The Revival – Community Golf in America

There is a movement afoot.  Across the country, from Goat Hill to the Schoolhouse Nine, from Sharp Park to Winter Park, there are a growing number of community golf projects getting attention and serious support. I have experienced the vibe of this movement first-hand as I work with folks from the game and my fellowContinue reading “The Revival – Community Golf in America”

Journey Along the Shores – Part 13 (4 Course Concept Revisited)

Our Lead Architect David Zinkand has completed his Preliminary Design of the new Canal Shores (below), bringing to life the 4 Course Concept that we have been discussing.  It has certainly come a long way since the idea’s inception. This design is considered preliminary, rather than final, for several reasons: We are committed to continuingContinue reading “Journey Along the Shores – Part 13 (4 Course Concept Revisited)”

Journey Along the Shores – Part 12 (Good Geeky Fun)

Yesterday was one of the best golf days I have ever had.  With a little nudge from some of the members of GolfClubAtlas, Pat Goss and I put together a day for good, geeky golf fun.  It began with an outing for the Honourable Company of Reverse Jans Golfers, and ended with a Gathering ofContinue reading “Journey Along the Shores – Part 12 (Good Geeky Fun)”

Journey Along the Shores – Part 11 (Blue Sky Findings)

Over the summer, the initiative to transform Canal Shores along the lines I outlined in my previous posts (4 Course Concept & Inspiration for the New Canal Shores) gained significant momentum.  That gain is primarily attributable to my good fortune in connecting with Pat Goss.  Pat is the Director of Golf for Northwestern University and Luke Donald’sContinue reading “Journey Along the Shores – Part 11 (Blue Sky Findings)”

Journey Along the Shores – Part 10 (Off-season Projects)

The season is slowly drawing to a close, and the Canal Shores Grounds Committee has made a decision to tackle several projects between now and May 1, 2016. We have scheduled the first batch of volunteer days (sessions are 9am-noon): Sat 10/31 Sun 11/15 Sat 11/28 All are welcome, and it takes no particular skill toContinue reading “Journey Along the Shores – Part 10 (Off-season Projects)”

Journey Along the Shores – Part 9 (Inspiration for the New Canal Shores)

In recent Journey Along the Shores posts, I have been focused on what we are doing to improve the course now.  With Autumn quickly approaching, stay tuned for news on the next batch of improvement projects. Let’s take a break from the present, and revisit the subject of the future of Canal Shores.  There areContinue reading “Journey Along the Shores – Part 9 (Inspiration for the New Canal Shores)”

Journey Along the Shores – Part 8 (More Tree Management)

In a previous Journey Along the Shores post, I shared our initial approach to managing the trees in our care.  A recent event prompted me to circle back to the subject. We have been working on establishing tall grass buffer areas and walking paths with the intention of planting trees to create native savannah.  OurContinue reading “Journey Along the Shores – Part 8 (More Tree Management)”

Journey Along the Shores – Part 7 (Pilot Projects)

These are exciting times at Canal Shores.  Momentum is building, as talented and committed people continue to lend their support.  The beginnings of a new Master Plan for the facility are taking shape.  It is still too early to share details here, but stay tuned. In the meantime, we have undertaken pilot projects in SectionContinue reading “Journey Along the Shores – Part 7 (Pilot Projects)”

An Homage to the Short Par 3

“In this era of obscene power, the likes of which the game has never witnessed, why not strive to induce a little fun into the mix and at the same time present a true test of delicacy and accuracy?” – Ben Crenshaw This quote from an essay in Geoff Shackelford’s book Masters of the LinksContinue reading “An Homage to the Short Par 3”

Journey Along the Shores – Part 6 (4 Course Concept)

Cutting down trees, hacking out brush, and hauling debris for hours on end gives a man plenty of time to think.  During one of these cleanup sessions recently, many of the thoughts that had been swirling around in my head crystalized into a new vision for what might be done with the golf portion ofContinue reading “Journey Along the Shores – Part 6 (4 Course Concept)”