Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Jack Nicklaus on Golf Course Architecture

It's pretty rare these days for me to plug another website but there simply haven't been many articles or interviews worthy of the exposure.

Until now.

Nicklaus, Donald O'Quinn, Charles Fraser and Pete Dye during the construction of Harbour Town GC
Courtesy of the Nicklaus Archives (through Golf Club Atlas)

Golf Club Atlas has an extremely compelling Feature Interview with Jack Nicklaus, without question the greatest player that the sport has produced.

The interview was conducted by Ran Morrissett, one of the founders of Golf Club Atlas, along with site member Joel Stewart and took months of back and forth with Mr. Nicklaus to piece together, as he still maintains his incredibly hectic business schedule at 75 years young.

Nicklaus' passion for course architecture is palpable and it makes for a fascinating piece of journalism.

There is no question that Jack's work has evolved considerably over the years and while I'm not a fan of everything he's designed, I do love a lot of his work, including Muirfield Village, Sebonack (with Tom Doak) and Dismal River's White Course, among many others.

Add that to the fact he's the best player in the history of the game and one of its greatest gentlemen and you have one incredibly captivating interview subject.

Very highly recommended. Congratulations to Ran, Joel and GCA for their fine work.

Thursday, August 06, 2015

The Dog Days of Summer

There will be nothing earth-shattering about this update but since it's been over two months since my last post, I really wanted to get something up, just to show that I'm still invested in this site!

It's been an exceptionally busy summer thus far, with work commitments continuing to take up much of my time. That said, I've still found time to play my regular Saturday and Sunday rounds and also just returned from a business trip and vacation out west in Banff and Jasper, Alberta.

The trip was wonderful and I'll throw a little recap up in the next week or so, as it included rounds of golf at two of Canada's best courses, Banff Springs GC and Jasper Park Lodge GC.

I also need to recap my North Carolina golf trip from April, as I desperately look for time to put these posts together. Oh, and I finally got to play Oak Hill Country Club's vaunted East Course a few weeks back and would love to document that experience as well.

We just celebrated the Civic Holiday long weekend here in Canada and with it comes the club championships at my home club, St. Catharines G&CC. Unfortunately, my defense of my 2014 A Flight title was not successful, as I went 86-81 to miss the cut by a mile.

The less said about those two rounds, the better!

I've been ousted in both of the club's match play events as well so my tournament schedule is pretty much complete for the year, with the notable exceptions of the Premier League (the Sunday scratch league that I run) and of course, the Turkey Two Ball Invitational, which is celebrating its fifth anniversary this October.

Much more to come. As always, thanks for sticking with me through my bouts of inactivity.