More golf courses closed than opened in the United States last year, and the industry experienced a significant drop in rounds played. Yet at least one American golf institution showed signs of life in 2010, thanks in part to a man who died more than 70 years ago. Charles Blair Macdonald, the country’s first homegrown golf architect, designed the National Golf Links of America in Southampton, N.Y., the Course at Yale in New Haven, Conn., and other American classics that he modeled after courses he played in the British Isles in the late 1800s. More than a century later, his designs served as the architectural and inspirational models for Old Macdonald, the latest jewel in the four-pronged crown that is southern Oregon’s Bandon Dunes Golf Resort.
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