Doak on designing for pro game: 'it's a little bit getting inside their heads'

The architect of this week's ASI Scottish Open on The Renaissance Club, golf culture in Scotland and more

This week's ASI Scottish Open is in one of the country's historic nooks, but the event is at one of its newest courses. The Renaissance Club, designed by American Tom Doak and located right next to Muirfield, is hosting the European Tour event this week.

He joined Rich Lerner and discussed a variety of topics, from the Renaissance Club and beyond. He was asked about the differences between designing for pros versus resort or member clubs. View the full interview in the video above. Catch the rest of the ASI Scottish Open on Golf Channel (view air times).

"It's a little bit about getting inside their heads," said Doak. "Because anything else that you do, if you make it narrow, that punishes the average player or the member a lot more than the players on Tour. So you want to do things that make them think and make them play a little safe."

Lerner also asks Doak his thoughts on the approach to golf in Scotland versus the U.S., what he learned from Pete Dye, his favorite courses in the world and his upcoming project in Ireland.

This won't be the last time the pros take on a Doak design. He's currently renovating Memorial Park in Houston (with player consultant Brooks Koepka), which is expected to host the 2020 Houston Open on the PGA Tour.

Brandon Tucker is the Sr. Managing Editor for Golf Advisor. Prior to the launch of Golf Advisor in 2014, he was the managing editor for Golf Channel Digital's Courses & Travel. To date, his golf travels have taken him to over two dozen countries and over 500 golf courses worldwide. While he's played some of the most prestigious courses in the world, Tucker's favorite way to play the game is on a great muni in under three hours. Follow Brandon on Twitter at @BrandonTucker and on Instagram at BrandonTuckerGA.
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Looking forward to Tom Doak's Scottish influence on his new course coming to Sand Valley in Wisconsin!

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