Tuesday, 13 December 2016

2016 The Year in Review - Part 3 – In the Media

Tom Simpson's 5th Green at County Louth - photo by Aiden Bradley
Once again this reflects my own interests and in this particular section I cover what I have written and what was written about me. I at least edited that down to the more interesting bits and pieces

On Television! 

Relaunching Laval-sur-le-lac
by Jason Logan
Score Magazine

On You Tube

Sunningdale Architecture Panel - begin video at 16 minutes in

Books on Golf Architecture

box cover of book

Crump's Dream
by Andrew Mutch

I'm not sure if this book is for sale. Mine came as a gift from the Pennsylvania Golf Association. It contains all the drawings, plans and images of the course from Crump's original purchase through to 1936. It's strictly about the course. The collection of early pictures is stunning, but the real amazing part is he shares all of the Colt and Alison hole and green plans that I always wanted to see. It also carefully lays out the contributions involved from finishing the final four to seeing Crump's vison to completion. Truly awesome read.

Simpson & Co.
by Hawtree & Steele

Simpson was intellectual who push the envelope quite a bit with his design work. His greens at County Louth are among my favourite in golf. I also love his opinions on architecture including this one on the 4th at Woking, "I realized for the first time, as soon as I saw this much maligned hazard, that the true line to the hole should not always be the centre of the fairway, and the placing of a bunker had a far more serious and useful purpose than merely the punishing of a bad shot. This led me to see the importance of golf architecture as an art as well as a science."

The Life and Times of Donald Ross
by Chris Buie

Chris says that he set out to not elevate the status of Donald Ross, but to tell the story of Donald Ross. I like his premise. He has found lots more information about Ross himself and spends a great deal of time talking about the man. He also widens the story to include his impact in areas other than golf. I expect this to be a popular Christmas gift.

The Buried Loonie

Yes I buried a “lucky loonie” in the 18th green at Rio. It was done spontaneously after playing sand golf to supply some Canadian karma for the players. It drew attention when Gil Hanse mentioned it at a media event. Turns out I had the wrong pin location for the final day. It did get a bunch of mentions in various media outlets … but unfortunately no medal karma.

The Golf Architecture Show?

If I was asked to revamp Golf Architecture Week , I would change it into The Golf Architecture Show. I would ask an authority on golf architecture like Brad Klein to host a half hour weekly program. I would provide the host with five minutes to discuss recent events and bring in guests he desires, since Architects would travel to Florida to take part. I would run it live from the second week of January through till the middle of March (10 weeks) and then stop. I would also have a camera team spend the fall, after the FedEx Cup finishes, travelling to collect arranged interviews with architects on golf courses (preferably well known ones) where they can explain architectural ideas or what their working on at the time.

The show would always feature a major segment on an important golf course or architect (usually historical but occasional present day). One of two shorter segments on golf design concepts, produced out on course with a guest architect explaining how it all works. Each day would feature a couple of interviews, sometimes with a single architect talking about an active project, but usually a group discussing design issues like the golf ball or should we change the Old Course.

My Opinions on St. Andrews (Old)

Seeing The Old Course Through Architectural Eyes
By Matt Ward (his interview with 4 architects about The Old Course)

Link to full article: http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/1467852-seeing-the-old-course-through-architectural-eyes/

IA: “I’d be happy if they just stop tinkering with the course. If I had to pick one thing, I would remove the recently added two bunkers on the right of the 2nd green. I’ve collected ideas for decades and the 2nd green site was one of my “Essential 18” for future architects to see and understand before you practice golf course architecture.”

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17th after work done at Highlands Links

My Writing

The Full History Highlands Links
For Golf Architecture
Published by Australian Golf Architects Association - not available by link yet

"By the end of 2012 we had restored the bunkers, recaptured greens and returned the original playing corridors and views. The conditioning had come around and the course was improving every year”

Articles On My Business

Restoring Glory
by Jason Logan of Score Golf Magazine

“Andrew’s most important project — and perhaps the most notable in Canada — was the bunker restoration at Toronto’s St. George’s G&CC. Over the years the famed club had seen its highly artistic Thompson bunkers either removed altogether or, for lack of a better word, bastardized to ease maintenance work and costs.

However the advent of such things as bunker cloth made proper maintenance of any bunker, however wild, possible, and former St. George’s superintendent John Gall pushed for a restoration, hiring Andrew because he knew other architects would stray from the plan and try to leave their own mark.

“Ian is just not like that,” Gall explained. “He’s all about getting it right.”

Ian Andrew’s restoration project at Park Country Club nears completion
By Sean Dudley, Golf Architecture Magazine

“The course at Park Country Club was originally designed by the Colt & Alison design firm, and hosted the 1934 PGA Championships.

The current project is being led by architect Ian Andrew, who has worked with the club for the past 15 years. Andrew developed a masterplan for the 18-hole track, with the aim of restoring, in his words, ‘the massive scale of the course.”

5th Hole at Knollwood

Knollwood Country Club Gets Seth Raynor Facelift
By Dave Donaldson, Westchester Magazine

“Knollwood Country Club members and their guests will face a rejuvenated golf course when they return to the venerable Elmsford club next spring.  A major restoration of the course under the direction of Ontario-based architect Ian Andrew began this fall and promises to present players with some new and interesting challenges.”

Ranked Courses

Golf Magazines Top 15 Canadian Places You Can Play

8. Muskoka Bay Club, Gravenhurst, Ontario

“This Doug Carrick/Ian Andrew creation opened to rave reviews in 2006. Ten years later, this 7,367-yard head-banger rocks you with pine-studded ridges and granite outcroppings. Heaving terrain affects every lie and stance, even on the greens, which ripple with hollows and ledges. Wetlands, beaver ponds and a set of beefy back-nine par-4s help form an ideal combination of beauty and brawn.”

4. Highlands Links, Ingonish Beach, Nova Scotia

"This is the Cypress Point of Canada for sheer beauty," said the late George Knudson, a Canadian who won nine times on the PGA Tour. While this remote 1939 Stanley Thompson product in Cape Breton Highlands National Park had fallen on hard times, architect Ian Andrew has recently helped with design restoration and conditioning issues -- all the better to mend a stunning, sprawling, forested layout within sight of the Atlantic Ocean.

11th Hole at St. Georges

Golf Digest World Top 100

41 St. George's G. & C.C.
Etobicoke, Ontario, Canada / 7,145 yards, Par 71

“St. George's is outstanding Stanley Thompson design routed through forest-covered glacial land, with meandering fairways that diagonally traverse valleys and greens perched on domes. The putting surfaces are tightly bunkered and full of hidden undulations. These are considered some of Thompson's best bunkering. Some of the credit belongs to Canadian architect Ian Andrew, who supervised their rebuilding over a five-year period, highlighting their sweeping lines and graceful movements.”

3rd Hole at Laval's Blue Course

Score Golf Canadian Top 100

51. Laval-sur-le-lac (Blue)
Laval-sur-le-lac, Quebec

“Though not a brand new build, Weir and his design partner Ian Andrew completely overhauled the Blue Course at Laval. The result is terrific.”


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