Golf Advisor Podcast Ep. 20: Tennessee's Rob Collins and Doug Stein

From left: Doug Stein, Bradley S. Klein and Rob Collins discuss golf in Tennessee and how Stein's efforts at Lookout Mountain and Black Creek helped inspire Collins at Sweetens Cove.

Flash points don't happen in a vacuum. The profile of Sweetens Cove may have spiked seemingly overnight, but there were many figures in Tennessee that helped the idea come to fruition.

This episode of the Golf Advisor podcast takes place at our recent Golf Advisor Getaway to Tennesee, where our architecture expert Bradley S. Klein hosted a group of golfers eager to see not only Sweetens Cove, but another nine-hole course, The Course at Sewanee, and a private club, Black Creek.

South Pittsburg, Tennessee
Sewanee, Tennessee
Chattanooga, Tennessee

Klein got two notable figures from Tennessee together for a discussion one evening at the Inn at Sewanee. Rob Collins was the driving force behind the reinvention of the Sequatchie Valley nine-hole course into Sweetens Cove. Doug Stein, meanwhile, was a key player in bringing significant architecture back to the Chattanooga area thanks to his efforts at Lookout Mountain and later as a founder of Black Creek, a modern design inspired by Seth Raynor.

In this panel, Collins explains how Stein, Lookout Mountain and Black Creek played a role in his career and how it influenced his design at Sweetens Cove. Stein discusses what it takes to restore a classic course and getting the membership to buy in.

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Our next Getaway is to the Carolina Sandhills where Klein will be joined by Kyle Franz, architect behind the restoration of Mid Pines and PIne Needles. Space is still available and you can view dates and details here.

Editor's note: there are a couple bad words sprinkled in through this casual and lively discussion. And we recorded this live discussion in a banquet hall for the Getaway, so please excuse some of the ambient noise in the background.

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Brandon Tucker is the Sr. Managing Editor for GolfPass and was the founding editor of Golf Advisor in 2014, he was the managing editor for Golf Channel Digital's Courses & Travel. To date, his golf travels have taken him to over two dozen countries and nearly 600 golf courses worldwide. While he's played some of the most prestigious courses in the world, Tucker's favorite way to play the game is on a great muni in under three hours. Follow Brandon on Twitter at @BrandonTucker and on Instagram at @btuck34.
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Golf Advisor Podcast Ep. 20: Tennessee's Rob Collins and Doug Stein