Golf Course Architecture - Issue 70, October 2022

27 approach into the green. There are no bunkers on this hole due to the lake, which provides more than enough problems for players.” Harradine also highlights the 574-yard parfive sixteenth, which winds its way between a lake on the left and rolling mounds on the right. “The straightest line to the green is up the left of the fairway, which hugs the entirety of the lake and makes the hole reachable in two for the big hitters,” he said. “The sensible strategy is up the right, but that decision lengthens the hole quite considerably and makes it unreachable in two. A bunker guards the right hand of the green, which challenges a safe play up the right side of the hole especially if the pin is behind the bunker.” Harradine’s last visit to AK Bars was on 30 August. “I must say that the two visits I had this year were extremely easy and uncomplicated,” he said. “The political situation did not inf luence completion. In fact, life is very normal at the airports and did not affect my travels to and through the country.” Images: Harradine Golf Fill dredged from the Volga and excavated from the three lakes at AK Bars was used to raise the site and add contour The par-three seventeenth plays directly towards the Volga