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The Re-Re-Improved Liberty National Returns...

We architecture geeks will have no complaints this week, still high on The Country Club looking better than it has in years and Colorado Golf Club proving downright amazing to watch even if the Solheim Cup matches ended up a blowout. But reality sets in as the tour moves to the new, re-re-improved Liberty National for the Barclays.

Players will be on fine-watch for saying anything remotely critical after Commissioner Finchem buddy Paul Fireman sank even more millions beyond the initial $250 million he spent on this Bob Cupp-Tom Kite design that brought up the rear in Golf World's PGA Tour course ranking.

Still, it's good fun to go back and read the remarks from last time, including one of Tiger's all time best lines.

Brett Cyrgalis talks to the PGA Tour's Steve Wenzloff about the softening of features and shifting of the 18th green to give the Barclays corporate tent more room, not that anyone will miss the old finishing hole.

“The goal of the modification was really to help increase the overall receptiveness of the golf course,” said Steve Wenzloff, the PGA Tour’s vice president of design services and player liaison. “I say receptiveness as sort of a broad definition. Specially, two facets: the tee shots and the approach shots.”

So you're softening the tee shots and the approaches to the greens, which leaves? Nothing else.

The nuts and bolts of the re-do:

In total, five greens were entirely rebuilt, and an additional six were reconstructed; 13 landing areas were altered; and 11 tee boxes were expanded or moved. Some fairway bunkers were moved farther from the line of play, and the greens complexes generally were made flatter, allowing for more hole locations and less severe run-offs into deep chipping areas.

The 18th green was moved 20 yards down the fairway to allow for Barclays to have a larger corporate tent, and the hole stayed the same length by virtue of a rarely used back tee, 20 yards behind the one used in 2009.

That could be a first...a green moved for a corporate tent.

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Reader Comments (8)

Sounds like a joy. You have to wonder about a course that needs to be made easier for the best players in the world. I'd want my money back from the archie if it was my course.
08.19.2013 | Unregistered Commentergreg c
Amazing how these developers go back to the guys who screwed it up the first time. Even the idiots in Hollywood move on to the next screen doctor.
08.19.2013 | Unregistered CommenterOB
Ugh - just thinking about a Bob Cupp makes me want at a course by any other GCA. I am also thankful that there is topographic relief blocking out any view of that Bob Cupp course behind the hill in the background of your Tommy Nac banner.

Same cannot be said for the RM Graves course down the road. It has views of another BC course whose fairways and greens cling to the side of a slope.

Another local BC course shut down after half it's acreage was sacrificed for more high density condo units [still empty/construction never completed?] with the threat of a redesign, but doesn't look like the course will ever be rebuilt (in the near future).
08.19.2013 | Unregistered CommenterUbb
For some reason when I think of Bob Cupp I think of Desmond Muirhead. I offer Palmetto Hall (Hilton Head) as an example of this former Architect of the Year's work -- the Palmetto Hall concept just never caught on -- much like some of Muirhead's unique designs. Unique, innovative, but really not much substance over a period of time. His Port Arrmour original was pretty good back in the day.
UBB random question: what is your impression of RM Graves courses? I love them all except a couple bad apples.
08.20.2013 | Unregistered CommenterPGT
Furry Creek would not be a good apple.
08.20.2013 | Unregistered CommenterTighthead
I'll give it eight minutes this weekend.
08.20.2013 | Unregistered Commentertlavin
LN still way around it.....just sucks with very nice views!
08.21.2013 | Unregistered CommenterTalking Head

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