The Golf Club,
7th hole, 530 yards; What a fascinating hole to watchan accomplished playertackle.The Tigerwill givethis long, narrowgreen a go in two shots but how many times will he walk away with a birdie? The answer – more than a few times there will be a disgruntled golfer on the 8th tee. The front bunkers with their narrow opening onto the green receive plenty of attention and leavethe golfer with a 20-30 yard explosion shot, never an easy task.
13th hole, 370 yards; Just as the 12th is a completely natural hole, the 13th is completely manufactured. The marshland and pond were created from lifeless land and yet the end result may be the mostnoted hole on the course. As an exampleof the impact that Dye’s mid-1960s trip to Scotland had on him, he has always credited the shape of this hole to the 18th at Prestwick. Prestwick only wishes its 18th were of this high standard! Dye would later go on to construct many superb sub-370 yard holes but this was his very first one.
15th hole, 450yards; As at the 2nd, 5th and 14th holes, a cross bunker must be carried off the tee to gain the optimal advantage for the approach shot. The crowned green calls for a well struck, high approach.
16th hole, 195 yards; One of the great losses in American golf is that holes rarely attract a name. This one, known as Hangman’s Hole, is different with a rope and noose dangling from a 285 year old oak nearby. Many a golfer who has failed to clear the ravine or three putted the pitched greenhas looked at the noose with little more than a wry smile.
The key ingredients were always in place forThe Golf Clubto be a truly special course. Over 440 acres of rolling, pristineland was purchased. The architect had to makeno consideration for housing or any other extraneous activities. Also, there was no budget constraints placed upon the architectand he answered to only one man who never dillydallied: Fred Jones.
Mr. Jones himself deserves heaps and heaps of credit for havingthevision and committment to create such aretreat for his friends but for Pete Dye to have delivered such a monumental courseremainsa remarkable achievment. No course like it had ever been built – both before and after. If only more people were familiar with it.