Checola Golf & Beach Club (TGCTCCCDC20) Jun 30, 2020 21:22:00 GMT -5 BIELSALUFC, DoubtfulObelisk, and 12 more like this
Post by arielatom on Jun 30, 2020 21:22:00 GMT -5
Checola Golf & Beach Club is my submission for the 2020 CC design contest. The contest-specific version is called Checola G&BC (CC) and should play a little bit easier than the 'full' version.
Located on the coast north of Santa Cruz, Ca, Checola Golf and Beach Club takes the player on a seaside adventure out to the dunes, into the forest, and back out again. A private drive and separate beach clubhouse cap off the modest amenities here.
This course is wide open off the tee, although many fairways are quite undulating and flat lies are not guaranteed. Most pins encourage playing to one side of the fairway or challenging a hazard for an easier approach shot into the moderately challenging greens. Players who position the ball properly around the course should find it has little defense, while for others it may provide a bit more of a shot-making examination. Alister Mackenzie’s signature bunkering style and visual intimidation tactics are ever present here as well.
Some prominent stylistic features of Pasatiempo found here include some bold, quirky terrain movement such as on holes 5 and 11. Several holes play along or over barranca hazards of varying depth and density, calling to mind holes 10, 11, 15, and 16 at Pasa. Bunkers cut very far into the putting surfaces at Checola, particularly on holes 10 and 17, which pay homage to the green complexes on Pasatiempo's 5th and 6th holes.
The main inspiration here was Pasatiempo as that’s what got this course idea up and running in the first place, and Cypress Point helped to get it across the finish line. Like at Cypress Point, many holes feature partially or fully obscured landing areas that are much more forgiving than they appear to be from the tee. There are some elements of Pebble Beach, most notably the dune-hill on hole 3 (think 7 at Pebble) and the coastline on hole 16.
Recommended wind direction would be W or SW as this has the wind coming in off the sea. Generally speaking the course plays very well in windy conditions. I have found that pin 3 on hole 5 is still 'illegal' on 169 green speed for the 'full' version, so for pin 3 the easiest thing to do would be to set green speed to 163.
I hope you enjoy your trip around Checola, and I look forward to learning more and improving as a designer. Have a good time out there!