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Sunday, June 28, 2015

In Praise of the Careful Reader

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        You learn from your mistakes, according to common wisdom -- although none of us like to make them, especially those of the careless kind. I learned today, thanks to a careful reader knowledgeable about golf course architects, that I wrongly attributed the design of Clemson University’s well-regarded Walker Course to George Cobb when, in fact, it was the work of DJ DeVictor, a modern architect whose 30-year old firm is based in Atlanta. A reader named Ed from Anderson, SC, caught my mistake and was kind enough to send me a note.
     My first experience with a DeVictor golf course was at Rarity Bay, outside Knoxville, TN, some six years ago. On the very first hole, a short par 4, I dumped a nine-iron approach shot into the hole for an eagle. I have had a soft spot for the designer ever since, but I guess you could say to DeVictor did not go the spoils in my reference.  My apologies to all and thanks to Ed from Anderson.
ClemsonapproachoverwaterThe Walker Course at Clemson University was designed by Atlanta architect DJ DeVictor.


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Larry Gavrich

This blog was conceived and is published by me, Larry Gavrich, a former corporate communications executive who founded HomeOnTheCourse, LLC, in 2005.  Our firm advises baby boomers and others seeking a lifestyle in which golf is a major component.  My wife Connie and I own a home in Connecticut (not on a golf course) and a condo at Pawleys Plantation in Pawleys Island, SC, on a Jack Nicklaus layout.  We began our search for our home on the course more than 15 years ago, and the challenges of the search inspired me to research golf communities and write objective reviews of them.


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