Thanks to all of the new social media outlets, mainly Snapchat, it’s easy to keep up with many of the younger PGA Tour players. The world started to take notice when Rickie Fowler, Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas and Smylie Kaufman shared their spring break trip to Bakers Bay. Ever since, the golf world has taken notice that these guys share a lot of what they do on a day-to-day basis….
In March of 1969, the golf development visionary E. Llwyd Eccelstone acquired 3,200 acres just north of Vero beach proper that encompassed a vast swath of beachfront, Indian Riverfront and over a thousand acres of wetlands. Despite Vero’s old Florida feel that was literally and figuratively miles from Miami and the Palm Beaches, Eccelstone’s trailblazing work at Lost Tree Village in North Palm gave instant credibility to the John’s Island….
While playing Forsgate Country Club a few years ago, we first discovered the amazing ‘Horseshoe Green’ design that resembles a crater-like shape in the middle of the green. Charles Banks incorporated the horseshoe green design on the 12th green at Forsgate, a version of the famous “Short” design found on many C.B. MacDonald and Seth Raynor layouts. Recently, we discovered a photo of the original 18th green (above) at the Greenbrier’s….
Three Nines, Three Renowned Designers Alexander H. Findlay is known as the Father of American Golf. Robert Trent Jones is the most prolific golf architect of the post-World War II era. Edmund Ault was one of the most respected golf architects in the ASGCA and had the distinction of being a top amateur golfer of his era. At Centre Hills Country Club, all three of these remarkable golf course designers came together to contribute….
Just as the Electric and Diamond City monikers do not readily reveal the identity of the underlying locales, these sister cities golf courses are well below the radar screen. To illustrate, who could guess that the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton area of northeastern Pennsylvania boasts wonderful golf courses designed by A.W. Tillinghast, Donald Ross and Walter Travis. In addition, these communities have added the highly regarded modern designs at Huntsville G.C. and Glenmaura….
White Manor Country Club is one of greater Philadelphia’s finest courses and certainly the least known of the city’s rich golf lineup. Situated in the magnificent Radnor Hunt country in Chester County, White Manor traverses rolling terrain with ever stimulating routing. The design credit is attributed to Bobby Weed as a result of his 2005 renovation of the original course and its terrific track. The front nine has three wonderful….
Located only a few miles outside of New York City lies Baltusrol Golf Club, a place where many of golf’s greats have won major championships throughout the last century. Baltusrol does not have just one major championship caliber course, it has two. The Lower course and the Upper Course, though the Lower is where all of the major’s have been held. We were fortunate enough to play both courses: a….
A Rare Convergence of a Golden Age Golf Course, World Class Renaissance Gardens and Titan of Industry Mansion As is often the case with the undertaking of research on American Industrial Age titans such as Charles M. Schwab, many incredible branches of historical significance are revealed. In the case of Charles Schwab, the investigation of Immergrün, his 44 room, 1,000 acre “summer estate”, produced many fascinating threads of remarkable landscape and….