American Society of Golf Course Architects

ASGCA President Cupp to discuss "Golf's Grand Design" with Whitten at GIS Feb. 5

ASGCA President Bob Cupp and golf writer Ron Whitten will discuss their book, "Golf's Grand Design," on Feb. 5 at the Golf Industry Show in San Diego. The session will be held in Room 2 of the San Diego Convention Center from 3:30 p.m. - 5 p.m. (PST).

The pair wrote the book as a companion to the 2012 PBS documentary of the same name. The documentary examined the history and role of American golf course architecture and explored the unique relationship between the people who play the game and the places where they play.

Golf's playing fields have recognizable characteristics – fairways, greens, bunkers, and water hazards – but golf is the only sport played on a field with no specifically defined dimensions. "Golf's Grand Design" focuses on the special and unique people responsible for golf course architecture from the 1880s through present day, highlighting some of America's best known and most influential deisgners and their courses.

The presentation will feature some "never before heard stories" of the architects and their work.

Cupp, ASGCA Fellow, partnered with Whitten, golf architecture editor of “Golf Digest” and 1996 winner of the ASGCA Donald Ross Award, on the book. Published through a grant by the Robert J. Stransky Foundation and utilizing the assistance of the ASGCA Foundation, the book is available here.

The discussion in San Diego will serve as the annual "Trends in Contemporary Golf Course Architecture" session held each year as part of the Educational Conference at GIS.