Golf Course Architecture - Green Pages 2020

JACKSON KAHN DESIGN T he recent re-working of the Monterey Peninsula Country Club’s (MPCC) Dunes course by Jackson Kahn Design has been hailed as “America’s next great golf course” and “sure to be a fixture on many top 100 lists”. For those in the know, MPCC is one of the, if not the, premier, 36-hole private golf clubs in the US. With both the Dunes and Shore courses, MPCC possesses two architectural gems situated in one of the true cathedrals of golf – the Monterey Peninsula. Jackson Kahn’s involvement centred on maintaining the original Seth Raynor routing while reimagining every design detail of each individual golf hole to elevate the Dunes course to match its world-class setting. One example of how the existing design has been improved is the tenth hole. The 172-yard par three plays downhill from a high dune that takes in the breadth of the Pacific coastline. During member tours prior to the start of the project, it was lauded by one prominent former club champion as the one hole the previous course designer was smart enough not to touch. Well, Jackson Kahn touched it – and it was greatly improved. We began by eliminating the geometry and banal design characteristics that defined the old hole, notwithstanding its incredible setting, and then crafted a par three that is far more aesthetically and visually impressive, using the same tee and green locations. The green now contains interesting contouring and varied hole locations, while the bunkering is much more naturalistic in form and presentation. While wrapping the Dunes course project, Jackson Kahn embarked on a golf course design of an entirely Designs of high acclaim Tim Jackson, co-founder of Jackson Kahn Design, provides an insight into two of the firm’s most successful projects 8 Photo: Joann Dost