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Wilson & Me

On the heels of its 100th Anniversary celebration in 2014, Wilson Golf has come out of the gates strongly this year (click here to read the CDGA magazine article re: Wilson’s 100th).  The company continues to rebound from the rocky road of the not-too-distant past, receiving praise for its equipment, signing new additions to its tour staff, engaging its retail partners, and launching consumer marketing initiatives like Gear Up.  Tim Clarke’s recent appearance on Morning Drive from the PGA Demo Day further signals Wilson’s resurgence.


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I have always been a Wilson guy at heart.  I started with Wilson Golf clubs, and I suspect that that is where I will finish.  As Wilson has had its ups and downs, I have watched with interest even when I was not playing golf.  This post is not so much about Wilson’s comeback story.  That story is better told by My Golf Spy’s John Barba in his fantastic 3 part series on the brand:

Part 1 –

Part 2 –

Part 3 –

This post is about my personal experience with Wilson, the company and the brand.

First, the company:

There have been periods in my career when I was consulting, and doing a fair amount of networking to research companies I admired.  Even though I wasn’t playing much golf at the time, I wanted to learn more about Wilson Golf.  Executives from Wilson were gracious enough to share their time and business insights with me.  Having been the leader of several turnarounds myself, I know how demanding the job is on one’s time.  In particular, I am still struck that Tom Gruger was that generous with a stranger, in spite of his tremendous workload.

After sending Tom a presentation I made for fun (I already admitted to my nerdiness) on potential marketing strategy and tactics, he was kind enough to invite me to his office for a meeting.  (click here to see my 2008 strategy deck)  It was a thrill to visit Wilson’s headquarters, and our conversation was very interesting.  We discussed the ongoing efforts to leverage digital media to enhance the Wilson Golf brand, as well as the opportunities inherent in effectively conducting e-commerce.  Tom also shared some of the macro challenges associated with managing a global brand with outsourced manufacturing, various retail partners, and fierce competitors with deep pockets.

These looks behind the curtain were highlights for me.  Suffice it to say, that Tom is one of the good guys in my book, and they deserve continued success.

Now, the brand:

I grew up in golf with Wilson.  The head pro at Old Elm Club during my caddie days, Don Wegrzyn, was on the Wilson staff and the golf shop was always stocked with the newest equipment.  Several of Old Elm’s best players carried Wilson Staff irons, and they just looked right to me.  The W/S shield, the red & black, the shiny forged metal, the classic shapes – all tremendously appealing to my eye.


The mosaic above provides a tour through all of my Wilson gear, some of which I have just recently re-acquired.  Of course, Wilson has always been an iron brand to me, and so my three sets of Wilson irons are the prizes within my collection.

  • The first set of clubs I ever bought for myself with my caddie money were the 1987 Wilson Staff Fluid Feels.  Those were the clubs that I played throughout the meat of my competitive junior golf days.
  • My second set, purchased right before I quit playing golf for close to 20 years, were the 1991 Wilson Staff FG-51 Tour Blades.
  • When I came back to the game recently, I found a used set of 2009 Wilson Staff Pi7s – my first ever set of non-blade irons.
  • I have mixed in various Wilson wedges, including the classic R90, and a Gooseneck 1-iron over the years as well.

Now that I have gathered up all of these clubs, as well as several of my old persimmon woods, I intend to tune them up and put them back into rotation in my bag to satisfy a recent “throwback” urge.  Full disclosure, my current everyday irons are not Wilson for the first time in my life.  The clubs are great, but it is a bit strange, and I suspect that I will ultimately switch back.

Heading into the 2015 season, I can’t help but notice the symmetry between my journey in and out of the game, and Wilson’s recent history.  We both wandered away from our roots, and now we are both finding our way back.  While I continue my comeback to this game I love, I’ll be cheerleading Wilson’s comeback as well.  After all, you can’t beat a great comeback story.

Do you have a Wilson story?  I’d love to read it.  Comment away…


Journey Along the Shores – Part 2 (The Land)

We kicked off the 2015 season with our first Greens Committee meeting this week.  Improvement projects are beginning to line up and preparations are being planned.  I’ll share the details of that progress once spring arrives and we get underway.

For now, let’s take a step back in perspective to examine what the Canal Shores property is, and conceptually, what it might become.

Canal Shores is not just a golf course.  It is a 35 acre multi-use green space on the banks of the North Shore Channel of the Chicago River.  It spans Wilmette and Evanston, and several streets cut across it.  It is surrounded primarily by residential property, but it winds through the neighborhoods in a unique fashion.  Canal Shores is much more an integrated part of its neighborhood than a typical golf course in a residential property.

Canal Shores was established in 1919, and although its boundaries have changed, it remains largely intact.

The land is mostly flat, with some subtle undulation.  There are a variety of trees, both in age and species.  The combination of wooded areas and the shape of the property make it feel generally narrow.

For purposes of closer examination, Canal Shores breaks down into the following sections, from north to south:

Section A – Sheridan to Linden – The north end of the course is bordered by Sheridan Road.  Across the canal lies the Baha’i House of Worship, and across Sheridan Road is Wilmette’s Gilson Park.  This section contains 2 golf holes.


Section B – Linden to Maple – This section is bordered by residential area, and contains 2 golf holes.


Section C – Maple to Isabella – This is the southern-most section of the Wilmette portion of the property.  It is bordered by a residential area and contains 3 golf holes.


Section D – Isabella to Central – This is northern-most section of the Evanston portion of the property.  It is bordered to the east by Evanston Hospital.  The Purple Line “El” tracks cut through it.  There are 3 golf holes in this section.


Section E – Central to Lincoln – This section contains the clubhouse, parking lot and maintenance shed.  It is bordered to the east by the Central Street “El” station and tracks, and it contains 3 golf holes.


Section F – Lincoln to Noyes – This southern section is the largest.  It is bordered to the east by residential area and Leahy Park.  It is bordered on the southwest by the Metra North Line tracks.  Across Green Bay Road from the train tracks is the Ladd Arboretum.  It contains 5 golf holes.


In coming posts, we’ll dive into each of these sections more deeply, exploring unique features.

More to come…

More Journey Along the Shores posts:


Copyright 2015 – Jason Way, GeekedOnGolf


Golf Course Architecture & History – A Video Archive

It is exciting to see increased discussion of golf course architecture on Golf Channel and other televised golf coverage, with Matt Ginella and Geoff Shackelford leading the way.  Perhaps some day, we will see the GCA show I argued for in this previous post – The Art of Course.

In the meantime, this video link archive has been created to be a resource for all those who want in-depth exploration of golf courses, architecture and history.  Many thanks to my collaborator Kyle Truax (on Twitter @TheTruArchitect) for his extensive contributions to this archive.  Check back regularly for updates, and see below for Kyle’s own video series TruAxioms.

A word about the format of the archive: Wherever possible, a YouTube playlist has been created for each course, and can be played right from this page.  Links to videos from sources other than YouTube have also been provided, with hyperlinks in the video titles.

If you have any clips to add, please feel free to tweet them me at @JasonWay1493 or leave them here in the comments.  Enjoy!



AugustaMastersLogo.pngTHE MASTERS – Augusta National GC

  • Hole Flyovers and photo gallery from

HOLE 1 – Par 4 – Tea Olive                                        HOLE 10 – Par 4 – Camellia

HOLE 2 – Par 5 – Pink Dogwood                              HOLE 11 – Par 4 – White Dogwood

HOLE 3 – Par 4 – Flowering Peach                          HOLE 12 – Par 3 – Golden Bell

HOLE 4 – Par 3 – Flowering Crab Apple                 HOLE 13 – Par 5 – Azalea

HOLE 5 – Par 4 – Magnolia                                       HOLE 14 – Par 4 – Chinese Fir

HOLE 6 – Par 3 – Juniper                                          HOLE 15 – Par 5 – Firethorn

HOLE 7 – Par 4 – Pampas                                         HOLE 16 – Par 3 – Redbud

HOLE 8 – Par 5 – Yellow Jasmine                            HOLE 17 – Par 4 – Nandina

HOLE 9 – Par 4 – Carolina Cherry                          HOLE 18 – Par 4 – Holly

ErinHillsUSOpen.pngTHE U.S. OPEN – Erin Hills

RoyalBirkdaleLogo.pngTHE OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP – Royal Birkdale GC

QuailHollowPGA.gifPGA CHAMPIONSHIP – Quail Hollow Club


OakmontLogo.jpgOakmont Country Club

(Host: 2016, 2007, 1994, 1983, 1973, 1962, 1953, 1935, 1927)

HOLE 1 – Par 4                     HOLE 8 – Par 3

HOLE 2 – Par 4                    HOLE 9 – Par 4

HOLE 3 – Par 4                    HOLE 10 – Par 4

HOLE 4 – Par 5                    HOLE 16 – Par 3

HOLE 6 – Par 3                    HOLE 17 – Par 4

HOLE 7 – Par 4                    HOLE 18 – Par 4

Church Pews

ChambersBayUSOpenLogo.jpgChambers Bay

(Host: 2015)

HOLE 1 – Par 5                    HOLE 10 – Par 4

HOLE 2 – Par 4                   HOLE 11 – Par 4

HOLE 3 – Par 3                   HOLE 12 – Par 4

HOLE 4 – Par 5                   HOLE 13 – Par 4

HOLE 5 – Par 4                   HOLE 14 – Par 4

HOLE 6 – Par 4                   HOLE 15 – Par 3

HOLE 7 – Par 4                   HOLE 16 – Par 4

HOLE 8 – Par 5                   HOLE 17 – Par 3

HOLE 9 – Par 3                   HOLE 18 – Par 5

PinehurstNo2Logo.pngPinehurst No. 2

(Host: 2014, 2005, 1999)

MerionUSOpenLogo.jpgMerion GC

(Host: 2013, 1981, 1971, 1950, 1934)

HOLE 1 – Par 4                    HOLE 10 – Par 4

HOLE 2 – Par 4                   HOLE 11 – Par 4

HOLE 3 – Par 5                   HOLE 12 – Par 4

HOLE 4 – Par 3                   HOLE 13 – Par 4

HOLE 5 – Par 4                   HOLE 14 – Par 4

HOLE 6 – Par 3                   HOLE 15 – Par 3

HOLE 7 – Par 4                   HOLE 16 – Par 5

HOLE 8 – Par 4                   HOLE 17 – Par 3

HOLE 9 – Par 4                   HOLE 18 – Par 4

OlympicClubLogo.gifThe Olympic Club

(Host: 2012, 1998, 1987, 1966, 1955)

CongressionalUSOpenLogo.jpgCongressional CC

(Host: 2011, 1997, 1964)

PebbleBeachLogo.jpgPebble Beach Golf Links

(Host: 2019, 2010, 2000, 1992, 1982, 1972)

BethpageLogo.jpgBethpage Black

(Host: 2009, 2002)

TorreyPinesUSOpenLogoTorrey Pines

(Host: 2008)

WingedFootLogo.gifWinged Foot

(Host: 2006, 1984, 1974, 1959, 1929)

ShinnecockHillsLogo.jpgShinnecock Hills

(Host: 2018, 2004, 1995, 1986, 1896)

OlympiaFieldsLogo.jpgOlympia Fields CC

(Host: 2003, 1928)

OaklandHillsLogo.pngOakland Hills CC

(Host: 1996, 1985, 1961, 1951, 1937, 1924)

baltusrol logo.jpgBaltusrol GC

(Host: 1993, 1980, 1967, 1954, 1936, 1915, 1903)

Hole 1  – Par 5                    Hole 10 – Par 4

Hole 2 – Par 4                    Hole 11 – Par 4

Hole 3 – Par 4                    Hole 12 – Par 3

Hole 4 – Par 3                    Hole 13 – Par 4

Hole 5 – Par 4                    Hole 14 – Par 4

Hole 6 – Par 4                    Hole 15 – Par 4

Hole 7 – Par 5                    Hole 16 – Par 3

Hole 8 – Par 4                    Hole 17 – Par 5

Hole 9 – Par 3                    Hole 18 – Par 5

Hazeltine logo.jpgHazeltine National GC

(Host: 1991, 1970)

Oak-Hill logo.jpgOak Hill CC

(Host: 1989, 1968, 1956)

Hole 1  – Par 4                    Hole 10 – Par 4

Hole 2 – Par 4                    Hole 11 – Par 3

Hole 3 – Par 3                    Hole 12 – Par 4

Hole 4 – Par 5                    Hole 13 – Par 5

Hole 5 – Par 4                    Hole 14 – Par 4

Hole 6 – Par 3                    Hole 15 – Par 3

Hole 7 – Par 4                    Hole 16 – Par 4

Hole 8 – Par 4                    Hole 17 – Par 4

Hole 9 – Par 4                    Hole 18 – Par 4

Riviera logo.pngRiviera CC

(Host: 1948)

PhillyCricketLogo.jpgPhiladelphia Cricket Club

(Host: 1910, 1907)


RoyalTroonLogo.pngRoyal Troon GC

(Host: 2016, 2004, 1997, 1989, 1982, 1973, 1962, 1950, 1923)

HOLE #1 – Par 4                    HOLE #11 – Par 4

HOLE #2 – Par 4                   HOLE #14 – Par 3 

HOLE #3 – Par 4                   HOLE #15 – Par 4

HOLE #4 – Par 5                   HOLE #16 – Par 5

HOLE #8 – Par 3                   HOLE #17 – Par 3

HOLE #9 – Par 4                   HOLE #18 – Par 4

HOLE #10 – Par 4



Arcadia Bluffs

Architects Golf Club

BayHillLogo.jpgArnold Palmer’s Bay Hill Golf Club & Lodge

(Host of Arnold Palmer’s Bay Hill Invitational)

Aronimink GC

Atlantic City CC

Austin CC Logo.pngAustin CC

Ballyneal GC

Baltimore CC

Bandon Dunes Golf Resort

Bandon Dunes:

Bandon Preserve:

Bandon Trails:

Old MacDonald:

Pacific Dunes:

The Punchbowl:

The Bear’s Club

Big Fish Golf Club

Blackforest GC

Bluejack National

Bryn Mawr CC

The Bull at Pinehurst Farms

Calendonia Golf & Fish Club and True Blue Golf Plantation

California GC of San Francisco

CalusaPinesLogo.jpgCalusa Pines Golf Club

Clearview Golf Club

  • 2/17/15 – USGA Museum’s exhibit: “More than a Game” – click here

Cog Hill Golf & Country Club

  • 9/14/11 – Redesign discussion on Golf Channel – click here
  • 7/15/15 – #4 Dubsdread Flyover Videos

Concession Golf & CC

CC of Fairfield

Crooked Stick Golf Club

East Lake GC

Cypress Point GC

Dormie Club

Greenbrier – The Old White TPC

Essex County CC

6/23/16 – MGAGolf: course profile and preview of the MGA Ike Championship

Forest Dunes

Forest Dunes GC – The Loop

Fort Myers CC

Four Season Golf Resort Lanai

French Lick Golf Resort

Dye Course:

Ross Course:

Friar’s Head

1/10/17 – Golf Digest’s 4 Hottest Designs –

Gamble Sands

GCofHoustonLogo.jpgGolf Club of Houston

Golf Club of Tennessee

Harbour-Town-logo.jpgHarbour Town Golf Links

Holston Hills CC

Innisbrook Resort

Kapalua Plantation Course

Keney Park GC

Kingsley Club

Lancaster CC

Lions Municipal GC

Lookout Mountain GC

  • 10/17/14 – Hole Flyovers –

Los Angeles CC

North Course:

South Course:

  • 1/15 – 3/15 – Construction videos from Thomas Naccarato –

Part I     Part II     Part III     Part IV     Part V

Marquette Golf Club – Greywalls GC

Mid Pines GC

Minot CC

Monterey Peninsula CC

Mossy Oak GC

Mt. Prospect Golf Club

Muirfield Village GC

Palmetto GC

Pasatiempo GC

PGA National GC

Pinehurst Resort

No. 4

Pine Valley GC

Poppy Hills GC

The Prairie Club

Pronghorn Golf Resort

Nicklaus Signature Course:

Sage Run GC

Sand Hills GC

Sand Hollow Golf Resort

sandvalley_logoSand Valley Golf Resort

Scottsdale National

Sedgefield CC

Seminole GC

Sentry World GC


St. Charles CC

St. Louis CC

Streamsong Golf Resort

Sweetens Cove

Sweetgrass GC

Talking Stick Golf Club

Tetherow GC

TPC Deere Run

TPC Harding Park

TPC River Highlands

  • 8/2/16 – Renovation update from The Golf Channel – click here
  • 8/2/16 – Milan Moore of PGA Tour Design talks changes from The Golf Channel –

TPC Sawgrass

TPC Scottsdale

Treetops Golf Resort

Trinity Forest

Troon North Golf Club

Troy Burne GC

True North Golf Club

Trump National Doral

Valhalla GC

Waialea CC

We-Ko-Pa Golf Club

Westhampton CC

Whistling Straits

Whispering Pines

Wickenberg Ranch

Wild Horse Golf Club

Winter Park CC

Wolf Creek GC


Bear Mountain

5/29/15 – Tour from SCOREGolf –

Cabot Cliffs

12/4/13 – Coore, Crenshaw, and Keiser on Morning Drive –

8/21/14 – Matt Ginella on –

6/17/15 – PGA of Canada drone footage of the 16th and 17th holes –

7/1/15 – Mike Keiser on Morning Drive –

8/13/15 – SCOREGolf grand opening tour –

10/1/15 – Evan Schiller flyover of the 16th hole –

11/18/15 – Course tour with –

6/15/16 – Drone footage –

9/11/16 – Gorgeous Designs You’ve Gotta See: Golf Digest –

Cabot Links

4/12/12 – SCOREGolf –

6/27/12 – Rod Whitman & Ben Cowan-Dewar –

8/20/12 – Course feature at the 5:33 mark from SCOREGolf –

8/13/15 – SCOREGolf –

10/24/15 – Evan Schiller flyover of the 15th and 16th holes –

9/11/16 – Gorgeous Designs You’ve Gotta See: Golf Digest –

12/28/16 – “A Journey Like No Other” –

Elmhurst Golf & CC

7/16/12 – Superintendent Daniel Ciekiewicz details course conditions and greens from Tee2Green –

Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge

5/8/14 – Course profile from SCOREGolf –

Glen Abbey GC

7/27/12 – Interview with Allen Hibers, director of golf, (4:57 mark) from Michigan Golfer –

3/21/13 – Jack Nicklaus reflects back on his first solo design from ClubLink –

8/9/13 – Course tour from Global News –

7/12/16 – ScoreGolf feature on the future of Glen Abbey and The Canadian Open –

Glen Arbour GC

2/19/14 – Golfing World –

Granite Golf Club

5/8/15 – SCOREGolf course tour –

Hamilton G & CC

7/27/12 – Course preview for 2012 Canadian Open from Michigan Golfer –

6/9/15 – Drone footage of the West Course, front nine for the RBC Canadian Open from DroneHub Media –

6/11/15 – Drone footage of the South Course, back nine for the RBC Canadian Open from DroneHub Media –

6/18/15 – Drone footage of the East Course –

Highland Links

8/20/12 – Course feature at the 11:39 mark from SCOREGolf –

9/14/11 – Ian Andrew re: restoration –

Laval-sur-le-Lac Blue Course

7/28/16 – Insight on renovations w/ architect Ian Andrew from ScoreGolf –

Mickelson National

11/27/15 -Windmill Golf Group: behind the scenes in development process –

St. George’s Golf & Country Club

7/27/16 – Behind the scenes of maintenance from ScoreGolf –

Victoria Golf Club Links

12/12/12 – Club promo video from NorthOlbo –

6/12/15 – Drone footage from NorthOlbo –


Punta Espada GC

10/15/13 – Aerial tour –



Askernish GC

11/4/14 – Golfing World –

Castle Stuart

2009 – Ethos Documentary –

11/6/16 – Golfing World –

Carnoustie Golf Links

4/24/07 – GoGolfTV Course Tour –

6/6/08 – Hidden Links Course Tour –

7/19/10 – Golf Course Tour – Front 9 –

7/19/10 – Golf Course Tour – Back 9 –

Kingsbarns Golf Links

1/8/16 – Insight and overview from PerryGolf & Travel –

Gullane GC

5/18/15 – Course flyover and commentary –

1/31/17 – Course vlog from Scottish Golf Podcast –

Machrihanish Dunes

6/25/11 – The Way Golf Began with David McLay Kidd –

Nairn GC

2/27/14 – Golfing World –

1/5/16 – Insight and overview from PerryGolf & Travel –

North Berwick GC

11/9/14 – Teeuplo TV –

1/27/17 – Course vlog from Scottish Golf Podcast –

Prestwick GC

5/6/08 – Hidden Links Golf Tours –

1/6/16 – Insight and overview from PerryGolf & Travel –

Royal Aberdeen GC

1/18/16 – Insight and overview from PerryGolf & Travel –

Royal Dornoch GC

11/15/10 – Course profile from Scotland Golf Courses –

9/29/15 – Golfing World –

“Celebrating 400 Years of Golf,” from CNN Living Golf –

St. Andrews Golf Links

Castle Course:

2/28/11 – GolfBug TV –

2/5/15 – Overview –

The Old Course:

4/16/15 – Golfing World: Prep for The Open –

6/6/15 – Virtual flyover intro –

7/14/15 – Bird’s-eye view from –

July 2015 – Hole flyovers

Trump Turnberry – Ailsa Course

4/21/15 – Proposed changes –

5/23/16 – What to expect from recent changes from Scottish Golf Podcast –

12/8/16 – Renovations overview from The Travelling Golfer –


Copt Heath GC

5/22/15 – Golfing World –

Liphook GC

9/27/16 – Course overview from MB Golf Marketing –

9/27/16 – Six hole tour from MB Golf Marketing –

Royal Lytham & St. Annes

9/16/15 – Golfing World –

Royal Liverpool

3/12/14 – Golfing World –

Royal St. George’s

2/21/17 – The Open returns in 2020 from The Golf Channel –

St. Enodoc GC

10/15/12 – Golfing World –

11/14/13 – Hole flyovers:

St. George’s Hill GC

9/12/13 – Golfing World –

10/8/13 – GolfBug TV –

Sunningdale GC

8/11/13 – Holden Golf World –

Woburn GC

4/2/14 – Golfing World –


Ardglass GC

5/22/15 – Discover Northern Ireland’s Ultimate 18: 1th hole –

Ballybunion GC

6/5/08 – Course tour from Hidden Links –

Ballycastle GC

5/22/15 – Discover Northern Ireland’s Ultimate 18: 2nd hole –

Ballyliffin Golf Club

11/28/14 – Bird’s eye view footage and club description from Peter Homer –

12/16/16 – Drone footage from Perry Golf & Travel –

Belvoir Park GC

5/22/15 – Discover Northern Ireland’s Ultimate 18: 8th hole –

Cairndhu GC

5/22/15 – Discover Northern Ireland’s Ultimate 18: 2nd hole –

Castlerock GC

5/22/15 – Discover Northern Ireland’s Ultimate 18: 8th hole –

Dungannon GC

5/24/15 – Discover Northern Ireland’s Ultimate 18: 9th hole –

Galgorm Castle GC

5/24/15 – Discover Northern Ireland’s Ultimate 18: 13th hole –

Hollywood GC

5/22/15 – Discover Northern Ireland’s Ultimate 18: 17th hole –

Kirkistown Castle GC

5/24/15 – Discover Northern Ireland’s Ultimate 18: 10th hole –

Lahinch Golf Club

10/21/15 – Insight and overview from PerryGolf and Travel –

Lough Erne Resort – Faldo Championship Course

5/24/15 – Discover Northern Ireland’s Ultimate 18: 10th hole –

Malone GC

5/22/15 – Discover Northern Ireland’s Ultimate 18: 18th hole –

Old Head Golf Links

6/6/08 – Course tour from Hidden Links –

4/13/11 –  Course tour from American Singles Golf –

Portstewart GC

5/22/15 – Discover Northern Ireland’s Ultimate 18: 1st and 2nd holes –

Royal Belfast GC

5/22/15 – Discover Northern Ireland’s Ultimate 18: 13th hole –

Royal County Down GC

9/11/13 – Photo tour from Ben Sargent –

5/22/15 – Discover Northern Ireland’s Ultimate 18: 4th and 9th holes –

10/21/15 – Photos and course description from PerryGolf & Travel –

Royal Portrush GC

7/22/12 – Sports Inc course detail –

5/24/15 – Discover Northern Ireland’s Ultimate 18: 13th and 14th holes –

10/20/15 – History and detail of the 148th Open Championship from The Open –

1/14/16 – Course Changes flyover –

Waterville Golf Links

9/17/15 – Golfing World –


Coming Soon…


Celtic Manor

2/26/09 – European Golf Design’s Ross McMurray –

Royal Porthcawl

7/23/14 – Golfing World –



Barnbougle Dunes

9/19/10 – Wandering Golfer –

4/30/13 – The Golf Show –

3/31/15 – Holden Golf World –

Barnbougle Lost Farm

9/21/11 – History and construction –

4/7/12 – Construction photo tour from Keith Rhebb –

11/11/15 – Holden Golf World –

Bonnie Doon Golf Club

11/7/11 – GCA Forum Pt.1 –

11/7/11 – GCA Forum Pt.2 –

2/27/14 – Stage 2 Overview –

4/5/12 – Bunker Shaping –

8/14/13 – #9 Before and After –

5/2/14 – Stage 2 Complete –

Cape Wickham Links – King Island

4/23/15 – PerryGolf & Travel: course profile –

3/23/16 – Official Course Video –

1/10/17 – Fox Sports Australia hosts play the course 7:47 mark –

Commonwealth Golf Club

5/10/15 – Holden Golf World –

2/5/15 – Mike Cocking re: renovations –

Kingston Heath Golf Club

10/13/13 – Golf Getaway –

September/November 2016 – World Cup of Golf hole profiles by Richard Macafee:

2nd          3rd          9th          11th          15th          16th

1/8/17 – Drone footage from AirSwing Media –

The Lakes GC

3/7/13 – GolfTVAustralia course tour –

Lake Karrinyup CC

2/13/17 – Pros discuss the course from The Golf Channel –

Metropolitan Golf Club

9/15/14 – Holden Golf World –

The National GC

8/26/14 – Holden Golf World –

New South Wales GC

11/11/15 – Holden Golf World –

Ocean Dunes – King Island

1/10/17 – Fox Sports Australia hosts play the course –

Peninsula Kingswood CGC

7/27/15 – OCCM re: South Course hole #10 –

NEW – 2/2/17 – OCCM re: North Course renovation drone footage and commentary from Mike Cocking –

Royal Canberra GC

12/20/16 – Club redesign overhead video from OCCM –

Royal Melbourne

11/14/11 – PGA Tour preview –

11/30/11 – Presidents Cup hole previews:

11/21/13 – GolfGetaway: RM West Course –

11/17/13 – Golf Getaway: RM East Course –

12/12/13 – Course tour from Scott Michaux –

9/10/14 – Aerials from Eagle I –


Cape Kidnappers GC

11/28/13 – Holden Golf World –

4/6/14 – Golf Getaway Part I –

4/13-14 – Golf Getaway Part II –

Kinloch Club

3/23/14 – GolfGetaway –

Kuari Cliffs GC

11/28/13 – Holden Golf World –

3/2/14 – Golf Getaway Part I –

3/9/14 – Golf Getaway Part II –

Paraparaumu Beach Golf Club

4/22/14 – Holden Golf World –

Tara Iti Golf Club

9/3/15 – Photo compilation from JGrundfos –

3/4/16 – Par 4 4th from the Traveling Golfer –

3/4/16 – Par 4 14th from the Traveling Golfer –

3/4/16 – Par 3 17th from The Traveling Golfer –

3/4/16 – Par 5 18th from the Traveling Golfer –

Titirangi Golf Club

5/17/15 – Holden Golf World –


(Listed alphabetically by country and course)


Olivos Golf Club

1/31/14 – Golfing World –


Mid Ocean Club

6/4/14 – Course profile from BermudaMedia TV –

9/23/16 – Teeing it up in Bermuda from (5:00 mark) –


The Olympic Course

1/28/14 – Andy Reistetter course tour with Gil Hanse –

2/23/14 – Gil Hanse on Morning Drive –

2/23/14 – Gil Hanse on In Play –

2/21/15 – Amy Alcott on Morning Drive –

8/28/15 – Gil Hanse on Morning Drive re: grow-in progress –

Tee to Green w/ Frank Nobilo on The Golf Channel –

Par 4 2nd          Par 4 3rd          Par 3 4th           Par 4 7th           Par 4 9th

Par 5 10th         Par 4 11th        Par 4 12th         Par 4 13th          Par 3 14th

Par 4 16th        Par 3 17th         Par 5 18th

5/19/16 – Preview from SCOREGolf – course insight at 1:50 mark –

Course tour and commentary with Gil Hanse on The Golf Channel – 

                                   Front Nine                  Back Nine

7/25/16 – Hole descriptions with Gil Hanse from Golf Digest – 

8/2/16 – Olympic preview from Golf Digest –

8/6/16 – Gil Hanse talks about the closing holes with Geoff Shackelford –

8/6/16 – Gil Hanse talks bunkering with Geoff Shackelford –

11/28/16 – Current state of the course from The Golf Channel –


Thracian Cliffs

4/27/16 – Drone footage from HighVision –


Holstebro GC

7/7/14 – Golfing World –

Horsholm GC

6/24/14 – Golfing World –

Lyngbygaard GC

6/29/14 – Golfing World –


Casa de Campo: Teeth of the Dog

1/16/13 – Course detail from The A Position –

11/12/13 – Aerial footage from Tony Weeg –

3/1/14 – Golfing World –


Le Golf National

8/7/14 – Golfing World –

11/26/16 – Profile from –

St. Emilion

8/15/14 – Interview with course ownership on Golfing World –

9/30/14 – Tom Doak on Golfing World –

10/28/15 – Interview with Tom Doak at 2:00 mark –


Lofoten Links

12/1/16 – First hole flyover –

12/1/16 – Second hole flyover –

12/1/16 – Course flyovers –

12/13/16 – Third hole flyover –

12/15/16 – Fourth hole flyover –

12/19/16 – Fifth hole flyover –

12/19/16 – Twelfth hole flyover –


Trump International Golf Club Dubai

2/10/14 – Gil Hanse interview profiles the course –

 December 2013 Architects Week – Golf Channel

February 2015 Architects Week II – Golf Channel (full recap here)


December 2015 – Architecture Week III – Golf Channel



6/15/10 – How much land to build a golf course? –

9/6/11 – Reception of Distinguished Service Award from ASGCA –


6/10/11 – Interview re: Highland Links –

12/21/11 – Vlog on technology –

9/6/12 – Interview on Ottawa Morning Live –

7/22/13 – Canadian Golf Magazine re: his background in GCA –


2/13/12 – How OCCM works –


2/16/12 – OCCM Interview –


2/16/12 – OCCM Interview  –

9/4/13 – Ranfurlie Golf Club insight and renovation presentation –

11/25/13 – Interview with Golf Australia re: Royal Sydney GC –

2/11/14 – Interview with Golf Australia re: Victoria GC –

11/27/14 – Interview with Golf Australia re: Australian GC –

2/18/15 – Interview with Golf Australia re: Royal Melbourne –


2/16/12 – OCCM Interview –

6/29/15 – Round Table Meeting re: Commonwealth GC and The Sandbelt courses –

10/14/16 – Detailing of the 4th green at Bonnie Doon –


2/16/12 – OCCM Interview –



4/6/12 – Interview on WSJ –

August, 2012 – PBS: Golf’s Grand Design –

5/1/14 – New Courses vs. Restorations –

6/10/14 – Interview on Morning Drive –

6/17/14 – Interview on renovation of Pinehurst #2 and future impact from Golfdom TV –

3/7/16 – Interview re: Streamsong on Fairways of Life –


11/19/14 – Interview on Morning Drive re: Cabot Cliffs, Trinity Forest, Sand Valley –


4/28/16 – Marketing video –


3/3/16 – Michigan Golfer re: Diamond Springs GC –

3/8/16 – Michigan Golfer re: Cape Wickham –

3/29/16 – Michigan Golfer re: Pilgrims Run GC –

4/1/16 – Michigan Golfer re: The Kingsley Club –

4/3/16 – Michigan Golfer re: The Mines GC –

4/3/16 – Michigan Golfer re: Greywalls –

8/12/16 – Michigan Golfer re: Greywalls –


12/15/07 – Michigan Golfer re: High Pointe –

10/6/11 – Michigan Golfer re: Marygrove College Practice Course –

2/20/12 – Michigan Golfer re: Cape Kidnappers, Black Forest, Golf in China –

August, 2012 – PBS: Golf’s Grand Design –

12/11/13  – Golf Central re: Medinah renovation –

6/7/14 – Golfing World –

3/22/16 – Discussion on Greens Designs from MGA –


2008 – Induction into WGHOF –

5/21/09 – Caesarea –

4/21/12 – Thoughts on Harbour Town Golf Links –

August, 2012 – PBS: Golf’s Grand Design –

4/24/13 – 60 Minutes –

8/19/13 – Interview on design philosophies and book, “Bury me in a Pot Bunker” from Florida Golf Magazine –

12/2/13 – Written thoughts on Old Marsh Golf Club –

12/18/13 – Written thoughts on The Dye Preserve –

12/21/13 – Written thoughts on Teeth of the Dog at Casa de Campo –

10/1/14 – Ford Plantation –

11/4/14 – Long Cove GC honors Pete and Alice –

12/29/14 – Back9Network –


Fazios on Trump’s World of Golf –

7/8/13 – Interview from Golfdom TV –


2/15/12 – Bunker construction and maintenance at Ohio Turf Grass Foundation Spring Tee-Off –


12/10/16 – Matt Ginella’s Top 50 Public Courses interview on #18 Mid Pines –


Earth Day – Golf Channel – click here

9/24/14 – Interview from Golfdom TV on supers and maintenance –

8/28/15 – Morning Drive re: Ross & Tillinghast – click here

3/7/16 –  Interview re: Streamsong on Fairways of Life (14:10 mark) –

8/2/16 – Interview on Callaway Live 16:40 mark –

8/25/16 – Interview on French Creek GC from InsideGolf TV –

9/2/16 – Gil talks Rio Olympic course on InsideGolf TV –

11/16/16 – Interview re: Royal Sydney redevelopment from Golf Australia –

12/9/16 – Interview w/ Geoff Shackelford re: future projects –


3/9/13 – Old Tom Morris Award acceptance speech from Chris Hurdzan –

11/6/13 – Old Tom Morris Award honoring from GCSAATV –

4/28/15 – First Annual USGA Golf Architecture Symposium –


8/13/12 – Interview with Golfdom TV on prep for 2011 U.S. Open at Congressional –

10/10/12 – Squawk Box –

12/12/12 – Interview from Golfdom TV –

Haig Point –

1/22/16 – Inside Golf TV interview –

11/28/16 – Economics and challenges of golf course design from The Golf Channel –


3/18/14 – Poppy Hills reno, Chambers Bay, and design challenges –

7/29/15 – Morning Drive re: reflections on US Open, etc. –


2/8/17 – A 1987 interview from Michigan Golfer for grand opening of Treetops –


August, 2012 – PBS: Golf’s Grand Design –

10/26/12 – GoGolfandTravel –

1/20/14 – His work and the Rolling Hills renovation –

12/8/16 – Matt Ginella’s Top 50 Public courses interview –


10/2/08 – Thoughts on The Dunes Course at the Prairie Club –

8/10/16 – More thoughts on The Dunes Course at The Prairie Club –


6/20/16 – Oak Meadows renovation insight on Golf360 TV –


12/8/15 – Jerry Mathews details his father’s life and career on Michigan Golfer –


July, 2012 – Presentation to The Derrick Club re: renovation

8/26/14 – Discusses bunker and tee box renovations at Victoria GC Links –

11/9/15 – Discusses bunker renovations at Victoria GC Links –

6/7/16 – Thoughts on Victoria Links GC and architecture –


8/9/13 – Golf in India –


8/11/10 – Golf Digest –

9/10/10 – Jack Nicklaus hole-by-hole commentary of JN Golf Club Korea –

7/5/11 – Conversations with the Golden Bear –

11/13/11 – Concession Opening Special on Golf Channel –

9/24/12 – Jack’s Favorite 18 Open Championship Holes –

2/8/13 – Jack talks about his future signature course at Baha Mar, Bahamas –

12/12/14 – “I’m known as the guy who ruined Cabo.” – Bloomberg TV –

2/3/15 – Design philosophy and insight into Jack Nicklaus Golf Club Korea from PGA Tour –


6/18/12 – GCSAA TV –

3/19/13 – Morning Drive –


April-May 2015 – RCG LasBrisas Renovation:

Renovation Plan presentation Part I –

Renovation Plan presentation Part II –

Commentary –

Front Nine Flyover Part I

Front Nine Flyover Part II

Back Nine Construction Flyover –

2/1/16 – Re: Yas Links –

7/6/16 – Re: The Grove –


9/25/11 – Design philosophy, approach and passions –


8/29/16 – Interview on design philosophies from Holden Golf World –


12/28/16 – Michigan Golfer re: Lochenheath GC –

12/30/15 – Michigan Golfer re: ASGCA challenges and his courses –

12/31/15 – Michigan Golfer re: Old Memorial GC –


11/27/12 – Interview with Golfdom TV –

2/27/14 – Interview on HookedOnGolf –

5/28/15 – Staples Golf philosophy –

8/25/15 – Community Links Concept –

12/21/15 – Meadowbrook CC Renovation footage –

4/29/16 – Meadowbrook CC Renovation footage Part II –

5/25/16 – Meadowbrook CC Renovation interview along with thoughts from Bradley Klein on Michigan Golfer –

6/25/16 – Meadowbrook CC Renovation update Part III –

8/3/16 – “The Rebirth of Meadowbrook CC” on Michigan Golfer –

8/14/16 – Meadowbrook CC Renovation update Part IV –

8/28/16 – Meadowbrook CC Renovation update on Michigan Golfer –


1/30/14 – DevotedGolfer.TV –


2002 – Design Philosophy, Silver Creek Project –

2/4/14 – Interview re: Silver Creek Valley project from ArtietheK –

2/4/14 – Interview re: the environment from ArtietheK –

2/21/14 – Hole-by-hole/before & after descriptions holes 1-10 from ArtietheK –

2/24/14 – Hole-by-hole/before & after descriptions holes 11-19 from ArtietheK –


8/14/12 – Thompson’s legacy w/ commentary from Ian Andrew from SCOREGolf –

8/14/14 – Thompson’s best courses from SCOREGolf –


4/16/15 – re: Pete Dye & Harbor Town –


11/9/14 –  How to design a golf course from Golf Getaway –


5/29/15 – “Our services” –

5/29/15 – “Our story” –

4/13/16 – “The Sessions: Who Are We” –

4/20/16 – “The Sessions: Meet Beau” –

4/22/16 – “The Sessions: How we’ve Evolved” –

5/6/16 – “The Sessions: Golf at a Crossroads” –

5/18/16 – “The Sessions: The Importance of Playability” –

6/21/16 – “The Sessions: The Value of Skills Courses” –

7/19/16 – University of South Carolina Practice Facility –


12/19/14 – Views on El Cardinal at Diamante via –


Matt Ginella

11/3/14 – Re: Trinity Forest –

1/20/15 – Re: Jack Nicklaus designs –

2/1/15 – Re: Treetops, Torrey Pines, Cruden Bay –

4/14/15 – Harbour Town History & Design –

4/16/15 -Harbour Town History –

4/22/15 – Coore & Crenshaw walking Top of the Rock with Matt Ginella –

7/12/15 – Re: Saving Goat Hill Park –

7/22/15 – Re: Stanley Thompson –

8/31/15 – Re: Alister Mackenzie –

10/30/15 – Update on golf development in the Scottish Highlands –

12/1/15 – Discussion re: what makes a golf course great –

December 2015 – Ginella’s Top 50 Courses You Can Play –

Geoff Shackelford

10/19/14 – Geoff Shackelford on Morning Drive re: Tillinghast induction into WGHoF, Evans Scholars –

2/28/15 – Geoff Shackelford with Rhett Evans, CEO GCSAA –

3/16/15 – Geoff Shackelford on Morning Drive re: Donald Trump aesthetic shift –

6/1/15 – Geoff Shackelford on Callaway Live –

7/13/15 – Geoff Shackelford re: AW Tillinghast WGHOF induction –

7/15/15 – Geoff Shackelford re: changes to The Old Course –


Kyle Truax

Golf TruAxioms:

This video series is my chance to share unbiased, real, and honest testimonial on all things, golf.  Topics mostly cover golf course architecture, but also may include issues on professional golf, golf instruction, equipment, golf travel, etc.  And of course, all videos take place from the seat of my mini-van, “White Lightning.”

World Golf Hall of Fame

2005 – Tribute to Alister MacKenzie by Ben Crenshaw –

2007 – Tribute to C.B. Macdonald by David Fay –

8/5/13 – Tribute to Willie Park Jr. by John Hopkins –

Philadelphia GolfClubAtlas Gatherings

(videos courtesy of Matt Frey, PGA) @MFreyPGA

2008 –

3/21/15 –

Erik Larson / Brandon Johnson

2/9/12 –  Lonnie Poole GC NC State University –


2/13/13 – Interview with Director of Public Relations, Mark Whitney on Michigan Golfer –

Michael Dasher

4/13/13 – On Golf Central re: ASGCA meeting, Dubsdread, sustainability –

Bradley Klein

3/30/14 – 2014 Golf Summit –

3/25/15 – 2015 MGA/USGA Green Chairman Seminar –

Cob Carlson

6/8/14 –

Robert S. Macdonald

11/10/14 – Best Golf Books re: Crenshaw, Jones, Wind and Darwin –

11/14/14 – Best Golf Books re: GCA and Design –

ScoreGolf Top 100 of 2016 Canadian Golf Courses

#100-81               #80-51               #50-21               #20-11               #10-4               #3-1

Bob Trebus

11/11/14 – Bob Trebus on Best Golf Books re: A.W. Tillinghast –

Ron Whitten

1/14/15 – On Morning Drive –

3/22/13 – On Charlie Rose –

100 Years of the Met Open 

8/14/15 – The golf courses of the Met Open –

8/21/15 – Winged Foot – East Course –

8/26/15 – Winged Foot / Met Open history on Morning Drive –

Water Week on Morning Drive

November, 2015 – 

iView Golf 2D Golf Course Tours

Copyright 2017 – Jason Way, GeekedOnGolf



Golf Shots – An Interview with Photographer Evan Schiller

PebbleBeach18P26A quick look at my Twitter or Instagram feeds reveals that I love looking at pictures of golf courses.  Sadly, I am quite terrible at taking good pictures of the beautiful courses I get to play.  That is why I am so grateful for talented people like Evan Schiller.

In addition to being one of my favorite photographers, Evan is also a gracious and generous man.  After patiently responding to my ongoing inquiries about his work, he wisely suggested that we conduct a virtual interview.  Shared here with some of his photos are insights about the practice of his craft.  Hope you enjoy.

(Although it is selling quickly, there are a few copies of Evan’s 2015 Golf Shots Calendar available here, along with his other work.)


How did you get into the profession?

To make a somewhat long story short…my parents gave me what is an equivalent these days to a point and shoot when I was about 8…I just started taking photos of everything, especially on our vacations…..about 17 years laters, I was playing the 9th hole of The Stadium Course at PGA WEST in 1986 and as we walked down the fairway in the early morning the scene was breathtaking.  My friend and I had just played in the California Open in August in the Palm Spring area..yes, a bit hot.  I wished I had a camera with me to capture it.  No cell phones in those days.  Upon returning home I purchased a camera and started taking it with me on trips.  I would give the photos to friends and hang them on my wall.  Several years later while working as an assistant professional at Westchester Country Club a friend of mine said I should put some of the photos in the pro shop and sell them.  Well,…..I did and here we are.  One thing lead to another and I was off and running.

Describe your process for capturing the perfect shot.

This is a bit long, but I think it speaks to what you are asking. Where I shoot depends on which holes are most photogenic, of course.  However, I usually try to scout the course beforehand to look beyond that.  I want to see nuances and anticipate light patterns on specific holes so that I know where to stand for the critical moment when the sun rises and sets. I’ve captured beautiful shots without scouting the course, but it’s not ideal.  Why?  Because of the light.  It takes some time to understand the timing and angle of the sun’s rays on each fairway and green.  Taking the time to consider this can make the difference between capturing a good shot and a great one.

Let’s take Pebble Beach for instance. I know from experience that I must capture #8 and #18 as soon as the sun comes over the mountains or the sun will be too high and the light less than optimal.  I might position myself behind the 8th green in a cherry picker well before sunrise so I’m ready for the opportunity at first light. Not to say I won’t get a good shot after sunrise, but the hole won’t show me its best.

From my scouting preparation, I know that from the 8th hole I can head to the 6th and 7th because it takes longer for the sun to appropriately light those holes.  If I’ve done my prep well, I’ll have noticed that the light on #9 and #10 is likely better in the late afternoon and that the 7th hole faces almost due south so it photographs well in morning and afternoon light, although I prefer the evening!

Once I’ve identified the holes and times I want to shoot, I turn my attention to composing the shot, keeping in mind that it might be viewed on a computer screen, in a magazine, a book or as a framed print.  I always intend to create a shot where everything flows and is of interest, while keeping in mind balance and eye appeal.  So while it’s not a rule, I generally don’t photograph from the middle of a fairway. Unless there’s something interesting at play like a fairway bunker or shadow, it’s not the most intriguing shot.

So preparing to photograph a course is more than a logistical run-through.  It’s an opportunity to see beyond just looking.  It’s seeing with my imagination to anticipate the flow of light and capture its shimmer within finite time frames.

This may be where the art of photography lies.

What is your most memorable moment while working on a shoot?  

Wow, that’s a tough one!!  See below when I write about shooting the 7th at Pebble Beach.  A couple other times were when I was first asked to go photograph The Masters for Golf Digest and The Masters Journal and, the week before asked to shoot the course for Golf Magazine.  Now that I think of it, in 2001 I was asked by a notable publisher if I wanted to be the photographer of a book entitled “Golf Courses of Hawaii”.  Not knowing at the moment what was required of course I said yes.  Well, I soon found out that it would require me to go to Hawaii for about 8 – 10 weeks to photograph 40 golf courses….At the time I thought I was in heaven but still alive!!  I ended up making two trips to Hawaii and spending a total of about 9 weeks there shooting….tough duty.

What are the Top 3 courses you want to shoot?

Another good one. I’m assuming this means courses I have not photographed before?  Off the top of my head Cabot Links, Barndougle Dunes in Tasmania looks amazing, Cape Kidnappers in New Zealand and if I could add one more it would be Sand Hills in Nebraska.

How do you know when you have hit the sweet spot and captured a special picture?  

It’s usually the convergence of a series of events.  A great hole / shot / beauty….great light and cloud formations.  And, I just know it.  Things are different now with digital cameras and backs.  Ten years ago when I was shooting film you didn’t know what you had until you got the film back.  Now you know instantaneously when you look at the image in the back of the camera.  For instance, the attached, which by the way was shot with film.  It’s a photo of the 7th at Pebble Beach.  I had arrived about two hours before sunset and sat around waiting on an overcast day….hoping for the marine layer to break.  I never know when that special moment will occur, I can try and anticipate it based on past experiences and be ready if and when it does.  So, I waited almost two hours for this shot and just before the sunset there was a break in the clouds by the horizon and the sun came out for less than two minutes and I was able to capture a few shots.  I could even say this was one of the more memorable shots because of the place and the fact this has been one of my most popular images ever.  It also appeared on the cover of the 2010 US Open Magazine which was play at Pebble Beach.


What do you love about practicing your craft?  

Many things…first of all, I have the opportunity to travel to some amazing places and courses and not only photograph them, but sometimes play them.  I meet so many wonderful people along the way as well.  I love to share my images and experiences of shooting because often times I am out on a golf course when other people are not.  Usually very early or late.  I also love the adventure (scouting courses, shooting from lifts and helicopters and recently with drones and being out early in the morning when the sunrises…. and the creativity of it all, looking and seeing what’s the best angle for shooting the hole…I never know what’s going to happen or what I’ll find along the way and I like that…I like being surprised.

Who is your favorite golf course architect, and why?  

Tough to choose one there, so many architects are doing such great work, many of whom we are only now getting to know.

What are your favorite courses to play?

This is probably the easiest question.  Royal County Down, Fishers Island, Punta Espada and Pacific Dunes.

When you’re not taking pictures, what are you doing? 

My wife and I have also made numerous trips to Africa and have become fundraisers for the conservation of Big Cats.  We’ve done several fundraisers over the past few years for Panthera ( and The Big Cats Initiative. (  We love Africa and I’ve taken thousands of photos during our trips.

I’m also a golf professional and coach with Extraordinary Golf. ( and, love to hang out and photograph our three cats.

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Copyright 2015 – Jason Way, GeekedOnGolf


The Sweet Sound of Chainsaws

“As beautiful as trees are, and as fond as you and I are of them, we still must not lose sight of the fact that there is a limited place for them in golf. We must not allow our sentiments to crowd out the real intent of a golf course, that of providing fair playing conditions. If it in any way interferes with a properly played stroke, I think the tree is an unfair hazard and should not be allowed to stand.”
– Donald Ross, from Golf Has Never Failed Me

First things first – I love trees.  They are magical to me.  Growing up on Chicago’s North Shore and finally settling in Evanston, I have been fortunate to be surrounded by big, old trees all my life.  Time spent hiking in the woods of northern Michigan is second in enjoyment for me only to golf.

What a shame it would be if  the beauty of these specimens at Crystal Downs was lost in an overgrown tree line.

What a shame it would be if the beauty of these specimens at Crystal Downs was lost in an overgrown tree line.

My tree-hugging tendencies having been disclosed, I have to agree with Mr. Ross 100%.  On many golf courses, over-planting and invasiveness of trees are a detractor – they create turf health issues, add to maintenance costs, hinder playability, and block sight-lines.  Further, when trees are overgrown, true specimens are not allowed to stand out, reducing aesthetic pleasure.

In spite of high-profile tree removal victories such as at Oakmont, architects and superintendents are often saddled in their work by club memberships that apparently don’t know the difference in function and intent between a golf course and an arboretum.  To illustrate what they deal with, a superintendent friend of mine was confronted by a club member while overseeing tree removal and accused of “raping the golf course”.  The restoration of that same course, which included substantial tree removal, has subsequently been lauded by the members as an unequivocal success.

As the sunlight can better reach the turf once the trees are thinned, so is this page intended as an attempt to shine a light that gets through to tree-ignorant golfers.  Architects andTrees-v-NoTrees superintendents are invited to share their tree removal before-and-after photos and I will keep them organized.  Hopefully, by creating such a resource with visual proof of the improvements, we can raise awareness and make the lives of GCAs and Supers a bit easier.

Photos and commentary can be submitted to me at or via Twitter @jasonway1493.


Oakmont Country Club

1993-1995 Removal led by former Superintendent Mark Kuhns (read the story on Links Magazine)


The California Golf Club of San Francisco

2008 Restoration by Kyle Phillips Golf Course Design


Country Club of Peoria

2007-2008 Restoration by Michael J. Benkusky, Inc.  – According to Mike, more than 500 more trees have been removed since the renovation was completed, and the membership continues to love the new look and playability of the course.


Golf Club de Hardelot

2014 Restoration by Infinite Variety Golf Design and Patrice Boissonnas (more pics and information at


Old Elm Club

2010-2014 Restoration by J. Drew Rogers – This being my original home course, it has been quite incredible to see its transformation over the past several years.  It was a special place before, and now that over 1000 trees have been removed (leaving only specimen oaks, elms and hickories), it is simply off-the-charts beautiful.


Los Angeles Country Club (North)

2009-2010 Restoration by Hanse Golf Course Design with Geoff Shackelford (Full course review available at


Philadelphia Cricket Club (Wissahickon)

2007 – 2014 Restoration by Keith Foster (before photo from Gib Carpenter’s wonderful article on, after photo by Evan Schiller from course renovation timeline on


The Lakes

2007 Renovation by Ogilvy, Clayton, Cocking and Meade.


Sun City Country Club

Renovation by Ogilvy, Clayton, Cocking and Meade.  The opening up of the property that resulted from the tree removal allowed for the combination and creation of new holes (click images for slideshow).

Linlithgow Golf Club

2015 off-season tree removal performed by Course Manager Grant Peters


Country Club of Fairfield

1999-2000 Restoration by Bruce Hepner and Renaissance Golf Design (full course review on

Commonwealth Golf Club

Renovation work by Ogilvy, Clayton, Cocking and Meade.


Camberly Heath Golf Club

Tree removal performed by grounds staff, video courtesy of Deputy Course Manager Graeme Roberts.


Sleepy Hollow Country Club

2006-2007 Restoration by Gil Hanse and George Bahto, with subsequent additional tree removal. (pre- and post-restoration photos from course review on; post-tree removal photo from recent course tour from GCA member Jon C.)

Side note: Highly recommend George Bahto’s book The Evangelist of Golf for anyone interested in golf course architecture, and certainly for any fans of C.B. Macdonald and Seth Raynor.


Broadstone Golf Club

2013-2014 Restoration by Frank Pont of Infinite Variety Golf Design.

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Plum Hollow Country Club

Tree removal directed by Superintendent Adam Garr.  This video illustrates perfectly the necessity for proactive tree management to ensure turf health (for more information, check out Adam’s PHCC Greens blog).

Rideau View Golf Club

2014 tree removal pics courtesy of RV member Steve Demers (on Twitter @LuckyDemers).

Bryn Mawr CC

2015 tree removal performed by Superintendent Brian Bossert as a continuation of a 2013 renovation by Jim Nagle of Forse Design. (Learn more about the project here)


The Links at Lawsonia

2013 – 2014 restoration of this Langford & Moreau gem by Jim Nagle of Forse Design. Before pic courtesy of Scott LaPlant.

Additional Tree Removal Resources:

Recent Tree Removal Update by Chris Tritabaugh, Superintendent at Hazeltine National – This post from the club’s blog details reasoning and strategy behind selective off-season tree removal in preparation for the 2015 season, and 2016 Ryder Cup matches.

Timber! by Golf Course Architect Jeff Brauer – This column from Golf Course Industry Magazine makes a case for the benefits of thoughtful tree removal.

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New Year’s Shift

Having a day-at-a-time paradigm, the whole New Year’s thing doesn’t typically do it for me.  It has been a long time since I made a New Year’s resolution.  My wife’s enthusiasm for the holiday is influencing me this year, and even though there are still no resolutions forthcoming, I do feel compelled to share a shift I am making for 2015.

Upon reflection, last year was particularly challenging.  It was over-full, chaotic, and grindy at many times.  In my golf game, my work, and my life, I spent more time trying to make it happen than I did showing up with my best and letting it happen.  In my experience, that approach rarely yields the best results and often leads to burnout.

Toward the end of the year, I felt a shift taking place that I am carrying over into this year – in golf, in work, and in life.

I first noticed the shift in my off-season golf practice.  Focus on the game plan my coach gave me increased.  As my fitness and mechanics improve, my swing is beginning to feel natural and authentic.  I have stripped away mental clutter.  My strengths are engaged and powerful, on-target shots seem to be flowing through me. The experience has both a quality of a glimpse of the best of my past and the even higher potential for my future.

Therein lies my 2015 shift.  No more tight-gripped pressing to make it all happen through force of will.  Instead in this year, amidst the fullness and challenge of golf and life, I will keep a simple focus on my strengths and let my best performance flow.  Should be an exciting year.