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Design Innovation: A study of the unique greens on the Legneds Nine at Bacon Park....Hole #3:  Par 4 (352-332-306-222).....
05/13/2020

Design Innovation: A study of the unique greens on the Legneds Nine at Bacon Park.
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Hole #3: Par 4 (352-332-306-222)
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Two large mounds on both sides of the green held over from the original eighties routing got the ball rolling (no pun intended) for this putting surface. The inspiration for this green (and most of the Legends nine greens) comes from the green surfaces at Royal Cinque Ports Golf Club in Kent, England (also known as Deal). Of particular note for this green is the twelfth green at Deal. The two mounds were bulked up and connected by a serpentine ridge across the green, creating two distinct portions of the putting surface. @ Bacon Park Golf Course

Design Innovation: The Legends Nine at Bacon Park....Hole #2: Par 3 (168-160-150-140)...A similar mound fronts the front...
05/11/2020

Design Innovation: The Legends Nine at Bacon Park.
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Hole #2: Par 3 (168-160-150-140)
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A similar mound fronts the front right side of the second green, challenging those who approach it from the shorter (right side). Here two longer fingers extend out of the mound complex to the opposite side of the green, dividing the bulk of the green into three distinct sections. @ Bacon Park Golf Course

Design Innovation: The Legends Nine at Bacon Park...Hole #1:  Par 5 (514-466-439-398)...I am a fan of green perimeters b...
05/08/2020

Design Innovation: The Legends Nine at Bacon Park
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Hole #1: Par 5 (514-466-439-398)
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I am a fan of green perimeters bisected by mounds. I am also a fan of isolated mounds in the front of greens such as here as they place a premium on club selection for the better golfer and still challenge the golfer to negotiate it with a chip from in front. The nose coming off the back side of this mound helps to divide the putting surface. @ Bacon Park Golf Course

Loved the PGA Championship quiz in the May issue of Golf Magazine.  Great to see some of our work emphasized as well.  K...
05/07/2020

Loved the PGA Championship quiz in the May issue of Golf Magazine. Great to see some of our work emphasized as well. Keller Golf Course, host of the 1932 and 1954 PGAs won multiple awards, leading the way with a Best U.S. Municipal Renovation of the Year award from Golf Magazine in 2014. Tanglewood's Championship Course hosted the 1974 PGA won by Lee Trevino. Our restoration work was based on the work RTJ Senior did in preparation for that event and the locals embraced our efforts. Thanks to Bruce Charlton and RTJ II for their collaborative efforts with Richard Mandell Golf Architecture. @ Tanglewood Championship Golf Course

"The primary task was to create nine of the most interesting putting surfaces possible."  Stay tuned as we highlight our...
05/05/2020
Design Innovation: The Legends Nine at Bacon Park

"The primary task was to create nine of the most interesting putting surfaces possible."

Stay tuned as we highlight our unique green designs on the Legends Course at Bacon Park over the next few weeks!

https://www.golf-architecture.com/post/design-innovation-the-legends-nine-at-bacon-park

Back in 2013 Richard Mandell Golf Architecture was tasked with restoring the remaining eighteen Donald Ross holes at Bacon Park Golf Course in Savannah, Georgia. At the time, the Ross holes were split among three different nines. Ross routed four original courses on the property in 1925, two of whic...

From Florida to Minnesota to China, I am grateful for the opportunity I’ve had to see the world as a golf architect.  Ha...
04/22/2020

From Florida to Minnesota to China, I am grateful for the opportunity I’ve had to see the world as a golf architect. Happy Earth Day to all and I hope everyone is healthy and safe during this unique time. @ All Over the World

Richard Mandell Golf Architecture's cover photo
04/15/2020

Richard Mandell Golf Architecture's cover photo

01/15/2020
The Sandhills Club

I recently had a little fun over the holidays routing a conceptual course on a real sandhills property and have been sharing the results on both Twitter (@RichardMandell) and Instagram (@RichardMandellGolfArchitecture). Please follow along and let me know what you think!

The Sandhills Club: a conceptual routing of how topography and strategy become one on actual Sandhills ground...“Every n...
01/02/2020

The Sandhills Club: a conceptual routing of how topography and strategy become one on actual Sandhills ground.
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“Every now and then I find myself driving by an intriguing piece of property. Intriguing for me as a golf architect means I see high points that need to be connected in the form of tees, landing areas, and greens. It also means visualizing how certain landforms can create strategy. Ridges, hollows, saddle points, swales. All can dictate strategic choices and provide natural settings for memorable golf course features, elements like those our architecture forefathers discovered not just along the links land of Scotland, but on similarly-inspirational pieces of ground during the Golden Age of Golf Architecture in America.

If you drive past one of these sites often enough, you may not be able to resist how you may route a golf course on such an intrigue. Fed up with tantalizing possibilities running through my head over the years, I finally succumbed to breaking out my centerlines and having a little fun. This site is too good to not hammer something out.

The result is an eighteen hole layout of the greatest potential: Each hole has a specific strategy directly derived from the natural landforms on which they sit. Little earth moved will be necessary in this true minimalist routing. Lots of imagination will be required to play it, though. So in the spirit of collaboration the greats of the Golden Age breathed, I introduce The Sandhills Club, eighteen holes wandering through sandy soils, grabbing every natural feature along the way to provide strategic options golfers can negotiate over and over again in their pursuit of a great experience.” -Richard Mandell
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Over the next few weeks, we’ll be posting a hole by hole tour of the conceptual routing. We hope you enjoy!

In contrast to the dreary Friday we’re experiencing on the East Coast, I wanted to share a photo taken of work we did at...
04/05/2019

In contrast to the dreary Friday we’re experiencing on the East Coast, I wanted to share a photo taken of work we did at Army-Navy Country Club, in Fairfax, VA, on a sunny, crisp autumn day.
#golfcoursearchitecture #golfcoursedesign

Gearing up the Renovation Business Plan for Beechmont Country Club in Beachwood, Ohio.  Five cross-bunkers on a 215-yard...
11/20/2017

Gearing up the Renovation Business Plan for Beechmont Country Club in Beachwood, Ohio. Five cross-bunkers on a 215-yard Stanley Thompson par-three in 1938. How many does one bring back to life? The intersection of great ground features and playabilty. #golf #golfarchitecture

Panorama of 5 greens and 2 more fairways at my new Braemar project for the City of Edina from its highest point. #golf #...
06/10/2017

Panorama of 5 greens and 2 more fairways at my new Braemar project for the City of Edina from its highest point. #golf #golfarchitecture

Rumpled bunker faces at Myers Park CC. Attention to detail produces era-appropriate authenticity. #golf #golfarchitectur...
06/06/2017

Rumpled bunker faces at Myers Park CC. Attention to detail produces era-appropriate authenticity. #golf #golfarchitecture #donaldross

05/18/2017

As Pinehurst Resort converts its central courses to mimic the restoration work on No. 2, it's a risk of monotonous design that won't fare well with resort golfers. The idea of stumbling from No. 4 to No. 2 and not noticing runs the risk of losing the identity the courses have. I like converting No. 3 and No. 4 along those lines. But to go further is a mistake.

I suggest restoring No. 1 to Ross circa 1910 to tie in with the Ross circa 1935 look but separate itself in a more rugged, geometric look not found elsewhere.

The RMGA team of shapers and I are up for the challenge. They are as talented as anyone in the business. The first time they hired a local, Ross, it worked well!

11at new Braemar Golf Course. Great split fairway utilizing existing lay of the land with green up high to the right. #g...
05/17/2017

11at new Braemar Golf Course. Great split fairway utilizing existing lay of the land with green up high to the right. #golfdesign #golf

05/17/2017

Man-made wetland to increase overall wetlands on site at new Braemar Golf Course project in Edina. Already paying wildlife dividends. #golf

NMP Construction details the work at Donald Ross's Myers Park CC. Sand flashing maintains Ross's call for visibility. #g...
05/14/2017

NMP Construction details the work at Donald Ross's Myers Park CC. Sand flashing maintains Ross's call for visibility. #golf #golfdesign

Golf Course Builders Association of America
05/10/2017

Golf Course Builders Association of America

ASGCA - American Society of Golf Course Architects member Richard Mandell sharing about restoration, design and ways to utilize the lay of the land!

The Country Club of Asheville is reopening after our renovation project, to restore Donald Ross’s original vision for th...
04/14/2017
blog.ccofasheville.com

The Country Club of Asheville is reopening after our renovation project, to restore Donald Ross’s original vision for the track while leveraging modern technology to ensure ideal course conditions.

For all of 2016, Country Club of Asheville's Donald Ross golf course was closed due to extensive resto­ration by course architect Richard Mandell. He made many great improvements, such as new 007 Bentgrass on all 18 greens, a restored creek crossing on No. 10, a new practice facility, and rerouted c...

With the Masters Tournament starting this week, my mind instantly runs to Augusta's perfect conditions and the idea that...
04/04/2017
Augusta National: More Influential Than Nature? | Richard Mandell Golf Architecture

With the Masters Tournament starting this week, my mind instantly runs to Augusta's perfect conditions and the idea that those conditions and pursuit of perfection are acceptable at this point in history. It seems that Augusta is past the point of no return and is more renowned for its current presentation than what it was when Mackenzie first designed the course or even the late seventies at this point.

With the Masters starting this week, my mind instantly runs to Augusta's perfect conditions and the idea that those conditions and pursuit of perfection are acc

Great to visit Golf Course Industry magazine headquarters to record an in-studio Tartan Talks episode. We discussed tee ...
03/17/2017

Great to visit Golf Course Industry magazine headquarters to record an in-studio Tartan Talks episode. We discussed tee shot distance equity, bentgrass to Bermudagrass conversions, Pinehurst Resort history, and my upcoming projects, including Myers Park Country Club. Listen: bit.ly/2n3jQxk

Our first in-studio podcast guest. Golf course architect Richard Mandell is in Northeast Ohio today and he visited the GCI headquarters to record a 'Tartan Talks' podcast.

‪Despite falling sleet, continual feedback from Methodist University students and parents in the early stages of Richard...
03/14/2017

‪Despite falling sleet, continual feedback from Methodist University students and parents in the early stages of Richard Mandell Golf Architecture's Renovation Business Plan process.

"If you can do it better than anyone else, you will win." Simple gameplan by Yahoo!'s co-founder Jerry Yang at USGA Inno...
03/07/2017

"If you can do it better than anyone else, you will win." Simple gameplan by Yahoo!'s co-founder Jerry Yang at USGA Innovation Symposium.

03/06/2017
United States Golf Association - USGA

Rich is in Vancouver attending the North American Golf Innovation Symposium, meeting with industry leaders to discuss how research, science and data can help golf facilities around the world reduce their costs, operate more efficiently and provide a better experience for golfers.

USGA, Golf Canada and the Mexican Golf Federation are bringing together more than 160 thought leaders from golf and other industries to help share research-based solutions at the North American Golf Innovation Symposium, beginning Monday in Vancouver. Access live streaming at: www.usga.org/nagis

Leading PGA Golf Management Methodist University on course review. First step to Renovation Business Plan. Great feedbac...
02/23/2017

Leading PGA Golf Management Methodist University on course review. First step to Renovation Business Plan. Great feedback from both teams.

Final walk through for Ross's Country Club of Asheville. Original contours for #6 green awaiting April return. McConnell...
02/21/2017

Final walk through for Ross's Country Club of Asheville. Original contours for #6 green awaiting April return. McConnell Golf

Final walkthrough for Ross's CC of Asheville.  Original contours for #6 green awaiting April return. McConnell Golf #gol...
02/21/2017

Final walkthrough for Ross's CC of Asheville. Original contours for #6 green awaiting April return. McConnell Golf #golf #golfdesign

Greens are sprigged at Bacon Park.
08/04/2015

Greens are sprigged at Bacon Park.

Richard Mandell Golf Architecture's cover photo
07/03/2015

Richard Mandell Golf Architecture's cover photo

06/29/2015

Grasses aside, Chambers Bay was what golf was always meant to be-not another linear slog among emerald runways like Oak Hill, Medinah, etc.

Don't forget to sign up for the Symposium On Affordable Golf. It will be held in October. Click the link to get started....
06/22/2015
Register

Don't forget to sign up for the Symposium On Affordable Golf. It will be held in October. Click the link to get started.

http://www.symposiumonaffordablegolf.com/Register.html

Please register now to be a part of this event. Come share ideas with like-minded golfers and golf business people in an effort to make the game more affordable for some facilities yet a better experience at all facilities. The Symposium on Affordable Golf is an effort to make the game and the busin…

Progress being made at Bacon Park. Donald Ross restoration project.
06/19/2015

Progress being made at Bacon Park. Donald Ross restoration project.

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