My Daily Journal from England - Day 3
Today, The Berkshire. Hebert Fowler crafted two courses here...the Red and the Blue. We enjoyed the Red Course, which gains it's reputation not only as a fine heathland test, but also because of the arrangement of holes. The Red Course features 6 par 3's, 6 par 4's and 6 par 5's...which I must say, is quite an enjoyable way to play...never an over-abundance of any one hole type or length. I'm not sure if many others noticed, or even felt the same as I.... but along with the variety in par arrangement, I sensed quite a wide range of styles... mainly in the bunkering. As we all know, the bunker style contributes greatly to the visual intrigue of holes, among others... but at times I was confused as to what Fowler's intent was here... or if somewhere along the way, the bunkers had been modified. I saw more than a few abandoned bunkers on the perimeter of the corridors, suggesting that perhaps the playable turf widths were at one time much wider...less heather! Those bunkers had a simpler look to them... not like some of the more elaborately shaped ones we see today.
A “heathery” greenside bunker - one of several bunker "styles" featured at The Berkshire
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