When you are Fox Sports golf announcer Shane Bacon and analyst Joel Klatt, playing a few holes on your morning off may not be that unusual. But where you spend that free time does make a difference.
In South Bend, Indiana, this week to cover the U.S. Senior Open at the Warren Golf Course on the University of Notre Dame campus, Bacon and Klatt joined golf course critic Andy Johnson of The Fried Egg and sports writer Jay Rigdon to play the Culver Academies Golf Course Tuesday morning. Johnson arranged the trip.
After finishing nine holes on the restored Langford & Moreau course, Brown and Klatt were full of compliments.
“It’s a really cool course,” said Klatt. “This is just a special place.”
“It’s awesome,” added Bacon. “It’s so cool for a nine-hole course. The back-to-back par 3s were the highlight for me. It’s a course that makes you hit a variety of shots. This is a course you could play every day. It would be a great place to learn to play golf.”
Johnson, who played the course two years ago, said, “I absolutely love this place. There are a lot of fun shots out here.”
William Langford and Theodore Moreau were the original architects of the course in 1924 and it was restored by Bobby Weed in 2015. Johnson said Langford & Moreau were under-appreciated for their golf course architecture and Culver’s course is one of the few that has preserved their original “take on the land,” especially the green complexes.
And the course continues to get better, he added, as superintendent Mike Vessely works on the fairways and the first cut around the greens. These changes are developing the course as Lanford & Moreau intended.
“It is one of the best nine-hole courses in the country,” Johnson added, “and one of the best golf courses, period, in the Midwest.”