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KIAWAH ISLAND’S COUGAR POINT

The Black Knight gives his thoughts on the recent renovation of Cougar Point at Kiawah Island.   What was your guiding principal when first designing Cougar Point? Kiawah Island itself is a paradise, especially for golfers. Creating the original Cougar Point design, many years ago, was a special opportunity for the Player Design team to showcase our environmentally sensitive approach considering the marshland, oaks and natural habitats of wildlife. Being a resort course, we also made sure the course was playable for all members and guests, but also challenging for the most skilled golfers.  The course, as it was first built, diverted from your original plans in some significant ways, but a later renovation (not this most current one) rendered it closer […]
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GOLF IS A GAME WHERE IT’S SO EASY TO MAKE MISTAKES

We all make mistakes, and golf is a game where it’s so easy to make mistakes. These days it seems to me that people are more judgmental and critical than they used to be. One of the most talked about incidents of last year came when Phil Mickelson hurriedly followed his putt that was speeding on its way to rolling off the green and stopped the ball with his putter at the U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills. He knew it was wrong to do that, but it was a spur of the moment reaction which he apologized for at the first opportunity. Mickelson is one of the most honest and accessible players on Tour and it was totally out of […]
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LUSTICA BAY – Q&A WITH SVENSK GOLF

So, Lustica Bay Golf Course is completed? Lustica Bay is a golf course project that we at Player Design are very excited to see open. All courses come with their own unique challenges. Like any of our global projects, it’s a process. Currently, the course is under construction, and targeting the first 9-holes to open next year and the full 18-holes opening in 2021. The name of the other project in Montenegro? The Balkans is a beautiful part of the world. We would be delighted to start another project in Montenegro or the surrounding countries, but Lustica Bay is the one we are focusing on at the moment. Our design team is working on some feasibility studies for projects in Albania, Bosnia, […]
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A RARE BREED: BLAIR ATHOLL GOLF AND EQUESTRIAN ESTATE

Every now and then, one has to simply take a step back and marvel at a magnificent sight. Blair Atholl Golf and Equestrian Estate is one such experience. Many of the top golf courses in South Africa have one thing in common: they have been designed by the legendary Gary Player. When he took to golf design in 1975, he naturally approached the craft with the same determination and professionalism he displayed in his playing career. Over the years, his design company’s projects have provided unique golf experiences around the world, but there is something rather special about one particular South African golf course that defines the Player brand more than any other. Blair Atholl is built on a piece […]
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AMATEURS MUST BE KING TO KEEP GAME GROWING SAYS PLAYER

Amateur golfers need to be made a priority to keep the sport growing even though the professional game is a multi-million dollar industry and getting stronger, Gary Player told Reuters in a frank discourse on the future of the game. “Professional golfers have never played for such enormous money. Some of the pros win in two tournaments what I won in my entire life,” the 18-time Major winner, who turned 83 on Thursday, said in an exclusive interview. “Professional golf is so popular now and Tiger Woods coming back has really given it a shot in the arm. And the Ryder Cup was fantastic. There are so many big events, big attendances, big sponsors, massive money for the players, but […]
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THE PEARL OF LA PAZ

For centuries, the Sea of Cortez has served as a rich canvas for explorers, adventurers, fishermen and artists. Separating Baja California from the Mexican continent, the sea (also known as the Gulf of California) runs 700 miles from the tip of Baja California Sur almost to the U.S. border. The gem of the region is a course by Gary Player Design. Since the resort came under new ownership, they have reengaged with Gary Player Design on renovations to the existing course.   The only Gary Player Signature Design in all of Mexico, El Cortés GC is laid out as an extension of the region’s natural topography and the city’s relaxed attitude. The reopening of the Gary Player Design at El Cortés has only […]
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