Posted 07 October 2009 - 05:41 AM
The course master plan has been done by pacific coast designs, which is Craig Parry's company.
The 7th green has just had its false front leveled out, increases the landing area and gives more pin placement options.
The 14th is being bunkered on the west side of the fairway meaning if you don't draw your drives you are probably gonna find it hard.
The mounds on the seventh fairway are there to keep balls from rolling down off the fairway into the creek. I think this is more a speed of play issue as this is a bit of a choke point on the course.
The mounds on the 12th were put there for the safety of players on the 11th, just as new mounds were put on 18 to help players on 17.
The fourth dogleg will be dammed and another dam will be across the fairway for long tee shots, making a tee shot across the corner very tricky.
As far as the clubhouse - nothing has been done, and nothing will be done for a few years at least. The pro shop will be done first.
Things I'd like to see done that are not in the master plan are:
Bunker the left side of the 5th fairway, it slopes right to left and balls too often end up under the trees there. I'd like to see some fairway bunkers with mounded lips on the fairway side to try and push gently rolling balls back to the fairway but catch balls that are hooking.
The sixth is a major issue with this course, and nobody has come up with a viable solution, I say make it a reachable par 4, bunker the hell out of the green so it takes a pinpoint shot to land it, and put massive fences up on the driveway so that people don't cause carnage when they pull their tee shots.
The seventh tee was re-made recently, but medway missed a great opportunity to move this tee back near the gate and lengthen the hole by about 50 metres. The extra distance may make it a nice risk reward par 5 with a tempting second over the creek. And if it needed extra length, there is 20 metres of nothing land behind the green that culd help move the target back a bit.