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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, and they are a challenging blast to play.  The broad strokes of routing, green siting, and undulation are masterful, and the attention to the little details is always off the charts.  Their designs are packed with strategic and visual interest and yet, my buddy Shawn might have summed up best what makes their work so special while we walked down the first fairway at Old Sandwich.  He said, “Coore & Crenshaw’s holes lay so softly on the land.”  Indeed.

To express my enthusiasm, I thought it might be fun to geek out on their work and create a course of 18 of their great holes.  Picking 18 great holes seemed a little too easy though, so instead, this course will be 18 great holes, according to the actual hole numbers.  I started with the courses I have played, and then enlisted a little help from their associates David Zinkand, Keith Rhebb, and Jeff Bradley to fill in gaps and add a little flair.

What follows is what I call Coore & Crenshaw’s Great 18, but it is not meant to be definitive.  Rather, I want to hear from other C&C nuts.  Did we miss one of your favorites?  Leave your comment, or hit me up on Twitter (@JasonWay1493) or Instagram (@jwizay1493), and I’ll add yours to the mix.


#1 – Bandon Trails – Par 4 (Jeff Bradley pick) – I have been fortunate enough to play this opener on a chilly morning in October.  It demands a confident tee shot, and an even better approach.  It is an interesting dunesland tease as Trails makes its way away from the coast into a spectacular adventure through the woods.

#2 – Cabot Cliffs – Par 5 (Keith Rhebb pick, runners-up East Hampton, Talking Stick North) – From Keith’s GeekedOnGolf interview: “A lot of people think #16 is the best hole on the course.  The view from the green is stunning, but I still like the second hole best.  If you walked on #2 tee today, you probably wouldn’t realize the time and effort that went into the hole.  It was a total team effort to get it into the state that you see it now.”

#3 – Bandon Trails – Par 5 (David Zinkand pick, runner-up Colorado Golf Club) – From David’s GeekedOnGolf interview: “The par five Third Hole at Bandon Trails has a great deal of interest in its green that carries all of the way back up the hole in terms of how to attack.”

#4 – Old Sandwich – Par 3 (my pick, runner-up Warren Course) – When I walked up on to the tee of this par 3, my jaw almost hit the ground.  The green sits on the ridge naturally, and yet is also incredibly bold.  The green is huge, and so hitting it is not enough – you have to hit your tee shot in the proper section for a safe par or makable putt at birdie.

#5 – Cuscowilla – Par 4 (Jeff Bradley pick) – From Ran Morrissett’s course tour: “…Coore rose to the occasion here by converting a wash area into a huge gaping bunker down what would normally have been the middle of the fairway.”

#6 – Shanqin Bay – Par 5 (David Zinkand pick, runner-up Friar’s Head) – From David’s GeekedOnGolf interview: “It was fun to build a classic Cape Hole on the Sixth at Shanqin Bay in Hainan, China.”

#7 – Bandon Preserve – Par 3 (my pick, runner-up Old Sandwich) – Truth be told, I loved playing the Preserve so much that I could have picked every one of those holes.  I settled on the seventh because of the way the green wrapped around and merged with its neighbor.  Not something you see every day!

#8 – Bandon Trails – Par 4 (Jeff Bradley pick) – Nobody does short 4s better than Coore & Crenshaw, and this hole is typically outstanding, especially in firm and fast conditions.  The lay of the land leaves options of attack open, including the ground game.

#9 – Friar’s Head – Par 4 (Jeff Bradley pick, runner-up Colorado Golf Club) – Friar’s Head is not just my favorite C&C course, it is my favorite course.  I have heard it described as the Cypress Point of the east coast, and nowhere is that feel more evident than standing on the 9th tee.  The color contrast of the dunes with the fairway running down into the green complex is simply breathtaking.  And don’t let the beauty fool you, par is a good score on this gem.

#10 – Colorado Golf Club – Par 4 (Jeff Bradley pick, runner-up WeKoPa) – I am a sucker for simple golf holes.  My favorite hole at my home course (Kingsley Club) is bunkerless, and so is the 10th at Colorado GC.  The tee shot is a thrill, and the approach is deceptively demanding.  Lose focus before the ball is in the bottom of the hole on this beauty, and you are staring an “other” in the face.

#11 – Warren Course – Par 3 (Jeff Bradley pick, runner-up Colorado Golf Club) – From the Warren Course site: “This par 3 features the largest green on the course.  Bunkers line the fairway and border the green to catch even the slightest errant shot.  Take enough club to carry the false front of the green.”

#12 – Talking Stick North – Par 4 (my pick, runner-up Dormie Club) – There are several holes at Talking Stick that use the straight property boundary to create wonderful angles off the tee.  Challenge the fence, and you are rewarded with a significantly easier approach.  Play it safe, and difficulty hitting the green awaits.  That choice is compounded on the twelfth by the wash down the middle of the hole.  No “fence sitters” allowed on this hole.

#13 – We Ko Pa Saguaro – Par 4 (my pick, runner-up Friar’s Head) – This hole is strategic golf at its most elegant, and features a wonderful Coore & Crenshaw centerline bunker.  There is no way to completely avoid peril.  So how do you want it?  On your tee shot, or on your approach?  Players who like to mindlessly whack the ball into the middle of the fairway on every hole will hate this hole, and that delights me!

#14 – Lost Farm – Par 4 (Keith Rhebb pick, runner-up Chechessee Creek) – From Keith’s GeekedOnGolf interview: “The rough contours were already within the lay of the land.  We had to tread lightly so we didn’t lose what was there in the construction process.  It turned out nicely.”

#15 – Friar’s Head – Par 4 (my pick, runner-up Streamsong Red) – Walking up the stairs from the 14th green to the 15th tee provides one of my favorite reveals in golf.  The awe turns to joy watching a well-struck drive float down the the fairway landing area, and the approach down to the green.  The joy flips right back to awe coming off the back of the 15th green to the wooden walkway overlooking Long Island Sound.  Pure magic.

#16 – Streamsong Red – Par 3 (my pick, runner-up Friar’s Head) – Everything about this hole is wild.  The visuals are wild.  The setting is wild.  The tee shot is wild.  And the green?  Get ready for a wild ride!

#17 – Chechessee Creek – Par 4 (Jeff Bradley pick, runner-up Colorado Golf Club) – From the club’s site: This short Par 4 certainly tests your courage. You can either drive over the hazard, a carry of 245 yards, or lay your ball out to the left, leaving a longer approach. The narrow green is protected on the right by two deep bunkers, but offers a generous bail-out area to the left.

#18 – Cabot Cliffs – Par 5 (my pick, runner-up Talking Stick North) – How often does a course and a hole live up to the hype?  I have not been to Cabot yet, but when I go (and I am going), I have no fear that this closer will exceed my very high expectations.


Copyright 2015 – Jason Way, GeekedOnGolf


In the Seat – An Interview with Shaper Keith Rhebb

KeithRhebb-InTheSeatCabotAt 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 the world.  He and his colleagues continue to deliver mind-blowing results that are setting the standards for modern architectural greatness.

I’m not exactly sure when he had the time to do it, but Keith was generous enough to answer my questions and share his insights here.


How did you get introduced to golf?

I drove the cart for my grandfather when he played golf in Faulkton, South Dakota.  My grandfather was a farmer.  He and the other farmers in the area helped build the course.

When did you know when the game had a hold on you?

I can’t really pinpoint one specific moment.  It was more of a gradual thing for me.  The more time I spent around golf courses, the more I began to love the game.

How did you get into the business?

My first experience in the business was working with Landscapes Unlimited in 2002.  At the time, I wasn’t necessarily thinking it was going to be a long-term career path.  I walked onsite for my first job at Sutton Bay in South Dakota and knew it was something I was going to enjoy.  I started out in more of an entry-level position.  I was raking, shoveling, and operating small equipment.  I worked up to shaping, and eventually began to work for Coore & Crenshaw.  Ironically, when I was waiting to interview for the job with Landscapes Unlimited, I read an article about the Sandhills course designed by Coore & Crenshaw.  Their work interested me.  Somehow, opportunities just continued to open up and led me to where I am today.

My path into the business was a little different, but I think it was a benefit for my learning style.  I believe there is something inherently valuable in starting out doing grunt work in golf course construction.  One of my favorite parts of the job is being able to create stuff out of dirt, whether it’s manually or with heavy equipment.

Who is your favorite Golden Era architect, and why?

Perry Maxwell.  He started out as a banker who, after developing a thirst for the game, began to study golf courses.  With the encouragement of his wife, he eventually turned his interest in golf course design into a career.  From what I’ve read, he used his creative mind and his love/respect for the golf game, nature, and God to influence his creations.

I developed a better understanding of his style while working on a remodel at Old Town Club in Winston-Salem a couple of years ago.  I like his concept of undulating greens and how it affects putting strategy.  Overall I can relate to his unconventional start to the business and his tendency to put a lot of himself/beliefs into studying the land and constructing holes.

Who has had the most influence on you as an architect, both in and outside of golf?

Inside of golf it is Bill and Ben…without question.  As shapers, they give us a tremendous amount of creative freedom on fairways, bunkers, and greens.  They allow us to bring our personal creative vision to the table.  It’s okay if we do something “wrong.”  By that I mean if what we do doesn’t match what they have in mind, they don’t criticize and lose their tempers.  They provide valuable guidance to help us make appropriate changes.  I’ve learned a lot about the different aspects and stages of the design process.

Outside of golf…Hugh Herr.  I haven’t ever met him but I read the book Second Assent when I was a kid.  He lost both of his legs after a climbing incident in which he and a friend got disoriented in brutally cold temps.  He went on to develop prosthetics that work very much like human legs.  He took a horrible experience and used it to develop something that betters the lives of so many people in this world.  I like how he didn’t let challenges define what he did or didn’t do in his life.

What are the most important lessons you have learned from Bill Coore & Ben Crenshaw?

Other than what I said above, Bill and Ben provide great examples of integrity and character, both in the golf world and outside of it.  From laborers to owners, they treat everyone with the highest respect.  They strike the right balance between staying true to their core philosophies and principles, yet recognizing and valuing differing opinions.  They know who they are as individuals and as a design team, which probably plays a part as to why they are not attached to their egos.  I have a lot of gratitude for what they’ve taught me in the time I’ve been fortunate enough to work for them.

What should every owner/Green Committee member study/learn before breaking ground on a golf course construction project?

Some courses start out trying to emulate other well-known golf courses (i.e. the next Bandon Dunes, the next Sand Hills, the new Pebble Beach, etc).  But there can only be one of any golf course.  Each one is going to be unique given the land and climate of its location.  I think owners/committees need a true grasp of the strengths and weaknesses of their site, and then start to develop a clear vision for the course.  After they have a better idea of what is possible and what they want, then they should hire the designer(s) who have the most compatible vision.  When ground breaks, I think the owner needs to trust the designer with fulfilling the construction process.  It gets messy when owners try to micromanage the process.

What is your favorite part of a golf course to design? To build?

Well, overall I just enjoy being creative.  But I really like the detail involved in finish work.  It’s probably my favorite part of the process.

What was your most memorable experience from the seat of a bulldozer?

KeithRhebb-DogThe most memorable times are when I realize what all is around me after I’ve been over focused on the project.  Cabot Cliffs is a good example.  Sometimes I didn’t even recognize the magnitude of the cliffs, the highlands, and the ocean around me because I was more focused on the construction details.  In Japan, my role is more creative.  I can clearly see Mt. Fuji from my dozer on clear days yet I still forget that it’s there.  It was recently cherry blossom season and the wind blew the petals around my dozer like it was snow.   

Every once in a while I get the chance to have my dog (a Weimaraner) on a project with me.  As is true to the breed, she is extremely energetic.  After I let her run around the course (with a safety vest on because she blends in with the sand and dirt), I put one of her dog beds in the cab and she just sleeps away.  She loves it.

Of all the great holes you have worked on, which are your favorites, and why?

Lost Farm #14 – The rough contours were already within the lay of the land.  We had to tread lightly so we didn’t lose what was there in the construction process.  It turned out nicely.


Streamsong Red #6 – This is a par 3 that doesn’t look like it should be in Florida.  It actually reminded me more of the landscapes that were in Tasmania (Lost Farm).  The ridges from the phosphate mining spoils provided a nice canvas for this one to take shape.


Cabot Cliffs #2 – A lot of people think #16 is the best hole on the course.  The view from the green is stunning, but I still like the second hole best.  If you walked on #2 tee today, you probably wouldn’t realize the time and effort that went into the hole.  It was a total team effort to get it into the state that you see it now.  That goes with the project as a whole…the entire team made incredible sacrifices and worked long hours to get it done in such a short amount of time.


What do you love about practicing your craft?

I travel and get to do creative work in amazing places.  Aside from that, I like leaving a job knowing that other people will be able to enjoy and benefit from the course…and not just those who play it.  Golf courses create jobs and in some places, a successful course is enough to revitalize the local economy.  But golf courses can also contribute to the environment in positive ways.  For example, I’m working on a remodel in Japan right now.  The course preserves a place for native trees, plants, and animals in an extremely urbanized area.  I guess the best way to sum it up is that I like being able to contribute to something bigger than just my own little world.

What courses are at the top your hit list to play next?

I’d like to go back and play Cabot Cliffs when it opens.  I’d also like to tour some of the classics in Scotland and Ireland.

When you are not working or playing golf, what are you doing?

I live where ever a project is located, which means I am away from home most of the year.  When I’m not working, I like to relax at home with my wife and my dog.  Kristi and I like to travel and experience different cultures.  Photography is also a big hobby of mine.


This photo tour of the construction of The Lost Farm at Barnbougle is outstanding.  Set aside a few minutes and prepare to be mesmerized.

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Upholding Golf’s Ideals – An Interview with Architect Jeff Mingay

“Difficult golf courses are simple to make. Narrow fairways bordered by rough, and corridors of play constricted by trees is all it takes. The problem is such courses inevitably become a chore to play. Sheer difficulty is not the measure of quality golf course design. In fact, as golf course architects, we’re not trying to design difficult courses at all. We’re trying to build interesting ones, which golfers want to return to, time and time again.”

JeffMingay-RodWhitmanOne could easily imagine the above quote coming from a Golden Era architect – MacKenzie, Macdonald or Ross.  Instead, it is Canadian golf course architect Jeff Mingay who not only used those words, but is applying them in the field day after day.

Thinker, traveler, student, writer, historian, enthusiast, commentator, and most of all builder – each of these descriptors apply to Jeff, which is why he is so interesting.  He is a must follow on Twitter (@jeff_mingay) for golf geeks, especially those who want to better understand the game’s fields of play.  Jeff was kind enough to take time out of his busy schedule of work and travel to share his thoughts – many thanks to him.


How did you get into the business?

Rod Whitman.  After I pestered him for a bit, it was Rod who let me come to work for him, with very little experience, back in about 2000.  He was starting construction of Blackhawk Golf Club at the time.  Over a couple summers there, in Edmonton, I learned how to operate bulldozers, excavators and other equipment, thanks to the opportunity Rod gave me.  But, most important, I started to learn how to effectively implement design ideas, on the ground, at Blackhawk.  That’s where it all started for me.  I helped Rod finish that job then moved on to supervise the construction of Sagebrush, in British Columbia, for him.  From there it was on to Cabot Links, in Nova Scotia, with a few other smaller jobs mixed in over about a decade hanging around with Rod, and guys like Dave Axland, before I started moving on to my own projects, beginning in 2009 and ’10.

Who has influenced you the most in your work, both within and outside of golf?

Well, Rod’s definitely been a big influence in many ways.  I have great respect for his understanding of golf, his creativity and abilities to put his ideas on the ground very effectively.  To this day, I’ll often think about what Rod’s opinion of what I’m designing or building might be … which I think is good thing.  It keeps me on my toes!  I’d have to say Donald Ross, too.  I was fortunate to grow-up playing and learning the game at Essex Golf and Country Club, in Windsor, Ontario.  Essex was designed by Mr. Ross during the late 1920s.  Just hanging around that great old course as much as I have over the years definitely shaped my views on what a golf course should be.  I’m really interested in building architecture, too.  Some of the thoughts, philosophies, and experiences of my favorite building architects are very applicable to golf architecture.  In certain ways, Frank Lloyd Wright’s been an influence.

Why is it important to study the history of golf and golf courses?

I think golf architects today are more fortunate than our predecessors because we have so much to look back on and learn from … a century of what’s already been done, what’s worked well and what hasn’t.  If you don’t understand this history, you’re not going to have a chance to be the best.  It’s really as simple as that in my mind.

Describe your process for a design project.

I prefer designing on-site rather than working from maps, and making a lot of drawings.  I find I’m more creative when I’m walking a property to figure out initial concepts, and when I’m shaping golf course features myself … the way I learned from Rod.  Obviously I’ll have the basic concepts set in mind when we start building, but most of the details are worked out during the shaping and construction process as things evolve in the field and new opportunities present themselves.  It’s inevitable that certain ideas I’ve thought about in Toronto aren’t going to translate exactly right onto a site in Edmonton or Victoria or Seattle, which is why I insist on being on-site a lot during all of my projects.  The day I’m not shaping anymore, I’ll need to re-question my ambitions.

Is there a particular element of a golf hole that you like working on the most?

The green.  After the routing, the design of the putting surface and its surrounds is the most important element in golf architecture.  The green means most to the playing interest of any hole.  When designed properly, the green dictates everything, including the strategy of a hole.  Really great greens make a course interesting and adequately challenging for better golfers, and at the same time allow for width, which is essential to the enjoyment of everyone else.  The Old Course, and the original designs of Augusta National and Pinehurst are great examples.  On those great courses, it’s really important to drive the ball into the correct spots relative to the day’s pin position, otherwise getting close to the hole becomes very difficult.  While it’s tough to get close to the hole, it’s not difficult to get on the green.  This is that ideal balance between presenting interest and an adequate challenge to better golfers and enjoyment for everyone else, simultaneously.  It’s got everything to do with the green.

What should every Green Committee member study/learn before undertaking course improvement initiatives?

That they’re going to be in the way of progress unless they come into the process of developing an improvement plan with an open-mind!  Really, the committee needs to decide on a golf architect with consensus and then let him do his work without interference.  This might sound biased to some, but there really are too many poor examples of golf courses designed by committee to suggest otherwise.  Don’t get me wrong, I want and appreciate input from committee members, they know the course.  But, if you don’t let the architect make the final call, things don’t end up being cohesive and the course in question has no chance to truly reach its full potential.

What are the primary challenges you consistently face in trying to deliver results that are up to your standards?

See above!  I’d have to say interference from committees and Boards.  Budget constraints, too.  I mean, economy in golf architecture is very important but it’s frustrating when important elements of an improvement plan are pulled just to keep a project under a specific number.  It’s a reality that presents challenges relative to delivering the highest standard.


Jeff at York Downs – Photo courtesy of Frank Mastroianni, Canadian Golf Magazine

How do you know when you have hit the sweet spot in your work?

I recently re-read parts of John Low’s 1903 book, Concerning Golf.  He was first guy to codify a set of architectural principles in that book.  One of his principles talks about how the great holes teeter on the Heretical Precipice.  I love that term.  Heresy is an opinion that’s profoundly at odds with what’s generally accepted.  So, in other words, Mr. Low’s saying that the best holes are those that are just about unacceptable, polarizing.  Polarizing holes and polarizing golf courses are usually the most interesting, so I feel that sweet spot when holes I’ve designed or restored create a love/hate thing from golfers.

You travel extensively to see and play courses – why is that important to you?

Studying design theory in the old architecture books is one thing.  It’s as important … well, more important, to visit the great courses of the world to get a sense of scale, locations, relationships between holes, relationships between the golf course and the clubhouse, etc.  Having a real sense of the look and feel of the best courses, and understanding how everything involved fits together in the best fashion, is very important.  You can’t get that sense from a book or photos.  I also enjoy talking with the golf course superintendents who take care of those places, to learn more about what they do, what challenges they may face with certain features or situations, etc.  At the end of the day, it’s the superintendent who makes the architect look good, without exception.

What course would you love to get your hands on for a renovation project?

A few years ago, I would have said A.V. Macan’s Fircrest in Tacoma, Washington.  But I’m fortunate to be working on a restorative-based plan there, now.  Another Macan design at Shaughnessy, in Vancouver, would be fun to restore, too.  It was one of Mr. Macan’s last courses, and biggest projects, over a career spanning six decades. He did his first course at Royal Colwood, in Victoria, British Columbia, in 1913.  Remarkably, Shaughnessy was finished about 1960, four years before he died.  Mr. Macan was a very interesting, very thoughtful guy who put a wealth of knowledge into what he called “the course I want to be remembered by”, at Shaughnessy.  His notes on Shaughnessy are fascinating, and the thought he put into some of the micro elements of that design is very admirable.  Sadly, not much of his work is left there, today.  And, it’s unlikely the course will ever be restored.  Shaughnessy’s on leased land, and the story is that lease will not be renewed in the near future.

What do you love most about practicing your craft?

Definitely being involved with the shaping and construction work.  Staying on the equipment keeps me fresh, alert, and more creative I think.  I love being involved with the guys who are most important to the realization of my ideas.   It’s extremely satisfying to have a long day on-site, with all of the guys, then have few beers afterward, talking about what we’re trying to do, and what happened that day.  This type of comradery is very important to a successful result.  I never want to be, and never will be, the guy who flies in for a few hours in a nice golf shirt, tells everyone what to do then leaves for a few weeks.  That’s not why I came to do what I’m fortunate to do.  Again, the day I’m not intimately involved with the construction process is the day I’ll need to re-question my ambitions.

What one word would you use to describe the courses you design, and why?

I’d like to use the word distinctive.  The only common characteristic shared by the world’s best courses is distinctiveness.  The uniqueness of the best courses is one of golf’s great attractions.  So, I try to do something genuinely different on every project that’s either inspired by inherent site characteristics, the design pedigree of an existing course, or a clients’ needs and desires … or a combination of these types of factors.

If you could only play one course for the rest of your life, what would it be, and why?

It sounds cliche, but probably the Old Course at St. Andrews.  The Old Course is wide enough, the greens there are big enough, the ground is usually firm enough, and there’s enough interesting contour and variance of wind on that site that the Old Course really plays like a different course, day to day, more often than any other in the world that I’m aware of.  This type of variety is ideal.  Too many other courses are relatively tight and have comparatively small greens, and are located in areas where there’s not much wind, so they more often play the same, rather than different, every day.  A course that’s many courses in one depending where the pins are located on any given day, and which direction and how fast the wind’s blowing is the ideal.

What are the top 3 courses next on your list to play for the first time?

I can’t believe I haven’t played Oakmont yet.  I’ve admired that great old course from afar, forever.  I also need to get to Royal Melbourne.  That’s a huge missing link in my architectural education.  And, having been involved with Cabot Links, I’m really looking forward to getting back to Cape Breton some time this year to see and play Cabot Cliffs.  I’m a bit familiar with that site, and the course looks stunning in photos.  What else would you expect from Coore and Crenshaw and company though, right?

When you are not playing golf or building golf courses, what are you doing?

Hmmm … admittedly, I do need a few more hobbies!  I’m a big music fan.  I’m always listening to music, trying to find new music, and going to see shows when I’m at home, or when I run into the right bands during my travels.  Baseball, too.  In the summer, I love going to baseball games, especially at ballparks I haven’t seen.

Any interesting or challenging projects in process or on the horizon for you?

We’ve just started restorative-based projects at two classic A.V. Macan designs in the Seattle area that I’ve been thinking about, and dreaming about putting back together for a long time.  I’m pretty excited about these projects, at Fircrest and Inglewood Golf Clubs.  We completed five holes at Fircrest back in November last year and will be starting at Inglewood in a few weeks.  These are really interesting, unique and trailblazing designs by Mr. Macan, dating back to the early 1920s, that not only set a standard for golf architecture in the Pacific Northwest but are still relevant today.  It’s humbling to have these opportunities to showcase what Mr. Macan did for golf and course architecture, particularly in the Northwest.  This type of work also helps with my continuing education in golf architecture, which is an added benefit.

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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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