Proper Golf

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Modern Top 3

In no particular order, my personal modern top 3 list includes:

Ballyneal - Holyoke, CO (Doak)
Friars Head - Beating Hollow, NY (Coore and Crenshaw)
Old Macdonald - Bandon, OR (Doak)

Numbers 4-10:
Bandon Dunes - Bandon, OR (Kidd)
Bandon Trails - Bandon, OR (Coore and Crenshaw)
Kingsbarns - Fife, Scotland (Philips)
Queenwood - Surrey, England (Kidd)
Stonehouse - Williamsburg, VA (Stranz)
The Ocean Course - Kiawah Island, SC (Dye)
Tobacco Road - Sanford, NC (Stranz)

As you can see, I have a preference for bold design. Courses that provide variety in course setup, large contours, and courses that focus on fun and excitement rather than fairness are definite turn-ons. I look for 18 different mental and physical challenges, plus artistic and strategic experiments on behalf of the architect. When the natural and artificial blend together, everything is better.

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