Posts by Rick Baril

My Memories of the making of Les Bord...

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 also starting a degree in La [...]

LES BORDES: Memories of a classic gol...

LES BORDES: Memories of a classic golf course in the making…
I was recently asked to provide answers to some questions about Les Bordes for a magazine article.  This gave me the opportunity to commit to writing, many of my experiences and memories associated with Les Bordes.  I had the distinct honor of working with Mr. von Hagge during the creation of the golf course.  As the “project Architect [...]

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 have to like it.  [...]

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, [...]

Golf Course Reviews

Golf Course Reviews
GREAT GOLF! Golf Course Reviews by: Rick Baril I’ve seen hundreds of golf courses during my career; making it a point, during my travels, to visit golf courses.  I’m curious to see any and all golf courses.  It’s an ongoing quest to learn as much as I can about golf and golf architecture. My intention is to write about the courses I’ve [...]

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 [...]

The Battle for the Soul of the Game G...

I recently read “The Battle for the Soul of the Game…” (excerpt and link to article below) and think it is a great synopsis of golf’s present predicament. It touches on all the salient issues influencing the game, as well as developments which have transported us to where we are today. It also introduces a few of the c [...]

White Witch among good company…

White Witch among good company…
  In John Paul Newport’s (WSJ) recent article titled, “A Golf Lover’s Bucket List”,  he tells about getting an opportunity to play Augusta.  Then, he goes on to list several noteworthy golf courses which, if they are not on your bucket list, they should likely be added…  It’s nice to the White Witch l [...]

White Witch – Jamaica

COMING SOON – the story of our involvement with the White Witch!

Cinnamon Hill – Jamaica

ROSE HALL GREAT HOUSE Cinnamon Hill Golf Course has a twisted history.  We were introduced to it, and contributed to it, when we were designing the adjacent golf course for the Rollins family, the “White Witch”.  BACK STORY John Rollins purchased Rose Hall in the 1960’s and had been developing the 5,000 estate, starting wit [...]

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