How legendary abandoned golf course was recreated by ROBOT bulldozers 1,000 miles away from original site | The Sun

A LEGENDARY golf course has been recreated by ROBOT bulldozers 1,000 miles from its original site.

The Lido in Long Island in the state of New York, USA, was abandoned and demolished in the 1940s.

The course's original construction was completed in 1914 and was opened in 1917.

It had been designed by Charles Macdonald, who was a major figure in early American golf.

The course was regarded as highly as the likes of Pine Valley, Shinnecock Hills and the National Golf Links.

It is now set for a comeback, however, it will be far away from the original site.



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The new Lido will be constructed in Sand Valley in Wisconsin, 1,000 miles away.

Brothers Michael and Chris Keiser announced in 2021 that they would be recreating the course as close to its original layout as possible.

With archival information hard to come by, the creation is being based on a 3-D computer simulation of the course created by Peter Flory.

This simulation is based on historical data such as photographs, aerials and written pieces.

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Golf course architect and president of Oliphant Golf, Craig Haltom, believes that the simulation will be "useful" in their aims to build the new course.

He told Golf Digest: "Because [Flory’s model] was so photorealistic, and because of the way you could fly around in it in 3-D, I thought if we only had that we can always go out and use that as our reference.

"At the very least we’d have this visual representation of the golf course that would be useful."

Brian Zager, a software programmer, who was brought in to work on the project was able to expand on Flory's work.

He found a way to digitally capture what Flory's model was depicting with a real contour map.

A digital GPS canvas was then programmed into robot bulldozers to create the course.

The course will operate as a private club with limited tee times available to the public.

Nine holes are already open to play on.

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The course features the original's 398-yard Par four called "Plateau" along with its island fairway.

Among the other holes, there is also the "Punch Bowl", a 412-yard Par 4 which is the 12th hole on the course.

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