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Sean,I’m curious if that player in the bunker on 13 got up and down. Reason being, that appears to be the same player I saw get up and down from the bunker on 9. Surely two of the hardest green side bunker shots on the golf course. Particularly at the speeds you played. Also, I think I disagree with your characterization of 16 as a slog of a par five. If the hole came midway through the front 9, no one would say that about it. They’d just say it’s a stiff three-shotter. Maybe sometimes it’s okay to ask golfers to “do work”.
Maybe slog is too harsh. Its just that the very uphill 8th didn't feel that way at all and it probably played just as long. 16 & 12 struck me as very average holes, except for the greens, to cover a corridor of very average land. Nothing to write home about, especially relative to many othe CD holes. TomThanks. I didn't think those sketches were too similar to what is the in the ground. Ciao
Terrific tour, Sean, with helpful additional info from Tom D. The MacKenzie drawings are, unsurprisingly, beautiful. While I do think Maxwell created better greens than Robert Hunter, it's hard to not wish a club like CD could have trademark MacKenzie style bunkers to go with its terrific layout!
Actually Maxwell’s bunkers were mostly pretty plain looking. I have not seen the restoration of Old Town, but if the bunkers are really pretty, that might be Bill Coore’s work, not Maxwell’s.
An old photo from near the same spot courtesy of Josh Bills.