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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...

Golf Course Trades Runs my Dye Fore at Casa de Campo Article

As usual, Golf Course Trades did a phenomenal job of laying out my article about Pete Dye’s other masterpiece at Casa de Campo – Dye Fore! Parts are a throwback to Seth Raynor and Charles Blair Macdonald, parts are clifftop excitement, and parts are puckish Pete Dye at his creative best. And wait till next month when Stephen Kay and Lester George talk...

The Crucial Holes at Quail Hollow Club for the 2017 PGA Championship

CHARLOTTE, NC – You have to love Jim Furyk. He shoots from the lip. When asked about the changes to Quail Hollow Club for the 99th PGA Championship, he had the perfect laconic reply. “One could be the toughest opening hole in golf. It actually looks like a really nice par-5 to me, but for some reason they put par-4 on the card,” he deadpanned. See what I mean...

Bayonne Golf Club – An Interview with Eric Bergstol

BAYONNE, NJ – A funny thing happened when I went to interview a golf course architect about his design strategies. I got a grad school-level lecture in landscape architecture, construction, and golf course permitting instead. It was every bit as fascinating. Eric Bergstol lives the dream of everyone who enters one of those Armchair Architecture contests they...

Forsgate’s History and Architecture Praised by Golf Design Expert Ran Morrissett

MONROE TOWNSHIP, NJ – The eyes of the golf architecture cognoscenti are again upon our beloved Forsgate, and once more we are being spoken of in knowing nods and holy whispers. Golf Design expert Ran Morrissett, owner and operator of the golf design think tank GolfClubAtlas.com, has posted his analysis of the Banks course on line at for all the golf world to see, and...

Steve Czaban Skewers the Rio Olympics Course and it’s Potential Closing

Steve Czaban has this eye-opening expose on the graft, incompetence, and neglect plaguing the future of the Rio Olympics course. I remember telling certain golf architects that losing that bid would be a blessing, and that the guy who won would be sorry in the long run. And while it was fun for three weeks, it looks like that might be the extent of the course’s...

Golf Architect Mike DeVries Discusses His Redesign of Scarsdale NY’s Sunningdale Country Club

SCARSDALE, NY – [Author’s Note: Ardent golfers on both sides of the pond have heard of Sunningdale Golf Club in Merry Old England, a heathland masterpiece by Harry Colt and one of the world’s great courses, so rightly famous that author Ian Fleming made his quintessential super-spy James Bond a member of the august club. But here in America another Sunningdale...

Forsgate Earns Praise from One of America’s Most Influential Voices in Golf Design

MONROE TOWNSHIP, NJ – Of the many accolades that our beloved Banks Course has earned since Stephen Kay’s masterful restoration, perhaps none was more important than the glowing comments from no less a personage than Ran Morrissett himself, owner and operator of GolfClubAtlas.com, a world-wide think tank of experts on the topic of golf design. As I took him wide...

One and Done? More One-hit Wonders win at PGA Championship Than Other Majors

SPRINGFIELD, NJ – As night falls at Baltusrol and the forest-draped mountain is shrouded by low clouds, the waning crescent moon shines feebly in the overcast sky. Finally, the promised rain came, just a thin shower, but I was too late. Against all predictions, the 2016 PGA Championship finished on time Sunday night. Inside the clubhouse amber lights burn cheerfully...

Stop the Madness! How to Keep Tour Pros From Shooting 20-under and Endless 63s at Majors

SPRINGFIELD, NJ – Right on cue, Baltusrol did what it always does at major golf championships – surrender a record low score. Sometimes it’s an immortal that does it – such as Jack Nicklaus or Phil Mickelson. Sometimes, however, it’s a journeyman who comes out of nowhere – Lee Janzen or Thomas Bjorn leap to mind. Each of those four men set either an all-time in...