Monday, June 1, 2009

The Overlooked Genius of Fishers Island Part 2

Another shortage par-4 is the 12th hole, which plays 389 from the back tee with the prevailing wind usually coming from the right. As you can see in can see in the left photo (click on the photo to make it larger), taken by Brett Zimmerman, the left side of the green is well above the right, perhaps as much as five feet. This style of Seth Raynor hole is often referred to as a Two-Shot Redan, as the green style mimics that of a Redan, a par-3. Here the feature is reversed so that the high side is on the left.

The green is angled to the left side of the fairway making that side the preferred route in. However, playing too far left can leave the ball below the feet of a right-handed player or in the rough. Those who play to the middle or the right of the fairway, often must aim their approach shot out over the right bunker that sits some 10 feet below the putting surface so the whipping wind can blow it back. What few players realize, though, is that the high left side of the green can be used on the approach, or in my case seen here, out of the bunker.

Most times that people are in the right bunker they leave their attempt to get out on the bank and the ball rolls back to their feet. Few realize, playing the shot some 10 to 15 feet beyond the pin and up the slope will bring the ball back down to the pin.

From the fairway, a well-played shot left will result in the ball being directed by the hill down to the pin. It is exactly these kind of features that make golf so much fun. Unfortunately, few modern architects integrate them into their designs.

By the way, while my sand shot was a good one, I missed the putt for par.

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