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Offshore and Foreign Venues the PGA Championship Could, Should, and Shouldn’t Visit

It’s been the talk of the Tour for a while now; the PGA of America has formed an exploratory committee to see whether the PGA Championship could and should be held offshore. It’s an interesting idea. Some foreign writers complain about three of the four majors being in the U.S., and although I was reluctant to embrace the idea at first, the more I think...

The PGA Championship at Valhalla – is it an Amusement Park, a Video Game or a Major Championship Venue?

I’m all for quirky golf courses, but there’s “Quirky Interesting” and then there’s “Quirky Weird,” and although it’s a fine a line between the two, you know the difference when you see it. It’s unmistakable. Sometimes just a matter of millimeters, like the difference between a beautiful woman and a plain one, or...

The Elysian Fields of Old Town Club – Is Perry Maxwell’s Last Course Also His Best?

WINSTON-SALEM, NC – So it really can happen. A golf course truly can take your breath away. It doesn’t happen often – maybe one round in a thousand, one golf course in hundreds, one day in a decade, but that fleeting moment, so elusive yet so moving, can appear. If you love golf enough, if you travel near and far, if you play the game as a game of a...

Guests Next Week for Jay’s Plays!

So next week we’ll have too great guests for the radio show: first we’ll have Chris Clouser talking about Perry Maxwell and Old Town Club. Clouser destroys the myth that Mackenzie was responsible for the Maxwell rolls in greens and breaks down so many of Maxwell’s best courses. That will be Monday-Wednesday starting at 9 am on Golf News Net Radio...

Time Machine Effect Brings Long Island National into the 21st Century

RIVERHEAD, NY – If you’ve ever wondered what a golf course would look like if it a scientist exposed it to an aging ray, look no further than Long Island National, because what was once a quintessential example of mid-1990s design and shaping is now a prime illustration of golf architecture in the 21st century, and the results are a dramatic improvement...

River Bend Golf Club Shines Brightly After Keith Foster Remodel

GREAT FALLS, VA – The name may be nondescript – there are at least half a dozen courses called River Bend in America – but thanks to a remodel by golf architect Keith Foster, you’ll be hearing about the River Bend Club in Great Falls, Virginia soon and often. It’s yet another masterful reworking by Foster, who is riding the crest of a high and...

Philly Cricket Wissahickon – The Once and Future King

FLOURTOWN, PA – From out of the mists of history, an ancient adage still rings true: Gods and Wonders always appear to attend the birth of Kings. And with the Sun beaming so brightly it was as though Apollo himself was driving his fiery chariot through the skies once more, Philadelphia Cricket Club’s fabled Wissahickon Course re-opened in a golden blaze of...

In Honor of the Game of Thrones Season Four Premiere – Golf and Game of Thrones

WHICH GOLF COURSE IS WHICH GAME OF THRONES LOCALE? THE EYRIE, WESTEROS – May the Old Gods and the New protect us, winter is coming. Around here, that means little or no golf for two to three months – longer for my poor readers who live on I-90! What a life for them! – as much as six months of hitting off mats at golf domes, lots of nonsensical, silly season...

Royal County Down Gets 2015 Irish Open

I’m sure Brian Keogh at Irish Golf Desk will have the story soon. For now, here’s the BBC story about this great news – Royal County Down is back! From the article: “The 2015 Irish Open is to be staged at Royal County Down, three years after Royal Portrush successfully hosted the European Tour event. It will be the first time in 75 years that...