Golf Course Architecture - Issue 56: April 2019

33 “The eighteenth wraps a large lake and features a spine ridge in the landing area that will either feed the ball left towards the green or, right and away to a fairway lie but blind to the green, in effect a four-club difference,” said Brian Curley. “The green offers a strong feeder slope at the back and a distinct lower back lobe set in front of the clubhouse backdrop.” bulkheads planted with vegetation aptly named the ‘Wall of Death’. “The par-three sixteenth plays from the highest elevation to a small but treacherous green, fronted by deep bunkering and surrounded by tight mow surrounds in a side and back swale that will propel missed shots away from the green, all within a spectator- mounded backdrop. The driveable par-four seventeenth offers a split fairway and grades that will reward balls hit precisely on line to the green but punishes tee shots leaked right with not one but three ‘devil’s asshole’ pot bunkers named the ‘Trident’. The Rolling Hills course is set for a soft opening in late 2019. Siam CC also has a fifth course in the works, the solo design debut for Toby Cobb, on a site east of the centre of the Thai capital, Bangkok. Clearing work began in January 2019. “It’s a sparsley- treed parkland course on a links site,” said Cobb, who has previously worked with Coore & Crenshaw and Tom Doak.