Tom Doak: Golf's green 'gardener'

Published 1433 GMT (2233 HKT) July 28, 2016
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Tom Doak is one of the leading figures in golf design, renowned for his minimalist style. David Cannon/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images
The American has four courses in Golf Magazine's world's top 100 ranking. Scott Halleran/Getty Images North America/Getty Images/file
One of these is Pacific Dunes in Oregon. The U.S. course disturbs as little of the natural landscape as possible -- Doak uses it to his advantage to shape the holes. David Cannon/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images
"The environmental aspect of designing golf courses is certainly a growing part of it," Doak tells CNN's Living Golf show. Pictured is Pacific Dunes' 148-yard, par three 11th hole at the Bandon Dunes Golf Resort. David Cannon/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images
Doak says he has unintentionally found himself at the heart of the most popular style of design. This is Pacific Dunes' 444-yard, par-four 13th hole. David Cannon/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images
Along with Pacific Dunes -- whose 208-yard par-three 17th hole is pictured -- Doak's top-100 entries also include Ballyneal in Colorado and Barnbougle Dunes in Tasmania, Australia. David Cannon/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images
Doak's other top-100 course is Cape Kidnappers in New Zealand, set on the rugged Hawke's Bay coast. Here American golfer Anthony Kim plays out of a bunker during a 2009 tournament. Phil Walter/Getty Images AsiaPac/Getty Images
Doak's latest project is his first in Europe. He is putting the finishes touches to a course in Saint-Emilion -- a small French commune surrounded by vineyards, located 45 km outside Bordeaux. NICOLAS TUCAT/AFP/AFP/Getty Images