Oklahoma's Tripp Davis is the architect du jour at classic New York clubs. The former all-American met ex-U.S. Amateur quarterfinalist and present Engineers Country Club greens chairman Ed Gibstein three years ago while playing the Anderson Memorial tournament at Winged Foot. This led to Davis rebuilding the eighth green at Long Island's Engineers, the 1919 PGA Championship host. His well-received work led to an ongoing larger-scale re-Engineering and to other current jobs at Whippoorwill Club in Armonk and Manhasset's ultraexclusive Deepdale Golf Club.
Years ago, savvy Americans snapped up cheap foreign memberships at less visited Royal clubs such as Dornoch, but this window of opportunity closed—until now. Royal St. David's in Wales is offering an associate international membership that includes unlimited golf, introductions to all other Royal clubs worldwide, and even a club tie and blazer badge. The deal costs about $300 annually, with the $150 application fee waived for the first twenty-five successful candidates. You need an introductory letter from your home club, handicap certificate and two personal references. Contact club secretary David Morkill (fax: 001-44-1766-781110; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org).
• Black Creek Club (Brian Silva, 2000), Chattanooga, TN; 423-822-2582; $17,000 initiation fee
• The Catamount Ranch & Club (Tom Weiskopf, 1999), Steamboat Springs, CO; 970-871-9300; $55,000 initiation fee
• Crosby National (Fred Couples and Schmidt/Curley Design, 2001), Rancho Santa Fe, CA; 858-756-6310; $125,000 initiation fee
• Loch Lomond Golf Club (Tom Weiskopf and Jay Morrish, 1994; Kyle Phillips, 2003), Dunbartonshire, Scotland; 480-922-0304; $100,000 initiation fee
• Oakhurst Golf and Country Club (Arthur Hills, 1998), Clarkston, MI; 248-391-3300; $50,000 initiation fee
Hot designer Jim Engh could be your new neighbor. Engh has bought a parcel at Idaho's Club at Black Rock (888-989-7625, blackrockidaho.com), where he plans to summer while enjoying his design. The course spans more than 7,000 yards across 229 acres and features panoramic Lake Coeur d'Alene views and a 100-foot sheer black-rock cliff with cascading water. Three hundred seventy-five homesites are available from around $100,000-$1 million (golf membership is currently an additional $100,000 and affords access privileges to a vast clubhouse); nearby is the Coeur d'Alene resort's top-notch layout.
The second edition of the prestigious World Club Championship will take place October 1-3 on Jeju Island, South Korea, at the Club at Nine Bridges. The three U.S. invitees are Pine Valley, Seminole and Los Angeles CC, who will try to dethrone defending champion Sunningdale . . . Under the new ownership of Michael Meldman's Discovery Land Company, The Hideaway in La Quinta, California, has just completed tweaking the back nine of its Pete Dye course. (DLC rescued both the Estancia Club and Mirabel in Arizona from financial difficulty, the latter in part by tearing up a Greg Norman course that never opened and replacing it with a Tom Fazio eighteen.) Work continues on the Dye's front nine and on the back of the club's Clive Clark layout . . . The restoration of the Donald Ross-designed front nine at the Country Club of Salisbury (North Carolina) is nearing conclusion. The same team of Brian Silva and Course Crafters (the Georgia contractor with Augusta National on its résumé) already overhauled the back nine as part of a $1.2 million project begun in 2001 . . . Lohmann Golf Designs (architect of the Merit Club, 2000 U.S. Women's Open host) has finished the front nine of a "personal golf course" on the 290-acre Illinois estate of energy magnate Gerald Forsythe; work on the second nine is underway.