Golf course architects/desginers signature features.....
Posted 06 November 2012 - 06:44 PM
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Posted 07 November 2012 - 01:21 PM
Dye: Hidden target golf. It's almost impossible to play a course the way he wants you to play it the first time through if you don't have local knowledge.
Nicklaus: Courses tend to play his preferred ball-flight, left to right.
RTJ: Large greens, long, long courses.
Fazio: downhill drives, fairways that funnel towards the middle.
Weiskopf: variety. I like his mix of hole shapes on most of his course I've played.
Donald Ross: (I know you said recent, but how can you leave him out?). Elevated greens with run-ups. Favor a good ground game.
Tee is dead on about Doak and C/C....very minimalistic and because of that, they have a very old feel to most of them. C/C do alot of rough edges around bunkers to make it look like they've been there for centuries.
Edited by cbehan, 07 November 2012 - 01:21 PM.
Posted 07 November 2012 - 02:06 PM
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Posted 09 November 2012 - 07:41 PM
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Posted 09 November 2012 - 11:42 PM
Ted Robinson is known for his use of waterscapes more than a particular style.
Weiskopf loves the driveable par 4. All of his courses have one.
Posted 10 November 2012 - 12:52 AM
RTJ Jr's style is surely showing how much he likes bulldozers?
Johnny Miller - when reigned in by his partners - can actually create some quality tracks with a great variety of holes and shots. When he isn't...eesh, stay away.
I really enjoy the 'minimalist' natural designs - the less contrived the better, but those are easier said than done. You need a really good piece of land to pull it off. Doak, C&C, Eddie Hackett (look him up if it's a new name to folks), Pat Ruddy (his links ones) and others who espouse that philosophy still couldn't turn an old airfield into a compelling 18 holes without moving a lot of dirt.
Course design is a very interesting subject, a couple other regional designers whose courses I've enjoyed are John Fought and John Harbottle. Two fellas who also seem to keep routings as naturally feeling as they can.
Edit: Wow! Absolute shame to hear about John Harbottle
Edited by duffer987, 10 November 2012 - 12:22 PM.
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Posted 10 November 2012 - 09:50 AM
I'm not sure if he has done many international courses but a great local designer is Peter Matkovich. I like a lot of his work, especially a course called Ebotse about 40 minutes from me and one down on the coast which is arguably (one of) our Pebble Beach(s) http://www.pinnaclep...se_gallery.html
Posted 14 November 2012 - 10:17 PM
Posted 15 November 2012 - 08:09 AM
I thought Scott Miller was the King of Containment Mounding... until I played an Engh course.
From my limited experience, Nicklaus does tend to be forgiving from the tee but offers a steady diet of very demanding approaches to the green with severe penalty for failure and limited bailout options. A lot of cape style/diagonal greens with fronting hazards on holes with long iron/hybrid approaches. I've discovered that if I want to have any fun playing a JN course, I need to step up a tee box or two and "play it forward."
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