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At Biltmore Golf Course on the site of one of Miami's premier hotels, Brian Silva, an expert on Ross’ work, has restored the course in two stages in the past decade-plus.
Geoff Shackelford talks about the legacy of George C. Thomas who designed and opened the Riviera Country Club.
Harbour Town and Sand Hills may seem like polar opposites, but they're bound together by more than time.
When it comes to golf, the city of Houston might have hit the jackpot.
From star architects to under-the-radar builders, golf course construction crawls along
Have you ever made a hole in one? If you’ve made one or seen one, you have a pretty good idea of how much fun it can be. American Society of Golf Course Architects (ASGCA) member Forrest Richardson’s latest project, an 18-hole par-3 course at Mountain Shadows in Arizona, serves up an ace opportunity around every turn. He and Matt Ginella discussed par-3 courses and more during a recent visit to Golf Channel studios.
It's a time of transition for golf courses around the United States and wider world. With communities prioritizing sensible allocation of resources, water use is a particularly important topic, one that affects the present and future of golf course architecture. Golf courses are generally labor-intensive, and with labor and materials costs rising, facilities that can shore up this part of their balance sheets while continuing to offer golfers an enjoyable experience will have the brightest futures. Matt Ginella recently sat down with recent American Society of Golf Course Architects (ASGCA) President John Sanford, a Florida-based golf course architect, to talk about this and other trends. Sanford’s recent approach to golf course design has focused on reducing golf’s footprint while still offering a solid experience.
New golf course construction has slowed way down in the last decade or so. Brand new courses are still coming online, though, and one of the most acclaimed openings from 2018 was the South Course at Arcadia Bluffs in Michigan. Matt Ginella recently spoke with golf course architect Jason Straka of Fry/Straka Global Golf Course Design, the firm responsible for the South Course. The architects drew inspiration from one of the world’s greatest courses, but this project was not without risk.
Golf course architecture is a subject that seems to grow in prominence every year. Every place the game is played is the product of specific decisions that someone (or a group of people) made about how to arrange tees, fairways, greens and various hazards, all in the name of making the game fun and challenging to play. Some of the big names in golf course design tend to soak up a lot of headlines, but the American Society of Golf Course Architects (ASGCA), the main trade organization for the profession, has nearly 200 members. These professionals, craftspeople and artists can make the complicated task of creating a golf course look easy. “They know all the boring stuff that makes a golf course work,” says Golf Advisor Senior Writer Brad Klein in this conversation with Golf Advisor Editor-at-Large Matt Ginella. The pair also discuss various trends on golf course architecture and agronomy as we look forward to another exciting year for the game.
New tome on architecture's long arc provides a solid, if occasionally uneven, overview
From new and renovated courses to trends in agronomy and tech, what to look for at your home course or next golf trip.
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You loved our piece on modern regional-scale golf course architects, so here's a list of their old-school counterparts.
Great short par 4s don't always have to be drivable. In this deep dive, Tim Gavrich details the brilliance of the 12th hole of the Pete Dye Course at PGA Village.
Most of the golf courses in North America established in the 19th century are private, but there are some publics worth being enjoyed.
Donald Trump's Trump International Golf Links Scotland has always been a controversial project. The latest news that the links is damaging protected dunes could have wide-ranging implications for links golf.
Even if you design a great golf course, it doesn't make it immune from difficulty or closure. Tom Doak and other architects have found that out the hard way.
Golf architects train for decades, learning the skills of their trade. Those crafts run the gamut, from fine-motor drawing to overseeing large-scale grading operations: refined sketching and drawing mass grading plans. The hope is to use those skills to create fabulous new golf courses and to fix up older ones so they have more appeal.
On Golf Channel's Morning Drive Design Week, Charlie Rymer, Damon Hack, Geoff Shackelford and Gary Williams debate the best par 3 in golf.
The Morning Drive crew debate the best par 5 in golf during 2018's Design Week.
Geoff Shackelford, Stuart Appleby, Charlie Rymer, and Robert Damron review the characteristics of par-4 holes and which of those holes pose the most difficulty on tour.
Matt Ginella gives the history of Seth Raynor and reveals the top five designs by the architect of Waialae Country Club the site of the 2017 Sony Open in Hawaii.
Tom Fazio describes the course design of Buffalo Ridge at the Top of the Rock. Watch Morning Drive on Golf Channel.
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Geoff Shackelford reveals the four elements he considers when judging the architectural greatness of a golf hole in this segment from Morning Drive's Design Week.
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