Showing posts with label Korea. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Korea. Show all posts

Monday, 28 January 2013

Two views of minimalism - fans of explosives rejoice, you're still in the game

For those golf architects who really get into the idea of keeping their footprint - carbon or otherwise - as restrained as possible, Grant Snider has come up with an aide memoire of sorts for minimalists, over at Explore. I'd be interested to know how Stop Searching for Hidden Meaning translates into golf.

Ted Robinson, meanwhile, felt compelled to make Whispering Rock GC's meaning a little less hidden by means of fuse wire and detonators. He makes a spirited defence on his blog:
"One of the essential objectives of minimalism is to preserve the existing land form to the greatest extent possible.  While blasting through rock as much as 70 feet deep is a far cry from that objective, preserving and reusing what was found certainly hints of a similar spirit."
WARNING: some landscape was harmed (1:06) in the making of this film...

Monday, 30 April 2012

Golf course names - trouble brewing down Korea way...

It's an eye-catching course they've got going near the South Korean town of Yeoju, there's no doubt.

Designed by JMP's Brian Costello, it opens any day now and in the words of Golf Course Architecture:
"...the course is situated on a forested mountainside. Costello said he routed [it] to take advantage of this environment and allow golfers to experience the contrast of dramatic vistas of the surrounding forest and distant hills as well as more intimate and secluded valley settings. Many of the holes feature meandering creeks, cascading waterfalls and tranquil lakes that not only add visual stimulus but add strategic obstacles."
You can see for yourself  over at the GCaA Facebook page (30th April entry). Just one problem.

The name.

When you call your course the 360˚ Country Club, I see an ominous door opening. Especially when it's accompanied by a logo like this.

You only have to see some of the names children are saddled with these days to realise that in their desperation to be different, a lot of adults out there have 'different' and 'ridiculous' horribly confused.

Already twitchy about any course with the word 'Experience' in its title (and don't get me started on that masterpiece of pretentiousness, The Concession) I see bad things ahead once word gets out that there's a 360˚ Country Club in existence. Brace yourself for a golf club called 'Aspire' - nothing else, just 'Aspire' - or maybe even simply '7', because it turns out the number carries great positive capability.

Far-fetched? You may be surprised. Methinks the genie is now out of the bottle...

Pic of the Day  - California's Trump National Golf Club