Originally Posted by Yukari
... It should include a few easy holes as well as some difficult holes. One thing I don't like is a course that takes the driver out of my hands on par 5's. Some of Jack Nicklaus's courses that I've played are notorious for that by having a creek or a hazard around 280 yds off the tee from the back tee's. ...
Don't forget about Jack's bunkers. In the book Nicklaus by Design, Jack recounts Johnny Miller overpowering a hole during the inaugural rounds at Muirfield Village in 1974. On the par 5 No. 7 hole, Miller hit a tee shot into the fairway bunker, and then popped a 5W up in front of the green for an easy chip-up.
Jack said he redesigned the bunkers to be more penal.
At my home course Stonewolf, Jack put fairway bunkers to the left of the landing area on the Par 5 No. 8 hole. If you end up in these bunkers, it's best to take a 9i and just get back to the fairway. Other golfers and me have hit the lip trying to be more aggressive, usually ricocheting off the bank and cross fairway into the lake.
Twice this summer, I played along with a high school kid and a parent, preparing for an upcoming tournament at Stonewolf. I always suggest the kid hit a couple of shots out of these bunkers so they can find their go-no go line.
Two other nests of fairway bunker areas offer similar problems. If you're in the very back you may be able to get your shot over the front lip; if farther forward, just pop it back to the fairway and hope for some wedge magic.