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COURSE DESIGN
& MAINTENANCE

Dangerous Beauty
By Stuart Lindsay

I

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t's been a tough few years in my southeastern Wisconsin (building, not golf ), very good watercolor painter and pretty good
neighborhood for 3 courses that I am intimately familiar with. collegiate (and I suspect lifelong) golfer. While I might not agree
The Bog in Saukville was sold 3 years ago to a local developer with all of his opinions; this book is a "must read" for anybody
for about $8M less than it cost to build the Arnold Palmer design interested in the history of golf course architecture and its impact
that opened in 1997. The Bull, a Jack Nicklaus design near She- on the business of golf. He sent me a copy and asked for my
boygan (and a stone's throw from the Kohler courses), recently review.
was sold by a local bank for just under $2.5 million after at least
Early in his introduction, he quotes Immanuel Kant - "judge2 financial restructurings of an original note estimated at about ments of beauty are sensory, emotional and intellectual, all at
$7M. Fire Ridge in Grafton has been listed for sale at $2.9M once." We might add that Pellucid surveys of hundreds of thouafter originally being built in 1994 at a cost of $6.2M and was sands golfers confirm that visual sensory impressions greatly impurchased out of bankruptcy for about $4.3M in 2003 after being pact the emotional and intellectual judgements a golfer makes
looted by the original developer.
when they evaluate a course and ultimately decide whether to
I could also add in Erin Hills where the original developer was return; or, more importantly, decide why they choose to play a
bailed out by a local investor that has transformed and upgraded particular course more often than others.
the property both leading up to hosting
I usually shy away from comments on
the 2017 US Open and since. All 4 propgolf course architecture. My friend Brad
erties could be considered in some circles
Klein asked me to become a golf course
to match the "penal, pristine and premium"
rater for GolfWeek, and I addressed a
description outlined in Jim Koppenhaver's
couple of his "raters conventions" but
excellent Outside the Ropes article of the
I declined because I didn't play a wide
same name from 2008. Dave Hueber's
enough variety of courses. In addition, my
book, "In the Rough", also theorizes about
golf game and my ability to evaluate "shot
the difficulty of the courses built since his
values" are also a limiting factor. Also, I'm
infamous Westchester conferences of the
lucky enough to play a pretty good course
late 1980s when he headed the NGF. Unregularly and my Scottish heritage gets in
fortunately, he mainly used that theory to
the way of paying to play elsewhere.
deflect some of the blame the NGF has
On the other hand, golf course maingotten - basically writing that we only
tenance is right in my wheelhouse and
told the industry to build a course a day;
Mr. Ingwerson correctly points out that
but we didn't tell them
maintenance
costs
to make them so diffiand landscape archicult. Similar rationaltectural golf course
izations have marked
features are inextrihis successor, Dr. Joe
cably linked - for
Beditz's public combetter or worse. Dr.
ments ever since - inHurdzan got in some
cluding some potshots
hot water with some
at golf course operaindustry "experts" in
tors and owners.
1999 when he pointed
Enter the 2019
out the wide disparbook,
"Dangerous
ity in maintenance
Beauty" by Samuel
costs with very little
Ingwerson. This wondiscernible difference
derful book was also
in course conditions
co-authored by Dr.
(GolfInc, December,
Michael
Hurdzan,
1999). I may have
who
coincidentally
only played about 150
had a big hand in the
courses over the last
design of Erin Hills.
40 years, but I have
Mr. Ingwerson is a
visited at least 1,000
92 year old architect
- more than 200 of
Samuel Ingwersen's watercolor "Erin Hills GC 15"

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TOC
Dangerous Beauty: Is Harder Better?
Another perspective on “charity begins at home”
How is/will COVID impact supply/demand (im)balance?
Neutral national June results, regional “mileage” varies
May Utilization posts nice gain but rounds “rebound” underwhelms
Chicago has a strong golfer base, just needs more motivation/activation
26 Activities; Transacts handily beat Closeds 15-7!
The Pellucid Perspective - July 2020 - TOC
The Pellucid Perspective - July 2020 - Dangerous Beauty: Is Harder Better?
The Pellucid Perspective - July 2020 - 3
The Pellucid Perspective - July 2020 - 4
The Pellucid Perspective - July 2020 - Another perspective on “charity begins at home”
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The Pellucid Perspective - July 2020 - How is/will COVID impact supply/demand (im)balance?
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The Pellucid Perspective - July 2020 - Neutral national June results, regional “mileage” varies
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The Pellucid Perspective - July 2020 - May Utilization posts nice gain but rounds “rebound” underwhelms
The Pellucid Perspective - July 2020 - 13
The Pellucid Perspective - July 2020 - Chicago has a strong golfer base, just needs more motivation/activation
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