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Tuesday
Sep052017

Video: Eye On Design, The Walker Cup Explained

The 2017 Walker Cup is here and Los Angeles is sensing the buzz! The motorcades have stifled traffic and the paparazzi have staked out the team hotel and...ok that's a stretch. But as we discussed on Morning Drive today, this is one we Angelenos have been anticipating for some time.

But while the teams enjoy some sightseeing golf, as Ryan Lavner noted for GolfChannel.com, this site is going to be all in on this event. So my apologies in advance for those still hurting from the lack of Solheim Cup coverage during U.S. Amateur week, but this is just the third Walker Cup to visit the west coast, the first in Southern California and Los Angeles Country Club's first national television appearance. (Clubhouse and pub sign on right depicted by Lee Wybranski.)

Full and only disclosure here for the week: I worked on the restoration of LACC's North Course since 2007 with Gil Hanse, Jim Wagner and many fine shapers, contractors, club officials and fine committees. The Walker Cup will be a celebration of all that went into restoring George Thomas and Billy Bell's 1927-28 redesign. More details on that later in the week, but if you must jump ahead, Ran Morrissett's 2014 review should tell you plenty about the architecture.

This latest Eye On Design is for those who aren't aware of what the Walker Cup is all about or if they should fork over the $75 to come out and watch. (Tickets here, and parking on the adjoining South Course is free! There is also an Uber dropoff at Comstock Avenue near the club driving range.)

In the video I explain the format and general superiority of this event over just about all others in golf based on the experiences had by all at the 2013 Walker Cup. You'll see many of my images from that event in the Eye On Design embedded below.

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Why is the USGA charging $75 per ticket for this? To keep the undesirables away?
09.5.2017 | Unregistered CommenterC
C:
C'mon, the USGA's hundreds of millions of $$$$$, are all tied up in investments, NetJets leases, executive bonuses etc. The bills for flying out the President, every past President, Exec Committee, Nominating Committee, Every Other Committee, wives, girlfriends and general hangers on, have to be paid for somehow. Then there are all the parties and receptions. You don't expect these poor souls to stay at the Red Roof Inn, surely????
So, $75 a ticket. I'm sure they were going for $100, but reason prevailed.
😉😉
09.5.2017 | Unregistered Commenterdgs
DGS +1

Don't forget to mention.....$0.75c goes to "the good of the game!"
09.5.2017 | Unregistered CommenterLong Ball
Great site, great event - hope many matches play all the way to the end thru 18th hole.
09.5.2017 | Unregistered Commentergg
Nice video even if the word amazing was used too frequently.

You will have to indulge Geoff this week because during the restoration it was he who put into motion the thought of LACC hosting this event. He planted the seeds with both Mike Davis of the USGA and powers that be at the club.
09.5.2017 | Unregistered CommenterLynn S.
$75 for a Walker Cup ticket is the best value in golf. For $75 you get to walk in the fairway with future major champions, listen to the conversations with caddies, see the what the shot really looks like from the players perspective and hear the purity of a golf ball hit by a great player. You are on the playing field for a team event and will feel the emotions in a way you never do outside the ropes or on TV. For $75 get can do all of the above for 36 holes, you can easily be on property for 10+ hours if you want. For $75 you get free parking close by, you don't have to fight crowds, lines for concessions and restrooms will be nonexistent.

I don't see eye to eye with GS on many topics, but 100% agree with him on the Walker Cup
09.5.2017 | Unregistered CommenterConvert
$75 is too high. USGA needs a reset.
09.5.2017 | Unregistered CommenterFC
Love those Redan before/after shots of The National in 1922 and 2013. So amazing how little has changed.
09.5.2017 | Unregistered CommenterOB
$75 that's LA CC prices. Boy, the teams got to play some of the best, hardest to get on, courses in So. Cal. Bel-Air, LA CC (of course) and The Valley Club of Montecito. Nice invites it you can get 'em.
09.5.2017 | Unregistered CommenterTLB
Hey C.
When I was at the Walker Cup at NGLA i spoke to a committee member of the USGA and they had to pay their way there and had to find a place to stay on their own dollar. Not sure where you got your information from (Every Other Committee, wives, girlfriends and general hangers on, have to be paid for somehow. ) but I would be curious how you derived at it.
09.6.2017 | Unregistered CommenterJM
TLB, I couldn't get on The Valley. Luckily, Sam Randolph Sr. kindly allowed me a round at La Cumbre.
09.6.2017 | Unregistered CommenterFC
I hate haters. WC is the best value in sports. 16 hours of intimate proximity to GREAT players and golf courses that you simply can't see as a mere mortal. Small crowds and pure sports and golf it is a first class house party. If $75 keeps the you da Man jerks away that is great

What would you pay for a Lakers freak show ticket or to get hosed by the Dodgers organization?
09.9.2017 | Unregistered Commenterward peyronnin

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