Issue 76 - April 2024

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The new Shorty’s course at Bandon Dunes in Oregon is on the cover. The 19-hole par-three layout has been designed by Whitman, Axland and Cutten and its opening in May will coincide with the resort’s 25-year anniversary celebrations.

For our main feature in this issue, we explore why Vietnam looks set to be Asia’s next golf destination. Vietnam’s 2,000 miles of coastline, sand dunes and mountain sites make it an exciting canvas for architects, and many highly regarded courses have opened in the country. Brian Curley, Adam Calver, Mike Gorman and Kevin Ramsey provide insight into their experiences and what the future looks like for the nation.

Adam Lawrence visits The Inspiration Club in west London, which opens this summer. He writes: “Inspiration will be a relaxing place to play golf. It doesn’t feel suburban; especially at the far end of the course, the feeling is genuinely one of being out in nature.”

Peter Harradine is part of golf design’s most enduring family business – and is one of the best travelled men in the profession. He says: “My own philosophy of design might be summarised as ‘easy to play, difficult to score’. Golf designers should never forget that the people who pay our fees are principally the 24-54 handicappers.”

Our ‘Report’ section features Canal Shores in Evanston, Illinois, which has been revived thanks to huge community efforts. Leading the project from a design standpoint has been Todd Quitno, with KemperSports’s Josh Lesnik contributing design input. Also, we hear from Rees Jones and Bryce Swanson on their renovation of the Old course at Broken Sound to suit tour pros and club members alike; Kevin Hargrave and NMP Golf Construction spicing up Lexington Country Club; and how JDR Golf Design reimagined Florida’s Lemon Bay to add variety and make it more memorable.

Elsewhere, our Tee Box section includes details of High Grove, a new Gil Hanse course that will enter construction in December 2024; an interview with Scottish architect Steve Marnoch, who discusses his bunker and heather project at Matlock in Derbyshire, England; insight from Jason Straka about the routing for the new Curracloe Links, the first 18-hole layout designed by Fry/Straka; and a look at the bunker work at Gog Magog in Cambridge, England, where Martin Ebert has been working on both the Old and Wandlebury courses.

There is plenty more too. We hope you enjoy the read!



The Inspiration Club: Many hands make links work

The Inspiration Club: Many hands make links work

A new course is opening in west London after having a complicated and, at first glance, not very promising birthing process

Lexington CC: Spicing up a Kentucky classic

Lexington CC: Spicing up a Kentucky classic

Kevin Hargrave and NMP Golf Construction have rebuilt greens, widened playing corridors, removed trees and completed creek work

Steve Marnoch progresses bunker project at Matlock

Steve Marnoch progresses bunker project at Matlock

Scottish architect also transplants heather as part of a rewilding initiative at the Derbyshire club

Martin Ebert revamps bunkers at Gog Magog in Cambridge

Martin Ebert revamps bunkers at Gog Magog in Cambridge

Renovation aims to create a striking difference in style between the Old and Wandlebury courses

Gopher Watch Competition – April 2024

Gopher Watch Competition – April 2024

Which course has Sandy the gopher visited this month?


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