Right on the Sweet Spot – Architecture Week III

This time around it was different.  They changed the name, and they changed their game.  The third installment of Architecture Week on Golf Channel’s Morning Drive took a different approach, and for me, it hit the sweet spot. This time around was different for me as well.  For the previous two AWs, I was ableContinue reading “Right on the Sweet Spot – Architecture Week III”

Bandon Preserve Course Tour by Jon Cavalier

BANDON PRESERVE – A COURSE TOUR & APPRECIATION Bandon Dunes Resort, Bandon, OR – Bill Coore & Ben Crenshaw Bandon Preserve sits on a nook of cliffside dunes between Bandon Trails to the East and Bandon Dunes to the north.  The setting for this little gem is spectacular — every hole has views of theContinue reading “Bandon Preserve Course Tour by Jon Cavalier”

Jon Cavalier’s Top 10 New Courses in 2015

The end of the year is a time for reflection on days past, anticipation of days to come, and most of all, a time for … LISTS!  Top 10 lists seem to be everywhere this week, and far be it for me to resist this trend. So, in that vein, here are the Top 10Continue reading “Jon Cavalier’s Top 10 New Courses in 2015”

Bandon Trails Course Tour by Jon Cavalier

BANDON TRAILS – A COURSE TOUR & APPRECIATION Bandon Dunes Resort, Bandon, OR – Bill Coore & Ben Crenshaw Among the four full courses at Bandon Dunes Resort, Bandon Trails stands out as the most different from the group.  Though the course starts just south of the Bandon Dunes course and plays through dunes forContinue reading “Bandon Trails Course Tour by Jon Cavalier”

A Magical Day at Sand Valley

My buddy Chuck was kind enough to include me in a visit to Sand Valley to tour the first course, which is under construction and set to open in 2017.  I expected to be in golf geek heaven, and yet what I experienced so vastly exceeded my expectations that I fear that trying to putContinue reading “A Magical Day at Sand Valley”

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)”

Coore & Crenshaw’s Great 18

My recent buddies trip to Boston included a visit to Old Sandwich – the seventh Coore & Crenshaw designed course that I have played.  #8 was a magical outing yesterday evening to Colorado Golf Club. Playing C&C’s courses never fails to be a joy for me.  Their courses just look right to my eye, andContinue reading “Coore & Crenshaw’s Great 18”

In the Seat – An Interview with Shaper Keith Rhebb

At the drafting table, on a plane, or behind the controls of a bulldozer, Keith Rhebb is always right in the thick of the creative process of golf course design and construction.  As a member of the Coore & Crenshaw team, Keith is working on the highest profile and most highly anticipated projects around theContinue reading “In the Seat – An Interview with Shaper Keith Rhebb”

Sculpting the Earth – An Interview with Architect Dave Zinkand

“Remote” is a good word to describe the location of Apache Stronghold.  Why did I make the trek through the mountains of the Tonto National Forest, past small mining towns, to an Indian Casino golf course in the middle of nowhere?  As always, I was in search of golf adventure and great architecture.  In thisContinue reading “Sculpting the Earth – An Interview with Architect Dave Zinkand”

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”