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Bunkerless holes-how many?

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#31 Aleriooon



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Posted 22 December 2018 - 10:53 PM

My course has 4 holes without bunkers, it's 100 years old but has been renovated over the years. Almost every hole without a bunker has a pretty severe green or green complex.

#4- Reachable par 5 with fairway sloping hard right to left into a hazard and green sloping both right to left and front to back making it extremely hard to hold on the approach.

#12- Par 4 with hazards left and right off the tee and a long, narrow green with mounds on either side that can kick balls away. The approach is blind.

#14- The same as #12 but tighter and 40 yards shorter.

#16- Dogleg left with a ravine at hazard at 250 yards off the tee. Green is cut into the side of a hill, missing above can kick the ball on the green but missing below is in the hazard.

All of these holes feature hazards as deterrents for poor shots and also face dramatically sloping green complexes (and greens for 4 and 16). Bunkers would help tee shots from running into hazards but would remove options around the greens as the mounds are usually pretty tightly cut so a variety of shots can be played. 3 of these 4 holes are some of the toughest on the course and I wouldn't modify them.

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Posted 22 December 2018 - 11:33 PM

My home course has 27 holes.  All of them are well protected by bunkers.
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Posted 23 December 2018 - 12:28 AM

We have seven holes that are bunkeless. But bunkers aren’t really an important part of the courses’s defense as most of them are to the side of the greens. I think only one greenside bunker is really is play if you’re in the fairway.

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Posted 23 December 2018 - 05:01 PM

All of the holes at my home course have bunkers. They have started filling a bunch of them in though. I can think of at least 4 bunkers that were filled in with sod later in the season, which I think will make it 1 bunkerless hole next season. One of them on 17 it looked like they were turning it into a pot bunker. They had a new wall build and still had it torn up around where the rest of the bunker used to be.


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Posted 23 December 2018 - 07:41 PM

My course has bunkers on every hole but also has several with no fairway bunkers. Water on a handful of holes but to go in would take a poor shot. We have a few dogleg holes that require a decent tee shot (played from the proper tee box) to have open shot to green. Many greens have drop-offs to the rear or the side so hitting greens is critical to avoid difficult recovery shot.


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Posted 23 December 2018 - 10:13 PM

View Postthejuice, on 07 December 2018 - 10:01 AM, said:

I think the best designed courses are the ones that put hazards in play to affect the golfers options, not just because.  I've played courses with very few bunkers that are just as hard as courses with them scattered everywhere.  Grass bunkers, water hazards, mounds, sloping fairways and greens, very large greens, and tree-lined fairways can make for just as much challenge as a bunker shot.  Honestly, sand shots don't scare me like they do some.  I'd much rather have a bunked lined fairway than a tight-chute type tree-lined tee shot into the wind with water left and OB right.  Now that's scary!!!!

Yes to this.

I seem to recall that a old school Donald Ross course I played in southern Ohio has some holes without sand. It reminded about something I read where  Ross wrote he preferred avoiding artificial hazards, and that included putting sand in areas where it didn’t exist naturally. The thing about that course was I realized there were holes without sand bunkers, but a few of them had grass bunkers and I found them tougher than sound bunkers.
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Posted 29 December 2018 - 10:07 PM

All 18 at my course have bunkers.  All the holes except one have bunkers impacting the tee shot. All greens have several bunkers protecting them.  However, there is plenty of room opposite the bunkers to hit the fairway and the green for that matter. The bunkers are not put in spots that are unnecessarily penal, but an errant shot will have a good chance of finding trouble. I like the bunkering so one has to be somewhat purposeful with each shot. Not target golf, but avoid one side or the other. With all that said, the course also uses mounds and slopes to increase the challenge as well.


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