This discussion group is best enjoyed using Google Chrome, Firefox or Safari.
I am not advocating elimination of bunkers but in many cases there is merit for less of them. A wind swept sand covered mound or sand filled hollow looks great on the links course, a blowout bunker at a place like Sand Hills looks awesome especially when you see dozens of others off the course in the surrounding landscape, but a pit of white sand in the middle of an acre or two of manicured green grass - you tell me?
..... anything that makes golf simpler for bad golfers and more complex for really good ones is ideal in my world.
Getting back to bunkers; probably only a few here have played a bunkerless course but most all of us have played a bunkerless hole. On my latest project, we will actually end up with at least two of them. Don’t know about you but when I come across a hole without bunkers I still am always thinking “is something missing” and should it have at least one bunker to make it a proper golf hole. This is that mindset for most of us about golf courses always being associated with bunkers. Many times on a well designed hole without bunkers I walk away thinking, that hole was really interesting and it didn’t need any. I am hoping those who play the bunkerless holes on my current renovation will feel the same. The question remains; how many architects are creative enough with all the other kinds of formal and informal hazards available on their design pallet to routinely build 18 of them? And how willing are golfers to accept it? Likely we will never know.