Alright folks, here’s your one-stop shop for each of the EAL Course Vlog videos. In May 2020, Erik Anders Lang took to his favorite golf course in the Los Angeles area, Rustic Canyon, armed just with his clubs, an iPhone and a tripod. A slight departure from the highly produced films you might come to expect from Random Golf Club, this course vlog series follows Erik shot by shot through his entire round at his favorite courses around the world.
No retakes, no do-overs, the Course Vlog series is as bare-bones as it gets. So if your interest is piqued at the prospect of vicariously sharing in one man’s golf-induced misery, then you’ve come to the right place. But as you’ll see in this series, Erik is a master at turning tough situations into positive learning experiences, and that mindset often vaults him to success—as you saw in the Break 90 video at TPC Harding Park.
Not only do these course vlogs showcase Erik’s mental approach to golf and his on-course results, they highlight the stunning courses he is fortunate enough to play. These vlogs may even inspire a golf adventure of your own!
Be sure to stay tuned in for new installments of the EAL Course Vlog series, and use the comment section below to let us know what course Erik should hit up.
Rustic Canyon Golf Course
The course vlog that started them all: Rustic Canyon. Rustic Canyon was designed by Gil Hanse, Jim Wagner, and golf writer Geoff Shackelford, and was once voted the number 1 “Best Value Golf In The USA” by GOLF Magazine. This course has become a must-play for anyone visiting the LA area, and a welcomed peaceful retreat for those living in the urban jungle.
Santa Anita Golf Course
Santa Anita was opened in 1935, and was designed by one hit wonder James Harrison Smith. This hidden gem sits right on the doorstep of the San Gabriel Mountains in LA and features a smattering of old school template hole designs.
Designed by the formidable team of Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw, Sheep Ranch is the brand new sixth course at the infamous Bandon Dunes Golf Resort in southern Oregon. Sheep Ranch was one of the most highly anticipated golf course openings of the last several years, due in-part to its breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean from every hole. Erik details each hole at Sheep Ranch and everything that makes the unique course an instant classic at Bandon.
Pacific Dunes was the second course opened at Oregon’s Bandon Dunes resort, designed by Tom Doak in 2001. Grotesque bunkers, undulating fairways, and a strong sea breeze off the Pacific Ocean make Pacific Dunes an unforgettable stop in the Bandon Dunes rotation. The course is second only to Pebble Beach on the 2019 “America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses” list from Golf Digest.
Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw took the reins on the design for Bandon Trails, and they produced something truly unique: a course at Bandon Dunes without a single shot played along the Pacific Ocean. That doesn’t mean this course wants for a stunning atmosphere, though, as lush meadowland and tall coastal forest beautifully frame each hole. Erik offers a glimpse into his mindset and strategy for every shot on Bandon Trails, and shares design nuances that make the course a real highlight.
Erik Anders Lang heads to Old Macdonald, the 4th of 6 courses at Bandon Dunes, and shares a shot by shot account of his round. Designed by Tom Doak and Jim Urbina, Old Mac pays tribute to “Father of American Golf,” Charles Blair Macdonald, and in good fashion: nearly every hole on this linksy course is a template design—a direct reference to legendary holes from the British Isles.
Designed by Scotsman David McLay Kidd in 1999, Bandon Dunes has everything you look for in a coastal links course: panoramic ocean views from each hole, dramatic undulations, and plenty of opportunities to get creative around the greens. Erik takes you shot-by-shot through his round at the infamous Bandon Dunes, sharing rich details about each hole along the way.
Erik Anders Lang’s love letter to the game of golf