Timeless Tracks Episode 1: Passion

A truly Forever Amazing golf course is built with pure passion—it inspires and awes, and maintains a maximum level of excitement over time. In this episode, our experts discuss two world-class resort courses in America and how they came to embody these principles.
Presented by Porsche

Released on 8/3/2015

Credits

Starring: Matt Ginella, Chris Millard, Larry Lambrecht, and Stina Sternberg
Director: Cathryne Czubek
Producer: Gigi Dement
Director of Photography: Tony Burns

Transcript

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[Narrator] A timeless track is one of those courses
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that gives you that forever amazing feeling
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that you want to keep coming back over and over again.
00:10
[Man] The attention to detail is incredible.
00:13
You have someone behind these projects
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with a passion and energy for perfection.
00:20
[Narrator] Whistling Straits and Sea Island
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are courses for the truly passionate golfer.
00:28
In the last 30 years or so, as a golf journalist,
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I've been to hundreds of golf courses around the world.
00:34
Sea Island is an amazing place for golfers,
00:37
for golf families, for golf buddies, for golf couples.
00:40
To me, I've always felt that it comes from the passion
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of the Jones family, the people who built the island.
00:46
Golf is more than just a product they provide.
00:50
And it shows in everything.
00:52
They don't use flags on the flag sticks
00:53
at the greens, they actually have the old baskets.
00:56
You know, for a golf purist, that's a cool touch.
00:59
I've been all over the world.
01:02
I have never experienced the kind of service
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like I have at Sea Island.
01:08
Some of the elite players have now migrated to this area,
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knowing that, not only do they have this setting,
01:16
but you get the golf facility, training facilities,
01:19
and you get the multiple golf courses to choose from.
01:21
In terms of public, you've got the seaside course.
01:24
What I would consider Tom Fazio's best golf course
01:27
in America, it just kind of drips history.
01:35
I've been a golf course photographer for 20 years now.
01:37
Whistling Straits presents challenges to a good player,
01:40
that he has to pull out every club in his bag
01:42
to play this place.
01:44
It's the kind of place that might make you feel
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like you got lost, you took a wrong turn somewhere,
01:48
because it really is kind of in the middle of nowhere
01:50
in Wisconsin, but when you arrive,
01:52
you're faced with one of the most magnificent
01:55
golf resorts in America.
01:59
The first time I set foot on Whistling Straits,
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I really felt as though I was on the moon.
02:03
Even if you've played Irish golf, Scottish golf,
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and real linksy golf, you've never seen anything
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with quite this dynamism in the land.
02:11
You've certainly never seen anything
02:13
with so many bunkers in your life.
02:14
And in the United States,
02:15
you've probably never seen a golf course
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this groomed with live sheep roaming the golf course.
02:21
It's a place you can't wait to get to.
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Once you're here, you want to stay as long as possible.
02:26
And as soon as you leave,
02:28
you're planning a trip to come back.
02:29
That's the American dream in the form of golf.
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