03 September 2007

Monday Doodle

Every Monday (when I have one available) I'll post one of my sketches for discussion and perusal. Yes, it's shameless self promotion, but that's what blogs are for. Here we have 4 holes I just let flow on the paper. A short par 4, followed by a longish par 3 and then two par 5s. I am particularly fond of the middle par 5 and the bunkers that hamper the second shot. I'll be exploring this bunker arrangement as a way of forcing the golfer to really commit to an angle of attack and his approach to the green. Each option presents a variety of choices and hazards to negotiate based on the skill level and daring of the golfer.

I like the idea of having the hazards well short of the green on a long par 3 as this allows the wily short hitting golfer a means to reach the green by challenging the hazards short while still forcing precision in the long hitter.


Jeffrey Prest said...


I think it's a great idea. Just two questions on the first sketches:

Do both two shades of green on each hole represent fairway?

Could you enlarge on the comment in your final paragraph about bringing the hazards forward on the par threes, as I'm not sure what point you're trying to make.

Anonymous said...

I hate the aesthetics of the bottom left hole, just looks too darn busy. Maybe if there was a ridge instead of a fairway bunker I would like it better. Also, who who would the two bunkers on the left be in play for on the whole all the way to the right?

Sir Putts-a-lot said...

I'm not quite sure how the aesthetics of the hole would look from the tee but it's entirely possible that the busy look could disappear from eye level. I do like the idea of the ridge, but what's to stop the easy long iron tee shot? I want the golfer to have to commit to a solid line off the tee and take some forms of happenstance and whimsy out of the equation for one hole at least.

I also haven't really assigned distances to the holes, so I can't answer the second question. The idea was that they'd be about 280-290 yards away from the back tee, but their real location would be terrain dependent.