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Remembering Pete and Alice Dye on the Occasion of a Course Hosting Their First Posthumous Major Championship

I had to hold back a teardrop or two as I wrote the ledes for my PGA Championship previews this year. This week’s tournament at Kiawah Island’s Ocean Course marks the first time a Pete Dye designed course has hosted a major golf championship since the great man passed away in January of 2020. And although the golf world rejoices at our collective slow but, steady...

The Roar-y Returns, McIlroy Seeks Another Major at Kiawah Island’s Ocean Course

We were having a fine run-up to this, the 103rd PGA Championship, even before Rory McIlroy’s TaylorMade TP5x golf ball tumbled into the cup at the 72nd hole of the Quail Hollow Championship two weeks ago. Nearly all of golf’s young gun stars and marquis names had won since the turn of the year:  Bryson Dechambeau, Patrick Reed, Justin Thomas, Jordan Spieth, Brooks...

Twisting in the Wind – Kiawah Island’s Ocean Course Should Produce Mercurial Scoreboard

KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. – Dappled sunshine off the lapping ocean waves or a howling gale bending flagsticks to their near-breaking point? Which Kiawah Island Ocean Course will we see for the 2021 PGA Championship? The windless one that surrendered a winning score of 22-under to Colin Montgomerie at the 1997 World Cup (and Alex Cejka and Per-Ulrik Johansson shot 63 and 64...

Odds to Win the 2021 PGA Championship

We’ll be reporting all week with 2x daily reports starting Tuesday from the PGA Championship for Golf News Net. In the meantime, he are the odds to win the 2021 PGA at Kiawah Island’s Ocean Course: Rory McIlroy +1000 10/1 Jon Rahm +1200 12/1 Justin Thomas +1200 12/1 Dustin Johnson +1200 12/1 Jordan Spieth +1400 14/1 Bryson DeChambeau +1400 14/1 Brooks...

The Indie Files: Greek Peak Poised for Indypass Breakthrough

CORTLAND, NY – Sadly, I’ll never get to say, “I’ll take Mythology for a thousand please, Alex,” (as Jeopardy’s long-time host has now gone to that Great Game Show in the Sky), but I would have run the category. Western Civ is a long suit of mine, and still the best way to educate young minds about philosophy, history, civics, and yes, writing. So it was with...

Golf Course Trades Runs my Copake Country Club Article

It was an absolute joy to return to Albany area’s Copake Country Club this summer. As usual the Golf Course Trades team did a fabulous job in both print and on line. From the article: “When you stand atop the 12th tee of Copake Country Club on an early fall day, the entire valley around you blazes with glory: burning vermillion, fiery orange, shimmering...

Border War! Vermont vs. New Hampshire Skiing Part 5 – Mount Snow

Border War! Vermont vs. New Hampshire Skiing Part 5 – Mount Snow —by Jay Flemma Special to Slave to the Traffic Light Adventure Magazine— DOVER, VT – If Smugglers’ Notch is “America’s Family Resort,” then Mount Snow is Party Central. 3-1/2 hours drive from Manhattan, 2-1/2 hours from Boston, and just over 1-1/2 hours from Hartford, everybody – and I mean everybody...

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...

Border War! Vermont vs. New Hampshire Skiing Part 4 – Attitash Mountain

Border War! Vermont vs. New Hampshire Skiing Part 4 – Attitash —by Jay Flemma Special to Slave to the Traffic Light Adventure Magazine— BARTLETT, NH – Oh sweet, sweet justice! For once this east coaster was in the right place at the right time; for once, I caught the sick powder where and when it happened. Hallelujah! It could not have worked out more perfectly: get...

Everyone Loves Shinnecock Hills, and You Will Too

SOUTHAMPTON, NY – My colleague and friend Mike Vaccaro, a sparkling gem of the New York Post sports writing diadem, likes to collect datelines. I remember he was especially proud of “Beijing,” but lamented publicly that it couldn’t be “Peking” instead. Mike and I met writing the dateline “Mamaroneck” in 2006 at Winged Foot, and together we watched Phil Mickeson fall...