Angelina Jolie’s “Unbroken,” Mark Wahlberg in “The Gambler,” the latest “Hobbit” entry, Matthew McConaughey in “Interstellar.” They would sit on most people’s lists highlighting what big-screen attraction should occupy your holiday time this year.
Then there’s Cob Carlson’s “Donald Ross: Discovering the Legend.”
That’s right, golf’s most prolific architect is the subject of a two-hour movie and while Jack Nicholson and Ben Affleck aren’t featured, Jack Nicklaus and Ben Crenshaw are. So, too, do Mike Davis, Tom Doak, Rees Jones, Peggy Kirk Bell, and James Dodson contribute their thoughts on the Ross legacy. Golfweek’s Bradley Klein, who authored a definitive book entitled “Discovering Donald Ross” and offered guidance, is credited by Carlson as an executive producer.
Carlson has been a longtime documentary film producer for WGBH in Boston and other media outlets, but on the side, he’s a passionate golfer with a penchant for Ross designs.
“I fell in love with George Wright (Golf Course) when I moved to Boston in ’91,” Carlson said of the inner-city course that is a Ross design. “The more I played it, the fonder I became and the more intrigued I became about Ross.”
Carlson is unabashed in his praise of Ross. “I just don’t think enough people are aware of his legacy. I think he’s up there with (Henry) Ford and (Thomas) Edison.”
The documentary was the definitive “labor of love,” he said. It’s available on DVD from the website donaldrossfilm.com and Carlson is encouraged by the initial feedback he’s received. “I’m glad I did it,” he said. “It’s all been positive.”