R.I.P.: Dog Leg Cherry on 6.A big, multi-trunk American Cherry tree guarded the dogleg on the sixth hole for a long time. This tree made the hole a daunting par four. Over the years, the tree has been cabled together numerous times to prolong its life. At one point, many years ago, Poplar trees were planted between the tee and this giant tree in an attempt to prepare for the inevitable. During a wind storm late last fall, the inevitable occurred. Half the tree blew over. After assessing the condition of the remaining portion of the tree, our Team decided that the rest had to be removed.
|The American Cherry blew over in the storm on Nov. 25, 2014.|
|Severe decay in American Cherry left us no|
choice but to remove the remaining trunk.
We have heard many golfer opinions on what we should do next: "make it easier", "make it tougher", "add bunkers", "put in a pond", "do nothing". When it comes to major architectural decisions at Radrick, we have a guiding strategy: gather information and subject matter expert's opinions before acting. This case is no different. As of right now, we have no definitive plans to alter the architecture of this hole this season.
Most importantly, as we celebrate our 50th year, we plan to host a visit from our Hall of Fame architects Pete and Alice Dye this fall. We plan ask for their feedback on a variety of issues. They have been very generous with their guidance throughout the past 50 years. We hope their insight will provide significant direction for the future.
In the meanwhile, our Team is busy getting the golf course cleaned up and ready for another great season. Enjoy the rare birdie on six... while it lasts.