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Old Macdonald Course Tour by Jon Cavalier

OLD MACDONALD – A COURSE TOUR & APPRECIATION

Bandon Dunes Resort, Bandon, OR – Tom Doak & Jim Urbina

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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 Blair Macdonald.  As such, it is not a replica course, but rather uses the architectural templates of the Macdonald / Raynor / Banks school and adapts them as needed to fit the land, much in the same way that Macdonald himself (and later Raynor and Banks) did.

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As stated in the yardage guide, “The goal has been not to copy Macdonald’s great holes any more than Macdonald would have settled for carbon copies of the Alps and Redan – but to borrow upon his inspiration and method for our own fine piece of links ground.  Those familiar with Macdonald’s work will compare and contrast his holes and our own with their forefathers at St. Andrews, Leven, and Littlestone; others will have the chance to experience for the first time these classic concepts which are the very foundation of the game.”

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Drawing upon their extensive experience in restoring the classic work of Macdonald and Raynor, Doak and Urbina set about building a course that would allow players to experience this classic golden age style of design while independently providing a fun and engaging golf experience.  The result is an absolute triumph.

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As a devout Macdonald/Raynor fan, I loved Old Macdonald.  It was a thrill playing the modern adaptations of the Macdonald templates in such an incredible setting.  But I also played a round with three people who had never heard of C.B. Macdonald, and two proclaimed Old Macdonald their favorite course at Bandon.

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At over 250,000 square feet, the greens at Old Macdonald are by far the largest in the United States.  Coupled with the firm conditions and tight fairways, Old Macdonald allows for use of the ground game like few courses this side of the Atlantic.  The golf course is a blast to play, and is proof positive that the classic principles of design are more than adequate to provide an engaging experience when adapted to modern standards.

OLD MACDONALD

Old Macd occupies the northernmost part of the property at Bandon.  Its clubhouse is about 5 minutes by shuttle from the main resort.

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Hole 1 – 304 yards – Par 4 – “Double Plateau”

No hiding the ball at Old Macdonald – the player sees just what he’s in for right from the start: namely, super-wide fairways and expansive greens.  The course begins inland of a massive line of gorse-covered dunes, which obscure the majority of the course to the west.

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The course begins with a favorite template of many C.B. Macdonald fans — the double plateau.  Fortunately, the pin on this huge green is visible from the tee, allowing the player to pick the preferred angle of approach.  The middle fairway bunkers are in play for mid- to long-hitters.

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The elevation changes in the faithfully recreated double plateau green are dramatic.  A principal’s nose bunker guards the front left of the green.  Another bunker catches balls that run through the valley in the green.

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A fun opener, and a great hole to set the tone for the round.

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Hole 2 – 162 yards – Par 3 – “Eden”

The largest Eden green I’ve ever seen, and a beautiful par-3 in its own right, the third is guarded on the left by a rough bunker and in the middle-right by the deep, revetted Strath bunker that plays much larger than its actual footprint.

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This bunker collects balls from far and wide.  The contouring and elevation change in this massive green are tremendous.

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Eden indeed.

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Hole 3 – 345 yards – Par 4 – “Sahara”

One of your author’s favorite holes at Bandon, the third offers a unique and compelling take on the Sahara template.  It calls for a completely blind tee shot over the sand dune to a wide fairway shared with the fourteenth hole.  Anything from a ball to the left of the cedar to the right side of the exposed sand is playable.

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The old Port Orford Cedar stands sentry at the top of the bluff, and lords over most of the round at Old Mac.  The tree is visible from nearly the entire course.

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Once the player crests the dune, the huge expanse of Old Macdonald is revealed.  Parts of every hole on the golf course are visible from this spot.

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Good drives on the proper line will catch the slope of this heavily contoured fairway and may tumble down to within putting distance.

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It can be difficult to tell where the fairway ends and the huge green begins.

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A look back up the incomparable third fairway.

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Hole 4 – 472 yards – Par 5 – “Hog’s Back”

So nice to see a well-executed version of the Hog’s Back template.  Here, a drive that remains on top of the centerline ridge will kick forward for more distance, while tee shots to the side will tumble down into the valleys, leaving a blind shot from an often crooked lie.

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While the fairway is wide as a whole, the hog’s back itself is fairly narrow.  But hitting it provides a valuable benefit on this long par 4 hole.

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A nasty center bunker waits in the middle of the fairway some 50 yards short of the green . . .

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. . . while a catch basin waits to collect approaches left short of the putting surface.

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A superb half-par hole.

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Hole 5 – 134 yards – Par 3 – “Short”

The shortest hole at Old Macdonald, and one of the largest greens you’ll ever see.  Look at all those potential pin placements!

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This mammoth green has a bit of curl to it as well.

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This is probably the easiest pin on this green, and one of the only flattish spots on which to putt. A lovely rendition of the short template.

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Hole 6 – 520 yards – Par 5 – “Long”

The longest hole on the course follows the shortest.  Playing directly into the prevailing summer wind, the sixth forces the golfer to decide whether to take on Hell Bunker with their second shot.

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Hell Bunker dominates the second shot and obscures the view of the green from most parts of the fairway.

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The bunker is aptly named – your author speaks from experience.

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The sixth traverses some of the least interesting land on the property, and it is a credit to Doak and Urbina that the result is one of the most interesting holes on the course.  A large knob guarding the green front right makes the approach from the right side blind and redirects shots left short in all directions.

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This large bunker center rear catches any approach that runs through the front-to-rear sloping green.  It is not an ideal place to be — again, your author speaks from experience.  Twice.

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Like the fifth, the sixth green is a masterwork.

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Hole 7 – 345 yards – Par 4 – “Ocean”

The seventh is one of the few holes at Old Macdonald not based on a Macdonald template, and it is also one of the best holes on the property.  The drive out into a wide, rippling fairway is all about positioning, and avoiding the deep fairway bunker to the left of the large hill on which the green sits.

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The size and steepness of this dune is difficult to grasp from a photo, but the relative size of the flagstick gives an idea of its massive scale.  Any approach left short will tumble all the way back down until it hits a bunker or reaches the bottom of the hill.

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Tough pin today.  Though the green is large, it also contains a fair amount of slope.  Chipping to this pin from the back of the green is terrifying.  A tough par.

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Until the seventh, the course plays mostly inland away from the ocean.  This aptly named hole gives the golfer his first real taste of the sea.  For a golfer on a first time trip to Bandon and who happens to play Old Macdonald first (as did your author), the feeling of ascending to the seventh green rivals any in golf.

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Sidebar – Tom Doak’s Sheep’s Ranch

After playing the seventh, if the golfer looks upshore to the north, a beautiful view of Tom Doak’s mysterious Sheep’s Ranch is provided (along with a view of a hell of a lot of gorse).

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Hole 8 – 170 yards – Par 3 – “Biarritz”

There remain several great Biarritz holes in the country – the ninth at Piping Rock, the ninth at Yale and the fifth at Fishers Island are a few of the best.  In your author’s opinion, the eighth at Old Macdonald can stand with any of the holes in this group.  It is an exceptional example of the Biarritz template.

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The front portion of this large Biarritz green is sloped toward the swale, to encourage shots that run down and through the trough.

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The wide channel bisecting the eighth green.

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Shorter hitters can use the back of the knob front left of the green for extra forward kick.  A wonderfully fun hole to play.

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Hole 9 – 352 yards – Par 4 – “Cape”

The ninth turns back in a southerly direction and begins a sequence of holes that plays back and forth across the open area of the property.  The ninth curves gently right around some rugged bunkers and gorse bushes.

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These bunkers are nasty.  In fact, missing the fairway right at the ninth is one of the few places on Old Macdonald where a golfer can lose a ball.

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Playing out to the left leaves a longer approach but a better angle up the open mouth of this green.

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The contours within the ninth green provide a challenge as well as an aid in directing greenside shots and putts toward or away from the intended target.

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Hole 10 – 440 yards – Par 4 – “Bottle”

The tenth plays to one of the widest fairways on the golf course, but the large fairway is dotted with four penal bunkers that run from short left to long right.  Care must be taken to challenge the bunker suitable for the individual golfer’s abilities.

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The bunkers crossing the fairway are deep and high lipped – playing out backward is sometimes the only play.

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The difficult green is set atop a small dune, with the surface falling away to the right of the green.  The land allows a running approach up the left side, which will catch a slope and redirect to the center of the green.  But anything short right will bound down the hill and away from the putting surface.

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This view from the side of the green shows the substantial high right to low left tilt.  An overly conservative miss to the left side of this green leaves a treacherous putt.

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Hole 11 – 399 yards – Par 4 – “Road”

If ever there was a hole where the position of the tee shot mattered, this is it.  If the pin is right, play right.  If it’s left, play left.  Note that the fairway is wider than it appears, as the gorse bushes down the right side come to a halt short of where many players can carry their drives.

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This angle, from the right of the fairway, is the ideal position for today’s pin.  While the player must still contend with the substantial false front, he is also afforded the widest angle into the green and can play away from the deep revetted bunker.

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This position, on the other hand, is not ideal.  Note that it is not simply the deep bunker that provides the thrills here, but the brilliantly constructed green.

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A look back down the long eleventh green.

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Hole 12 – 205 yards – Par 3 – “Redan”

Playing with the prevailing summer wind, this classic redan green can be difficult to hold even with well struck approach shots.

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Running the ball on to this green is possible, and in some cases, preferred.  The redan kick slope impacts balls that land on the green or short of it.

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Everyone loves a well designed Redan, and the twelfth at Old Macdonald fits the bill.

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Hole 13 – 319 yards – Par 4 – “Leven”

This short par four plays to a green squeezed between two dunes.

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While the safer play is down the bunkerless left side of the fairway . . .

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. . . the right provides the better angle into this severely sloping and heavily contoured green.

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The large wraparound berm that runs down the left side and around the back of this green provides a backstop that allows the player to bring an approach shot back to the center of the green.

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Even approach shots that land halfway up the left dune will bound happily back on to the green.  A fun, exciting hole.

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Hole 14 – 297 yards – Par 4 – “Maiden”

A short par four with a gargantuan fairway, the fourteenth plays back up the massive dune that the player initially crossed while playing the third hole.  The player can play as aggressively left or as conservatively right as he chooses.

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The inclined fairway is rippled throughout, adding a degree of challenge to what is typically a wedge approach.

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The wide, shallow fourteenth green is benched into the side of the massive dune.

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The back to front slope and internal contours of the fourteen provide an added element of difficulty on an otherwise short hole.

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Hole 15 – 482 yards – Par 5 – “Westward Ho”

The aptly named fifteenth hole turns once more toward the sea.  From a tee high on the face of the dune, the fifteenth falls to the valley below and swings right around a deep sandy scar.

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This par 5 is reachable in two for longer hitters.

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But care must be taken to avoid the fairway bunker short and right of the green.

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Not where you want to be.

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The green is backstopped by the top of the dune which separates the seventh green complex from the fifteenth.

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Shots that roll through the green are gathered by this grassy trench, a nifty little feature which illustrates the care that went into designing the greens at Old Macdonald.

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A very beautiful and enjoyable hole.

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Hole 16 – Par 4 – 433 yards – “Alps”

The sixteenth tee is the northwesternmost point at the Bandon Dunes resort, and begins the sweeping trek homeward.

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The large encroaching dune provides the “Alps” feature here, and renders blind all but the longest tee shots that squeak past it on the right.

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The view of the ‘Alps” feature from the middle of the fairway.  The directional post on top gives the player a general idea of the line to the center of the green.

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The beautifully-sited sixteenth green, nestled between a surrounding ring of dunes, is revealed upon passing the dune.  The green is partially backstopped to contain long approaches.

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The view from behind this exceptional hole reveals the short grass behind the alps feature that can assist shorter hitters in reaching this green in two.  While this hole remains controversial to some who are not familiar with Macdonald’s Alps template, it is surely a favorite of those who are.

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Hole 17 – 515 yards – Par 5 – “Littlestone”

Playing with the prevailing summer wind, the seventeenth is reachable in two for players willing to challenge the hazard reaching into the right portion of the fairway.  While the fairway does provide ample room, this is one of the more intimidating tee shots on the course.

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If these bunkers can be avoided, a good score is likely on this hole.

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If not, unlikely.

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In your author’s opinion, Old Macdonald closes with two of the best greens on the property.  The seventeenth is fronted by a bunker and a slope that will either facilitate a ball to a back pin or kick it past a front pin.  Exposed knobs right, left and behind this green lend their substantial influence to the putting surface.

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The view from the back portion of the sizable seventeenth green illustrates the beauty of the setting.

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Hole 18 – 426 yards – Par 4 – “Punchbowl”

The final tee shot at Old Macdonald must avoid the fairway bunkers on both sides.  Any tee shot on grass will have a good look at this last green.

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And what a green it is.  Ringed with mounding, the eighteenth green slopes several feet from its elevated left side to its lower right.  Long approach shots can be hit into the mouth of this green on the left and run all the way down to today’s pin in the bottom right corner.

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The view from the right rear of the punchbowl reveals the tumbling slope of the putting surface.

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Having walked right past this green on the way to the first tee, the golfer has been anticipating playing it since the beginning of the round.  The experience more than lives up to billing.

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Old Mac is the rare course that would be both a thrill to play once and an enjoyable experience to play every day.  For lovers of classic, golden age architecture, it provides an opportunity to see those principles interpreted and adapted by the brightest minds in modern golf architecture.  For those that aren’t, the course is simply a fun, unique and beautiful place to play golf.  In either regard, Old Macdonald is a resounding success.

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I hope you enjoyed the tour!

 

 

Copyright 2017 – Jason Way, GeekedOnGolf


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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 Links resonates with me.  In the work I have been doing at Canal Shores (read more about it here), I am coming to appreciate short courses and short holes more and more – especially short par 3s.

Therefore, I would like to pay homage to short par 3s here by constructing an 18 hole course out of some of the best.  Mr. Crenshaw provided a list of 11 in his article:

  • Pine Valley #10
  • National Golf Links #6
  • Whitemarsh Valley #9
  • Merion #13
  • Royal Melbourne #7
  • Pebble Beach #7
  • Cypress Point #15
  • Royal Troon #8
  • Chicago Golf Club #10
  • Augusta National #12
  • Kingston Heath #15

I’ll round it out with 7 (plus a bonus) of my personal favorites to play:

  • Bandon Trails #5
  • Crystal Downs #14
  • Kingsley Club #2
  • Maidstone #8
  • Shoreacres #12
  • Streamsong Blue #5
  • Old Macdonald #5
  • Bonus Hole: Friar’s Head #17

Why do I love to play short par 3s?  Because they are great at causing internal conflict.  The shorter distance makes me think that I should be able to easily execute the shot.  That expectation of success can cut both ways: it comes with a boost of confidence, and extra pressure.  In much the same way that a 5-footer can break you down, so can a short par 3.  I have to try extra hard to focus on execution, and stay off the result.  Easier said than done when standing on the tee with a wedge or short iron.  Good golf shots are rarely produced with one’s head twisted into a pretzel.  I love taking on the mental challenge presented by short 3s.

I am working on concepts for several short par 3s for Canal Shores and they are great fun to contemplate and discuss.  Removal of distance as the primary challenge also removes creative constraints.  The player won’t be challenged by length, but there are so many other ways to interest and mentally torment – green size, contours, site lines, orientation, hazards, elevation change, etc.  Let it not be said that a shorty can’t test skill and fortitude.

It is my hope that architects continue to find ways to incorporate devilish little par 3s, and short holes of all kinds, into their designs.  In the age of the long ball (in every sense of the phrase), the shorties add so much to the game.

Do you have favorite short par 3s that I missed?  Post them here in the comments, or on Twitter – tag me at @JasonWay1493 or #short3s.


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An Evening with Jim Urbina

JimandMeAs a member of GolfClubAtlas.com, I was fortunate to be able to attend a dinner with my fellow GCA geeks this week at which Jim Urbina gave an insightful talk that he themed, The Evolution of a Golf Course.  From his original collaborations with Tom Doak on courses such as Pacific Dunes, Old Macdonald and Sebonack, to his restorations of classics such as Pasatiempo and Valley Club of Montecito, Jim continues to make his mark and connect us to the soul of the game.

There were a few nuggets that Jim shared that I found particularly interesting – I happily pass them along to you.

“Pete Dye never looked at plans.”

Jim’s first job in the business was working for Pete Dye.  His first day was spent digging a drainage ditch.  He quit after that first day.  An offer from Mr. Dye to operate a bulldozer if he came back for a second day worked, and the rest is history.  Jim was brought up in the school of GCA that considers designing a course and building it to be inseparable aspects of one, unified job.  He learned his craft by studying great courses, and then coming back to his projects to apply those learnings while walking the land and digging in the dirt.  The pride and joy of creation is evident in the way that Jim talks about projects like Pacific Dunes and Old Macdonald.

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“Evolution of the course starts from the day you plant the seed.”

Having worked on many restorations of Golden Age golf courses, Jim has seen how far some of those courses have strayed from the original designers’ intent.  Beyond the painstaking work of returning these courses to their original greatness, Jim shared an interesting insight about how courses evolve over time.  That evolution doesn’t happen only because of misguided redesigns or decisions by Greens Committees.  Evolution is happening every day on a golf course because it is a living, breathing thing.  He reminded us, “You become a part of the golf course.”  Blast sand out of a bunker, you are subtly changing the contours of the green.  Take a divot and repair it in the fairway, you are changing that fairway forever.  Walk a well worn path, from a green to the next tee, you are participating in the evolution of the course.

Even with a restoration, the course will never be quite the same as it was on the first day it opened.  Our job as stewards of our courses is to guard the spirit of the design while allowing the evolution to happen as it will.  Courses evolve, whether we like it or not.

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“There are seasons of golf. You shouldn’t try and make every season the same season.”

Jim fielded a question about expectations for course conditioning, specifically in the spring.  His answer went in a different direction than the questioner had anticipated.  He pointed out that the turf, soil, and sand of a golf course go naturally through the changes of the seasons.  The course looks different, and it plays differently during those seasons if we leave it alone.  We as golfers often ask our Superintendents to make the golf course look and play the same throughout the year, and this is something that Jim has never understood.  From his perspective, why not enjoy the changing of the seasons and the variety that those seasons add to your golf course, especially in temperate climates?  Well, when you put it that way…

His answer to this question got to the larger issue of player expectations, and how many of those expectations are out of whack.  Firmess, green speeds, rough height…these are debates that are ongoing and are worthy of their own pages.  I believe Jim would say, as a rule, the more natural a course can be maintained, the better.  When in doubt, go with what Nature would do.

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Beyond being incredibly gracious, Jim’s experience around the globe and over the decades has clearly resulted in wisdom about this game we love.  The years and the miles have not dampened his enthusiasm, however.  As he told us, “Everything I do is about passion.”  Passion for the work of creation, passion to learn, and passion to continue spreading his gospel of what the game is all about.  This quote from his website sums it up: “Golf is supposed to be fun, spread the word.”


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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!


 GOLF COURSE ARCHITECTURE & HISTORY VIDEO ARCHIVE

MAJOR CHAMPIONSHIP VENUES of 2017

AugustaMastersLogo.pngTHE MASTERS – Augusta National GC

  • Hole Flyovers and photo gallery from Masters.com:

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


U.S. OPEN VENUES

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)


OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP ROTA VENUES

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


COURSES IN NORTH AMERICA 

UNITED STATES

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 – http://bit.ly/2jTveva

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

Shoreacres

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 – http://bit.ly/2b1vNON

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


CANADA

Bear Mountain

5/29/15 – Tour from SCOREGolf – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MZyg-ocorKA

Cabot Cliffs

12/4/13 – Coore, Crenshaw, and Keiser on Morning Drive – http://www.golfchannel.com/media/golden-ticket-ginella-nova-scotia-coore-crenshaw-keiser/

8/21/14 – Matt Ginella on – http://www.golfchannel.com/media/morning-drive-new-canadian-course/

6/17/15 – PGA of Canada drone footage of the 16th and 17th holes – https://vimeo.com/130875163

7/1/15 – Mike Keiser on Morning Drive – http://www.golfchannel.com/media/mike-keiser-bandon-dunes-and-cabot-links/

8/13/15 – SCOREGolf grand opening tour – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UWpmQKlL_OM&sns=em

10/1/15 – Evan Schiller flyover of the 16th hole – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FlNLw9YDK1o

11/18/15 – Course tour with Golf.com – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FlNLw9YDK1o

6/15/16 – Drone footage – https://youtu.be/mG1Zwyqw0sY

9/11/16 – Gorgeous Designs You’ve Gotta See: Golf Digest – https://youtu.be/vOPMQcwRpHM

Cabot Links

4/12/12 – SCOREGolf – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mm_9QxT_SUs

6/27/12 – Rod Whitman & Ben Cowan-Dewar – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7HVlTbb1mxo

8/20/12 – Course feature at the 5:33 mark from SCOREGolf – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nR-0IHZxigM

8/13/15 – SCOREGolf – https://youtu.be/292Bdt4cBq8

10/24/15 – Evan Schiller flyover of the 15th and 16th holes – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zaPS1zUfSxE

9/11/16 – Gorgeous Designs You’ve Gotta See: Golf Digest – https://youtu.be/vOPMQcwRpHM

12/28/16 – “A Journey Like No Other” – https://youtu.be/THVlPhl_G-I

Elmhurst Golf & CC

7/16/12 – Superintendent Daniel Ciekiewicz details course conditions and greens from Tee2Green – https://youtu.be/UEnLAhHK5hA

Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge

5/8/14 – Course profile from SCOREGolf – https://youtu.be/ga3jzNMApck

Glen Abbey GC

7/27/12 – Interview with Allen Hibers, director of golf, (4:57 mark) from Michigan Golfer – https://youtu.be/jq6WWEdcSjc

3/21/13 – Jack Nicklaus reflects back on his first solo design from ClubLink – https://youtu.be/M3tp0y1d0yo

8/9/13 – Course tour from Global News – https://youtu.be/CYNazZIUkbU

7/12/16 – ScoreGolf feature on the future of Glen Abbey and The Canadian Open – https://youtu.be/Ro5QrvUVDBI

Glen Arbour GC

2/19/14 – Golfing World – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4kbbdugDLUI

Granite Golf Club

5/8/15 – SCOREGolf course tour – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NynNRLOoxCQ

Hamilton G & CC

7/27/12 – Course preview for 2012 Canadian Open from Michigan Golfer – https://youtu.be/jq6WWEdcSjc

6/9/15 – Drone footage of the West Course, front nine for the RBC Canadian Open from DroneHub Media – https://youtu.be/D5lX6_3KavY

6/11/15 – Drone footage of the South Course, back nine for the RBC Canadian Open from DroneHub Media – https://youtu.be/iLn04oFNTDo

6/18/15 – Drone footage of the East Course – https://youtu.be/UJ_Ty8BSh7w

Highland Links

8/20/12 – Course feature at the 11:39 mark from SCOREGolf – https://youtu.be/nR-0IHZxigM

9/14/11 – Ian Andrew re: restoration – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l7VL_30QT5s

Laval-sur-le-Lac Blue Course

7/28/16 – Insight on renovations w/ architect Ian Andrew from ScoreGolf – https://youtu.be/posM_8t7oQc

Mickelson National

11/27/15 -Windmill Golf Group: behind the scenes in development process –  https://youtu.be/aBWBJdhkze8

St. George’s Golf & Country Club

7/27/16 – Behind the scenes of maintenance from ScoreGolf – https://youtu.be/kTBP7GqRdrs

Victoria Golf Club Links

12/12/12 – Club promo video from NorthOlbo – https://youtu.be/n_1d9seDT3E

6/12/15 – Drone footage from NorthOlbo – https://youtu.be/7zJVpTyUPIM


MEXICO

Punta Espada GC

10/15/13 – Aerial tour – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cZLRVpPLqFc


COURSES IN GREAT BRITAIN & IRELAND 

SCOTLAND

Askernish GC

11/4/14 – Golfing World – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ujHnx91pzow

Castle Stuart

2009 – Ethos Documentary – http://www.castlestuartgolf.com/ethos.php

11/6/16 – Golfing World – https://youtu.be/-JAENt4s7UY

Carnoustie Golf Links

4/24/07 – GoGolfTV Course Tour – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4JmI2Xr3a30

6/6/08 – Hidden Links Course Tour – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=58fOJo2U0yg

7/19/10 – Golf Course Tour – Front 9 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FIMs28qhTFE

7/19/10 – Golf Course Tour – Back 9 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_KrAIBevOck

Kingsbarns Golf Links

1/8/16 – Insight and overview from PerryGolf & Travel – https://youtu.be/R5Scdu4vpFA

Gullane GC

5/18/15 – Course flyover and commentary – https://youtu.be/tt-C3E2oIM8

1/31/17 – Course vlog from Scottish Golf Podcast – https://youtu.be/tI2a6f-rjjM

Machrihanish Dunes

6/25/11 – The Way Golf Began with David McLay Kidd – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Im6s58SnFlw

Nairn GC

2/27/14 – Golfing World – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=thsB51cmHuE

1/5/16 – Insight and overview from PerryGolf & Travel – https://youtu.be/Nmvk8cIl3w8

North Berwick GC

11/9/14 – Teeuplo TV – https://youtu.be/HEprEE2TJQE

1/27/17 – Course vlog from Scottish Golf Podcast – https://youtu.be/YAeoUiH-o7E

Prestwick GC

5/6/08 – Hidden Links Golf Tours – https://youtu.be/CDIxul7rHQw

1/6/16 – Insight and overview from PerryGolf & Travel – https://youtu.be/_Edor4qFkI8

Royal Aberdeen GC

1/18/16 – Insight and overview from PerryGolf & Travel – https://youtu.be/lsCN_Y2j-Nk

Royal Dornoch GC

11/15/10 – Course profile from Scotland Golf Courses – https://youtu.be/cknbfqS6e-4

9/29/15 – Golfing World – https://youtu.be/WgNVh6jYj7A

“Celebrating 400 Years of Golf,” from CNN Living Golf – http://cnn.it/2haQNTH

St. Andrews Golf Links

Castle Course:

2/28/11 – GolfBug TV – https://youtu.be/cYxCGtFwa-0

2/5/15 – Overview – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BeZh9LzZ598

The Old Course:

4/16/15 – Golfing World: Prep for The Open – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u58OA_ib0jo6/6/15

6/6/15 – Virtual flyover intro – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RArZeoLXbo4

7/14/15 – Bird’s-eye view from Golf.com – https://youtu.be/DwwvDmS13gk

July 2015 – Hole flyovers

Trump Turnberry – Ailsa Course

4/21/15 – Proposed changes – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rPRQjC5pY2g

5/23/16 – What to expect from recent changes from Scottish Golf Podcast – https://youtu.be/Ua1SGTrVYBc

12/8/16 – Renovations overview from The Travelling Golfer – https://youtu.be/wVJfPOOnfU0


ENGLAND

Copt Heath GC

5/22/15 – Golfing World – https://youtu.be/aA-VTcfvRVo

Liphook GC

9/27/16 – Course overview from MB Golf Marketing – https://youtu.be/IEqZFIN7U44

9/27/16 – Six hole tour from MB Golf Marketing – https://youtu.be/hkvo2uatFxI

Royal Lytham & St. Annes

9/16/15 – Golfing World – https://youtu.be/ovJMbGc3WXI

Royal Liverpool

3/12/14 – Golfing World – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5K92PQyq_WQ

Royal St. George’s

2/21/17 – The Open returns in 2020 from The Golf Channel – http://bit.ly/2lMl5Ro

St. Enodoc GC

10/15/12 – Golfing World – https://youtu.be/7RHFiQqhFzE

11/14/13 – Hole flyovers:

St. George’s Hill GC

9/12/13 – Golfing World – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vVlxF4_BFMg

10/8/13 – GolfBug TV – https://youtu.be/iEo2TPIstdE

Sunningdale GC

8/11/13 – Holden Golf World – https://youtu.be/5xVpbfWeKrc

Woburn GC

4/2/14 – Golfing World – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DFbKe4ckh5A


IRELAND

Ardglass GC

5/22/15 – Discover Northern Ireland’s Ultimate 18: 1th hole – https://youtu.be/tK-H2WsfiK8

Ballybunion GC

6/5/08 – Course tour from Hidden Links – https://youtu.be/U4ku4-Wz2O0

Ballycastle GC

5/22/15 – Discover Northern Ireland’s Ultimate 18: 2nd hole – https://youtu.be/8DTGt3ZSn5Y

Ballyliffin Golf Club

11/28/14 – Bird’s eye view footage and club description from Peter Homer – https://youtu.be/mrQ4qN5Fers

12/16/16 – Drone footage from Perry Golf & Travel – https://youtu.be/qiK33AsgkK0

Belvoir Park GC

5/22/15 – Discover Northern Ireland’s Ultimate 18: 8th hole – https://youtu.be/UZTbHuxyHos

Cairndhu GC

5/22/15 – Discover Northern Ireland’s Ultimate 18: 2nd hole – https://youtu.be/8DTGt3ZSn5Y

Castlerock GC

5/22/15 – Discover Northern Ireland’s Ultimate 18: 8th hole – https://youtu.be/kWnAtWvOht4

Dungannon GC

5/24/15 – Discover Northern Ireland’s Ultimate 18: 9th hole – https://youtu.be/M9Isu1JqTAg

Galgorm Castle GC

5/24/15 – Discover Northern Ireland’s Ultimate 18: 13th hole – https://youtu.be/M9Isu1JqTAg

Hollywood GC

5/22/15 – Discover Northern Ireland’s Ultimate 18: 17th hole – https://youtu.be/UZTbHuxyHos

Kirkistown Castle GC

5/24/15 – Discover Northern Ireland’s Ultimate 18: 10th hole – https://youtu.be/0_-HLe9rZVM

Lahinch Golf Club

10/21/15 – Insight and overview from PerryGolf and Travel – https://youtu.be/8Ie3PrGWUmE

Lough Erne Resort – Faldo Championship Course

5/24/15 – Discover Northern Ireland’s Ultimate 18: 10th hole – https://youtu.be/M9Isu1JqTAg

Malone GC

5/22/15 – Discover Northern Ireland’s Ultimate 18: 18th hole – https://youtu.be/8DTGt3ZSn5Y

Old Head Golf Links

6/6/08 – Course tour from Hidden Links – https://youtu.be/xWyM9gGiVW8

4/13/11 –  Course tour from American Singles Golf – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z3i1c32Bo90

Portstewart GC

5/22/15 – Discover Northern Ireland’s Ultimate 18: 1st and 2nd holes – https://youtu.be/kWnAtWvOht4

Royal Belfast GC

5/22/15 – Discover Northern Ireland’s Ultimate 18: 13th hole – https://youtu.be/UZTbHuxyHos

Royal County Down GC

9/11/13 – Photo tour from Ben Sargent – https://youtu.be/VugB08TNABQ

5/22/15 – Discover Northern Ireland’s Ultimate 18: 4th and 9th holes – https://youtu.be/tK-H2WsfiK8

10/21/15 – Photos and course description from PerryGolf & Travel – https://youtu.be/uKQgCUQ9uaY

Royal Portrush GC

7/22/12 – Sports Inc course detail – https://youtu.be/gp-lvFWdp8o

5/24/15 – Discover Northern Ireland’s Ultimate 18: 13th and 14th holes – https://youtu.be/0_-HLe9rZVM

10/20/15 – History and detail of the 148th Open Championship from The Open – https://youtu.be/uOH5WfyBsOw

1/14/16 – Course Changes flyover – http://www.wildatlanticgolf.com/2016/01/video-first-aerial-look-at-royal.html

Waterville Golf Links

9/17/15 – Golfing World – https://youtu.be/mbX2vTj0ipQ


NORTHERN IRELAND

Coming Soon…


WALES

Celtic Manor

2/26/09 – European Golf Design’s Ross McMurray – https://youtu.be/gSgJIQ8WAB4

Royal Porthcawl

7/23/14 – Golfing World – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2TXUXQ2RR3E


COURSES IN AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND 

AUSTRALIA

Barnbougle Dunes

9/19/10 – Wandering Golfer – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qK6wamAiFrs

4/30/13 – The Golf Show – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CWOVQGMHTXE

3/31/15 – Holden Golf World – https://youtu.be/t5W7A9_ybS8

Barnbougle Lost Farm

9/21/11 – History and construction – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B15oDTbULGE

4/7/12 – Construction photo tour from Keith Rhebb – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=axvoDCAjUyU

11/11/15 – Holden Golf World – https://youtu.be/uVczxxNyCTY

Bonnie Doon Golf Club

11/7/11 – GCA Forum Pt.1 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zkH0myFUP0E

11/7/11 – GCA Forum Pt.2 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2MjZvWL7NWw

2/27/14 – Stage 2 Overview – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KrBS1V0mpuw

4/5/12 – Bunker Shaping – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i1lmkcA4ez0

8/14/13 – #9 Before and After – http://occmgolf.com/bonnie-doon-before-and-after-hole-9/

5/2/14 – Stage 2 Complete – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S4FPwun6s5o

Cape Wickham Links – King Island

4/23/15 – PerryGolf & Travel: course profile – https://youtu.be/px_PMk4d1us

3/23/16 – Official Course Video – https://youtu.be/A6-zD3Nz6WQ

1/10/17 – Fox Sports Australia hosts play the course 7:47 mark – https://youtu.be/paoNITYrPzY

Commonwealth Golf Club

5/10/15 – Holden Golf World – https://youtu.be/A3UZzYbaz1I

2/5/15 – Mike Cocking re: renovations – http://vimeo.com/118803221

Kingston Heath Golf Club

10/13/13 – Golf Getaway – https://youtu.be/T3Iy0lx0f7Q

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 – https://vimeo.com/198310703

The Lakes GC

3/7/13 – GolfTVAustralia course tour – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EdWr8lAxr3Y

Lake Karrinyup CC

2/13/17 – Pros discuss the course from The Golf Channel – http://bit.ly/2m8BmO8

Metropolitan Golf Club

9/15/14 – Holden Golf World – https://youtu.be/u8xsHJCTX2s

The National GC

8/26/14 – Holden Golf World – https://youtu.be/FjPxxeFjdh0

New South Wales GC

11/11/15 – Holden Golf World – https://youtu.be/QM9TMTMdIeY

Ocean Dunes – King Island

1/10/17 – Fox Sports Australia hosts play the course – https://youtu.be/paoNITYrPzY

Peninsula Kingswood CGC

7/27/15 – OCCM re: South Course hole #10 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ObHoJj5GObo

NEW – 2/2/17 – OCCM re: North Course renovation drone footage and commentary from Mike Cocking – https://youtu.be/04cCnC_N4QU

Royal Canberra GC

12/20/16 – Club redesign overhead video from OCCM – https://youtu.be/jLVHlrDPmKY

Royal Melbourne

11/14/11 – PGA Tour preview – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=281SjYO5WnI

11/30/11 – Presidents Cup hole previews:

11/21/13 – GolfGetaway: RM West Course – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qvHnojHHG7A

11/17/13 – Golf Getaway: RM East Course – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WVHC1CO7XiI

12/12/13 – Course tour from Scott Michaux – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vN379cqmoM0

9/10/14 – Aerials from Eagle I – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kIki7SZKQ0M


NEW ZEALAND

Cape Kidnappers GC

11/28/13 – Holden Golf World – https://youtu.be/8Aq447b9vO8

4/6/14 – Golf Getaway Part I – https://youtu.be/x-rG6Ka3jsk

4/13-14 – Golf Getaway Part II – https://youtu.be/yiqKDOWfsSc

Kinloch Club

3/23/14 – GolfGetaway – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1PcfGFDa5hI

Kuari Cliffs GC

11/28/13 – Holden Golf World – https://youtu.be/XxUHen3-qXA

3/2/14 – Golf Getaway Part I – https://youtu.be/1jetiDBe0OQ

3/9/14 – Golf Getaway Part II – https://youtu.be/GYOfdatHFIY

Paraparaumu Beach Golf Club

4/22/14 – Holden Golf World – https://youtu.be/biGlHmFRR0o

Tara Iti Golf Club

9/3/15 – Photo compilation from JGrundfos – https://youtu.be/dupsz6Yh7OY

3/4/16 – Par 4 4th from the Traveling Golfer – https://youtu.be/RhtqpGhWFOU

3/4/16 – Par 4 14th from the Traveling Golfer – https://youtu.be/MSeaeldPMHY

3/4/16 – Par 3 17th from The Traveling Golfer – https://youtu.be/-JIfeyjjQic

3/4/16 – Par 5 18th from the Traveling Golfer – https://youtu.be/l4SrzFAJWIw

Titirangi Golf Club

5/17/15 – Holden Golf World – https://youtu.be/4ktdRem9Xes


COURSES AROUND THE WORLD 

(Listed alphabetically by country and course)

ARGENTINA

Olivos Golf Club

1/31/14 – Golfing World – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uA0NLlW6WM4

BERMUDA

Mid Ocean Club

6/4/14 – Course profile from BermudaMedia TV – https://youtu.be/D1HoYs71GuQhttps://youtu.be/D1HoYs71GuQ

9/23/16 – Teeing it up in Bermuda from Golf.com (5:00 mark) – https://youtu.be/OWXt4hr0UDk

BRAZIL

The Olympic Course

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

2/23/14 – Gil Hanse on Morning Drive – http://www.golfchannel.com/media/morning-drive-gil-hanse-olympic-golf-course-update/

2/23/14 – Gil Hanse on In Play – http://www.golfchannel.com/media/play-feature-gil-hanse-and-2016-olympic-golf-course/

2/21/15 – Amy Alcott on Morning Drive – http://www.golfchannel.com/media/amy-alcott-discusses-rio-olympics-course-design

8/28/15 – Gil Hanse on Morning Drive re: grow-in progress – http://www.golfchannel.com/media/hanse-olympic-course-100-percent-grown

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 – https://youtu.be/8ru2j5Boz0A

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 – https://youtu.be/khD1KwqEKY8

8/6/16 – Gil Hanse talks about the closing holes with Geoff Shackelford – https://youtu.be/0tyzimydT8k

8/6/16 – Gil Hanse talks bunkering with Geoff Shackelford – https://youtu.be/OrbroSy3zdI

11/28/16 – Current state of the course from The Golf Channel – http://bit.ly/2fKZbdv

BULGARIA

Thracian Cliffs

4/27/16 – Drone footage from HighVision – https://youtu.be/TukOCSCC2Y0

DENMARK

Holstebro GC

7/7/14 – Golfing World – https://youtu.be/ABT0XS1AFXY

Horsholm GC

6/24/14 – Golfing World – https://youtu.be/Moexw6NeR2g

Lyngbygaard GC

6/29/14 – Golfing World – https://youtu.be/_U5pvdgyCH8

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

Casa de Campo: Teeth of the Dog

1/16/13 – Course detail from The A Position – https://youtu.be/HVsiShqqByQ

11/12/13 – Aerial footage from Tony Weeg – https://youtu.be/V8_ECivjnXw

3/1/14 – Golfing World – https://youtu.be/5o87x5KH-GI

FRANCE

Le Golf National

8/7/14 – Golfing World – https://youtu.be/iYo5InbTZOQ

11/26/16 – Profile from LinksVideo.net – https://youtu.be/cEXwm63H4MY

St. Emilion

8/15/14 – Interview with course ownership on Golfing World – https://youtu.be/l5CDi5JNsgI

9/30/14 – Tom Doak on Golfing World – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=74wXlpc2DKo

10/28/15 – Interview with Tom Doak at 2:00 mark – https://youtu.be/qrv8_g8TwGI

NORWAY

Lofoten Links

12/1/16 – First hole flyover – https://youtu.be/zX_dbp1ZlEY

12/1/16 – Second hole flyover – https://youtu.be/HBt4nZyHd8Q

12/1/16 – Course flyovers – https://youtu.be/AV1wc4woJjs

12/13/16 – Third hole flyover – https://youtu.be/Wct4pTmklFY

12/15/16 – Fourth hole flyover – https://youtu.be/gRMjDKorIm4

12/19/16 – Fifth hole flyover – https://youtu.be/lIwqRu13K5Y

12/19/16 – Twelfth hole flyover – https://youtu.be/KHiTfUBanPc

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

Trump International Golf Club Dubai

2/10/14 – Gil Hanse interview profiles the course – https://youtu.be/HAzax1Teub0


 December 2013 Architects Week – Golf Channel

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

 

December 2015 – Architecture Week III – Golf Channel


 ARCHITECTS/PARTNERSHIPS/DESIGN FIRMS

BILL AMICK

6/15/10 – How much land to build a golf course? – https://youtu.be/4nSbFgXofsA

9/6/11 – Reception of Distinguished Service Award from ASGCA – https://youtu.be/PUVIzUCTrPA

IAN ANDREW

6/10/11 – Interview re: Highland Links – https://youtu.be/t5ew_NJmsug

12/21/11 – Vlog on technology – https://youtu.be/rItiuTza5jc

9/6/12 – Interview on Ottawa Morning Live – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=toPkAjfq4vY

7/22/13 – Canadian Golf Magazine re: his background in GCA – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ow00VEk8Rrk

OCCM: GEOFF OGILVY / MIKE CLAYTON / MIKE COCKING / ASHLEY MEAD

2/13/12 – How OCCM works – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cfxl_P50c3g

Ogilvy

2/16/12 – OCCM Interview – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_TdNkVynBHw

Clayton

2/16/12 – OCCM Interview  – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qD5izPoTMEQ

9/4/13 – Ranfurlie Golf Club insight and renovation presentation – https://youtu.be/8mS4QcBzkR0

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

2/11/14 – Interview with Golf Australia re: Victoria GC – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LD1OpsZj9Xw

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

2/18/15 – Interview with Golf Australia re: Royal Melbourne – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RDjpdC81tmE

Cocking

2/16/12 – OCCM Interview – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RnATJbPFt8U

6/29/15 – Round Table Meeting re: Commonwealth GC and The Sandbelt courses – https://vimeo.com/132082652

10/14/16 – Detailing of the 4th green at Bonnie Doon – https://youtu.be/Hnt-sLxbUKk

Mead

2/16/12 – OCCM Interview – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qLbXk3BbEyU

COORE & CRENSHAW: BILL COORE / BEN CRENSHAW

Coore

4/6/12 – Interview on WSJ – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Z50AHMf5IA

August, 2012 – PBS: Golf’s Grand Design – http://video.pbs.org/video/2245002519/

5/1/14 – New Courses vs. Restorations – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YR3j1hivER8

6/10/14 – Interview on Morning Drive – http://www.golfchannel.com/media/morning-drive-getting-know-bill-coore/

6/17/14 – Interview on renovation of Pinehurst #2 and future impact from Golfdom TV – https://youtu.be/BfX7kjMNdbI

3/7/16 – Interview re: Streamsong on Fairways of Life – https://youtu.be/Cmrv9IhO4EM

Crenshaw

11/19/14 – Interview on Morning Drive re: Cabot Cliffs, Trinity Forest, Sand Valley – http://www.golfchannel.com/media/morning-drive-crenshaw-talks-cabots-cliffs-design-efforts/

JONATHAN DAVISON / CREATE GOLF

4/28/16 – Marketing video – https://youtu.be/FmCWTkRuFT0

MIKE DEVRIES

3/3/16 – Michigan Golfer re: Diamond Springs GC – https://youtu.be/pZVf1QzznTk

3/8/16 – Michigan Golfer re: Cape Wickham – https://youtu.be/tt10a0GP0LE

3/29/16 – Michigan Golfer re: Pilgrims Run GC – https://youtu.be/OS82BRRL1qE

4/1/16 – Michigan Golfer re: The Kingsley Club – https://youtu.be/SicTCYwngpk

4/3/16 – Michigan Golfer re: The Mines GC – https://youtu.be/qR8GsIDNcSU

4/3/16 – Michigan Golfer re: Greywalls – https://youtu.be/6UBFW7zcgpw

8/12/16 – Michigan Golfer re: Greywalls – https://youtu.be/jM7He7se-vU

TOM DOAK / RENAISSANCE DESIGN

12/15/07 – Michigan Golfer re: High Pointe – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N1Ef64EjCSs

10/6/11 – Michigan Golfer re: Marygrove College Practice Course – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WtX0mc6vtPQ

2/20/12 – Michigan Golfer re: Cape Kidnappers, Black Forest, Golf in China – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QCCaenUorno

August, 2012 – PBS: Golf’s Grand Design – http://www.pbs.org/video/2245493846/

12/11/13  – Golf Central re: Medinah renovation – http://www.golfchannel.com/media/golf-central-course-renovations-medinah/

6/7/14 – Golfing World – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IJZs-9XSAro

3/22/16 – Discussion on Greens Designs from MGA – https://youtu.be/2h77rlPV77A

PETE DYE

2008 – Induction into WGHOF – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NZwROYkG2mI

5/21/09 – Caesarea – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=soZEIsShImQ

4/21/12 – Thoughts on Harbour Town Golf Links – https://youtu.be/ZAEMKU2AeHM

August, 2012 – PBS: Golf’s Grand Design – http://www.pbs.org/video/2245473113/

4/24/13 – 60 Minutes – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tkv0IzVK7FE

8/19/13 – Interview on design philosophies and book, “Bury me in a Pot Bunker” from Florida Golf Magazine – https://youtu.be/WkyOj7UhFKQ

12/2/13 – Written thoughts on Old Marsh Golf Club – https://youtu.be/ec-efZKnfNQ

12/18/13 – Written thoughts on The Dye Preserve – https://youtu.be/q5rhJE_24_w

12/21/13 – Written thoughts on Teeth of the Dog at Casa de Campo – https://youtu.be/b2lpCDX2VuA

10/1/14 – Ford Plantation – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mtDs6qtGhlI

11/4/14 – Long Cove GC honors Pete and Alice – https://youtu.be/rDNnoa8_dBA

12/29/14 – Back9Network – http://bit.ly/2cJ9WJg

TOM FAZIO

Fazios on Trump’s World of Golf – http://bit.ly/2dgDfrU

7/8/13 – Interview from Golfdom TV – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ceaYYrZBOYw

RON FORSE

2/15/12 – Bunker construction and maintenance at Ohio Turf Grass Foundation Spring Tee-Off – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0hXxIJdfxd0

KYLE FRANZ

12/10/16 – Matt Ginella’s Top 50 Public Courses interview on #18 Mid Pines – http://bit.ly/2h9TJCe

GIL HANSE

Earth Day – Golf Channel – click here

9/24/14 – Interview from Golfdom TV on supers and maintenance – https://youtu.be/NEriA2LNTiI

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

3/7/16 –  Interview re: Streamsong on Fairways of Life (14:10 mark) – https://youtu.be/Cmrv9IhO4EM

8/2/16 – Interview on Callaway Live 16:40 mark – https://youtu.be/0Hj24J0WpXo

8/25/16 – Interview on French Creek GC from InsideGolf TV – https://youtu.be/8s0IHUdU_eo

9/2/16 – Gil talks Rio Olympic course on InsideGolf TV – https://youtu.be/1I8KwVhgn4I

11/16/16 – Interview re: Royal Sydney redevelopment from Golf Australia – https://youtu.be/wsNpvgxNiwQ

12/9/16 – Interview w/ Geoff Shackelford re: future projects – http://bit.ly/2h9LQwE

MIKE HURDZAN

3/9/13 – Old Tom Morris Award acceptance speech from Chris Hurdzan – https://youtu.be/FIYegR520lI

11/6/13 – Old Tom Morris Award honoring from GCSAATV – https://youtu.be/f1KZhA857VU

4/28/15 – First Annual USGA Golf Architecture Symposium – https://youtu.be/yuaV4sZoMIY

REES JONES

8/13/12 – Interview with Golfdom TV on prep for 2011 U.S. Open at Congressional – https://youtu.be/WS1csyxPBGY

10/10/12 – Squawk Box – http://www.reesjonesinc.com/rees-jones-squawk-box.php

12/12/12 – Interview from Golfdom TV – https://youtu.be/9r1qEienDfs

Haig Point – http://www.reesjonesinc.com/haig-point/video-rees-jones-interview.php

1/22/16 – Inside Golf TV interview – https://youtu.be/OzUL9ZIuAuY

11/28/16 – Economics and challenges of golf course design from The Golf Channel – http://bit.ly/2gAAUrT

ROBERT TRENT JONES JR.

3/18/14 – Poppy Hills reno, Chambers Bay, and design challenges – https://youtu.be/ZSoQ5FIwJN0

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

ROBERT TRENT JONES SR.

2/8/17 – A 1987 interview from Michigan Golfer for grand opening of Treetops – https://youtu.be/sKB_wFZ1zHI

DAVID MCLAY KIDD

August, 2012 – PBS: Golf’s Grand Design – http://video.pbs.org/video/2245046369/

10/26/12 – GoGolfandTravel – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EoK8jR1SMTk

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

12/8/16 – Matt Ginella’s Top 50 Public courses interview – http://bit.ly/2hiMTIA

TOM LEHMAN

10/2/08 – Thoughts on The Dunes Course at the Prairie Club – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OhgXBFSStHU

8/10/16 – More thoughts on The Dunes Course at The Prairie Club – https://youtu.be/Gte0lX7U1fI

GREG MARTIN

6/20/16 – Oak Meadows renovation insight on Golf360 TV – https://youtu.be/yB8cgRLOp2w

W. BRUCE MATTHEWS

12/8/15 – Jerry Mathews details his father’s life and career on Michigan Golfer – https://youtu.be/mNExfl-WNpc

JEFF MINGAY

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

8/26/14 – Discusses bunker and tee box renovations at Victoria GC Links – https://youtu.be/oq5qSAXETao

11/9/15 – Discusses bunker renovations at Victoria GC Links – https://youtu.be/BRmGX6syLig

6/7/16 – Thoughts on Victoria Links GC and architecture – https://vimeo.com/169232569

KELLY BLAKE MORAN

8/9/13 – Golf in India – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N9wfBvSpPug

JACK NICKLAUS

8/11/10 – Golf Digest – http://video.golfdigest.com/watch/the-course-that-jack-built-valhalla-gc

9/10/10 – Jack Nicklaus hole-by-hole commentary of JN Golf Club Korea – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=INYgvs-AoQA

7/5/11 – Conversations with the Golden Bear – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IXPd47h1cKQ

11/13/11 – Concession Opening Special on Golf Channel – http://vimeo.com/32026266

9/24/12 – Jack’s Favorite 18 Open Championship Holes – https://youtu.be/Bue_7evXi2U

2/8/13 – Jack talks about his future signature course at Baha Mar, Bahamas – https://youtu.be/vnflGJH51lg

12/12/14 – “I’m known as the guy who ruined Cabo.” – Bloomberg TV – https://youtu.be/7ghy_A2FBY8

2/3/15 – Design philosophy and insight into Jack Nicklaus Golf Club Korea from PGA Tour – https://youtu.be/BV9Gs32hLMY

GREG NORMAN

6/18/12 – GCSAA TV – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0XjWwo2Qhd4

3/19/13 – Morning Drive – http://www.golfchannel.com/media/morning-drive-greg-norman-interview-0/

KYLE PHILLIPS 

April-May 2015 – RCG LasBrisas Renovation:

Renovation Plan presentation Part I – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=37aM5wNGWVk

Renovation Plan presentation Part II – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vPx1_MCTw6g

Commentary – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9lE3CGeymVk

Front Nine Flyover Part I

Front Nine Flyover Part II

Back Nine Construction Flyover – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NijGbYeqTFM

2/1/16 – Re: Yas Links – https://youtu.be/AFyBYYd7EEc

7/6/16 – Re: The Grove – https://youtu.be/jvUbKNFrDoc

NICK PRICE

9/25/11 – Design philosophy, approach and passions – https://youtu.be/KUcMuVGCfW8

DAVID J. RUSSELL / IAN WOOSNAM

8/29/16 – Interview on design philosophies from Holden Golf World – https://youtu.be/jkybRSyQuBY

STEVE SMYERS

12/28/16 – Michigan Golfer re: Lochenheath GC – https://youtu.be/AcnMo5NYxgM

12/30/15 – Michigan Golfer re: ASGCA challenges and his courses – https://youtu.be/wTWS6EsUKZM

12/31/15 – Michigan Golfer re: Old Memorial GC – https://youtu.be/fQFDU8nrHhE

ANDY STAPLES

11/27/12 – Interview with Golfdom TV – https://youtu.be/EMtMgbtyxLY

2/27/14 – Interview on HookedOnGolf – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vSHtS9A4L2I

5/28/15 – Staples Golf philosophy – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ZVG6IAyydg

8/25/15 – Community Links Concept – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7v6k9PcnVdc&feature=youtu.be

12/21/15 – Meadowbrook CC Renovation footage – https://youtu.be/AXfPOCbMlTk

4/29/16 – Meadowbrook CC Renovation footage Part II – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3M8XU1bQMN0&feature=share

5/25/16 – Meadowbrook CC Renovation interview along with thoughts from Bradley Klein on Michigan Golfer – https://youtu.be/0wZCbZSA8Sk

6/25/16 – Meadowbrook CC Renovation update Part III – https://youtu.be/h9UgCFSd3AU

8/3/16 – “The Rebirth of Meadowbrook CC” on Michigan Golfer – https://youtu.be/oi3zksNxbPc

8/14/16 – Meadowbrook CC Renovation update Part IV – https://youtu.be/MtLpp4aK4yg

8/28/16 – Meadowbrook CC Renovation update on Michigan Golfer – https://youtu.be/Dzs62aOZ-p4

JASON STRAKA

1/30/14 – DevotedGolfer.TV – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=917ez2_R1O4

MIKE STRANTZ

2002 – Design Philosophy, Silver Creek Project –

2/4/14 – Interview re: Silver Creek Valley project from ArtietheK – https://youtu.be/bHumUkJuP8o

2/4/14 – Interview re: the environment from ArtietheK – https://youtu.be/O69mjN0csps

2/21/14 – Hole-by-hole/before & after descriptions holes 1-10 from ArtietheK – https://youtu.be/dZ40jkuTt3M

2/24/14 – Hole-by-hole/before & after descriptions holes 11-19 from ArtietheK – https://youtu.be/NFrnT8rAxkQ

STANLEY THOMPSON

8/14/12 – Thompson’s legacy w/ commentary from Ian Andrew from SCOREGolf – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6y-AECJSBqk

8/14/14 – Thompson’s best courses from SCOREGolf – https://youtu.be/Auo19DYs_Dk

JIM URBINA

4/16/15 – re: Pete Dye & Harbor Town – http://bit.ly/1EVRpEh

ROSS WATSON

11/9/14 –  How to design a golf course from Golf Getaway – https://youtu.be/2XE5hMdtF8o

BEAU WELLING

5/29/15 – “Our services” – https://youtu.be/Etj8nY7wlnk

5/29/15 – “Our story” – https://youtu.be/_GfN3JXu1tU

4/13/16 – “The Sessions: Who Are We” – https://youtu.be/0VDS7P8Coxg

4/20/16 – “The Sessions: Meet Beau” – https://youtu.be/X-Xa6yaE_zc

4/22/16 – “The Sessions: How we’ve Evolved” – https://youtu.be/AOt0Tt19DQQ

5/6/16 – “The Sessions: Golf at a Crossroads” – https://youtu.be/8lt0L5t-7qU

5/18/16 – “The Sessions: The Importance of Playability” – https://youtu.be/sVP2X_zdTxI

6/21/16 – “The Sessions: The Value of Skills Courses” – https://youtu.be/6MwmS6UZKE0

7/19/16 – University of South Carolina Practice Facility – https://youtu.be/jVzeqf9QWP4

TIGER WOODS

12/19/14 – Views on El Cardinal at Diamante via ESPN.com – http://espn.go.com/golf/story/_/id/11988749/tiger-woods-jack-nicklaus-take-differing-paths-golf-course-design-golf


 COMMENTATORS/CONSULTANTS/GCA PUNDITS & MISCELANNEA

Matt Ginella

11/3/14 – Re: Trinity Forest – http://www.golfchannel.com/media/trinity-forest-being-built-dallas/

1/20/15 – Re: Jack Nicklaus designs – http://www.golfchannel.com/media/matt-ginellas-6-10-top-nicklaus-courses/

2/1/15 – Re: Treetops, Torrey Pines, Cruden Bay – http://www.golfchannel.com/media/matt-ginella-discusses-several-golf-course-changes/

4/14/15 – Harbour Town History & Design – http://www.golfchannel.com/media/ginella-talks-harbour-town-golf-links-course-design/

4/16/15 -Harbour Town History – http://www.golfchannel.com/media/ginella-history-harbour-town-golf-links/

4/22/15 – Coore & Crenshaw walking Top of the Rock with Matt Ginella – http://www.golfchannel.com/media/coore-and-crenshaw-course-walkthrough/

7/12/15 – Re: Saving Goat Hill Park – http://www.golfchannel.com/media/saving-goat-hill-park

7/22/15 – Re: Stanley Thompson – http://www.golfchannel.com/media/ginella-stanley-thompson-and-banff-springs/

8/31/15 – Re: Alister Mackenzie – http://www.golfchannel.com/media/ginella-classic-design-traits-alister-mackenzie

10/30/15 – Update on golf development in the Scottish Highlands – http://www.golfchannel.com/media/ginella-keiser-building-new-course-scotland/

12/1/15 – Discussion re: what makes a golf course great – http://www.golfchannel.com/media/keys-determine-great-course/

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 – http://www.golfchannel.com/media/morning-drive-world-golf-hall-fame-greatest-snub/

2/28/15 – Geoff Shackelford with Rhett Evans, CEO GCSAA – http://www.golfchannel.com/media/shackelford-talks-rhett-evans-about-growth-golf-industry/

3/16/15 – Geoff Shackelford on Morning Drive re: Donald Trump aesthetic shift – http://www.golfchannel.com/media/donald-trump-discusses-change-course-aesthetics/

6/1/15 – Geoff Shackelford on Callaway Live – http://bit.ly/1LOF9rx

7/13/15 – Geoff Shackelford re: AW Tillinghast WGHOF induction – http://www.golfchannel.com/media/shackelford-talks-tillinghast-davies-st-andrews/

7/15/15 – Geoff Shackelford re: changes to The Old Course – http://www.golfchannel.com/media/geoff-shackelford-changes-old-course/

UnShackeled:


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 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LI4yPzvXMDw

2007 – Tribute to C.B. Macdonald by David Fay – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Rp5EN7PBn8

8/5/13 – Tribute to Willie Park Jr. by John Hopkins – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NZwROYkG2mI


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 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6rzWHSDC4YU


The ASGCA

2/13/13 – Interview with Director of Public Relations, Mark Whitney on Michigan Golfer – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n5ZK0OnWS-U


Michael Dasher

4/13/13 – On Golf Central re: ASGCA meeting, Dubsdread, sustainability – http://www.golfchannel.com/media/green-week-course-architect-michael-dasher/


Bradley Klein

3/30/14 – 2014 Golf Summit – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nh3ZvVNUFtI

3/25/15 – 2015 MGA/USGA Green Chairman Seminar – https://youtu.be/oaZu7NG5xQA


Cob Carlson

6/8/14 –


Robert S. Macdonald

11/10/14 – Best Golf Books re: Crenshaw, Jones, Wind and Darwin – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rjnz90t6YUE

11/14/14 – Best Golf Books re: GCA and Design – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OK6uYZqkiyU


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 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wvTlzJICQ08


Ron Whitten

1/14/15 – On Morning Drive –

3/22/13 – On Charlie Rose – http://video.golfdigest.com/watch/ron-whitten-talks-architecture-with-charlie-r


100 Years of the Met Open 

8/14/15 – The golf courses of the Met Open – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=heswt_YBzN8&feature=youtu.be

8/21/15 – Winged Foot – East Course – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C-spoiTcvJM&feature=youtu.be

8/26/15 – Winged Foot / Met Open history on Morning Drive – http://www.golfchannel.com/media/winged-foot-golf-club-hosts-100th-met-open-championship


Water Week on Morning Drive

November, 2015 – 


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Want to Improve Pace of Play? Start Firing Golfers.

The USGA has been studying pace of play extensively and sharing results at their Symposium.  They are amassing data that promises to help course operators improve “flow”.  Additionally, technological innovations like smart flags, GPS-enabled carts, and others will track players and help them keep the pace.

These initiatives may very well help, and I applaud the USGA for doing what it can.  Unfortunately, they strike me as unlikely to solve the problem of slow play because they don’t address the core problem – motives and behavior of course operators and players.

In my career, I have learned quite a bit about motives and behavior from my colleagues and customers.  Several basic truths have emerged for me:

1. Most people – customers and coworkers – have good intentions and are doing their best.  They have moments when they fall short, just as I do.  But even in those moments of carelessness, ignorance, or selfishness, they are not bad people.  They are imperfect, like we all are.

2. Every person does a better job if they are clear on expectations and ground rules.  Especially when those ground rules are based on the principle of providing maximum benefit to all stakeholders.

3. A small percentage of people just don’t “get it”.  Whether they are too ignorant, selfish, or stubborn, they simply can’t or won’t play by the ground rules and contribute to the success of the whole.  Upon identifying people like this, it is always best to fire them as quickly as possible, whether they are coworkers, vendors, or even customers.  They are a drag on the business, and not taking action to remove them will quickly start to degrade one’s ability to be of service to the good people.

Over decades of managing people, customer relationships, and companies, I have experienced very few (if any) exceptions to these 3 truths.

What does that have to do with pace of play?  Let’s return to my assertion about the core problem – people – using my experience with a favorite course of mine, Arcadia Bluffs, to illustrate.

Arcadia Bluffs is a really neat and challenging golf course on one of the most beautiful settings you’ll find, overlooking Lake Michigan.  The staff is great, and the service is first class.  I have a home 10 minutes from the course, and I have played it many times.

I have also brought quite a few friends to play there.  They have all appreciated the beauty of the course, but most of them never want to go back.  Why?  Because it takes at least 4:45 to play a round, and often upwards of 5:15.  Arcadia Bluffs is losing customers because of slow play, and not just among my golf buddies.  In speaking to people about it, it is clear that Arcadia has a bad reputation for pace of play that keeps people away.  That is bad for business, and Arcadia Bluffs is certainly not alone.

What can they do about it?

They can use data from the emerging technology and the USGA studies to improve flow on their course.  They should not just try to maximize rounds to maximize profits.  They should schedule the maximum number of rounds appropriate for their course (based on its difficulty and routing), and then actively manage bottlenecks.  This is a no-brainer, and they are probably already working on it.  It will help a little, but it won’t solve the problem.

To truly solve the problem, they also have to manage their players more proactively and effectively.  Currently, they try to do this by having the starter give a pace-of-play speech on the first tee, and by having rangers on the course.  This is obviously not working currently, and here is why:

The starter speechifies you to play at a decent pace, but doesn’t tell you how.  The rangers may tell you to play faster, but they don’t tell you how.  Based on the first two truths above, this means that people who would like to behave properly might not because they don’t know how.  They are therefore more likely to “have moments”.  It doesn’t take many of those moments to ruin pace for a whole day.

What the starter could do instead is lay out some specific expectations (local rules) for how to keep pace up.  Here are a few examples from my buddies groups:

  • Play ready golf, obviously.
  • The entire group plays from the tees that are appropriate for the highest handicapper.
  • Look for a lost ball for no more than 2 minutes – can’t find it, drop.
  • If you chip/pitch twice and you’re not on the green, you’re done.
  • If you putt twice and you’re not in the hole, you’re done.
  • Single-digit handicappers don’t hit the ball more times than par+2.  Double-digit handicappers, no more than double-par.

We play matches and we still use these rules.  Don’t like ’em?  Find someone else to play with.  Do they work?  We were the first group off at Old MacDonald last fall and got around in 3:30.  Needless to say, the group behind us was not keeping up.

If the starter and rangers at Arcadia Bluffs provided coaching on these rules, the good people will be more likely to respond.  Setting these expectations, and then coaching to them, also allows Arcadia to deal effectively with the “don’t/won’t get it” crowd.

If the pace of these players remains slow, and they refuse to change their behavior, Arcadia Bluffs needs to fire them for the good of every other player on the course.  They have to proactively defend the pace.  In practice, this means that the slow-pokes need to be given their money back and asked never to come back, mid-round if need be.

To service industry professionals, this might sound crazy.  To ignorant and/or inconsiderate golfers, it likely seems offensive because they think that having money in hand means that they are buying carte blanche.  But here is why it is necessary if Arcadia Bluffs really wants to fix pace of play and its reputation, and make its business continue to thrive in the long run:

All other things being equal, slow pace makes every golf experience worse relative to smooth, brisk pace.  Every time a golfer has to wait (regardless of their personal pace of play), they are unhappy.  In turn, they are less likely to come back.

Conversely, if I knew that Arcadia Bluffs was willing to fire “bad customers” to enhance the experience of good customers, I would a) be more likely to return, and b) drag my buddies.  Further, especially in the digital age with this issue so prevalent, it is hard to imagine something more likely to create buzz for a course than kicking chronically slow playersAlCzervik to the curb.

So keep doing the studies and keep working on the technology, and keep up the “While We’re Young!” campaigns to raise awareness.  But I beseech you Arcadia Bluffs and other course operators, give us your ground rules for how to keep the pace, and then fire the people who can’t or won’t.  I promise you that the rest of your customers will celebrate you for it, and to steal another Al Czervik quote, we’ll “make it worth your while.”