HIGHANDMIGHTY

Martin Ebert ex­plains the in­spi­ra­tion and per­spi­ra­tion in­volved in cre­at­ing the Hi­malayas – in­clud­ing its all-new 5th hole.

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“The team at Prince’s were great to work with be­cause they had very clear ideas about the re­design. One of the key pri­or­i­ties was to raise the tee­ing ar­eas so that you could get more ex­ten­sive views across the dunes and the sea be­yond.

“We stud­ied the his­tory of the course, look­ing at old pho­tos and us­ing aerial maps to get a feel for the way it was orig­i­nally con­ceived. So the 1st fair­way’s been re­stored to its orig­i­nal, wider form.

“The 5th is built on land that was pre­dom­i­nantly flat be­fore we started to shape the hole. The tee com­plex was raised by three me­tres. There are a lot of ter­rific greens at Prince’s, with ex­cel­lent use of run off ar­eas, so we wanted to pro­duce some­thing sim­i­lar in that re­spect. The shapers did a great job blend­ing it all into the gen­eral look and with rough veg­e­ta­tion around the edge. It’s worked re­ally well.

“Peo­ple don’t re­alise that the Postage Stamp at Troon is rarely used in the win­ter. It has a small green, so the traf­fic over the hole could eas­ily dam­age the sur­face. This is why we’ve made the green on the 5th quite large with plenty of pin place­ments so foot­fall can be spread. Troon’s iconic short hole was an in­spi­ra­tion and there was al­ways an in­ten­tion to have it as the only hole played to­wards the ocean.

“Peo­ple talk about the wet­lands, but they were al­ready there so all we’ve done is make them more of a fea­ture. En­hanc­ing or restor­ing some of the orig­i­nal haz­ards was one of the ob­jec­tives. We’ve re­in­stated three bunkers that run along the dunes to the left side of the 9th hole and slightly in­creased the size of the dou­ble green that is now the 3rd and 8th. This is a fea­ture that was clearly in­spired by St An­drews.”

A larger green al­lows more pin place­ments and to spread foot­fall across the sur­face. The tee com­plexes have been raised by at least three me­tres, giv­ing an el­e­vated view of the English Chan­nel be­yond. In a nod to the site’s his­tor­i­cal im­por­tance, the 5th is named ‘Bloody Point’ in ref­er­ence to the great naval bat­tle that took place in Sand­wich in AD851 on the land where Prince’s now sits. With the pin tucked be­hind the bunker and a fast run-off area to the left, be­ing able to stop the ball dead on the green will reap re­wards.

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