Bruce Matthews, like many architects, borrowed from great golf courses around the world. Although Angels Crossing features MacRaynor template holes such as the Redan, which can be found at many acclaimed courses, he also reached a little deeper to pull less renowned influences.
One example is No. 10, a par four named “Skyline,” which features a green modeled after the infamous putting surface at Royal St. George’s No. 13.
Another impressive bit of trivia is the par three at No. 6. The learned golfer will look at the green — straight-away with a deep swale running between two plateaus — and conclude this is a Biarritz. They would be correct, but Matthews titled it “Chasm”; the course that hosted the original was named Biarritz, while the hole itself was named “Chasm.”
Whether or not you learn something during the round, the rolling terrain and the classically-influenced holes will make for an enjoyable round. If you three-putt, remember the course name before issuing any profanity.
Angels Crossing is a strong Bruce Mathews offering. Its a very fun and playable course, has big fairways and huge greens. Always fun to play some template holes a Redan & giant Biarritz highlight them here. I have only played the course once and in tough weather I look forward to getting back and seeing it on a better day.