Halton Beach G&CC
Designer: Dan Hebert
Firm / Speed: Med / Med
Designer’s Notes: This was the course I based on California golf courses like Pebble Beach, Cypress Point, Spyglass Hill, etc. I tried to keep the bunkering in the usual Alister Mackenzie style he’s well known for. There are a few shout outs to Cypress Point, there’s one hole that’s a half breed of Tobacco Dunes and Arcadia Bluffs. It was a fun course to build, I really enjoyed the theme too.
It’s not a terribly difficult course, most people can expect to break even on it. It’s also short, and there are no water hazards except for the obvious coast line (that’s not really in play).
Get out there, enjoy the course and let me know what you think!
Quick Review Notes: Another great effort by Hebert. A mix of superb scenery, excellent holes, and a moderate but fair challenge all contribute to a course that everyone should play. Coming in at just over 6600 yards, it’s not the usual 7000+ test that most courses are. The greens are challenging enough to keep players honest, with the most difficult greens coming on the shortest holes. The Alistair MacKenzie-inspired bunkers work great with this layout, calling on visions of the Cal Club, while incorporating design elements of several courses, including the Arcadia Bluffs-inspired 11th hole.