Could you take a more straight line at the hole if you wanted to?
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Definition: A biarritz, or biarritz green, is a putting green that features a deep gully, or swale, bisecting its middle. The gully, which is manicured the same as the rest of the green, usually runs from side-to-side, but sometimes runs from front to back. A biarritz is especially challenging when the hole is cut on one side of the swale and your ball is sitting on the other side, requiring a long putt that must travel down the gully then up its other side to reach the hole. Some golfers choose to pitch over the gully rather than putt through it. Obviously, when approaching a biarritz green it behooves the golfer to get his ball on the same side of the swale as the flagstick to avoid having to putt across the gully.
Do you have or know of a picture of that one? I've played the course but don't remember the specific hole. I remember 10 is the straight par five, 11 is the par 3 with the approach over water. 12 is a short par 4 with the tee shot over water, but I don't remember the green.
Yes, but that's no fun. It's a bit of a bowl. If they put the pin anywhere but in the bottom of the bowl, it's VERY difficult to stop the ball anywhere near the hole. Three feet past the cup is about as good as I could do given where the hole was cut on that day. And as you saw it required hitting the ball roughly 90° away from the hole.
Those type of putts are fun. There are a couple of holes on the course i play weekly that have that type of action. Hole number 15, if the pin is anywere at the back of the green, and you are pin high and towards the middle, you have to turn your back to the hole and putt up the slope to take some speed off the putt. If not you will end up 15' or more, maybe off the green. Its not unfair, because the ball will stop, you just have to know how to putt it. Not many people can trust themselves to take that much break.
Here is a Biarritz green on Old MacDonald at Bandon. Picture doesn't do it justice. It's pretty severe.
I wonder what its called if you have an inverted Biarritz. There's a course in Canton, ohio that has a nice big mound running through the center of the green from front to back. It really turns the green into two greens. We played it once, and our shamble group was uptop of the green and had to put over the mound, down to the front of the green. It was pretty crazy putt.