Interview with designer of Lost Farm, Bill Coore

Bill Coore
“We like to present situations where golfers choose how to play the hole, as opposed to us dictating how they are going to play it”

Bill Coore is the man behind Lost Farm Golf Course which has recently opened in Bridport, Tasmania. It is a remarkable piece of golf design and will fast become one of Australia’s best golf courses.

Not only has Bill Coore done a superb job at Lost Farm but it seems he does a pretty good job at talking a lot of sense when it comes to a whole load of issues concerning golf. A recent interview with Bill Coore has him chatting about the long running debate about the golf ball and its impact on golf courses. Below are a few snippets from the article.

“We like to present situations where golfers choose how to play the hole, as opposed to us dictating how they are going to play it. We don’t want them ‘kicking field goals’ constantly between hazards.”

and… 

“To me, the cart is in front of the horse,” he sighs. “Why are we changing thousands of courses – or at least dozens – for the sake of the golf ball? Why not just change the ball? There is no doubt it has had a negative effect on architecture generally. Guys just hit past stuff so much these days. To which people say we can move tees back – but sometimes you can’t – or move bunkers – but sometimes that isn’t practical or advisable. I hate to see bunkers that have been there for decades suddenly moved. For one thing, rebuilding a bunker exactly as it was isn’t that easy.”

Hear, hear. Read the full article with Bill Coore is at Scotsman.com.

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