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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.  [...]

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, [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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.

GOLF NEWS W GLOBE
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

GOLF NEWS W GLOBE
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...

Golf news
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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