To us, golf is, after all, a game and a pastime, neither so serious that it should take
precedence over more important matters of human necessity. Its not that we play any
better on courses laid out on otherwise not-very-productive land that isnt needed
for or is unsuitable for housing or vital human resources. No, we have no interest in
being the Jimmy Carters of golf, and we aspire neither to winning the Nobel Peace Prize
nor the Skins Game. But we do take good pleasure in playing in a "unimproved"
environment, in seeing and understanding what the course architects first saw, in
confronting the randomness of the natural hazards, bumps, dips, trees, water, bunkers, and
Geysers? Havent played Arikikapakapa yet?
This unique course in the middle of the sulfur and brimstone thermal zone of Rotorua may
not be altered from its natural state by law. Interestingly, with all its underground
rumbling, geysers, and boiling mud bunkers, the course tends to reshape itself, turning
fairways into hazards sometimes overnight.
THE PAR 3, 170-YARD (155-METER) 14TH AT
ARIKIKAPAKAPA: JANUARY CONDITIONS AT
ARIKIKAPAKAPA ARE WARM AND DRY, ALTHOUGH
ITS CENTRAL NORTH ISLAND SETTING NORMALLY
PROVIDES ENOUGH RAINFALL TO PREVENT BROWN
FAIRWAYS. THE BALL WILL
ROLL, BUT LIES CAN BE
TIGHT. BE SURE TO BRING YOUR SUNSCREEN ALONG.
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