Articles, Interviews, and Video from around the Web
"Architect's Roundtable: Edition V - Parts I & II"
"Q: What is one thing that you wish the common golfer understood about golf course architecture?
Hochstein: The ground game, especially with regard to the American version of golf. There are many reasons the ground game is ignored on this side of “The Pond,” the first being our naturally hotter and wetter climate make it harder to grow the favorable fine-leafed grasses like fescue.
There is also a fascination with grass that is a lush green color, and endless amounts of resources are spent to achieve that color. The greener and softer playing grasses led to a whole litany of courses designed to only challenge the aerial game. Thus, we have a golfing culture that is missing half the picture, a half that I would argue is the most interesting and enjoyable part of the game."
"Design week: Ginella’s best architects under 40"
from The Golf Channel
4 December 2017
"Matt Ginella reveals his picks for the best course architects under 40. Ginella also explains how to become an architect."
"My Favorite Template with Brett Hochstein & Jon Cavalier"
from Geeked on Golf
18 November 2017
"The original Leven, known to the Lundin Golf Club as “Trows,” is somewhat hard to figure out upon first sight. For one, the green is barely visible behind a hill offset to the left, and only just the top of the flag can be seen from the elevated medal (back) tees. From the left forward tees, it would not be out of question to think upon first glance that the hole plays to the nearby 2nd green on the right. It is this blindness though, along with a burn (stream) running diagonally across the landing area, that give the hole its unique strategy that would be replicated numerous times by Macdonald, Seth Raynor, and others."
"The Fried Egg Podcast, Episode 56: A Design Discussion with Jay Blasi and Brett Hochstein"
from The Fried Egg
3 November 2017
"Architects Jay Blasi and Brett Hochstein join the pod to discuss the dark ages of golf course architecture and what the future holds for those courses."
"Getting to Know: Brett Hochstein, Golf Course Architect"
from American Golfer
1 February 2017
"AG: What is the future of golf course design?
BH: That is tough to say. We may already be looking at it right now, for I don’t know how or why we would go away from the current trends of design. The emphasis is and should be on golf that is more fun, more affordable, more environmentally friendly, and less time consuming to play. Some designs carry these ideals forward better than others, but for the most part it seems like these things are at least being considered in the majority of projects. Things ought to only continue down this path with short course options for urban areas, more creative and minimalist designs, increased inclusiveness to the game, and a more reduced approach to maintenance. Golf didn’t begin as a sport of excess. It’s time to get away from that mentality and get back to the game’s roots."
"10 Golf-Related Instagram Accounts to Follow in 2017"
3 January 2017
"A young course architect out of Cornell (like the great Tom Doak before him), Brett Hochstein has already racked up an impressive resume. If you appreciate course design and architecture, this account is right up your alley."
"Multimedia, Multitalented - An Interview with Architect Brett Hochstein"
from Geeked on Golf
3 December 2015
"A very big (too big in my opinion) part of this business is sales and the ability to engage a client with a story about what their course can be. That ability to sell, though, does not necessarily correlate with the ability to deliver a great golf course. The intentions of most sales pitches are honest, but it takes full commitment and passion to execute it. If you don’t do the work yourself or have the proper talent in place, the work is doomed to fail or disappoint. Success is as much in the details as in the big picture, and it is easy to see that if you just do some research on previous projects.
True quality work is not hard to come by and doesn’t necessarily cost more, just as I’ve seen firsthand at places like The Schoolhouse Nine, Dismal River, or a number of projects that have succeeded by making sound design moves sympathetic to the surrounds as opposed to engineering a grand lush landscape set amongst cart paths. It’s a funny paradox these days where it seems the best work is done the most cheaply, and in a lot of cases it isn’t just the quality of land."
"Sallandsche bunker renovation on course to be completed before Christmas"
26 November 2014
"The Sallandsche course is located close to the city of Deventer in the eastern part of the country, and first opened as a nine-hole course in 1934, designed by Frank Spalding. A further nine holes were added in 1989, this time designed by architect Frank Pennink.
The latest project began in September this year, and GCA spoke with Brett Hochstein, owner of the Hochstein Design firm, to discuss the latest enhancements at Sallandsche, working in Europe, and collaborating with Frank Pont."
"Work begins on new nine-hole ‘throwback’ course in Virginia"
28 July 2014
"Located just outside the Shenandoah National Park approximately an hour and a half from Washington D.C, the course has been described as a ‘big throwback’ by Brett Hochstein, who is working in a shaping and finishing capacity on the project.
In an interview with GCA, Hochstein explained the thinking and approach behind the Schoolhouse 9, as the course will be named, and his collaboration with principal architect Michael McCartin of McCartin Golf Design on the project..."