Golf Course Architecture - Issue 75, January 2024

12 beautiful site of rollicking sandy terrain. “A few ‘no trespassing’ signs later and we were standing in the middle of it, loudly wondering how this place existed. Thanks to Wes’s ingenuity and dogged determination, he was able to secure the site, but that was just the beginning. After 18 months of site analysis, routing tweaks and hard work, we’re ready to show the world 21 Golf Club.” The first layout to be built is The Hammer, named after the match play game format. According to King and Collins, the Hammer course will demand boldness, creativity and skilful execution from players. The designers are aiming to create “thrilling challenges and endless possibilities” for every hole. Their plans also include an additional, and reversible, three holes to decide matches not settled during the traditional 18-hole round. The second course will be based on the original plans that Alister MacKenzie drafted in 1930 for the El Boquerón course in Argentina. MacKenzie’s course was to be located on Enrique Anchorena’s estate in the coastal city of Mar del Plata with 18 holes playing to nine double greens, but it was never built. Planning for the MacKenzie course will begin once the Hammer layout is complete. “Opportunities of this stature are precious few,” said Collins. “The land upon which 21 Golf Club sits is a geologic anomaly in the southeastern United States. The combination of the boldness of the terrain with its deep, sandy soils and the seemingly endless and uninterrupted views offer a rare tapestry for our team. We plan to deliver one of the most exceptional and distinctive experiences in American golf.” “ Opportunities of this stature in the world of golf course architecture are precious few” In addition to the match-play focused Hammer course (Blue numbers), the 21 Club is planning to recreate Alister MacKenzie’s innovative layout for the El Boquerón course in Argentina, which was never built TEE BOX Image: King-Collins