Episode 43: Brian Silva
Brian Silva began working for iconic New England architect Geoffrey Cornish in 1983, building golf courses in the traditional way of the day. After a revelation concerning the essence of strategic golf he transitioned into golf course restoration, becoming one of the business’s most respected talents at renovating historic Golden Age-era courses. His particular passion is for Seth Raynor, and Silva has been peerless in drawing attention to Raynor’s work and helping clubs revive his lost architecture. Silva’s acclaimed original courses include Black Creek in Tennessee, Black Rock, Waverly Oaks and Renaissance in Massachusetts, and he continues a busy renovation and consulting schedule.
Brian talks with Derek about his long career and everything else golf, including becoming a practice range ball banger, the disgusting happenings at Omni Amelia Island Plantation, being blown away reading a competing job proposal from Bob Cupp, the difficulty in getting high handicap players to “read” strategy, his epiphany at PGA West and the genius of Pete Dye, the regrettable Age of Engineering, the under-utilized potential of flat Florida golf sites, getting past the “skin” of a golf hole and into its skeleton, trends and followers in design and the joy of bringing Raynor to life at Black Creek Club.
Photo: Augusta Country Club
Home Page Photo: Black Creek Club, 10th green
Outro: “Blinded By the Light,” Manfred Mann’s Earth Band