Proper Golf

Friday, June 3, 2011

Formulaic Bunkers

Lets debunk some bunker myths, "rules", architectural theory, whatever...

  • Bunkers are hazards.
  • There should never be hard fast rules about the shapes of bunkers.
  • It is not written in stone that sand must be visible.
  • There is no such thing as a "fair bunker".
  • Building every bunker so its easier to get out from the side nearest the target and harder from more offline positions is boring and doesn't add anything to the game.... Golf is not fair.
  • Bunkers require drainage, natural and most often built.
  • Bunkers require maintenance, both raking and mowing (which can get very complicated depending on shapes/slopes/machines).
  • There is nothing formulaic about naturally existing landscapes or linksland where golf originated, why should built bunkers require a formula to play the same game?
Which version of the same hole do you like better?

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