Wednesday, March 14, 2012
to Torreon in north, central Mexico brings with it new
experiences not found where I live presently, and it brings
back similar sensations of where I grew up in west Texas.
The flat, dusty, and arid conditions of my old home make
Torreon comforting to experience today. The friendly, laid
back demeanor of the locals makes it just like being back in
west Texas. All of this is why it is such a delight to work
there. Some time back I completed a Master Plan for Club
Campestre Torreon and very quickly we embarked upon
implementing portions of the plan. The present renovation
work at Club Campestre Torreon involves the greens and tees
on holes 1 through 9 and the practice putting green.
First, I want to
acknowledge the outstanding work being performed by the Golf
Cancun, Mexico. Toby and
Eddy Rodriguez have built golf courses throughout the
western hemisphere for some of the best architects so we are
very fortunate to have them involved in the project. Also,
Club Campestre Torreón were committed to doing
everything they could to make this project work well, so in
addition to hiring RocaGolf they also hired an expert golf
course shaper with whom I have worked with for several
are some principles that guided the thinking that went into
the renovation design, some of which came out of the master
planning and some that came out through the construction
process. Here’s a list of some of those principles:
The number of bunkers
around the new greens should approximate the number of
bunkers around the existing greens. Reduce the dependence on
sand bunkers for dictating strategy or punishing bad shots.
Keep the general presentation of the course the same so as
not to impose an alien look; rather, respect the local
Pin areas should be
relatively flat. The surrounding area- green surrounds and
putting surfaces- should be boldly shaped to protect the pin
areas. Introduce more movement into the terrain surrounding
Shape the green surrounds
so that the terrain is a factor in approaching pin areas,
that the terrain can either help the rolling ball onto the
green or deflect it away from the green, and that the
terrain work in conjunction with bunkering so as to broaden
the impact a bunker can have on a fairway position or on a
particular pin area on the green.
Expand the amount of
fairway area around the greens to enhance the aforementioned
Experiment with subtle
ways to deceive the golfer. For instance introduce elements
that make it difficult to judge the proper method and
distance required by a particular shot.
While maintaining suitable
pin areas, introduce bold features within the greens that in
effect become hazards if the approach shot, or the recovery
shot are not played properly.
Make the putting surface
slope in many different directions and at varying degrees of
Make angles matter when
playing from a position in the fairway to a particular pin
position on the green.
Design bunkers that
accommodate flashed up sand face. Growing turf on a steep
slope will be difficult in a desert environment.
The original tees are too
high. Many could be lower. There may be situations where an
elevated tee will enhance a downhill shot if the existing
fairway is lower. Definitely lower tee if existing fairway
is higher than terrain surrounding existing tee.
Improve the connections
between greens and tees by minimizing distances, and by
removing interruptions such as paths and trees.Click on the hole numbers below to
see the master plan for each hole and to view up to date photos of the current