Shoreacres

No course made a greater leap upward on Golf Digest's new list of America's 100 Greatest Golf Courses than Shoreacres, which moved from No. 99 in 2015 to No. 66 in 2017. There are several reasons why the innovative design of Shoreacres has become so popular. Presented by Porsche.

Released on 1/10/2017

Credits

Director: Ben Miller, Atomic Kid Studios
Producer: Stephen Barrante, Atomic Kid Studios

Transcript

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[Narrator] No course made a greater leap upward
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on Golf Digest's new list of
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America's 100 Greatest Golf Courses than Shoreacres,
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which moved from number 99 in 2015, to number 66 in 2017.
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We can think of three reasons why this innovative design,
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which sits atop a bluff overlooking Lake Michigan
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some 35 miles north of downtown Chicago,
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has become so popular.
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First, it's designed by Seth Raynor, the civil engineer
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whose brief career consisted of emulating
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famous golf holes over and over
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with refreshing variety at each locale.
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Golfers across America have rediscovered Raynor's work
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and seek out his versions of
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North Berwick's Redan par three, the 14th at Shoreacres,
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the Saint Andrews Road Hole, the 10th at Shoreacres,
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and the notorious Biarritz green, Shoreacres' 6th,
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60 yards long with a perpendicular tench
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across the back third.
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Also, there's the novel topography of the Shoreacres land.
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The clubhouse overlooks Lake Michigan,
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but the course is routed inland
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on a forested plateau slashed by deep ravines
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that test players' performance.
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These gorges are in play on 14 holes,
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particularly at the tiny par three 12th,
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where the green sits at the base of a deep hollow.
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Lastly, there's the fun factor.
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Shoreacres is not overpoweringly long,
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just over 6,700 yards from the tips,
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and has a great collection of short par fours,
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the 2nd, 3rd, 11th, 13th and 17th,
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none over 375 yards.
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Players like the fact that it's not brutally hard,
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but still exciting to play thanks to Reynor's smart use
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of a unique piece of land.
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It's a game-changing way of designing courses
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that we hope will be embraced by others in the future.
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