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Our Tee Box section for this October 2015

issue leads with news of the imminent

opening of the Nicklaus Design golf course at

the Al Zorah development in the emirate of

Ajman. We also hear about new golf courses

in Argentina, Canada, France, Germany,

India, New Caledonia, Rwanda, South Korea

and the United States, and renovations

throughout the world, including architect

Richard Mandell’s restoration of the Donald

Ross design at Bacon Park in Savannah, US.


With the vast majority of golfers performing

at a skill level that means hitting any part

of a fairway is a rare success, is strategic

design irrelevant? Adam Lawrence canvasses

the opinion of a range of golf architects

and asks whether a new philosophy of golf

design is needed.


Golf architect Rees Jones, known to many

as the ‘Open Doctor’, tells


that the

future of golf will require a new kind of

championship course.


If ball-finding technology were legal in golf,

wouldn’t we all enjoy the game a little more?

Golf architects David Williams and Ken

Moodie think so.


Are we witnessing the emergence of the next

great golf destination? James Hansen reports on a

recent trip to the remote King Island in Australia.


Change is afoot at the second course at the

legendary Royal County Down in Northern

Ireland. We visit the Annesley Links to find out

more about the work done by Martin Ebert.


Old Elm Club in Chicago is a unique

collaboration between Harry Colt and

Donald Ross. Adam Lawrence visits to see the

results of architect Drew Rogers’ project to

restore Colt’s original design intent.


We visit another Colt design – the La Mer

course at Le Touquet in France – to find out

how Frank Pont and Patrice Boisonnas are

progressing with restoration work.


To hole out this issue, Benjamin Warren

considers golf ’s urban future, and how to

encourage participation among the world’s

big city dwellers.