In their December 2013 issue, Golf Odyssey's editors named a "Designer We Hope to See More From."
Given their extremely high standards (and the below photo), I was intrigued.
This golf course architect isn't a household name like Fazio or Doak, but his work includes the restoration of some famous courses and some exciting, original designs.
In fact, Golf Odyssey's normally reserved editors said one of these courses, "took our breath away."
The architect is Lester George, and the "breathtaking" course Golf Odyssey was referring to is Roanoke Virginia's Ballyhack, a pure golf club they called, "our new favorite course in Virginia."
Specifically, they loved the combination of scenery, strategy, and "fun".
In addition to glorious vistas, Golf Odyssey says, "the course is full of variety and playing options. There are short par fours, plunging tee shots, gaping fairways, split fairways, speed slots, holes that rise so as to finish on hilltop knobs, pronounced side slopes, and a double green. We hope George gets a similar site for an encore."
In case you're wondering, Ballyhack (for now) allows public play via stay-and-play packages; on weekdays there is limited non-member access with no lodging requirement.
To be sure, this is not Lester George's only standout work.
His original designs include the Kinloch Golf Club (a Golf Digest top-100), and his renovation work includes The Greenbrier's Old White Course, which now hosts an annual PGA Tour event.
With winners like these, I doubt Lester George will be "unknown" for long, and I agree with Golf Odyssey: it would be great to see more of his work.
Have you played any of his original designs or renovations?
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