Hole 13 - 185 yards - Redan


The most copied of all par 3 holes world-wide is the Redan, whose origin is the 15th at North Berwick, Scotland, and well represented here at Blue Mound's 13th.  Often misidentified or incorrectly constructed by modern architects, a true Redan is a raised tabletop plateau oriented at a 45 degree angle to the line of play while sloping dramatically away to the rear.  There must be a deep pit of sand guarding a direct attack to the green, while conversely a high shoulder invites the option of a bounding run-up shot from the other side.

History records that the Redan defense-fortification was first introduced during the Crimean War (1854 - 1856); a war waged by Britain, France and their allies against Russia on the north shore of the Black Sea.  This military campaign was honored by Britain's Lord Tennyson in 1854 when he wrote of the Charge of the Light Brigade.

Macdonald brought the first Redan to America when he built the 4th at National Golf Links-recognized as superior to the original.  Seth Raynor was noted for his flowing versions of both the Redan and the reverse Redan, a mirror image of the original.  Here at Blue Mound Is an authentic representation of a par 3 so outstanding that Macdonald stated simply it "cannot be improved upon."



 

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