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Apr 05, 2016 - 08:55 am

MacKenzie Meets Augusta – One Last Time (Back Nine Tour)

When we last paused, Dr. MacKenzie was on his way to the 10th tee. The spirit amongst the group was strained at best as the architect’s criticisms continued to mount.


Apr 04, 2016 - 11:41 am

MacKenzie Meets Augusta – One Last Time (Front Nine Tour)

I had a dream last night. Alister MacKenzie is not dead. He’s been hiding away since 1934 and he is completely unaware of the state of our game much less his designs. During his 82-year absence, MacKenzie has never once taken notice of The Masters......until now.


Feb 19, 2016 - 03:54 pm

Does Size Really Matter ????

Maybe the title got your attention… Just talking golf holes here - mainly the short-ish ones… especially the 4’s under 340 yards and the 3’s under 120 yards.


Mar 09, 2015 - 11:10 am

March Madness at Doral

In an era where golf courses have fallen defenseless to the almighty length of touring professionals, we’ve seen fairways narrowed, bunkers added, trees planted, higher rough, conditions firmed up and green speeds lowered to the point that balls roll well beyond the tolerance of designed contours. Why? Because yes, “these guys are THAT good”.


Apr 20, 2013 - 04:52 pm

From Sunningdale to Sylvania

Golf has been kind to the greater Toledo, Ohio area - a rich history of playing personalities, storied tournaments and grand courses. One thinks immediately of the Inverness Club, regularly regarded among America’s top 50 courses and host to US Opens, PGA Championships, and even a US Amateur.


Oct 26, 2012 - 06:51 am

Reflections on Long Island – Part Four of Four

Our final day of golf took us into New Jersey and to Baltusrol Golf Club, named for “Baltus Roll”, who was murdered in his house on the premises in 1831.


Oct 19, 2012 - 06:44 am

Reflections on Long Island – Part One of Four

Several weeks ago, I joined up with nearly 100 of my golf course architect friends from Europe, Australia and the US for five days of golf, architectural study and camaraderie on some of our country’s finest venues. Our destination: Long Island, NY.


Sep 11, 2012 - 06:50 am

Why is Golf Fun?

I’m not attempting to be trite here! The subject of “fun” has become a trendy topic of late and, in all seriousness, fun is something that has frankly been overlooked in our fine game for some time. Not because of lack of interest, but because the game became perhaps a bit too serious on the business front.


Apr 05, 2012 - 12:25 pm

When April Can Go Bad

When I was a kid… I used to love watching the Masters on Saturday afternoon and then head out to the local course where I pretended to play my own version of “Amen Corner”. And on a balmy, still afternoon in Robinson, Illinois it still felt to me like Augusta. I never won a green jacket, but I sure had fun just imagining what it would be like.


Feb 24, 2012 - 05:02 pm

Reflections on Riviera

I confess that I am less intrigued these days by watching the PGA Tour on TV than in previous years. Aside from the Open Championship and being serenaded on my sofa by the guitar music of the Masters (is there a better afternoon nap, interrupted occasionally by chirping birds or gallery roars?), I tend to take a pass on most tournament coverage these days, much the same as I do the NBA.

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