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Garden City’s Evolution

Historic Layout Stays True To Origins Amid Change

Historic Garden City Golf Club in Garden City, N.Y., has stayed true to its origins despite renovations. Most recently, the stewardship has come...


The Great Bethpage Debate

Argument Simmers Over Black’s Design Provenance

Ron Whitten and Phil Young are golf course architecture critics. Whitten believes Bethpage State Park golf course superintendent Joseph Burbeck designed Bethpage Black,...


Hook, Line And Sinker

With Ozarks National, Johnny Morris Catches A Keeper

Players competing in the Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf beginning next week will be treated to something old and something new when...

Theory Of Evolution

Challenge Of Augusta’s Revamped Fifth More Than Length

GGP+ Contributor Jim Achenbach writes that the renovation of the fifth hole at Augusta National is about far more than just length.

A Masterpiece’s Evolution

Alister MacKenzie Wouldn’t Recognize His Most Famous Creation

He wouldn’t recognize the place. If Dr. Alister MacKenzie were alive today and you dropped him onto the grounds of Augusta National –...

Man Of Mettle

USGA Honors Multitalented Steel for Bonallack Biography

Where to tee off on the subject of Steel? We should start, perhaps, with his book and the USGA award, a hefty accolade...

Harry S. Colt: A Master Designer From A Golden Age

When I told a few of my golf buddies last summer that I was going to tour Belgium and the Netherlands with my...

Short Tees A Great Long-Term Strategy For The Game

In the days of 7,000-plus yard layouts, another trend is taking shape in the golf course architecture business: short tees. GGP+ Correspondent John...

Best of 2019

Design’s Golden Age 2.0

he first few decades of the 20th century are much celebrated for their artistic and cultural awakenings. Louis Armstrong. Duke Ellington. Scribner’s published...

Tales from the Design Trail

Tales From The Design Trail

More than anything else, golf course architects are artists, imaginative and inventive people able to turn raw and rugged land into layouts that...