By Design – Issue 56, Winter 2021

13 Search ASGCA on the below channels for more posts: ASGCA Home Offices @ASGCA “When fishing, skiing and the outdoors is part of your upbringing, it is only natural the environment play an important part of your work as a golf course architect,” @ASGCA President Jason Straka shares his story in an ‘ASGCA Insights’ podcast: Jon Cavalier @LinksGems Congrats to Baltusrol Golf Club for the reappearance of the Lower Course on Golf Magazine’s Top 100 Courses in the World list. After a short hiatus and a substantial (and excellent) restoration by Gil Hanse, this A.W. Tillinghast classic returns to the list at No. 57 SOCIAL UPDATE Photo: Art Schaupeter, ASGCA Tower Tee to open in 2022 following Schaupeter redesign Photo: First Tee-Greater Washington, DC The Tower Tee facility in St. Louis, which closed in 2018 with plans to convert it into a housing development, is now reopening in spring 2022 as a nine-hole parthree course, following a redesign by Art Schaupeter, ASGCA. Formerly an 18-hole par-three course, Tower Tee’s new design includes a driving range, short game and putting areas, as well as a nine-hole course with greens inspired by famous par threes such as the Redan, Biarritz, Eden and Golden Bell holes. “There is a lot of interesting and fun golf packed into about a twelve-acre area,” said Schaupeter. “I was able to take advantage of some of the more interesting site attributes to create these specific holes, which allows the individual character of the holes to really come out.” USGA’s “game changer” donation to First Tee The United States Golf Association (USGA) has distributed $200,000 in grants across 20 First Tee chapters through the inaugural Idea grant program. Support initiatives include transport to and from First Tee program locations as well as recruitment and training of diverse staff and coaches. “The USGA’s support is a game changer for youths in the communities that we serve,” said Greg McLaughlin, CEO of First Tee. “With these grants, our chapters are opening the door to even more youth, especially in underserved and underrepresented communities, to explore the possibilities in golf and beyond as they build their character and life lessons through the game.” Golf Course Architecture @Golf Course Architecture “We eliminated a lot of the bunkers in front of greens so you have shot options for the ground game or the aerial game,” says Rees Jones