Putting a Little Spin on It: The Design's the Thing!

Putting a Little Spin on It: The Design's the Thing!

by Mark Leslie

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Overview

In the world of golf, course architects are the true lifeblood � the artists who mold 150 acres into the playing fields for millions of sportsmen and women��

But where would they be without the course superintendents � men and women who groom these playing fields?

In this Volume 1, author Mark Leslie gleans the best from 25 years of interviews with the cream of the architects crop: people with the class of Arnold Palmer and Gene Sarazen ... the wit of the late Patty Berg, Jeff Brauer and John LaFoy ... the downright �good guyness� of Ben Crenshaw and Keith Foster ... the creative genius of Pete Dye, Jack Nicklaus and, well, scores of their colleagues.

For instance:
� �Pete�s saddest day is the day he has to grass the golf hole.� � Bobby Weed
� Take Cypress Point off that property and put it somewhere else, it�s just another golf course.� � Jack Nicklaus
� �You can play in a 400-yard room with wooden walls, floor and ceiling straight away with a washtub at the end and somebody�s going to make a 6.� � Ed Seay, the late president of Arnold Palmer Course Design
� �The guy who pays the freight [plays the course every day] can�t play these hard courses that have been built the last few years. The deep traps and gullies, the 175-yard carries over canyons scare him to death.� � Sam Snead
� �There are a lot of great holes on the Stadium Course at PGA West. It�s a great course. But ask yourself, �How would I like to play the Road Hole [at St. Andrews] 18 times in a round of golf?�� � Brit Clive Clark
� �Anybody can lop off an arm, but these guys [golf course shapers] can do delicate facial stuff.� � Lester George
� �Playing tournament golf is a wisp-of-the-will existence. When you win a tournament, it is soon forgotten by the general public. Whereas when a golf course is finished and is being played, it is there for a long, long time and is in living memory for a long time." � Tom Weiskopf
� �Minimalism is a movement in art. Unless it is very strong and well executed, there is a yawning emptiness to a golf course designed with minimalism as a goal�somewhat like a stripped-down Chevrolet. By the same token, I think the excesses of the 1980s, which required 14 men on Flymos to maintain the bunker slopes, are on their way out.� � the late Desmond Muirhead
� �I think what happened for awhile was that the frame became more important than the painting. And now we�re getting back to making sure the painting is what we�re designing.� � Rees Jones
� �North American golf tends to be played, like yard darts, through the air. You hit it from spot to spot.� � Dr. Michael Hurdzan
� �I avoid sharp doglegs in only two situations: where there are trees bordering the fairway, and where there aren�t!� � Jeff Brauer
� �I could never put [Donald] Ross and [A.W.] Tillinghast over [Alister] Mackenzie and [C.B.] Macdonald. Can you do a composite?� � Ben Crenshaw, when asked who he would hire to design a course.
� �I get a little ornery when people speak of the great work Mackenzie and Ross did. They had the pick of a candy store!" � Robert von Hagge
� �We call ourselves the Dead Architects Society.� � Ed Connor of Golforms, Inc., course architect who works to preserve, via GPS technology, the classic courses by saving their data on computer

In the companion work: The Grooming's the Thing!, Leslie reveals hundreds of insights, tips, buffs and rebuffs from turfgrass experts in all points of the country � from Tim Hiers in Florida to Ted Horton in California.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940148435242
Publisher: Gripfast Publishers
Publication date: 07/19/2013
Series: Putting a Little Spin on It , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 223 KB

About the Author

Mark Leslie was the founding editor of "Golf Course News" (now "Golf Industry") and has written for numerous golf and other publications around the country. A journalist for more than 30 years, has won several national writing awards, including ones from the Golf Writers Association of America, Golf Course Superintendents Association of America and the Turf & Ornamental Communications Association. He has interviewed the world's leading golf course architects and builders for more than 20 years.

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