Golf Course Architecture - Issue 67, January 2022

Andrew Green has completed work at Scioto Country Club in Upper Arlington, Ohio, that focused on restoring the design intent and interest of the course that was originally designed by Donald Ross in 1916. “The course has always held its original Donald Ross routing and hole sequence but lost a great deal of its uniqueness when Dick Wilson and his team renovated all the greens and bunkers in the early 1960s,” said Green. “In the process, a great amount of fill dirt was brought from the state house parking garage. This soil was used to elevate every putting surface and reshape a good deal of the natural topography. The results of this work reduced the elements of the ground game and transformed the course into a more modern presentation.” Green’s goal was to bring back the originality and variety of the 1916 design, which played host to the 1926 US Open and the 1931 Ryder Cup. “Every green has been lowered back closer to its original grade – where only soil from the immediate area was utilised to create the golfing elements,” said Green. “The relationship between the ground and golf has been reintroduced and now the golf course will ask the player to execute a range of shots – it also provides a wealth of options for all skill levels to enjoy the game.” One primary resource for the renovation was a 1920s drawing by Ground game comes to the fore at Scioto 14 Andrew Green completes renovation of Ross design in Ohio TEE BOX NEWS EDI TOR : R I CHARD HUMPHREYS