My Daily Journal from England - Day 2
Wow. Sunningdale proved to be heathlands golf at its finest. The weather today was something on the line of a complete washing machine cycle. Sun, then wind, then driving rain… then sun, and repeat again. We played Sunningdale, the New Course… which is hardly such, but nonetheless the newer of the two courses, designed by Harry Colt. One would be hard pressed to find a better arrangement of holes, green complexes and strong par fours anywhere. The place is simply masterful and the holes are immensely strategic… many angled tee shots… a quality that I forever preach. And the setting is more beautiful that I imagined it would be, heather still in bloom.
So…. heather figured prominently in the course presentation… and given our playing abilities, perhaps too much. I some places, there was only about 60’ of playable width between the patches of heather. Mind you, if the outlying areas were simply rough grass or wispy fescue… we could at least find and advance the ball in some fashion. With heather, you hope you can find it… and your options thereafter are completely unpredictable… but usually not all too successful.
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