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Golf Observer runs John Huggan’s Probing Interwith with Titleist CEO Wally Uihlein

Kudos to John Huggan, my colleague at GolfObserver who has this excellent interview with Titleist’s Wally Uihlein about the distance dilemma and bifurcation. From the interview: “JH: How about the bifurcation argument? Isn’t the grooves thing a step down that road? WU: It is a de-facto bifurcation, yes. JH: So why not have a tournament ball for the...

Hiawatha Landing and Conklin Players Club still terrific values, great courses

This summer, I went back to two old haunts and found them better than ever: THE LINKS AT HIAWATHA LANDING 2350 Marshland Road Apalachin, NY 800.304.6533 (800-30-golf-3) www.hiawathalinks.com Architect: Brian Silva and Mark Mungeam Par – 72 Excitement Level – 9/12 Difficulty – 8/12 Design: six stars Natural Setting Five and 1/2stars Conditioning – Six Stars...

The PGA Championship at Hazeltine National: A Day in the Life

CHASKA, MN – Minnesota is the Native American word for “cloudy water.” It fits: Lake Hazeltine, named for Susan Hazeltine, the first teacher in Carver County, is a wide expanse of murky currents, seaweed green and turbid blue. Still, surrounded by tall hardwoods and with the golf course’s 10th and 16th holes hard by the water, it would be tranquil enough to...

Will a Long Hitter Win the 2009 PGA Championship at Hazeltine National?

CHASKA, MN – Tauting machismo and unbelievable length, Hazeltine National, tops out at 7,674 yards, the longest major in golf history and featuring the longest par-3, par-4, and par-5 in the tournament’s history. Rumor has it –through the U.K.’s Daily Mail, that Tom Watson took one look at the yardage and tore up his invitation. But does the added length on...

Closing The Deal – Comparing 18 at Bethpage to other Major Championship Venues

Above, the 18th at Southern Hills in Tulsa is a better finishing hole than 18 at Bethpage. Closing the Deal BETHPAGE, NY – Golf writers from across the globe are uniformly falling all over themselves to vilify Bethpage Black’s short, dictatorial 18th hole as one of the worst finishing holes in major championship golf. But what should a truly great 18th hole...

Mike Strantz Designed Monterey Peninsula C.C. Shore Course may see Pro Tour event, AT&T!

In a potential nod to both great golf course architecture and Mike Strantz’s precious legacy to golf, the AT&T Pro Am may move one day of play from Poppy Hills to the Monterey Peninsula Country Club Shore Course.  GolfObserver.com found this on-line article. Hat tip:  Sal Johnson A brief review of my day there is here. This is unbelievable news.  here...

Sal Johnson and Dave Seanor talk U.S. Open prep at Golf Observer

While I’m getting my own preview piece done, Sal Johnson has a nice write-up of the changes discussed at media day.  Scroll down to question 6.  Kudos to Mike davis for – as he put it – easing up on the accelerator. From the article: “Several tees have been added, which will enable Davis & Co. to vary the lengths of certain holes, either...