Davis Love III, who redesigned Angus Glen North for this year’s Canadian Open, and who will be in town (after skipping last year’s Canadian Open in Hamilton) to showcase the new course at the start of June, is getting shots fired at him by fellow tour pros for his work at Forest Oaks, site of the Wyndham Championship.
This from Greensboro News-Record:
Many players have not embraced fellow tour player Davis Love III’s 2003 redesign of Forest Oaks.
Robert Gamez said Love took out all the curves of Forest Oaks.
“It was always one of the best courses we played, but now you don’t have to maneuver the ball at all,” Gamez said. “Just hit it straight and hard and don’t worry about working the ball. Sedgefield is different. It makes you have to think.”
Kelly said Love “tried to make Forest Oaks a little more Pinehurst-ish. I just don’t know if the land and routing was there to turn it into what he wanted.”
Of course there was controversy in Canada when Love was given the job to rework Angus Glen over the course’s architects, Doug Carrick and Jay Morrish. There was further controversy when Love skipped the Canadian Open, at which he was expected to show off his work at the course in the hope of attracting talent to the event.
Now it will be interesting to see what kind of a crowd he attracts from the media in June, since Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player will be doing a walk around Royal Montreal on the same day.