Golf/Golf Architecture

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Somerset Hills Awaits the Ike

Early this spring, I had the good fortune to visit Somerset Hills Country Club to preview the Ike Stroke Play Championship for the Met Golfer.  Though it was a raw, wet day (as this photo of the Redan might suggest), I had a great time learning about how the club partnered with Tom Doak and [...]

Double Feature: “Taking Off” and “Mile-High Marvels”

Here’s some Monday lunch break reading: A couple of pieces of my recent work are now available in digital form. First up is my cover story in Links magazine about the fiftieth anniversaries of the 1961 Masters and Open Championship, and how these two events pushed golf toward becoming the global sport that it is [...]

A Spion Kop in Savannah

As this old T+L Golf article might indicate, I’m fascinated by the anachronistic quasi-template hole known as the Spion Kop. Historian Sean Tully recently found a hole by that name at Savannah Golf Club in a 1905 issue of Golfers Magazine. I’ve heard reference to a small handful of American Kops, but this is the first [...]

“THE SEA IS IN US”: Geoffrey Cornish on the Making of Highlands Links

Geoffrey Cornish, now ninety-six years of age, is the dean of American golf architects. While researching this week’s Golf World feature on Highlands Links, the recently-damaged 1939 Stanley Thompson gem on Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia, it occurred to me that few could put the place in perspective better than the man in charge [...]

Stoneforest International: Golf in the Chinese Badlands

In case you haven’t heard, golf in China is sort of taking off these days. Last year we heard from Dave Zinkand of Coore & Crenshaw on their new project in “China’s Hawaii”, and the other day I learned about Stoneforest, a three-course complex from Lee Schmidt and Brian Curley in a crazy rockscape that [...]

The Met Golfer’s Architecture Issue

The Met Golfer has released its Feb./March issue, which contains a deep well of architectural coverage. I contributed a pair of features–one on notable renovations in the Met section and another on the area’s best short par-fours–which the MGA team was nice enough to allow me to archive here. The rest of the section is [...]

Takin’ It All In: The Bandon Preserve

Just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, Bandon Dunes Golf Resort, the burgeoning destination on the Oregon coast, is poised to make another splash. Resort owner Mike Keiser brought in Bill Coore and Dave Zinkand, of the Coore & Crenshaw design team, to route a par-three golf course over 27 acres (part of [...]

The Los Angeles Country Club Commemorative Edition

Gil Hanse’s restoration of the North course at Los Angeles Country Club is now complete. To celebrate the occasion, the club created a terrific, thirty-two (!) page review of the project. I won’t linger on this post for very long; if you love golf architecture, you’ll want to just go straight to the pdf at [...]

Responding to “A Critic’s Rant”

Golf Digest architecture editor Ron Whitten has a pair of pieces generating some heat at the moment that, while perhaps not intended to be bookends, nevertheless offer a fair amount of insight into his blind spots as a critic. The first, “Game Changers”, is a laundry list of the “most important” courses (as opposed to [...]

Chambers Bay Preview (Video)

Ryan Herrington previews the U.S. Amateur for His post also includes a two-minute video I shot and edited while I was in Tacoma working on a feature on Chambers Bay for the Aug. 9 issue of Golf World (print-only, but I’ll provide a link if one appears). In the video I focus on the [...]

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