C/monster - I've just finished work and only logged on then -
hence the speedy reply. I've not seen the course yet, but I
am busting to, and am very keen to get your perspective.
In my experience, fairways in windy areas are best if they're
wide as they allow play for all sorts of grades of golfers, and
don't see people losing their golf ball.
Knowing Mike Clayton's philosophy, favourite courses, and the
quality of his work to this point, I reckon if you look hard
enough at Ranfurlie, that an ideal line on a small segment of
those wide fairways would be found, often close to a small hazard
or the inside of a dog leg etc.
Agreed, you could spray it off the tee, would have a second shot,
and may even find yourself able to get to the green, but I'd
reckon you had to negotiate some hazards, or tough angles, or
away sloping greens as a consequence of the errant tee ball. I
think this is great golf. Does this sort of thing exist at
Ranfurlie, on reflection ?
If you like eye candy, that's cool. It certainly has it's
place, but a course can still be great without it. Take
Carnoustie, which I was only thinking about today. It is as bleek
and as austere as a doctor's waiting room, yet it's a
Whaddaya reckon ?