Shoreacres – 1974, 1997, 2005, 2015

After some feedback from my previous Shoreacres post that showed how the course looked nearly identical in 2015 as it did in 1946,  I wanted to take a further look at how the course looked between the nearly 70 year time period.

Below is what I would consider somewhat of a time lapse. There are still some larger gaps based when aerials are available but over the time period, mowing lines, vegetation and bunkers varied.

Shoreacres – 1946 (Photo from USGS)

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Sand Hills Golf Club Construction 1992, 1999, 2015

I’ve always been amazed by golf course construction. The ability to take heavy machinery, fine grade and carve the land to exact elevations and get it to withstand the elements.

In the few projects I’ve been involved in, its always been a restoration or renovation where a golf course exists and the work is done within the existing footprint.

Sand Hills Golf Club didn’t appear to have a footprint to stay within.

I was able to find a few aerial photos from the USGS that were taken during construction,  after opening and a photo from within the last few years.

The first photo compares during construction (approx 1992) to after opening (approx 1999). First thing I noticed was how many of the haul and access roads went on to become fairways when compete. Also notice the area  and sequencing of when things were completed.

Next photo compares the 1999 photo with the more modern (approx 2015) photo. One thing that stuck out was how much some of the bunkers had changed in that time period.

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Shoreacres – 1946 to 2015

This actually turned out a little better then I thought it was going to.

I was able to take a couple of old images of Shoreacres, click the link for color aerials and topography, overlay the two, add a slider and compare the difference that have occurred over the years.

Outside of the addition of a pond and the ravines becoming more defined, the course looks like it did 70 years ago.

Shoreacres 1946 and 2015

Let me know if you see anything else that sticks out.


Fishers Island – 1941 Aerial

No new topography to push out but I found a few old aerial images of some well known golf courses. Going to see what I can do with these.

Fist up was the aerial of Fishers Island from 1941.

Fishers Island – 1941 (USGS Photo)

The image is bleached out a bit, but you can still make out most of the routing and holes.

Don’t forget updated aerial and topography of Fishers Island can be found here.

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Fishers Island Club – Fishers Island, New York

The Fishers Island Club was on my short list when I started The Bottom Groove.  I’ve always been interested in how a historic course such as this was constructed during the time period.

After reading the write up Andy did at The Fried Egg and taking a closer look at the pictures Jon Cavalier did that were included in the write up, I became a little more intrigued as to how the course was not only routed, but how elevation played a role in the design.

Fishers Island Club Aerial

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Pacific Dunes – Bandon, Oregon

As a follow up to Bandon Dunes, I wanted to take a look at Pacific Dunes. This course neighbors Bandon Dunes to the north and from what I have been told has a similar amount of fine grading leading up to and around the green complexes.

Another brief touch on history –

Designed by Tom Doak and the Renaissance Golf Design group and opened in 2001. This was the second course in the series of courses that make up the Bandon Dunes Golf Resort experience.

Talking to people who have visited, many say Pacific Dunes is easily their favorite of all the Bandon Courses.


Pacific Dunes Aerial

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Bandon Dunes – Bandon, Oregon

So this one was kind of fun for me to look at. I’ve never had the chance to experience Bandon, Oregon and all the golf that comes with it. Instead I did what I could to experience it from my desktop.

A brief touch on history –

Designed by David McLay Kidd and opened in 1999. This was the first course in the series of courses that make up the Bandon Dunes Golf Resort experience.

Bandon Dunes Aerial

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