A four-year legal challenge to the operation of San Francisco's Sharp Park Golf Course, which is municipally owned and operated, appears to be at an end after an appeal by the Wild Equity Institute, the Center for Biological Diversity and the Sierra Club was denied.
Since Golfweek started publishing in 1975, some 6,500 courses have opened in the U.S., plus another 5,000 worldwide. A few of them have made a difference in how the art of design is understood by players today, and a few have transformed the business of golf.
This has been quite a year for David McLay Kidd, and now he has landed arguably the biggest architectural assignment in golf this year – the second course at Sand Valley, the Rome, Wis., resort being developed by Bandon Dunes founder Mike Keiser.
Perhaps more down-to-earth renovations such as the one done at Omni La Costa Resort & Spa’s Legends Course will get golf back to what it’s supposed to be: interesting and enjoyable, rather than a chore.
Nearly a century ago, Donald Ross applied the final touches to his new course at Mid Pines Inn & Golf Club. Having spent much time in North Carolina’s Sandhills – notably for his work at nearby Pinehurst – Ross was familiar with the sandy ground, wiregrass and tall, slender pines that define golf courses in the region.
Our annual list of Golfweek’s Best Tour Courses You Can Play reveals that some courses on the pro circuits – PGA Tour, Champions Tour, Nationwide Tour and LPGA – are surprisingly public and accessible.
Anyone who has spent time with Canadian golfers knows that they love to sing the praises of the late architect Stanley Thompson, who built golf courses across Canada during the first half of the 20th century. Golfweek’s Best course raters also have taken a shine to Thompson.
Too much of the discussion about golf courses is dominated by scratch players. Sit around the 19th hole at your average course long enough and you’d think that most opinions about course design concern yardage from the back tees and making holes tougher.