Yolk with Doak 34: Saudi Golf Issues, Cabot Highlands, and Listener Questions
In the latest installment of the Yolk with Doak, golf architect Tom Doak covers a wide range of topics with Andy Johnson. First, they spend some time examining Saudi Arabia’s role in golf outside of the LIV tour, namely the kingdom’s massive investment in golf course construction. Tom also provides updates on his current activities, which include the recently announced second course at Cabot Highlands, formerly known as Castle Stuart. Finally, Tom and Andy run through listener questions about the playability trend in design, changes to Tom’s early projects, and the delicate balance that’s required when imitating another architect’s work. Look for part two of this conversation, which will focus on St. Andrews, this coming Friday.
Superintendent Series: Pete Wendt of Congressional Country Club
With the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship underway, Andy Johnson welcomes Pete Wendt (@PeteWendtCCC) to the latest edition of our Superintendent Series. Pete is the Director of Golf Courses and Grounds at Congressional Country Club, which is hosting the third women’s major of the year this week. The Blue Course will be showing off its new look after an extensive renovation by Andrew Green that was completed last year. Pete talks about how Green’s vision became reality and which aspects of the course he’s most excited to see in action at the Women’s PGA. Pete and Andy also cover other topics, ranging from Pete’s schedule this week to how technology might be able to ease the industry’s labor shortage.
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Takeaways from the 2022 U.S. Open
The 2022 U.S. Open at The Country Club in Brookline was an instant classic. It had all the key ingredients: a great course, a tough setup, a variety of big names in contention, a dramatic final-round duel, and a champion who sealed victory with an extraordinary shot on the 72nd hole. To discuss all of this and more, Garrett Morrison talks with four guests. First up is Nick Hardy (@NickHardy8), an up-and-coming tour pro who, at one point on Sunday afternoon, found himself two shots off the lead. Garrett then touches base with Paolo Uggetti (@PaoloUggetti), a staff writer at ESPN.com; Ryan Barath (@RDSBarath), a senior equipment editor at Golf.com; and Bradley Klein (@BradleySKlein), a journalist and golf architecture historian.