Date: Mon 11 Jan 2010

Golf Course Architecture: A Worldwide Perspective, Volume Five

Compiled and edited by Paul Daley. This volume incorporates thirty-three absorbing and lavishly illustrated golf-architecture-based essays, along with six picture essays - a feast of information for students of golf course architecture.

As with previous volumes, I have indexed all the essays and added them to the database. The contents are presented here.

Golf Architecture: a worldwide perspective


The resurrection of A V Macan in the Pacific Northwest.
Author: Scott Stambaugh
The life of Arthur Vernon Macan, a little known Irish golf architect who worked primarily in western Canada and the USA. Pages: 35-46

Wayne Stiles: an under-appreciated master from the Golden Age of design.
Author: Bob Labbance; Kevin R Mendik
The story of a little known golf architect who worked in the USA during the 1920s and 30s. Pages: 141-153


Bending the 'rules' to cut construction costs.
Author: Edwin Roald
Golf courses that are less expensive to build are gaining more recognition among the world's best. Pages: 293-297

Design considerations on flat sites.
Author: Tyler Kearns
Unlike those idyllic environments where the native landforms beg to be exploited and suggest natural golf strategies to the architect, a dead-flat site poses other challenges. Pages: 277-281

Dispelling the myth of Donald Ross's greens.
Author: W Dunlop White III
Donald Ross greens are often described as ‘crowned' or convex; but this is a fallacy. Pages: 177-183

Golf-course architecture in Wales.
Author: Ian Scott-Taylor
Many of the great British golf course architects plied their trade in Wales. Pages: 321-325

Links lessons vital to the future of US golf.
Author: Tim Liddy
Links, with their sandy soil, firm turf and natural features can teach us today as much as when they originated over 500 years ago. Pages: 298-301

Moving dirt: the philosophy of economic and environmental earth-moving.
Author: Mike DeVries
To move dirt efficiently requires a response to the intricacies and smaller movements in the ground in order to help preserve their natural processes and qualities. Pages: 173-174

There is no greatest golf course: only greatest golf courses.
Author: Mike Nuzzo
A discussion on how to categorise golf courses. Pages: 111-116


Weihai Point Golf & Resort, China.
Author: David Dale
Golfplan was commissioned to completely re-build the Pan China Golf Club on China's eastern coast. Pages: 1-15

An innovative six-hole design solution: Foxfield, USA.
Author: Ian Scott-Taylor
Foxfield, a six hole course, is located twenty miles outside of Philadelphia and includes a 9,200-suare-foot clubhouse, a pool and tennis facilities. Pages: 155-157

Awakening Sleeping Beauty: restoring Royal Hague's greens.
Author: Frank Pont
Royal Hague, built in 1938, was the last of the ten golf courses that Harry Colt's firm designed in the Netherlands. Pages: 237-247

Ballyneal, USA.
Author: Doug Sobieski
Over fifty varieties of flowering plants flourish throughout the property. Great care was taken during construction to ensure that equipment did not scar the native landscape. Pages: 211-223

California Golf Club of San Francisco, USA.
Author: Allan Jamieson
The remodelling of the California Golf Club, originally designed by Arthur Vernon Macan. Pages: 159-170

Chambers Bay, USA.
Author: Jay Blasi; Bruce Charlton
The design and build of Chambers Bay by the Robert Trent Jones II team. Pages: 89-99

Club de Golf del Uruguay.
Author: David Wood
Designed in 1930 by Alister MacKenzie, the South American course is 6,653 yards and a par 73. Pages: 201-203

Donald Ross revisited.
Author: Gerry Stratford
Donald Ross worked at the Peninsula Golf and Country Club (then called the Beresford Club) for twenty-one days in 1923 and the course retained hints of his signature for eighty years. Pages: 269-275

Four Mile Ranch Golf Club, USA.
Four Mile Ranch Golf Club is a daily-fee golf course located in Canon City, Colorado. The Jim Engh-designed layout opened for public play in July 2008. Picture essay. Pages: 306-311

Ganton Golf Club, UK.
Author: Ian Douglas
The Ganton Golf Club was founded in 1891, on what was for centuries, poor pasture. The original layout of the course remains virtually intact to this day. Some movement of tees and greens has achieved the necessity for added length. Pages: 257-266

Heather-clad De Ullerberg, The Netherlands.
De Ullerberg makes no pretence to being a highly polished course. It is, however, probably the only course in the world where the fairway playing surface is pure heather. Picture essay. Pages: 230-235

Landmark Canadian golf courses.
Author: Jeff Mingay; Ian Andrew
A history of golf course architecture in Canada. Pages: 185-193

Less is more: The Dunes Club, USA.
Author: Charles S James
In an era when everyone else was building big, gaudy expensive courses, Mike Keiser built the Dunes Club, a nine hole course in a corner of Michigan. Pages: 77-87

Machrihanish Dunes, Scotland: walking in famous footsteps.
Author: Paul C Kimber
The author describes the building of a second course at Machrihanish Dunes together with David McLay Kidd. Pages: 101-109

Peterborough Golf Course, Australia.
Laid out upon a compact, cliff-top swathe, commanding coastal views from all points of the course are endless. Picture essay. Pages: 282-287

Port Fairy Golf Club, Australia.
Situated 290 kilometres west of Melbourne, the township of Port Fairy is located at the mouth of the Moyne River. Picture essay. Pages: 194-199

Preparation for the Open Championship: Turnberry, UK.
Author: Martin Ebert
The Ailsa Course at Turnberry was extensively remodelled prior to the 2009 Open Championship by Mackenzie & Ebert Ltd. Pages: 225-229

Remembering the artistry of Mike Strantz.
Mike Strantz re-designed and built the Shore Course at Monterey Peninsula Country Club while receiving chemotherapy for cancer. Picture essay. Pages: 58-66

Royal Queensland Golf Club, Australia.
Author: Ian Lynagh
When Brisbane's Royal Queensland Golf had to be rebuilt, Michael Clayton Golf Designs was engaged to carry out the task based on MacKenzie's thirteen design principles. Pages: 67-75

Scioto, Nicklaus, technology and me.
Author: Michael J Hurdzan
The author's experience of remodelling Scioto Country Club with Jack Nicklaus. Pages: 49-57

Tetherow Golf Club, USA.
Author: Casey J Krahenbuhl
Tetherow Golf Club is the newest addition to the DMK Golf Design portfolio. The club, originally known as Cascade Highlands, recently opened as a private club for homeowners and hotels guests only. Pages: 249-255

The Barwon Heads Golf Club, Australia: a new par-3 course.
The Barwon Heads Golf Club is truly a revered golfing destination in Australia. Its old-world charm extends from its glorious clubhouse (circa 1924) to its classic links, which is regarded as one of Australia's finest. Picture essay. Pages: 126-131

The Hotchkin Course, Woodhall Spa, UK: conserving a heathland course.
Author: Richard Latham
Little has been published regarding the evolution of the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, in spite of its being rated highly in ranking lists for the past sixty years. Pages: 133-139

The 'new' Riviera Country Club, USA.
Author: Sam Kestin
The Riviera Country Club has recently been remodelled by Tom Fazio's design firm. Pages: 303-305

The story of Ballyhack Golf Club, USA.
Author: Lester George
How the author acquired land in Roanoke, Virginia and built a new golf course. Pages: 119-125

The timeless elegance of the Fenway Golf Club, USA.
Author: Phil Young
A short history of Fenway Golf Club, originally designed by A W Tillinghast, and known as Fenimore Golf Club. Pages: 205-209

Yarram Golf Club, Australia.
Author: Trevor Colvin
A brief history of Yarram Golf Club, founded in May 1909. Pages: 23-33


The new deal and the democratisation of golf.
Author: Kevin Kenny
An account of the many golf courses built by the Works Progress Administration during the 1930s as part of an initiative to get Americans back to work following the Great Depression. Pages: 289-291


Growing golf.
Author: Ronald Fream
If golf is to prosper into the coming decades, more attention must be given to accessibility and affordability. Pages: 313-318

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