miércoles, 14 de julio de 2010

Análisis del campo de golf de Hacienda Riquelme / Hacienda Riquelme Golf Course Review

Le@der online English newspaper has just published an interesting Hacienda Riquelme Golf Course Review. Following paragraphs are extracted from the review:

“Despite the fact that this course golf course was only opened in 2008 the course is in good condition with tees, greens, fairways and primary rough in good order but it is fair to say that the secondary cut of rough, hills and the side of some sides of bunkers still need some time to ‘mature’. The ‘war on the shore’ Ryder Cup match was played in 1991 at the Pete Dye designed course of Kiawah island and this course puts me in mind of that course, particularly the type of grass used and the positioning and shape of the many bunkers.

For most golfers who play this course the lasting ‘memory’ will be of the number and shear size of some of the bunkers and the rather unique method deployed by the designer to cut and shape the edges of these sand traps. The golf course is not overly long but you will have to plot your way between well placed bunkers and the 5 lakes on this 18 hole par 72 course.

The greens on this course are typical of the Jack Nicklaus style with many of the greens large in size but made smaller by slopes and run off areas and numerous changes in elevation. The opening hole is a 367 metre or 400 yard (yellow tees) uphill right to left dog-leg par 4 hole to a raised green which gives you a ‘portent’ to the rest of the round. On the front nine I particularly liked the 341 metre or 375 yard (yellow tees) par 4 ninth hole which runs around the edge of one of the lakes the full length of the hole.

The back nine starts with a gentle par 4 hole but this is followed by the tricky 11th hole of 458 metre or 504 yard right to left dog-leg par 5 around a lake which will test your nerve if going for the green in two or your lay up skills which are to a narrow landing area. The 14th hole is a 433 metre (476 yard) uphill left to right dog-leg par 5 hole which plays longer due to the ‘terrain’ and the lay of the land is pleasant to the eye but take a look at the massive bunker short and middle left of the green. My simple tip to playing this course well is for you to prevent your ball from getting ‘wet’ or ‘dusty’.”

El periódico on line en inglés Le@der acaba de publicar un análisis del campo de golf de Hacienda Riquelme. Si Vd es aficionado al golf, suponemos será de su interés.