Golf Course Architecture - Issue 68, April 2022

THE B IG P I CTURE TEE BOX The par-five fifteenth hole, known as Pirate’s Plank, at the Tom Doak-designed Cape Kidnappers golf course, located south of Hawke’s Bay on New Zealand’s North Island, photographed by Jacob Sjöman. “Sometimes when I arrive at a very special hole on a golf course, I feel as if I want to spend as much time as possible there to do it justice,” said the Swedish photographer. “When I arrived at the fifteenth at Cape Kidnappers, I had to pinch myself to realise that I was not dreaming.” Superintendent Brad Sim and his crew are nearing completion of a project to improve turf quality on the course, with assistance from Renaissance Golf Design’s Angela Moser. Greens will be reinstated to their original size, with the original contours restored. On fairways, turf will be replaced with a new bentgrass variety. “We are happy to see the work being done with the purpose that the course will play how it used to play,” said Moser. The course will reopen for play on 1 July. For another view of the fifteenth at Cape Kidnappers, turn to page 40. 18