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March 11, 2010 | 9:19 a.m.

Chart toppers

Bradley S. Klein
Pine Valley (10th hole pictured) returns to No. 1 on the Classic list.
Pine Valley (10th hole pictured) returns to No. 1 on the Classic list.

For anyone who thinks that great golf course architecture is found only at old, stuffy private clubs, the 2010 Golfweek’s Best lists should be an eye-opener.

We’re not just celebrating our annual lists of the top 100 Classic (pre-1960) and top 100 Modern (1960 and after) courses. We’re also highlighting the fact that 38 of them are in the public domain as readily accessible resort or daily-fee layouts that also sit atop our state-by-state public-access courses list.

This is, after all, an unprecedented year for public golf, with three of the four men’s professional majors to ...

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March 10, 2010 | 6:22 p.m.

What a sight

Bradley S. Klein
No. 18 at Stone Canyon, ranked 85th on the Modern list.
No. 18 at Stone Canyon, ranked 85th on the Modern list.

ORO VALLEY, Ariz. – The sun is just making its way over the Santa Catalina Mountains to the east. From Mount Lemon on the north side to Push Ridge at the other end, the entire range rises out of the Sonoran Desert and provides a dramatic backdrop to all of Oro Valley community.

Having arrived the night before at a nearby casita, I hardly could wait to come over early enough to watch the golf course at Stone Canyon wake up. So here I am, making my way by foot down the 18th fairway and up the path to the back ...

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Categories: Commentary, Architecture
February 15, 2010 | 2:16 p.m.

Klein on Design

Bradley S. Klein
No. 3 on the Saguro nine at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Course Dove Mountain
No. 3 on the Saguro nine at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Course Dove Mountain

Bradley S. Klein, Golfweek’s architecture editor, offers his opinion on one memorable hole:

Yards: 208, par 3

Architect: Jack Nicklaus, 2009

Where: Marana, Ariz.

Event: PGA Tour’s WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship, Feb. 17-21

It’s great because . . . this downhill par 3 offers a wide range of hole locations, all of them readily visible from the tee, and yet they bring into play subtle green slopes. After the course debuted last year as home to the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship, Nicklaus revamped 17 of the 18 greens. At the third, the most demanding hole location is on the front ...

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Categories: Architecture
February 1, 2010 | 1:45 p.m.

Klein on Design: No. 13, Torrey Pines (South)

Bradley S. Klein
The approach at No. 13 from the right rough.
The approach at No. 13 from the right rough.

Bradley S. Klein, Golfweek’s architecture editor, offers his opinion on one memorable hole:

Yards: 540-614 yards, par 5

Architect: William F. Bell, 1957; Rees Jones, 2001

Where: San Diego

Event: PGA Tour’s Farmers Insurance Open, Jan. 28-31

It’s great because . . . the spirit of municipal golf is alive and well at a site that’s been home to a PGA Tour event since 1968. The South Course ambles along bluffs and canyons that look out onto the Pacific Ocean. When the tee is backed up on the 13th hole, the drive must carry 260 yards across a gaping ...

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January 25, 2010 | 5:03 p.m.

Klein on Design: No. 18 at Mayakoba – El ...

Bradley S. Klein
No. 18 at Mayakoba
No. 18 at Mayakoba

Bradley S. Klein, Golfweek’s architecture editor, offers his opinion on one memorable hole:

Yards: 458, par 4

Architect: Greg Norman, 2005

Where: Riviera Maya, Mexico

Ranked: No. 7 on the Golfweek’s Best Caribbean & Mexico Courses List, 2010

Event: PGA Tour’s Mayakoba Golf Classic Feb. 18-21

It’s great because . . . this graceful par 4 brings to a conclusion a boldly shaped course that takes golfers along mangrove swamps, natural caverns, man-made canals and limestone basins. At the 18th, the ideal line into the green is close to the tightly bunkered left side. From there, with a helpful prevailing ...

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Categories: Architecture
January 25, 2010 | 9:54 a.m.

Course architect Wogan dies at 91

Jim McCabe

Blessed with rich golf bloodlines that included a connection to the legendary Donald Ross, Philip A. Wogan surprised no one by making the game his career.

In 1957, Wogan succeeded his father, Eugene “Skip” Wogan, as superintendent and tournament director at Essex County Club in Manchester, Mass., site of this year’s Curtis Cup. Phil Wogan left in 1985 to pursue another passion: golf-course architecture.

When he died Jan. 15 at age 91 at a hospice in Danvers, Mass., Wogan had designed some 40 courses throughout New England.

Wogan’s father, credited with having founded the New England PGA, had ...

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Categories: Architecture
January 4, 2010 | 5:39 p.m.

Brilliance abroad

Bradley S. Klein
No. 18 at Kingsbarns, No. 1 Modern
No. 18 at Kingsbarns, No. 1 Modern

Click here for Golfweek’s Best Modern Courses of Great Britain and Ireland

Click here for Golfweek’s Best Classic Courses of Great Britain and Ireland

The Home of Golf is well-represented on our inaugural Golfweek’s Best lists of the top Classic and Modern golf courses of Great Britain and Ireland. However, Scotland’s most recognizable course – St. Andrews’ Old Course – isn’t at the top. It’s No. 2.

Top honors for our debut lists go to Royal County Down in Northern Ireland on the Classic (pre-1960) and Kingsbarns in Scotland for the Modern era (1960 and later ...

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January 4, 2010 | 5:29 p.m.

Klein on Design

Bradley S. Klein
No. 3 at the Pete Dye Course at French Lick Resort.
No. 3 at the Pete Dye Course at French Lick Resort.

Bradley S. Klein, Golfweek’s architecture editor, offers his opinion on one memorable hole.

Length: 641 / 554 yards, par 5

Architect: Pete Dye, 2009

Where: French Lick, Ind.

Ranking: No. 6 on the Golfweek’s Best Casino Courses list, 2009

It’s great because . . . Dye has tamed a wild piece of Indiana hilltop and hammered the holes onto the land as if they were terraced sculptures. He has saved his boldest shaping for the par 5s, all of which twist and turn, in large part blindly to the approaching golfer, who ends up stumbling with vertigo. The course starts on ...

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December 17, 2009 | 5:37 p.m.

High in style

Bradley S. Klein
No. 18 at Old American Club at The Tribute.
No. 18 at Old American Club at The Tribute.

For the past decade, the year in review always has included a strong mix of major renovations along with new course openings. But 2009 appears to be unique in terms of how slow the U.S. market has become – only 55 course openings for the year, as per the National Golf Foundation, the lowest figure since the early 1980s.

An anecdotal look at the U.S. design map for the year shows – despite, or maybe because of, the slow down – plenty of experimentation as architects and developers try to snare public attention and market share.

Case in point: the Pete ...

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December 16, 2009 | 11:31 a.m.

Tiger Woods course in Dubai pushes forward

Tiger Woods in front of a poster showing the planned development of the Tiger Woods Dubai community at a venue in Dubai.
Tiger Woods in front of a poster showing the planned development of the Tiger Woods Dubai community at a venue in Dubai.

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – While Tiger Woods’ business partners in Dubai won't comment on the golfer's personal woes, they are pushing ahead with plans to build a course bearing his name despite the emirate's cash problems.

The company building “The Tiger Woods Dubai” housing development and golf course said in a statement Wednesday it remains committed to finishing the first course designed by Woods.

The developer, part of the Dubai Holding conglomerate owned by the city-state's ruler, says “progress continues” on the project but gave no specifics.

Woods told The Associated Press in June that the ...

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December 11, 2009 | 9:19 a.m.

Hamilton Hall to get face lift

Alex Miceli
A view of Hamilton Hall beside the 18th hole at St. Andrews.
A view of Hamilton Hall beside the 18th hole at St. Andrews.

When Herb Kohler let the world know that he had purchased Hamilton Hall last week, it made perfect sense. Who else could undertake such a mammoth project in an economic climate like this? In fact, who would want to? But Kohler loves golf and clearly loves St. Andrews, as he owns the Old Course Hotel and the Dukes Course, just outside the “Home of Golf.”

“It’s a shambles,” Kohler said of the interior of Hamilton Hall. “You take your life in your hands going from floor to floor.”

So why do it?

Kohler said he loved the location, the ...

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November 30, 2009 | 12:17 p.m.

Klein on Design

Bradley S. Klein
No. 15 at Mission Hills.
No. 15 at Mission Hills.

Bradley S. Klein, Golfweek’s architecture editor, offers his opinion on one great hole:

Yards: 555, par 5

Architect: Jose Maria Olazabal, Brian Curley and Lee Schmidt, 2003

Where: Shenzhen, China

Event: Omega Mission Hills World Cup, Nov. 26-29

It’s great because . . . more than any other hole at the 12-course complex, it’s completely over the top and embodies the most crass and extreme design values. The Olazabal Course is a showcase for immoderate shaping, thanks to concave fairways and massive, cauliflower bunkering with flash-white sand. This wild, relentless dogleg par 5 looks like a seahorse in convulsions. It ...

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November 23, 2009 | 4:17 p.m.

New and improved

Bradley S. Klein
Punta Espada at Cap Cana along the southeast coast of the Dominican Republic.
Punta Espada at Cap Cana along the southeast coast of the Dominican Republic.

Despite the down market in golf course construction recently, there has been plenty of turnover and interesting new developments on our Golfweek’s Best lists of the top 100 Residential Courses, the top 100 Resort Courses and the top 50 Courses of the Caribbean & Mexico.

The newcomers start with the country’s premier real estate property, Rock Creek Cattle Company in Deer Lodge, Mont., where innovative traditionalist – no, that’s not an oxymoron – Tom Doak has honed a down-to-earth design out of scrub land and turned it into desirable ground for folks looking to get away to the American West ...

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Categories: Architecture
November 18, 2009 | 1:48 p.m.

A reshaping on two fronts at Bethpage

Bradley S. Klein
Bethpage State Park's Black Course is getting a new green on No. 15.
Bethpage State Park's Black Course is getting a new green on No. 15.

Bethpage State Park’s Black Course, home to U.S. Opens in 2002 and ’09, is getting a new 15th green. It’s also getting a new head superintendent.

The historic A.W. Tillinghast-designed daily-fee layout in Farmingdale, N.Y., opened in 1935 and rated No. 18 on the Golfweek’s Best Classic list, went under the knife (actually, a bulldozer blade) on Nov. 17. The plan is to reduce the slope of the notoriously elusive, steeply pitched green on the uphill, 478-yard, par-4 15th hole.

The green has so much back-to-front slope that it offers only two usable hole ...

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Categories: Architecture
October 21, 2009 | 5:13 p.m.

Klein on Design

Bradley S. Klein
The 240-yard par-3 ninth at Daniel Island Club – Ralston Creek
The 240-yard par-3 ninth at Daniel Island Club – Ralston Creek

Bradley S. Klein, Golfweek’s architecture editor, offers his opinion on one great hole:

Yards: 240, par 3

Architect: Rees Jones, 2004

Where: Charleston, S.C.

Event: Nationwide Tour Championship, Oct. 22-25

It’s great because . . . this dramatic hole sits out by itself on the far northeast corner of a remote, 4,000-acre Lowcountry golf development. It’s the longest of the par 3s, and plays across a marsh and into a prevailing cross breeze that’s unforgiving for shots that come up short.

It would be even better if . . . the approach shot squeezed players more in terms of angle ...

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