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GolfTripX Runs my Omni Mount Washington Article

Great job by Ryan, Darin, Mitch, and the rest of the gang over at GNN and GolfTripX on my New Hampshire adventures in the White Mountains. Omni Mount Washington was one of the more fun and low impact rounds of the year. Best of all you can get it at the right price and spend some time running/climbing/hiking in one of the most gorgeous mountain ranges east of the...

Hiawatha Landing and Conklin Players Club still terrific values, great courses

This summer, I went back to two old haunts and found them better than ever: THE LINKS AT HIAWATHA LANDING 2350 Marshland Road Apalachin, NY 800.304.6533 (800-30-golf-3) www.hiawathalinks.com Architect: Brian Silva and Mark Mungeam Par – 72 Excitement Level – 9/12 Difficulty – 8/12 Design: six stars Natural Setting Five and 1/2stars Conditioning – Six Stars Value:...

Red Tail wins USGA award, Black Mesa piece for Golf Observer

Red Tail Golf Club by Brian Silva was awarded the 2009 Women’s Amateur Public Links.  Built on an old army base in Devens, Mass, just minutes west of Boston, the course is named for the Red Hawks which inhabit the site.  My detailed breakdown of the course is here.  My interview with Brian Silva is here.  Part 2 is here.  The article announcing the selection of...

The evolution of a golf course architect’s designs

Here’s something interesting when you have time for a long term project. Take your favorite architect and play three or four (or more) of his designs in chronological order. Then trace the evolution of his design style and see how his philosophy changed over time. Two good examples are Brian Silva and Jim Engh. Silva began his career building what most people...

In Boston for the Deutsche Bank Classic? Play Red Tail By Brian Silva

RED TAIL GOLF CLUB Devens, MA 978.772.3273 www.redtailgolf.net Architect: Brian Silva Par – 72 Excitement Level – 9/12 Diff. – 6/12 Conditioning – Four and ½ stars Cost – $90 peak, $50 reduced Yearly Memberships – Yes, $4,250 play anytime $3,250 play M-Th Value – Four and ½ stars Overall – Four and ½ stars Tees Yards Rating Slope Tournament 7006 73.9 138...

Jay Flemma interview snippets with Brian Silva – in his own words

JF: Tiger, Phil, Ernie and Vijay all challenge each other to a one hole, winner take all televised $1 Million Shootout. What public hole of yours will you take them to play? Silva: #17 at Red Tail. It’s tough to pick your line and it would tempt those long hitters to try to drive the green. Eagle might win! JF: It’s even a challenge for the amateur to pick the right...

Architect Brian Silva Interview Part 1 – Artichokes never tasted so good

He’s never at a loss for words, never wanting for a laugh, never lacking a story and never ceases to berate himself with self-deprecating humor. Boston golf course architect Brian Silva calls himself a “golf artichoke.” If he means infinite layers, depth, complexity and great taste, then the analogy is perfect. Silva is only 5’7” in spikes. He stridently laments that...

Golf course design and onomatopoeia

        Too many rules and red pens lead to the suppression or erasure of the individual, passionate and observing voice.  We have been hard-wired, indeed short-circuited to only like things we have seen before by a golf police state which created and enforce a free-thinking-free zone.  Elitist golf Nazis and uptight tradition nerds cluck away like broody old hens...