Travel Golf’s Rebel Blogger has run with my reference to architect Dick Wilson, the man behind Doral, among others.
The link can be found here.
Wilson comes from the penal school of architecture and was well known for taking credit for things he never did. While he certainly did do some work at Donald Ross’ Seminole, he was also known to have told people he was the man behind Shinnecock, though that was clearly William Flynn.
History seems to have passed Wilson by. He wasn’t as successful as Robert Trent Jones, not as innovative as Pete Dye and not really that well liked. In the greater scheme of things, he’s not a significant architect. Courses like Deepdale, the exclusive enclave outside NY, may be tough to get a round at, but no one outside of members really wants to return there more than once.
Yesterday I posted some comments from Paul Azinger about the need for the PGA Tour to head to some classic courses in order to improve the fields for some events. This week is a clear case in point. The Honda is held at the The Country Club at Mirasol, a course that is best known for being the first Tom Fazio course to hold a PGA Tour event. Now that’s a claim to fame if I’ve ever seen one. Gosh, I think I even watched a couple of days of this tournament last year and don’t remember a single hole.
But then again, isn’t that the case with most Fazio courses? Pretty? Sure. Memorable? Not really. Of course Pine Barrens is an exception to most rules…