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    Ben Cowan

    In the new year I’ll be interviewing Course Architect Mike DeVries. Let me know any questions you would like me to ask Mike?

    Any other interview suggestions that you are interested in?

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    Brian Finn

    I am a big fan of Drew Rogers, both as an architect and as a person. I’d love to see him get more praise and attention, so an interview would be great.

    Cal Seifert

    I like to hear about the work of Brian Silva on Raynor restorations.

    Ben Cowan


    As a native Toledoian, that is a great idea.


    Will do.

    I’m thinking about interviewing some keepers on walking and managing grass. Maybe some club Pro’s (Public and Private) and there responses from golfers in regards to walking would be interesting.

    Melvyn Morrow

    How many architects have been over to Askernish Golf Course on South Uist Scotland to experience a course that is close to nature? I ask because to encourage walking I believe we need to address current designs and finishes and make a serious effort to return more to Nature and the Natural.

    Ben Cowan


    I didn’t have enough time to ask Mike DeVries this question, but I will ask the next Archie I interview this question about Askernish GC…

    Ben Cowan


    I’m going to interview Drew, what questions would you like me to ask him?


    Mike Sweeney

    I would love to see a balance of Greenskeepers aka the Unsung Architects of golf. They do more on a day to day basis to our playing conditions.

    Nice addition by the way Ben.

    Ben Cowan


    Couldn’t agree more. Have 2 keepers (Private and semi-private) I’m interviewing for this summer! I promise they will have some great stuff for you!

    Mike DeVries


    I haven’t been to Askernish but would love to go someday – it is a long way! But, we (gca’s and golfers in general) can all look to older courses that have close green to tee connections to use as models for what works. Walking is always a consideration for me, even if the client will have golf carts for people. I like to put the priority on the walking experience and visuals, maybe giving carts a trail that isn’t as convenient but instead is at least not disrupting the line of sight, if at all possible.


    Melvyn Morrow

    Mike – Its a long way indeed, but worth the trip if you find yourself in the UK – it’s like The Old Course circa 1860’s before it was civilised, but it brings the golfer to the place that so well defines the game and that of golf course architecture. Its not perfect – then is that not the actual point. Another course to look out for is Warkworth GC ( ) North East of England – it follows in the same sort of format as Askernish, not so wild though!

    As for walking, I feel St Andrews has it well covered re carts – the following is a copy of their Cart Policy – Its very good and wish it was standard on all other courses – then perhaps we would get back to playing golf again.

    Buggy Policy (Carts)
    Old Course
    Golfers who are registered disabled with a permanent condition of disability and relevant supporting documentation may request a buggy for use on the Old Course between April and October. It will be driven by a qualified caddie driver. The buggy is provided free of charge but the appropriate caddie fee is payable. Golfer’s disability documentation should be provided at the time of booking or when entering the Old Course ballot.
    Other courses
    Buggies may be taken on the Castle, New, Jubilee, Strathtyrum, Balgove and Eden courses by seniors over the age of 65 or golfers with a medical certificate, subject to availability. The fee is £30. Please book in advance.

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