Golf Course Architecture

Essays & Perspectives

June 27, 2019

Like any architectural profession, we are subject to criticism and actively participate in the odd pressures of rankings and ratings.  These pressures are both external and internal shaping our intentions toward the latest trends.  Some of these trends are noteworthy w...

April 7, 2019

At the intersection of talent and purpose lies inspiration.  Alistair Mackenzie provided the talent, Bobby Jones and Clifford Roberts provided the purpose.  The result was inspiration:  Augusta National Golf Club and The Masters.  

It...

January 23, 2019

“Don’t worry about par.  The practice of printing par figures is literally a mental hazard”

Bobby Jones

“Immediately when we attempt to standardize sizes, shapes and distances we lose more than half the pleasure of the game.”

HS Colt

“Classic designers weren’t worried...

January 16, 2019

“The made course cannot compete with the natural one”

George C. Thomas, Golf Course Architecture in America

We lead busy lives.  More information and more options provide more distractions and more dilemmas.   Our identities are tied directly to where we live and work....

January 9, 2019

"Golf is the Great Mystery. Like some capricious goddess, it bestows favors with what would appear an almost fat-headed lack of method and discrimination." - P. G. Wodehouse

 
The word “fair” is often used by golfers, both professional and amateur, weekend and low handi...

December 18, 2018

"If architecture is not rooted in the needs of contemporary man...it will just cease to be an art."  

Otto Wagner, renowned modernist architect 

Art and architecture are very different.  Art is the blending or arrangement of features striving to be attractive or pro...

December 13, 2018

“One of the biggest mistakes architects make is that they tend to deal with problems that only interest other architects”.

Alejandro Aravena, the 2016 Pritzker Prize winning architect.

“So soon as a fashion is universal, it is out of date.”

Marie Von Ebner-Eschenbach

Every...

November 15, 2018

Golf course architects come in many shapes and sizes, from different places and with different perspectives.  Golf course architecture should be a reflection of the wonderful variety this game provides.  The game of golf is played on distinct and unique playing fields...

July 1, 2018

Change is the law of life.

And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future. 

John F. Kennedy

In 1998 Kodak had 178,000 employees worldwide. Within the next 10 years, Kodak was bankrupt. The digital technology that had been around since 1975,...

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