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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...]

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...]

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...]

Small Wonders: Par-3 Courses are Good for the Game

Bandon Dunes New Par 3 Course

Does this sound like anyone you know? Will only play golf courses measuring at least 6,000 yards with a par of 70-plus. The USGA Slope rating must be a minimum of 120. Play a nine-hole round? Fuggedaboutit. I personally know someone who fits the description: yours truly. Yep, I’m quite … [Read more...]

Augusta Hole by Hole – Layout Overview

Augusta National Masters

Augusta National Golf Club - Augusta, Georgia Par: 72 Total Yards: 7,435 Designer: Alister MacKenzie and Bobby Jones While Augusta National Golf Club may look somewhat flat in the picture above, the property actually features dramatic elevation changes, the property dips over 175 feet … [Read more...]

Best Courses We Can’t Play

America's Most Exclusive Courses

The Mythical Six: Great Courses Remain a Mystery Have you ever played Augusta National? Been to the Masters? Yeah, I didn’t think so. Most of us haven’t. But I bet you know that golf course better than you know your remote control, which – if you’re like me -- you can operate with your toes. … [Read more...]