Forest Dunes named NGCOA Course of the Year
Matt Ginella reports that Forest Dunes has been named golf course of the year for 2015 by the National Golf Course Owners Association.
Ginella’s top 5 Weiskopf golf courses
Matt Ginella, Charlie Rymer and Damon Hack talk about Tom Weiskopf designed courses. Watch Morning Drive on Golf Channel.
Matt Ginella’s best courses to play in 2016
Matt Ginella reveals his top 5 course to play in 2016. Watch Morning Drive on Golf Channel.
Architecture week: reversible routing at Forest Dunes
Matt Ginella reports on Tom Doak's reversible routing design at Forest Dunes.
Shackelford: Doak's Forest Dunes concept 'phenomenal'
Geoff Shackelford joins Matt Ginella to explain his thoughts on a two-direction course design by Tom Doak at Forest Dunes. Watch Morning Drive 7AM ET.You know, my hero, George Thomas, had a big belief in. Designing golf courses within the course a lot fo different ways to play it. One of the hardest things for architects to convince people ofjust because he was sort of the,. For me, he was like Steven Spielberg of, of golf architects. In that he, that he knew how to create something really meaning and with some depth. But also that appeals to the masses, you know? Anybody can play his golf courses , and. And have fun, and think that they're they're playing somewhere special and beautiful. But then the great player can, like, Ben Hogan can find all this nuance in in a Riviera, that not many architects could pull that, that combination off.
Ginella's Journeys: 10,000 miles in 33 days
Travel expert Matt Ginella talks about his recent 10,000-mile journey across America in 33 days with Damon Hack.Our travel guru Matt Miller in studio eight, bring it in man, No place like home, no place like home. How are you? It's good to be back. So where you been? 33 days to start, this trip started in May by the way, starting at Orlando Florida. I went to Pinehurst, North Carolina. Met up with Bill Core for a little reporting on the feature that ran the week of the US Open . Got to go to Thomasville North Carolina, with Bill Core, there's the Lexington Golf Club, and that is Bill Core and I with Hammy Snead. Hammy Snead, 82 wins for Hammy Snead From Pinehurst, North Carolina flew up to Farshills, New Jersey , went to the the golf house there. US GA? Home of the US GA. Met up with Mike Davis, did a little more reporting there for the story on why Pinehurst restored number two, and that was the U.S. Open Room. That was the trophy room there, The U.S. Open trophy, was still at home at that point. Wow and you're just getting started, where did you go after Far Hills, New Jersey ? Yeah from Far Hills, New Jersey down to Austin Texas. Met up with Ben Crenshaw, do a little more reporting on the Bill Core story and why restoreto Pinehurst? Back to Pinehurst, now is for the week of the US Open and I had to spent some time there and debuted some of the features that we ran on Bill Core, on Ben
Ginella: Most scenic places to play golf
Matt Ginella answers viewer questions such as the top scenic places to play golf. Watch Morning Drive everyday on Golf Channel.people will tell you in the St. Andrews area, the hidden gem golf course there is Krell, and I strongly recommend it, fun golf course . But if you're going to St. Andrews and you're not playing Kings Barns, one of the best, true, modern designs, and ona destination. In middle of nowhere Michigan, a Roscommon- Mm-hm. That second golf course , would make it that stay and play destination. They got little lodging there now, great, great fishing, would be a great spot. Okay, let's get to the last question in the mailbag for now, for our travel expert from Kent. Buddy trips are great, but what about family trips? I only play with my three daughters. Affordable options. Well, if you go in the off-season, I'm, I say Pine Needles and Mid Pines would be a great spot, you know, host of three Women's US Opens , and very accommodating, to women. I think a man with three daughters would have a lot of fun at either one of
Doak's Forest Dunes: A two-direction course
Tom Doak explains the ways in which his new course at Forest Dunes can be played to Matt Ginella. Watch Morning Drive 7AM ET.the winter to kinda spread out the wear and tear on the golf course . So. Cuz all the divots would collect in the same places. But nobody's done an 18-hole golf course that's played forwards and backwards in. Really forever, I don't think anybody's planned to do one. There's been a couple of projectsthat probably freed you up a little bit. Well it helps that golf course is highly ranked. So that, so that takes the question about how are the rankers gonna consider this out of the equation. He doesn't have to worry about that so much. Yeah. He just wants something that people want to stay and play again. So you get the green light. Mm-hm. And now. Here comes the pressure. I mean, now you gotta execute it, right? Yep. And so, talk us through the idea of, here we have a routing. And I see 18 greens, maybe more. More tee boxes , certainly. More tee boxes . So where does this start and how does it work? Well the simplest way, you know, if you're familiar with Saint Andrews , a few of the holes here work kind of like Saint Andrews where you've got greens and tees just on the outside. So as you're playing the golf course you play from this tee to that green. You step out here and you play 17th hole to that green. And you step out here and you play to the 18th green. When you turn that around, you know, it's very easy to step out here and you know play this way, step out here and play that way, step out here for the next tee and play to that green. Okay. And then, you know, that's the easiest way to do a reversible golf course , because you kind of keep getting out of the way of play. It's a lot harder when you start changing directions. And,you're getting such a different look at it when you play the golf course . And I think that's gonna be the fascinating thing about the concept. You'll be playing the same fairway quarters, when you play
Simply the best: Ginella's top public courses
Matt Ginella gives an in-depth look at his favorite public courses and reviews numbers 6-20 here. Watch Morning Drive 7AM ET.there? Number six, one of the toughest courses every year on the PGA tour , Spyglass. Hill. Robert Trent Jones Sr., I think it's one of his best designs. You know, a lot of people talk about Pebble Beach . Big Brother, those holes along that coastline, but honestly, SpyGlass, from one through 18, for me, is actually maybe more of a
Ginella: Top 5 Weiskopf courses you can play
Travel insider Matt Ginella reveals his top five Tom Weiskopf course designs that you can play. Watch Morning Drive on Golf Channel.Troon has two 18 hole golf courses designed by Weiskopf. The Pinnacle Golf Course I'm putting at number five. It's, it's tough. It's, it's not as forgiving as the Monument Golf Course . But you do have great vistas, great scenery. For desert golf it's, you know, you're gonna get very high level maintenance. It'sthe front and back nine. 95 to 145 dollars to play this golf course in Hawaii. That's a pretty good value. I know we talked about hard the Pennicle was, playability seems to be a theme when it comes to Tom's Wyatt's Golf Course , golf course , there are a lot of resort courses that would explain it. But, you see, but his courses certainly seem to be playable. Yeah, and especially the Monument course. It's a lot more playable than the Pinnacle at Troon. So we go back to, back to Troon for number three, the Monument golf course . If you're picking between those two, and you're a higher handicapper, I think you're gonna probably have more fun out at theknow, too unforgiving, and you get a lot of houses along. the golf course for me TPC Scottsdale is that combination of desert golf but it's a lot of fun and g, you got a lot of room off of those tees to make, to make some misses I, it's just $299 dollars to play TPC Scottsdale they're not giving it away I understand that but you're talking about one of those golf courses that people love to play because it's where the pros play. And I think it just got a lot better with this recent modernization of the golf course . Always a great presentation, always in very good condition and, you know for me, I think it's one of the best of to Tom Weiskopf designs. The best is number one? Well I talk about it a lot and in Northern Michigan. Ross Common, Michigan it's, it's Forest Dunes. This golf course to me, the first time I played it. You know, the front 9 is cut amongst the forest, and the back 9 is much more open and, and dunes landy. it, I, I, the, it, I get, I talk about this all the time. When I have that sense after finishing the 18th green, and I wanna go right back to the first tee. That, that tells me that that's something that I really like about that golf course . This to me, I, I fell in love with it immediately. It's a little bit off the beaten path. What's really good news for people who love Forest Dunes is that Tom Doak's, Tom Doak is building another 18 holes. At four students that can be played in both directions. We'll be talking to more, with Tom Doak about that in the upcoming Architects Week. But to me, if you haven't seen Forest Dunes and you lock, like Tom Weiskopf designs. Fine Roscommon, Michigan. You talked about his affinity for driveable par fours, playable par fours. Is there anything else that stands out from his design philosophy that you like? I think it's thoughtful and I got that sense from him walking the 18th hole and play, playing the 18 holes at TPC Scottsdale, you, you really get the sense that as a player he goes around. You know he's looking at every little undulation he's looking at every bunker placement he, he, he's you know he likes to incorporate some of the the, the, th, th, the best things about say the old course at Saint Andrews there's a real sense of strategy to every, every hole he's trying to make you think your way around the golf course but he also does want to encourage the fun and that's what you see with some of the drama happening say at 13 and 15 at TPC Scottsdale being. Sorta half, four and a half pars but listed as par fives. I think he knew he needed to make 14 better make it more substantial. And I think he had a, he knew he, there was a miss there at 18 with people cuttin' the corner, so he looks at that stuff and he makes the changes. Okay, for more on this golf course and many, many more, go to golf advisor.com. Find all the information that you need.
Coming soon: Ginella previews new courses
Matt Ginella previews courses currently in development at Bandon Dunes, Cabot Links, and Forest Dunes that will be destination courses for golfers.Oregon State Parks Department voted to agree to a land swap with Mike Kaiser . That's good progress. And that's good news for the avid amateur anxious to find out when Gil Hanse will get the okay to build that sixth course at Bandon Dunes. But Mike Kaiser did tell me that they still need to negotiate the particulars of what the exact land swap will be. So there's more