Timeless Tracks Episode 2: Innovation

Our panel of seasoned golf journalists offer a peek behind the curtain of two of this century's most revolutionary course designs, and share their unique journeys from conception to execution and subsequent fame.
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

00:03
[Narrator] Of the iconic courses in America,
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only a few are on every avid amateur's bucket list.
00:09
And of those courses, even fewer qualify
00:11
as places you want to go back again and again.
00:14
These are those courses.
00:16
Streamsong Red and Erin Hills
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are some of the most innovative golf courses in the world.
00:23
Streamsong has just taken the golf world by storm.
00:27
The brand-new resort is in the middle of Central Florida
00:30
and you still feel like you're playing
00:32
links golf in Scotland.
00:33
How does that happen?
00:34
The part of Streamsong that's so amazing
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is where the property is.
00:38
It's a mining site where they mine phosphates.
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The by-product of phosphate mining is purified sand.
00:44
Every golf architect's dream is purified sand.
00:47
I was there before it was a golf course.
00:49
It looked like a sand field.
00:50
And in the afternoon, it looked like snow.
00:53
I watched it over the years.
00:54
That was quite a transformation.
00:56
These dunes are comparable of Ireland and Scotland.
00:59
It's stunning in a visual sense.
01:01
Even when you've flown down to Florida,
01:03
rented your car and got there,
01:04
you look around and it's hard to believe you're in Florida.
01:07
And that's a very difficult thing to pull off.
01:10
Streamsong Red, for me, is the best public golf course
01:14
in a state filled with very good golf.
01:17
It pulls me off of every tee.
01:18
It's a very climactic finish,
01:20
very much like a symphony,
01:22
weaving you in and around these dunes lands
01:25
that have been created by this by-product
01:28
of the phosphate mining.
01:29
Streamsong Red is my happy place.
01:36
[Narrator] The whole idea behind Erin Hills
01:37
is the U. S. Open.
01:39
A guy by the name of Bob Lang decides,
01:41
not only am I going to build a golf course
01:42
in the Midwest, on this old dairy farmland,
01:45
I'm going to build a golf course
01:46
that can host the U. S. Open.
01:48
He hired the architecture team of Hurdzan Fry,
01:49
and they used this wild, undulating land
01:53
and create something special enough
01:55
to host a major championship.
01:57
Erin Hills is innovative in the way
02:00
it has really embraced the USGA's philosophy
02:02
of brown being the new green.
02:05
Water preservation is a really big part
02:07
of this golf course, because it's huge,
02:09
but they're still not wasting a lot of water
02:11
keeping it green.
02:13
Really the key to Erin Hills,
02:15
in terms of innovation, is actually below the surface.
02:18
That part of the world is blessed
02:19
with all different kinds of substrata,
02:21
but if you want to have a U. S. Open course,
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it's gonna play firm and fast.
02:25
And designing a golf course in that part of the world,
02:28
with various clay substrates, that's firm and fast,
02:31
is extremely difficult, and they pulled it off.
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