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The TORRANCE COURSE

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Winning Ryder Cup Captain SAM TORRANCE feathering a beauty into the 8th green on the Torrance Course!

Winning Ryder Cup Captain SAM TORRANCE feathering a beauty into the 8th green on the Torrance Course!

Yesterday, Sam Torrance and 72 top Scottish Tour Operators got the chance to play the Torrance Course, more than a month in advance of it’s opening July 13th.

The course was already the favourite of local players and has been improved during the past year – 63 new revetted bunkers, all new tees, new routing, new drainage , new irrigation system, all adding up to a great new experience.

I gave a brief intro before the game started and my most important missive was
related to the new bunkers “They should be respected, avoided but not ignored”.
The concensus after the game was well received.

The group of Golf Tour Operators playing were a very critical lot, their business is Scottish golf and on a weekly basis they visit all the great courses. Hopefully, the Torrance will rapidly become a part of their tours, joining our Kittocks Course, and neighbours, the Castle Course, and Kingsbarns, and The Old Course, Carnoustie, Prestwick, Troon, Elie, Lundin, and on and on.

Our plan was to make Torrance more of a local experience, fast and firm conditions throughout with hazardous bunkering. It was nice to see a plan come together yesterday. Over the next month the fairways will gradually become firmer, the greens will become faster. Yesterday the greens were 8.5 on the Stimp, by opening they will be 10 and by the time we host the SCOTTISH SENIOR OPEN in July we’ll be at 12. All 18 greens are the original turf and often considered the best in Scotland. When we hosted the EUROPRO CHAMPIONSHIP in 2007 we had to slow the greens down so the Pros could putt! I’m looking forward to watching Sam Torrance and the stars of Euopean Senior Tour play in August.

When the Open was at the Old Course in 2005 the greens were stimped at 10, the fairways were higher! The Torrance is the final qualifying course in 2010, we’ll have conditions as close to the Old Course as possible, although our greens might be faster.

top picture “approaching the 18th green”
middle picture “the 17th green, from the Forward tees”

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Gary Slatter

Venerable Canadian golf pro Gary Slatter discusses his opinions on the state of golf, golf course design and construction, teaching and more, based on a lifetime in the business.

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