Hole Stonewall (Old)
Par 4, 451 yards
Architects: Tom Doak
At a glance: To have a proper angle into the
green the player must hit the tee shot down
the left side. The hole brings into account
atmosphere and depth perception.
Tom Doak, of Renaissance Golf Design, is a
world-renowned architect responsible for
both of Stonewall’s championship courses:
Old (1993) and North (2003).
“The 18th is one of the holes I changed from
Tom Fazio’s original routing. He had the 10th
hole playing uphill in the same spot, and the
18th hole playing along the pond to the right.
When I changed the routing, I did not have
the green position figured out yet. One of the
founders was keen to have the green next to
the water, which was pretty much impossible
with my new No. 9 playing along the edge
of the pond. It took me almost a month of
staring at the background every day to realize
that pushing the green closer to the clubhouse buildings was the correct move. Once I
figured that out, it only took a couple of days
for Gil Hanse to shape the greenside bunker
complex,” said Doak, 58, of Traverse City, Mich.
“The founders were comfortable with having
the green close to the buildings and courtyard
because I compared it to the 9th green at
Muirfield and the adjacent Greywalls Hotel,
with which they were familiar. It is my favorite
finishing hole that I’ve built.” m