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Golf Australia Express : GA Express 284
DONALD ROSS PASSES AWAY T HE “Father of American Golf Course Architecture” – Donald Ross – died aged 75 during this corresponding week in 1948. The Scottish-born American was the architect of over 400 golf courses across the United States. But his masterpiece was unquestionably the iconic Pinehurst No.2. Ross and his team completed the first 18-hole routing in 1907 – and the North Carolina layout has stood the test of time ever since (despite a number of questionable redesigns). Jack Nicklaus was appointed to work on parts of the course in 1987. But the major redesign came a decade later when Rees Jones replaced the signature sandy waste areas with thick rough. A new irrigation system was also installed to produce flawless playing surfaces – but that went against Ross’ original design, and a major essence of No.2 was lost. Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw were eventually contacted in 2011 and were asked to restore the iconic course to its former glory. Coore and Crenshaw got to work, clearing away the rough and replacing it with wiregrass and sand. They were then gifted aerial shots of the original design – captured by military planes – and the spirit of Ross’ work was ultimately returned. Pinehurst No.2 has always earned the affection of legendary players, including Tiger Woods who, at the 2005 U.S Open, said: “I play courses on tour and we all see it — miss the green, automatic lob wedge, hack it out of the rough. That to me is not fun golf. Fun golf is Pinehurst.” But it was Chip Beck, who won twice on the PGA Tour and finished runner-up 20 times, that perhaps summarised it best when he said: “Donald Ross must have been the toughest, hard-nosed architect in the world, because this course has stood the test of time ... It is like Fenway Park or Wrigley Field. It’s a standard to judge by.” 1948 THIS WEEK IN ... WATCH: THE CONSTRUCTION OF PINEHURST NO.2 WORDS BY MICHAEL JONES • Don Bradman scores 107 against Worcester in 152 minutes. He hits 15 fours. • The second NBA Championship takes place, where the Baltimore Bullets defeat the Philadelphia Warriors, four games to two. • North Korea proclaims itself the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. • The 74th staging of the Kentucky Derby takes place. Eddie Arcaro wins aboard “Citation” in a time of 2:05.4. ALSO MAKING NEWS THIS WEEK IN 1948
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