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2011 Jazzy Awards – Best New Public Course Jim Engh’s Awarii Dunes

Crank up the Van Morrison in Parker, Colorado (Turn it up! Turn it up! Radio!) because Jim Engh should be celebrating yet another Best New Course Award, and this time it’s for an instant classic, Awarii Dunes, the first world-class public golf course in the fabled Nebraska sand hills region. For years golfers have regarded Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw’s Sand Hills...

More bad luck for Doak! Fire at Common Ground in Colorado

Man, the hits just keep coming for Tom Doak. Dude, did you break a mirror or something? Yesterday brush fire ripped through a Colorado plain coming dangerously close to housing and Tom Doak’s redesign work at Common Ground Golf Course, a municipal club outside Aurora, CO.  The fire came within feet of the 12th green.  Here’s the latest. Hat tip:  Tom...

Farewell to Beechtree, North Dakota Piece Coming Soon

Golf Channel will run my piece on North Dakota golf (Hawktree, Buly Pulpit, and Links of North Dakota), this week. Moreover, Golf Club Atlas held its farewell to Beechtre gathering last Saturday.  My piece will be up soon.  In the meantime, get down there, the course closes forever on December 7 to become BRAC housing, (Base Realignment and Closing). Also, look for...

Golf Architect Mike Hurdzan wins Donald Ross Award

Golf architect Mike Hurdzan, who’s work includes Best New Public Course winner Bully Pulpit in North Dakota, was awarded the prestigious Donald Ross Award.  According to the Cybergolf article: Hurdzan was honored for “being a respected, passionate voice of reason and knowledge for golf. Hurdzan received the award on April 30 during the American Society of...

Hawktree Golf Club – Bismarck, ND (Jim Engh)

HAWKTREE GOLF CLUB 3400 Burnt Creek Loop Bismarck, ND 701.355.0995 888.465.HAWK www.hawktree.com Architect: Jim Engh Par – 72 EQ – 7/12 Diff. – 7/12 Design – Five and ½ stars Natural Setting – Five and ½ stars Conditioning – Six stars Cost – $60 peak, $50 twilight and replay+ cart $15 per person Value – Six stars Overall – Five and ½ stars Tees Yards Rating...

The Links of North Dakota by Stephen Kay

THE LINKS OF NORTH DAKOTA 5153 109th Avenue Ray, ND 701.568.2600 866.733.6453 www.thelinksofnorthdakota.com Architect: Stephen Kay Par – 72 EQ – 7/12 Diff. – 7/12 Design – Five stars Natural Setting – Five stars Conditioning – Four stars Cost – $50 peak, $35 reduced Value – Five and ½ stars Overall – Five stars Tees Yards Rating Slope “Five” 7092 75.1 128...