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Can't Make It to Augusta or St. Andrews? Not a Problem
Larry Olmsted
From the Print Edition:
Raquel Welch, Jul/Aug 01

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This high-end, daily-fee trio of courses in Myrtle Beach strives to combine its 27 replica holes with first-rate service, from well-spaced tee times to global positioning systems. Its 25,000-square-foot clubhouse flies the flag of every state and country represented, and even houses five glass cases full of mementos (authentic and replicas) of trophies and antiques from the courses copied. Golf director Shoemaker believes the International Nine is the best of the three, with holes from Valderrama, Royal Melbourne and Wentworth, along with domestic locales, including Spanish Bay, Seminole and Doral. The Championship Nine is the most popular, probably because it has all of Amen Corner, along with the ubiquitous Postage Stamp, and holes from Cypress Point, Winged Foot and Olympic. Duffers can try the more forgiving Open Nine, which fittingly starts and ends with the first and 18th holes from the Old Course at St. Andrews, bookending choices from Pinehurst Two, Pine Valley, Augusta, Colonial and the island hole from Sawgrass, among others. The courses are owned by Mel Graham, a nephew of the Rev. Billy Graham, and he hopes to replicate the replicas in other sites in California, Florida and, of course, Las Vegas.



The Architects Golf Club

Phillipsburg, New Jersey


The newest tribute or replica course in the United States, this design by Stephen Kay, with assistance from golf author and historian Ron Whitten, is scheduled to open in July. The course is a tribute to 18 architects whose work spanned more than a century. Kay got the idea from his early work on the replica Donald Ross course in Michigan. "I said to myself, 'Wouldn't it be nice to take people on a ride through history, where they could play in the historical sequence?' The first hole is Old Tom Morris, the very first golf course designer. We jump to the States with C. B. MacDonald, who designed our very first 18-hole course [in the United States], the Chicago Golf Club." Architects is located in western New Jersey near the Delaware River, about an hour's drive from Newark International Airport. Other architects represented in the course include Walter Travis, Donald Ross, Harry Colt and C. H. Alison, A. W. Tillinghast, Alister Mackenzie and Robert Trent Jones. "We did not copy holes," says Kay. "We looked at three things: how the architect would set up play, the style of bunkering, and the contours of the putting service."


Black Creek Club

Chattanooga, Tennessee

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