Fontana is an impressive big budget resort/country club facility built on what was once a flat field on the outskirts of Vienna. The design here was the work of Canadian architect Doug Carrick, who started construction by digging a huge lake that became the centerpiece of holes 17 and 18 and which is in full view from the clubhouse balcony. This lake even features a beach for club members to use in summer.
The problem with Fontana initially was the shaping and the size of the playing corridors, which are on such a large scale that slashing away from the tee is fairly stress-free and straightforward. The split fairway 8th, for instance, was poor because the right side was enormous, easy to hit from the tee and gave a much simpler line into the green. Many of the problems with the first design here were to be addressed in a redesign program in 2006 when 80-odd traps were to be added and the landing areas narrowed and reshaped slightly.
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