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  1. The Fortress

    Played it a few times many years ago. I remember thinking it was a very good course in great shape. Not the most attractive setting but at these prices a bargain.
  2. Frank Lloyd Wright

    Oh my, that's magnificent! I haven't been to Philadelphia in years. Looks like a need to make a trip.
  3. Frank Lloyd Wright

    I did not know that. This is a terrific video about the home. Edgar Kaufman Jr is a large part of it but of course there's no mention of it being his father's spot for trysts. <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/qvQZbC1OOZc" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
  4. Frank Lloyd Wright

    It's been a long time for me as well but other than the bedrooms I don't recall it being cramped. For Wright the primary living space was the living room where friends and family could gather for discussion, music and other events. Fallingwater's living room has a door that opens to the waterfall, is centered around the rock the home is built on, the huge fireplace and a built in kettle to warm wine and other beverages. No matter than some of this was impractical. It was a home to allow you to commune with nature. It's the organic site that's important. Also, it was not the Kaufman family's primary residence, it was a weekend getaway home.
  5. I've been a fan of his organic prairie architecture for decades. We are fortunate to have a number of his homes in Michigan including 5-6 in the Metro Detroit area. One is near Detroit Golf Club in a prestigious part of Detroit. He was a controversial figure with a huge ego and invariably his projects went way over budget. For example, in the late 1930's following the great depression Fallingwater, commissioned by the Kaufman family of Pittsburgh was estimated to cost $35,000.00 and ended up (including the separate guest house) running $155,000.00. Fortunately he usually had clients willing to pay to execute Wright's visions.
  6. Rent/Buy a course

    I am open to any course that I find interesting to play. My local muni is a fine course, always in good condition, an easy walk and architecturally interesting. The latter is more important to me than most golfers. IMO the worst part of your description is "mature parkland". To me that means too many trees. I'd need to find it more interesting than other courses in my area in order to switch. That's a tall task and likely quite expensive to accomplish.
  7. It depends on the change. My take about golf courses is that the land dictates the course. Thus adding artificial water hazards and the like is something I abhor. I'm a fan of the Golden Age architects and their use of the land and bunkering. As far as a course changing, it's OK to narrow fairways reasonably, add rough and speed up greens for club tournaments but I'd hate to play a course like that on a regular basis. Lets just say I'd rather be a member at a course like Shinnecock than one like Medinah (specifically course 3).
  8. I interpret "adding water" as adding water hazards. And long rough is a crutch not a design feature. It has its place but narrowing fairways and adding rough is not design, it's punitive.
  9. But this is exactly the problem. You shouldn't need to trick up a course to make it tough. The land it's on and the architecture should accomplish that. Adding water and rough to existing courses is not golf course architecture, it's golf course vandalism. I agree with Erik that the ball is not the only culprit but the modern game has made many classic courses obsolete for the pros. I'm glad the US Open was played at Merion in 2013 but they really tricked up the course to get it to play tough for the best in the world. But for the rest of us it doesn't really matter. The Royal and Ancient have it right. Scoring at The Open is condition dependent. If the wind is up the scores will reflect it. If the weather is benign the pro's will tear it up. And that's OK. Par is just a number. As we know, Lowest Score Wins.
  10. No doubt. That was very entertaining. Two of the best fighting it out. Brings up an interesting question, power versus steadiness. While this is superficial as of course DJ has far more to his game than just power, Spieth is the better player and will have a better career. He's an assassin under pressure.
  11. It's not the shot it's the circumstance. Spieth would have won had DJ not gotten up and down.
  12. I don't watch golf to see how far they can drive the ball but obviously all other being equal a longer driver has an advantage. But I watch golf to see people hit good shots on good courses. The women do this quite a lot. They are better than I ever was or could be by a gigantic margin. That works for me. He wouldn't have even been there had be not parred from the rough on that hole in regulation. That was more impressive than the winning birdie.
  13. Inkster is just defending her sport and tour. She's being passionate about it but not rational. Nothing wrong with that, especially a week after an inspiring Solheim Cup.
  14. Who is saying the LPGA is the top talent in golf? That's not the point. They are terrific golfers and I enjoy watching them play. They are the best female golfers in the world and they compete among themselves not against men. If that doesn't work for you that's fine but that's your issue.
  15. Why would you handicap the ladies by making them play the same tees as the men? There's no question low handicap men hit it further than women. I guess when I think amateur I didn't think of college scholarship players. These guys at larger schools are barely amateur and are certainly minus handicap players from the back tees. I was thinking along the lines of really good plus handicap amateurs like the best guys on most public and private courses. You are cherry picking. I said some of the women are long. Lexi is damn long as are some of the other women. Not the average LPGA player. I will concede that top amateur players like those competing at the US Am will beat the LPGA girls. These guys are basically pros but aren't yet getting paid.