Month: December 2017

May River — 21st Century Lowcountry

May River — 21st Century Lowcountry

From the time the earliest links were staked out, whenever that was, golf course “design” has been in a continuous state of development. That’s not to say it’s been a smooth or straight evolution–there have always been stops and restarts. Pete Dye almost single handedly reset the direction of golf architecture in the mid-1960’s following the pre-fab boomer period…

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Episode 8: Mark Love

Episode 8: Mark Love

Following the economic crash of 2008, Love Golf Design, founded by brothers Mark Love and Davis Love III, decided to step back. Now, after a hiatus, the company has resumed business with several new renovations in the works following last year’s  completion of Atlantic Dunes, a total remodel of one of the Lowcountry’s original golf…

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Ballyneal Golf Club — Gravity Rides Everything

Ballyneal Golf Club — Gravity Rides Everything

Someday we’ll be able to talk about Ballyneal in the northeastern corner of Colorado without referencing Sand Hills, as I’ve already just done. It’s kind of like how it took about 15 years for every new violent, ironic crime movie not to be viewed through the lens of Pulp Fiction. Such is the advantage of being first—you get to…

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Episode 7: Steve Smyers

Episode 7: Steve Smyers

Few living architects are better than Steve Smyers at combining an understanding of golf shots and strategy with holes that possess immense visual flourish. Based in Florida, he’s designed courses and played in top-level amateur tournaments all over the globe. He joins Derek Duncan on the Feed the Ball podcast to discuss how he’s always evolving as a designer,…

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Upcoming: Steve Smyers

Upcoming: Steve Smyers

Coming Soon: A discussion with Steve Smyers is one of the most talented, knowledgable and friendliest designers in the business. He spoke with me about his newest course, Maridoe Golf Club in Dallas, as well modern technology, the effect of spin and his experience studying the world’s great golf courses. Episode to post on Monday.…

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Tobacco Road — Shots in the Funhouse

Tobacco Road — Shots in the Funhouse

The opening tee shot at Tobacco Road is played through a gap between two steep grass-covered dunes to a partially obscured fairway. If played from the correct tees, getting the drive over and past the dunes isn’t difficult. But the fact that these battlements are there at all is a signal that this is not going to be a typical…

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Colorado Golf Club–A Story in Three Acts

Colorado Golf Club–A Story in Three Acts

Every architect’s ideal scenario is to be able string together unlimited variations of holes on a vast, moving, unencumbered property. Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw’s boundless opportunity at Sand Hills comes to mind when we think of the ultimate example of man vs. wild golf design. In other situations, limitless freedom across a property can be anything but liberating. Few places…

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