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Public Courses – Mid-Atlantic

Mystic Rock at Nemacolin Resort to see heavy tournament action in next few weeks

Pete Dye’s Mystic Rock course at Nemacolin Resort is about to get heavy tournament play in the coming weeks. This weekend, the resort plays host to the Pennsylvania State Open Championship, the biggest state tournament of the year. PA PGA representatives are delighted to have their showcase event at one of the state’s premier golf destinations. The course...

New Jersey cracking down on steroids, performance enhancers, and Bethpage Red scores low

1. New Jersey will become the first state in the country to institute and drug testing policy for high school athletes. The program will screen random athletes for about 80 different designer performance enhancing drugs ranging from amphetamines to steriodal based old-style drugs banned for years. Final details will be released June 7. One state elected official, Sen...

LEDERACH G.C., Lederach, PA by Kelly Blake Moran

Can you tell Kelly Blake Moran is a Texan? He may not wear a ten gallon hat or leather boots, but boy is he proud of the Lone Star State. 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 from. Texas...

Ballyowen Golf Club, Hamburg, NJ – Why all the Ballyhoo, Ballyowen?

BALLYOWEN GOLF CLUB Crystal Springs Golf and Spa Resort 105-137 Wheatsworth Road Hamburg, NJ 07419 973.827.5996 Architect: Roger Rulewich Par – 72 Excitement Level – 8/12 Difficulty – 9/12 Design – Four and ½ stars (out of 7) Natural Setting – Four and ½ stars Conditioning – Six and ½ stars Cost – $135 Peak, $85 Off-Peak/Reduced Yearly memberships – No...

Summary of DC/Baltimore area public courses and Staten Island Chuck

Golfers don’t need Punxatawny Phil or Staten Island Chuck (NYC’s copycat groundhog) to tell them when to go play. DC and Baltimore area players are chomping at the bit now with this warm winter. Public golf in DC usually averages about $95, which as we all know is too steep. To maximize your golf dollars, here is a review of the best public courses in the DelMarVa...

Stonewall G.C in Virginia – a Jackson course at a Benjamin price

There is a goodly amount to like about Tom Jackson’s design at Stonewall, but once again golf course economics tend to detract and distract from an otherwise good performance by a designer. Jackson may have done the best work of his career here on the shores of Lake Manassas and in the shadow of the famous and very private Robert Trent Jones Club. Tee shots...

TOUR JOURNAL VOL.2 – AN I-95 TWO-PACK AND MORE ON FOOD

Right now the AWITP team is on 95-S in the teeth of a snowstorm. Not the greatest omen for golf, but as we have not yet reached VA, hopefully we’ll see 50s, maybe even 60s by journey’s end. I would shudder to think of trying to walk and play Tobacco Road in blowing 40 degree cold. The course would prove most cruel indeed. On such days, always remember that 40 and...

BULLE ROCK – HAVRE DE GRACE, MD – by Steve Czaban

Bulle Rock Worth Every Penny – by Steve Czaban 1. Play It Lucky enough to play Bulle Rock GC in Havre de Grace, Maryland on Thursday. Bulle Rock is phenomenal. It is knock your Foot Joys off, awesome. The conditioning of the course, has never been anything but at the Tour quality level. Period. I’ve played there about 5 or 6 times now, and it never disappoints, no...

LINKS AT HIAWATHA LANDING – APALACHIN, NY

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 Value: seven stars Overall: Six stars Cost – $45 peak, $23 reduced, $12...