Gene Bates has worked with Fred Couples on co-design projects, and boasts a growing portfolio of clients. San Juan Oaks in California is a decent effort, and his redesign of the two Sentosa courses in Singapore was met with approval from most of the Asian golf media. Unfortunately the Asian golf media generally struggles to grasp the elements required for good golf, and neither the Tanjong or Serapong courses were quite to the standard necessary for the club and property. Tanjong has been redesigned by former associate Andy Johnston.
Bates is an accomplished architect and working with Couples should give him the opportunity to demonstrate that talent in the years ahead. This design team has its strengths, but is clearly not suited to every development.
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