Golfing World: Course designer Tom Doak
We sit down with one of the world’s finest course designers, Tom Doak, as he embarks on his latest exciting project.
History lesson: Harbour Town, Nicklaus and Dye
Matt Ginella gives a history lesson on Harbour Town, Jack Nicklaus, and Pete Dye. Watch Morning Drive everyday 7AM ET.
Shackelford: Dye, Woods are best things to happen in golf
Damon Hack finds out from Geoff Shackleford what he thinks are the best two things to happen in golf in the last fifty years.
How it began: Nicklaus' start in golf course design
Gary Williams and Matt Ginella interview Jack Nicklaus to discuss what goes into golf course design. Watch Morning Drive everyday 7AM ET.
Jim Urbina on Doaks, Crenshaw, and Hanse Designs
Jim Urbina discuss Ben Crenshaw, Tom Doaks, and Gil Hanse course designs. Watch Morning Drive everyday 7AM ET.AP this week. -Uh-huh. -Tom Doak. -Every time I look at his golf courses , I realized from the beginning that he understood that finding the right piece of land was 75 percent of the battle. YouBill talks, I listen. And I go out and I walk the golf courses with him, and I've learned never to ask Bill what's the yardage and what's the par. It's amazing. He never doesn't-- he doesn't think about that stuff. And so, when I hang out with Bill and I'd look at his golf courses , I seek them out all over the place. I understand that craftsmanship and doing the hands and little detail work that he does, he does this all-- he does all of his own greens. I mean, that's craftsmanship. -How about Gil Hanse? -I think Gil and Jim are on top of the game right now. I've seeked out a few of their golf courses not a lot lately. But Gil is the detail guy. I pride myself in detail work that we've done at Pacific Dunes, Old Macdonald, Sebonack in Southampton, New York. It's the detail work. And Gil and Jim Wagner and they've proven it over and over and over that they spend the time necessary to create those features. -The Grand Poobah, Pete Dye . -The iconic of all-- of all architecture where I started and learned the game and how to design and build golf courses . I've said many of times that I thought that the TPC at Sawgrass was the iconic golf course of modern times. And you know, Greg and Rees Jones and a lot of these architects have looked at what Pete's done and Tom Doak, Bill Coore, they've all seen his creativity. And I was lucky to be a part of that and being around Pete and learning his nuances, it really made all the difference in the world in my life. -You said at dinner that Pete Dye really sort of changed architecture, the direction of architecture, not once but twice. -Yeah. -Can you get into that a little bit?way more advanced than-- in the thought process of designing and building golf courses than anybody else at that time. -And to tell you-- to keep going along the lines of breaking down architects and their styles and philosophies, what do you think of Tom Fazio? -I thought, well, I can-- I can-- I'll be honest with you. When I first got into the business, I didn't know who any of these guys were. I didn't even know who Pete Dye was, you know. "You're gonna work for Pete Dye ." Who's Pete Dye ? I don't care. But I started to realize they all had a style of architecture. And I started to seek out some of the best of what they had all done. And when I saw Wade Hampton in Cashiers, North Carolina, a golf course that Fazio had done, Tom Fazio, I thought this place is beautiful, beautiful. And so, I started to seek out other golf courses that he had done. Shadow Creek being another. They were just beautiful golf courses that were laid out for everybody to enjoy. And it was so much different than what Pete had done and what Bill