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Spring Tour Unveiled!

Once again the tour bus will be revving, the keyboard will be clicking, and we’ll be bringing you the best travel destinations, along with pro tour and NCAA coverage all spring and summer long.  The first stops will be in Georgia to coincide with the Masters and the Golf Writers Association of America events.  We’ll be live from not only Augusta, but...

USGA Announces Chambers Bay to Host 2015 U.S. Open, 2010 Amateur

The United States Golf Association has announced that it has awarded the 2015 U.S. Open Championship to Chambers Bay, the spectacular municipal links course located on the scenic lower Puget Sound in University Place, Wash.             The USGA also announced that Chambers Bay, designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr. and Bruce Charleton, will play host to the U.S. Amateur...

Reads of the Day – Scot Duke on We-Ko-Pa, Czaban on the (candy) BCS

I’m going to introduce everyone to a great filmmaker and playright named George Larkin tomorrow, but today two quick hits. First, I sent Scot Duke of Business Golf fame to We-ko-pa G.C. in Scottsdale.  He played Scott Miller’s Cholla Course.  For those of you scoring at home, Coore and Crenshaw did the newer Saguaro Course. Here’s Scot’s...

Fall Tour Dates – Black Mesa, Baltimore C.C. and Philly Cricket Club again

The end of the PGA TOUR season means that the remainder of the year will be spent reviewing more courses. First, the team here at AWITP will join forces with Tony Korologos of Hooked on Golf Blog and The Golf Space for a three day event at fabled Black Mesa Golf Club, which I reviewed in this piece for Golf Observer. Black Mesa is one of the three most important...

Photos in Black Mesa piece are all by Mike Nuzzo!

We’ll make the correction on the article shortly, but I noticed while reading my Black Mesa piece at Golf Observer that the photos bear my name, not Mike Nuzzo’s.  Those are Mike’s pictures.  On the day I played – as the article says – it snowed bricks and bats. As soon as my editor gets back from Europe, he’ll get on it. AND NO...

Fall Tour 2006 – Golf in Colorado, Nebraska, Indiana, Thank you to lifesavers

Here’s the breakdown for the Fall tour. I’ll be reporting live from three different areas of our great golf nation. Part 1: Denver – Red Hawk Ridge, Pradera, Fossil Trace – The “Jim Engh” leg of the tour. Happily, he’s been building in a more expansive area of the country now, so people are getting to see his work. His design...

Jim Engh breaks down Xs and Os of Redlands Mesa in Colorado

The first part of my article on Redlands is here. Below, you’ll find the UPDATED star system ratings, based on the SEVEN star system. Most of Engh’s unique design elements are present at Redlands. His trademark squiggly muscle bunkers are placed “randomly” – i.e. where the land accepts them, not at any specific distance from the tee. Moreover, they are...

Redlands Mesa G.C., Grand Junction Colorado – How a great routing and interesting green designs improves and already great setting

THE GOLF CLUB at REDLANDS MESA 2325 West Ridges Boulevard Grand Junction, CO 81503 970.263.9270 www.redlandsmesa.com Architect: Jim Engh Par – 72 Excitement Level – 11/12 Difficulty – 6/12 Conditioning – Four and 1/2 stars Cost – $75 Peak Yearly memberships – No Value – Five stars Overall rating – Four and ½ stars Tees Yards Rating Slope Monument 7007 71...

The incredible story of Fossil Trace Golf Club, Golden Colorado

FOSSIL TRACE GOLF CLUB 3050 Illinois St. Golden, CO 303.277.8750 www.fossiltrace.com Architect: Jim Engh Par – 72 Excitement Level – 11/12 Diff. – 7/12 Design:  five and 1/2 stars (all ratings 0ut of seven) Natural Setting:  5.5 Conditioning – Five and ½ stars Cost – $60 Value – Six stars Overall – Five and ½ stars Tees Yards Rating Slope Black 6831 71.8...

Where to stay in Colorado for your golf trip

In Western Colorado, the Hamton Inn in Glenwood Springs in not only convenient to Lakota Canyon Ranch and Redlands Mesa, they are walking distance from the natural hot springs spa that is open tothe public year round. Ask for Edie Dutton or Becky. Rates are very reasonable, the hotel has all the basic amenities and a wide variety of excellent and affordable...

Pacific Dunes – Bandon Oregon

PACIFIC DUNES GOLF COURSE Round Lake Drive Bandon, OR 888.345.6008 www.bandondunesgolf.com Architect: Tom Doak Par 71 Excitement Level – 12/12 Difficulty – 9/12 Conditioning – ***** Cost – $200 peak, $60 reduced Value – ***** Tees Yards Rating Slope Tournament 6557 72.9 133 Regular 6174 70.9 131 Resort 5799 69.3 125 Forward 5101 71.1 131 It’s all...