Episode #17 of Golf Smarter was requested by a listener who is hosting a group for his daughter's wedding at this course. Port Royal Golf Course in Southampton, Bermuda is one of 3 government owned courses in Bermuda. Host Fred Greene interviews General Manager, and native of Bermuda, Bill Pitt. Bill offers insight on the playing strategy of six holes he feels could benefit from his local knowledge, covering two par 3s (#8, & #16), and four par 4's (#1, #9, #15 & #18). Players of all skill levels will benefit from this information for any course that has issues with wind. You'll also get tips on the practice facilities, booking a teetime, and how to gauge best playing strategy for these unpredictable winds..
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Tripp Davis has been intrigued with course design since he was very young. This in-depth interview focuses on the design of this destination course in The Colony, TX, just outside of Dallas. The Tribute is based on Davis' favorite holes and strategic features of the great courses of Scotland.
According to Davis, "I believe this program will aid in helping golfers understand this often misunderstood and under apprciated side of the game. A greater understanding and appreciation of the strategy of playing golf will not only help golfers score better, it will help them better enjoy the game and the diverse courses we have to play."
In addition to discussing two Par 5s (#3, & #15) and a Par 4 (#7), topics include:
- His upcoming book
- Using bunkers as visual elements and strategic features
- Multiple ways to play a hole
- Despite being outside Dallas, the similar terrain features of Scottish courses
You can see the specific course features as Davis explains while viewing on Google Earth. Get more information about our relationship with Google Earth at GolfSmarter.com.
4/4/06 - Episode #15 features an in-depth interview with architect Jim Fazio conducted for a video we were hired to produce for The Country Club of Oxford, in Oxford, Mississippi. The job was to create a short Membership Recruitment sales piece that featured Fazio on his design, a Troon Golf executive on how they will manage the facility and the two owners of the course. Because Jim agreed to let us use this interview for a GOLF SMARTER podcast, we got into depth about some topics that clearly wouldn't be necessary for the video, but was consistent with the show's topic.
We were lucky to get inside the head of a design legend. For me, it felt like a graduate seminar on golf course design and we had a lecturer who is an industry icon.
In addition to discussing three Par 4s (#2, #10 & #18) and two Par 3s (#2 & #11), topics include:
- The challenges of designing Oxford
- Designing for a private course vs. a public course
- Designing course for playing strategy
- Importance of Par 4s to a good course
- His design philosophy
- Creating shots
- Hazard design
- Designing for today's equipment and long hitters