Hole 3

“...begs golfers to attempt creative shots around, over, or underneath its canopy”

The formerly featureless and utterly bland par five third hole sports one of the most striking, highly detailed bunkers anywhere on the planet. This massive waste area, which ties into the shaping, strategy, and visual aesthetic of the third, fourth, and fifth holes is the golfer’s introduction to our clever use of scale on the layout. The broad, open expanse of the land and the accompanying long views across the property are a central and iconic characteristic of the course. Accordingly, we built features that compliment, rather than detract from, this broad scale. The bunker itself was meticulously hand detailed over thousands of man-hours and, as a result, its refreshingly bold and natural appearance provides a stark contrast to the wholly insipid hazards found on most golf courses. Strategic decision-making again confronts the golfer on every shot. The green, which was constructed behind a large oak tree, begs golfers to attempt creative shots around, over, or underneath its canopy. The boldly contoured putting surface figures directly into the strategy and, again, golfers are asked to consider playing away from certain hole locations in order to work the ball along the ground in order to lie dead at the hole.