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Thanks for the Memories, the Fat Lady Sings for Cybergolf

—If these be our last moments men, Let us live them with honor. J.R.R. Tolkien— Somewhere on the road between Spokane and Seattle, I could hear the pain in Jeff Shelley’s voice through the Bluetooth speaker, though four hours of driving distance still separated us. My spider-sense was tingling. Stammering…hurt…disappointment…I had never heard Jeff like...

Polarizing Trump has a Reflection of Himself in Ferry Point

FOREST HILLS, NY – Is Donald Trump truly as he is depicted by his detractors? A rapacious Gorgon? A ravening-fanged, slavering-jawed, leathery-winged, blood-stained ogre slaughtering his way through an innocent golf universe? Or is he a hero? A white knight, saving golf courses that would otherwise go under by swallowing them whole and re-branding them in his...

The Golf Rum Diaries –Royal Isabela, Puerto Rico’s Garden of Delight

ISABELA, P.R.–It was one of those magical nights that would only have been better if a beautiful woman had been beside me. High on a rocky cliff-top overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, the air perfumed by violet, maga (Puerto Rico’s version of hibiscus), tropical lilies, fragapane, banyon, avocado,and countless other fragrant flora, I bask in one of the great pleasures...

The PGA Championship at Valhalla – is it an Amusement Park, a Video Game or a Major Championship Venue?

I’m all for quirky golf courses, but there’s “Quirky Interesting” and then there’s “Quirky Weird,” and although it’s a fine a line between the two, you know the difference when you see it. It’s unmistakable. Sometimes just a matter of millimeters, like the difference between a beautiful woman and a plain one, or...

The Elysian Fields of Old Town Club – Is Perry Maxwell’s Last Course Also His Best?

WINSTON-SALEM, NC – So it really can happen. A golf course truly can take your breath away. It doesn’t happen often – maybe one round in a thousand, one golf course in hundreds, one day in a decade, but that fleeting moment, so elusive yet so moving, can appear. If you love golf enough, if you travel near and far, if you play the game as a game of a...

British Open Preview – Royal Liverpool Will put the ‘Open’ in this Year’s Open Championship

Poor Royal Liverpool (or Hoylake to locals): It’s become even more of a football for wise-cracking critics of Open Championship venues than Somber Olde Carnoustie. Normally Open Championship venues conjure images of hallowed, centuries-old golfing Meccas. There’s the stately architecture of St. Andrews, the romantic beauty of Turnberry, the rugged...

River Bend Golf Club Shines Brightly After Keith Foster Remodel

GREAT FALLS, VA – The name may be nondescript – there are at least half a dozen courses called River Bend in America – but thanks to a remodel by golf architect Keith Foster, you’ll be hearing about the River Bend Club in Great Falls, Virginia soon and often. It’s yet another masterful reworking by Foster, who is riding the crest of a high and...

Course of History – Diverse Future U.S. Open Venues Bring Blend of History, Great Design, Beauty

PINEHURST, NC – If I had a dime for every club in America that wanted to host a U.S. Open, I’d be able to buy Turnberry back from Donald Trump. Sadly, too many clubs spend inordinate amounts of time, energy and money in a futile pursuit of U.S. Open glory, and end up needlessly turning their clubs into unplayable torture chambers just to show how hard they can...

Philly Cricket Wissahickon – The Once and Future King

FLOURTOWN, PA – From out of the mists of history, an ancient adage still rings true: Gods and Wonders always appear to attend the birth of Kings. And with the Sun beaming so brightly it was as though Apollo himself was driving his fiery chariot through the skies once more, Philadelphia Cricket Club’s fabled Wissahickon Course re-opened in a golden blaze of...