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Southern Hills Par-3 6th Again at Center of Rules Controversy

TULSA, OK – When they shaved the bank between the green and the edge of the water hazard to bring the hazard into play, little did the powers that be realize how much havoc the hole would wreak on the field. Corey Pavin incurred a rare three-stroke penalty because of the change. Pavin his his tee shot into the greenside bunker. Before he played his shot, his...

Future PGA Championship Venues

Here’s a list of future PGA Championship venues: 2008 – Oakland Hills Country Club, (South Course),  Bloomfield, MI 2009 – Hazeltine National Country Club, Chaska, MN 2010 – Whistling Straits, (Straits Course), Kohler, WI 2011 – Atlanta Athletic Club, (Lake Course), Atlanta, GA 2012 – Kiawah Island (Ocean Course), Kiawah Island, SC...

2007 PGA Championship – Perry Maxwell, Golf Course Architect at a Glance

TULSA, OK – Chris Clouser, author of “The Midwest Associate” may have compiled the most comprehensive synopsis of Perry Maxwell’s body of work as a golf course architect. “Actually, Maxwell is misunderstood by many people” he notes with a hint of regret in his voice. “For example, he wasn’t Mackenzie’s associate, he was his partner.” Clouser goes on to explain...

British Open, I mean Open Championship Week – Cannizzaro on Bayonne

In honor of Open Championship week, lets examine a little bit of ye olde sod here in Ye Big Apple.  Mark Cannizzaro of the New York Post wrote this excellent column on one of my favorites and the best course in New York City – Bayonne Golf Club by Eric Bergstrol.  I reviewed Bayonne here and discussed it in depth here when it finished second in...

Black Mesa part 3 – The White Album of Golf Courses?

Part one is here . Part two is here. CHIP SHOTS AND TAP-INS   Luckily for golfers, Spann’s visit to Tobacco Road inspired him to throw away the rule book.  The course is as un-Jones/Fazio as can be.  All the hackneyed tricks slick marketers and conventional designers use are absent and all the strategic elements and sharp natural features and severe greens they are...

Black Mesa article part 2

Part one of my Black Mesa piece is here, along with my ratings for the course.  Back already from reading that?  Good.  Here’s part two.  Part three to come tomorrow. ON THE COURSE               The course is inspired by Strantz’s work at Tobacco Road, but first hole is eerily reminiscent of number one at a different Strantz masterpiece, Royal New Kent.  Like...

Black Mesa Golf Club – Espanola, N.M.

BLACK MESA GOLF CLUB 115 State Road 399 Espanola, NM 505.747.8946 www.blackmesagolfclub.com  Architect:  Baxter Spann Par – 72 Excitement Level – 10/12 Difficulty – 9/12 Cost – weekend $64, add $18 for cart, M-Th, $55, twilight $35 shoulder seasons offer bargains Yearly Memberships – None Design – Seven stars Natural Setting – Six and ½ stars Conditioning –...

Golfer killed when cart plunges off cliff

According to this AP article, “the man teed off with three friends on the second hole of the Pala Mesa Resort Golf Course in northern San Diego County at around 10 a.m. and then got into his cart. The vehicle veered off the concrete pathway, traveled down a 25-foot embankment and went over the edge of a cliff, California Highway Patrol spokesman Tom Kerns said...

Golf Architect Mike Hurdzan wins Donald Ross Award

Golf architect Mike Hurdzan, who’s work includes Best New Public Course winner Bully Pulpit in North Dakota, was awarded the prestigious Donald Ross Award.  According to the Cybergolf article: Hurdzan was honored for “being a respected, passionate voice of reason and knowledge for golf. Hurdzan received the award on April 30 during the American Society of...

I sent Steve Czaban to Tobacco Road and he came back all smiles

The best part of my job is when someone asks me where to play, I tell them, and then they go and have a great time. My sportscaster buddy Steve Czaban – a man who knows a thing or two about golf – asked me what course I should add to his Pinehurst getaway weekend. I told him simply, “if you miss Tobacco Road, you’ll be missing the best course...