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I'll be the first to say, ten days is a long trip. I'm weary and anxious to return home. But this has been an absolutely magnificent journey - a once in a lifetime type of experience for me. Ten courses in as many days and they're starting to all run together a bit! Today, our final day we visited St. George's Hill - yet another effort led by Harry Colt.
This tour was all about "Heath & Links" and I'll say we certainly followed through accordingly! Yesterday we saw two more links (Royal North Devon and Burnham and Berrow), but we're now back again in the heathlands of Surrey for the final stretch. This morning we visited Woking Golf Club, designed by Tom Dunn (1893).
It's Sunday a proper day to rest from golf after six straight rounds in as many days. Well I mean from playing golf, that is. Today was meant as a relaxing day, but also a time to roam about the Southwest of England and see a few courses that we otherwise lacked time (and energy) to play.
The end of one tour marks the beginning of another. Today, I paired up with fellow architect Richard Mandell and we set off on our own "extended tour" of golf courses in England beginning at none other than Walton Heath, a return to the heathland courses near London.
You know how sometimes you just go along for the ride with something, having mixed expectationssort of lacking that total emotional anticipation of something great? Today was very much like that for me maybe because there was such bemoaning about the horrid weather that was forecasted
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.
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.
To Heath and Links Study Tour is now underway in England. Today found us all arriving to London, getting our bearings and making a refreshing and insightful tour of Sunningdale Golf Club and their noted "Lost Holes" by Harry Colt on the New Course.
Beginning next Sunday (September 13th) I will endeavor to post journal entries on my blog for those who care to follow along with my upcoming tour of England's finest golf courses.