I’m talking about the trees that get in the way of making a good, clean regular golf shot. I know many golf holes where it is almost impossible to play a draw or fade from the tee. I’m not referring to a hook or severe slice, just a controlled natural ball flight.
Firstly, it is a rare golfer whose natural ball flight is straight. And secondly, a golf hole is entitled to have a preferred “line-in”, but you should at least have the option to shape it either way and should not be punished before you’ve even begun the hole.
A story last week reported that Killara Golf Course are set to chop down over 1200 trees as many of them are affecting the “playability” of the golf course.
The Bonnie Doon course masterplan makes interesting reading for any golf geeks and he makes some interesting comments about changing the current sixth hole, a severe dog-leg right around some tall trees.
“The game is always better when it is played over hazards on the ground as opposed to hazards in the air i.e. trees. Trees discriminate against those who cannot hit the ball high in the air and they ask longer hitters to play up and over to unseen ground. There is not one acknowledged great short par four in the country where this principle is applied.
All the great holes of this length are organized strategically around hazards on the ground – generally bunkers – and greens that are designed to favour an approach from a particular partof the fairway. The 10th at Royal Melbourne is the finest example of a hole based on this simple principle. The 4th at Barnbougle Dunes…”
If it is any consolation to the tree Gods, I’ll keep the offending golf holes to myself for the moment, they know who they are.