The Gunnamatta Course feature video
About the Course
Situated by the thundering whitewash of Gunnamatta Beach, Doak embraces the natural ‘cup’ and ‘bowl’ undulations of the region’s sandy terrain, delivering generous fairway width, natural, strategic bunkering, and imaginative green shapes with intriguing contours, designed to challenge short game creativity.
From the designer – Tom Doak
“It’s got a character all of its own – it’s perfect land for golf. Plus you’ve got wind in play, it’s going to be firm and fast out there, so you’ve got just the right conditions for great play too.
“The bunkers and greens that we build, along with the routing, determine the feel of the course, and our style isn’t that similar to the Norman or Jones courses next door, so I didn’t spend as much time thinking about differentiation as I might if Bill Coore was building next door.
“I think many people will single out hole 2, especially if they remember the same hole on the Ocean course – it’s a much shorter par-4 and I think it’s much more exciting than before, even though we kept much of the original bunkering and just moved the green site. After that, the routing skips over into what used to be the back 9, and it’s harder for anyone to remember how the old holes compared to the new ones.”