I can't keep up with all of these brilliant modern classics going under the knife.
First we had Best New Remodel of Best New's, and now we have Rees Jones renovating his own Rees-torations. A Rees-Rees-toration? Or a Ree-ees-toration? Eh, either way, thanks to reader Frenchie for this from PGA.com.
Atlanta Athletic Club is turning Rees loose on their Highlands Course...again. He apparently didn't make it forgettable enough prior to the 2001 PGA Championship, so he's back to install more tees, more 2-d bunkering and more nonsense just in time for the 2011 PGA.
--All fairway and greenside sand bunkers will be reshaped and made deeper, with new drainage and bunker sand installed.
--The locations of all greenside bunkers will be studied in detail to promote variety and develop more challenging approach shots and hole locations. When reshaped, all greenside bunkers will be shifted closer to the adjacent putting surface.
To promote variety? Hmmm...guess that monotonous left bunker/right bunker thing made every hole bleed together? Shocking.
--Fairway mowing patterns will shift closer to the edge of each renovated fairway bunker.
--All fairways to be regraded and drainage to be installed.
--All tees, collars, approaches, green surrounds that are cut at fairway height and fairways will have Diamond zoysia grass.
All of the holes will undergo some revision, although the greens will not be rebuilt. Most holes will have a new championship tee built, adding length to nearly every hole.
Length? It was plenty long enough in 2002...what happened?