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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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Classic: McKenzie
Mid: Fazio
Modern: Strantz

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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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Classics - Tillinghaust

Modern - I like Jim Engh (one of his gems here: [url="http://hawktree.com/"]http://hawktree.com/[/url]) and Joel Goldstrand ([url="http://www.blueberrypinesgolf.com/"]http://www.blueberrypinesgolf.com/[/url]), 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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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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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.

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+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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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

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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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Another vote for Donald Ross

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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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