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Architect’s Progress Series

Happy 100th Anniversary to A.W. Tillinghast’s Shackamaxon Golf Club!

You know how it was all the rage a few years ago to start building brass statues of people and putting them around golf courses? If you legitimately want to bronze people that actually are good for the game of golf, then New Jersey should erect a statue of country club magnate Chris Schiavone. First, Chris spearheaded the resurrection of mighty Forsgate Country Club...

The Architect’s Progress – No Rough at Crestwood Gives the Course a little Pine Valley and Prairie Dunes Flavor

“It just keeps getting better and better,” says every member, every day. MARCY, NY – Autumn comes early along I-90. Even by Labor Day the tops of the trees already lighten from verdant green to a gilded, burnished gold. By the equinox, it was sweater and jackets weather as the cool evening air and chilly rains began to set in, yet still grateful golfers...

The Architect’s Progress – Keith Foster Renovation Spurs Resurgence of A. W. Tillinghast’s Sands Point

SANDS POINT, NY – Remember this name: Sands Point. You’re going to be hearing a lot about this A.W. Tillinghast-designed Long Island private club in the near future, because after a sparkling Keith Foster renovation-restoration it’s been polished to a high shine. Tillinghast’s career was in full ascension when he re-designed nine holes at Sands Point and...

The Architect’s Progress – Tom Doak Renovation has North Shore Country Club Firing on all Cylinders

GLEN HEAD, NY – It was Tom Doak out-Doaking himself: not just making a statement, but firing a golf carronade that echoed all along the mid-Atlantic region from Montauk to Middle Bay, from Maryland to Maine, a full broadside into the golf architecture history books. North Shore Country Club is back and better than it’s been in decades. Great strategic golf...

The Architect’s Progress – Jim Urbina at Paramount (Formerly Dellwood) Part 2 – Living up to History

[Editor’s Note: The Architect’s Progress series gives golf fans an inside look at what a golf course architect actually does on the job from the ground up, following a golf course’s recovery and reclamation from the beginning of the restoration process, to the middle, then on to completion, analyzing not only the goals the course set for the project, but...

The Architect’s Progress: Crest-oration! Steve Nacewicz and Family Resurrect Mighty Crestwood

MARCY, NY – We had given her up for dead, but she came back to us. After almost two decades of mind-boggling neglect, Crestwood Golf Club – the beloved home course of many upstate New Yorkers – had been utterly destroyed: annihilated, vaporized by what regional golfers called, “chronic malpractice and mismanagement.” Horrifyingly, it happened...

The Architect’s Progress – Great Greens and Fairway Undulations at Long Island National

[Author’s Note: For Barclays week, each day we will profile a different regional public course for everyone to play while in the area for the tournament.] RIVERHEAD, NY – It’s tough to get a pulse on Robert Trent Jones, Jr.’s architectural style since he’s done so much globetrotting and designed in so many different ecosystems. He also keeps...

The Architect’s Progress – Photo Essay – Teugega Country Club, Rome, New York by Donald Ross

Something a little different for us here at AWITP – a photo essay. I had the great privilege to play Teugega C.C. a gorgeous little Donald Ross course nestled cozily in the sleepy colonial era town town of Rome, New York on the shores of Lake Delta. (American History buffs will recall the area is home to Fort Stanwix, where colonial forces stopped the march of...

The Architect’s Progress – Jim Urbina at Paramount (Formerly Dellwood) Part 1 – Meet the Golf Course

NEW CITY, NY – The name of this article comes from the title of a series of paintings called The Rake’s Progress, created by famous 18th century painter William Hogarth. That series shows the moral, physical, and economic decline of a young man from riches to rags over a period of years. It’s an important series in art because its success laid the foundation for...