Playa Pilar - Cuba (NT)...Tres Mojitos also open Jun 7, 2021 14:29:05 GMT -5 coggin66, ddixjr509, and 16 more like this
Post by mctrees02 on Jun 7, 2021 14:29:05 GMT -5
Welcome to Playa Pilar, my Cuban course in the 2021 National Treasure contest. Playa Pilar is located on Cayo Guillermo, an island off the northern coast of Cuba that is known for its clear, shallow coastal waters, towering sand dunes and beaches like Playa el Paso, Playa del Medio and...Playa Pilar. Pilar was also the name of Hemingway's boat (and his second wife's nickname) A few reference images:
The course has 3 tee sets of similar overall length to provide additional flexibility for tournament setups. The greens were built on 187 and then backed down to 175 for publish. My favorite combinations of tee/pin combos are:
Pin 1 - any tee
Pin 2 - blue tees
Pin 3 - red tees
Pin 4 - white tees
S to W winds match the prevailing winds found in the area and are what I routed the course for. Every wind direction is playable on high though E/NE winds can make the 4th hole play quite long.
Also, there are spots here and there along fairway edges where there is no heavy rough and it transitions into worn out grass from buried trees. Likewise, the central hazards also have patchiness around them. This was intentionally done because I wanted to account for what a course in Cuba might really look like. Given how poor the country is (a dozen Pro V's cost about 7 weeks wages) and how hard it is for them to obtain heavy machinery, I wanted the course to be as simple as possible to maintain. In other words, they need a fairway mower, a greens mower and that's it. There won't be clean rough cuts, there won't be bunker rakes, and they will have very few chemical options available to maintain uniform turf conditions outside of fairways and greens.
And now for the glamour shots. Of particular note are the trees on the 18th tee shot which spell out M-I-A in case you're trying to figure out which direction to guide your refugee truck.
And finally, this is Torreon, a small fort in Cojimar which was the inspiration for my clubhouse. Cojimar was also the setting for Hemingway's novel, The Old Man and the Sea.