Category Archives: Architecture

Oct
26
2017
By Stephanie Wei under Architecture

Fishers Island

Welcome to the first part of a very special series of episodes with friend of the pod and regular guest Patrick Koenig, who chatted with me about his solo and buddies trips to Ireland and Scotland this summer. When we recorded the pod, I mentioned he needed to come out to the NYC area and I claimed I could arrange tee times at Fishers Island, National Golf Links of America and Shinnecock.

Well, I lied and failed. I was only successful with NGLA (October 10) and Fishers Island (October 11), but we did get a bonus nine holes into the mix at Hay Harbor, the “other,” arguably the more exclusive club on FI, so we were told. Well, I’m not sure if Patrick has forgiven me yet, but hopefully he will soon.

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Oct
16
2013
By Stephanie Wei under Architecture
For reals.

This exists

There’s a world-class golf course in the middle of New York City — on the south point of the Bronx tucked under the Whitestone Bridge. The effort to build what is now called Trump Golf Links at Ferry Point nearly has the makings to be an episode out of the The Sopranos, but I didn’t have enough words or room to get into the long, dramatic history.

Instead, I wrote about the partnership of Mayor Bloomberg, Donald Trump and Jack Nicklaus that pushed to complete the 30-plus-year undertaking to bring a golf course to Ferry Point Park and previewed the ceremonial ribbon-cutting at the course that’s happening this morning. In fact, I’m going to be late, so I better run, but you can read in print on the front page of the Wall Street Journal’s Greater New York section (if you live in the tri-state area), or of course, there’s always the online version…

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Jun
15
2013
By Conor Nagle under Architecture
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Zach woofing his was out of one of Merion’s particularly hazardous hazards.

Finally. Someone said it.

Former Masters champ Zach Johnson made the most of his post-round media obligations yesterday evening by taking the USGA to task for transforming Merion from a nuanced test of golf into a predictably gruelling, one-note US Open layout.

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Dec
2
2012
By Conor Nagle under Architecture

Forbes pictured outside his home in April of this year.

Farmer Michael Forbes has been named “Top Scot” at this year’s Glenfiddich Spirit of Scotland Awards.

The 60-year-old sprung to fame earlier this year as the unlikely star of “You’ve Been Trumped”, a documentary charting the contentious development of property mogul Donald Trump’s multi-million dollar resort project on the Aberdeenshire coast.

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Mar
8
2012
By Conor Nagle under Architecture

Soon, Donald, all this will be yours.

The exploits of comedy property magnate Donald Trump are a favourite subject of this blog, but whereas covering, say, his ongoing dispute with the Scottish government or his slightly suspicious Bronx public course deal are matters of choice, oddball detours from PGA Tour business, the billionaire’s purchase of Doral Resorts (the venue for this week’s Cadillac Championship) has made matters Trump genuinely newsworthy.

Today at a pre-tournament press conference, he and architect du jour Gil Hanse explained their lofty plans for the “tired” venue.

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Mar
8
2012
By Conor Nagle under Architecture

Hanse's design will weave its way between dunes... and high-rise apartment blocks.

Architects’ architect Gil Hanse has been commissioned to design the venue for golf’s return to the Olympic Games in 2016.

Famed for his diligent and ecologically-sensitive approach to course design, Hanse – whose bid was strengthened by the cooperation of LPGA legend Amy Alcott – was selected ahead of several high-profile candidates, including Gary Player, Peter Thompson, Jack Nicla

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Jan
19
2012

Merion: venue of the 2013 US Open.

A compelling article by Thomas Dunne in Links Magazine asks if the game’s many and varied problems can be resolved by the introduction of equipment changes in keeping with PING supremo John Solheim’s recent suggestion that “it is far simpler to adjust the ball to the course, than to adjust the course to the ball.”

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Jan
19
2012

Citizens of the Bronx, as depicted in popular documentary film "The Warriors".

Undeterred by his ongoing Aberdeenshire debacle, Donald Trump has reined in his world-beating hubris (just a little) and set his sights on running a public course in the Bronx.

Last night, the New York City Franchise and Concession Review Committee (or the NYCFCRC, for the cool kids among you) voted 5-1 in favour of allowing the suspiciously-coiffured property magnate to assume control of a $180 million project at Ferry Point Park.

Unsurprisingly, some people have a problem with this.

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Jan
18
2012
By Conor Nagle under Architecture
The Donald: smug and slappable.

A report in today’s Guardian suggests that Donald Trump’s plans for a £750m (that’s approximately $12 trillion US) resort in Scotland are on the verge of unravelling.

Trump has halted development on the project – modestly dubbed the “Trump International Golf Links” – ostensibly as a result of a local authority decision to construct an offshore wind farm, but thebillionaire’s critics see the decision as further evidence of the resort’s underperformance.

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