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Lost Proportions at Lost Key

Lost Proportions at Lost Key

Hurricane Ivan cleared out most of the trees, and a good amount of ambiance, at Lost Key. In 2004 Hurricane Ivan ravaged Lost Key, located on Perdido Key between Pensacola and Gulf Shores, and the damage necessitated a full renovation. The old incarnation was either feared or hated by most players because it was brutally tight and unforgiving, built over murky…

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Red Hawk Ridge: Early Engh

Red Hawk Ridge: Early Engh

Going around Red Hawk Ridge you can see the ideas and embryonic elements of the shapes and playability motifs that Jim Engh would further develop in the early 2000’s at a number of nationally acclaimed courses that launched him into the upper orbit of golf architecture. Built in 1999 in Castle Rock, just south of Denver, Red Hawk Ridge is a more modest…

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The Club at Savannah Harbor: A Delicious Cupp

The Club at Savannah Harbor: A Delicious Cupp

I confess I’m not always able to wrap my head around Bob Cupp’s courses. The architectural features often feel out of sync — or out of proportion — with the properties and with each other. For example: Big holes with wide fairways leading to small greens; slender fairways on properties with lots of room; small bunkers where…

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The Landing: An Oconee Original

The Landing: An Oconee Original

The Landing (née Port Armor, née Reynolds Landing), was the first course built on Lake Oconee in Central Georgia in the mid-1980’s, and for a while Bob Cupp had the only two courses on the lake when he followed this design a few years later with The Preserve (née The Plantation course) at Reynolds Lake Oconee (née Reynolds Plantation). Got that? Cupp once told me a…

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The “Old” Soul of Old Union

The “Old” Soul of Old Union

You can’t teach an old dog new tricks, but apparently you can teach an old dog old tricks. I’m not saying Denis Griffiths is old, but at Old Union in north Georgia’s Appalachian foothills near Blairsville the architect created a look that might have come straight out of the early 20th century. Or before. Old Union is brightened with…

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Echelon — A Cautionary Tale

Echelon — A Cautionary Tale

“A good idea is a good idea, forever.”–David Brent The above quote, proclaimed by Ricky Gervais’s character in the original British series The Office, is clearly false. Especially in real estate, where timing is as important as location. For the developers of Echelon, a would-be prestige-level golf community north of Atlanta, what seemed like a good idea in the early-2000’s…

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The Oconee — Struck by Gods

The Oconee — Struck by Gods

Some golf courses are finessed into the earth, simply revealed or even discovered, as it were. Such is the mantra of naturalism and minimalism. The Oconee at the Reynolds Lake Oconee development on the other hand, screams, “I want land!” and goes and takes what it wants. The corridors of this behemoth are forged from the property’s…

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The Tease of Brazell’s Creek

The Tease of Brazell’s Creek

Brazell’s Creek, part of the Georgia State Parks Golf Course system, is really two separate venues. Located in a hinterland roughly between Macon and Savannah, the original nine holes (of unknown origin, at least to me) rotate peacefully through the oaks and pines near the campgrounds of the modest Gordonia-Alatamaha State Park. The second nine, opened in…

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