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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...

Future PGA Championship Venues Will be Well Known to Players

HAVEN, WI – Derek Sprague, Kerry Haigh, Pete Bevacqua, Allen Wronowski, Suzy Whaley, Julius Mason, and all the rest of the PGA of America brass must like the music of jazz great Billie Holiday. How does the old song go? “I’ll be seeing you in all the old familiar places…that this heart of mine embraces…” It will indeed be familiar courses – beloved Golden Age clubs...

First gig for Golf News Net to Include Adventure Travel, Public Golf, Rock n Roll, PGA Championship

My first assignment as a correspondent with the Golf News Net will be a combination of just about everything I’ll be covering for the magazine. Besides wall-to-wall coverage of the 97th PGA Championship at Whistling Straits, we’ll be running 10K through the University of Wisconsin campus, visiting Wisconsin’s great outdoor music venue Alpine Valley...

Forsgate to Shine for 2015 Writer Cup Between New York, Philly

Special to AWITP by Rodney Zilla MONROE TOWNSHIP, NJ – For the seventh time in eight years the storied Banks Course at Forsgate Country Club will play host to the Writer Cup, the annual head-to-head battle between Philly and New York City golf writers. Brainchild of wunderkind Chris Schiavonne, who has resurrected numerous golf courses in his career, the Banks...

Modern Course, Modern Leaderboard – New Generation’s Biggest Names Rise at Chambers Bay U.S. Open

UNIVERSITY PLACE – “It’s too brown! It’s too bumpy! It’s too British!” they moan plaintively. Yes, the whiny blockheads are out in force this year, as they usually are at the U.S. Open, complaining about how unusual golf’s annual Final Examination is. It’s actually flabbergasting: They’re not complaining about how difficult the golf course is…but how different it is...

Architects Robert Trent Jones, Jr., Bruce Charlton Discuss the Mercurial Swings of Chambers Bay

UNIVERSITY PLACE, WA – Chambers Bay Co-architect Bruce Charlton smiles and claps his hands as a stat appears on the TV broadcast of the U.S. Open listing the brutish, uphill, 508-yard, par-4 seventh hole as the hardest hole on the golf course thus far in the tournament, a 4.43 stroke average as we go to press. “We wanted there to be swing holes. We wanted the...

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 Architect’s Progress – No Rough at Crestwood Gives the Course a little Pine Valley and Prairie Dunes Flavor

“It just keeps getting better and better,” says every member, every day. MARCY, NY – Autumn comes early along I-90. Even by Labor Day the tops of the trees already lighten from verdant green to a gilded, burnished gold. By the equinox, it was sweater and jackets weather as the cool evening air and chilly rains began to set in, yet still grateful golfers...

Jay’s Plays Update: Robert Trent Jones, Philly Cricket Club, Keith Foster

All this week on the Golf News Net Radio Network the Jay’s Plays show will have architect Robert Trent Jones, Jr., Tour and travel expert Bruce Moulton. Then starting later in the week we spotlight architect Keith Foster and his work at such places as Philly Cricket Club, River Bend, Eastward Ho! and more. PCC head superintendent Dan Meersman joins us as well...