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Golf course design and onomatopoeia (larger)

Onomatopoeia (noun) – a literary device in which words are used as an imitation of the sounds to which they refer. E.g. “zoom” and “bang.” sarcasm (noun) – another of my favorite literary devices. Too many rules and red pens lead to the suppression or erasure of the individual, passionate and observing voice. We have been hard...

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...

Remembering Architect Mike Strantz 1955 – 2005

I shed a tear as I typed the lead for this piece. It was a tear for a gifted man taken from us far too young and in the prime of an extraordinary career. It was a tear of sadness for a family’s loss of a devoted husband and father. It was a tear for his design partners, business associates and golf course design colleagues who sorrow for their collective loss of a...

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...

Dan Maples – Golf Course Architect Interview (Conclusion)

Short on time and long on work, Maples enlisted not one shaper, but four different ones at Little River Farm. He had laid out the basic sites for each of the eighteen holes previously and noted four different terrains, each of which comprised a stretch of four holes. Four shapers would speed the building timetable significantly and each could tackle four holes in...

DAN MAPLES AND THE PIT – PART 2

The Pit’s popularity crosses a broad spectrum of player abilities. It is fair and negotiable for average players, “but when its tournament time” Maples says with a knowing look “we can tuck those pins in some cool places. My favorite line that describes The Pit is ‘Purgatory at its best.’” This catchy label left by one critic is more than just a hook to reel in...