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  • TourSauce01TourSauce01 Members  6WRX Points: 0Handicap: +3Posts: 6
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    I think you gotta go with Alister Mackenzie. IMO course designers are judged by their best 3 or so designs that define their legacy in golf course architecture. Mackenzie has Augusta National, Cypress Point, and Royal Melbourne to his name. Three of the top five best courses in the world in pretty solid.
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  • clemsontigerclemsontiger Members  113WRX Points: 60Posts: 113 Fairways
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    Mike Strantz. All of his courses are different and visually challenging.
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    Seth Raynor, can't believe he isn't mentioned here more often basically created the template that every designer works from. Must not be a lot of north east guys here!
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  • TexsportTexsport Members  2348WRX Points: 147Posts: 2,348 Platinum Tees
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    Jeff Brauer<br />
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    [email protected] Ridge<br />
    [email protected] Ridge<br />
    [email protected] Bay<br />
    Wilderness Club<br />
    Cowboys CC<br />
    Colbert Hills GC<br />
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    Tom Doak flew all the way to northern Minnesota to study the Quarry - in Golf Digest's Top 30 Resort courses since it opened. Named "best golf bargain" by Golf Digest - best course with lowest green fees in U S.<br />
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    Texsport
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  • DivinDaveDivinDave Longview TexasMembers  627WRX Points: 139Handicap: 13.8Posts: 627 Golden Tee
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    Jeff Brauer is redesigning a course 15 minutes from my house. Scheduled to be complete in August. They are sinking 9 million into the course, and 1.5 million into the clubhouse remodel. I can't wait until its open Nothing else like the course design within several hour drive in any direction. It's quite a piece of work!<br />
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    Whats even better, is its right on my way home from work, so will be easy for me to get in 9 in an afternoon or some short game practice on the top notch short game area.<br />
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    Tempest Golf Club. I joined as a member last week. <br />
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    Texsport wrote:
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    Jeff Brauer<br />
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    [email protected] Ridge<br />
    [email protected] Ridge<br />
    [email protected] Bay<br />
    Wilderness Club<br />
    Cowboys CC<br />
    Colbert Hills GC<br />
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    <br />
    Tom Doak flew all the way to northern Minnesota to study the Quarry - in Golf Digest's Top 30 Resort courses since it opened. Named "best golf bargain" by Golf Digest - best course with lowest green fees in U S.<br />
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    Texsport<br />
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  • Thunder DanThunder Dan Members  1273WRX Points: 122Posts: 1,273 Platinum Tees
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    I'm most interested in CB MacDonald and Seth Raynor, though I've never played one of their courses. I lust at the design though. <br />
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    Currently, I enjoy every Coore and Crenshaw course. <br />
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    Last place- Rees Jones
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  • 1b!ggolfnut1b!ggolfnut Members  178WRX Points: 35Posts: 178 Fairways
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    Colt wins classics and Coore and Crenshaw wins modern.
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    Pete Dye
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  • FairwayFredFairwayFred Sponsors  4435WRX Points: 701Posts: 4,435 Titanium Tees
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    Old Tom Morris for classic, Coore/Crenshaw for modern.
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  • krzeczowskimattkrzeczowskimatt Members  107WRX Points: 0Handicap: 6Posts: 107
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    Classic- McKenzie<br />
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    Modern- Coore and Crenshaw<br />
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    For me personally I think C and C courses are the most fun to play, as well as a good challenge
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  • Johnnyb17Johnnyb17 Members  478WRX Points: 65Posts: 478 Greens
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    Raynor. <br />
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    Maxwell is a close second for me.
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  • scottc25scottc25 Members  707WRX Points: 109Handicap: 4Posts: 707 Golden Tee
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    Coore/Crenshaw<br />
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    I may be the only one who doesn't like Donald Ross courses. Playing #2 next month so maybe that will change my mind.
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  • AMM315AMM315 Members  232WRX Points: 41Posts: 232 Fairways
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    After visiting streamsong I can’t wait to visit more Coore, Doak, and Hanse courses, but unfortunately there aren’t many in my neck of the woods. There’s a Mackenzie course nearby but it’s very private. My home course is a Faz design, and I think he did a pretty good job, but I really like the rustic minimalist designs that seem to be trendy right now. Can’t wait to see what Hanse has done down in Pinehurst, and hope to make it to Bandon once he completes the sheep ranch, and looking forward to seeing #2 after the Coore restoration. Also excited to see what Stranz did with Tobacco Road. A lot of Ed Ault courses near me, but haven’t been to thrilled by them. <br />
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    Listening to Fried Egg podcast has really opened my eyes to strategic designs. I think Andy is spot on with his width and angles preference. Pace of play is better given how hard it is to lose balls, and overall allows more players across all handicaps to enjoy the rounds. I believe the majority of golfers would agree after playing some of these designs. I also love Dye’s work with the Ocean course and I’d really like to experience harbor town. Coincidentally, Sawgrass is not high on my list of must plays.
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  • Schley Schley Love ya don't tell ya enough! Kingdom of Saudi ArabiaMembers  1485WRX Points: 295Handicap: 12.3Posts: 1,485 Platinum Tees
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    Old - Mackenzie and Raynor<br />
    New - Doak, Coore & Crenshaw<br />
    in between - Dye
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  • razor_1razor_1 Members  84WRX Points: 58Handicap: 2.8Posts: 84 Fairways
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    1. William Flynn- great golf courses. I've only played a few of his courses but all were A+.<br />
    1a. Donald Ross- my favorite designer. <br />
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    2. Fazio- I like the courses of his that I have played.<br />
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    3. Pete Dye- the last 3 courses of his that I played were all A. Not a big fan of TPC Sawgrass. I've played that course probably 10 times.<br />
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    Robert Trent Jones- soured by the RTJ trail in Alabama. Good golf courses but all the courses seem to be mass produced and designs similar in nature. Good courses but similar holes with changes in geography. I will say that the Dunes in Myrtle Beach is one of the top 5 courses that I have ever played.
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  • RossRulesRossRules Members  148WRX Points: 46Posts: 148 Fairways
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    Donald Ross is my all time favorite.<br />
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    My home course is an Arthur Hills design so I’ve got a bit of a soft spot for hills designs.
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  • widow-makerwidow-maker Members  1693WRX Points: 261Handicap: 2.7Posts: 1,693 Platinum Tees
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    My favorite course is Crystal Downs where McKenzie collaborated with Perry Maxwell. That's quite the pairing of architects. Those greens certainly weren't designed to run 10+ on the stimp.
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  • Oriole05Oriole05 Members  97WRX Points: 0Posts: 97
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    Mike Strantz - I've played all his public courses and the only one I didn't absolutely love is Stonehouse.
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  • burnsniperburnsniper Members  629WRX Points: 145Posts: 629 Golden Tee
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    George C. Thomas - Riviera stands out as one of the few courses I have played where litterly every hole is different in concept. Pete Dye also has this ability when given full reign with bull dozers in reshaping the property - most notably at TPC Sawgrass (another favorite) and the Ocean Course (which I have played a bunch; not necessarily a favorite though). However, I am not a huge fan of Pete Dye "redos" like the VT River Course or Keswick Resort.<br />
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    Also, I am fortunate enough to get to play on a Coore and Crenshaw every week (one of the courses at my home club).
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  • Luke.SuttonLuke.Sutton ClubWRX  148WRX Points: 66Handicap: 3.7Posts: 148 ClubWRX
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    #1 George Crump<br />
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    #2- Mike Nuzzo
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  • okularokular MinnesotaMembers, Paid BST  73WRX Points: 30Handicap: 2.1Posts: 73 Bunkers
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    Donald Ross<br />
    Pete Dye<br />
    John Fought
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  • TK3TK3 TK3 Tulsa, OKMembers  248WRX Points: 87Handicap: 7.3Posts: 248 Fairways
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    I really enjoy most of the designs by Coore & Crenshaw.<br />
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    For Classic design - Perry Maxwell.
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  • MilkyButterCutsMilkyButterCuts Members  976WRX Points: 466Handicap: 4.1Posts: 976 Golden Tee
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    Fazio, hands down. His layouts are absolutely beautiful and a blast to play.
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  • SilverBulletsSilverBullets BMW Members  5933WRX Points: 217Handicap: 4Posts: 5,933 Titanium Tees
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    I'm most interested in CB MacDonald and Seth Raynor, though I've never played one of their courses. I lust at the design though.<br />
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    Currently, I enjoy every Coore and Crenshaw course.<br />
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    Last place- Rees Jones<br />
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    We'd get a long. I have played 1 Raynor course (Camargo) and thought it was exceptional. I would love to play more of his tracks.<br />
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    Modern day, I love playing C&C tracks. Minimalist designs and super fun layouts to play. I have played a handful of them now and they all rank highly on my list.<br />
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    Rees Jones is the devil. I have played 3 Rees Jones tracks and I don't enjoy playing them. I find them to be pretty beautiful courses but horrible layouts from a golf perspective (I'm pointing at you, Quintero and Legend Trail).<br />
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    Arthur Hills is a guy I think is pretty underrated as well. Being a Midwest guy originally, I feel Hills has done some of the best work in designing courses that simply scream 'midwest'. His work at Longaberger is incredible. Hills' designs have always just suited my eye. Legendary Run, Shaker Run, his course at Boyne in Michigan. and who can forget Bay Harbor? I could go on about his courses in the Midwest which I just enjoy playing.
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    Alister MacKenzie- Pure Beuty, no gimmicks
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  • moegolfer11moegolfer11 steal your face right off your head Members  2185WRX Points: 125Handicap: +1Posts: 2,185 Platinum Tees
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    Seth Raynor, CB MacDonald, Tillinghast, Allistair McKenzie.<br />
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    modern: Coore & Crenshaw, Gil Hanse, Tom Doak, Dye (I consider him modern)
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  • Schley Schley Love ya don't tell ya enough! Kingdom of Saudi ArabiaMembers  1485WRX Points: 295Handicap: 12.3Posts: 1,485 Platinum Tees
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    Seth Raynor, CB MacDonald, Tillinghast, Allistair McKenzie.<br />
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    modern: Coore & Crenshaw, Gil Hanse, Tom Doak, Dye (I consider him modern)<br />
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    Dye has had such a long career and really the only one who was designing from the 60's-70's when Nicklaus, Fazio started up. He was the only new designer during this period and often seen where 1960 onward is considered modern.<br />
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    What about Mike Devries? he plays nicely with your minimalist modern favorites.
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  • moegolfer11moegolfer11 steal your face right off your head Members  2185WRX Points: 125Handicap: +1Posts: 2,185 Platinum Tees
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    Schley wrote:
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    Seth Raynor, CB MacDonald, Tillinghast, Allistair McKenzie.<br />
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    modern: Coore & Crenshaw, Gil Hanse, Tom Doak, Dye (I consider him modern)<br />
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    Dye has had such a long career and really the only one who was designing from the 60's-70's when Nicklaus, Fazio started up. He was the only new designer during this period and often seen where 1960 onward is considered modern.<br />
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    What about Mike Devries? he plays nicely with your minimalist modern favorites.<br />
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    Don't think I've played any of his courses. At least, I don't think I have. I'll give him a look.
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    Donald Ross
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