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The Mike Strantz Nobody Knew (part 1)

Just keep going until you can’t go any further. Then go further, because the moves you make then – when you’ve run out of steam and you’re totally on subconscious and not even thinking about the mechanics – the moves you make then are incredible. – Jeff Buckley Musician Jeff Buckley was talking about himself, but he was speaking for any true artist, any...

The people have spoken – Dunkirk is too weird

So most of you panned the 18th century fortification shaping of this French Golf Course. By an amazing 95-5 ratio, Dunkirk’s sharply angled fairways and less than flowing lines seemed both too artificial and too much baroque crap to resonate at all with you. Could you imagine being a developer and giving an architect a seaside piece of land and coming on-site...

Jim Engh breaks down Xs and Os of Redlands Mesa in Colorado

The first part of my article on Redlands is here. Below, you’ll find the UPDATED star system ratings, based on the SEVEN star system. Most of Engh’s unique design elements are present at Redlands. His trademark squiggly muscle bunkers are placed “randomly” – i.e. where the land accepts them, not at any specific distance from the tee. Moreover, they are...

Do you like this golf course design?

I saw this recently and was flabbergasted. Now, I’m all for pushing the envelope, but this seems a bit garish for my taste. Do you like this? We’re gonna take a ten day poll, results late next week, but I’ll post more pictures every so often. Here’s a link to check out more pix of this course in Dunkirk, France. Vote here in the comments or by...

Coore/Crenshaw new course at We-Ko-Pa progressing nicely

The Ben Crenshaw and Bill Coore “Back to the Future” Minimalist tour (yes, capitalize “Minimalist” from now on) is firing on all cylindars in the desert. The Yavapai Indian Nation, owners of the We-ko-pa Golf Club in the Fort McDowell Region of Scottsdale had the courage to think out of the box for a resort and embrace one of the wisest trends...

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...

Redlands Mesa G.C., Grand Junction Colorado – How a great routing and interesting green designs improves and already great setting

THE GOLF CLUB at REDLANDS MESA 2325 West Ridges Boulevard Grand Junction, CO 81503 970.263.9270 www.redlandsmesa.com Architect: Jim Engh Par – 72 Excitement Level – 11/12 Difficulty – 6/12 Conditioning – Four and 1/2 stars Cost – $75 Peak Yearly memberships – No Value – Five stars Overall rating – Four and ½ stars Tees Yards Rating Slope Monument 7007 71...

Interview with Tom Doak part 2

Please note: Part one of the interview is here. Tom answered some Qs by email, others by tape. In two cases, we hit the same topic twice. Enjoy. Jay: We know that you love telling people the joys of being a minimalist. What do you do different in building golf courses? What’s unique about a Tom Doak design? Tom: You know it is very had to define. I think I see...

Some great PRIVATE courses to join – Black Rock, Bull’s Bay, Monterey Peninsula Country Club and Sebonack

Normally, this site is about great public courses, but let’s take a quick look at some great private clubs for your family to join. Boston: Black Rock G.C. – Brian Silva’s collection of terrfic designs for golf holes is a living, breathing encyclopaedia of golf architecture. Plus the members are uniformly friendly. If you live in Boston, this should...

Copyright lawyer argues for protection for golf hole designs

by Peter Black, Jr. The New York State Bar Association CLE lecture at Fordham University Friday featured some litigation shots that may have far reaching implications in the world of golf. New York intellectual property law expert Robert Clarida of Cowan Liebowitz & Latman in Manhattan argued that golf holes are no different than sculptures and that the more...

The incredible story of Fossil Trace Golf Club, Golden Colorado

FOSSIL TRACE GOLF CLUB 3050 Illinois St. Golden, CO 303.277.8750 www.fossiltrace.com Architect: Jim Engh Par – 72 Excitement Level – 11/12 Diff. – 7/12 Design:  five and 1/2 stars (all ratings 0ut of seven) Natural Setting:  5.5 Conditioning – Five and ½ stars Cost – $60 Value – Six stars Overall – Five and ½ stars Tees Yards Rating Slope Black 6831 71.8...