Following the trial of the new winter golf course layout earlier this month a few people complained to me about the long walks between holes when playing the Red and Blue combination.
Over the last couple of weeks or so I have played the course in various combinations and have walked or estimated various distances.
This covered distances to and from the clubhouse for the first and last holes on the 3 proposed new combinations of courses (White & Red, Red & Blue and Blue & White). Plus any long walks between holes on the three 3 layouts.
I then compared this with the same information for the current Master (Master 1 & 2) course.
The results are as follows:
||Red & Blue
||30 to first tee on Red (Master 10) from clubhouse + 350 from Red 3 (Master 12) to Red 4 (Classic 5) + 350 from Red 8 (Classic 9) to Red 9 (Master 13) + 200 from Blue 9 (Master 18) to clubhouse
||300 to first tee from clubhouse + 500 between 9th green and 10th tee + 200 from 18th to the clubhouse
||Blue & White
||600 to first tee on Blue (Master 14) from clubhouse + 100 from Blue 9 (Master 18) to White 1 (Master 1) + 500 from White 9 (Master 9) to the clubhouse
||White & Red
||300 to White 1 (Master 1) from clubhouse + 500 from White 9 (Master 9) to Red 1 (Master 10) + 500 from Red 9 (Master 13) to clubhouse
I found the results a little surprising as the Red & Blue combination has the least number of steps when you make this comparison.
There are a couple of long walks during a round playing the new Red & Blue layout. I guess that as it is a new combination people have placed more emphasis on these distances.
However the fact that you start on the current Master hole 10 and finish on current Master hole 18 means that overall the walking is less on Red & Blue than when you play the current Master course. It is also less distance to walk than the other two new layout combinations (White & Red and Blue & White).