There’s no denying that at the best of times, golf is a difficult game. Finding the right balance between difficulty and player enjoyment can be a tricky ask for golf course architects.
In the lead feature in issue 47 of Golf Course Architecture, Adam Lawrence takes a look at why some courses may be too difficult or too easy to be truly fun.
The opening story in this issue’s Tee Box section reports on the restoration plans for the Donald Ross-designed course at Seminole Golf Club, which is being led by Coore & Crenshaw.
We speak to Tom Fazio about the opening of the Chileno Bay Golf and Beach Club in Mexico, and report on Gil Hanse’s appointment to restore Pinehurst No. 4. We also find out about Mark Mungeam’s restoration of Fox Hill, including a look at AW Tillinghast’s original 1938 plans for the course in Exeter, Pennsylvania.
Dr Michael Morrison reveals interesting new information about the ‘sacred nine’ at Royal Worlington and Newmarket Golf Club in Suffolk, UK, while Adam Lawrence pays a visit to GC Herzogswalde in Germany, where architect Christian Althaus and contractor Josef Potter Golf are building a spectacular new course.
We also pay a visit to an exciting new golf development on the Velaa Private Island in the Maldives, and head to South Korea to see the latest design from Renaissance Golf Design’s Eric Iverson at Whistling Rock CC.
Donald Steel discusses the release of a new book celebrating the life and work of Tom Simpson.
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