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The Ryder Cup 2018: The Gauntlet Awai...

The Ryder Cup 2018: The Gauntlet Awaits
“The Gauntlet”, as we affectionately dubbed holes 15-18 at Le Golf National, promises to provide unparalleled drama as the American and European teams compete for the Cup. vonHagge, Smelek & Baril is honored to have co-designed the host course for this year’s esteemed competition.

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 [...]

The one that got away – thank g...

The one that got away – thank goodness!
Primera Golf new report    

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.  [...]

Much Ado About Nothing 2015 US Open a...

Much Ado About Nothing 2015 US Open at Chambers Bay
Chambers Bay – Hole #12 – net in fairway to preserve area turf the pro’s are expected to hit their drive or approach. Foreground – barriers to keep players out of the rough so it grows for the US Open. (sound familiar? – US Open – high rough…) The hype is ramping up for the US Open at Chambers Bay.  W [...]

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 pla [...]

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 [...]

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 – whi [...]

Bay Hill and Omni Tucson National thi...

It’s an unusual week – the US PGA is playing the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill and the US Senior PGA is at Catalina Course at Omni Tucson National. Both venues have ties to vHS&B. While working with Dick Wilson, Robert worked on Bay Hill – way before it became “the house that Arny built” – as [...]

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