QUOTE: vman @ Jan 1 2007, 09:45 PM
I am glad you mentioned these other short holes. Funnily enough, I considered RMW #7 and Kingston Heath #15 when I wrote my last post.
KH #15, in particular, has an enourmous amount of sand, possibly more than any other par three I have played. But the difference is that the bunkers there were cut out of the sandy ground and appear almost natural. They look like they have been there since white man first stepped foot onto the land.
As you mentioned, Ellerston does not have this luxury. IMO, courses such as these should have a minimalistic approach to bunkering. The less, the better. If one or two bunkers do the job, why would you want five or six when they dont sit naturally in the landscape?
I must confess that I do not like Norman's bunker designs Many of his golf courses look more like fun parks. Holes 13 and 14 in Alex's last post look particularly awful.
The setting of the 13th green looks fantastic with the native rocks set into the hill behind the green but what is with all the bunkers short right? The one, or possibly two, closest to the pin are ample. The two short bunkers and the one furthest right do not appear to serve any strategic purpose other than to catch horrendously short or wide shots and in the later instance I think I would prefer to catch the wide bunker than bound off the hill to who knows where.
And what can I say about the 14th? What a beautiful setting for a golf hole. I imagine it is breath taking standing on that tee. What a shame you have to look out over all those hideous bunkers. Again, what strategic purpose do the two left bunkers or even the shortest right bunker serve? I would fill in the two on the left as well as the 1st, 2nd and possibly 4th bunker on the right.
Good post Mick.
In looking over the pics and considering some of your comments to my last post in this thread this is a pretty good summation of the 'style' of Ellerston.
Why did Norman do this? Is it just his look (blue steel ). You'd think he has been around golf long enough to realise how it would look and that maybe he could have put a line through a bunker or 2 that served no purpose. Or is it simply the pressure applied by the client for what he thinks the course should look like.
I think it looks fun to play (and I'd share the driving if you get 2 invites ) but the bunkering is excessive and it does seem an opportunity lost on the 14th.