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Going to be in Savannah GA here in a few weeks and am wondering if Beacon Park is a course I should check out. Seeing mixed reviews.

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On 10/25/2020 at 4:06 PM, Esox said:

Here in the Detroit area we are fortunate to have a good number of Ross courses, including a couple City Of Detroit Muni tracks.All the rest I am aware of are private clubs, but I have been fortunate enough to play most of them back in the 80's and 90's. Unfortunately one, Chandler Park was irreparably harmed when they built I-94 back in the 50's. But one Detroit Muni that isn't even in the City itself is still intact, Rogell Golf Course, next to the Detroit Zoo in Royal Oak is a fairly unmolested Ross course. Given the entire areas lack of natural elevation changes, without excessive use of bulldozers, Ross displays his mastery of deception with false fronts etc. Country Club of Detroit (private and actually in Grosse Pointe) is a real gem,and a prime example of Ross' genius on flat landscape..

Are you referring to Rackham Golf Course next to the Detroit Zoo?  I think Rogell is in the 7 Mile & Lasher area.  I believe both are Donald Ross.

I've played Rackham and it is a decent course.  Have never played Rogell.

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8 hours ago, StuM said:

Are you referring to Rackham Golf Course next to the Detroit Zoo?  I think Rogell is in the 7 Mile & Lasher area.  I believe both are Donald Ross.

I've played Rackham and it is a decent course.  Have never played Rogell.

Yes, you are absolutely correct.Rakham is the one next to the Zoo.  Rogell was another interesting Ross design that has unfortunately been lost, closed years ago.

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The 18-hole Rogell course at the Rogell Golf Course facility in Detroit, features yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 0. The course...

 

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On 7/15/2020 at 1:46 PM, GolfLug said:

 

Ahahh..! Always wondered how some the big names have so many course credits to their banner.

I'm sure that many name-brand "designer" courses today just use distinctive elements preferred by the named designer. The named designer might just show up for a photo op one day on the course. There is a Gary Player course in Connecticut (Lyman Orchards) that has photos of Gary putting on one of the greens. Truth is, he just flew in by helicopter one day, got out, and hit a mid iron to the green, putted out and left for a tournament in Westchester. Probably had little or nothing to do with the actual planning and design of the course. But I do think Ross was more of a "hands on" guy.

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