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Tom -George Cobb was something of a star architect until the mid-60's. He was called on to make changes at ANGC and later at East Lake in connection with the '63 Ryder Cup. He had lots of other high profile work at the time. But by the end of the '60's his star seems to have waned. Any thoughts as to why? I'm not a big fan of Cobb's work, but the arch of his career is unusual. Bob
Isn't it possible that's just historical hindsight, though?We consider working on ANGC (he built the par 3 course, I think) and East Lake as high profile jobs now, but was that really the case at the time? Was there even such a thing as a high profile job in golf course architecture or were courses mainly looking for someone nearby who could do whatever work they were looking for? I think it's at least plausible that he was just a local Georgia/southeastern architect who'd already built multiple golf courses and that's why he was asked to work both places.
Those WERE high-profile jobs, but the rest of your thesis is correct: Augusta and Peachtree wanted someone local who could follow orders, not someone to redesign it for them.As to Bob's question, I think George Cobb's star was very dim, and visible only in the skies of the southeast. And once he built a lot of courses there, his range was revealed and his star faded quickly. But perhaps that's unfair; I haven't really seen many of his courses.