Postcard From Old Macdonald-Day 3

Old Macdonald is “an homage to the vision and spirit of C.B. Macdonald” the grandfather of American golf architects.  Tom Doak provides us with a laboratory experience of the concepts and features of links golf on a sprawling piece of glorious links land.  It lacks the overwelming character of Bandon Dunes or Pacific Dunes but for those who pay attention it contains all the mysterious subtle quirks that make links golf so intriguing.

Get a sense of the ethereal expanse on which Old Mac sits.

Sprawling holes set against dramatic walls of gorse.

Holes wend through sand, scrub, and gorse.

The ghost Port Orford Cedar haunts a blind drive over the dune.

Hell Bunker….no Purgatory from there.

Nor much from the Road Hole bunker.

He sat, he refreshed, he plodded on.

Biarritz Par Three-that channel in the green is 3 feet deep.

Peek-a-boo approach.

Design features are oversized….even the sky.

Often difficult to discern where the fairway ends and green begins.

Commander Owl still trying to figure it out.

Now that is a bunker….a WW I bunker without the troops.

Doak Sand Game Improvement Center between holes.

August, 2012

(Click to read Postcard From Pacific Dunes-Day 4)

For more course detail click to see Old Macdonald Course Review

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