Hole 1

1st hole through sandy waste area - par 4

Golf 56

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Gil Hanse - Castle Stuart Co-Designer

Gil Hanse, my friend and co-designer at Castle Stuart Golf Links,
was recently selected to design the golf venue for the 2016 Olympics in
Rio de Janeiro. Asked what his primary objective would be, he said
course design should be about golfers and the course should be their
stage for drama. Drama had been a constant topic of conversation
throughout our years of working together
designing and building Castle Stuart. Those
discussions shaped the nature of what we did
and why. Augusta National and the
Old Course in St Andrews often guided us in
our search for the essence of drama that
could engage virtually everyone, amateur and
professional alike. Perspectives on our design
ethos permeate the Castle Stuart website.
Our design ethos isn't as radical as some have
thought, but rather a rediscovery of what the
origins of the game reflect coupled with what
some of the greatest course designers of
golf's Golden Age (most notably
Alister MacKenzie) wrote and mused over.
For us this rediscovery has been both
invigorating and inspiring. For more on
Gil Hanse's design company please visit

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