April 14, 2016

Arrowhead Country Club

Sketchbook ~ Arrowhead Country Club (Holes No 1 to 6)
Arrowhead Country Club was designed by the team of Raymond Floyd and Tom Jackson. There are 27 holes here and we played Waterway and Cypress. The "greenest" course we played, possibly the most water and most elevation change. Played with a lovely couple from Montreal.

April 13, 2016

World Tour Golf

Sketchbook ~ World Tour Golf (Holes No 1 to 3)
Located in the Carolina Forest section of Myrtle Beach’s Grand Strand, World Tour Golf Links "World Tour is the brainchild of golf course designer Mel Graham. His vision was to recreate 18 of the world’s most elite, renowned and challenging golf layouts from 15 courses in three countries and nine states. The result is an utterly unique golf experience – a trip around the world played on a course you’ll never forget!" We played with a great couple from Kentucky, on a beautiful course on a beautiful day.

April 12, 2016

International Club

Sketchbook ~ International Club (Holes No 10 to 12)
Forecast was calling for rain, but we were there to play. It drizzles a little bit and that was it for the day. The International Club’s golf course was designed by Willard Byrd. Pines, oaks, and native grasses, many lakes and ponds, sparkling white bunkers all together create an aesthetically pleasing golf course. The gentleman in the pro shop, was telling me about the 2 kinds of poisonous snakes on the course, and I said "if I play in the middle of the fairway, I will have nothing to fear" This was my best round of the holiday, an 81! I literally hit the middle of the fairway on every hole.... not wanting to come close to any poisonous snakes!

April 11, 2016

Burning Ridge

Sketchbook ~ Burning Ridge Golf Club (Holes No 6 to 9)
Burning Ridge - Because of a mix up in our tee times… we ended up arriving just minutes before our tee time. So rush from car to first tee and off we go. This course was designed by Gene Hamm, elegantly mounded, pine lined fairways and quite a few water hazards. Most greens are elevated and protected by bunkers. “The course is also known as a woman-friendly course. The women’s tees were not put in as an afterthought, but were carefully placed to provide a fair challenge to our extensive women membership and numerous ladies groups.”

April 10, 2016

The Pearl

Our April vacation means the golf has officially started. We spend a week in Myrtle Beach, SC doing nothing but playing golf. Last summer, I sketch all the holes I played in black and white, starting part way thru the season. This year I am starting right at the beginning of the season and doing it in colour. Sketching in black ink on location and from photo, and adding colour later. Started new sketchbook, just for golf, from Stillman & Birn, alpha series.

It makes a long day, get up in the middle of the night, 2:45am to drive to Detroit and fly out early in the morning, 8:30am, but the advantage to that is we are in South Carolina at 10:05am, early enough to play golf the first day.
Sketchbook ~ The Pearl, East (Holes No 4 to 9)
The Pearl, East - A short drive north to Calabash, North Carolina, we played The Pearl. Dan Maples is the designer of the 2 courses at the Pearl, East and West, traditional parkland golf, through pristine forest, ending with a dynamic finish along the Calabash River. The weather wasn’t warm, in fact we drove back to the rental car after nine holes to get more clothes to put on.