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T_MacWood

Re:Del Paso CC-Fowler? Soon to be redone?
« Reply #25 on: November 14, 2003, 06:22:42 AM »
Rich
Being an obvious fan, perhaps you can make arangements for Kyle to redesign Dornoch after he completes Del Paso.

I agree Russell Talley would be a tremendous resource...I suspect if he were involved the direction would have been much different....what's an archie?

ForkaB

Re:Del Paso CC-Fowler? Soon to be redone?
« Reply #26 on: November 14, 2003, 06:39:24 AM »
Tom

If you ever make it up to Dornoch (which I hope you will some day--even you might learn something!) you will see that Dornoch does not need to be redesigned, although (as I have said many times before) my mind is always open to such possibilities, particularly since the course has been so vastly improved from the numerous previous interventions.

PS--I didn't coin the affectionate diminutive for architect ("archie"), but I'm happy to use it, when appropriate.

Forrest Richardson

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Re:Del Paso CC-Fowler? Soon to be redone?
« Reply #27 on: November 14, 2003, 09:04:59 AM »
1.  I wonder whether this course can be truly "restored". Of course, I don't know as I've not been there and evaluated the site, work, archives or needs.

2.  I don't know a lot about Fowler, but his limited work over here would be very interesting to know more about. Of course, I haven't been to the club and seen what they have on hand about Fowler or his efforts.

3.  I am interested to know how much of Fowler's work is left at this property indeed, I wonder how much of the property Fowler touched is still covered by golf. (And also: How much new property might be now used for golf.) Of course, I haven't been there to find this out, nor to study the assembly of land for the past many years.

4.  It would be great to know how Kyle is approaching the work. I have high regard for Kyle and his solutions. One of his motivations for leaving the large concern of Jones was to branch out and bring his personal creativity and interest to his work. Of course, I have not spoken with Kyle and understood his approach at Del Paso.

5.  The tendency here is often to throw things under the bus at first grasp. Of course.
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Mindy

Re:Del Paso CC-Fowler? Soon to be redone?
« Reply #28 on: November 14, 2003, 11:54:18 AM »
Here is how I feel about our course. I know that this may be contrary to the norm and the thinking of the ad-hoc committee, however everyone deserves the right to voice their thoughts and if in the end we respectfully disagree then so be it.

The architecture of the course may very well not mean anything to anyone, but I am very passionate about the subject beacuse I think that it does matter. For 93 years we have been playing a course that was designed by an historically significant figure in golf course architecture, Herbert Fowler...would anyone tear down a Frank Lloyd home under the guise or movation that it will look like his original, would anyone resculpt Michaelangelo's David under the guise or motivation that it will look like his original? I think not, so why treat historically significant golf course architects and their courses any other way? Is a course not about the game of golf and the average golfer's shot making ability in order to be rewarded at the end of the day?  Perhaps the conversation we should be engaged in is restoration, not renovation. Perhaps the conversation that we should be engaged in is about "A Diamond in the Rough" and what would it take to polish up a valuable gem that we already own?

I understand the concepts that have been asked to be addressed in the new design, I just question whether or not it is right for Del Paso and lastly "What are the alternatives?" There are always alternatives.

Thank you again gentelman for your messages. I learn more each day. Mindy


Mindy

Re:Del Paso CC-Fowler? Soon to be redone?
« Reply #29 on: November 14, 2003, 12:05:45 PM »
Gentelmen, do not get me wrong when I speak of Kyle Phillips work...as an architect he may very well be a good and his work may very well be good. I will acknowledge that fact. Again, in the end if we respectfully disagree then so be it.

Mindy

Michael Dugger

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Re:Del Paso CC-Fowler? Soon to be redone?
« Reply #30 on: November 14, 2003, 12:46:32 PM »
Mindy,


I think a great many of us here appreciate your point of view.  Probably more so than you realize.  Considering that you appear to be a newcomer, so to speak, I'll give you a brief recap of recent events.

Your distinction between renovation and restoration is an apt one.  It's discussed quite often, in particular, more recent discussion has centered around Merion, Pasatiempo, Yale, Oakmont, Inverness, The Creek, Riviera, Cypress Point, MPCC and SFCC to name a few off the top of my head.  

Some have gone even further than restoration and have created a new notion of a "sensitive" restoration. It is the sensitive resoraton that I think you are advocating, based on the significance of the architect's place in the history of GCA.  Why redo the Mona Lisa, right?

Yet, at the same time, I think you recognize that even a wonderful Frank Lloyd Wright home can become run down if it is not properly maintained.  Even a wonderful Frank Lloyd Wright, such as the civic center in Marin, could use a facelift or "remodel" if it is not longer large enough to house the # of people that is demanded of it.

Now, I readily concede that this is a stretch, but I think you understand what I am getting at in regards to your Fowler course.  Thus far I believe that I've read that your course has some encroaching underbrush that has squeezed the fairways.  I've heard a need for a new practice facility and more parking for the members.  I think I read that the club has purchased additional land that could be incorporated into a couple of new features to the course.

Like in so many disagreements, the respective parties seem to be going polar on this one.  It happens here at GCA all the time.  SOmeone like Tommy is fanatical about his "hands off" policy.  Others are at the entire opposite of the spectrum.  I'd like to think the wise endeavour lies somewhere in the middle.  Especially in light of your clubs circumstances.  

Of the courses I mentioned above the following has occured:

Merion-Complete bunker renovation.  Some like the new bunkers.  Some hate them.  The routing was not altered.  Some claim the new work has violated the tradition of the "white faces of Merion".  Has it defaced the historical work of Hugh Wilson.....you tell me?

Pasatiempo-Here is a great example of a sensitive restoration.  Tom Doak and his crew have worked, based on old photography, to restore what Mackenzie originally built.  Routing not altered, just bunker work.
 
Yale-See the "tragedy at Yale thread".  It's been renovated.  Most hate it, think it has ruined the course.  Definately not a good example of a successful renovation.  

Oakmont-They undertook-may still be undertaking-a massive tree removal program.  The goal is to get the course nearer to what the Fownes original design entailed.  You could call it a sensitive restoration I guess, although the greens and what not haven't been messed with.  Still, there is a goal in mind.

Inverness-Many hands have worked here.  Art Hills, Fazio.  A lot claim that the new work is inconsistant with the original work of Donald Ross.  It's been renovated and not is another candidate for a sensitive restoration, if you believe what's there now is inferior.


Riviera-Sensitive restoration by Coore and Crenshaw, Renovation of a couple of holes by Fazio.  Highly controversial.

Cypress Point-Sensitive restoration of the bunkers.

MPCC-Renovation, perhaps a good course to look at when it comes to examining whether or not a renovation will give you a superior product.  Most are raving about Strantz's work, about how it will make a vastly superior course to what they had before.

SFCC-Unlike Pasatiempo, Doak reworked a green or two here.  What is the key, in my opinion, however, is that his new work fits with the old.  There is no loss in consistancy.

Lastly, I'd add that what would The Country Club at Brookline and Shinnecock Hills be if it wasn't for William Flynn's work there?  

I hope this helps and that I've got all my facts straight.  I'm sure someone will point out the truth otherwise.

I hope that if Kyle Phillips renovates your course that he works to incorporate as much of the original Fowler into the final product as possible.  AND, that he works to make his new features mesh with the old.  Retain the consistancy in style.
What does it matter if the poor player can putt all the way from tee to green, provided that he has to zigzag so frequently that he takes six or seven putts to reach it?     --Alistair Mackenzie--

Mindy

Re:Del Paso CC-Fowler? Soon to be redone?
« Reply #31 on: November 14, 2003, 01:09:33 PM »
Just to clarify something, the additional land that was purchsed was done so in the 1960's. The original land purchase was done in January of 1916.

Mindy

Forrest Richardson

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Re:Del Paso CC-Fowler? Soon to be redone?
« Reply #32 on: November 14, 2003, 01:20:26 PM »
"Oakmont-They undertook-may still be undertaking-a massive tree removal program. The goal is to get the course nearer to what the Fownes original design entailed. You could call it a sensitive restoration I guess, although the greens and what not haven't been messed with. Still, there is a goal in mind."

MDugger: The Fownes only "original intent" was to create America's most chellanging and different golf course. I enjoy your comments, but you fail in this example to arrive at the most suitable conclusion: Oakmont to be a true legacy will never be finished. At least it should not be.

If you were to "restore" Oakmont where would one determine is THE point in history that you might choose? Before the Chruch Pews? of course not. Rid the course of the grand trees which buffer the Pennsylvania Turnpike? of course not. Make the course a par-82, as it once was? of course not.

No, the best approach is often an historic interpretation. Perhaps what you mean by "sensitive"...?

Anyway, the fact is that a golf course often is best brought along from where it is, many times the absolute best route is to allow it to change and be re-invented and along the way, yes, re-discovered. This is not to say that history should not be embraced. For it is always good to link to the past.
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A_Clay_Man

Re:Del Paso CC-Fowler? Soon to be redone?
« Reply #33 on: November 14, 2003, 01:25:30 PM »
Mindy- Perhaps someone who knows the numbers can attest, but it seems to me that doing a restoration wouldn't be as expensive as re-doing the course. And I suspect that most of that 10mil will go for the other physical plant improvements.

 If that is the case? I would also think that seperating the projects into two different budgets would show everyone how much  you value the courses pedigree. Another sensible approach is being done at Beverly Cc where the restoration of one hole allows the membership to actually see the difference.

Forrest Richardson

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Re:Del Paso CC-Fowler? Soon to be redone?
« Reply #34 on: November 14, 2003, 01:42:02 PM »
Adam, my good friend who is often misguided by the fresh air of New Mexico,

Don't you feel it might be more sensible to first find out whether there is anything to "restore" and also, what this might be? I can think of no good reason to suggest Mindy consider your recommendation without knowing more facts and understanding what has already been proposed and why.

I have very limited knowledge of Del Paso, but it seems like there have been many architects and pros monkying with the course over the years. I would be very surprised to learn that Fowler's design (whatever level he may have left) could even be brought back I would also be surprised to be convinced that this would be a good idea without severe interpretation and leeway on the part of someone learned in the art and science of golf course architecture.
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Michael Dugger

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Re:Del Paso CC-Fowler? Soon to be redone?
« Reply #35 on: November 14, 2003, 01:42:18 PM »
Forrest,

Sure.  You are skilled in the art of analysis.  I was rushing and probably didn't get my intent across very well.  Oakmont might not have been the best example to cite.

Do you think Oakmont's program was done for pure aesthetics?  Isn't it a restoration in some sense?
What does it matter if the poor player can putt all the way from tee to green, provided that he has to zigzag so frequently that he takes six or seven putts to reach it?     --Alistair Mackenzie--

Patrick_Mucci

Re:Del Paso CC-Fowler? Soon to be redone?
« Reply #36 on: November 14, 2003, 01:53:02 PM »
Mdugger,

C&C did not perform a sensitive restoration at Riviera.

I don't think that Inverness could ever be restored, and to my knowledge, based on discussions with members, no such project is under consideration.  I would like to see modifications to holes # 3, 5 and 6 as they are clearly out of character.

SPDB,

I'm not so sure that certain clubs have the right to alter their golf courses.  I would concede that they have the power to alter their golf courses, and that there is a distinction.

All too often, decisions are clouded by a veil of secrecy.
In many cases, not even the members of a club are aware of what is transpiring or what has been decided, for THEIR golf course.

I've seen situations where not even the committee members,  or Board members were aware of what had been decided by those who actually hold the reins of power.

So when you speak of the rights of a club, I'm not so sure that you're correct, because you imply that the entire membership endorses the project, and that the decision making process encompasses all of the members.

If a project was going down the path of mutilating the golf course, what recourse do club members, and concerned outsiders have, especially if the veil of secrecy exists.

Sunshine laws seek to prevent secret meetings by keeping the public involved, but there are no such laws governing a private entity.

Initially, the buck has to stop at the Chairman of the committees involved.

They should be identified, and they should be accountable for their actions.  They should be available to answer any and all questions regarding the project.  I don't think that these individuals should be demonized, but if they are about to make a bad decision, or have already made a bad decision, they should be brought to light and to task for their actions.

My next question to you is:

Is a membership transient ?

If so, do those transient members have the right to alter their golf course ?  If you say yes, then is the golf course open season every ten years to the revolving transient memberships

Isn't the preservation of the golf course the sole most important function of any current membership ?

Let's go back to the committee level.

Do the committee members possess the knowledge, historical perspective and architectural abilities to make such decisions on behalf of the membership ?

Where did the ideas come from ?
Why does the club want to make these changes ?
Does the club need to make changes ?

These are questions that each club needs to address when embarking on any project that would alter their golf course.

Remember, the road to hell is paved with good intentions.

Scrutiny and constructive criticism are valid, and should be SOP.

SPDB

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Re:Del Paso CC-Fowler? Soon to be redone?
« Reply #37 on: November 14, 2003, 02:23:22 PM »
Mdugger,

C&C did not perform a sensitive restoration at Riviera.

I don't think that Inverness could ever be restored, and to my knowledge, based on discussions with members, no such project is under consideration.  I would like to see modifications to holes # 3, 5 and 6 as they are clearly out of character.

SPDB,

I'm not so sure that certain clubs have the right to alter their golf courses.  I would concede that they have the power to alter their golf courses, and that there is a distinction.

All too often, decisions are clouded by a veil of secrecy.
In many cases, not even the members of a club are aware of what is transpiring or what has been decided, for THEIR golf course.

I've seen situations where not even the committee members,  or Board members were aware of what had been decided by those who actually hold the reins of power.

So when you speak of the rights of a club, I'm not so sure that you're correct, because you imply that the entire membership endorses the project, and that the decision making process encompasses all of the members.



Pat - Drawing an analogy between rights and powers vested in a club (and remember, I was referring to a club not the committee) is kind of an odd approach. As much as you would like to compare it to a contract remedy (i.e. a party has the power, but not the right to breach) it doesn't really do your argument any justice.

You certainly know far more about club politics than I do, but whether a committee makes a mistake or abuses discretion in some way doesn't mean that they never had the right to make the decision in the first place.

If you follow your theory to its logical conclusion there would have to exist some contractual or quasi-contractual between the membership and the various committees. Conceivably, a suit could be brought for breach of warranty if a committee promises a restoration and delivers something else. The problem is liability, and I don't think any court would attach liability to a committee, either individually or jointly.

What committee would undertake a restoration if this type of duty existed? Let me answer for you, none.

Assuming that there are no legal relationships between committee members and the members at-large, then any distinction between "rights" and "powers" is semantic.
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Michael Dugger

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Re:Del Paso CC-Fowler? Soon to be redone?
« Reply #38 on: November 14, 2003, 02:55:24 PM »
Pat,

What would you call what C & C did at Riviera?  Surely it was partly a sensitive restoration (bunkers), although now that you mention it I do recall reading something Coore said about the membership choosing not to restore some of the greens.

What was it then?

What does it matter if the poor player can putt all the way from tee to green, provided that he has to zigzag so frequently that he takes six or seven putts to reach it?     --Alistair Mackenzie--

George Pazin

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Re:Del Paso CC-Fowler? Soon to be redone?
« Reply #39 on: November 14, 2003, 03:28:27 PM »
The Fownes only "original intent" was to create America's most chellanging and different golf course. I enjoy your comments, but you fail in this example to arrive at the most suitable conclusion: Oakmont to be a true legacy will never be finished. At least it should not be.

I was under the impression that part of the original intent was to be a links style course with few trees.

I think there is a tremendous difference between interior and exterior trees on a golf course & to cite leaving in trees shielding the turnpike is about as obvious as leaving in the trees that shield the local roads as well, which the geniuses at NBC saw fit to point out as examples of how there were still plenty of trees.

I think Mike's point about Oakmont was close to dead on. He never recommended or commented in any way about taking Oakmont back to a specific time, pre or post anything.

Sean -

You may be right about scaring people away, but I also wonder how much the soft approach helps. Any examples of people who've been gently persuaded away from the wrong thing back to the right course?

Patrick -

Care to share with the rest of us why you don't feel C&C's work at Riviera was not sensitive?
Big drivers and hot balls are the product of golf course design that rewards the hit one far then hit one high strategy.  Shinny showed everyone how to take care of this whole technology dilemma. - Pat Brockwell, 6/24/04

SPDB

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Re:Del Paso CC-Fowler? Soon to be redone?
« Reply #40 on: November 14, 2003, 03:41:33 PM »
George -
That's the logic of shoot first ask questions later. Strong arming and intimidation as the first retreat will get you nowhere.

Do you think George B. would have the same influence he now enjoys if he simply insulted every committee member that was contemplating an unsympathetic Raynor restoration?

Heck, I wouldn't make a big deal out of it if Tommy was a member of Del Paso, and had been merely fed up following efforts to try and convince his fellow members of their errors. However, he made an on-the-fly assessment of the motives of Cliffhenry based on reading one post and lobbed insults at the guy (with a subsequent apology - but you can't unring the bell). Do you think Cliffhenry is now going to go back to the next committee meeting and say to his fellow members "I was insulted by a guy on a golf-architecture website, and it made me realize we made a mistake." ??

George Pazin

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Re:Del Paso CC-Fowler? Soon to be redone?
« Reply #41 on: November 14, 2003, 04:26:51 PM »
Sean -

I honestly don't know what approach works better. In my personal life, I try to lead by example, and cautiously at that. Take it from me, my management style does not work well in a business setting. Being generally nonconfrontational (off this site - obviously on, I like to mix it up :)), I often wonder if a good slap in the face doesn't sometimes work better to wake people up. In this instance, I'd say Tommy probably did come on strong out of the gate, but I'd be surprised if a soft sell were to do any better in this case. Mr. Henry seems to be trying to reassure us, rather than offer anything or seek any advice. If I were a psychiatrist like Tuco, I'd surmise he's looking for us to say it's okay to go ahead and screw with something that might be really special. Forrest & Rich might think so, but I sure don't.

If calm rational discussion truly persuaded people, you'd think at least one of us would change his mind occasionally. Surely it shows how little most of us have changed our opinions after years of discussing these types of situations almost ad nauseum. :)

Still waiting for that example of the gentle approach working....
Big drivers and hot balls are the product of golf course design that rewards the hit one far then hit one high strategy.  Shinny showed everyone how to take care of this whole technology dilemma. - Pat Brockwell, 6/24/04

SPDB

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Re:Del Paso CC-Fowler? Soon to be redone?
« Reply #42 on: November 14, 2003, 04:35:27 PM »
I'd hope you wouldn't slap a complete stranger who walked into your business. Why do it electronically? If a slap in the face (figurative or otherwise) is the first, default approach I'd say that therapy might be the best option.

What did you think my example of George Bahto was supposed to accomplish, if not an answer to your question?

Geoff_Shackelford

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Re:Del Paso CC-Fowler? Soon to be redone?
« Reply #43 on: November 14, 2003, 05:30:12 PM »
Mindy, Cliff, people of Del Paso, :)

I'm sure there is little doubt that Kyle and Mark have put something impressive together, but when I hear "the spirit of Fowler" I'm inclined to feel as Tommy N and Tom MacWood do, and that is to be very skeptical. Not of the architects necessarily, but of the members for perhaps not having a clear mission for these gentlemen besides finding ways to expand parking and the range and then doing something that looks impressive on paper to sell a large group of people on what I assume is a costly undertaking. The spirit of Fowler wreaks of a talking point and sales tool.

Most of us don't know as much as we'd like about Fowler, but perhaps something like this project will help and perhaps will pay off for Del Paso and the architects too if there is not a huge rush to get this project going. I recently saw Eastward Ho and for me it's easily the least known great course in America (though Ran's write up will probably change that). If other work of his exists that is even smidgen of the quality of that fine course, every effort should be made to find ways to restore it because the members will benefit not only in more enjoyable golf, but in an enhanced image and more valuable membership.

Most new courses are desperately trying to embrace history and tradition, while it always perplexes me when older courses treat their background with less regard than many of us might hope they would.

Patrick,
I can't wait to hear your description of what Coore and Crenshaw did at Riviera, seeing as you are well versed in the details of the project.
Yours in Restoration, :)
Geoff

George Pazin

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Re:Del Paso CC-Fowler? Soon to be redone?
« Reply #44 on: November 14, 2003, 05:39:59 PM »
Sean -

I was thinking about this while we were knocking out our last order & you're probably right, the benefit of the doubt should be extended upon an initial post. I will admit I'm pretty skeptical, but that doesn't warrant an attack.

I'd love to sit down with some of our restoration specialists & try to get honest answers about what gets through to members. George B's efforts are impressive, but I'm under the impression people seek him out as an expert. Such individuals would naturally be more receptive to a cautious gentle approach. I wonder if the situation at Yale doesn't (sadly) represent the typical situation with most golf course "owners", be it members or actual owners. I think most would be better served taking a stance of stewardship of special assets versus enhancers or developers of said assets.

P.S. Much as I'd like to occasionally, I haven't slapped any clients yet. And certainly not any strangers.:)
Big drivers and hot balls are the product of golf course design that rewards the hit one far then hit one high strategy.  Shinny showed everyone how to take care of this whole technology dilemma. - Pat Brockwell, 6/24/04

Tommy_Naccarato

Re:Del Paso CC-Fowler? Soon to be redone?
« Reply #45 on: November 14, 2003, 05:46:18 PM »
George, You just hit "another" home run.  :)

SPDB

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Re:Del Paso CC-Fowler? Soon to be redone?
« Reply #46 on: November 14, 2003, 05:47:50 PM »
George - I went back and re-read Cliff's post to see if there was something in it which indicated affirmatively that they were disregarding Fowler's original design for something totally different. I couldn't find it. How are we to know what Cliff means by "the spirit of Fowler" without asking? Is it not  possible that he means a sympathetic restoration? An easy way to not find out is to insult him and charge him with negligence for what may amount to a mistaken use of a phrase. It's just as likely that the negligence may be Tommy's.

On balance, Geoff's response is probably a bit more diplomatic and more in the spirit (!?) of "caveat emptor."  

As far as George B.'s style is concerned, I think you may be confusing cause and effect.
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George Pazin

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Re:Del Paso CC-Fowler? Soon to be redone?
« Reply #47 on: November 14, 2003, 05:55:52 PM »
Sean -

It's probably just that too many times architects and committee members have said "the right thing", only to have the result reflect something entirely different. Yale is a clear example of that (again sadly). The casual golfer would probably think we're all nuts to even care what goes on there.

It's only natural to be skeptical when one's been burned - couple that with Tommy's passion and you have the formula for napalm. :)

I do hope things go well at Del Paso, but I have to admit, pretty much anyone saying they intend to duplicate "the spirit" of someone else's work scares the heck out of me.
Big drivers and hot balls are the product of golf course design that rewards the hit one far then hit one high strategy.  Shinny showed everyone how to take care of this whole technology dilemma. - Pat Brockwell, 6/24/04

Tommy_Naccarato

Re:Del Paso CC-Fowler? Soon to be redone?
« Reply #48 on: November 14, 2003, 06:00:14 PM »
Sean, Once again, lack of facts are contributing to YOUR negligence.

Phillip's proposed plan has it for a complete rerouting of the golf course which has a unique fortune of most every hole not having the sun in a player's eyes throughout the year. With Phillips REMODEL, it will be a complete reversal of this unique routing feature.

Try to stick on the facts Sean--or do you actually know any of them?

Patrick_Mucci

Re:Del Paso CC-Fowler? Soon to be redone?
« Reply #49 on: November 14, 2003, 06:00:42 PM »
MDugger & George Pazin,

C&C were prevented from performing a true restoration by the club, hence you can't say that there work was a sensitive restoration, that would be inaccurate and a misrepresentation.

SPDB,

In your haste to disagree with me, you've failed to understand the issues I've put forth.

Clubs are now incorporating the sanctity and integrity of their architecture into their by-laws for the express purpose of protecting the golf course from misguided committees and individuals.  Just ask Paul Richards.

As a Green Chairman and Project Chairman I clearly understood what I had the power to do.  But, that didn't give me the RIGHT to do it.  I think responsible, knowledgeable individuals understand that.  Arrogant individuals do whatever the power conveyed upon them allows them to do, and sometimes more.

The green superintendent at Yale had the power to bulldoze the second green, and he exercised that power.  But, did he really have the right to do that ?  The right to disfigure an architectural masterpiece ???  Blind ownership allowed him to exercise that power without recourse.

Let's pretend for a second that I owned Yale at the time the superintendent bulldozed that green, and that he did so without my express written or oral permission.  Do you think I would have recourse ???

What's the difference behind the act, the power and the right possessed by the green superintendent under those two owners, Yale, and Me ????

I've seen more golf courses disfigured due to ignorance and arrogance then I have out of intelligence.

If a committee or individual disfigures or mars a golf course then they have to take all the heat for a their decision, from their members, golfers, architects and the golf world at large.

If you're going to exercise your rights and your powers then you have to be prepared to address your accountabilities and responsibilties to the golfing universe.

If you would like to debate the bunker-wol and bathtub construction/configuration endorsed by a committee with me, I'd be happy to do so   ;D

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