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"Golf is not a fair game, so why build a course fair?" - Pete Dye 

Hole 1 - Par 4

 

Hole #1 at Old Marsh Golf Club is a good opening par 4 with a wide-open fairway and water along the entire left side that is guarded by a long narrow bunker. There’s also a knobby mound at the front right of the green, which partially hides the putting surface, enhancing the character of the hole.

My intention was to provide putting surfaces at Old Marsh with a half-inch of fall
every 10 feet or so. The human eye can detect only a two-and-a-half inch fall every 10 feet, so I attempted to make a putt appear straight when it actually has some curvature.

At Old Marsh, the approaches to the greens are generally open in front and roll in and onto the putting surfaces, and the greens are relatively flat, with the mounds abutting. One contour on the green is also usually counteracted by another to prevent the ball from gaining speed at the hole.

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