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U.S. Senior Open: Course renovator Tripp Davis breaks down Oak Tree National's 2008-09 renovations

Tripp Davis shared his thoughts on how alterations his company and others made during a 10-month renovation at Oak Tree National in 2008 and 2009 could impact the way players approach specific holes.
by Michael Baldwin Published: July 3, 2014
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Tripp Davis, an All-American at OU who played on the 1989 national championship team, has been involved in golf renovation architecture the past 20 years.


Davis shared his thoughts on how alterations his company and others made during a 10-month renovation at Oak Tree National in 2008 and 2009 could impact the way players approach specific holes.

No. 1 (407-yard, par 4): “Scott and Bob thought that needed to be a difficult driving hole to reintroduce a really big (safe) area down the right side. Adding bunkers to the middle of the fairway will force players to approach it differently than they did in 2006.”

No. 2 (383-yard, par 4): “We introduced a steeper slope in front of the green which is how Pete Dye designed it originally. You now have to hit a low shot to run it onto the green or you fly it to the green. You no longer can hit it short and have it bounce on.”

No. 4 (206-yard, par 3): “It got to a point you could miss right and still bounce onto the green. We made the green smaller and reintroduced little hollows on the right side which forces you to land on the green which also brings water back into play. That’s one of the scariest holes these guys will play, especially if the wind is swirling.”

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by Michael Baldwin
Redhawks, Barons, MLB, NFL Reporter
Mike Baldwin has been a sports reporter for The Oklahoman since 1982. Mike graduated from Okmulgee High School in 1974 and attended Oklahoma Christian University, graduating with a journalism degree in 1978. Mike's first job was sports editor...
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