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Public Courses – Mid-Atlantic

Pete Dye Day Trips: PGA Golf Club, Bulle Rock, Brickyard Crossing

You know you’ve got a great girlfriend when she turns to you and says, “I want to play a Pete Dye course!” That’s what my new girl did yesterday evening as she perused the yardage books and scorecards on my nightstand, and it made my day. But once I got over the elation of learning that my girl has serious golf street cred, I thought, where do...

The Architect’s Progress: Crest-oration! Steve Nacewicz and Family Resurrect Mighty Crestwood

MARCY, NY – We had given her up for dead, but she came back to us. After almost two decades of mind-boggling neglect, Crestwood Golf Club – the beloved home course of many upstate New Yorkers – had been utterly destroyed: annihilated, vaporized by what regional golfers called, “chronic malpractice and mismanagement.” Horrifyingly, it happened...

The Architect’s Progress – Great Greens and Fairway Undulations at Long Island National

[Author’s Note: For Barclays week, each day we will profile a different regional public course for everyone to play while in the area for the tournament.] RIVERHEAD, NY – It’s tough to get a pulse on Robert Trent Jones, Jr.’s architectural style since he’s done so much globetrotting and designed in so many different ecosystems. He also keeps...

Jay’s Mailbag – Tournament Schedule for Fall 2012

Time to answer the mailbag: 1. Dear Jay, Will I see you at the Barclays? Where else will you and AWITP and Cybergolf be this year? Bob from Parsippany Bob, we’ll be at the Barclays and the Ryder Cup this fall as well as the Forsgate Battle of the Sexes between Paula Creamer and Gary McCord (hosted by David Feherty). Should be great fun. 2. Dear Jay, we had a...

Opening Salvos – Olympic Club and other Major Venues that Start with a Bang

SAN FRANCISCO – There was once a time when the U.S. Open was far more than just “Golf’s Toughest Test.” As far back as the 1970s golf journalists christened the event “The Tricked-up Open” for all the cloak and dagger claustrophobia of criminally narrow fairways, parquet floor greens, and mine fields of unexploded double bogeys. Golfers...

Invasion of the Senior Golfers

On a sunny summer Sunday in 1971, deep in the Catskill Mountains, my Dad brought my Mom to the practice range of the second hardest golf course in America at the time, spent 45 minutes teaching her how to hit the ball, and then turned her loose on the golf world. He created a monster. By the time I was 15, she was playing 27 holes a day. But the idea was a great one:...

Texas Plus Scotland Equals Kelly Blake Moran

Can you tell golf course architect Kelly Blake Moran is a Texan? He may not wear a ten gallon hat, but boy is he proud of the Lone Star State. Call him Amarillo Slim in a windshirt. “And I’ll tell you another thing!” he roars disapprovingly. “Those Oklahoma teams that won those national championships a few years ago? I’ll give you one guess where half their roster is...

It’s the New York Post vs. Trump in Ferry Point Imbroglio

While I finish writing up all the notes from my trip to the Pacific Northwest, the New York Post takes Mayor Bloomberg and Donald Trump to task over the boondoggle that is Ferry Point golf course. what was supposed to be a high quality, yet affordable public golf course has turned into a jack Nicklaus signature design (read: mess), that will essentially be a taxpayer...

Riviera to get U.S. Amateur? Bethpage a Ryder Cup/PGA Championship?

FOREST HILLS, NY – AWITP sources have confirmed that discussion between the PGA of America and the governing bodies in New York that Bethpage may be considered for the 2020 or 2021 PGA Championship and the 2028 Ryder Cup. Sources also confirm that Rees Jones’s restoration work at Baltusrol has gone so well in preparation for the 2016 PGA Championship...

Lower Prices at Pound Ridge?

” What do you think of this news out of Pound Ridge: (From the press release). BTW, My recent review of Pound Ridge is here Golfers wishing to experience the challenge of New York’s only Dye-designed layout will now be able to play nine holes any day of the week. Responding to the modern golfer’s call for flexible playability, the nine-hole play includes full...

Cybergolf Runs my Ballyhack Course Review

Great job by Jeff Shelley getting this up so quick. It’s my long form review of Ballyhack Golf Club in Roanoke, VA. We’ll have more pictures here over the next few days, after I get up to Boston to cover the Deutsche Bank. From the article: “In 2003 George thought his search for a truly great piece of land for his dream course was over. The 370 acre...

Flintstones, Jerky Boyz, and Scooby-Doo – Teams Set for 10th Annual Potomac Cup Golf Battle

[Author’s Note: Pix soon…] UPPER MARLBORO, MD – To watch the Virginia Potomac Cup golf team smile, cheer, and rally around each other at Lake Presidential Golf Club yesterday afternoon, you’d never know they were only one year removed from a record 29-7 pasting at the hands of Maryland. Yet after returning six players from last year’s squad and adding two...