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Players Ready to Roll at Baltusrol, 98th PGA Championship

SPRINGFIELD, NJ – When you look at a map of Baltusrol Country Club, the payout of the golf course resembles a barbell with the left side over-inflated on the bottom. But to the professional golfers assembled here for the last major golf championship of the year, the 98th PGA, it looks more like the plumpest, fattest, juiciest chicken wing this side of Buffalo...

Pittsburgh Penguins Stanley Cup Victory Parade Provides Inspiration for U.S. Open Golfers

PITTSBURGH, PA – —The noise afterwards, It rises up like a storm, As if you were the Thunder God himself. Proximo to Maximus the Gladiator— Like a scene from Gladiator, the roar of adulation rang from Erie to Allentown and from Scranton to Akron. No mere coliseum could match it. Conquering heroes were returning home, and this is Pittsburgh. When you play...

Closing the Deal – The Best U.S. Open Finishing Stretches

OAKMONT, PA – “It’s the hardest golf course I’ve ever played,” said pretty much every golfer in the field this week at the 2016 U.S. Open. Sergio Garcia, Dustin Johnson, Andrew Sullivan, Phil Mickelson: the list was endless. Mighty Oakmont, Henry Fownes’s knuckle-dragging, slavering-jawed, razor-sharp taloned grassy guillotine is the hardest major championship venue...

Future U.S. Open Venues Through 2026

With today’s announcement that Oakmont and Shinnecock Hills will host the 2025 and 2026 U.S. Opens respectively, that fills up all spots available for the next ten years. Here is a list of all future U.S. Open venues through 2026. 2017 – Erin Hills Golf Club, Erin, WI 2018 – Shinnecock Hills Country Club, Southampton, NY 2019 – Pebble Beach Golf Links, Pebble...

The Thin Green Line – Oakmont’s Swing Holes Could Decide 2016 U.S. Open

OAKMONT, PA – They’re called “half-par holes” be cause they play either much easier or much harder than the par on the scorecard states, and they are often the key to winning a golf tournament. Be it stroke play or match play, the ability to negotiate the razor thin edge between a birdie (or even eagle) or a triple bogey is the difference between having your name...

Opening Day at Forsgate – The North Bids Golf a Hearty “Welcome Back”

MONROE TOWNSHIP, NJ – The wind was cold as Spanish steel. A golf ball-gray sky stretched end to end across the horizon, clouds moving forlornly before the breeze. To the west a dark thunderhead roiled, black as a witch’s cauldron. Yet to the buoyant hearts of northeast golfers it might have well been a sunny 4th of July. “What a perfect day for golf. Just you, the...

Jay’s Plays Radio – Olympic Club Gets the U.S. Women’s Open, Shackamaxon Turns 100

It’s an all new Jay’s Plays Show on the Golf News Net Radio Network. First golf architect Bill Love and Director of Golf Will Hutter talk about Olympic Club and how it might play for the 2021 U.S. Women’s Open. Then golf architect Stephen Kay and golf course magnate Chris Schiavone jump on the show to talk about Shackamaxon’s 100th anniversary...

Happy 100th Anniversary to A.W. Tillinghast’s Shackamaxon Golf Club!

You know how it was all the rage a few years ago to start building brass statues of people and putting them around golf courses? If you legitimately want to bronze people that actually are good for the game of golf, then New Jersey should erect a statue of country club magnate Chris Schiavone. First, Chris spearheaded the resurrection of mighty Forsgate Country Club...

The 2015 Jazzy Awards – Best Renovation – Poppy Hills

We’ll talk a lot more about Poppy Hills in my new “Elysian Fields” column in Golf Course Trades Magazine early in 2016, but the Robert Trent Jones, Jr./Bruce Charlton redesign takes home top honors this year. Their redesign of the Monterey Peninsula course that hangs out in such rarified air as Pebble Beach, Spanish Bay, and Spyglass Hill not only...

Jay’s Plays Radio – Bruce Charlton, Tom Doak, and Ran Morrissett

We had a stellar guest list on the Jay’s Plays show on the Golf News Net Radio Network. Golf architect Bruce Charlton joined us to talk about Cordevalle (host of the 2016 U.S. Women’s Open) and Poppy Hills(former co-host of the AT&T). Then architect Tom Doak and GolfClubAtlas.com proprietor Ran Morrissett came on and talked about the second volume of...

Reverse and Cross-country Golf Courses – Golf’s Latest, Greatest Trend Continues to Grow

Special to JayFlemma.com, AWITP, and the Golf News Net by Yaj Ammelf MARCY, NY – As the sun sets behind the bucolic hills of an upstate New York valley, a threesome makes its way up the first fairway of Crestwood Golf Club in Marcy, New York. They teed off on the second hole and are playing to the ninth green. “This is wicked fun!” marveled golfer Mike Mosely, as he...

New Jay’s Plays Radio – Marino Parascenzo, John Sanford, and Granite Links in Boston

Another terrific Jay’s plays show in the books! 50 year media center vet Marino Parascemzo joined us to talk Tiger, the Tour, Oakmont, and more! Always great to have a grizzled old pro whose been everywhere and done everything. Then we take a trip out to Boston to check out Granite Links, the John Sanford-designed golf course that was the springboard for his...