Proper Golf

Monday, November 22, 2010

Recently released

Sorry, Cabot Links, but the 36 hole Coore and Crenshaw/Doak facility in an abandoned mine somewhere in Florida wins.

P.S. its all sand

Check out site and construction photos recently released on Coore and Crenshaws blog.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Favorite Par-3's

Ballyneal #11 (Doak)

Ballyneal #16 (Doak)

Bandon Trails #17 (Coore and Crenshaw)

Carnoustie #16 (Robertson, Morris and Braid)

Friars Head #10 (Coore and Crenshaw)

Friars Head #17 (Coore and Crenshaw)

Kiawah Ocean #14 (Dye)

Knoll West #3 (Banks)

Old Macdonald #5 (Doak and Urbina)

Old Macdonald #8 (Doak and Urbina)

Pinehurst 2 #9 (Ross)

Quaker Ridge #13 (Tillinghast)

Quaker Ridge #9 (Tillinghast)

Sebonack #12 (Doak and Nicklaus)

Shenecossett #4 (Ross)

St. Andrews Old #11

Stonehouse #17 (Stranz)

Winged Foot West #10 (Tillinghast)

Yale #13 (Macdonald and Raynor)

Yale #9 (Macdonald and Raynor)

Wednesday, November 17, 2010


Enjoy the changes. A few more still to come.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Coming Soon - copyrights pending

Due to an increase in audience the Golfmeister has been working on updating the layout and overall look of the site. A quick preview...
Future content: Sparked by a recent GolfClubAtlas thread about where to direct the future of golf design,,46426.0/ the Golfmeister has decided to pursue one possible answer and design "abstract golf" (working title). Why do so many more people enjoy driving ranges rather than the game itself? The focus of the design will be on capturing the raw, imaginative fun had at the driving range. It will not be site specific, but rather adaptable to non-ideal sites for golf and even non-grass alternatives.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Year in review

A little Mike Stranz from the 2nd round of the year
Stonehouse, Virginia

With the possibility of no more than 36 holes left in the sticks for the year, a list of golf courses played in 2010 seems an appropriate way to wrap it up.

Ballyneal Golf and Hunt Club - Holyoke, Colorado (Doak)
Century Country Club - Purchase, NY (Colt/Allison)
Hyatt Hills Golf Course - Clark, NJ
Metropolis Country Club - Scarsdale, NY (Tillinghast and Strong)
Montclair Country Club - West Orange, NJ (Ross and Banks)
Pinehurst 2 - Pinehurst, North Carolina (Ross)
Pinehurst 4 - Pinehurst, North Carolina (Fazio)
Quaker Ridge - Scarsdale, New York (Tillinghast)
Riverfront - Suffolk, Virginia (Doak)
Sebonack Golf Club - Southampton, NY (Doak)
Split Rock Golf Course - Bronx, NY (Stiles and Van Kleek)
Stonehouse - Toano, Virginia (Stranz)
Westchester Country Club West- Rye, New York (Emmett)
Wykagyl Country Club - New Rochelle, NY (too many)

Fenway Golf Club - White Plains, NY (Tillinghast)
Quaker Ridge Golf Club - Scarsdale, NY (Tillinghast)
Winged Foot Golf Club East/West - Mamaroneck, NY (Tillinghast)

13 + 3 different courses. Coming soon: courses worked on (Construction).

Monday, November 1, 2010

The Reef Hole

One of the A.W. Tillinghast's template holes. Honestly, I'm surprised other architects haven't tried to knock off Tilly's genius long par-3 template.

Sketch by A.W. Tillinghast
(Tillinghast Association)

The basic concept: Long, downhill par-3 with large approach/fairway to give alternative route to green around carry hazard. Green, guarded on only one side and contoured to accept recovery easier from the other.

I only know of 2 that exist. One is at Bethpage State Park on the Yellow course. The other, which I am very familiar with is at Quaker Ridge.

Quaker Ridge #13
post 2010 renovation

Since, I cant speak about Bethpage having never seen the Yellow course, Quaker's Reef measures 209 yards for most members. The large bunker that must be carried to reach the green in one is the first thing one notices while standing on the tee. Because of the downhill perspective and the raised lip of what is one of the largest bunkers on the course, it looks like it is immediately in front of the green, when in fact it is about 50 yards short of center. One of the most generous fairways I have ever seen on a par-3 is there for those who choose to go around rather than over. But for those who do take the more risky path, the fairway between kicks balls towards the green, a perfect complement to the 3-wood that most are hitting off the tee; a slight miss-hit probably gets pretty close if you going for it. This green which is very severe and may have more triple breakers than any other of its size in the world, just adds to the fun of the Reef hole.

Quaker Ridge #13
13 pre-renovation

You can really see the 3 anticipated lines of play in the photo above. 1 - Straight away. 2 - Lay-up fairway right. 3 - Miss greenside left in low area give best angle to most pins.

This template just seems like it could so easily be adaptable to so many different sites and properties for golf around the world. It offers fun and challenges for all levels, and allows for arial attack as well as the rolling shot. And for those who even desire as much length as possible, it racks up a big number of the score card, but plays short in reality, a good characteristic for a long par-3 to have, especially in handicaped matches!