Rhythm and Repetition

A study of the 16th on the East Course at Royal Melbourne in Victoria, Australia


The movement of the eye over MacKenzie's composition from the tee is a great example of form and function uniting to create a work of art. Repetition of the curves along the top of the bunkers provide a sensuous middle horizon line. Combine this with the long view through the green, which provides the feeling of limitless space, and it is one of the best compositions I have seen. As in all great art, the bunkers provide a frame, giving the eye a place to rest. Then after viewing it for a moment, previously invisible details come into focus. It is a great example of golf course architecture.

Photo by  Jonathan Becker

Photo by Jonathan Becker