Why I Love...

Why I Love…

The 17th at Cypress Point, one of the most dramatic views in the game.
Joann Dost


Panelist: Masa Nishijima, Japan
Bio: Sixth person to have
completed play on the entire Golf
Magazine Top 100 Courses in the
World list, Masa began serving as a courseranking
panelist in 1991. He has written for a
variety of Japanese golf publications since
1989 and has served as a design consultant
for several courses in Asia. He is also author of
the award-winning book, Analysis of a Golf
Course, which was released in Japan in 2005.

“This lay-of-the-land course from
Ben Crenshaw and Bill Coore is a
very good test, full of classic
concepts. The green complexes are
very interesting and include great
contouring, and the bunker
shaping by Jeff Bradley is excellent.
I call him Mr. Sand Man. The scale is
just right and fairway angles from
the tee boxes are well done.”


Panelist: Beth Daniel, Florida
Bio: LPGA Tour Hall-of-Famer
with 33 victories, including the
1990 LPGA Championship. Played
for the U.S. in a record-tying eight
Solheim Cups.

“Cypress Point gives you the best of
everything a course can give. The
design is great and so is the variety.
You get tree-lined holes, sand dunes
and magnificent ocean views all in
one golf course. I can’t think of any
other course like it.”


Panelist: Laurence Lambrecht, Rhode Island
Bio: One of the world’s
most highly regarded golf
photographers, perhaps best known for his
depictions of the Irish coastal courses. Has
published his own book, Emerald Gems, and
contributed to numerous other awardwinning
books and magazines.

“It plays like a links, hard and fast,
with sandhills, fescues and a
different wind every day. I liked
the old-style walkability and the
interesting green sites. It’s not overshaped —
it’s as if [architect Tom]
Doak found the holes, rather than
designed them. It reminds me of a
Scottish or Irish course in the high
plains of the Colorado desert.”


Panelist: Tom Crow, Australia
Bio: Founder of Cobra Golf and
former Australian Amateur
champion. He created the
“Baffler” utility wood, and he
holds the amateur course record at Royal
Melbourne West, a 63.

“To me, the Composite Course
stands by itself, but both the East
and the West are excellent strategic
courses on their own. The West is
the better known, but the East
enjoys the same rolling Victorian
terrain, and Alex Russell (who
designed the East) literally worked
for Alister MacKenzie when they
built the West. Together, they
prowled and plotted the four
paddocks that would eventually
yield both courses, so he knew what
MacKenzie wanted.”


Panelist: Peter Oosterhuis, North Carolina
Bio: An announcer for CBS since
1998 and a regular on The Golf
Channel. Played on six European
Ryder Cup teams from 1971 to 1981, where
he recorded a record-tying six singles
victories, including wins over Arnold Palmer
and Johnny Miller. He won the Canadian Open
in 1981, and was twice a runner-up in the
British Open (1974, 1982).

“With Nanea, you have to start with
the unbelievable setting on the
western slope of the Big Island
(Hawaii). It’s a huge course from the
back tees and reading the greens is
a challenge, because they’re built
on the side of a mountain. There
are no homes and the views of the
ocean are awesome. The feel of the
place is unique. You feel like it’s just
you and the golf and nothing else.”


Panelist: Tom Doak, Michigan
Bio: Has designed (along with his
Renaissance Golf Design Inc.
team) more than two dozen
courses, five of which rank among
Golf Magazine’s Top 100 Courses in the World
or U.S. Also an accomplished author,with
three books and countless magazine articles
to his credit.

“No golf architect would have the
guts to build a 6,000-yard course
today, but Harry Colt did, and
Swinley Forest might be his best
work. There is just a single par 5
and it is a great one — but by
throwing out the normal quota,
Colt was able to include six strong
two-shotters, more than many
championship courses can claim.
The result is the Audrey Hepburn of
golf courses — charming, petite,
beautiful and the envy of all.”


Panelist: Terry Jastrow, California
Bio: Medalist at the 1966 USGA
Junior Amateur in a field that
included Lanny Wadkins, Tom
Kite and Andy North. Best known, however, as
one of the finest sports-television producers
and directors.A winner of seven Emmy
Awards, Jastrow has been the executive
producer, producer and/or director of 68
major championships.

“Sunningdale presents itself as a
joyful walk in the English countryside
where one encounters 18
unique and sporty holes that
challenge every aspect of your
game.For good measure, its
younger adjoining brother, the New
Course, is an excellent course as
well. I would submit that no club
offers such an enchanting golfing
combo as does Sunningdale.”

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