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Bamberger: There are a lot of mediocre holes. It's a TV course. I played there recently and was not overwhelmed by the front nine. It's artificial—too moundy, too marshy.
Hack: You have to remember it was a swamp. You had to build a course there, mound it and shape it. You couldn't be a minimalist.
Bamberger: The last three holes save the course.
Anonymous Pro: And the 17th hole saves 16 and 18. Otherwise, the 16th is a benign par-5 where you can make eagle, and 18 is just a hard, awkward par-4. Without 17, there is no gantlet.
Shipnuck: There aren't any holes so offensive that I'd need a bulldozer. It's interesting that it now plays like one of the shorter courses. It's not a beast like Bethpage Black.
Anonymous Pro: First, I'd drive the bulldozer over that leaning tree right off the tee on number 6 and push the tee back 25 yards—that would be a fantastic hole. The 14th is the most underrated hole on the course, but 15 is a snoozer. I'd make it a drivable par-4 with water in play to add some zest.
Van Sickle: Something like that drivable par-4 in Hartford?
Anonymous Pro: Exactly. Then you'd have a drivable par-4, a reachable par-5, the island green and you could go eagle-eagle-birdie and try to save par on the brutal 18th. That would be a serious final four.
Van Sickle: How do you like the Players since it moved to May in 2007? The course is firmer because it's not overseeded, which is great, but the event seems flat from a buzz standpoint.