The Front Nine
Birdwood Golf Course
The goal of the Birdwood design team was for the course “to always feel like it has been here.” Davis Love III, along with his brother Mark Love and course architect Scot Sherman, used references of courses from all over the world in designing Birdwood. In particular, the courses designed by architect Seth Raynor and his mentor, C.B. Macdonald, were consistently used as models for the holes. Raynor and Macdonald often used “template holes,” which were holes modeled after the features of great holes in Europe and translated them in a fashion that would become the basis of American golf course architecture. Scot Sherman, who trained under Pete and Alice Dye early in his career, has worked on some of the best collegiate courses in the country and has teamed with Love Golf Design to create courses at Sea Pines and Sea Island resorts and the Belmont Golf Course in Richmond.