Architect Tom Doak Joins The A Position in Scaring Up Golf’s Tricks and Treats

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Forget the M&Ms and Mars Bars. For golfers at Halloween—or any time of year—it’s the game itself that provides a well-stuffed pillowcase of treats, and more than a few tricks.

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My favorite treat is where golf courses maintain a lot of short grass around the greens instead of growing the grass to rough height.

Forget the M&Ms and Mars Bars. For golfers at Halloween—or any time of year—it’s the game itself that provides a well-stuffed pillowcase of treats, and more than a few tricks.

What are the supersized candy bars and poison apples that make golf both the sweetest and most disappointing of activities? According to this month’s A List, compiled in the spirit of the spooky season by the members of The A Position, the game is a mixed goodie bag of highs and lows, thrills and threats, pleasures and complaints.

Adding his own tasty morsel to the list is golf course architect Tom Doak, whose top creations include Pacific Dunes, Cape Kidnappers, and Ballyneal, plus dozens of other outstanding design treats. Doak conjures both fun and fury in how courses maintain the areas around their greens, regions that often prove ultra-scary for even expert golfers.

“My favorite treat is where golf courses maintain a lot of short grass around the greens instead of growing the grass to rough height,” said Doak. “It doesn't work in every situation, but where it does it adds great variety to the short game. My exception is that I hate it when tournament courses mow short grass down off a green so a ball can roll into a water hazard… It's a gimmick we could do without.”

The A Position.com is a network of websites featuring the world’s best golf and travel writers. The term “The A Position” refers to the best place a golfer can land his tee shot. On the web, it refers to the site readers will want to land on for great golf and travel journalism. For additional information access the web site at http://www.theaposition.com.

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