Doug Carrick’s office may not be as busy as it once was, but what he has been building demonstrates a progression in his career. That was the case with The Carrick in Scotland, Cobble Beach in Owen Sound, and is apparently the case with Humber Valley, the course near Deer Lake, Newfoundland, where I’m headed to today.
I spoke with Doug about the course a couple of days ago and he said it was a mix of Bigwin Island and his more recent work. Apparently the course features many of the same dramatic drops and sprawling vistas you see on Doug’s work in Muskoka. I’m looking forward to seeing it.
Interestingly, as the golf design business has slowed in recent years, one has to travel farther to see a designer’s work. Such is the case with Carrick, who has been building in Scotland and out of the way spots like Owen Sound, as opposed to major markets. Doug has recently nailed down a project in Tennesee, and has been traveling to Eastern Europe on a project, something that is becoming more common for Canadian designers (Tom McBroom, Les Furber and Graham Cooke also have work in the region.)
How good is Humber Valley? The initial buzz was largely around the success of the facility’s real estate, but talk about the club from those I respect suggest it is perhaps better than Bigwin, which would put it in fairly elite company.
I’ll report back tomorrow.