By Ron Whitten Golf architect Larry Packard died on January 28, 2014 in his apartment at Innisbrook golf resort in Tarpon Springs, Florida. He was 101 years old, the oldest living course architect in...
It wasn't a boom, but it wasn't a bust either. The year in golf design started with a Streamsong splash and finishes with a Trump two-step. Along the way, several courses with, shall we say, long gestation periods finally opened for play. Quantity is still down, but quality has never been better.
Excepted from "Golf's Grand Design: The Evolution of Golf Architecture in America," written by Golf Digest's architecture editor Ron Whitten and golf architect Bob Cupp. View rare sketches and diagrams of golf holes--some never before published--by past and present golf architects.
Who makes these lists? The story behind Golf Digest's course rankings and why they matter to golfers. Established in 1966, the game's oldest ranking is considered the leading symbol of golf-course excellence.