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The art of design

Ten golf course architects with Southland ties reflect on their visions and reveal the secrets of success.

BY JOEL BEERSPublished: August, 2009

Many elements go into a great course design (PICTURED: Barona Creek Golf Club).
Every golfer has a favorite course. It could be because of location or price, but it’s likely because of the setting and layout.

Great courses are in the eye of the beholder, and that vision begins with the architect hired to transform the land into a layout that hopefully is embraced by the owners and public.

It’s a difficult job, but someone has to do it, and Southland golfers are lucky to have the ability to play on courses designed by all-time greats and up-and-coming talent.

Many questions go into the conversation about great golf courses. So, we decided to talk to designers who live in the Southland or have done work in the area, in addition to looking through literature about some of the architects from the Golden Age of design to get a handle on their philosophies.

Some of their opinions are similar, but others are as diverse as the land they had to work with.


THE ART OF DESIGN: TEN GOLF COURSE ARCHITECTS