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I've ordered my copy, of course. I'm curious if it will be strictly about the routing/construction, or if it will include some insights about dealing with the owners.
Book sounds fascinating, i'm certainly tempted...A bucket list item of mine is to be on site and watch a course from initial routing to being put in the ground and then finished product. This is the one part of GCA that largely remains a mystery to me...
Quote from: Kalen Braley on December 27, 2019, 12:43:28 PMBook sounds fascinating, i'm certainly tempted...A bucket list item of mine is to be on site and watch a course from initial routing to being put in the ground and then finished product. This is the one part of GCA that largely remains a mystery to me...For those who have done it, I wonder how many were somewhat disappointed? Seeing how much more practically (rather than mystically) decisions are made might disappoint a few here, IMHO!We want a really deep bunker here....wait, it's below the river, it won't drain, I guess a standard depth bunker will work. What if we fill the green? Damn, scrapers are already off the site and regulations prevent us getting under tree roots anyway.Just an example, but based on at least a few discussions I recall from the field.
Safe to say not all parts of the process will be as interesting as others. You can safely throw in the irrigation puzzle piece in the not interesting bucket as well. But things that would be high on the list, at least from where i sit:- Getting the topo map, determining initial routings, doing the site visits to finalize the routing.- The clearing process when you start to see the land forms and what works or not.- Tweaks to the holes for natural tie ins, filling in, and perhaps creating interest in the fairways.- Determining tee and bunker locations.- Figuring out what green shape, style, size to go with.
Tom, how do we fellow ďmusiciansĒ sign up for your book?
...Individuals who were directly involved in those 18 projects may qualify for a free copy.
Tim,I've got a sneaky feeling there's a difference between drawing pictures of cool golf holes on graph paper, and actually bringing them to life. I'd like to see for myself just how big that gap is.note: I had a cub scout den mother take us on a tour of the Kahns meat packing plant in Cincinnati when I was about ten years old. To say it left an impression would be an understatement. Michael
I did not intend to advertise the book here.The title is a double entendre, as it covers my first 18 courses - actually, 19, since I have never counted The Sheep Ranch as an official course. That will be one of the more interesting chapters, since Bill Coore was kind enough to provide his routing, and I could analyze the things he found that Don Placek and I had not found.So, Pacific Dunes is in there, and it will be covered in depth. [How in depth? Even Mike Keiser never saw my first routing, which I will include.]St. Andrews Beach was my 18th [/19th] course, so that's the last one included, right after Cape Kidnappers and Barnbougle. There are also a few projects I didn't get to buiid, like the 2nd course at Cape Kidnappers, and Erin Hills. Ballyneal, Sebonack, and Tara Iti [among others] will have to wait for a future book.As Tim W. says, the point of the book is to fill a gap missing in the literature of golf architecture . . . an architect explaining why he put the golf holes where he did.It IS expensive. I know there is a limited market for it, so it's a limited edition, which should make it worth more. It will be very expensive to print, as we are printing it big enough to read the topo maps. I hired my former associate Sara Mess to help edit it. I will be sure to offer at-cost discounts to all of my former associates, and other architects who want a copy.Somehow, in spite of the cost, I've gotten 200+ orders for it in the past three days.
Tom,Can we expect an earlier publishing date for Volume II with all this free time?
Hey guys:Sara Mess, who's helping me with the book, is a teacher now, and used her spring break (just before schools shut down) to come to TVC and put the book to bed. Since then, we have only made about 100 edits and proofreading fixes!But we called it good at 5:30 this evening, and she will upload it to the printer tomorrow !That means we are on track to have the books back to us around Memorial Day, and you will have yours in early June. Sorry it has taken so long - this one is really my opus, so finishing was extra hard!I also had an idea yesterday for a GCA-based charity offshoot - will discuss with Ran tomorrow.
Is there an expectation that delivery times, to overseas in particular, for those pre-ordered books could be compromised due to COVID19 disruption. I'm not worrying about viral transmission more that the usual logistics might be somewhat jiggered and I don't want my self-indulgent Doak book to go missing in action!