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Tribute Day: Seth Raynor (1874-1926) - Hole #8

  • The Architects Golf Club 700 Stryker Road Phillipsburg, NJ, 08865 United States
Hole No. 8: In the style of Seth Raynor

Hole No. 8: In the style of Seth Raynor

Seth Raynor honed his golf course design craft under mentor, C.B. Macdonald (hole #12). Raynor trained as a civil engineer at Princeton University.  He didn't play golf as a young man, nor did he take up the sport later in life. In fact, he didn't play his first round until after assisting with the construction of four courses. He never became an avid golfer. Unlike his contemporaries, Raynor was a man of few words. Rarely, if ever, did he speak publicly or publish his thoughts about golf course architecture or design. Raynor left only the courses that he designed, more than 100 of them, for us to evaluate and judge his theories of golf course architecture.

Raynor's first solo design came in 1914 at 38 years of age. Like many other great architects, he shared a view that virtually all great golf holes have multiple strategies and options for players to choose and play. His works sought to reveal the best player by creating holes that often times required left-to-right ball flights off the tee. Others he designed insisted on right-to-left trajectories for the best path to the pin to be uncovered. His holes rewarded length, distance and accuracy. Raynor built large, square greens and deep bunkers. Although he moved more earth than most of the golf course architects of his time, his work rarely looks forced into or onto the land, nor does it clash with the natural surroundings of the landscape. Many of his designs are adapted from famous holes found across Great Britain.

Our 8th hole borrows a specific design feature consistent with many of Raynor's works: a stair-stepped green. The bunkers lining the left side of the hole reward the accurate golfer for aiming and striking the ball to the right side of the hole and green.

Event Details:

  • Complimentary Tribute Hat for the first 75 golfers
  • On Course Contests (Open to All Golfers)
    • Closest to the Pin (Front 9 & Back 9)
    • Longest Drive (Front 9 & Back 9)
  • Tribute Day Lunch Special: $10 Sandwich (Chef's Choice) & Pint
  • Rain Date: Friday, October 21st