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G4G Update: New Sites, New Series

Just a quick update as I look outside of my window at my snow-filled backyard here in lovely Scarborough….

First, last year I did a series on Golf Digest’s Best New Courses in Canada — what was overlooked, what had staying power and which courses didn’t have any right receiving an award. That series can be found here.

Since it is pretty quiet in the Canadian golf world these days, I’m going to launch another series — detailing and reviewing the work of every notable Canadian designer working in the business. The goal is to look at their best and worst work and give some indication of where they stand. This is particularly interesting considering there are more than 30 working golf architects in Canada — and with a slowing economy, this area will become increasingly competitive. The series will start later this week and list one designer a day until I run out of people to write about.

On another note, I’ve cut back on by blog roll (listed on the right side of the screen), but one new site worth checking out is Golfnewsnow.ca, run by Ian Hutchinson, the golf columnist with the Toronto Sun. Ian is focused heavily on industry news and insights, and appears very committed to the site. So many blogs fall by the wayside, but Ian’s work brings the list of regular Canadian golf blogs to four (Bob Weeks at Score, the Ontgolf.ca site, Ted McInytre at OG, and Eagleparbirdie.com). Am I missing any?

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Robert Thompson

A bestselling author and award-winning columnist, Robert Thompson has been writing about business and sports, and particularly golf, for almost two decades. His reporting and commentary on golf has appeared in Golf Magazine, the Globe and Mail, T&L Golf and many other media outlets. Currently Robert is a columnist with Global Golf Post, golf analyst for Global News and Shaw Communications, and Senior Writer to ScoreGolf. The Going for the Green blog was launched in 2004.

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  • I’m interested to know how you are qualified to judge the architects work. I mean how would you know what constitutes a good hole versus a bad one? Do you have a background in landscape architecture, have you worked on a construction crew or on a golf course? It sure is easy to sit back and judge other peoples hard work, you need to be educated in this field before you can comment on who’s work is “good” and who’s isn’t.

  • Wayne “Grow”: Well read, well traveled, interest in golf architect and it is my site. That’s my education. I don’t need to be a landscape architect to understand which courses work and which ones fall flat.

    Feel free to disagree with my take — which I know you will.

  • Its just tough to gauge a course or hole as weak when you don’t know what’s behind it and the what the architect was trying to do with one feature or another. Some golfers use blind tee shots, so if a hole has a blind tee shot is it weak and why? There great courses with lots of blind tee shots, so how can one style be better than the other based on anything other than an opinion. The hole has to function, form follows.

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