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I considered doing a bunker inside a green at The Sheep Ranch. But I don't think I would ever do it on a regular course; to me it has something of a "kitchen sink" feeling about it, as in, we've tried every other gimmick, let's do this one, too! I never say never, but I've only seen one of them I even remotely liked [#6 at Riviera, which is okay but not a particular favorite], and I've seen at least half a dozen others that have failed to inspire [and some of which have eventually been removed].The one at Doonbeg is just silly ... it's pretty much blind from where you hit the approach, as I remember it.
Does anyone know of any par 4/5's with a center bunker other than Doonbeg 12 that still exist?
Nick:The 13th at Kingsley has a bunker which is not actually inside the green, but the green wraps around the bunker to a back plateau, so that you can be on the green and stymied by the bunker -- it's very possible to drive the green and have to putt around the bunker to that hole location, as Bill and Jeff suggested earlier. Personally, that's the only reason I don't really like that hole, but others seem to embrace it.