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….
Designed in 1930 by Maurice McCarthy, Hershey Country Club West was once referred to as the golf capital of America. The first two head professionals of the Club happened to be two of golf’s greatest. Henry Picard became the head professional in 1934, and during his tenure won the both the Masters and the PGA Championship in 1939. His success contributed to the popularity of Hershey, which hosted the 1940 PGA Championship….
On the road less traveled, the wandering golfer often encounters the hidden gems of courses. As the weather forecast for March 7th predicted sun and sixty degrees for central Pennsylvania, our thoughts turned to what a friend termed “a great little club” and we set forth to play Williamsport Country Club, in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. Williamsport Country Club is an A.W. Tillinghast design and is a wonderful time capsule of golden age golf….
Oakmont Country Club is one of the most historic venues in all of golf. It has played host to eight U.S. Open’s, five U.S. Amateurs, three PGA Championships, two Women’s U.S. Opens and is set to host it’s next U.S. Open in 2016. Designed by Henry Clay Fownes in 1903, Oakmont Country Club features some of the most penal bunkers and undulating greens that you have ever seen. The Club is….
We’re off to Southern Florida on Thursday for a long weekend of golf. It’ll be our first trip of 2015, and we’re looking forward to escaping the winter weather here in the Northeast. We’ll be playing 72 holes in 3 days, with 36 on Saturday, all at Indian Creek Country Club in Surfside. It’s a classic William Flynn design in one of the more unique settings in golf. The course sits on the….
Rolling Rock Club in Ligonier, Pennsylvania remains the absolute embodiment of class and elegance as when Richard Beatty Mellon founded it in 1917. Rolling Rock is an hours drive from the Mellon’s home city of Pittsburgh, but the Club is world’s away. Secluded over 10,000 acres in the gorgeous Laurel Highlands of Western Pennsylvania, Rolling Rock has magnificent amenities in every element of the Club. Most notably, a lovely Clubhouse flanked….