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Quote from: Tim Gallant on September 07, 2020, 07:35:13 AMHere's one from the 40s:Great photo. After the extension to the rear, that front section is still all green, would like to see more if it restored, it might help do away with the manufactured look the green currently suffers a little from. And get the rear bunker reinstated. As Sean says, beyond the green is currently one of the worst places on the course to be.
Here's one from the 40s:
I would completely agree with my replies #14 and #15 from 2005.Good to see I'm still in agreement with myself.
Quote from: Tim Gallant on September 07, 2020, 07:35:13 AMI don't envy the poor bloke hand mowing the grass in front of the hotel. That is one piece of back breaking work.As others have mentioned, it is very noticeable how much wider the course was back then and indeed when I first played it in the early 80s.
What's perplexing is that the golfers seem to be playing at right angles to the bunker. That would not be consistent with the current location of the bunkers and green as the green is angled off to the right of the current bunkers. Also, there doesn't appear to be a large ridge behind the bunker in the painting as there is behind the current bunkers.There doesn't ppear to be a ridge behind the bunker in the old picture either although that picture was taken in a direction a bit to the left of the painting's direction. The island in the background is Craigleith which is to the left of Bass Rock.
Quote from: MCirba on September 08, 2020, 08:54:09 AMI would completely agree with my replies #14 and #15 from 2005.Good to see I'm still in agreement with myself. MikeRe post 14, I've only played 2 Gil Hanse courses but don't recall him giving you a totally blind approach off a good drive. Even with the raised road at Craighead I think you can still see the flag from what I recall. Did he design a totally blind hole anywhere else ?Re post 15 - my understanding is that "Perfection" originally got it's name because of the need to hit a perfect drive and a perfect approach, not just a perfect approach. In other words no one was getting home off an indifferent drive.Niall
Two things about the painting;1 - from the vantage point of the artist you can see the 3rd hole and the Redan, the wall etc. If you were standing in front of the existing bunker, could you see the same view or would it be blocked out by the mounds/dunes ?2 - the player and all the spectators are clearly focusing on something on the other side of the bunker. With the bank that is there now they wouldn't be doing that. That leads me to the conclusion that either the bank has been raised as has the mounding on the right handside, or the bunker that is being played over in the painting is a now NLE bunker that was situated between the existing bunkers and the wall and on the same line, the remains of which can possibly be seen in the aerial photo Tony posted.The only problem with that theory is the painting appears to be from a similar time as the layout Josh posted and there is no sign of an additional bunker in that plan. Niall
So Drummer Boy, are you basically agreeing with me that what appears to be a disused grassed in bunker in that aerial might be the bunker in the painting ?Niall