Sunday, 26 December 2010

The 15th at Laval

This long four sits on what can be best described as lost land. There are very few trees and almost no natural features other than a small treed hill in the middle. It was a given that we would route the hole around the one prominent hill. The fill pile I indicated on the plan is a massive pile of loose debris from a project done years before. While it offered an opportunity for a tee, it would mean the hill would have no strategic bearing on the hole.
It made far more sense to relocate the fill to places where it would create a more interesting hole. Half of the pile would go back to create a new plateau to elevate the tees. The elevated tee shot can then play over the now exposed valley and over to a landing on the same elevation as the tees. The rest of the fill will go to the left side of the landing area to create a new hill that will match the existing one in shape and scale. This new hill would act as a backdrop for the left side of the hole and will help lead the eye to the right and around the corner.
To create additional interest we added a bunker on the corner for players to flirt with in order to try and shorten the hole. This will be the type of hazard that you will naturally flirt with despite a wide fairway on the outside. This section of the site was the least interesting part of the property and Mike and I felt that without these changes, this hole would have been the one hole that just would not have fit in with the others.  
The remainder of the grades leading to the green are relatively flat, but a nice little soft ridge appears just in front of a natural backdrop created by a line of mature trees. Trees on the right and left of the green site return some of the intimacy enjoyed on most of the other holes. We simply adapted the green to match the direction of the ridge and added a bunker to reinforce the overall strategy of the hole.
This hole falls between two of the shorter and more architecturally interesting holes on the course and is intended to create a change of pace and character. Where the other holes are very bold, short and exciting, this one is very simple, straightforward and tough. Mike and I believe that the changes of pace are crucial to an exciting round. We prefer to mix the pace rather than bludgeon you to death with an overbearing stretch of monster par fours.

The tee shot is illustrated below.

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