It was 1998. Sahalee Country Club, always highly regarded and my father’s finest work, was proudly playing host to the PGA tour Championship that year. We had flown up for the event and had chosen a quiet moment to walk the site. I had seen Sahalee under construction as a child. It had been a […]
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Over the last couple of summers, I’ve been involved with a redesign and refresh of both the Palm and Valley courses at Marriott Desert Springs in Palm Desert, California. Both of these tracts were originally designed by my father in the mid eighties and are now about 25 years old. One of the interesting aspects […]
When I’m not head down in an attempt to make the golfer’s life miserable, I tend to flirt with other creative endeavors such as photography. Recently, I ran across an article by Kevin Bourque titled “Confessions of a Magic Bullet Chaser.” In it, Kevin defines a magic bullet as: “things that turn a mediocre photographer […]
If one happened to see my earlier post, Minimalism in Golf Design, I’m sure one would agree I do not demean minimalism, in fact I’m very much an advocate of restricting change on natural golfing ground to insure the retention of as much of its character and individualism as possible. My point of the previous […]
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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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.