Episode 21: Rob Collins
Sweetens Cove has captured the hearts and minds of the architecture world. Rob Collins and design partner Tad King began building the 9-hole course, 30 minutes west of Chattanooga, in 2012 and have watched it become an impassioned touchstone for a vocal, hardcore group of golf course fanatics as it marches steadily up the golf course rankings lists. The course, which Collins purchased from the original owners during the grow-in phase, is meant to be dynamic and ever-changing, but it can also be punishing and unrewarding in certain circumstances. This, and the chance to play a variety of unconventional shots around the massive greens, is what so many believers love about it.
Collins graciously joins the podcast to discuss Derek Duncan’s reservations about the extremity and balance of the features at Sweetens Cove, where the architectural line is between acceptance and repellence of approach shots, the role of luck and the difference between a good shot and a good result, the cost and control advantages of the design/build model, capitalizing on the success of Sweetens Cove and selling the King-Collins product against the major architectural firms, the art of not giving a shit and which rival team this devoted SEC man is least hostile toward.
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