Favorite Course Designer

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My all time favorite is A.W Tillinghast. Love his bunkering work and his courses are just amazing.
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  • apprenti23apprenti23  3885WRX Points: 2ClubWRX Posts: 3,885 Titanium Tees
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    I'm a huge fan of William Langford. Some of his green complexes are the best I've ever seen.
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    Donald Ross
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    JDuffJr. wrote:

    Donald Ross

    Same here, Donald Ross. If I could play Plainfield CC everyday for the rest of my life, I'd die the happiest man alive.
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    My favourite designer is Tom Doak because his work is very original and his courses are fun to play. Stanley Thompson is another favourite if mine and I am fortunate to have played several of his courses living in Canada.
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    Donald Ross

    Allister MacKenzie

    Both understood how to make a course difficult for all skill levels without making it long. They were geniuses at bunker placement and creating the proper size/shape green complex to fit the hole.
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    Perry Maxwell
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    Pretty much all the golden age architects.
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    Lots of great designers - hard to choose. But I know my least favorite: Art Hills
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  • ebkebk Old and Broken Down  1211WRX Points: 94Members Posts: 1,211 Platinum Tees
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    Many, many favorites. Here in my neck of the neck of the woods I have to say George C. Thomas.
  • zer0zer0  1572WRX Points: 210Members Posts: 1,572 Platinum Tees
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    apprenti23 wrote:

    I'm a huge fan of William Langford. Some of his green complexes are the best I've ever seen.

    Was coming here to post the same thing, but if you're gonna say Langford you should probably also include his often-partner Moreau.
  • Bonneville85308Bonneville85308  1810WRX Points: 228Members Posts: 1,810 Platinum Tees
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    Donald Ross. Although the speed at which some Ross courses keep their greens at currently doesn't really jive with what they were designed for, leading to a lot of ridiculous putts.
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    I like fazio and rees jones ,
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    So many great ones but I will give a shout out to Eddie Hackett and Seth Raynor.
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    Another vote for Donald Ross.
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    Terrible Tillie. Love Bethpage and Winged Foot.
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    Classic: Donald Ross

    Modern: Mike Strantz
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  • BigManSlimBigManSlim Snake Beater  39WRX Points: 0Handicap: 2Members Posts: 39
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    I'm a member of a Tillinghast club so I'm pretty biased. Also have played 3 William Flynn tracks and all 3 are super special.
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    William Flynn...such an artist!
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    Noles wrote:
    William Flynn...such an artist!

    Well the only 3 I've played are: Lancaster CC, Cascades (Homestead) and some place on Long Island called Shinnecock ��

    Edit: actually just looked it up and he did CC of Harrisburg, Huntington Valley and several other Phily courses that I've played. All are good with Huntington Valley in particular being a real gem.
  • WillMK5WillMK5  438WRX Points: 50Members Posts: 438 Greens
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    Has to be A. W. Tillinghast. So many great courses on Long Island that he's designed.
  • RichieHuntRichieHunt  3984WRX Points: 614Members Posts: 3,984 Titanium Tees
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    If you can find a course that is suitable to how long the ball flies, Donald Ross in a landslide. The problem is a lot of his courses have become obsolete since the ball travels so far these days. George C. Thomas has more designs that are still suited for the longer ball and I really like them. Modern day architect I would probably go with Ron Garl. If everything is equal in terms of resources for the club and making the most out of those resources, Garl's designs are top notch.

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    Fazio and Pete Dye are my favorites, but I would give the edge to Fazio. Bob Cupp is also an under recognized master.
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    donald ross and if you can get on one of his courses, seth raynor... too bad he died at such a young age, leaving us under privilege with nothing but private courses....
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  • FlopShotFredFlopShotFred  342WRX Points: 0Members Posts: 342
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    I have the most fun playing golf on Arthur Hills or Tom Fazio designs. But to be fair, I haven't had an opportunity to play on many of the highly touted (Tillinghast, Raynor, Ross). I can't say I really enjoyed the two Dye courses I've played. I've got a Coore/Crenshaw and a Ross course on the books for the coming weeks - very excited.
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