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Interview announcement – Pete Dye

Yes, that’s right, yesterday the AWITP team sat down and talked with the legendary Pete Dye. (Well, he talked, we just listened!) As soon as editing is completed, some snippets will be published here and at Golf Observer. Our greatest living designer opened up about everything from his brilliant wife Alice and how she made Sawgrass and PGA West more playable...

Interview with architect Tim Liddy (part 1) – Bulle Rock fans rejoice!

After spending many years working with Pete Dye, Tim Liddy has made waves with some terrific designs of his own, such as The Trophy Club near Indianapolis. Tim took time out to talk about his formative years. Soon, we’ll have some deep xs and os on his Indiana designs. What were your first memories of the game as a kid? I started playing golf with a grade...

Jim Engh – The Dakota Kid Gunslings his way to the top

Since forming his own design firm in 1997, Colorado’s Jim Engh has won four “best new course” awards from Golf Digest, been named “Golf Architect of the Year” in 2003 (ahead of such luminaries as Fazio, Dye, Jones and Doak), built a reputation for getting world class work done on time and under budget, landed one gorgeous site after another on which to build yet...

The Mike Strantz nobody knew (part 2)

Part one of this article is here. Strantz’s eyes light up as he roars “Forrest Fezler, my design partner is a perfect compliment to me. We are brothers in arms. I saw that Fu Manchu moustache and I knew I had my man.” Together, they let it roll as high as it would go, creating scorching, towering golf adventures without being contrived or campy. “Forrest...

Quick questions with Jim Engh

I had the chance to catch up with Jim after he returned from his annual vacation to Hawaii with Monie and the kids (Brian 10 and Bailey 8). Here are some of his thoughts. Look for a longer article soon in my column for Golf Observer. Jay: How was the vacation? Jim: Oh it was great. Every year in the winter, we go to Hawaii. I rarely play any golf there. Instead it’s...

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...

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...

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...

Golf Course Architect Jim Engh – Playing the Enghles, Pt. 1

JIM ENGH – PLAYING THE ENGHLES Since forming his own design firm in 1997, Colorado’s Jim Engh has won four “best new course” awards from Golf Digest, been named “Architect of the Year” in 2003 ahead of such luminaries as Fazio, Dye, and Doak, built a reputation for getting world class work done on time and under budget, landed one gorgeous site after another on which...

Q & A with golf course architect Jim Engh

The full interview will follow, but here are some snippets of the interview I did with Jim Engh, Golf Digest’s architect of the year in 2003. JIM ENGH IN HIS OWN WORDS JF: What’s the most important goal for you in creating a successful design. Engh: For me, it’s all about options. The more ways to play a hole and get a ball close to the pin, the better. JF:...

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...

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...