Bunker Month

Serengeti by Nicklaus

Blackstone Course by Brian Curley

Balckstone Course by Brian Curley

November has turned out to be bunker month on TV. Last week we watched Royal Melbourne host the President’s Cup matches between the USA ‘s PGA TOUR players and the Greg Norman ALLSTARS. Unfortunately Greg proved again that Australian players don’t stand up under pressure, not since Gallipolli. But the course was the star, and the bunkering style should become the world standard.

This week we couch potatoes get to see more great bunkering, not the same, more in the style of Stanley Thompson if he were doing bunkers today.
In the World Cup matches, formerly the Canada Cup (won by Knudson and Balding in Rome), the field is playing the Blackstone Course at Mission Hills, Hainan Island, China. Check out Mission Hills China on the web, it`s bigger than Clublink! The designer is Brian Curley, and he`s very busy these days.
And then on the European Tour`s South African Open the field is playing the Seregenti Course (no relation to the Bolle glasses), designed by Jack Nicklaus. The bunkering looks similar, the sand is more golden while the Chinese have a glossy white sand preference (is it a product of their industrial prowess). Regardless, both look good on TV, and have very wide fairways – the new strategic type of course where stategy begins with your second shot!

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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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