I love the concept of template holes, specifically how it creates a shorthand language for people to discuss and compare the strategy of different holes, across different courses.
Practically speaking, however, it strikes me that the template-hole dictionary is awfully thin. Most golfers, myself included, have little to no experience with or access to the Raynor/Macdonald courses at the core of the template hole canon.
Should we be creating and/or naming new templates?
As an example - there is one type of hole I feel I have seen on multiple different courses (by different architects), but I don't have a catchy name like "cape" or "biarritz" to knit these holes together.
This hole as I have seen it is typically a long par-4 or reachable par-5. The hole gently doglegs right to left up and over a hill, with a similar fairway camber of high-right/low-left. The distant green is blind from the tee and often open in the front to a running approach, and/or bunkered in a way to favor a faded approach shot.
Thus the thrilling challenge on the tee is to hit a powerful draw with enough distance to clear the crest of the hill, then imagine your ball taking a pleasing tumble down the hill to the middle or left side of the fairway. The equally challenging second shot is usually above your feet and played with a long iron or fairway wood, to a green that often favors a fade.
Dormie Club #8
Sand Hollow #6
Aetna Springs #6
Pasatiempo #10 (though a drawing approach is better here)
St. George's Hill #10 (inverse; cambers left to right)
Have others seen examples of this type of hole, and can we christen it with a name?