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#31 FlopShotFred

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Posted 10 September 2015 - 09:08 AM

I have the most fun playing golf on Arthur Hills or Tom Fazio designs. But to be fair, I haven't had an opportunity to play on many of the highly touted (Tillinghast, Raynor, Ross). I can't say I really enjoyed the two Dye courses I've played. I've got a Coore/Crenshaw and a Ross course on the books for the coming weeks - very excited.

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Posted 10 September 2015 - 11:17 AM

Classic: McKenzie
Mid: Fazio
Modern: Strantz
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Posted 10 September 2015 - 08:44 PM

Tillinghast
Robert Trent Jones / Rees Jones

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Posted 10 September 2015 - 08:51 PM

Fazio

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Posted 10 September 2015 - 11:29 PM

Donald Ross. I am biased as well since my home course and the one across the street are designed by him.


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Posted 24 September 2015 - 03:27 AM

Harry Colt

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Posted 24 September 2015 - 07:53 AM

I don't know if I really have a favorite.  I have favorite parts from most all of the famous designers.  Overall, however, I would say for more traditional designs, I am big fan of Ross courses.  For modern day designs, I love Doak courses.  I like his somewhat edgy, yet still minimalist characteristics.  Plus Pacific Dunes may be the best course in the country....
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Posted 24 September 2015 - 11:02 AM

Not that I have a lot of experience with the great designers but I'm a huge fan of the RTJ Grand National courses.

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Posted 24 September 2015 - 11:20 AM

Classics - Tillinghaust

Modern - I like Jim Engh (one of his gems here:  http://hawktree.com/) and Joel Goldstrand (http://www.blueberrypinesgolf.com/), which is probably biased because I live in the midwest and don't many opportunities to play courses by some of the greats.
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Posted 24 September 2015 - 11:27 AM

Donald Ross and Pete Dye for me.  Always enjoy being on any of their designs.

I've also got a soft spot for Ellis Maples designed courses.

For some reason I'm generally not a big fan of Fazio courses.

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Posted 24 September 2015 - 04:39 PM

Perry Maxwell for older courses.   Coore & Crenshaw on modern courses.

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Posted 25 September 2015 - 09:13 AM

He's certainly not my favorite (RTJ probably is), but Joe Lee has always struck me as underappreciated.  I've never played a Joe Lee course that I didn't thoroughly enjoy.  Not the most challenging, but he knew how to make a golf hole scenic regardless of the terrain.

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Posted 25 September 2015 - 09:19 PM

Donald Ross. Love playing his classic strategic courses. Require thinking, not power.

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Posted 26 September 2015 - 04:40 PM

Gary Kern.... he has several courses in the Midwest.  Love his green complexes!

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Posted 26 September 2015 - 06:16 PM

Willie Park Jr. (Sunningdale - Old)


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Posted 27 September 2015 - 10:18 AM

harry colt and raynor
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Posted 27 September 2015 - 10:57 PM

Has to be Tillinghast for me.
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Posted 28 September 2015 - 12:21 PM

Classics: Old Tom Morris & Harry Colt

Modern: Tom Doak

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Posted 28 September 2015 - 04:07 PM

Modern: Coore and Crenshaw

Classic:  Eddie Hackett--Ireland

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Posted 21 March 2016 - 09:01 PM

+1 for Stanley Thompson. Responsible for so many of Canada's finest classic course designs. I'm slightly biased as a Canadian, but I've travelled all over the world and have never seen more beautiful bunkering or designs that fit into the natural landscape so seemlessly. Visit St. George's, Capilano, Banff Springs, Jasper Park Lodge, Highland Links, and Westmount. You won't be disappointed.

Moreover, Thompson was a co-founder, with Donald Ross, of the American Society of Golf Course Architects, and helped train many top architects, including Robert Trent Jones. He truly left an undeniable mark on the game here in Canada and abroad.

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Posted 21 March 2016 - 09:23 PM

C.B. Macdonald/Raynor.  The template holes are the most fun holes in golf.

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Posted 22 March 2016 - 02:59 PM

I have grown to appreciate Mike Strantz

However the first time I played tobacco road I walked in the clubhouse and asked who built this course because I wanted to kick his a**

they said he was dead and I said good thing he just avoided an a** beating

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Posted 28 June 2016 - 01:24 PM

View Postmrmacwvu1, on 22 March 2016 - 02:59 PM, said:

I have grown to appreciate Mike Strantz

However the first time I played tobacco road I walked in the clubhouse and asked who built this course because I wanted to kick his a**

they said he was dead and I said good thing he just avoided an a** beating

I recalled reading the toughest courses in America where Tot Hill and Tobacco road were both listed. We got out and played them in back to back days and thought, that guy was a real d***. They are infinitely more playable the second, third, etc time through
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Posted 28 June 2016 - 02:15 PM

Another vote for Donald Ross
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Posted 28 June 2016 - 10:21 PM

Love Donald Ross courses! Forgiving off the tee but very challenging greens.

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Posted 28 June 2016 - 11:05 PM

View PostSFPGA25, on 26 September 2015 - 06:16 PM, said:

Willie Park Jr. (Sunningdale - Old)
Park Jr. did the CC here in Calgary, one of my favorites.
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Posted 28 June 2016 - 11:21 PM

If I have to pick it would either be Donald Ross or Robert Trent Jones Sr....

I've always been a fan of Herbert Strong (love the Old Course at Saucon Valley) and Walter Travis ( CC of Scranton orginal, Garden City and Sunningdale redesign).

Modern, Weiskopf or Fazio....

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Posted 29 June 2016 - 08:25 AM

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Posted 30 June 2016 - 05:22 PM

My favorite is Jack Nicklaus followed by Tom Fazio.

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Posted 30 June 2016 - 09:06 PM

Pete Dye (Teeth of the Dog), you know exactly what your about to get when you play his course!


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