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Monday
Jan212013

Ben Crenshaw Serves As Simple Top-Dressing!?

Matt Ginella, obviously never having actually seen Ben Crenshaw in action during construction of a Coore-Crenshaw design, or having considered that Bill Coore would not be getting the design jobs he's getting today if it weren't for Crenshaw, nonetheless, I still can't fathom the reason for the reference to Crenshaw expressed on Morning Drive today when talking about the upcoming Cabot Links project:

Coore confirmed that although his design partner, Ben Crenshaw, always said he never wanted to work on courses outside of the U.S., that in this particular case, given the property and the upside of the project, that he will be involved. To what degree, Coore can’t say, but Crenshaw has always simply served as top-dressing to their finished products, which includes the recent restoration of Pinehurst No. 2, Keiser’s Bandon Trails and Bandon’s new par 3 course, Bandon Preserve.

It is amazing to me that the one "celebrity" architect who has actually had an impact is increasingly downplayed in the role he plays for making the most success design team thrive these days.

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Ginella is a complete buffoon. Worse, that he is handling architecture for Golf Channel, proves that the powers that be went shopping for the biggest fool in the village.
01.21.2013 | Unregistered CommenterTommy Naccarato
I never thought I'd say this but the show is actually getting worse than the Kuselias days.

Holly is way better and great to look at, but Gary Williams is forced to carry the discussion to the point of exhaustion. Ginella is more of a know it all than Kuselias making it all but impossible to watch. Hack has added nothing.
01.21.2013 | Unregistered CommenterOB
I had the day off and was listening when he made the comment. I thought the "top dressing" was probably a mistake when he meant window dressing, or maybe he was being a jerk. But I was shocked he downplayed Crenshaw's role. Especially since Crenshaw has devoted his life to the game and has done more for inspiring golfers than some Morning Drive flll-in host ever will.

Where does Golf Channel find these goons? Oh right, he's from Golf Digest. Sorry Geoff.
01.21.2013 | Unregistered CommenterDavidC
So Crenshaw is just an empty suit? What does that make "Matty G"???? Wake me when Golf Channel hires people who know something about golf.
01.22.2013 | Unregistered CommenterDesmond
The details elude Matt. He and "two's rr's" wouldn't know what to do with a $1000 bill at Thee Original on OBT & Sand Lake...
01.22.2013 | Unregistered CommenterDTF
" . . . simply served as top-dressing . . . "

I don't know who this Ginella is, but this statement of hers is probably the worst comment on modern golf architecture I have read in years and that includes stuff I hear on atlas.
01.22.2013 | Unregistered CommenterLudell Hogwaller
Not a fan of Ginella's on Morning Drive, agree with a lot of what OB said above. Hack at least brings a good attitude to the morning show, Ginella just makes me angry and that's not what I'm looking for to start the day. He should stick to telling us where to find the best 19th holes in the country.
01.22.2013 | Unregistered CommenterDoug Z
Matty G is a good guy who will grow into his new role. Here's hoping he can take the "l" out of Morning Drivel.
01.22.2013 | Unregistered Commentertlavin
Matty G? Kenny G? What's the difference?
01.22.2013 | Unregistered CommenterKLG
All you have to do is listen to Crenshaw talk about a golf course, specific holes, the green complex, and it becomes apparent that he is no empty suit. This clown really has shown his weak hand very early, and it is an empty house.


MD really is worse, by far, from EK's days, and while ,imo Hack is ok, because he adds some stability to the proceedings, and he is a positive, entertaining presence, the 3rd person, unless it is Chamblee, or Foltz is usually a boat anchor. Bald space man who name drops everyone including the valet who parked Rory's car revently hit a new low by trying to plsy the guitar on camra- hint: if you don't know a song, do't try to learn it on national TV. Even more grating than that is he calls everyone who is under 40 ''the kid'' or ''that kid'', and
I find it insulting. Dammit, if you cite he name of someone's MIL, who made coffee before their finsl round, and other such BSW, then say the name of the 20 something player who just won. He is not ''the kid''.

Anyway back to Crenshaw- I'll be appy to stop by his office next week when I am in Austin, and try and get a reaction from Ben, if he is in, and if I have the time.
01.22.2013 | Unregistered Commenterdigsouth
Matty G was a twit at Golf Digest, no reason he would be anything different at Golf Channel.
01.22.2013 | Unregistered CommenterSteve
One of the few good things about Morning Drive is Holly Sonders.
As a matter of fact, one of the few good things about TGC is Holly Sonders. They should get rid of all the "eye candy" but I guess that would not be PC.
Bring back Peter Kessler.
01.22.2013 | Unregistered CommenterStanley Thompson
''Matty G? Kenny G? What's the difference?''

One is a low handicap golfer and the other is on Morning Drive.
01.22.2013 | Unregistered Commenterdigsouth
Sorry Judge......he may be a "good guy," but is most certainly a moron.
01.22.2013 | Unregistered CommenterTalking Head
an apology is in order.....either way maybe they should fire him...its your job buddy, do your damn homework
01.22.2013 | Unregistered Commenterchicago pt
The Golf Channel's travel "experts" are strictly minor leaguers. Matt G is just sad. He is not very smart.
01.22.2013 | Unregistered CommenterJake
Free travel, free golf - it all adds up to horrible insight from guys like Joe Passov and Matt Ginella.

Their gig is so good, that there is hardly ever a course with they get comped (all of them) that they don't like. Also, beyond all the icing they get to lick off in their jobs, there is almost no good foundation of golf knowledge.

Ginella's comments regarding Crenshaw are as wayward as Passov's praise of Martin Hawtree and his debasing of The Old Course.
01.22.2013 | Unregistered CommenterRob
Kenny Bakst is as good an authority as any to describe Crenshaw's role in the C&C design team approach, since Friar's Head is just about as perfect a design/routing as one could imagine and he, Bakst, is widely known as being an "active" owner/developer. Awesome golf course.
01.22.2013 | Unregistered Commentertlavin
Better to remain silent and thought a fool than to... Oh, wait. You don't get on TV with that principle.
01.22.2013 | Unregistered CommenterMike T.
Allowing Matt Ginella to give a viewpoint on golf Architecture is not much different then letting a 12-year old drive a Porsche. WTF was Golf Channel thinking?

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