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Why do we then fail to question the doubters who spew venom when a billionaire hires Rees Jones? Who exactly chooses our heroes now?
There is good reason for the man who first saw the Emperor wore no clothes to sport the darkest shades.
https://thefriedegg.com/zac-blair-the-buck-club-hires-tom-doak-kye-goalby-to-design-the-tree-farm/Doak did the routing, Goalby will build it.
That’s great for Kye Goalby. One of the (many) good guys in this business.
An engineered replica course with homesites and a faux Buck Club.Didn't see that coming. But it's 2021, didn't see a lot of this coming.
Quote from: JR Potts on January 25, 2021, 10:07:18 PMAn engineered replica course with homesites and a faux Buck Club.Didn't see that coming. But it's 2021, didn't see a lot of this coming.You mean the two most talked-about projects in the business? Why not? It's fun to make people's heads explode.Besides, Zac's deal makes up for the fact that I couldn't really ask to get paid for a routing for Lido. Seriously, though, I have always thought that I would enjoy working on routings in my spare time [and especially if I get paid for them], or when I am semi-retired. It is all the site visits clients expect of me when I commit to a new project that take their toll on my body, and limit my workload.This fit perfectly for me, because there is no long term commitment. I had the time to take it on now, and I don't have to worry about whether it will overlap too much with Te Arai or wherever. And I don't have to feel guilty about letting it go after this, because Zac wants to be the one making decisions about building golf holes anyway, and he's enlisted good help for that. Maybe I'll wind up being a little involved in that part, if I have time when they get to it.
Zac- congrats on this step. The undulations look pretty nice out there, so it will be cool to see how the routing fits over the land.
#1 looks like a blast with the huge bank on the fairway. And from the alt tee after the bye hole, it's almost like a reverse version of 14 at Mammoth. The tee shots over the hills on 2 and 5 look exciting. 5 seems especially like one that Tom would have seen.The approach to the horizon green on 13 and then downhill tee shot on 14 seem like a definite highlight on the back. I'm convinced that this is going to turn out great.
Tom brings an experience that literally covers the world and we are all very excited to have him on board!!! It has been really cool to see the process and learn some things along the way. Pumped to see it take shape - he founds some really awesome holes!
I see one set of tees on the routing - is this purposeful or will a few others come about throughout the process?
Zac - congrats on making a great stride on what you’ve been working towards for a long time. A few questions if you please?I see one set of tees on the routing - is this purposeful or will a few others come about throughout the process?How “hard” do you want this course to be? Playable for all or just tour / low HC friends? I’m running low on golf balls over here...Assume the clubhouse goes in the middle of the property near #1 and 10? Any driving range / short game?Looking forward to its evolution.
Quote from: Matt MacIver on January 26, 2021, 11:09:17 AMZac - congrats on making a great stride on what you’ve been working towards for a long time. A few questions if you please?I see one set of tees on the routing - is this purposeful or will a few others come about throughout the process?How “hard” do you want this course to be? Playable for all or just tour / low HC friends? I’m running low on golf balls over here...Assume the clubhouse goes in the middle of the property near #1 and 10? Any driving range / short game?Looking forward to its evolution.I think Tom, Kye and the team will get all the tee locations sorted out in the next few visits down to the site. Ive never built a course so im not sure exactly when those decisions get set in stone, I would assume some decisions are made in the field as well (maybe you shift a tee or green site to make the hole or transition better etc.)I have also envisioned a lot of tees where you can share the same box ... trying to keep different classes of players together as much as it makes sense. I love going to play with different handicaps but its such a drag when im continually going back to a different world and I never get to see them. this course definitely has everyone in mind. The goal is to make a bunch of great holes where everyone can have fun (im not too concerned about the TOUR players shooting low scores .. if they play good great). I think Tom has laid out a very exciting course with a very fun finish (short par 3 17th with a drivable 18 with the valley to the left ... I've always like the idea of the drivable finisher so It was awesome that Tom was able to make this work). our team likes the idea of having the clubhouse/back porch right up close to the 18th green ... shot provide a great view and some cool spectating. range plans are still TBD I think we can have some sort of cypress style warm up range near the first tee and possibly a more traditional practice range somewhere a little more remote (ive personally always loved the idea of the remote range so you can get away and work on your game ... but some warm up area next to the action is obviously more convenient)Ive also always envisioned a big putting green near 1/18/Bar to get everyone hanging out close to the action and provide a place in the evenings to have some fun!