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Golf Course Trades Runs My Green Lakes Article

Golf Course Trades did a remarkable job with my Green Lakes article. This one was fun, especially because I got a bunker named after me. You read that correctly. When you hole out a bunker shot, you get the bunker named after you. That’s Rule 36. (Rule 35 is have fun…). “…many of the bunkers had become so filled with sand or their faces so...

Easy Being Green: Green Lakes Golf Course is Syracuse Area’s Baby Bethpage

FAYETTEVILLE, NY – We all know the rags-to-riches story of Bethpage Black: a municipal golf course built in the tumult of the Great Depression survives long decades of languishing and mismanagement before being restored to its former glory and ascends into the rarified air of a major championship venue. It’s an inspiration to every public golf course. But Bethpage...

Renan Ozturk on Meru – A Comeback Far Greater than Tiger Woods

[Golf writer to Your Author: “Why are you writing about a mountain? Your Author: “Because it’s there.”] BETHPAGE, NY – The putt that won Tiger Woods his fifth Green Jacket hadn’t even tumbled into the cup before golf media were almost uniformly waxing poetic about “the greatest comeback in sports history!” Let’s get something perfectly straight: Tiger Woods’s...

Bombs Away – Defending Champ Koepka Decimates Bethpage Black, Seizes Early PGA Championship Lead

BETHPAGE, NY – Like a dragon incinerating Daenarys Targaryen’s enemies, a fire-breathing Brooks Koepka scorched Bethpage Black in round one of the PGA Championship with a 7-under 63 and a one shot lead over New Zealand’s Danny Lee. England’s Tommy Fleetwood is in third place, four shots back at 3-under. The rest of the field needs binoculars to see Koepka. The...

The Swing Holes at Bethpage Black for the 2019 PGA Championship

BETHPAGE, NY – Much has been made of Bethpage’s brute length, elevated greens, and deep, dangerous, whimsically shaped Rees Jones inkblot bunkering. Most players are convinced this PGA Championship will feel much like a U.S. Open in terms of difficulty, partly because the Black Course hosted the 2002 and 2009 U.S. Opens before becoming a PGA of America venue for this...

Bombers Paradise? Tiger Woods, Brooks Koepka, Dustin Johnson are Favorites at Bethpage Black, 2019 PGA Championship

BETHPAGE, NY – The stars are shining brightly on Broadway this week as the reigning Masters champion Tiger Woods, the defending champion Brooks Koepka, and the world’s number player Dustin Johnson all are favorites to win the 101st PGA Championship this week at Bethpage Black. While not as relentless as Winged Foot, as penal as Oakmont, or as windy as Pebble Beach...

Golf Architect Rees Jones Discusses Bethpage Black and the 2019 PGA Championship

BETHPAGE, NY – Babe Ruth and Derek Jeter. Joe Namath and Bill Parcells. Mark Messier and Mike Bossy. Willis Reed and Patrick Ewing. The Harlem Globetrotters. Bobby Fischer. John McEnroe. If there were ever a Pantheon of New York Sports Immortals, those are names that would forever be enshrined. But who should represent golf as New York’s hero? Sure, they love Phil...

Golf Course Trades Runs my Conklin Players Club Article

Once again, Golf Course Trades delivers in the biggest way. My Conklin PLayers Club article was a ton of fun to research and write,but all the good folks at the magazine made it look fantastic. From the article: “One night, out of a clear blue sky, Rick Rickard, who had never played a day of golf in his life, came home and announced to his wife Theresa, “Honey...

Golf Course Trades Runs my Shinnecock Hills Piece, Winged Foot and Conklin Players Club Coming Soon

We’ll have two new pieces at Golf Course Trades in the next two months. One is on mighty Winged Foot, super Steve Rabideau, and the Anderson Memorial. (I played the West Course on club championship weekend, and OH MY GOD 3-1/2 ROUGH< TEES BACK, AND GREENS AT 13. Why not just slather me in BBQ sauce and turn the velociraptors loose?) Both courses, fresh off Gil...

Reverse and Cross-country Golf Courses – Golf’s Latest, Greatest Trend Continues to Grow

Special to JayFlemma.com, AWITP, and the Golf News Net by Yaj Ammelf MARCY, NY – As the sun sets behind the bucolic hills of an upstate New York valley, a threesome makes its way up the first fairway of Crestwood Golf Club in Marcy, New York. They teed off on the second hole and are playing to the ninth green. “This is wicked fun!” marveled golfer Mike Mosely, as he...