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Joel,I like much of the work of GH and I like much of the work of Rees J. Would you say it is a fair assumption to say a club can often maintain the same shot values and playability while really doing nothing more than changing the aesthetics to the flavor of the day? The main thing I see is that GH is the new "way to go" for these types of clubs and congrats to him for achieving such. You know, sort of like when Fairway and Green took over from Polo in the pro shop. It's the way the world turns.
1948 may be a little too early, but I've heard Ross had a new bunkering plan and its in the club files. Might be worth a look.
That was some good stuff. Ur off a decade, I'm a Millar guy . GH seems to like water hazards, I'm curious to see the plans. ''and the current fashion sets the pace''
Word on the street is it will be far more than tweaking.
Of course, it has to happen. After decades of worrying about renovating or restoring the pre WWII classics (courses and architects) now the question is renovate or restore the courses of the 1950's. While most here would say tear them up, they aren't in fashion any more, that would be the same thought process applied in 50's-90's that caused so many other courses to be changed drastically....with varying opinions as to whether it is good or bad. Or, that Ross and others applied to many of the early courses they totally redid into new courses.Will anyone stand up for the legacy of RTJ and Dick Wilson from the 50's? What about the Floyd Farley's of the world?
Quote from: Ben Cowan (Michigan) on September 13, 2015, 09:08:25 PM That was some good stuff. Ur off a decade, I'm a Millar guy . GH seems to like water hazards, I'm curious to see the plans. ''and the current fashion sets the pace''Why do you say GH seems to like water hazards? Looking at his original designs, I don't really see any basis to that generalization. http://www.hansegolfdesign.com/Hanse_Golf_Design/Completed.htmlYou can't blame the guy for what was already there at Doral, or on the property in Rio.
Having worked with Gil on a renovation my best advice to the membership at Oakland Hills is to set a mandate such that they won't be in a position to "sign off" on any individual elements of the proposed plan.