Golf course architect Tom Doak, who built two of the courses at Bandon Dunes, is one of the primary advocates of the minimalist approach to course design. In this extended interview he talks about how he got interested in golf course architect, how an internship in college allowed him to study courses in Scotland, and the influence those Scottish course designs have had on his career.
The design firm of Coore & Crenshaw are responsible for some of the most natural looking golf course designs in America. Bill Coore provides an overview of some of the features of the Sand Hills Golf Club in Nebraska, including how the architects used many of the naturally occurring features of the land in the design of the course.
The National Golf Links of America in Southampton, Long Island, is one of the most important early golf course designs in America. Charles Blair Macdonald, who is known as the Father of Golf Course Architecture in America, modeled National Golf Links after the best holes and features he saw while touring Scotland, Ireland and England. It opened for play in 1909.
For many everyday golfers, keeping score is not the most important aspect of playing golf. They enjoy the camaraderie of playing with friends, sometimes the same group of friends over many years. Some of the golfers featured in the program talk about the camaraderie of golf and the magic of the golfing foursome.
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