which I concede is as far as my knowledge of the place goes, I fail to get excited about it.
Now don't be a prat Bill. I am simply voicing an opinion on the basis of the information that is available to me, which is all anyone can do.Not being American I do not feel the need to gush and fawn over this place because of its exclusiveness or history. I see what I am able to see and comment accordingly without bias. And I see lots of dead straight holes that seem to favour straight on approaches from the middle of the fairway. I happily concede that may not actually be the case as aerial analysis is far from ideal and certainly not the whole package, but its still part of the package. Would Mackenzie, if given this lovely piece of sandy country, designed such unnatural geometric features - possibly not.I am not suggesting the course is not worthy of its high regard, I am saying that these pics and google do not allow me to make an assessment. It is a course that is utterly closed to the public so playing it out of the question, and it seemingly lacks the artistic sculpturing that we would consider a requirement on such a fine site.Perhaps Raynor is a genius, in hiding his light under a bushel, but I happen to like lights.
These are some of the best pics of a course I have ever looked at on GCA. You and Doc Joe have the gift. Brightens up a dreary morning.Thank you.
Takes more than pics to impress me I'm afraid.
So please explainLovely views to be sure, and some nice ground movement. But I look at these pics and google earth and I see a bunch of straight holes, with straight mowing lines, playing into rather square greens flanked symmetrically by straight bunkers?Josh,Do you feel that the most thorough, intelligent evaluations of golf courses are those made solely through an assessment based upon Google Earth.Or, do you feel that the assessment of a golf hole/course is better accomplished by adhering to the recommendation on page 295 of "Scotland's Gift". On the surface then, which I concede is as far as my knowledge of the place goes, I fail to get excited about it.Clearly there is something going on, but damned if I can see it as it clearly lacks the visual impact of RM, NGLA or Cypress, and yet it seems to get mentioned in the same breath.Is it really that good and if so, how is it demonstrated as I suspect it is a course that very few people have ever actually played.Do you feel that the degree of access determines the merits of the architecture ?Of the limited number of people who have played FI, what are their opinions ?Where does CPC stand in your assessment.Has Ran ceased administering the AMRT in conjunction with the GIQ test ?.
Sorry, forgive my geographic ignorance, its "up there" somewhere isn't it?