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Robin_Hiseman

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Re: HEYTHROP PARK: Well Nigh
« Reply #25 on: July 26, 2020, 07:13:50 AM »
Sean


I did contact Tom Mackenzie and got the following back from him

"...I think you realise that the design was effectively done on one leg hopping such were the constraints. I am not sure most people realise how miraculous an achievement it was to get permission to build the course and it was a combination of landscape restoration and course design. The trees on the 9th are a case in point. There were (are) plans to build on the site of the building right of the 12th and playing right of the oak would have meant a far greater risk of that area coming under fire with balls. Seemed fair enough to me."


Tom has produced a narrated powerpoint presentation about the process, which EIGCA members have access to. It's an interesting watch.
Pretty much every course has a complex back story, giving rise to why it is how it is. Heythrop is certainly at the more restrictive end of the scale.


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Sean_A

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Re: HEYTHROP PARK: Well Nigh
« Reply #26 on: July 30, 2020, 03:48:20 AM »
Thanks Doc. I did realize there were severe restrictions because of the park. I guess we disagree about the impact of those restrictions on the quality of the design.

Did T Mac mention why he blocked the 12th fairway with a bunker?

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