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Sherwood Forest (MD)
Quote from: MCirba on March 09, 2023, 01:49:47 PMSherwood Forest (MD)We sure had a fun day, for sure!Photo tour:http://www80.homepage.villanova.edu/joseph.bausch/images/albums/SherwoodForest/index.html
My list of GB&I animal grazed courses is as follows. There may be the odd omission or mistaken inclusion and animal grazing is seasonal.Westward Ho!/RNDAskernishLahinch (Ire) (the famous goats!)PennardSoutherndownBroraSutton Coldfield (tagged cattle)Machrihanish DunesClyneKingtonCleeve HillKnole Park (Kent) (deer)YelvertonApplebyTavistockMinchinhampton OldBeverley & East Riding (Yorks)Baildon (Yorks)Halifax Yorks)Wrangaton (1st-9) Devon)West Monmouthshire (South Wales)Merthyr TydfilPainswickDurnessChurch StrettonLobden (Lancs)Mulranny (County Mayo, Ire)Gweedore (Donegal, Ire)Otway (Donegal, Ire)New Forest (Hampshire)Bramshaw (Hamps)Burley (Hamps)Isle of HarrisFair IsleFort AugustusKingarrockKnighton (Mid-Wales)Machynylech (Mid-Wales)Holywell (North Wales)Barralona.BenbeculaColonsayRoyal GuernseyCockermouthUllapoolTraighGairlochLybsterHelmsdaleBonar BridgePortmahomacNewtonmoreRaeyThere may be others and since I put this list together a while back some courses may have subsequently stopped using grazing.Atb
Thanks for that list. The one I did not expect is Royal Guernsey. Wish I'd gotten there now but I just didn't have enough time to day trip it from Jersey.If Royal Guernsey has sheep then does the course on Alderney? I would have thought that one was much more likely to be grazed.
My list of GB&I animal grazed courses is as follows. There may be the odd omission or mistaken inclusion and animal grazing is seasonal.
Quote from: Thomas Dai on March 09, 2023, 09:39:28 AMMy list of GB&I animal grazed courses is as follows. There may be the odd omission or mistaken inclusion and animal grazing is seasonal.Halifax shouldn’t be on this list I’m afraid.
It doesn't seem as if Raynor moved much dirt at Fishers Island, and they still do not irrigate the fairways.
Quote from: Tommy Williamsen on March 09, 2023, 06:36:49 PMIt doesn't seem as if Raynor moved much dirt at Fishers Island, and they still do not irrigate the fairways.The other course on the island may be an even better candidate.
Quote from: Michael Morandi on March 08, 2023, 11:10:20 PMBaltre/County Louth? I haven’t been there in 25 years but found it “found”. But you could say the same about more than a few British Isles courses in the seaside dunes. Tom Doak is right: few, if any USA courses fits the entire criteria.Baltray is the next level down (in terms of naturalness) than the courses Tom mentions. Whilst it is very much found with minimal fairway work, it has quite a few built greens and many tweaks over the years.However, it’s close. There are a lot of other links courses that fall in to the same bracket as Baltray. And then a lot that have had significantly more work done to them.Baltray have just hired M&E, their 3rd or 4th choice of architect in the last 15 years.Spey Bay could be added to Tom’s list.
Baltre/County Louth? I haven’t been there in 25 years but found it “found”. But you could say the same about more than a few British Isles courses in the seaside dunes. Tom Doak is right: few, if any USA courses fits the entire criteria.
I know Mike Young isn't going to self promote, but I would say the Fields Club in Lagrange, Georgia. It's a very simple golf course mowed with a gang unit in the fairways and limited water/fertilizer outside of the greens. It's one of the truly special places in golf.
What are the Most natural/least constructed/Most "found" courses?AND minimally maintained with minimal artificial irrigation other than greensWhat are some in each region?USAUk/IrelandAustralia/NZRest of world
Has anyone every developed a measure of naturalness? Something where we could put courses on a spectrum. Digesting these comments so far, I would say a 100% natural course with no irrigation and no contouring of any kind and no mowing might be a nice novelty to try out once or twice, but not the kind of place I would really find interesting.Haven't seen Mulranny have you. For example, I was just scanning the Mach Dunes website and they were promoting the fact that they utilized goat grazing as a supplement to “some mowing.” I have always thought of Brora as the most natural course in the world. At least in terms of melding natural with an actual constructed work. Not a lot of electric fences in nature, but I don’t think that’s the point. You don't find Brora "interesting?"