CLUB CAMPESTRE TORREÓN
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HOLE 5

 

 
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Hole 5  
Here is the over all master plan for the hole:  
 
Here is a comparison of the original hole and the new hole:  

 

The original green was elevated and protected in the front, left by a bunker and by a bunker in back. Pin positions on the left side of the green were best approached from the right side of the fairway. A cautious approach shot that avoids the left bunker if carelessly played will catch a slope to the right of the green and bounce away down the hill.

In constructing the green we uncovered a number of large tree roots that were growing within the existing green. In addition, there was a layer about 1 meter in depth of wet, mucky soil due to the original green construction methods. It is amazing the greens have survived under these undesirable conditions.

 

As with all the greens, the overall shaping initially done in accordance with the plans was good. However, the standard procedure is to evaluate the initial work in the field to make it better.

In consultation with James I had him modify the approach bunker on the right side. The initial attempt had the bunker too close to the green.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Depending upon the pin location, it is critical to be in the correct part of the fairway. A tee shot in the middle of the fairway is commendable; however, a tee shot at the left or right edges of the fairway is much better depending upon the pin location. A pin in the back, left part of the green is much easier to approach from the right edge of the fairway.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The pin area in front of the swale is probably best approached in the conventional manner of flying the approach shot to the green, at the pin.

 

A pin in the front, right part of the green is much easier to approach from the left edge of the fairway.

 

The swale through the green makes for some exciting pin positions on either side and some interesting challenges.

 

 

 

 

The back, left pin area is pitched at a significant grade to accept an incoming shot. An aerial shot may be very difficult to judge properly. A skilled, smart player may want to play a shot that lands on the front of the green and rolls through the swale then onto the back part of the green. This type of shot is best played along a line aimed at the middle of the green where the green begins to tilt toward the left allowing a rolling ball to reach the back, left pin area. Care must be taken because the left edge of the green will deflect shots into the bunker.

We made the swale through the green more narrow to create more pinnable space before the swale and beyond the swale.

 

The ground in front of the green is broken and undulating which will make more interest when the green is approached by a rolling ball. The fairway in front of the right part of the green now has a sharp bump that will challenge an incoming shot to the right, front of the green from the right fairway. The proper angle of approach to this pin area is from the left side of the fairway.

The picture to the right depicts the bump in the front, right part of the green as viewed from the approach bunker on the right. This bump makes it more difficult to play into the front part of the green. It is best to approach this part of the green from the left side.

 

 

 

 

 

Although it is difficult to discern features when a golf course is in dirt, just beyond the approach bunker and in front of the green is the broken ground described above. From this angle it is challenging to approach pin positions in the front, right part of the green. This is a good angle from which to approach pin positions on the left side of the green, particularly in the back, left part of the green.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It is interesting to note that from the fairway it appears the green is one continuous putting surface from front to back, in other words, the swale is not visible.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The picture to the right is taken from the left side of the green, near the green. The bunker is a part of the land form that is a swale which cuts through the green and exits through the right side of the green. This bunker is completely enveloped by fairway ground that pitches toward it so a careless approach or recovery shot will likely find the bunker.

 

The green will be controversial, but it is legitimate based upon the fact that it is a strategic design of the highest order. Club Campestre Torreon can be proud that the greens built to date provide within each green a wide variety of pin areas making the hole play differently from day to day.

The fairway line shall be along the right side of the approach bunker on the right, therefore fairway will completely surround the bunker. The fairway line shall remain well to the right of the green so that the slope that descends from the green shall be a challenge to players who miss the green to the right.

The fairway line shall stay well to the left of the green along the left side and eventually tie into the back of the green.

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