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PLENTY OF BIRDIES AVAILABLE AT TPC HARDING PARK FOR THE 2020 PGA CHAMPIONSHIP

California golf conjures up fond reveries of golden sunshine, rhythmic waves lapping peacefully at rocky shorelines, and flagsticks snapping briskly in the breeze, silhouetted nobly against the blazing sunset… …just not at TPC Harding Park. Let’s see: Olympic Club, Meadow Club, California Golf Club of San Francisco, San Francisco Golf Club, Pebble Beach, both...

The 2020 PGA Championship – Glory’s First Shot in a Coronavirus World

DATELINE: A SECRET UNDERGROUND BUNKER, SOMEWHERE IN U.S.A. So a PGA Championship in August means this is Glory’s Last Shot, right? Not exactly. This season the PGA Championship is actually Glory’s First Shot. The Coronovirus kayoed world professional sports since March, leaving stadiums empty, athletes playing to pre-recorded crowd noise, and many events canceled...

U.S. Open Rewind – Father’s Day 2015 Jordan Spieth Wins at Chambers Bay

[Author’s Note: Continuing our rewind series, we celebrate Father’s Day with the letter from me to my Dad on Father’s day at the end of the tournament.] SPEECHLESS IN SEATTLE – DJ 3-JACKS HANDS 2015 U.S. OPEN TO JORDAN SPIETH [Editor’s Note: Bringing back an old favorite column, Jay writes this U.S. Open wrap-up in the form of a Father’s day...

NoCal Golf Volume 1, Where to Play when a Major Comes to Town

PEBBLE BEACH, CA – For the fourth consecutive day, June gloom hangs oppressively in the sky, so it’s no wonder golfers that prefer U.K. weather are doing so well on the leader board at the 119th U.S. Open at Pebble Beach. Hopefully, blue skies and golden sunshine will return just in time for you, dear reader, to hit the links yourself, before heading to the...

The Incomparable Lightness of Being Louis Oosthuizen

PEBBLE BEACH, CA – Louis Oosthuizen found the poem, the song, the fragrance that is Pebble Beach Golf Links so irresistible, he had to stop and take some pictures. “I was out there, probably looked like a tourist taking all the pictures on my phone and forgot I was playing a practice round. But, yeah, that’s what this place does to you,” he explained candidly...

The 1977 PGA Championship at Pebble Beach – Ridiculousness and Sublimity Served a Twist

PEBBLE BEACH, CA – With all the pomp and circumstance of the U.S. Open’s long and storied history at Pebble Beach, as well as the course’s glorious 100th anniversary, it’s easy to forget that the PGA Championship also was contested by the shores of Carmel Bay, and that it gave us as zany, wild, and dramatic a major as it has at many of its U.S. Opens. First came the...

The 2019 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach Will be Won or Lost on These Holes

PEBBLE BEACH, CA – It’s called June Gloom, that cold, grey mist that descends upon Monterey Peninsula that turns the otherwise green and golden Pebble Beach into a scene out of Hound of the Baskervilles. Under this chilly blanket of clouds, it’s easier to understand how our beloved Pebble, perhaps the shortest of America’s informal rotation of national championship...

Streamsong, Wine Valley, Brookside Headline 2019 U.S. Open Sectional Qualifying Sites

The USGA announced a dozen courses to host sectional qualifying for the 2019 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach. While the most groundbreaking part of the announcement was the revealing of the first ever Canadian venue, Rattlesnake Point Golf Club (Copperhead and Sidewinder Courses), Milton, Ontario, the courses that arouse the interest of well-traveled American golfers...

Top 10 Things Not to say to ESPN’s Michael Collins in a Pro-Am

Having been, at various times, both the celebrity in the pro am as well as a player, I can attest to the bedlam, mayhem, and chaos a pro am round can devolve to. I once watched a guy playing in a pro-am in Jamaica smack a stone tee marker in front of him, (a giant tiki…decorative and festive, but bad idea for a tee marker) and had the ball catapult into the...

Golf Course Trades Publishes my Poppy Hills Article

My first Golf Course Trades article is up! It’s my review of the architectural and agronomic changes to Poppy Hills, the great RTJ, Jr. course on the Monterey Peninsula that shares hosting duties with Pebble Beach, Monterey Peninsula Country Club, and Spyglass Hill. You can click on the entire article here. Here’s a teaser: “Pine Valley’s playing...

Speechless in Seattle – Dustin Johnson’s Inexplicable 3-putt Hands Chambers Bay U.S. Open to Jordan Spieth

[Editor’s Note: Bringing back an old favorite column, Jay writes this U.S. Open wrap-up in the form of a Father’s day letter to his 91-year old Dad.] SNOQUALMIE, WA – Dear Dad: For the 11th year in a row, because of the U.S. Open I’ll miss seeing you for Father’s Day. I’m really sorry for that, and I wish it were different. The tradition of the tournament...

Modern Course, Modern Leaderboard – New Generation’s Biggest Names Rise at Chambers Bay U.S. Open

UNIVERSITY PLACE – “It’s too brown! It’s too bumpy! It’s too British!” they moan plaintively. Yes, the whiny blockheads are out in force this year, as they usually are at the U.S. Open, complaining about how unusual golf’s annual Final Examination is. It’s actually flabbergasting: They’re not complaining about how difficult the golf course is…but how different it is...

Architects Robert Trent Jones, Jr., Bruce Charlton Discuss the Mercurial Swings of Chambers Bay

UNIVERSITY PLACE, WA – Chambers Bay Co-architect Bruce Charlton smiles and claps his hands as a stat appears on the TV broadcast of the U.S. Open listing the brutish, uphill, 508-yard, par-4 seventh hole as the hardest hole on the golf course thus far in the tournament, a 4.43 stroke average as we go to press. “We wanted there to be swing holes. We wanted the...