Louisiana’s Golden Age Gem

By 1922, Seth Raynor was one of golf’s most prolific and celebrated architects, learning his trade under the tutelage of CB McDonald. Though less known today than some of his contemporaries like Ross, Makensie and Tillinghast, Raynor left a body of work that is arguably as good as any of them.  Had he not succumbed to pneumonia at the height of his career, he may have well surpassed them all in stature.  Raynor is credited with over 100 solo designs, collaborations and renovations.

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The 5 Best Designed Golf Holes in South Louisiana

What makes for a well-designed golf hole?  There are multiple schools of thought on the topic.  Some are inclined to think a hole’s greatness is measured by its difficulty.  Others would focus on its beauty. In having been a party to many post round conversations, I can attest that others derive their opinion of a hole by its conditioning.  As those who listen to the Golf Blurb undoubtedly know, I am a fervent student of the Allister Mackenzie/Bobby Jones School of golf design.  Jones and Mackenzie believed that a great golf hole should incorporate as many of a set of key principles as possible.

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