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Rumples are there own reward, right? They were there before the golf and rumples don't trouble themselves to help or hurt you. They just rumple on. Rumples rule.
Quote from: MCirba on October 15, 2016, 09:46:47 AMRumples are there own reward, right? They were there before the golf and rumples don't trouble themselves to help or hurt you. They just rumple on. Rumples rule. Rumpels Still Can
I just played Kington again today and marveled out how often I had roly poly lies mixed with fairway slope. There simply aren't nearly enough courses which offer this combo as a defence. Trying to control ball flight becomes far harder even with 3-5 inch elevation changes in the fairway...something which Kington has in abundance. Add in that much of the time greens aren't receptive, but are angled and Kington can become a great challenge for a course which doesn't hit 6000 yards from the back tees.Ciao
Jon:I agree with you, but not entirely.Modern courses generally don't have the natural "wrinkle" of ancient links, but it's not always the fault of modern equipment. True links benefit from being grazed down by animals so that machinery was not necessary to remove a lot of vegetation. Most inland courses have to be cleared of vegetation, so even if we want to leave the rumple alone, it's hard to do, because you've got to fix so many disturbed areas.Usually when you do see "rumple" on a modern course, it's stuff that has been added by shapers and finish guys who are really trying to imitate Nature. It's really hard to do well, but occasionally we manage to pull it off.You and Jeff are right though, a lot of the problem is that most people in modern times [owners, contractors, golfers] have different expectations. And they want to drive a buggy across it all!
That's a very fine and very typical photo of Ballyliifin Old fairway above. Thanks for posting Stewart. A comparison photo of a typical Glashedy fairway made by modern big machines would be useful.