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Social Corner: Fowler, Thomas & Kaufman take Oakmont

| 05.16.2016 | 0 Comments

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….

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The Vero Beach Golf Scene

| 04.21.2016 | 0 Comments

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….

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The Horseshoe Green

| 03.24.2016 | 0 Comments

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….

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ROP Summer Update

| 06.07.2012 | 0 Comments

Summer has gotten off to a very fast start for the ROP Team and as the weather continues to improve, so do the number of rounds we play! Up to this point, we have a lot to talk about including a 2-day trip to Buffalo, NY May 17-19, where we played 3 great golf courses and also saw talented blues guitarist Joe Bonamassa. Course reviews for Brookfield Country Club, Crag….

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Mid Ocean Club

| 09.27.2014 | 0 Comments

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 mastery, routing these holes in a manner that makes use of both the natural lay of the….

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Oakmont Country Club

| 05.30.2011 | 0 Comments

Oakmont Country Club Tour 5/29/11 In the previous post – Oakmont Country Club – I gave a tour of the first five holes at Oakmont Country Club.  The following is a tour of the par three sixth hole at Oakmont.  The green is very challenging, and the landing area is very small.  Any shot that lands on the right side of the green feeds immediately left.  Missing right makes for….

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Winter Escape to Indian Creek

| 02.11.2015 | 0 Comments

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 Miami. When it comes to a unique setting, it doesn’t get any better than Indian….

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Spring Golf Trip 2011 Continues the Tradition

| 04.04.2011 | 2 Comments

Continuing a multi-generational tradition, our eightsome heads for North Carolina Wednesday April 6.  The CCNC Tradition began forty years ago when I accompanied my fathers good friend Charlie Kunkle (U.S. Amateur Semifinalist 1956 & Masters Participant) and their buddies to Pinehurst and one of the first, and most well designed and laid out, gated communities.  Known as “The Safari” group, these men of the Greatest Generation lived large at CCNC where they….

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