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Van Sickle: We saw a full end-to-end rainbow over the sea. I half-expected Davis Love III to appear out of the fescue.
Anonymous Pro: Can I say Wentworth, pre--Ernie Els? I was lucky enough to play the World Match Play when it was at Wentworth every year, and I liked that course. Then Ernie redesigned some of the holes a few years ago.
Van Sickle: What did Ernie screw up?
Anonymous Pro: Everything. He added water hazards, changed some angles, redid some greens, and it doesn't fit the lay of the land anymore. It's forced and contrived. Some of the stuff he did there has a Pete Dye look to it.
Garrity: Well, Birkdale would normally be my pick, but for variety's sake I'm going with the Burnham & Berrow Golf Club. It's a very nice links course on the Bristol Channel. It was one of Bernard Darwin's favorite courses. It has big, rugged sand hills and an unrelenting sea breeze. Most of the top course designers, including Harry Colt and Alister MacKenzie, were either members or had a hand in its design.
Van Sickle: I'd like to return to Hillside, next door to Birkdale. It has Birkdale's hilly terrain, and it's great fun. I made a hole in one on the front nine with a perfectly struck six-iron. One of my playing partners, a fellow now employed by Golf Channel, gave me grief for not reacting. I thought the ball disappeared over the green. I think it was my third hole in one.
Garrity: How many do you have now?
Van Sickle: Seven.
Garrity: For some reason, I'm not that happy for you.
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