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I'm not sure there's a course out there that's disappointed more belt-notchers.
JonThe winter green sits in a hollow so the ball gathers in whereas the main green its the opposite.SeanI suspect we've had the discussion before about wind on links but for what it's worth I think the issue of variance of hole direction in respect of "prevailing" wind is way over stated. In fact I'd go as far as to say it's an irrelevance. In the course of a 3 to 4.5 hour round the wind is going to change in respect of strength and direction any number of times, particularly if you are playing about mid day when the tide turns. It's not unknown for the wind to switch around 180 degrees and back again.To judge a links course therefore on purely hole length and direction when a 340 yard hole can be a drive and a wedge and then a similar length hole a drive and a 3 wood seems bogus to me. Even a switch in direction of a fairly light wind can result in a change of 2 or 3 clubs.Niall
What's the famous long par-4 11th like to play, the hole alongside the railway line? - http://www.royaltroon.com/courses/old-course/11 It looks pretty brutal, especially if played with the carry from the right hand tees, the more so into the wind.Atb
Sean,I can only presume that you are referring to inland golf when you say you rarely get any significant wind variation. Thatís certainly not true about links. Even Sheehy canít argue his way out of that one.And once you have that variation in wind then it doesnít really matter what the yardage is on the card, itís how the course plays and there is plenty of variety out there. Sticking slavishly to the numbers isÖ..well, itís like rating a course before youíve played it, all on the basis of a plan and a scorecard, and that is wrong.Niall