30 Jan '14, 9pm

Golf architect Larry Packard, 101, dies

Golf architect Larry Packard, 101, dies

Larry Packard, one of the most prolific golf course architects of the post-World War II era, died at on Jan. 28 at his home at Innisbrook Resort & Golf Club in Palm Harbor, Fla. Packard was 101 years old. Packard was proud to design courses for the common man, but with an aesthetic flair. He typically made the first five holes of his courses among the easiest of each routing so that players could ease their way into their rounds. “He represented the average golfer rather than being worried about the low handicapper,” Dick Phelps, a retired architect and longtime friend of Packard’s, told Golfweek last year. “Larry was doing beautiful courses for the masses.” Packard didn’t start out to be a golf architect, and didn’t take up the game until he was in his 30s. He graduated in 1935 from Massachusetts’ School of Landscape Architecture, and in 1944 he landed a job with Chicago-...

Full article: http://golfweek.com/news/2014/jan/30/larry-packard-innisb...

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