The newest addition to golf offerings at The Greenbrier will follow in the resort’s tradition of excellence, but it will also provide a fresh and unique option for today’s modern golfer. Scheduled for a September 2018 opening, The Ashford Short Course at The Greenbrier Sporting Club will be a walking-only 9-hole loop of par 3 holes ranging from 76 to 112 yards in length. The holes will pay tribute to revered architects and courses around the world and provide a relaxed family environment that will be entertaining for golfers of all levels and abilities. Available for both members of The Greenbrier Sporting Club and guests of The Greenbrier, the newest golf offering will complement the courses already in place – The Old White TPC, which hosts The Greenbrier Classic annually; the Meadows Course, a redesigned track that features signature stacked sodded bunkers; and the Tom Fazio designed Snead Course.
Tripp Davis and Associates unveiled The Ransom Course, a four-hole loop practice course, at his alma mater the University of Oklahoma (OU) in Norman, Oklahoma, on May 11. The official preceded the university hosting one of the six NCAA Men’s Golf Regional Championships on May 14-16. The practice course features 15 bunkers and four different green styles – a Perry Maxwell green, an A.W. Tillinghast green featuring Tillinghast’s signature bunker styles, a pushed-up Donald Ross green and a Seth Raynor green. Part of the golf facility for the OU golf teams, players can practice their 100 yards or less shots from approaching bunkers and multiple fairway angles around the four greens.The key is giving players the ability to practice in a realistic environment and experience real on-course situations,” said Davis. “We designed a course with the highest level of practice variety that is beyond the typical driving range and short game area.”
In a recent story in the Hartford Courant, Justin Thomas and Rory McIlroy discussed the “evolution” of their preparation routines. Neither are particularly large, but both are among the longest hitters on the PGA Tour. In the article, they provide interesting insights into what elements of their preparation allows them to hang with the Dustin Johnson’s and Brooks Koepka’s of the world.