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
|Starring:||Matt Ginella, Chris Millard, Larry Lambrecht, and Stina Sternberg|
|Director of Photography:||Tony Burns|
[Narrator] Of the iconic courses in America,
only a few are on every avid amateur's bucket list.
And of those courses, even fewer qualify
as places you want to go back again and again.
These are those courses.
Streamsong Red and Erin Hills
are some of the most innovative golf courses in the world.
Streamsong has just taken the golf world by storm.
The brand-new resort is in the middle of Central Florida
and you still feel like you're playing
links golf in Scotland.
How does that happen?
The part of Streamsong that's so amazing
is where the property is.
It's a mining site where they mine phosphates.
The by-product of phosphate mining is purified sand.
Every golf architect's dream is purified sand.
I was there before it was a golf course.
It looked like a sand field.
And in the afternoon, it looked like snow.
I watched it over the years.
That was quite a transformation.
These dunes are comparable of Ireland and Scotland.
It's stunning in a visual sense.
Even when you've flown down to Florida,
rented your car and got there,
you look around and it's hard to believe you're in Florida.
And that's a very difficult thing to pull off.
Streamsong Red, for me, is the best public golf course
in a state filled with very good golf.
It pulls me off of every tee.
It's a very climactic finish,
very much like a symphony,
weaving you in and around these dunes lands
that have been created by this by-product
of the phosphate mining.
Streamsong Red is my happy place.
[Narrator] The whole idea behind Erin Hills
is the U. S. Open.
A guy by the name of Bob Lang decides,
not only am I going to build a golf course
in the Midwest, on this old dairy farmland,
I'm going to build a golf course
that can host the U. S. Open.
He hired the architecture team of Hurdzan Fry,
and they used this wild, undulating land
and create something special enough
to host a major championship.
Erin Hills is innovative in the way
it has really embraced the USGA's philosophy
of brown being the new green.
Water preservation is a really big part
of this golf course, because it's huge,
but they're still not wasting a lot of water
keeping it green.
Really the key to Erin Hills,
in terms of innovation, is actually below the surface.
That part of the world is blessed
with all different kinds of substrata,
but if you want to have a U. S. Open course,
it's gonna play firm and fast.
And designing a golf course in that part of the world,
with various clay substrates, that's firm and fast,
is extremely difficult, and they pulled it off.