Pick Your Punch
A bowl-shape green serves several options
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