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#1 shankman



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Posted 14 August 2009 - 12:07 AM

We have a fairway bunker with a protruding tongue that must rate as some of the worst design ever seen. Nothing wrong with the bunker and its position, but 99% of the time your ball rolls in and ends up stuck behind this tongue, which juts out into the base of the trap, and sits up about 2ft. Only option is to blast out sideways, as a full shot forward is impossible I liken it to a greenside tongue design, which you can walk down into the trap. Anyone else ever seen this??

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Posted 14 August 2009 - 12:25 AM

The are hazards shankman. Traits like these are very common on quality risk reward type golf holes. Next time take a club that takes it out of play to avoid the sideways blastout.
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Posted 22 March 2014 - 12:50 AM

I've played plenty of courses with fairway sand-traps with 'tongues' which does not bother me: Kennedy Bay has 'pot' bunkers (perfectly round - with no 'tongues') and sometimes i need to play backwards to get out of one of these types of bunker...after all, it is a hazard for the purpose of penalizing an errant shot.


Bunkers are bunkers - avoid them with course management or (potentially) be penalized. 

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Posted 27 March 2014 - 01:52 PM

What the hell is a bunker tongue?

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Posted 27 March 2014 - 02:00 PM

a joy for Penny Wong

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Posted 27 March 2014 - 02:03 PM

and Christine Forster.

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#7 The Robinator

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Posted 31 March 2014 - 08:37 PM

It gives more of a chance to land on something other than sand imo.

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Posted 31 March 2014 - 11:13 PM

Sand traps are only for beautification purposes, according to Gary Player. Course designers shape them to make the hole look pretty.

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Posted 27 July 2014 - 07:38 PM

All the more reason to keep the hell out of them !!

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Posted 28 July 2014 - 06:53 AM

Pretty things only get you into trouble
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Posted 03 September 2014 - 10:24 AM

they're meant to be hazards, you hit it in the bunker behind the tongue where you shouldn't, you pay the price...

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