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A Tripp Back in Time

Gil Hanse, Tom Doak, and “Open Doctor” Rees Jones are among the go-to names in golf architecture for the restoration of classic courses. But very quietly, Oklahoma-based Tripp Davis has landed several high-profile commissions, especially in the New York metropolitan area. Having touched up the likes of Deepdale Club and Engineers CC (shown above) on Long Island as well as Whippoorwill Club in Westchester County, Davis has just been signed to renovate and restore Spring Lake Golf Club’s historic course on New Jersey’s north shore. The original 18—laid out by George C. Thomas in 1911—was redesigned and updated by A.W. Tillinghast in 1918. Davis’s two-year makeover will preserve Thomas’s routing and re-establish Tillinghast’s strategic intent. When Davis speaks, members listen: He was a member of the 1989 National Championship golf team and an NCAA All-American while at the University of Oklahoma, and continues to play in prestigious amateur events. At Spring Lake, Davis will make the course more strategically interesting for modern play and enable golfers to take a step back in time.

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