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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...]

Does Golf Stress You Out?

avoid golf related stress

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...]

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...]

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...]

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 Tour


The PGA Tour announced this morning that they have entered a 10 year agreement with 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...]

Great Venues Bring Joy to U.S. Open


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...]