Tom Doak selected for his minimalist approach to course design and ability to preserve natural environment and topography
His first attempt at course design in Oregon resulted in one of the greatest upscale public courses ever created –- Pacific Dunes. In 2006, three of his designs (Ballyneal, Tumble Creek and Stone Eagle Golf Club) were ranked among Golf Digest’s top 10 best new private courses in America, and three others (Pacific Dunes, Cape Kidnappers and Barnbougle) were ranked among Golf Magazine’s top 50 courses in the world. Now, Tom Doak returns to Oregon to work his magic on Wicked Pony -– the first of three courses to be built at Remington Ranch, Central Oregon’s newest and finest residential golf community and destination resort.
Wicked Pony is an invitation only, single membership private golf club that is expected to open for play in July 2008. The first of three championship courses slated for the 2,079-acre project, Wicked Pony will be situated in an exclusive gated community within Remington Ranch. The privacy and exclusivity of Wicked Pony are reflected in just 67 home sites, each averaging 2 acres in size and featuring 300-foot minimum setbacks from the golf course. Ranch cabins will provide overnight lodging for members and guests, and a 12,000-square-foot clubhouse will feature locker facilities and member-only dining. In keeping with the tradition of great courses, and in line with Tom Doak’s style, Wicked Pony will be a walking course with no carts or cart paths.
When asked to draw parallels between his vision for Wicked Pony and that of an existing course in the United States, Doak chose to mention the basic concept for Pine Valley in New Jersey -– widely considered one of the best and most difficult courses in the world.
“I’m not saying we will be able to achieve all of the same things, but Pine Valley is a good case study for what we are building,” said Doak. “Since Remington Ranch will have three courses, they were comfortable with the idea that Wicked Pony can be a little rougher around the edges and a little more intimidating than the typical golf course.”
Winchester Development, the company overseeing development of Remington Ranch, had recently worked with Tom Doak while participating in the development of Stone Eagle Golf Club in Palm Desert, and knew his minimalist approach to design would be an ideal fit for Wicked Pony.
“The open landscape, varied terrain and natural setting all screamed his name to us,” said John Shaw, Principal of Winchester Development. “Tom had already received several calls about designing a course in Central Oregon and was eager to find a project he could really take ownership of – after visiting the site, he knew Wicked Pony was the opportunity he had been looking for.”
Unlike traditional projects where course architects are asked to fit their designs into a pre-determined site or acreage, Doak was given the rare opportunity to survey the entire 2,079-acre parcel at Remington Ranch and select his preferred routing for Wicked Pony.
“Remington Ranch has some abrupt elevation changes, with three ‘shelves’ on the property that have 25-foot drops separating them,” said Doak of how his minimalist style of design fits well for Wicked Pony. “We are able to use those abrupt changes to give the course some dramatic features without having to blast them out of the lava rock.”
Known for its scenic vistas, mild climate, abundant sunshine and outdoor recreation, Central Oregon is rapidly becoming one of the country’s top golf destinations. “There is no question that Central Oregon has a wonderful climate and that it’s a beautiful place to live,” said Doak. “For many people, that requires it to have some golf courses which are worthy of its charms, and I hope our course will add to that.”
About Remington Ranch:
Remington Ranch is Central Oregon’s newest and finest golf, residential and destination resort property. Located on 2,079 acres just five miles from the Redmond Airport and 25 minutes from downtown Bend, Remington Ranch features nearly 800 home sites, 400 overnight rooms and three of the world’s finest golf courses. With panoramic vistas of Smith Rock, the Ochoco Mountains and the Cascade Mountains, and with a majority of the development dedicated as open space, Remington Ranch is being conceived and built in harmony with the natural high desert environment. For more information visit www.remingtonranch.com or call 877-730-7624.