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My Memories of the making of Les Bordes

My Memories of the making of Les Bordes

The following are excerpts of an interview with Rick Baril.  Rick was asked about his experience with Les Bordes: 1 Had you been to France before you worked on Les Bordes? Or Europe? I visited Europe (France, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Austria) after my first year of college.  It was a tourist visit.  But, I was […]

2015 US Open: A New Kind of Monster!

2015 US Open: A New Kind of Monster!

Will the 2015 US Open be described this way? Player’s arriving experienced “psychological shock”.    They were used to dominating courses, not finding ways to simply make par.  (One player said) I thought I was going to a golf tournament, not on a safari.  It’s a nightmare.  Just awful.  We’ve got to play it, but we don’t […]

My Day at Chambers Bay

My Day at Chambers Bay

by: Rick Baril My first knowledge of Chambers Bay (CB) came from the RFP issued by Peirce County, soliciting interest from golf course Architects.  Like 50 other firms, we visited the site and submitted a proposal.   Trent Jones II was eventually awarding the design commission. I hadn’t visited Chambers Bay since visiting 8+ years ago, even if I’ve seen plenty of photos. […]

Much Ado About Nothing 2015 US Open at C...

Much Ado About Nothing 2015 US Open at Chambers Bay

The hype is ramping up for the US Open at Chambers Bay.  Why?  Because, it is being billed as completely unusual – staged on a young course, a municipal course, in Northwest US (normally Open’s are stage in the Northeast – and, this feels like it also implies; the wild west, bereft of golf culture and history), on a […]

Golf Course Reviews

Golf Course Reviews

Golf Course Reviews by: Rick Baril – 2015 I’m curious to see any and all golf courses.  For me, it’s an ongoing quest to learn as much as I can about golf courses and golf architecture. I’ve thought about writing about the courses I’ve visited.  A few years ago, I even made a serious effort […]

A Decade of Golf Design…

A Decade of Golf Design…

  Golf Course Architecture magazine recently published A decade of golf design: industry figures reflect on the past ten years.  The article provides comments from golf architects and others; their experience in the profession and golf industry, over the past 10 years. This is an excerpt from the article, “Some are still in the same […]

No Water. No Golf Development.

Andalucía, Spain An article published in the “The Olive Press” today, reports a golf course development project, proposed on UNESCO protected land near Ronda, Spain, has been blocked by Spain’s Supreme Court, following an “overwhelmingly unfavorable position” by Spain’s Hydrographical Confederation. Seeing such opposition to a golf development is not unusual.  What is interesting about this […]

Golf News December 2014

If you are interested in golf industry news, take a look at  Robert J. Vasilak’s “World Golf Report”.  Mr. Vasilak seems to be ahead of the curve, when it comes to reporting golf development news.  I’m sure you will also enjoy his sharp wit. Below, are some excerpts we “borrowed” from his column – which describe some of the issues facing golf courses […]