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Golf Course Trades Runs my Monterey Peninsula Country Club Story

Thanks again to Golf Course Trades for making my piece on Monterey Peninsula Country Club sparkle. I love both courses; Strantz’s Shore Course is a masterpiece and a west coast pantheon to his legacy, while the Dunes Course is one of Fazio’s unqualified best in the world.From the story: “Strantz knew he was designing between Pebble and Cypress...

The Swing Holes at Bethpage Black for the 2019 PGA Championship

BETHPAGE, NY – Much has been made of Bethpage’s brute length, elevated greens, and deep, dangerous, whimsically shaped Rees Jones inkblot bunkering. Most players are convinced this PGA Championship will feel much like a U.S. Open in terms of difficulty, partly because the Black Course hosted the 2002 and 2009 U.S. Opens before becoming a PGA of America venue for this...

Streamsong, Wine Valley, Brookside Headline 2019 U.S. Open Sectional Qualifying Sites

The USGA announced a dozen courses to host sectional qualifying for the 2019 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach. While the most groundbreaking part of the announcement was the revealing of the first ever Canadian venue, Rattlesnake Point Golf Club (Copperhead and Sidewinder Courses), Milton, Ontario, the courses that arouse the interest of well-traveled American golfers...

Golf Course Trades Runs my Robert Trent Jones, Jr. Interview

Once again, a big thank you to Golf Course Trades for running my Robert Trent Jones, Jr. interview. The link is here. We talked about his new courses in Argentina, Mexico, and North Dakota. From the article: “RTJ: Actually I’m opening a course perhaps as close to Antarctica as I’ve ever been. My latest design is in Argentina. It’s called Termas de Rio Hondo:...

Golf News Net Announces GolfTripX

Golf News Net has opened a completely new section called GolfTripX, short for Golf Trip Experts. It’s a place where all of the site’s travel, design, and architecture discussion will be located. Darin Bunch and Mitch Laurence came up with the idea, and Ryan jumped on board and launched the site last week. So much of my travel work will appear there, while...

The Strange Case of Keith Foster, Golf Course Architect

I almost couldn’t believe my eyes as I scanned the page. Keith Foster, well-known, well-respected, well-sought after golf course architect had just pled guilty to smuggling and selling goods made form endangered species, a felony, and was facing up to a five-year prison sentence. Pre-eminent sports writer Len Shapiro broke the story for local Virginia paper The...

Adventure Golf Travels – Tedesco Country Club and the Boston Half Marathon

Adventure Golf Travels – Tedesco Country Club and the Boston Half Marathon [Special to Golf News Net and Slave to the Traffic Light Adventure Magazine] By Jay Flemma BOSTON, Mass. – Run, golf, run, golf, run, golf: lather, rinse, repeat. It’s actually a winning formula for a runner and a golfer. “Golf is the perfect activity on days when you don’t run,”...

Golf News Net Runs My Story on the Imported Rough at Shinnecock Hills for 2018 U.S. Open

So my U.S. Open preview is up at Golf News Net. (They always male it look fantastic!) Ryan Ballengee and I will have wall-to-wall coverage of the tournament all week long, with radio, video, and 1,500 words a day. Plus I’ll have three-day coverage of the Anderson Memorial at Winged Foot. Throw in a round at National Golf Links of America, and that’s a...

Golf News Net Runs my Review of the U.S. Open Qualifying Sites

Wow, what a terrific job Ryan Ballengee and the GNN team did publishing my fun look at the various U.S. Open Qualifying sites. Click here for the story. My fave part of the article: Orange County National’s Crooked Cat course is another boring, watery, center-line slog, so much so that during the week of the PGA Show, you’ll often hear golfers that played it lament...

USGA Local Qualifying Sites – The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Imagine my surprise when I saw something called “Hombre Golf Club, the Bad and Ugly Courses” listed among the nearly 100 local qualifying sites for the 118th U.S. Open. What passes for names these days! First we had the Mighty Ducks in hockey, now we have the Good the Bad and the Ugly in golf? What’s next? Is the Outlaw Josie Wales gonna pop out from behind a...

The Other Fenway – a Gil Hanse Restored A.W. Tillinghast Masterpiece

Tell anyone other than an ardent golfer that you’re going to Fenway and they’ll ask you to say hi to Big Papi and Jason Varitek for them. Tell the ardent golfer, on the other hand, and they’ll not only know that Yankee Stadium is much closer, they’ll be totally jealous too, because they know Fenway is a terrific A.W. Tillinghast golf club nestled cozily in the...

Hank’s Honey – North Jersey Country Club Turning Heads of Golf Insiders

WAYNE, NJ – His name is Hank Gola, and for decades he was the voice of the Great New York Sports Fan as the New York Daily News beat writer for pro football and golf. Hank is beloved in NYC, a home town boy who became a lifer of a local sports writer with a dozen national accolades to his name. If you grew up reading the New York sports pages, you saw the sports...