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Great pics. Thanks for posting.It will be interesting to see how the open sandy waste areas are maintained and what short of vegetation grows into those areas over the next several years.
Terrific post Padraig.Many thanks for sharing with us.Atb
Not long back from New Zealand and here are some photos of Te AraiPar 5 1stTe Arai by Padraig Dooley, Par 4 2ndTe Arai by Padraig Dooley, Par 4 3rdTe Arai by Padraig Dooley, Par 4 4thTe Arai by Padraig Dooley, Te Arai by Padraig Dooley, Golf at Te Arai by Padraig Dooley, Golf at Te Arai by Padraig Dooley, Par 3 5thGolf at Te Arai by Padraig Dooley,
I just came to christen the 14th the Inverse Lionís Mouth. Goodness gracious what a better concept for the green than a bunker there. Shaggy mound. May get a bump off it, May get stuck on it. Demands you to think just like a bunker would. Very cool.
Quote from: Ben Sims on November 18, 2022, 07:58:29 PMI just came to christen the 14th the Inverse Lionís Mouth. Goodness gracious what a better concept for the green than a bunker there. Shaggy mound. May get a bump off it, May get stuck on it. Demands you to think just like a bunker would. Very cool.Thanks for highlighting that Ben.Love it and wish we saw more of it.5 at Friar's Head-an otherwise unremarkable piece of land/hole made great by a grassed bump.I disagree that it "makes you think like a bunker would" as the carom off of it may repel the ball far from the hole and the shot from it would likely be far difficult to control than a bunker shot for a better player.The mound ACTUALLY makes one think off the tee, like the bump on 5 at Friar's, and unlike nearly all greenside bunkers.
Tom's North Course is visible from the 14th green and 15th tee and looks very dramatic so it will be very interesting to see how that would dictate a 10 round split between the three.I guess the only question I'd have of the courses is whether fescue is too thirsty a grass for them.
Another feature of the 14th is that there seem to be several sets of steps leading to/from the fairway and the sandy area on the left side of the hole. I can only imagine that the height difference between the fairway and the sandy area below is both considerable and pretty steep.I canít spot the use of similar steps elsewhere in the photos but wonder if there are some?Atb