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TREE REMOVAL IS RETURNING OLD SCHOOL COURSES BACK TO THEIR ROOTS

Carolinas Golf Magazine: Summer 2005


Tree management has emerged as the most significant trend

in golf course restoration today as classic courses throughout

the Carolinas look to recapture their architectural heritage.                                                     

THE CUTTING EDGE

LINKS Magazine: May/June 2007


As a crucial part of a 15-year-old restoration plan, Oakmont Country Club logged more than 5,400 hardwoods and jump-started a tree removal movement at time-honored classics throughout the country.

A PITCH FOR PRESERVATION: MAKING A CASE FOR GOLF COURSE RESTORATION

Carolinas Golf Magazine: Summer 2007


An intimate look at how different clubs throughout the North

and South Carolina have successfully marketed and sold their memberships on classic golf course restoration.

GOLF ACCESSORIES: A TRADITIONAL PRESENTATION

Full Swing Publishing: Golf Architecture: A Worldwide Perspective: Vol. 1


You don’t have to be an old, distinguished club − steeped in tradition − to look and feel like one. This essay explores the process of selecting old-fashioned golf accessories to enhance

the golf course aesthetic.

SHADY TREES AND HEATED CLUB POLITICS

Full Swing Publishing: Golf Architecture: A Worldwide Perspective: Vol. 2


This essay traces the evolution of tree plantings and overgrowth and discusses its detrimental impact on agronomy, strategy, and landscape aesthetics. Tree

removal is simple; the biggest challenge is negotiating

the land mine of club politics.

ARMED WITH VISUAL CHALLENGES

Full Swing Publishing: Golf Architecture: A Worldwide Perspective: Vol. 3


Architects, who deal in the craft of optical illusions, utilize many design techniques to disguise your perception of the target. A better understanding of these deception practices can improve your mental approach to the game.

DONALD ROSS SOCIETY’S RESTORATION GUIDELINES

Full Swing Publishing: Golf Architecture: A Worldwide Perspective: Vol. 4


This essay takes you through the journey of golf course

restoration -- from archival research and “master planning”

to hiring an architect and preserving his spadework. It is

probably the most comprehensive written resource on

classic golf course restoration that is available today.

CLASSIC COURSES: OLD TOWN CLUB

LINKS Magazine: April 2005


The sub-title reads as follows: “A bundle of tobacco profits and advice from Augusta National boss Cliff Roberts jump-started one of the southeast’s classiest golf institutions in Winston-Salem (NC)”. Here, Old Town Club joins a long list of classic courses that LINKS features in their bi-monthly issues.

ROARING GAP CLUB RECAPTURES ROSS IDENTITY

Blue Ridge Golfer: Spring 2006


This course profile traces the design history of Roaring Gap

Club and expounds upon their long-range master plan to

reclaim the lost genius of Donald Ross.

TREASURE HUNTING: DONALD STEEL’S PRIMLAND

Blue Ridge Golfer: Spring 2006


This article describes the unique character of the Highlands

Golf Course at Primland Resort in the Blue Ridge Mountains

of Virginia and profiles its prolific architect, Donald Steel.


See also:  Primland News

OLD FASHIONED GOLF NOT OUT OF STYLE AT OLD TOWN CLUB

Triad Golf Magazine: March 2004


This article recounts the design evolution of Perry Maxwell’s

Old Town Club − from it’s Reynolds origins to it’s 85th national ranking today. It includes privileged interviews with Wake Forest golfers and noted golf course architects around the country.


TREES ON GOLF COURSES: A GROWING CONCERN

Triad Golf Magazine: July 2003


Here’s another analysis of the historic evolution of tree plantings

and overgrowth and its negative impact on agronomy, strategy,  landscape aesthetics, and recovery play.

KEEP AN OPEN MIND WHEN TOUGHENING COURSES

Golfweek’s Superintendent News: 2002


The next time the issue of “defending par” arrises at your home course, instead of smothering it with rough or stretching it to it’s boundaries, consider reviving design elements that promote

mental and visual analysis.

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DONALD ROSS GREENS: DISPELLING THE MYTH

Full Swing Publishing: Golf Architecture: A Worldwide Perspective: Vol. 5


Pinehurst No. 2 boasts some of the most dramatic set of

dome-shaped greens in all of golf, yet as magical and wonderful as they are, today’s iterations hardly resemble Donald Ross’s versions in the 1930’s. This essay tracks the evolution and transformation of Pinehurst No. 2‘s green-site profiles from their infancy until today.


For additional information: check out Ron Whitten’s article: Donald Ross Wouldn’t Recognize These Greens (Golf Digest: 2005)

A REGIONAL AFFAIR: SEDGEFIELD COUNTRY CLUB’S WYNDHAM CHAMPIONSHIP

Triad Living Magazine: Fall 2010


A historic Donald Ross restoration helps recapture an old-line PGA Tour event and unites the entire Piedmont Triad region around The Wyndham Championship.

PINEHURST NO. 2: RECLAIMING A ROSS MASTERPIECE

GolfWorld Magazine: March 28, 2011


Here, Geoff Shackelford featured my design evolution of Pinehurst No. 2 by using “before and after” photographs to

help demonstrate the visual transformation of Hole 9.

The USGA MUSEUM’S ARCHITECTURE ARCHIVE

Full Swing Publishing: Golf Architecture: A Worldwide Perspective: Vol. 6


The USGA Museum launches the world’s first and only digital library containing historic material on golf course architecture.

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USGA MUSEUM MOMENT: RECOVERING A SETH RAYNOR GEM

USGA.ORG: May 5, 2011


Today, Yeamans Hall’s “Architectural Evolution Report” is showcased on the USGA website. To celebrate these contributions, a brief profile was posted the first week of May as a tribute to Seth Raynor’s birthdayMay 7, 1874.

OLYMPIC CLUB GETS FRESH NEW LOOK

USGA.ORG: June 7, 2012


Over the last decade, Olympic Club has played a crucial role, probably more than any other course, to stand as an example of judicious tree management. This article chronicles their efforts to prepare for the 2012 US Open.


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SETH RAYNOR’S FORMIDABLE “REVERSE REDAN”

USGA.ORG: August 5, 2013


Hole 11 at the Country Club of Charleston has proven to be a hotbed of misfortune and triumph through the years. It also provided a stern test during the Women’s US Amateur in 2013.