Course Review and Comments
Baywood Golf and Country Club is a gem of a golf course set among the towering Redwoods of Northern California.
The front nine was built in 1933 from a design by H. Chandler Egan, an architect who designed courses in California, Oregon and was retained to revise Pebble Beach in 1929 in preparation for the U.S. Amateur Championship.
The design of the front emphasizes elevation changes with many holes playing up and over hills with blind tee shots and downhill approaches. Club selection into greens is critical as many are guarded tightly by bunkers, water and OB's. The rolling terrain makes even lies the excpetion rather than the rule so shotmaking skill brings rewards.
The back 9 was built nearly 25 years later by Bob Baldock who also designed Alta Sierra, Golf Hills, and Monterey Peninsula (Shore course).
Here you will find mostly level fairways surrounded by towering trees and miniscule greens.
While shorter, the back is easily the tougher of the two 9's. The giant Redwoods are the primary strategic feature, used here to create many uncutable doglegs and intimidating tee shots. Long hitters will find no advange unless they are perfectly straight.
Where the front is manicured parkland the back is wilderness golf. None of the holes on either 9 seem contrived, fitting well into the landscape though the back feels as if was discovered rather than built.
Baywood is a specail place to golf and I hope more people will get to discover it.
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