PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA | It takes nearly seven hours to drive from my Connecticut home to the Fox Chapel Golf Club in Western Pennsylvania, and I occupied much of my time on that road trip last week thinking about the photographs I had seen the day before. They were color images of the Seth Raynor course that serves as the centerpiece of that nearly century-old retreat – one that Tom Fazio and members of his design firm had recently restored. And I vividly remembered each one.
The shot of the opening hole, for example, a slight dogleg named “Away” with staggered fairway bunkers and a reverse Redan green squared off in the front and guarded by bunkers left and right. I smiled as I envisioned myself standing on the tee there, driver in hand, and hitting a fade off of the farthest bunker on the left.
Fox Chapel Golf Course master plan Courtesy Fazio Design
I considered other holes as I motored down the Pennsylvania Turnpike. There was No. 7, a brilliant rendition of a Leven, with a pair of cross bunkers in the fairway of that ...
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