Tom Doak

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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 [...]

Site Visit: Streamsong Resort, Polk County, FL.

On the Friday afternoon of the 2011 PGA Show, Tom Doak hosted a tour of his new course at Streamsong Resort. This place is in the hinterlands of Polk County, about an hour southeast of Tampa, and the road leading in offers plenty of post-apocalyptic vibes, if you’re into that (I am). I discovered ground for golf quite unlike anything I’d ever seen before.

Cornhusker Throwback: A Hickory Course in Omaha?

Thanks to Jim Colton for the tip on this Omaha World-Herald story about a possible Tom Doak project near that city’s downtown area. Here at o&b we always like hearing about new golf developments that have the potential to change the way people think about the game, and this one certainly fits the bill: A [...]

Midnight Golf Detroit: One of 2010's Most Important New Courses

Alan Bastable of Golf magazine reports on a project that won’t make the various publications’ Best New Courses lists, but will likely have as much of an impact as any of the contenders. Architect Tom Doak has filed a plan (pictured left) for a short course and practice facility to serve as the home of [...]

An Auteur Theory of Golf Architecture, Or, How Old Macdonald is Like the iPad

A couple of concepts that I’ve been thinking about for a while recently converged (temporally, if not literally), and I wanted to use this space to at least provisionally make an effort at connection. The first bell-ringing moment occurred in watching this conversation between GolfClubAtlas founder Ran Morrissett and financial adviser and golf business consultant [...]

Inwood Country Club: A Classic Course in the Shadow of the City

A couple of weeks ago something caught my attention on the homepage of this very website. I don’t always pay close attention to the advertising provided by the good people at Golf Audience, but here was a surprise–an ad for golf-only memberships at Inwood Country Club on Long Island. This is a historic club we’re [...]

Chop Logic: The Irish Links Initiative

On St. Patrick’s Day the Golfing Union of Ireland announced the formation of a new Irish Links Initiative, designed to bring together roughly fifty links courses for the purpose of sharing information and promoting themselves as the centerpiece of Ireland’s golf-tourism economy. According to Brian Coburn, the green convener at Royal County Down, who is [...]

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