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The Indie Files: Geoff Hatheway and Magic Mountain – Plucky Vermonter Leads Rally Against Coronavirus

I feel it, and I believe in it: the same sense of community responsibility for the good and welfare of tiny, but plucky Magic Mountain that every one of its myriad fans shares. Tucked between southern Vermont’s Bromley, Stratton, and Mt. Snow – all much larger and far more corporate – this seeming runt of the litter actually bites even more fiercely than...

The Indie Files: Kevin Cottle and Powder Ridge – Portrait of a Thriving Small Ski Area in the Age of Coronavirus

I went to college in Connecticut, and I’ve skied all my life, but I’m chagrined to admit I never heard of Powder Ridge until I started watching Hell’s Kitchen. Yes, that Hell’s Kitchen: the TV cooking show where Gordon Ramsay terrorizes, humiliates, and outrages the chefs under him as they try to outlast one another and win a job at a famous, world-class restaurant...

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...

Skiing and Winter Sports Coverage Begins this Month

We’re enjoying a brilliant, blazing fall here in the North Country (it was 81 Saturday), and while there’s still more than just the dying embers of the golf season left, we’ll be starting our winter sports coverage imminently. Of course we’ll be continuing our Border War Series where New Hampshire battles Vermont for northeast supremacy...

National Ski Council Federation Runs my Stratton Mountain Article

Ski season is finally upon us! No the snow has not fallen here yet, but it’s time to get ready. We’ll be publishing updates on Covid-rules for ski areas this season, along with more profiles in our Border War series. But for now, the National Ski Council Federation ran my Stratton Mountain profile on their website. Click here for the link. They did a...

Bryson DeChambeau’s Brilliant 67 Wins 2020 U.S. Open at Winged Foot

It’s its 97-year history, and over the course of six U.S. Opens, this is the only time you can’t say “Winged Foot won this Open.” 27-year old Bryson DeChambeau claimed the 120th U.S. Open with a closing 67 and total of 6-under, breezing past third round leader Matthew Wolff, who finished second, a distant six shots back at even par. South Africa’s Louis Oosthuizen...

Winged Foot Bites Back – Woods, Five Other Former Champs Miss U.S. Open Cut

Tiger Woods was among seven former U.S. Open champions to miss the cut at the 2020 U.S. Open. In clear but windy conditions at Winged Foot Golf Club’s West course, Woods followed Thursday’s milquetoast 73 with a ghastly 77, 10-over par, four shots over the cut line and 14 back of leader Patrick Reed. It’s the third missed cut in the last four U.S. Opens for the 44...

Justin Thomas Stumbles, Patrick Reed Leads Halfway Through the 2020 U.S. Open

On a cool, windy day, Winged Foot turned the tables on the 2020 U.S. Open field, playing almost three strokes harder than Thursday’s opening round that saw record red numbers for a U.S. Open played over the fabled West course. Only three players broke par on Friday, and just seven more shot even par 70, including leader Patrick Reed, who finished at 4-under at the...

Winged Foot’s 18th Strikes Again, Tiger Woods Victimized

On a day when a soft Winged Foot surrendered its lowest scores ever in a U.S. Open, Tiger Woods let his round slip away late, culminating with a ghastly double bogey at 18. As we go to press, Woods’s 3-over 73 has him in a tie for 70th, eight strokes behind leader Justin Thomas. Woods’s mercurial round included five birdies, but also six bogeys and the closing double...

Anchors Away! An Open Letter with Suggestions for USGA Anchor Sites

The recent news that the USGA has selected Pinehurst No. 2 as its first anchor site for future U.S. Opens and a new museum was met with widespread joy and acclaim. “In an effort to expand its impact in golf and extend its mission to champion and advance the game, the USGA will establish “Golf House Pinehurst” in North Carolina, to include a new equipment-testing...

The Insider’s Guide to Winged Foot for the 2020 U.S. Open

This week mighty, venerable Winged Foot Golf Club hosts its sixth U.S. Open, 13th USGA event, and seventh major championship, (it hosted the 1997 PGA). The par-70 layout will play to a bloated 7,477 yards; seven of the twelve par-4s are 467 yards or longer. It also features 4-1/2 to 7-1/2 inch rough, and green speeds around 13 on the stimpometer. In other words, the...

Rough Justice – Winged Foot’s Other Hazard is Just as Deadly as the Bunkers

For everyone who relishes U.S. Open week for its sheer bloodthirstiness, welcome to Winged Foot West. It just became your new favorite course. Like will-o-the-wisps feeding off the agonizing cries of their dying victims, everyman golfers will spend this week, pointing at the pros and laughing. Chunks, chili dips, fluffs, fliers, skulls, and walks of shame, we’ll get...

Winged Foot, Graveyard of Champions

—Of cruel and mighty Winged Foot now to you I sadly sing And all the lost and broken men who felt her deadly sting Who wander now as shadows in her darkness ever more To roam her haunted passageways forsaken and forlorn But chief among the cursed souls that in that valley dwell A phantasm malevolent, most terrible and fell The Ghost of U.S. Opens Past is her...