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Ron Whitten

Golf Architecture Editor

Golf Digest



"He's the only architect I've met who has taken the time to write, on almost a daily basis, about architecture. I always learn something from reading what Ian writes."


Lorne Rubenstein

Golf Writer





Highlights of the Blog

10 Essays Worth Reading To Understand Golf Architecture


Freedom to Choose is Foundation for Great Architecture (click on titles to see articles)

Hard Par, Easy Bogie = Bad Design

A Complete Look at Bunkering a Golf Course

Golf's Most Interesting Hole is the Short Par Four

Value of Short Par Three in Design 

Golf's Greatest Concept The Redan Green

Why Australian Green Sites are Better Golf

The Future of Golf Course Architecture in Canada 

How Maintenance Matters to Architecture

Why a Master Plan? 



2016 Year in Review


2016 The Year in Review - Part 1 – Professional Golf

2016 The Year in Review - Part 2 – Golf Architecture

2016 The Year in Review - Part 3 – In the Media

2016 The Year in Review - Part 4 – Ian’s Travels

2016 The Year in Review - Part 5 – My Business



Essays on Design Theory


Freedom to Choose Your Own Way (10 suggested reads)

Dealing With Flat Sites
Defending against Technology without using Length
Blindness – an architectural failing or charm?
Carry Angles
Hard Par, Easy Bogie
Rubenstein on Defending Par and Laval




Routing - Where to Begin?

Alternative Routing Approaches

Routing a Course

The Routing of Merion
A Routing Study - Highland Links
The Opening Hole

Selecting Par Threes
Designing Par Fours
Designing the Par Fives 
The Breather Hole
Compression and Release


Greens Rebuilding – is it a trend?
Why I Love Australian Green Sites
The Greens at Augusta 
Is faster really better?




A Complete Look at Bunkers
Bunkers Inside the Fairway Lines
Why Flanking of Bunkers should make a Comeback 
Target Bunkers - are basically useless
The Central Bunker
Do Bunkers Represent the Same Strategic Value They...

Are Your Bunkers Too Perfect?



Tees and Fairways


Undulating Tees 



The Value of Sweeping Fairway Contours



Environmental Golf Design

The Future of Canadian Golf Course Architecture 
My Article for National Golf Course Owners Magazin...
Sustainability in Our Maintenance 
Water and It's Impact on Golf 
Growing Environments


Thoughts on Construction

Four Bunker Lips that Won’t Erode 
Pro Shop Magazine Article (on bunker construction)
My Article in Golf Business Canada (on bunker construction)


Thoughts on Golf Course Maintenance

Role of the Green's Committee 
Are fast Greens Good or Bad for Golf
Understanding Heat Stress on Turf 
Where Maintenance Meets Architecture


Restoration Theory

Restoration Takes Research
Restoration Decisions
High Water Mark for Restoration
Design Credit
Finding Harry Colt
Finding Stanley Thompson….
The Dead Architect Societies
Landscapes Article about Historical Golf Course Re... (on restoration work)


Golf Course Renovations

Why a Master Plan? 
Restore, Renovate or Rebuild?


History of Golf Architecture

Pre 1900 - The earliest architects
1900-1910 - Part 1 of 2 – Out of the Heathlands 
1900-1910 – Part 2 – The United States
1910-1920 – Part 1 - Landmark Courses 
1910-1920 – Part 2 – Three Great Architects
1920-1930 - Part 1- Architects Venture to Other La... 
1920-1930 - Part 2- America 
1920-1930 - Part 3- The books that shaped the Game... 
1930-1940 – The End of an Era1940-1950 - The War Years

1950-1960 – The Robert Trent Jones Era 
1960-1970 – The Emergence of Pete Dye
1970-1980 Jack Nicklaus begins... 
1980-1990 - The Road to Excess 
The Rise of Inoffensive Architecture
1990 – 2000 The decade of Contrasting Styles
2000 – 2010 Minimalism becomes Mainsteam
The Emergence of Minimalism 
The Tipping Point to Minimalism
Future of Golf Architecture



25 Greatest Golf Architects

Top 25 Greatest Architects Introduction 
#25 - Mike Strantz 
#24 - Herbert Leeds 
#23 Henry and William Fownes 
#22 – Max Behr 
#21 – Herbert Strong 
#20 – Hugh Wilson 
#19 – James Braid 
#18 – Walter Travis 
#17 Herbert Fowler 
#16 – George Crump 
#15 William Langford 
#14 Tom Simpson 
#13 Willie Park Jr. 
#12 Charles Alison 
#11 William Flynn 
#10 Perry Maxwell 
#9 Old Tom Morris 
#8 Seth Raynor 
#7 Stanley Thompson 
#6 Donald Ross 
#5 George Thomas 
#4 Charles Blair Macdonald 
#3 Albert Warren Tillinghast 
#2 Harry Shapland Colt 
#1 Alister MacKenzie


Hole Types

Hole Types - The Short Par Three 
Hole Types The Long Par Three 
Hole Type - The Short Par Four

The Mid-Length Four
Hole Types - The Short Par Fives
The Insurmountable Hole
The Biarritz Green 
The Redan


Golf Holes


Par Threes

4th at National Golf Links
4th at Riviera 
5th at Baltray 
5th at Pine Valley 
7th at Pebble Beach 
8th at Royal Troon 
9th at Jasper Park 
10th at Friar’s Head
10th at Pine Valley 
12th at Augusta National 
15th at Portmarnock 
16th at Cypress Point

Par Fours


4th at Highland Golf Links

4th at Seminole 
4th at Royal Portrush 
5th at Royal Portrush 
5th at Merion 
6th at The Creek 
7th at Scarboro 
8th at Pine Valley’s
9th at Cypress Point 
10th at San Francisco 
10th at Riviera 
13th at Gleneagles (Kings)
13th at Royal County Down 
13th at Pine Valley 
13th at Highlands Links
13th at The Golf Club
14th at Royal Dornoch 
14th at County Louth 
15th at French Creek

Par Fives

6th at Western Gailes 
13th at Augusta National
13th at Cruden Bay 
14th at St. Andrew’s 
13 at Tobacco Road 
18th at Pebble Beach


Our Last Father and Son Trip 
How I Became an Architect

The Problem Bear 
Prodigy versus Master
The Black Swan Event 
10,000 hours Theory
Minimalism and Impressionism

The Misguided Quest for Perfection

My Life with Anxiety



Australian Course Reviews

Barnbougle Dunes
Kingston Heath
Lost Farms 
Metropolitan Golf Club 
New South Wales
Peninsula (North) 
Royal Adelaide 
Royal Melbourne East 
Royal Melbourne (West)
Royal Sydney 
St. Andrew’s Beach 
Yarra Yarra


England Course Reviews

Royal Birkdale 
Delamere Forest


Ireland Course Reviews

Carne Golf Club
Co. Sligo
Ballybunnion Cashen
Ballybunnion Old
Dooks Golf Course


Scotland Course Reviews


Cruden Bay

Royal Troon
Western Gailes


United States Course Reviews

Augusta National 
Is Augusta National Perfect?

Ballyneal Golf Club 
Baltusrol (Lower) 
Bandon Dunes 
Bandon Trails 
Bethpage Black 
A Return to Bethpage Black
Chambers Bay 
Colorado Golf Club
Glens Falls Country Club 
Fenway Golf Club
Fishers Island Golf Club
The Honors Club 
Indian Creek 
Lookout Mountain 
Monterey Peninsula Shore Course
Oakmont … How Good is it?

Old Macdonald
Pacific Dunes
Pebble Beach Golf Links 
Pinehurst #2
Prairie Dunes Golf Club 
Quaker Ridge 
Riviera Country Club
Rustic Canyon
Spyglass Hill 
Tobacco Road
Winged Foot West
Yale Golf Club


Wales Course Reviews

Nefyn and District
Royal Porthcawl
Royal St. David’s 








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