Pick Your Punch

A bowl-shape green serves sev­eral op­tions

Golf Digest (South Africa) - - | Play Your Best Strategy By Jack Nicklaus -

he punch­bowl green is a clas­sic de­sign fea­ture that you see scat­tered all over the world. The 16th at Na­tional Golf Links of Amer­ica in New York has one of the more famous.The punch­bowl name is plainly de­scrip­tive:The green is the bot­tom, and ris­ing high on three – or maybe all four – sides is a round col­lar that col­lects way­ward shots and fun­nels them onto the green.

Orig­i­nally, greens were built like this to bet­ter re­tain mois­ture for the grass to stay hy­drated.The Scots and Ir­ish looked for nat­u­ral de­pres­sions in the land where rain­fall gath­ered and whip­ping winds and the ris­ing sun didn’t dry the ground as quickly. Nowa­days, irrigation sys­tems are so good that we re­ally just build greens like this for fun.

The par-4 sixth at Dis­mal River (il­lus­trated) in Mullen, Ne­braska, is one of my favourite punch­bowl greens that I’ve de­signed. Let me walk you through how to han­dle one. – with max adler

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