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Kiawah Memories Stir Excitement for PGA

Kiawah Ocean Course

Gather round, children, and let me you about the glorious day in 1992 when I fired a 2-under-par 70 at Kiawah Island’s extraordinary Ocean Course. Never mind that it was a scramble format, and that I would’ve been lucky to break 100 on my own ball. It’s not important that we played from the … [Read more...]

Dream On: One Golfer’s Fantasy Courses

Cypress Point

I’m about to commit an act of golf heresy so heinous, so contemptuous of conventional norms, I expect the game’s powers-that-be to sentence me to playing Pete Dye courses from the back tees for the remainder of my days. With a pink ball. And no beverage cart. Are you ready to be shocked? Here … [Read more...]

What’s So Great About The Open Championship?

Old Tom Morris

You really have to ask? Well, at least you picked an opportune time, since the 141st playing of golf’s oldest championship starts in just a few hours at England’s Royal Lytham & St. Anne’s. So what if this year’s venue sounds like an English breakfast tee? That’s part of what makes the … [Read more...]

The Open 2012 – Tour Pro Insider’s Preview

Claret Jug

Guest Post - by Tour Pro Insider  It’s incredible how quickly the attention of the golfing world has shifted to English shores. It only seems like yesterday that Webb Simpson was securing his maiden Major victory at the US Open, but now it is Royal Lytham & St Anne’s that comes into … [Read more...]

Does Golf Stress You Out?

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By Guest Author - David Bryce How to Avoid Stress on the Golf Course When I ask many of my golfing buddies about why it is they enjoy the game so much, I typically get a variation of the following answer: “It reduces my stress.” That makes perfect sense; most doctors recommend physical … [Read more...]

Dutch Golf From a Designer’s Point of View

Royal Hague Golf

By Jeff Stein of Stein Golf What is the first thought that comes to mind when you think about the Dutch? Windmills, clogs, cheese, maybe Amsterdam. How about golf? If you examine a map of the Netherlands you will notice a coastline enveloped in dune land. Within these dunes lie a cluster of … [Read more...]

Idiot Wind: Trump, Scotland Don’t Deserve Each Other

Trump Scotland

The news of Donald Trump building a links course in Scotland nearly shattered my cognitive dissonance meter. Talk about clashing styles. This is Ted Nugent conducting the New York Philharmonic. Ronald McDonald in the kitchen at the French Laundry. Thomas Kinkade (R.I.P.) re-painting the … [Read more...]

Course Review: Florida Club is a One-of-a-Kind Delight

Hole 5 Florida Club

Year Opened: 1996 Designer: Dick Gray From the Tips: 6,909 yards / par 72 / 72.9 course rating / 134 Slope From the Short Tees: 4,988 yards / par 72 / 70.5 course rating (women) / 115 Slope Walking allowed? No Address: 1380 SW Kanner Hwy., Stuart, FL … [Read more...]

Golf’s Wonders (and WTF’s) Never Cease

Golf Mysteries

Nothing baffles me more than golf. Politics? The Higgs boson? The Kardashians’ popularity? Much easier to explain than the loose impediment rule, or why perfectly sane people will swing a metal rod at a stupid ball when deadly lightning bolts are crackling all about. Yep, this game is full of … [Read more...]

Fancy Shmancy Online Tee Times

Review of EZlinks.com

I have to admit that I was hardly an early adopter of the online tee time phenomenon. It took me a few years and more than a few on-course slaps from playing partners, who paid far less for the same round, to get me to wake up and realize that I was wasting money and even time, by booking tee … [Read more...]

Course Review: Don’t Overlook the Village Golf Club

The Village Golf Club Palm Beach

Village Golf Club Year Opened: 1975 Designer: Mark Mahannah From the Tips: 6,860 yards / par 72 / 72.7 course rating / 134 Slope From the Short Tees: 5,062 yards / par 72 / 68.7 course rating / 117 Slope Walking allowed? Yes -- all day, every day Address: 122 Country Club Dr., Royal … [Read more...]

Nationwide no Longer now Web.com Tour

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The PGA Tour announced this morning that they have entered a 10 year agreement with Web.com to replace Nationwide Insurance as the Title Sponsor for the developmental tour. Nationwide Insurance exited their deal with the PGA Tour last year as the Title Sponsor. Nationwide Insurance, based in … [Read more...]

South Florida Course Review Through the Eyes of a Convert

The West Palm Beach Golf Course

South Florida Course Reviews Through the Eyes of a Convert As a native of north Florida – where visitors get caught off guard by honest-to-goodness hills and real-deal Dixie drawls – I used to turn up my nose at the notion of golf in the state’s pancake-flat southern reaches. But after living … [Read more...]

In the Bag – Equipment Review from the US Open

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Guest post by: Tour Pro Insider As The Olympic Club in San Francisco says goodbye to the US Open for a fifth time, the world’s leading golfers jump back aboard their NetJets and onto the next Tour event knowing that the challenge ahead will be less severe, but the rewards nowhere near as great. … [Read more...]

Great Venues Bring Joy to U.S. Open

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The late Seve Ballesteros, wild hitter that he was, didn’t much care for America’s national championship. [quote style="1"]The U.S. Open has never been exciting to watch,” the swashbuckling Spaniard once said. “It has always been a sad tournament. There is no excitement, no … [Read more...]

US Open TV Coverage – Full Listings

2012 US Open Equipment Review

The second Major of the 2012 PGA Tour season has arrived and the USGA has prepared some compelling pairings that are made for Prime Time TV. With the 2012 US Open at Olympic Club, in the West Coast Time Zone, coverage will go well into Eastern Prime Time.[list style="time"] Full TV Listings … [Read more...]

Round 1 & 2 US Open Pairings and Tee Times

US Open Schedule

Groupings and starting times for the first two rounds of the U.S. Open Thursday (June 14) and Friday (June 15) at the par 34-36—70, 7,170-yard, The Olympic Club (Lake Course) in San Francisco, Calif. (A=amateur)   All Times Pacific   Full Field Start Times and Pairings Thursday … [Read more...]

Harbottle Poured Passion Into His Work

Harbottle Design Palouse Ridge

Unless you’re really into golf course design and/or live on the West Coast, you probably never heard of John Harbottle III. But his untimely death on May 24 at age 53 left a gaping hole in the hearts of those who knew him. I’m among them, and though I can’t claim to have known him well, he made a … [Read more...]

For Tiger, the Time is Now. Or Is It?

US Open Preview

After his electrifying victory at the Memorial, is there any doubt that Tiger Woods is really, truly, finally back? Of course there is. And the questions will linger unless and until Woods wins that elusive 15th major. The next one is right around the corner – the 112th U.S. Open, June 14-17 at … [Read more...]

A Peek Behind the Gates at Nicklaus’ Private Retreat

Bears Club

The Bear’s Club From my home in Jupiter, Fla., you can’t throw a Titleist without plunking a tour pro. On their off days, the 60-odd pros who live in and around this seaside burg congregate at a handful of private clubs. Tiger Woods, Greg Norman and Rickie Fowler hang out at the Medalist in … [Read more...]