News and Reviews
Greg Connors, reviewing 2013 Masters coverage in the Buffalo News, noted this:
• GeoffShackelford.com: Shackelford, a contributing editor at Golf Digest and contributing writer to Golf World, is the world’s best golf blogger, period.
Working with Gil Hanse and Jim Wagner, two courses I've co-designed made the one ranking any architect whould want to make--the top 50 most fun courses--features both Rustic Canyon (#30) and The Horse Course at Prairie Club (#10!).
Peter Finch explains the thought process for the 50 Most Fun in the September Golf Digest, and there is a slideshow of the diverse group of courses selected. As an aside for architecture geeks, there is also a recent Joann Dost aerial shot of Cypress Point showing the restored fairway bunkers on the 17th hole.
From columnist Lorne Rubenstein's look at resources for learning about design. This site was included:
Geoff Shackelford, a Santa Monica resident and a clear-headed writer on architecture who doesn’t hold back on his disdain for much of modern design, is at Riviera all week. He’s posted mini-movies of the fifth and sixth holes, along with his commentary at his website www.geoffshackelford.com. Shackelford’s website is so strong that Golf Digest recently did a partnership with him. It’s a go-to site for architecture aficionados. Geoff writes regularly on architecture for Golf World. He wrote the Riv’s club history, published in 1995.
Golf Digest features their "risk-takers" issue and yes, in a moment of synergistic harmony that will have you muttering conspiracy theories, includes yours truly. If it's any consolation, when Ron Whitten called to interview me he had no idea about a possible partnership between my site and GolfDigest.com.
Thanks to reader Tim for sending the link.
Derek Lawrenson of The Daily Mail played Rustic Canyon recently and offered this review:
Are we agreed that playing golf in America is, on the whole, overpriced, overcrowded and overrated? Let me describe an experience at a course called Rustic Canyon just north of Los Angeles that conclusively demonstrates it doesn't have to be this way.
Here was a revelatory little gem where there was no clubhouse the size of a mansion, and no bag drop for people too lazy to walk from the car park.
There were no water hazards, no fairways lined with unimaginative swathes of rough, and no greens surrounded by bunkers, thus allowing you to play the ball along the ground, should you choose, rather than being forced to play target golf.
In short, all the principles that makes links golf the biggest thrill in the game have been applied by designer Geoff Shackelford, including greens next to tees which meant - shock, horror! - you could even walk rather than take a buggy.
Best of all, it cost £20 to play, and was in magnificent condition.
Golf as it should be.