Thanks for passing my message on. I am highly unlikely to get out there this year although it is on the list for a future trip.
My post actually was intended as a subtle nudge to any posters who might have a self-interest in Landmand's success. I have zero objection if they do so, but disclosure would be helpful. Richard Mandell has been transparent about promoting his book. Doak has been similarly transparent about his books and courses (including his financial stake in St. Patrick's). Landmand looks compelling, but I am a bit skeptical that the enthusiasm on the part of some posters is completely disinterested.
If you have a question ask it or send a DM. This is a pussyfoot. If you werenít there, you have no idea what the experience was like.
I have no interest in the Landmand enterprise. I have started a documentary on the project with Andy Fried Egg that is public knowledge and in the public domain. We have made one installment to date.it has been shared on GCA and is on the inter web for all to see with full credit and labeling.
I have been reimbursed for some imagery assistance that has gone toward a content pool available to all outlets and can be seen in multiple publications.
I have known Rob and Tad since 2019 when we explored a plan to try to restore a trashy collegiate course with the hope of it helping attract a USGA event. Another GCAer and I even found donors. We also spoke with Tom D and Don Placek who were exploring ways that we might get it done.
The College shat upon the deal in a way that was so hilariously bureaucratic, Rob, Tad and I remained close friends. I regularly chide Rob for ďDesigning AngryĒ. They are signed on to help us with a public golf development we are saving from bulldozers and a PODS warehouse so I am a big fan.
I asked for their support of a GCA Landmand Mashie almost two years ago when they werenít sure when the grass was going to grow in. Simply because it had the promise of delivering really interesting GCA for a Mashie.
I was magnetically attracted to the Andersenís commitment to great public golf at Landmand who have also supported my desire to assist a golfer of color who was #1 in his age group but interestingly has not been invited to visit some of the top Nebraska courses in the same manner as some of his peers. I asked if Landmand would entertain him for some preview play and practice, they enthusiastically obliged.
I am also on the BoD of the Iowa Golf Association and with Landmand adjacent to the border, I am a cheerleader. I have disclosed that I am a Landmand Member the same way I disclosed I am a Cedar Rapids member and will ALWAYS fly a flag in support and proselytization of great gca, ESPECIALLY great gca for the public.
I have openly evangelized the same for Cedar Rapids, Davenport, and Harvester.
And to be clear, when we approached each of these overbooked destinations for two days of GCa Mashie, at discounted rates so good I refuse to publish them on this open forum, they obliged and delivered world class conditions and hospitality.
The Mashie engages in no subterfuge. It is a guerrilla organization that grinds to secure great gca venues. Period. To infer otherwise will visit ire upon your soul so step and type carefully. When a Mashie suffered a COVID cancellation, we scrambled and cobbled together the 36 hole, socially distanced, no overnight stay Lawsonia event with fast thinking, Georgeís credit card, cunning and 11th hour help in high places from friends such as Craig Haltom. Do we call our contacts and relationships in golf in support of the delivery of great Mashies? You bet your ass.
Did I cheerlead for Landmand and the Andersens across all media platforms and golf outlets. You bet your ass. Did they block off two of their only 30 public tee time days to provide GCA with tee times and a closed course, for which we paid greens fees, yes they did. (Raters and media also paid)
So, Ira, if you still have any questions, please feel free to either post them openly or contact me directly and I will be abundantly clear. Stop simpering around with smug inferences.
(It is advisable not to conjure the LA Vaughn persona too frequently)