The first of our par 3 holes has undergone some subtle, but welcome, tweaks in my opinion.
Firstly, the large and somewhat ugly bunker to the right hand side of the green has been changed to two separate bunkers, each of which are still a decent size though.
Secondly, the bunker at the left hand side of the green has been removed and converted into a grassy hollow - which means that we will now have to demonstrate our delicate chipping skills as opposed to our delicate bunker skills if/when we end up here!
The bunker on the right hand side was first dug out/removed, before being reshaped into two brand new bunkers - thankfully the first RHS bunker doesn't seem to 'wrap around' the front of the green too much (as per Ken Kearney's original vision), which will probably be a welcome relief to most of us.
The left hand bunker then had fill added, ready to be dug out and re-contoured into a grassy hollow.
The finished product on this hole is again impressive visually, both from the greenside and also from the tee:-
As you can see in the photo above, our green staff have tidied up the copse of trees between the teeing area on this hole and the back tee on the 5th hole, with some trees having been removed/thinned out, and this area will now be sown out in grass and maintained, similar to what was previously done on the Ballydrain nine between the 13th/14th and 14th/15th holes.
Hole #5 summary to follow next.
2nd April 2020