Courses The Old Course at St. Andrews

The Old Course at St. Andrews

The Old Course at St. Andrews is a course we all aspire to play at least once in our lifetime. I always knew I’d take the trip someday, and that day came when a business trip to London was put on my calendar in early April. Immediately, I decided I’d look into traveling to Scotland in …

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Latest Posts Ray Beaufils: PNG Open Recap

Ray Beaufils: PNG Open Recap

I have played in some amazing destinations but once landing in Papua New Guinea, its understandable to have mixed emotions. One side you’re a little concerned about the unknown (your safety) the other is letting yourself settle into the untouched by our modern privileges that we all take for granted. The jump across the pacific …

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Latest Posts Ray Beaufils: Towel back on the Rack

Ray Beaufils: Towel back on the Rack

After throwing the towel in and being adamant that I would never be back, I have decided to get back to playing professional golf 6 months later. At the time it was a decision that I had thought long and hard about as I wasn’t enjoying what it meant to be a professional golfer but I now know that you …

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Latest Posts The Bob Goalby of the LPGA: So Yeon Ryu

The Bob Goalby of the LPGA: So Yeon Ryu

As is appropriate during Masters week, we have a major champion who solely benefited from a rules infraction to win such a major. In this instance, it is So Yeon Ryu who made up four strokes on leader Lexi Thompson without either player playing a single shot. Naturally, that didn’t stop Ms. Ryu from jumping …

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Latest Posts Welcome to the Masters 2017

Welcome to the Masters 2017

The 2017 Masters is underway, and we’re excited to give you a unique preview ahead of this year’s event. To begin, we’re going to highlight some of the fascinating historical photos of Augusta National Golf Club and continue to share interesting facts as the week goes on. Finally we’ll conclude by taking a look at favorites …

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Latest Posts Planning your visit to The Masters

Planning your visit to The Masters

If you’re lucky enough to get your hands on a ticket to The Masters, congratulations. Its an honor to be part of the action at Augusta National and its a lot of fun to plan your visit to golf’s most prestigious event. While the Masters website is a great resource, we also have put together …

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On Tour Grayson Murray calls out DeChambeau for WD

Grayson Murray calls out DeChambeau for WD

Rookie PGA Tour player Grayson Murray took to Twitter this past weekend, calling out Genesis Open sponsor invitee Bryson DeChambeau for withdrawing after 28 holes. DeChambeau fired a 73 in the first round before withdrawing from the event 10 holes later. Hey @PGATOUR there should be a rule if you get a sponsor invite and …

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Latest Posts Making the Cut: Surviving golf’s ‘Developmental Tour’

Making the Cut: Surviving golf’s ‘Developmental Tour’

While we watch the elite group of top players compete on the PGA Tour every week, it can be easy to overlook the thousands of professionals fighting for their chance to make it to the big stage. Anymore, surviving golf’s ‘developmental tour’ has been made exponentially more difficult. The PGA Tour not only has changed …

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Courses San Francisco Golf Club

San Francisco Golf Club

Tucked away off a major interstate down a back road in San Francisco sits one of the most historic golf courses that we have today. If you’re not careful you can easily drive past it. San Francisco Golf Club founded in 1915 by A.W. Tillinghast is one of the most exclusive courses west of the …

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Latest Posts Q&A: A look inside the Golf Junk Drawer

Q&A: A look inside the Golf Junk Drawer

One thing every golfer can relate to is the pile of miscellaneous scorecards, tees, ball markers and divot repair tools that accumulate after each round we play. To us, these items are precious commodities that can always be put to use in the next round we play. The result being: a pile of golf “junk” …

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Courses Philadelphia Cricket Club (Wissahickon)

Philadelphia Cricket Club (Wissahickon)

Founded in 1854, the Philadelphia Cricket Club holds the unique distinction of being the oldest country club in America. As the name suggests, the club was founded by a group of students from the University of Pennsylvania with the intent of continuing their cricket pursuits post-graduation. While cricket remained a focus of the club through …

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Architecture Best New Courses in 2016 Feature Common Theme

Best New Courses in 2016 Feature Common Theme

The December issue of Golf Digest discussed the similarities between newly designed courses Bluejack National (Tiger Woods) and The Loop at Forest Dunes (Tom Doak). The overarching theme was that they are designed to better accommodate all classes of golfers, getting back back to the fundamentals of golf architecture in the golden age. Donald Ross was a …

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Courses Oakland Hills Country Club (South)

Oakland Hills Country Club (South)

The South Course at Oakland Hills Country Club has played a pivotal role in the history of the game of golf. Not only is it one of the most historic championship golf venues in the world, but it is also an interesting study in the evolution of golf architecture. Donald Ross designed the course in …

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Courses Pittsburgh Field Club

Pittsburgh Field Club

  Pittsburgh Field Club is located in the Fox Chapel suburb of Pittsburgh right next door to Fox Chapel Golf Club. One of the oldest country clubs in Pittsburgh, PFC was founded in 1892. The original Club was located in Homewood adjacent to the Frick Mansion until 1922 when Donald Ross was hired to build …

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Courses Eugene Country Club and Bandon Dunes

Eugene Country Club and Bandon Dunes

First the superlatives; Oregon is a stunningly beautiful State and we have only covered Portland, the Columbia River Valley, Mount Hood, Bend, Eugene and parts west to Bandon Dunes Eugene Country Club is a wonderful place and golf course. Friendly, welcoming staff and Members combined with playing behind the Oregon Men’s team and in front …

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Latest Posts Social Corner: Fowler, Thomas & Kaufman take Oakmont

Social Corner: Fowler, Thomas & Kaufman take Oakmont

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 …

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Courses The Vero Beach Golf Scene

The Vero Beach Golf Scene

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 …

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Architecture The Horseshoe Green

The Horseshoe Green

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 …

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Courses Hershey Country Club (West)

Hershey Country Club (West)

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 …

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Latest Posts Spieth on Feherty

Spieth on Feherty

David Feherty’s popular golf channel show got a nice makeover since officially becoming part of NBC, including a fresh new set and a live audience. Top it off, his first interview as part of NBC was with golf’s hottest superstar Jordan Spieth. The first segment, which will be followed up next Monday with Part 2, …

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Courses Los Angeles Country Club (North)

Los Angeles Country Club (North)

We were lucky enough to start our 2016 golf season at Los Angeles Country Club’s North Course on what was now our third trip to Los Angeles since starting ROP in 2011. In 2012 we played Riviera Country Club; in 2014 we played Bel-Air Country Club, and having played LACC North in 2006, it was great …

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Architecture Modern Golf: Making Courses More Playable

Modern Golf: Making Courses More Playable

A recent discussion on the Golf Club Atlas discussion board by Ran Morrisett featured the changes at Olympia Fields North course that resulted in a more playable course featuring a set of tees just under 6,000 yards, bunker removal in front of greens, and less of a need for water. The purpose of the discussion was to highlight the …

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Articles Planning a Successful Golf Trip: 10 Keys to Success

Planning a Successful Golf Trip: 10 Keys to Success

The planning and execution of a successful golf trip relies on a variety of factors, making it a difficult art to master. Many articles have been published on the topic, one of the best being a Golf Digest article by Bob Carney and the Editors at Golf Digest titled “Pretend it’s Scotland, and other secrets to a Successful …

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Courses Rolling Rock Club – Time Stands Still

Rolling Rock Club – Time Stands Still

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 …

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Courses National Golf Links of America

National Golf Links of America

Charles Blair MacDonald founded National Golf Links of America in 1908 after careful study of the golf courses of the British Isles. He then set out to build a world class golf course in the United States, and with the help of engineer Seth Raynor, was able to incorporate many of the famous design features from …

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Equipment SwingTalk Golf – Swing Analyzer in Action

SwingTalk Golf – Swing Analyzer in Action

GOLFZON SwingTalk is a golf swing analyzer that helps golfers gain a better understanding about how they are swinging and what they can do to improve their game. The tool is easy to set up and practice with, and it provides instant results via voice feedback as soon as you hit a shot. The key …

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Courses Old Elm Club: Exploring Chicago’s Ultimate Hidden Gem

Old Elm Club: Exploring Chicago’s Ultimate Hidden Gem

Old Elm Club in Highland Park, IL is a top flight hidden gem. Having undergone a meticulous and thoroughly informed restoration at the hands of J. Drew Rogers, ASGCA, Old Elm is an unmitigated delight. Superb routing, interesting sight lines, wide corridors crossed and flanked by craggly bunkers and wonderful conditioning culminate in an overall …

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European Tour A look at the Open Championship – Is it Jordan Spieth’s to lose?

A look at the Open Championship – Is it Jordan Spieth’s to lose?

The 144th edition of the Open Championship is set to get under way on July 16th and will be held at St. Andrews for the first time since 2010. The event, which is the third major of the golfing calendar, will be incredibly competitive and there are a number of high-profile players who will fancy their chances …

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On Tour Five St. Andrews holes to Fear

Five St. Andrews holes to Fear

This year’s Open is being held at one of the most famous and iconic golf courses in the world as St Andrews stages the tournament for the 29th time between July 16 and 19. The world’s top two – Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth – dominate the betting for The Open, especially as they currently …

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Courses Longue Vue Club

Longue Vue Club

Longue Vue Club is a classic Golden Age course that adds to the impressive list of golf courses in the Greater Pittsburgh Area. The historic club is comprised of a world famous clubhouse designed by Benno Janssen, and a Golden Age golf course designed by Robert White. The golf course winds it’s way through the …

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Courses Photos: The Masters 2015

Photos: The Masters 2015

We were fortunate enough to spend a couple days at Augusta National Golf Club last week to check out this year’s Masters tournament and explore the golf course. Below are some pictures from Wednesday’s practice round and par-3 contest. Stay tuned for a full article about our day and a list of the best vantage points at Augusta …

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Courses Pablo Creek Golf Club: A Course Created with a Broad Vision

Pablo Creek Golf Club: A Course Created with a Broad Vision

The notion of building golf courses in remote areas free of real estate subdivisions and unnatural intrusions has been the most welcomed concept in the modern age of the sport with such bold designs as Sand Hills, Bandon Dunes, Sutton Bay, Bully Pulpit and, more recently, Streamsong. On a much more discreet level, clubs have …

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Architecture Reinventing the Blue Monster at Trump Doral

Reinventing the Blue Monster at Trump Doral

The severity of the Blue Monster was elevated recently, when Donald Trump purchased the Doral Resort and hired notable course architect Gil Hanse to redesign the course. Hanse changed many holes dramatically by adding length, moving and reshaping greens and placing bunkers in strategic locations. The result: the second hardest course on the PGA Tour. …

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Courses Courses Added to the Playlist in 2014

Courses Added to the Playlist in 2014

Although I have traveled farther and wider in past years and played many more courses new to my life list, 2014 was a year that featured tremendous diversity and interesting travelogues. New to my course list (I don’t really maintain a list) were; 1. Danville Golf Club, Danville, Va. – A 1916 Donald Ross Design …

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Courses Winter Escape to Indian Creek

Winter Escape to Indian Creek

There are certain aspects of great golf experiences that make them more memorable than others. Typically a unique setting, good conditions, a variety of shots and good company make for an optimal experience. This past weekend, we were fortunate enough to cover all of these aspects and more as we walked the fairways of Indian Creek Country Club in …

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Courses Upcoming Trip: Indian Creek

Upcoming Trip: Indian Creek

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 …

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Latest Posts Waste Management Phoenix Open

Waste Management Phoenix Open

It’s that time of the year again when golf fans get to act like football fans at the Phoenix Open, and this year they have even more of an excuse. As you probably know, the Phoenix Open has built a reputation as the loudest event of the PGA Tour season with it’s arena like grandstands …

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Health & Fitness Why You Should Be Taking a Daily Essential Nutrient Pack

Why You Should Be Taking a Daily Essential Nutrient Pack

Have you ever wondered if you were getting enough nutrients so that your fine-tuned-machine of a body is running optimally? Well, according to recent studies, chances are that you aren’t.  According to a 2011 study, 9 out of 10 (90%) of Americans are not getting enough essential nutrients in their diet!  We’ve all heard of …

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European Tour Koepka breaks through with Victory in Turkey

Koepka breaks through with Victory in Turkey

Brooks Koepka fired a final round 65 to edge Ian Poulter by one shot to win his first career European Tour event and biggest professional event of his career, jolting him into the top 35 in the world rankings. The win secures him starts in all four majors and World Golf Championships, which will give …

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Health & Fitness Give Your Immune System A Boost This Winter!

Give Your Immune System A Boost This Winter!

With the leaves still changing, Halloween has come and gone, and Thanksgiving quickly approaching, most people are still in “pumpkin everything” mode. This season is not only notorious for pumpkin-scented candles, pumpkin lattes, and last minute Halloween costume shopping, it is also the beginning of flu season!  Although the flu season doesn’t peak until about February, …

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Courses Twisted Dune Golf Club – A Jersey Jem

Twisted Dune Golf Club – A Jersey Jem

Twisted Dune Golf Club is a wonderful course full of little pleasures with conditions comparable or exceeding that of any private club. The biggest surprise in playing Twisted Dune is that the course feels and looks natural and the design and routing match the surrounding environment. The “Dune” does not give the impression of massive …

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Courses Rustic Canyon Golf Club

Rustic Canyon Golf Club

Located just north of Los Angeles in Moorpark, CA, Rustic Canyon Golf Club is a top-tier public course designed by Gil Hanse. Just as the name insinuates, the course is located in a large canyon with holes climbing through the hillside. The routing makes strategic use of the unique landscape, providing an enjoyable experience with …

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Health & Fitness Increase Swing Speed and Protect Your Back: Part III

Increase Swing Speed and Protect Your Back: Part III

To finalize the Increase Swing Speed and Protect Your Back Series, we will discuss the how to increase your flexibility to complete the swing speed trifecta.  With flexibility, you will be able to channel your improvements in balance and core strength much easier, allowing you to generate that club head speed you’re looking for! Why …

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Equipment Callaway Apex Pro Irons

Callaway Apex Pro Irons

When giving credit where credit is due, the Callaway Apex Pro Irons have been outperforming all year long.  Dominating the 2014 Golf Digest Hot List, these irons received rave reviews and 5-star ratings in performance, innovation, look, sound, and feel.  In addition, they continued to see their popularity grow throughout the past PGA Tour season. …

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Equipment Nike Vapor Driver Family

Nike Vapor Driver Family

Nike just took a step in the right direction by creating the new Vapor Driver series.  Earlier this fall for the Ryder Cup, Rory McIlroy decided to put the Vapor Pro Driver into play, deciding against continuing with the Covert VRS 2.0 Tour Driver that he has been having so much success with.  With his …

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Health & Fitness Increase Swing Speed and Protect Your Back: Part II

Increase Swing Speed and Protect Your Back: Part II

Last week, we talked about the first step to killing it off the tee: Balance.  Balance is what keeps you anchored to the ground, but it also lets you use your core strength and power muscles to generate enough torque to get the clubhead moving faster. But what if you still feel that you aren’t …

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Health & Fitness Increase Swing Speed and Protect Your Back: Part I

Increase Swing Speed and Protect Your Back: Part I

Part I of III: Most amateur golfers are always trying to find ways to hit the ball further.  Whether its through trying different training equipment, changing their grip or swing path, taking lessons, or simply swinging harder, golfers are obsessed by how far they hit the ball.  What most golfers do not know, however, is …

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Equipment Which Ball is Best for Your Game?

Which Ball is Best for Your Game?

Ever wonder if the type of golf ball you play will realistically have an impact on your golf game?  To some extent, playing random golf balls each time you play will indeed have effect on your consistency when trying to be as accurate as possible.  Each golf ball brand has its own method of constructing …

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Health & Fitness Electrolytes: The Key to Avoiding Water Hazards

Electrolytes: The Key to Avoiding Water Hazards

Most people know that sports drinks, like Gatorade or Powerade, are a good source of electrolytes, but do you think many people know what an electrolyte really is?  Taking some time to learn more about what it is these important minerals are can benefit you while you’re on the golf course and in your daily …

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Courses Mid Ocean Club

Mid Ocean Club

Mid Ocean Club is a classic Golden Age golf course designed by the great Charles Blair MacDonald in 1921. Located in Tucker Town, Bermuda, the course is situated on some of the most scenic property on the entire island, featuring famous design elements such as the Biarritz, Redan, Cape and Eden. C.B. MacDonald showed his …

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Health & Fitness Getting Enough Vitamin D?

Getting Enough Vitamin D?

Still rockin’ that golfer’s tan? Not for long!  Up in the Northeast, the golf season is starting to wind down.  Temperatures are dropping, especially overnight, and the days are getting shorter.  As summer turns to fall, the avid golfer will turn to his cold weather gear in order to keep his game in shape throughout …

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Equipment PING G30 Series

PING G30 Series

On July 3, 2014, PING released its newest series of woods that include a number of noticeable new features.  If you have the chance to take these new guys for a test drive, you will notice significant changes in technology with this most up-to-date PING series out on the market. To begin, the newest PING …

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Latest Posts Horschel Wins Big

Horschel Wins Big

Billy Horschel just cashed in big.  For a player whose career earnings were $4.5 million coming into this year, he just cashed in on the biggest payday of his life for a well-deserved $11.44 million, $10 million alone for the FedEx Cup bonus. He chose a great time to find his groove over this past …

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Health & Fitness Fighting Late Round Fatigue?

Fighting Late Round Fatigue?

A new feature to ROP is the addition of nutritional, exercise, and overall health and wellness advice.  Each week under the Health and Fitness column, I will be posting solutions to the above categories that I have come across when working with patients and will share these solutions with you. Fighting Late-Round Fatigue? Try This …

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Top 100 Bethpage Black

Bethpage Black

Designed in 1936 by renowned architect A.W. Tillinghast and renovated in 2008 by Rees Jones and Greg Muirhead, The Black Course has one of the highest slope ratings in the northeast. Although all Bethpage courses are open to the public, The Black Course has hosted the 2002 and 2009 U.S. Open, and in 2012 The Barclay’s. In …

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Courses Streamsong Resort

Streamsong Resort

Out beyond the glitter of theme parks and the sprawl of Orlando lies Streamsong Resort. A night time arrival at Streamsong is quite surreal as the only landmarks are a massive dragline mining phosphates and locomotives hauling its spoils. Streamsong rises out of the primordial back country of an unfamiliar Florida. The Lodge bursts forth …

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Articles Seminole Pro Member, The Year’s first Major

Seminole Pro Member, The Year’s first Major

The Seminole Pro Member gets underway this morning at Seminole Golf Club, perhaps the best event on the Florida swing. It’s a tournament and venue each with a history as rich as any major championship. Dating back to 1937, Seminole Golf Club has put together this one of a kind event that includes past champions …

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Courses The Melbourne Sandbelt & Victorian Peninsula

The Melbourne Sandbelt & Victorian Peninsula

The Victorian Open concluded Sunday on the Australasian PGA Tour, bringing back memories of my trip to the Melbourne Sandbelt Region in 2004 for the Australian Junior Championship. The event was held at Barwon Heads Golf Club, which neighbors the Victorian Open venue, 13th Beach. It was my first exposure to a true links course, …

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Articles Jason Day outlasts Dubuisson to win Match Play

Jason Day outlasts Dubuisson to win Match Play

Despite the magic touch of Frenchman Victor Dubuisson in the final match of the WGC Accenture Match Play Championship, Jason Day stayed patient and weathered the storm to outlast Dubuisson, winning his second career PGA Tour Event and first World Golf Championship. The win moves him up to fourth in the Official World Golf Rankings, …

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Equipment 2014 TaylorMade Tour Preferred Irons

2014 TaylorMade Tour Preferred Irons

TaylorMade Golf has created quite the buzz around all of their new offerings, and the commitment to game improvement has become quite clear. So much so that you may think that all they make are drivers (They rolled out six new models of drivers in 2013). But despite their focus on offerings for higher handicappers, …

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Architecture From Adrian to Zeeland – Michigan’s Wonderfully Diverse Golf Experiences

From Adrian to Zeeland – Michigan’s Wonderfully Diverse Golf Experiences

Despite Michigan’s wicked winters and foreboding tales of disasters on the Great Lakes, the state boasts quite an amazing array of superb golf courses. The diversity of Michigan’s courses is evident with such haughty clubs as Crystal Downs, Oakland Hills or Bloomfield Hills across the golf universe to public access wonders Belvedere, Forest Akers and …

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On Tour Pebble Beach Pro-Am presents unique opportunity

Pebble Beach Pro-Am presents unique opportunity

Many of the most successful business executives, actors and athletes will be teeing it up this week alongside the tour pros at this week’s Pebble Beach Pro-am, one of the special events held on the PGA Tour. It’s an event that combines important elements when it comes to the success and growth of the PGA …

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Courses East Lake Golf Club

East Lake Golf Club

We set off for Atlanta last week for a couple days of golf and music, both of which we did very well at. We even managed to fit in a visit to the Oakland Cemetery to complete our journey through Bobby Jones’ storied career by visiting his grave. Despite the deep freeze that the US …

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On Tour USGA Seeks Solutions to Slow Play

USGA Seeks Solutions to Slow Play

There is only one thing that can discourage even the most passionate golfers from playing the game: slow play. Waiting on tee boxes, multiple groups on one hole, and people hitting into each other are all common themes when playing a slow round. With high demand for tee times during peak seasons at and a …

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Courses Cabot Links

Cabot Links

On a crisp and clear late September morning, we departed State College, PA in route to our ultimate destination, Inverness, Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia. We knew the trip was going to be something really special when we touched down at Gate F – 19 at the Philadelphia Airport and discovered that our flight to …

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European Tour Help For Heroes Super Six – Your Chance to play with a European Superstar

Help For Heroes Super Six – Your Chance to play with a European Superstar

Your Golf Travel is hosting a great event for a good cause that will benefit charity and will give six lucky participants a chance to play with current stars on the European Tour. For just a £2 donation, your name will be entered into the drawing to win one of six golf experiences that will …

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Courses Canyata Golf Club

Canyata Golf Club

Without question, Canyata Golf Club was the most incredible days of golf I’ve ever had. It’s almost impossible to explain the unique experience. Nothing could have prepared me for Canyata. First of all, nobody knows anything about it, and nobody knows where it is. There are no members. There are no people. There is no …

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Courses Fox Chapel Golf Club

Fox Chapel Golf Club

Fox Chapel Golf Club is a Golden Age gem designed in 1923 by one of golf’s greatest architects, Seth Raynor.  It has played host to a number of championship events including the 1985 US Womens Open, the 2002 Curtis Cup and most recently the Senior Players Championship among others. The course is held in high regard by many of …

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On Tour How Should We View Tiger’s Season?

How Should We View Tiger’s Season?

Somehow lost in the constant coverage of Tiger Woods this season – the constant speculation of whether or not he’d win a Major, of whether one should bet on him or the field for each and every tournament, etc. – is that Woods has just put together one of the most interesting seasons of golf …

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On Tour The Web.com Tour Finals – A Step in the Right Direction

The Web.com Tour Finals – A Step in the Right Direction

The inaugural Web.com Tour finals got underway last week, as Trevor Immelman sank a 25-foot birdie putt to win the Hotel Fitness Championship. The 2008 Masters Champion has fallen outside of the top 125 on the PGA Tour, and with his 5 year exemption from his Masters win coming to a close at the end …

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Courses Gulph Mills Golf Club

Gulph Mills Golf Club

It is hard to name another golf club that compares to Gulph Mills Golf Club. The understated elegance and quiet atmosphere make it the ultimate members golf club. This was my second time playing Gulph Mills Golf Club, I really got the feel for how quiet and low-key the Club is. There have never been …

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Courses Pronghorn Resort

Pronghorn Resort

Pronghorn Resort is officially listed as being located in Bend, Oregon, but it is really quite remote from any identifiable point of civilization. To illustrate, we touched down in Portland and took the road less travelled through the Columbia River Gorge (breathtaking), turned south in the town of Hood River and circled the foothills of …

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Courses Oakmont Country Club

Oakmont Country Club

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 …

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On Tour Mickelson aging just as we all do

Mickelson aging just as we all do

43 years old. For a 27 year old, that age seems miles away. It is not the milestone that a 30th or 40th birthday would have, but the age 43 is important after today’s finish at the U.S. Open. Phil Mickelson turned 43 today and finished in a tie for second place behind champion Justin …

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Courses Stonewall Golf Club

Stonewall Golf Club

Despite the rather commonly used name of Stonewall Golf Club, there are very few golf clubs (not a country club, to be sure) in the world that have managed to get every aspect of the golfing experience absolutely as right as has Stonewall Golf Club in Elverson, PA. Stonewall exudes understated elegance. The club entrance …

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Latest Posts Merion Golf Club – The Real U.S. Open Champion

Merion Golf Club – The Real U.S. Open Champion

Having played many of the top courses around the United States, and growing up playing Oakmont, I’ve learned to appreciate a great golf course when I see one. Merion Golf Club is one of those places where you step foot on the grounds and you immediately realize how special it is. It’s been my favorite …

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Courses Olympia Fields Country Club

Olympia Fields Country Club

Olympia Fields Country Club is a bastion of championship golf with the North and South Courses offering all one can handle in every facet of shotmaking. The North is a Willie Park design that has been beefed up to US Open standards. The Park charm is on full display on holes 3 through 7 and …

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On Tour The US Open – A Father’s Day Tradition

The US Open – A Father’s Day Tradition

The US Open and Father’s Day have become a storied tradition for golf fans around the world. It’s a Sunday that has provided many heart-warming storylines at the US Open over the years. For many contestants this week, their Dads are the very reason that they’ve made it into the field this week at Merion …

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Articles The U.S. Open – Merion Golf Club

The U.S. Open – Merion Golf Club

The US Open gets underway Thursday at historic Merion Golf Club. The weather has been steadily improving and the course drying out, which should make for a fun tournament. There has been a lot of talk since the announcement that Merion would host the US Open again whether or not the length and size of …

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Courses Hope Valley Country Club

Hope Valley Country Club

Following a virtuoso performance by Eric Clapton at the PNC Center and dinner at The Pit in Raleigh, North Carolina, it was on to Durham to experience another timeless classic, Hope Valley Country Club. One of the many highlights of the Clapton show was the Derek And the Dominoes  beauty “Gotta Get Better In a …

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Articles Woods is responding to Nicklaus’ “Better Get With It” Quip

Woods is responding to Nicklaus’ “Better Get With It” Quip

On the first Sunday of March, 2013, Jack Nicklaus added some good color commentary to the Honda Classic broadcast and his observations on Tiger Woods are certainly propelling Woods to his best golf since the heyday of the late ‘90’s. Jack casually predicted that Woods would break his Major championship record of 18 victories, but …

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Courses Ritz Carlton Grande Lakes Golf Club

Ritz Carlton Grande Lakes Golf Club

Despite the seemingly limitless growth of the urban footprint of Orlando, hidden refuges manage to reveal a more natural environment and offer chances to capture memorable flora, fauna and wildlife in the mind and in pictures. Although a massive commercial development borders the Ritz Carlton Grande Lakes Golf Club on three sides, the beauty of …

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Latest Posts 2013 Masters Preview: Inside the Field

2013 Masters Preview: Inside the Field

The 2013 Masters is just weeks away, and it is hard to believe that it is that time of year again. With a unique start to the 2013 PGA Tour season with weather delays, Tiger returning to form and Rory battling to gain form, it will be interesting to see how the first major of the …

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Equipment Anchoring Ban Proposal: Non-issue becoming Big Issue

Anchoring Ban Proposal: Non-issue becoming Big Issue

In the day and age where we have the ability to change the settings of our drivers 20 different ways and where golf balls penetrate even the strongest of winds, why create controversy over the anchoring ban? Tim Finchem announced on Sunday the TOUR’s opposition to USGA  and R&A’s proposed anchoring ban rule and it has caused …

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On Tour The 2013 Northern Trust Open at Riviera

The 2013 Northern Trust Open at Riviera

The TOUR tees it up this week at one of the best regular venues in all of professional golf – Riviera Country Club. Riviera is without a doubt major championship caliber, but lacks the ability to accommodate the large crowds that major’s demand. The old river basin makes for a unique setting and provides a …

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Architecture The Untimely Death of Seth Raynor: What Might Have Been

The Untimely Death of Seth Raynor: What Might Have Been

Pete Dye and Tom Fazio have designed hundreds of courses since their 51st birthdays. At 87 years old, Pete Dye continues to design courses and tinker with some of his most famous designs. Tom Fazio, having just celebrated his 68th birthday, is one of the few golf architects that designed and opened new courses through …

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Articles John Peterson Bursts Onto Professional Scene

John Peterson Bursts Onto Professional Scene

LSU Standout and NCAA Champion John Peterson rocketed to lofty heights on the professional scene when he backed up a Monday qualifying at the Memphis PGA Event with a 4th place finish at the US Open at Olympic Club. The formula for John Peterson’s success is age old and quite simple, yet all too often overlooked …

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On Tour Tiger extends lead heading into Monday Finish

Tiger extends lead heading into Monday Finish

It has been another week of delay ridden golf in San Diego during the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines. The tournament will conclude on Monday (as long as weather cooperates) making for the second weekday finish of the 2013 season in just four events. Adding to the delay has been continuous slow play, especially …

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European Tour World’s best off to rocky start in Abu Dhabi

World’s best off to rocky start in Abu Dhabi

Rory McIlroy’s first round as a Nike Golf staffer is now behind him, and needless to say there is quite a bit of room for improvement. The much hyped pairing featuring he and Tiger Woods did not quite live up to expectations. McIlroy showed signs of rust in every aspect of his game, struggling from …

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Articles Endorsement Deals: The Ultimate Game Changer

Endorsement Deals: The Ultimate Game Changer

A huge part of professional golf these days has to do with the products and apparel that players choose to use and wear. With social media booming, players and golf companies constantly have to try and differentiate themselves from one another in order to secure the most success. In today’s day and age, it is …

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Articles 2013: The Battle of the Brands

2013: The Battle of the Brands

The 2013 golf season has not taken long to get established both on and off of the course. There has been a lot of talk already about the upcoming majors, most notably the 2013 Masters which is only a few short months away. And while it always seems like the competition on the golf course …

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Equipment Nike releases bold new Covert driver line

Nike releases bold new Covert driver line

The introduction of the VR_S Covert Driver is certainly a bold one. It features a vibrant red clubhead and a “cavity-back” that creates perimeter weighting much like cavity-back irons do. This technology creates more speed through impact as well as more stability throughout the swing, allowing players to get the most out of their tee …

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Uncategorized Win a trip to play golf in Abu Dhabi with Matteo Manassero

Win a trip to play golf in Abu Dhabi with Matteo Manassero

In recent years, the United Arab Emirates has become one of the best golfing destinations in the entire world. The fact that the European Tour holds its season-ending tournament in Dubai proves that, but you can experience the thrill of playing in this part of the Middle East too alongside one of Europe’s most promising …

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Equipment The All New Taylormade R1 Driver

The All New Taylormade R1 Driver

After much anticipation, TaylorMade has unveiled the all new R1 Driver. Over the past several weeks there has been a lot of talk about what the new driver will be like. As the 2013 PGA Tour season cranks up next week in Hawaii, I wouldn’t be surprised if we saw quite a few being used by …

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Amateur Golf Interview: Ray Beaufils on his “Big Break”

Interview: Ray Beaufils on his “Big Break”

RAY BEAUFILS’ golf game has taken him many places. The Australian native has been playing professionally on both the Gateway and the Web.com Tours and most recently made an appearance on The Golf Channel’s “Big Break Greenbrier.” Brief Background Prior to turning professional Ray played elite amateur golf, representing his country as part of the Australian …

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Articles Ted Ray, Hall of Famer in Waiting

Ted Ray, Hall of Famer in Waiting

The Golf Hall of Fame announced last week that they will be inducting golf architect and innovator Willie Park Jr. into the Hall of Fame in 2013 along with Fred Couples and Ken Venturi. As often happens when Hall Of Fame inductees are announced, questions are raised about those sports giants who have been overlooked …

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Courses The Maryland Valley Campaign

The Maryland Valley Campaign

Good Golf and Civil War History Converge When the evil Nor’easter Athena crashed ashore and unleashed snow in New Jersey and eastern Pennsylvania, our trip to play LuLu Country Club and Springdale Country Club and then take in the Princeton v. Cornell hockey game required a quick strike Plan B. From our weather center in …

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Courses Baltusrol Golf Club – Lower Course

Baltusrol Golf Club – Lower Course

The Lower Course at Baltusrol is up there with the best in the world not only in design caliber but in championship history caliber as well. It is a true test of golf in a one of a kind setting. After starting my day on the Upper Course, I didn’t think it could get much …

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Courses The “Electric” and “Diamond” Cities Deep and Rich Golf Scene

The “Electric” and “Diamond” Cities Deep and Rich Golf Scene

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 …

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Courses Brookside Country Club

Brookside Country Club

Brookside Country Club Brookside Country Club is a classic Donald Ross design located in Canton, Ohio that is by all means a championship golf course worthy of a USGA event. It is ranked #64 in Golf Magazine’s Top 100 Best Classic Courses Rankings and has been climbing the ranks ever since 2003 when the course underwent a …

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