Monday, February 15, 2010

Summer Mackenzie Series: Pasatiempo

Pasatiempo was brought to life by the vision of Marion Hollins one of the great woman golfers of all time. Shortly after the success of her other pet project, Cypress Point, Hollins enlisted Alistair Mackenzie to once again produce a masterpiece upon a parcel of rolling hills just outside of Santa Cruz, California.
The front nine is draped effortlessly across large hillsides and several dramatic ravines are saved for the back nine. Dr. Mackenzie an expert in depth deception, fiercely guards his greens with many bunkers flashed up to appear next to the edge of the green. Not only do the bunkers provide visual intimidation but once on the greens golfers will find challenging contours to negotiate a par. On the 16th, I barely escaped disaster with a 3-putt bogey after hitting my ball above the hole on this famous green.

The 16th hole is the pinnacle example of strategy that the golfer is well advised to consider before attempting an assault on these greens. A round of golf here completely immerses the golfer in the task at hand and the beauty of the rolling hills around you. Simply put, Pasatiempo is pure golfing bliss from the moment you stick your peg in the ground on the first tee box to picking your ball out of the 18th hole.

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