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Night of the Living Dead Golf and Spa Articles 3 in 3D

Since all great epics come in trilogies (except Harry Potter), and since I’m still finishing my Tallgrass/Gil Hanse piece, here’s the sizzling climax of Golf and Spas! COEUR D’ALENE Britt and friends mentioned they were interested in possibly going to the Pacific Northwest, so how about Coeur D’Alene? “The water really is that blue and...

Interview with John Ladenberg on Chambers Bay

Try to time your arrival at Chambers Bay so as to be there for sunrise, the light is magnificent. As the sky slowly brightens from black to deep purple to blue, they’ll appear before you: eighteen precious jewels, each prim as a cameo, yet as cunningly and carefully designed as the many intricate facets of the gemstone. Yes, everything you’ve heard about...

Pierce County Executive Responds to Newspaper Portrayal of Chambers Bay Finances

Former Pierce County Executive John Ladenberg responded sharply to a Seattle newspaper article questioning the financial viability and impact on the local economy of Chambers Bay Golf Links, site of the 2015 U.S. Open and 2010 U.S. Amateur. Responding to an article that said Chambers Bay operates at a loss that cannot be offset by anticipated U.S. Open gate receipts...

Jay’s Mailbag: Golf and ***Cringe*** Spas

Golf and ***shudder*** Spas… I hated typing that word, but hey, the readers have spoken… Dear Jay: My girlfriends and I love golf and are looking for a cool resort to play in the northwest, west or northeast that also has a good spa and food. We have played a lot of the big resorts and are looking for something cool and different. What can you recommend? Thanks...

Dan Hixson Interview Excerpts on Wine Valley, Ballyneal, and Do-It-Yourself Design

[Author’s Note: This interview was over 17 pages long. Here are some fun and interesting excerpts. You’ll have to buy the book for the rest:)] Dan Hixson – Zen and the Art of the Do It Yourself Golf Design Career MC Lars is actually wrong (for once!) Post-punk laptop rap isn’t the new DIY: golf course design is, at least if you’re Dan...

Q&A With Robert Trent Jones, Jr. on Chambers Bay

While I get a few more interviews and course reviews finshed, here’s some great insighta o Chambers Bay from Robert Trent Jones, Jr., who by this time next week = may pull a come from nehind victory in the Rio primary:) (I.E. The Olympics election…err…selection…) JF: Now those hummocks look like berms that Seth Raynor did at flat courses like...

The Walla to Walla Tour (Part 2) Gold Mountain and Wine Valley

Day 3 – Gold Mountain, (Olympic Course) 5:15 a.m., Seattle No matter how many times I do it, waking up in darkness isn’t for me. My body clock is used to the California hours that all entertainment lawyers keep, even in New York. (If a Cali lawyer calls you at 4:59 his time and you’re not there, as Ian Faith said, “they start screaming like a bunch of Poncey...

The Walla to Walla Tour – a Cybergolf Diary (Part 1)

Day 1 – The Road to Chambers Bay Warm clothes? Check. Laptop? Check. Clubs? That’s a big check! And we were off to Seattle for the Walla to Walla Tour – golf in Washington state during the first week of January. The weather report called for highs between 45 and 25 degrees, with lows in the teens, but no snow, thankfully. So I added four layers of fleece...

Tour Announcement – Washington State

Bag? Check. Laptop? Check. Clubs? Check. We’re ready to launch our first of many tours this year for the Magazine, for Cybergolf, and for my first book. This is a big one: tomorrow it’s Chambers Bay, site of the 2015 U.S. Open where we will play the course and interview Mike Davis – the head of the U.S.G.A. himself and get his thoughts on many...

New Interview with Jim Engh – The Dakota Kid

Since forming his own design firm in 1997, Colorado’s Jim Engh has won four “best new course” awards from Golf Digest, been named “Golf Architect of the Year” in 2003 (ahead of such luminaries as Fazio, Dye, Jones, and Doak), built a reputation for getting world class work done on time and under budget, landed one gorgeous site after another on which to build yet...

The 2011 PGA Championship – Playing Future Venue Ping-pong with Ron Whitten

JOHNS CREEK, GA – Ron Whitten’s recent Golf Digest article on the new turfgrasses being tested this week at Atlanta Athletic Club’s PGA Championship is another excellent observation by one of the most intelligent voices in the game. His knowledge of architecture and travel is unparalleled. In his article he mentions a number of southern and western courses that...

2010 Jazzy Awards – Best New Course, Old Macdonald

Tom Doak and George Bahto are collecting a lot of hardware this year for their terrific course at the Bandon Dunes Resort, Old Macdonald, a course that hearkens back to all the design concepts that C.B. Macdonald, Seth raynor, and Charles Banks all championed. Ran Morrissett has a terrific breakdown of the course at Golf Club Atlas. Doak has already collected the...