Posted by KELLY BLAKE MORAN on Sunday, April 24, 2016 Under: GOLF COURSE DESIGN
This allows the magnificent land features in front of the greens to become an important element in the ground game and this width extends to bunkers off to the sides where the terrain will carry the ball to them if the shot played is careless.
An important strategic element to consider for fairways on existing courses is the fairway mow lines. Over time fairways become narrow and assume a simple shape for a variety of reasons such as as making mowing more time efficient, accommodating encroaching trees, and attempting to match the irrigation patterns with regard for the head layout. These efficiencies and adjustments can take out of play fairway bunkers and green side bunkers by leaving a large swath of high rough grass between the fairway and the bunker. Expanding fairways closer to the bunkers brings the bunkers into play in three ways. First, the ball rolling on the ground is more likely to enter the bunker if the fairway is cut close to the bunker. Second if more fairway is near the bunker a player may choose to play close to the bunker in order to gain a better angle from which to play the next shot. Third, if more fairway is around the bunker, including beyond the bunker, a player may be encouraged to play over the bunker to the fairway beyond it again in order to gain a better angle on the next shot, or to shorten the distance required to play the next shot.
It would be a shame if the recovery shot to the approach area in front of the green required no thought. A wide approach with a lone bunker, and interesting contour within the approach and into the green should demand thought before action about exactly where to place the recovery shot in relation to the pin. The approach areas are not just for the average player who can not reach the green in regulation; it also affects good players particularly when they don’t hit a good drive and must play a recovery shot.
A wide fairway approach to the green paired with an interesting green design requires the golfer to think before hitting which makes the game more fun to play. It also brings back the chess game approach to golf that was so well articulated in the instruction books produced by some great players and teachers.
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