Favorite Course Designer

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  • melomelo Members Posts: 2,158 ✭✭
    Classic: McKenzie

    Mid: Fazio

    Modern: Strantz
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  • EagleCityEagleCity Members Posts: 181
    Tillinghast

    Robert Trent Jones / Rees Jones
  • Stensons3WoodStensons3Wood In the Fairway Members Posts: 162
    Fazio
  • DentDent Members Posts: 156
    Donald Ross. I am biased as well since my home course and the one across the street are designed by him.
  • sainterssainters Members Posts: 19 ✭✭
    Harry Colt
  • SilverBulletsSilverBullets BMW Members Posts: 5,879 ✭✭
    I don't know if I really have a favorite. I have favorite parts from most all of the famous designers. Overall, however, I would say for more traditional designs, I am big fan of Ross courses. For modern day designs, I love Doak courses. I like his somewhat edgy, yet still minimalist characteristics. Plus Pacific Dunes may be the best course in the country....
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  • chippa13chippa13 Members Posts: 2,248 ✭✭
    Not that I have a lot of experience with the great designers but I'm a huge fan of the RTJ Grand National courses.
  • ddettsddetts Roy McAvoy SoDakClubWRX Posts: 1,440 ClubWRX
    Classics - Tillinghaust



    Modern - I like Jim Engh (one of his gems here: http://hawktree.com/) and Joel Goldstrand (http://www.blueberrypinesgolf.com/), which is probably biased because I live in the midwest and don't many opportunities to play courses by some of the greats.

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  • SheriffBoothSheriffBooth Marshals, BST Volunteer Mods Posts: 4,422 mod
    Donald Ross and Pete Dye for me. Always enjoy being on any of their designs.



    I've also got a soft spot for Ellis Maples designed courses.



    For some reason I'm generally not a big fan of Fazio courses.
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  • CDMCDM Members Posts: 1,682 ✭✭
    Perry Maxwell for older courses. Coore & Crenshaw on modern courses.
  • MaxBuckMaxBuck Members Posts: 301 ✭✭
    He's certainly not my favorite (RTJ probably is), but Joe Lee has always struck me as underappreciated. I've never played a Joe Lee course that I didn't thoroughly enjoy. Not the most challenging, but he knew how to make a golf hole scenic regardless of the terrain.
  • Jdaws012Jdaws012 Members Posts: 230 ✭✭
    Donald Ross. Love playing his classic strategic courses. Require thinking, not power.
  • pd1775pd1775 Pockets Members Posts: 213 ✭✭
    Gary Kern.... he has several courses in the Midwest. Love his green complexes!
  • SFPGA25SFPGA25 Jayhawk0512 Members Posts: 89
    Willie Park Jr. (Sunningdale - Old)
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    harry colt and raynor
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  • patk35patk35 Members Posts: 44
    Has to be Tillinghast for me.
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  • UW Alumni 94UW Alumni 94 Members Posts: 18
    Classics: Old Tom Morris & Harry Colt



    Modern: Tom Doak
  • vpdvpd Members Posts: 119
    Modern: Coore and Crenshaw



    Classic: Eddie Hackett--Ireland
  • randrews581randrews581 Members Posts: 222 ✭✭
    +1 for Stanley Thompson. Responsible for so many of Canada's finest classic course designs. I'm slightly biased as a Canadian, but I've travelled all over the world and have never seen more beautiful bunkering or designs that fit into the natural landscape so seemlessly. Visit St. George's, Capilano, Banff Springs, Jasper Park Lodge, Highland Links, and Westmount. You won't be disappointed.



    Moreover, Thompson was a co-founder, with Donald Ross, of the American Society of Golf Course Architects, and helped train many top architects, including Robert Trent Jones. He truly left an undeniable mark on the game here in Canada and abroad.
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  • fbangfbang Members Posts: 205
    C.B. Macdonald/Raynor. The template holes are the most fun holes in golf.
  • mrmacwvu1mrmacwvu1 Members Posts: 303
    I have grown to appreciate Mike Strantz



    However the first time I played tobacco road I walked in the clubhouse and asked who built this course because I wanted to kick his a**



    they said he was dead and I said good thing he just avoided an a** beating
  • melomelo Members Posts: 2,158 ✭✭
    mrmacwvu1 wrote:


    I have grown to appreciate Mike Strantz



    However the first time I played tobacco road I walked in the clubhouse and asked who built this course because I wanted to kick his a**



    they said he was dead and I said good thing he just avoided an a** beating




    I recalled reading the toughest courses in America where Tot Hill and Tobacco road were both listed. We got out and played them in back to back days and thought, that guy was a real d***. They are infinitely more playable the second, third, etc time through
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  • gnew23gnew23 Members Posts: 180 ✭✭
    Another vote for Donald Ross
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  • High gentle drawHigh gentle draw Members Posts: 224
    Love Donald Ross courses! Forgiving off the tee but very challenging greens.
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  • knock it closeknock it close Members Posts: 7,945 ✭✭
    SFPGA25 wrote:


    Willie Park Jr. (Sunningdale - Old)
    Park Jr. did the CC here in Calgary, one of my favorites.
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  • TUGolfer06TUGolfer06 Members Posts: 266 ✭✭
    edited Jun 29, 2016 #57
    If I have to pick it would either be Donald Ross or Robert Trent Jones Sr....



    I've always been a fan of Herbert Strong (love the Old Course at Saucon Valley) and Walter Travis ( CC of Scranton orginal, Garden City and Sunningdale redesign).



    Modern, Weiskopf or Fazio....
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    - Country Club of Scranton
    - Seven Oaks GC at Colgate University
  • MarkCPAMarkCPA Members Posts: 1,287 ✭✭
    Mike Strantz
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  • Roadking2003Roadking2003 AustinMembers Posts: 5,089 ✭✭
    My favorite is Jack Nicklaus followed by Tom Fazio.
  • toddnttoddnt Members Posts: 4,270 ✭✭
    Pete Dye (Teeth of the Dog), you know exactly what your about to get when you play his course!
  • nogopehrsnogopehrs Members Posts: 71
    Coore/Crenshaw, Doak, Fought.
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