Sunday, 26 December 2010

The 17th at Laval



 
This hole features a prominent ridge around 20 feet high that runs on a slight diagonal from right to left. The entire setting is surrounded by large mature hardwoods with the focus going to the highest point on the ridge. After seeing so many great uphill par threes in Australia this was an invitation that I could not pass up.
 
The green going on top of the ridge was a given. Conventional wisdom says that the green site should be angled to the left to mimic the natural diagonal created by the ridge. By adding bunkers to the left and a potential one in back we had a hole that allowed a player to play a draw and use the slope of the land to run the shot in. Since the green fell toward the natural fall line, a cut would stick where it was hit.
 
Since this was the final hole, Mike and I wanted to allow all types of shots and reward the player who could work the ball either way. We continue the angle to the left using the bunkers that reinforce that angle. Although we stepped back the first one for more room to run a shot in. The key to this version is the bunker placement on the right of the green. We choose to pinch it into the green by extending the green out to the right on both sides to create new tough pin positions. The front right pin will require a runing approach and the back right a high cut.
 
By giving the green a subtle twist we reward the player for being able to shape shots. The hole measure around 200 yards and make a fine compliment to the 145 yard three that precedes it. Players can fly the ball all the way to the target or use the ground to run one in. The choice is theirs to make.

Here is the image of the hole, as you can see everything is very clear and straightforward from the tee.

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