Hole 17 - 191 yards - Eden

A formidable bracket of the Macdonald/Raynor trademark set of par 3s is completed at Blue Mound's 17th.  Its well-known and highly respected origin stems from High Hole-In, or otherwise known as the Eden Hole.

In its most severe and strictly original form, the green is guarded by a deep pot bunker short and right of the green by the Strath bunker (named after Davie Strath, one of Scotland's greatest players bedeviled by this particular sand pit), and to the left by the equally forbidding Hill bunker (named for the rise in the putting surface above its high face).

The 11th at St. Andrews is tilted so severely back to front that balls may often be putted off the front of the green.  Macdonald and Raynor wisely moderated the severity of the original hole to provide a more appropriate challenge to club players in America.

The Eden 17th at Blue Mound, with its tear-dropped shaped green pinched in at the front, and bunkered in similar fashion, appears in the repertoire of all golf course architects today-whether they know its origins or not.


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