HOLE No. 12par 4 370 yards
THREE PINE TREES AT THE INSIDE CORNER of this short dogleg right defined the hole from the 1970s to 2011, but they were not part of the original design. They were planted at a point that marked the right edge of the wide fairway, forcing the tee shot to the left. Yet the left side was always the superior side for the approach, along the longest axis of the green and avoiding the pond to the right. Removing these trees was one of the more controversial aspects of Prichard’s restoration, but doing so eliminated a hazard that was penal rather than strategic, and out of character for Ross.

At the same time, the stream between 12 and 13 was extended towards the inside corner of the dogleg, a framing bunker was placed at the outside, and a bunker in the ridge at the start of the fairway was returned to where it had been until the 1960s. The leading edge by the pond also was lowered to make the hazard visible from the fairway.

Ross_12Field Sketch by Donald Ross