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Golf Course Trades Runs my Baker Hill Article

Once again, Golf Course Trades does a splendid job of running my story about New Hampshire’s Rees Jones-designed marvel, Baker Hill. Truly one of the best Rees courses I’ve played, the club also will have one final year to celebrate the career of the only head superintendent they’ve ever had:  Bob Turcotte, a.k.a. Baker Hill Bob. All across the east...

Forse Design Restores Donald Ross at New Hampshire’s Bald Peak Colony Club

MOULTONBOROUGH, N.H. –You don’t see a lot of New Hampshire golf courses on many mainstream top-100 lists. Why not? When pundits discuss the best states for golf, they often overlook New Hampshire, and that’s a shame because Donald Ross, a colossus of golf course architecture, left behind a legacy of exceptional golf in the Granite State, easily the equal of many of...

USGA Selects Oakmont as U.S. Open Anchor Site, Will Host Four More Opens Before 2050

Call it an encore:  the USGA has announced their second U.S. Open Anchor site, and it is being met with the same widespread acclaim as when they announced the inaugural site at Pinehurst. Fabled, venerable Oakmont Country Club in Pittsburgh has been given the honor, and will host the 2025, 2034, 2042, and 2049 U.S. Opens, with an eye toward eventually hosting the...

Video Reply of the Golf Course Trades Webinar on Forsgate Country Club’s Banks Course is Up

So Golf Course Trades has posted the link to the webinar I did on Forsgate’s Banks Course with course owner Chris Schiavone, architect Stephan Kay and head superintendent Don Asinski. It was a brilliant redux of the Banks Course, and the Macdonald-Raynor-Banks canon. The link to the video is here. Forsgate’s Banks Course just hosted the 13th annual Writer...

Golf Course Trades Runs my Latest Forsgate Country Club Piece

In anticipation of my webinar this Thursday on Forsgate Country Club (click here to register for free), Golf Course Trades also ran my latest article . We interview course owner Chris Schiavone, golf architect Stephen Kay, and head superintendent Don Asinski at 12pm on Thursday July 29. From the article: Knowing full well that Forsgate was the last course he would...

Golf Course Trades to Host my Webinar of Forsgate Country Club’s Banks Course

Big shout out to Golf Course Trades for running another in my webinar series, this time on my beloved Forsgate Country Club and their magnificent Banks course. The webinar will feature course owner Chris Schiavone, restoration architect Stephen Kay, and head superintendent Don Asinski, and will be a fascinating look at how they rediscovered, then recreated the lost...

Golf Course Trades Webinar on Philly Cricket Club is Posted

Golf Course Trades has posted the webinar I did with Philly Cricket Club PGA Head Professional Jim Smith, Jr. and Director of Grounds Dan Meersman on YouTube. What a great time we had talking about Tillinghast and the amazing Keith Foster restoration. The link to the video is here.
The companion Golf Course Trades article I wrote is here.

Golf Course Trades Webinar on Philly Cricket Club on May 27 at 12pm EST

I’ll be hosting a half-hour Golf Course Trades event with the folks from Philly Cricket Club on May 27, 2021 at 12pm. PGA Head Professional Jim Smith, Jr. and Director of Grounds Dan Meersman will join me for a talk about their wonderful renovation by architect Keith Foster, their upcoming 100th year anniversary celebrations, and where they fit in A.W...

Bryson DeChambeau’s Brilliant 67 Wins 2020 U.S. Open at Winged Foot

It’s its 97-year history, and over the course of six U.S. Opens, this is the only time you can’t say “Winged Foot won this Open.” 27-year old Bryson DeChambeau claimed the 120th U.S. Open with a closing 67 and total of 6-under, breezing past third round leader Matthew Wolff, who finished second, a distant six shots back at even par. South Africa’s Louis Oosthuizen...

Winged Foot Bites Back – Woods, Five Other Former Champs Miss U.S. Open Cut

Tiger Woods was among seven former U.S. Open champions to miss the cut at the 2020 U.S. Open. In clear but windy conditions at Winged Foot Golf Club’s West course, Woods followed Thursday’s milquetoast 73 with a ghastly 77, 10-over par, four shots over the cut line and 14 back of leader Patrick Reed. It’s the third missed cut in the last four U.S. Opens for the 44...

Justin Thomas Stumbles, Patrick Reed Leads Halfway Through the 2020 U.S. Open

On a cool, windy day, Winged Foot turned the tables on the 2020 U.S. Open field, playing almost three strokes harder than Thursday’s opening round that saw record red numbers for a U.S. Open played over the fabled West course. Only three players broke par on Friday, and just seven more shot even par 70, including leader Patrick Reed, who finished at 4-under at the...

Winged Foot’s 18th Strikes Again, Tiger Woods Victimized

On a day when a soft Winged Foot surrendered its lowest scores ever in a U.S. Open, Tiger Woods let his round slip away late, culminating with a ghastly double bogey at 18. As we go to press, Woods’s 3-over 73 has him in a tie for 70th, eight strokes behind leader Justin Thomas. Woods’s mercurial round included five birdies, but also six bogeys and the closing double...