Jeff Brauer

Greenside hazards

Greenside hazards

September 15, 2016

There’s a time for no bunkers. There’s a time for as many as 11. GCI columnist Jeff Brauer explains the measures he takes to enhance strategy and variety. Read More

Trust your people, trust your process

Trust your people, trust your process

November 12, 2015

I started writing this column a decade ago with the hope it would lead to renovation commissions. While there’s “street cred” attributable to this magazine, only a few commissions have resulted. What has happened, at a ratio of over 10 to 1, are calls for free advice. While I’m glad my columns have impact, they can’t substitute for the work your green committee and/or architect, superintendent or consulting agronomists have put in to your unique problems. Read More

It’s all in the presentation

It’s all in the presentation

October 19, 2015

The U.S. Open, played this year at the nearly treeless Chambers Bay and is slated for the similarly “tree challenged” Erin Hills in Wisconsin in 2017. Next year, it returns to the course that made those venues possible – Oakmont. The course last hosted in 2007, shortly after undergoning a well-regarded tree removal program. It changed some thinking at the USGA, which had famously favored heavily wooded and very narrow U.S. Open courses. Read More

A Magellan moment

A Magellan moment

September 21, 2015

Peter Lynch is well known as the wildly successful manager of the Fidelity Magellan Fund from 1977-90. In that time, Magellan’s holdings typically doubled average market indexes. In his writings and books, he noted that good investments were usually found right in front of his own eyes, rather than in investment research, charts and formulas. Specifically, he found many great investments when he was out with his family or at the mall. For instance, if his kids ate at a certain fast food place, or purchased clothes at a particular store, he bought that stock. Read More

What could possibly go wrong?

What could possibly go wrong?

May 18, 2015

“What could possibly go wrong?” While often said jokingly, when it’s your renovation project (and money) on the line, the question becomes quite serious. Read More

Life lessons applied to course renovations

Life lessons applied to course renovations

February 19, 2015

It’s hard to give specific renovation advice for distant, unfamiliar projects, but I am always willing to offer general advice, and I find myself sounding a bit more like my father’s long ago “Life Lessons.” However, many of the classics apply to golf course renovation as much as life itself: Read More

Placing forward tees in the field

Placing forward tees in the field

December 8, 2014

While starting with plans, because some basic things like yardage, are best figured on plan, other things are better just “felt” or “seen” and not measured. The best final results come after field review. Read More

Design for speed of play

Design for speed of play

September 3, 2014

Last month, we discussed speed of play in course presentation, with a promise to provide real-world “fast-play” tips this month. I realize some of these apply to new courses, or those undergoing renovations, including re-routing. Others apply to any course. An asterisk denotes a recommendation that probably goes against the very soul of most architects. Read More

Golf in China

Golf in China

April 10, 2014

In some ways, China’s golf’s evolution is like stepping into a time machine. Read More

The ratings game

September 12, 2012

GCI’s Jeff Brauer sits down with Golf Digest’s Ron Whitten to discuss the process of determining the game’s greatest courses. Read More