TGC Tours US Open Course Contest Entry - Thin Skinned in High Hills, Washington

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« on: March 11, 2015, 08:45:18 AM »
I am going to be doing something a little different than my usual,  as per spirit of the competition, tree lined fairways, tough track, and beauty throughout....or is that not my per usual?

anyways,  here is what I will be doing,  Puget National, it will be an "inspired by" Chambers Bay Golf Club, the actual site of this years US Open.

Hole 1 at Chambers Bay is set up to be either a par 4 or par 5



They will be using it as a par 5 in the tourny this year, so I will be doing the same.  Coming in at roughly 560 yards, I have stretched that a little to 570, but instead of coming back uphill on a blind approach, my inspired hole will be all downhill, from tee to green.

There will be a bend along the way, off the box you may choose from a 5 wood to hit strait, a 3 wood if you want to risk a little draw and get some extra yardage, or a driver and risk it with some big draw for a good chance at reaching in two, and getting that possible eagle.  At the bend, on the right / long side there will be some trouble, in the form of bunkers. Landing in one of these will make it harder to just get a birdie, and a par will be more in line for you.

Here is a teaser video of some work in progress for Hole 1:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gcf5412R6MM
Only an hour or so spent total on this,  much work to be done on this first hole, lots of sculpting and stuff has not been started yet.  but that is the general layout, and some playtesting to make sure you can't just whale a driver without thinking first.

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« Reply #1 on: March 11, 2015, 08:52:41 AM »
Ill be interested to see 3 things from the chambers inspired tracks: 1) what theme you pick, 2) how you aapproach bunker edging, and 3) if you can get some glorious, furry/grassy mounds that produce strategic thinking.

Not saying these are judging criteria, just personal aspects of that course that will be interesting to see how people tackle.

Good luck, taste.
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« Reply #2 on: March 11, 2015, 05:39:16 PM »
OOOOH Man!   Good choice Taste.   I personally would go with the countryside theme with few trees.  Better grasses and shrubs to work with.   Good luck!

Edit:
Just saw the video.   Nice! very nice!
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« Reply #3 on: March 11, 2015, 06:51:52 PM »
If you're trying to make a course to scare me  off. .. gotta do better than that!

LOL



(but - in all seriousness ... looking damn good!) You did scare Yeti off .... LOL ... (kidding)
« Last Edit: March 11, 2015, 07:07:27 PM by DDawg »
My most recent course:
Uber Kasplash-Andropn GC


DJ's Marina Del Pacifico
Kasplash-Andropn Boscage
Harvest High Country Club
The CGC @ Peeblestone Bay
Misty Mountain Monastery
The Links @ Hylandia #2
El Dorado Hills 95762
Calaveras Willow Oak
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« Reply #4 on: March 12, 2015, 11:21:50 PM »
some hole 2 work,

the chambers bay course has a short par 4 sweeping from right to left, with some hazards on the left.



fairway narrows at 250 yards give or take.   here is my inspired hole thus far



you can pull out anything from a 4 iron to a driver off the box, the choice is yours, but the longer you hit, the most dangerous it gets

(inspired is not a re-creation)

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« Reply #5 on: March 13, 2015, 12:12:18 AM »
Don't take this the wrong way but that's the best hole you've ever designed and this will easily be my favorite course of yours


tastegw

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« Reply #6 on: March 13, 2015, 07:40:07 AM »
hole 3 is pretty much done, but skipping the preview of that one for now.

moving on to hole 4, as it gets some work:

the real thing at Chambers Bay is routed like this:



its a short uphill par 5 coming in at approx 525 yards

Here is my view from the tee box of my inspired hole, also uphill and about 525 yards.


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« Reply #7 on: March 13, 2015, 03:14:51 PM »
MY EYES!!! Damn my Eyes!

My most recent course:
Uber Kasplash-Andropn GC


DJ's Marina Del Pacifico
Kasplash-Andropn Boscage
Harvest High Country Club
The CGC @ Peeblestone Bay
Misty Mountain Monastery
The Links @ Hylandia #2
El Dorado Hills 95762
Calaveras Willow Oak
San Simoleon

tastegw

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« Reply #8 on: March 13, 2015, 08:50:06 PM »
incoming random screens of holes 2-5

holes 2, 3 and 4 overhead


hole 2 close up


hole 3 from the box


hole 3 close up


hole 4 reversed view


hole 4 fairway start view


hole 5 off the box


hole 5 close up


hole 5 reversed view


hole 5 is not completed, needs some more trees in places.

info on hole 5:

the real chambers bay hole 5 is a long par 4 coming in at 460-470 yards, going downhill, with a generous landing area off the box.


I have kept the approx yardage, and the downhill, and part of the green complex (including the guarding bunker), but the drive will not be so easy, but you have options.  This hole will be really tough to birdie, as that guarding bunker is also guarding the pin location, so you must decide to come in from the left or the right if you want a chance at a 20 foot putt for birdie.
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« Reply #9 on: March 13, 2015, 08:53:15 PM »
this is looking really good...

..i can smell the double-bogeys already!
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« Reply #10 on: March 13, 2015, 09:29:23 PM »
Looking adequate taste!  :)

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« Reply #11 on: March 13, 2015, 09:48:36 PM »
Wow taste...this is looking incredible!
"I think an eagle would've tasted sweeter...I haven't tasted eagle...but, I'm just sayin'."

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« Reply #12 on: March 15, 2015, 08:13:39 AM »
After some thinking, and playing a round of real golf at quite an eye popping course, I have re-evaluated my strategy.  I have reworked hole one somewhat.  Opened it up near the green complex by removing some of the trees and scrubs and matched the backdrop with hole 5, i also removed the massive fringe in favor of heavy rough to prevent short pitch and putts, this also opens up more of the fairway to be played.  I am going for a rugged look.  I then went and did some added sculpting to my other 5 holes (hole 6 is still not finished, it needs some heavy rough patches here and there, and a little more bunker work).

Here is my progress:

hole 1 reversed view:


hole 5 reversed view:
it finally has a proper tree line


hole 6 reversed view, with hole 5 showing tee to green:


hole 4 reversed view, with hole 5 showing tee to green:


holes 1, 2 and 3 from left to right:


holes 2, 3 and 4 from right to left:


holes 4 and 5 from right to left:


all 6 holes from above:


This is minimal planting, the only planting done thus far is all theme bound, just tree's and grasses and bushes.  I am waiting for the new items to show up before going in with global planting.
I have put in some serious sculpting for all 6 holes, and I am hoping the sculpting will carry the look I am going for.

Can't wait to tackle the rest of the course, as I feel 5 of my best holes of any of my courses can be found within these 6 holes, the exclusion of course is the par 3, as par 3's are so limited compared to par 4's and 5's.

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« Reply #13 on: March 15, 2015, 12:26:48 PM »
Hole 7:

The real chambers bay hole 7 is a very long and uphill par 4 dogleg to from left to right, coming in at over 480 yards.



I did not want to stretch this hole out to that length in my inspired version, so i shortened it about 20 yards, its also dog legging from right to left instead.

For this hole, I will share a small part of the building process, this bit will be for the landing zone off the drive:

I started with some bunker placements before laying down the fairway,  then I slowly laid the fairway down around the bunkers




when i got the fairway down, I then sculpted it along with the bunkers




The landing zone is somewhere in the middle of "tight" and "generous",  that is for a driver in normal winds.  If there is wind in the face, you will either need to go short left or wide right.

I then had the urge to actually do some planting for the first time on the course, and I did it for the tee box area:




nothing major, but i think it gets the job done.

Here is the rest of the layout on this hole:

2nd half: (unfinished of course)


and the green complex closeup:



with a good drive, the approach shot will be somewhere in the neighborhood of 175-200 yards, uphill of course.  take notice of the pin location, this is the us open after all!

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« Reply #14 on: March 15, 2015, 12:37:50 PM »
Thanks for sharing a bit of your process. You are a master at the "in the fairway" bunkers...and just bunkers in general. I think that's the part of the design process I would like to be better at the most.

Still looking fantastic.

 

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