Each year, the American Society of Golf Course Architects conducts our annual meetings — always at a different venue. In April, we held our event at The Woodlands in Houston. Each day is a mixture of business meetings, continuing education, formal dinners and.golf.
Maybe the title got your attention Just talking golf holes here - mainly the short-ish ones especially the 4's under 340 yards and the 3's under 120 yards.
I've certainly enjoyed my share of "perks" while working in the golf industry. And while work often supersedes many of the opportunities presented, once in a while I get to take in some really unique golfing experiences. One such opportunity came about this past season when I was invited to visit Lake Zurich Golf Club in the north suburbs of Chicago.
I'm fresh off one of the greatest golf tours in my life the Heath & Links Tour of England. For those who tracked my daily journal entries, hopefully you gained some sense of what we were exposed to over those ten days. And for those who did not "“ or simply want to gain a general perspective of the experience, this final journal entry will hopefully inspire.
I'll be the first to say, ten days is a long trip. I'm weary and anxious to return home. But this has been an absolutely magnificent journey - a once in a lifetime type of experience for me. Ten courses in as many days and they're starting to all run together a bit! Today, our final day we visited St. George's Hill - yet another effort led by Harry Colt.
This tour was all about "Heath & Links" and I'll say we certainly followed through accordingly! Yesterday we saw two more links (Royal North Devon and Burnham and Berrow), but we're now back again in the heathlands of Surrey for the final stretch. This morning we visited Woking Golf Club, designed by Tom Dunn (1893).
It's Sunday a proper day to rest from golf after six straight rounds in as many days. Well I mean from playing golf, that is. Today was meant as a relaxing day, but also a time to roam about the Southwest of England and see a few courses that we otherwise lacked time (and energy) to play.
Away again from London and a brief respite from heathland golf. Now off to Cornwall and the seaside town of Rock on the southwest coast, via Stonehenge early this morning. Destination: St. Enodoc Golf Club. This one is not on everyone's radar, but it certainly should beit's a legitimate Top 100 Course and here's why.
The end of one tour marks the beginning of another. Today, I paired up with fellow architect Richard Mandell and we set off on our own "extended tour" of golf courses in England beginning at none other than Walton Heath, a return to the heathland courses near London.
Many feel like golf courses are many times defined by their greens. Whether that is completely or singularly valid or not, this is not for me to decide. But in the case of today's course, Royal Cinque Ports (Deal), the greens and their integrated surrounds certainly played a huge part in the dynamic identity of the course.