Minimalism is a word often heard in golf course design circle these days. The concept is to move as little earth as possible in an effort to preserve the original terrain and produce a facility that is a natural extension of its place. The first golf courses, discovered within the dunes and drifts of Scottish […]
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This last October, Golf Magazine, Korea published its rankings on all the new golf courses built in Korea. Whistling Rock was selected as the “Best New Course for 2012.” This is a bi-annual award in Korea recognizing the best of fifty projects opened during 2010 and 2011. A listing of the top ten facilities as […]
Rancamaya – Hole #10 with Mt. Salak in the distance. Rancamaya was the source of one of the more important lessons early in my career, a philosophical approach to design called “running the river.” However, before I continue on that topic, I would like to take a moment to acknowledge the passing of John Chapman […]
This last year, Rancamaya Golf and Country Club was recognized at the Asia Pacific Property Awards by receiving two significant awards: Best Golf Club in Indonesia and #1 Golf Club in Southeast Asia. Developed in the early nineties by PT Suryamas Dutamakmur, the master plan for the project was developed as a joint effort between […]
“It’s all about the ball, silly!” As a designer, one cannot choose who is playing or the club of choice or how the ball is hit. All one can do is influence the ball once it hits the ground: does it roll or stop, find a hazard, spin or release, break left, break right, roll […]
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Inspired by the dramatic mountainside terrain overlooking the Chuncheon Lake basin in Korea, Whistling Rock Country Club inherits its character from the lakes, streams and dense woodlands of the surrounding landscape, defined by bold rock formations and a wide range of spectacular views. After two years in construction, this 27-hole world class golf facility opened in April, 2011. In 2012, Golf Magazine named it the best new golf course in Korea in it's bi-annual review.