ASGCA Immediate Past President Rick Robbins recently visited the Lookout Mountain region of Tennessee and the Canyon Ridge Golf Club course he designed. Local CBS affilaite WDEF spent time with Robbins, who shared his thoughts on golf in the Tennessee mountains and issues facing the game today.

The complete WDEF interview with Robbins can be seen here.

The article on the station’s website includes:

When Rick Robbins was asked to design the Canyon Ridge Golf Club, he was bit surprised by the layout.

“A lot of relatively flat land for being on top of a mountain. In North Carolina, you go up in the mountains, and they’re all peaks. But here this is flat-top, and Lookout Mountain is really unique that way.”

While lush, green courses might be what golfers envision, Robbins says that idea is changing.

“We’re also doing a lot of things right now to try to push golf courses toward water savings and more environmental consciousness. The Pinehurst No. 2 that Ben Crenshaw and Bill Coore did is one example of a more naturalistic design. The nice thing about that is that it also addresses the environmental aspects of it because Pinehurst saved about 44 acres of grass watering.”