Journey Along the Shores – Part 18 (Annual Volunteer Recap)

‘Tis the season for giving thanks.  My geeky heart is filled with gratitude for all of our volunteers who come out and give their time and labor to polish up this community golf gem of ours. Our primary focus in 2017 was on the south end of the property – the Metra Loop.  We continueContinue reading “Journey Along the Shores – Part 18 (Annual Volunteer Recap)”

MY FAVORITE TEMPLATE

An in-depth look at Macdonald’s Leven template with Brett Hochstein and Jon Cavalier When it comes to golf course architecture, it doesn’t get much geekier than MacRaynor templates.  It should come s no surprise that I love the templates, and the one I love most of all is the Leven.  In an age when lengthContinue reading “MY FAVORITE TEMPLATE”

LinksGems Birthday Tribute to C.B. Macdonald

A BIRTHDAY TRIBUTE TO CHARLES BLAIR MACDONALD Happy 162nd birthday to the Godfather of American Golf, Charles Blair Macdonald. On November 14, 1855, Charles Blair Macdonald was born in Ontario.  After growing up in Chicago, he attended St. Andrews University, where he learned golf from Old Tom Morris.  In 1874, he returned to Chicago butContinue reading “LinksGems Birthday Tribute to C.B. Macdonald”

Old Macdonald Course Tour by Jon Cavalier

OLD MACDONALD – A COURSE TOUR & APPRECIATION Bandon Dunes Resort, Bandon, OR – Tom Doak & Jim Urbina Old Macdonald is the most recently opened course at Bandon Dunes, but it is already considered by many to be the best.  The course is intended as an homage to the architectural principles of Charles BlairContinue reading “Old Macdonald Course Tour by Jon Cavalier”

Boston Twofer – Boston Golf Club & Essex County Club

With this season’s Noreaster heading back to Long Island, I found myself longing for golf in Boston by mid-summer. Work afforded an opportunity to make it to Beantown, and I was able to line up visits to my two of my favorite courses – Boston Golf Club and Essex County Club – with buddies PeterContinue reading “Boston Twofer – Boston Golf Club & Essex County Club”

WHAT MY KIDS TAUGHT ME ABOUT ARCHITECTURE

My son Jack is 15 years old and my son Henry is 7 years old.  This season, I officially became one of those lucky golf geek dads whose kids are golf-crazed.  We play most of our golf together at Canal Shores, but we also had outings over the summer at Kingsley Club, Champion Hill, andContinue reading “WHAT MY KIDS TAUGHT ME ABOUT ARCHITECTURE”