a view of the 4th green from the right fairway.
The green is an extension of the fairway. A
large bunker is along the right side of the green,
and is depicted below. Notice the fairway
curving to the right to meet the bunker. At a
later phase, fairway bunker work will be done to the
right of where the picture was taken and the new
fairway line will be tied into the fairway line near
original bunker faced had collapsed. Severe
drainage problems caused the area to the right of
the bunker to be a swamp, and a cart path was
squeezed into this area between the bunker and the
teeing area for hole 5 to the right.
The bunker was
rebuilt. the area to the right of the bunker
was regraded to make for better surface drainage,
and some of the manmade structures were removed that
became impediments to surface drainage. The
cart path was rerouted along the left side of the
green. This made for a much smoother
transition along the path from the 4th green to the
5th tee. the area to the right of 4 green was
grassed so that now the entire area between the 4th
green and 5th tee is grass.
picture above and to the right are of hole 5.
The bunker was rebuilt, and the surrounding terrain
was graded to blend the features into the
surrounding terrain. Notice how the fairway
broadens out near the green and matches with the
above shows the condition of the bunker in January
2005 shortly after the face of the bunker began to
collapse. Notice the awkward shaping that was
done in an attempt to create visibility of the
bunker. Many sharp slopes were created that
did not blend well with the existing terrain.
the left side bunker at hole 5 green after it was
repaired in January 2006. The grass face was
returned, and the area around the bunker that had
been poorly shaped was repaired as well. The
fairway broadens out on this side as it did on the
right side, bringing the bunker more into play, and
giving more interest to the ball that rolls into the
green along the approach.
the bunker prior to our work. It was showing
signs of collapsing, and actually had been
temporarily buttressed. Notice the convoluted
shaping in front, and the large amount of approach
that was in rough, thus preventing any interesting
run up shots to the green.
picture to the left depicts the finished repair work
to the bunker on the left side of the 7th green. Not
only was the bunker face collapsing because of the
botched renovation in 2001, but surface water from
the green was directed toward the bunker face, thus
compounding the problems it was to experience.
Again, notice how the fairway is broadened out in
front of the green. In this case the
pronounced slope now grassed as fairway will most
assuredly help a careless shot into the bunker.
a mirror opposite of the 7th green bunker is this
bunker that was repaired on the right side of hole 8
green. Notice the new fairway that now abuts
the bunker, and makes the slope leading up to the
green more of a strategic element.
These three pictures
depict the 11th green. The picture above,
right shows the green bunker as the bunker face
begins to collapse. To the right is the bunker
under construction. The decision was made at
this time to do repairs to the right bunker as well
so that the entire green area would be completed at
once. The picture above depicts the completed
The pictures to the
left, below, and below left are of the 12th hole.
The picture to the left shows the fairway bunkers
that were repaired and returned more to the style of
the original design. The two picture below
show the approach area to the green. The
original green is surrounded by a ridge. The
2001 renovation saw a pot bunker installed in the
front, right approach to the green that was out of
character with the original design. This area,
depicted below, was repaired, the bunker removed,
and the ridge replaced in front. The angle of
approach depicted in the picture below is good for
pin positions toward the right portion of the green.
However, if the pin is left the player must play a
delicate pitch over the ridge to get to the pin.
The picture below left shows the angle of approach
from the right side of the fairway. This is
the best position to enter the left pin area,
however in order to have this favorable angle the
player must contend with the bunker on the right.
This is not a good angle from which to approach pin
areas on the right because the player must play a
delicate pitch over the bunker.
was an important part of the work at Rock Spring.
Above is an area that was repaired because it was
constantly wet. Apparently when an irrigation
system was installed an old drain line was cut so
the under ground water collected in this area.
The old drain line was routed into a new junction
box, and additional subsurface drainage was
installed to help keep the area more dry.
This picture above is the same area depicted in the
picture to the left, and shows the area during the
repair work. The junction box is being
constructed and a perforated drain line that
eventually was encased in gravel has been installed.
The junction box also serves as a catch basin; you
can see the grate in the turf swale in the picture
to the left.
HOLE 16-MODIFICATIONS TO HOLE IN
2005 AND 2006
picture to the left depicts the work that has been
accomplished on the left green side bunker at hole
16. The right side bunker, which was
dramatically modified in a 2001 renovation, was repaired
this winter by removing it and installing a bunker
that completely envelopes the right side and back
side of the green, much like is depicted on a 1940
aerial. The sketch plan below, left depicts
the configuration of the enveloping bunker that will
be implemented this winter. The left bunker in
the diagram is the old bunker that was revised to be
what is shown in the picture on the left.
picture above, and to the left depict the finished
hole. The large bunker that surrounds the
right side and behind the green has been completed
and the sod laid this December 2006. The
finished hole closely resembles the hole as it
existed in 1940.
HOLE 10-MODIFICATIONS TO HOLE IN
was altered dramatically in 2001, and did not
accurately portray the original design.
Furthermore, the bunkers were impossible to play
from for a number of members, and each one were
showing signs of failure. In December 2006, with Pavelec
Brothers, the Golf Course Contractor, we began the
process of returning the hole close to its design as
depicted in the 1940 aerial.
a picture of the newly completed hole 10 taken on
December 21, 2006.
picture above is hole 10 before it was returned to
its original design.
three pictures, above left, above, and left, show
different angles of hole 10 as it was being
completed on December 21, 2006. This hole is
what would be called the "short hole" within the
repertoire of Seth Raynor and Charles Banks.
Intimidation seems to be an important ingredient in
this type of hole so seeing the bunkers from the tee
is important. The green should look like an island
in a sea of sand.
HOLE 7, 8, 15-MODIFICATIONS WINTER
The restoration of hole 7
green site was completed this past winter and spring.
The left bunker was restored a couple of years ago, you can
see that work about midway up in this report. New tees
were built on hole 5. And, the left greenside bunker
was restored on hole 15. Below is a recap of the work.
a picture of the right side green bunker on hole 7
that was restored this past winter. The course
typically plays firm so it is wise to bump a shot in
along the fairway to the front, right pin area, you
see that pin position in the picture. However,
a small portion of the fairway and green surround
pitches toward the bunker so the shot must be
Pictured to the right is a view of the same bunker
looking back to the fairway.
picture to the left shows one of the new tees built
for hole 8. One significant change here is the
removal of the cart path between hole 8 tees and
hole 7 green. The path started where the carts
are on the far right side of the photo and came up
to the tee in the foreground and then turned to the
left. The path is now located along the left
side of hole 7 green in the woods and comes behind
the green and behind this tee.
Standing at the back of the new tee on 8 and looking
to the right, as depicted in the picture to the right,
you see where the path will come behind the green of
hole 7. A small, dry stack rock wall was built into
the hillside to make room for the path. Right
now we have a minor dispute with the adjacent land
owners; when it is resolved the path will be
installed. The benefits to relocating the path are
that it is much safer getting from the 7th green to
the 8th tees. Previously, the player had to
drive toward people teeing off on hole 8, very
dangerous. Also, by removing the path, the area
between the holes will be a nice swath of green
grass unbroken by an asphalt path.
Pictured left is the restored greenside bunker on
hole 15. Much of the hole was damaged in a
botched renovation by another architect in 2001.
next series of pictures shows the existing
conditions to the right of the 15th green. In
the picture to the right you see the restored bunker
on the left side that is depicted in the picture
above. In the middle of the picture is a small
pot bunker that was added and green taken away in
2001. In a later phase this bunker will be
removed. Going clockwise, in the picture below
and right is a close-up of the small pot bunker and
the area behind the green. A large bunker used
to be in this area, and as mentioned above the green
extended out to where the pot bunker presently is
located. In the picture below, is a better
view of the area behind the green that was once a
large bunker. In the future the cart path will
be removed, the green will be extended back to the
area it once occupied, and the bunker will return.
Below is the hole as it
existed after the 2001 renovation. The left
bunker has been restored this year to the 1940
aerial. The pot bunker to the right still
exists, and will be removed in a later phase of
Below is the hole as it
existed in 1940, when it was hole 11. Notice
how far to the right the green was at that time.
The bunker behind the green was removed in 2001, and
the green made smaller.
is the master plan for restoring the green.
The left bunker has been restored to its previous
size. The green will be expanded back out to
its original size and the bunker in back of the
green will be restored. The bunker shape is
modified somewhat to accommodate the existing back
tee for hole 14 which is to the right of the bunker.
The bunker is wider as well in order to fit the area
in which it will be restored.