Hole 8 - 445 yards - Punchbowl


In the days of early golf many greens were located in natural depressions where richer deposits of soil were found, sheep and rabbits controlled the growth, but more importantly where precious moisture gathered.  Most punchbowl greens built by Seth Raynor were built at the culmination of a rising fairway protected by a series of bunkers, strategically placed 20 or 30 yards short of the green to confuse the golfer's depth perception.  

Punchbowl greens are a rarity in the era of modern design, the inclusion of which is not unlike ownership of a luxurious antique automobile.  Old fashioned, yes, but a traditional and classic period piece with the kind of elegance and charm that never goes out of style.

Blue Mound's 8th hole, with its tumbling fairway and raised green complex, is an elegant and authentic example of a Seth Raynor Punchbowl-a hole that harkens back to the roots of the game where players used the contours of the ground to direct their ball.


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