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Tony:(a) Are we sure that the alternate route around Hell was used by golfers in the 1870's ? That's when Macdonald became fascinated with The Old Course. He certainly expressed his preference for "big, bold bunkers stretching clear across the course".(b) In none of the old aerial photos I have seen, did Macdonald's courses offer a way around his cross bunker on the Long hole. Certainly not at Lido . . . that is a deep and nasty bunker, and if you go in it with your second shot, you are absolutely not getting to the green in regulation.
Hell bunker is no joke. I'm thinking the old version was grass faced on the entry side. I think with the wind against playing down the 5th is a better option as the fairway gets a little tight after about 150 or so down the right. There is OB in play on your 2nd shot down the right if you slice one as well. You have a better angle from closer to the 5th fairway on many pins as well.Also, I'm not sure many courses want the maintenance to deal with such Tillie's Great Hazard.