Classic Golf Course Architecture :
Charles Blair MacDonald
New material has been added on the Biarritz and Double Plateau pages.
New Golf Scores ticker added to the Golf Links page
My Newsticker has been updated to a new script, and is back in service.
Most of the content for these pages was taken from an interview with George Bahto, a historian of classic golf course architecture, and through information gathered through posts at Golf Course Atlas.com and through e-mail discussions with the author of these pages.
Mr. Bahto's strongest talent, in my humble opinion, is the ability to share the history and facts of these designs in a way that is almost surreal, yet the stories of each hole design's past come through in a simple and very effective manner. Mr. Bahto has given me his permission to quote segments of his interviews, and other parts of the aforementioned sources. My gratitude to him for his willingness to help me understand these classic designs, as he has helped make my learning of golf course architecture such a wonderful journey.
A special thank you goes out to Golf Club Atlas for their images from the various courses on their web site. Not only do they provide in depth looks at at various top-notch course of the world, but personal interviews with the Architects and Historians of the game help to make this site a must visit for the golf enthusiast.
Special thanks goes out to Ben Cowan-Dewar, President and Ceo of Golftravelinformation , for supplying this site with various images of the 5th hole Cape and 7th hole Short at MidOcean and Kiawah's 13th hole Redan and 14th hole Cape. His wonderful site has excellent travel information, interviews, and virtual tours that will enhance any corporate or personal outing.
NOTE : Tripod uses pop-up banners on this site, to alleviate the problem of continuously seeing them when switching pages, simply MINIMIZE the pop-up ( instead of closing it ), and you'll not see any more for the rest of your visit.
There are literally thousands of courses that one can study to try and grasp what the architect was thinking, and more importantly, how he created a specific hole design. Names like MacDonald, Raynor, and Morris are synonymous with having a major influence on golf design from the earliest times. This section of my site will focus on a very small fraction of that design process, that being an in depth look at golf holes that are literally classics in golf course design.
What's a classic hole design you ask ?.
Well, in part, some holes have names attached to them because of a special design feature, like the road hole at The Old Course in St. Andrews, or because they have a unique element like a swale, or depression in the midst of the green, like the famous Biarritz. Each hole design is a treasure of a bygone era, and should be studied to ensure that these wonders never fade from our thoughts, our hearts, and the golfing world.
I wanted to give something back to the community and what better way than to have information on golf course architecture.