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Thomas Dai

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U.K. course routings changed forever by WWII
« on: May 30, 2018, 04:15:40 AM »
The currently ongoing thread about Dornoch got me pondering how UK course routings or significant features were changed forever by WWII.....not for a few years, but forever, permanently, never returning to the original.

Examples that come immediately to mind -

Dornoch - airfield
Turnberry - airfield
Saunton - tank training area
Royal Jersey - coastal gun emplacements
Stover, Devon - Army hospital
Malvern, The Worcestershire - Army hospital
Various/numerous - concrete gun/observation posts

What would be some other examples..not just links courses, inland courses as well.

Courses in Europe were obviously also effected. Perhaps a separate thread would be useful to detail them.


Michael Graham

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Re: U.K. course routings changed forever by WWII
« Reply #1 on: May 30, 2018, 05:02:24 AM »
The original course at Archerfield was lost when the MoD took over the whole estate as part of the war effort.

Ben Stephens

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Re: U.K. course routings changed forever by WWII
« Reply #2 on: May 30, 2018, 06:17:18 AM »
The original holes 9, 10 and 11 at Luffenham Heath were taken out of play in 1942/3 and returned to farming.

The club still owns the field where those original holes are and the location of the 10th green is still marked out by 3 clusters of trees.

I can envisage the course would be a lot better if they returned to those holes as the replacement holes current 11 and 12 are not on a great subsoil area and they feel cramped whereas the other holes have a lot of elbow space around them.


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