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Late Bogeys Knock Koepka From First Round U.S. Open Lead at Torrey Pines

Two-time U.S. Open Champion Brooka Koepka started hot early, but then came back to the field late, surrendering an early lead as the first round of the 121st U.S. Open golf championship got underway. Koepka finished tied for third with a 2-under 69 after opening with four birdies in his first 11 holes at Torrey Pines’ South Course. As we go to press, Koepka stands...

U.S. Open History 101 and 201, Basic Knowledge Every Fan Needs this week for Torrey Pines

As one of my mentors once wrote, “If you’re gonna write about the U.S. Open, you have to be well-versed in the lore of Francis Ouimet’s knickers.” He was right. It’s important to have sense of history watching this, the 121st edition of America’s national championship of golf. So pay attention. There won’t be a quiz, but the knowledge comes in handy so that we can...

Torr-Rees Pines – Redesign Architect Jones’s Hand Still Present at 2021 U.S. Open Venue

LA JOLLA, CA – Just like his father before him, they called him the Open Doctor, and he took up his father’s mantle and carried it with the same success and grace. Rees Jones has been prepping major championship venues for decades all across America. Now we return to one of his most celebrated success stories, Torrey Pines South Course, site of a regular Tour...

The Legend of Baggy Pants – Phil Mickelson Becomes Golf’s Oldest Major Champion

Quick! Someone get Stephen Spielberg on the line! Or if he’s not available James Cameron! It’s a blockbuster, I tell ya! Marvel Studios will need ten Avengers franchises to match it. Bill it as a sequel to Follow the Sun, that Ben Hogan movie. We can call it Over the Moon or The Legend of Baggy Pants or just The Greatest Golf Game Ever Played, but Phil Mickelson...

Go Fish! Indy Pass Founder Talks Broken Legs, Grateful Dead, and Terrific Deals All Across the Country

Have you felt it? A tectonic shift, a disturbance in the force, a change in the prevailing wind:  whatever you call it, a life-long skier just like you or me is doing it. He’s fighting the big guys at their own game, and he’s doing just fine. Go Fish! Doug Fish that is, the founder of the Indy Pass. Are you tired of paying to much for lift tickets? Are some of...

Golf Course Trades Webinar on Philly Cricket Club is Posted

Golf Course Trades has posted the webinar I did with Philly Cricket Club PGA Head Professional Jim Smith, Jr. and Director of Grounds Dan Meersman on YouTube. What a great time we had talking about Tillinghast and the amazing Keith Foster restoration. The link to the video is here.
The companion Golf Course Trades article I wrote is here.

The Calm Before the Storm at Kiawah Island

Night has fallen at Kiawah Island, and an almost reverent hush has descended over the dunes. Gone is the hoopla, the circus, the whoop and crash. The course now belongs to the bobcats, the sea turtles, the rolling ocean and the inexorable breezes. Come tomorrow it will howl a hurricane…inside the ropes that is. Al the buzz is Phil Mickelson, who leads the 103rd PGA...

The Greatest Golf Courses of Pete and Alice Dye

Pete Dye counts about 80 golf courses in his lifetime repertoire, and at each and every one of them Pete was constantly on site – either actually living there (yes, even in far flung places like the Dominican Republic and Switzerland – or making regular visits from start to finish. Even Donald Ross and Alister Mackenzie sometimes offered golf courses advice by...

Remembering Pete and Alice Dye on the Occasion of a Course Hosting Their First Posthumous Major Championship

I had to hold back a teardrop or two as I wrote the ledes for my PGA Championship previews this year. This week’s tournament at Kiawah Island’s Ocean Course marks the first time a Pete Dye designed course has hosted a major golf championship since the great man passed away in January of 2020. And although the golf world rejoices at our collective slow but, steady...

Golf Course Trades Runs my Pete Dye, PGA Championship, and Kiawah Island Article

Golf Course Trades just published my article on Pete Dye and Kiawah Island’s Ocean Course. Right on time! Enjoy the piece, everybody. From the article: “They bought the Kiawah land in 1988,” Pete told me, “and they looked at me, and I looked at the swamp they bought, and they said, ‘We’re gonna have the Ryder Cup here in two years!’ and I said, ‘Well you must...

The Roar-y Returns, McIlroy Seeks Another Major at Kiawah Island’s Ocean Course

We were having a fine run-up to this, the 103rd PGA Championship, even before Rory McIlroy’s TaylorMade TP5x golf ball tumbled into the cup at the 72nd hole of the Quail Hollow Championship two weeks ago. Nearly all of golf’s young gun stars and marquis names had won since the turn of the year:  Bryson Dechambeau, Patrick Reed, Justin Thomas, Jordan Spieth, Brooks...