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Author - Jay Flemma

Future Ryder Cup Venues

With the USA still basking in the afterglow of a modern era, record-tying margin of victory at Whistling Straits, lets take a look at the future Ryder Cup venues. 2023  Marco Simone Golf and Country Club, Rome, ITALY 2025 Bethpage Black Course, Bethpage, NY 2027 Adare Manor, County Limerick, IRELAND 2029 Hazeltine National Golf Club, Chaska, MINNESOTA 2031 TBA...

Jay’s Play’s, GNN Coming Soon on iHeartRadio

The Jay’s Plays Radio Show is coming to iHeartMedia, along with all the other stars of the Golf News Net Galaxy. Ryan Ballengee inked a deal just this week, and we all got swept in together. Ryan wrote: “Golf News Net is proud to announce it has signed a multi-year partnership with iHeartMedia to launch and produce Golf News Net (GNN) Radio, a 24/7/365...

Open Championship to Return to Royal Portrush in 2025

Royal Portrush (Dunluce Links), Northern Island’s most iridescent emerald of a golf course, has been awarded the 2025 Open Championship. Ireland’s Shane Lowry brought the Claret Jug home to Ireland after winning in 2019, the last time Portrush hosted the Open, one of the most widely celebrated wins in the 149 years of the tournament. Here are the sites...

USA Wins Lopsided Ryder Cup at Whistling Straits

The United States won the 43rd Ryder Cup in record-shattering fashion, obliterating Europe 19-9 at Whistling Straits Golf Course in Kohler Wisconsin.  Dustin Johnson, the oldest member of the U.S. team, finished the week 5-0-0, only the fifth player in the last 55 years to do so, and 24-year old wunderkind Collin Morikawa sank the cup clinching putt as Team USA...

Forget Everything Except Putting, That’s What Wins Ryder Cups

Forget everything you’ve heard on television, seen on the Internet, or read in magazines. Think with your own head for a moment:  what’s the truest axiom in golf? You drive for show, and putt for dough…and trophies. So ignore who looks stronger on paper, who won “the last how many over the last how long,” and maybe take a close look at the number of untested rookies...

Golf Course Trades Runs My Resurrection of Lido Article

This is some of the biggest news in golf. Not the pro tours, not the latest equipment, the rebuilding of C.B. Macdonald’s lost masterpiece, Lido Golf Club, in the middle of the sand wastes of Wisconsin by Tom Doak and the Kaiser family is the quantum leap the Second Golden Age of Golf Course architecture has resulted in. Run, don’t walk to...

Free Taos, Free Tacos, Same Thing!

Proving once again that a sense of humor is the best weapon in the modern age, Taos Ski Valley has done it again. The “Free Tacos” campaign continues with the renaming of their Pioneer Glade as “Free Tacos” in honor of George Medina, the legendary Taos instructor who helped end the resort’s ban on snowboarding in 2008. “Free...

Golf Course Trades Runs my Baker Hill Article

Once again, Golf Course Trades does a splendid job of running my story about New Hampshire’s Rees Jones-designed marvel, Baker Hill. Truly one of the best Rees courses I’ve played, the club also will have one final year to celebrate the career of the only head superintendent they’ve ever had:  Bob Turcotte, a.k.a. Baker Hill Bob. All across the east...

Indy Pass Rates Go Up September 1

Doug Fish has sent along this handy video to get everyone stoked to buy an Indy Pass, now featuring 76 venues internationally, more than any other pass. For jet-setters, he just added Japan. For U.S. east coasters, no pass has more coverage or value. Check out the new promo video: Jay Peak, Waterville Valley, and Cannon lead a bumper crop in the east, Powder...

Forse Design Restores Donald Ross at New Hampshire’s Bald Peak Colony Club

MOULTONBOROUGH, N.H. –You don’t see a lot of New Hampshire golf courses on many mainstream top-100 lists. Why not? When pundits discuss the best states for golf, they often overlook New Hampshire, and that’s a shame because Donald Ross, a colossus of golf course architecture, left behind a legacy of exceptional golf in the Granite State, easily the equal of many of...

USGA Selects Oakmont as U.S. Open Anchor Site, Will Host Four More Opens Before 2050

Call it an encore:  the USGA has announced their second U.S. Open Anchor site, and it is being met with the same widespread acclaim as when they announced the inaugural site at Pinehurst. Fabled, venerable Oakmont Country Club in Pittsburgh has been given the honor, and will host the 2025, 2034, 2042, and 2049 U.S. Opens, with an eye toward eventually hosting the...

Video Reply of the Golf Course Trades Webinar on Forsgate Country Club’s Banks Course is Up

So Golf Course Trades has posted the link to the webinar I did on Forsgate’s Banks Course with course owner Chris Schiavone, architect Stephan Kay and head superintendent Don Asinski. It was a brilliant redux of the Banks Course, and the Macdonald-Raynor-Banks canon. The link to the video is here. Forsgate’s Banks Course just hosted the 13th annual Writer...

Indy Pass Bags Four More Skiing Resorts

Sing it loudly, once more with feeling, Indy Pass has done it again. Just a few short days ago they added four more resorts, swelling their portfolio to a whopping 72 across the United States and Canada. The newcomers are: New York’s Titus Mountain, just a  few miles from the Canadian border and the northernmost ski area in New York’s Adirondacks;...